By Wild ApeVenture
The prime time for adventure in the winter may be limited to just a few glistening hours a day, here’s how I make the most of it!
1. Go For a Hike! You might think without the fall foliage or summer sun, your favorite hikes just won’t be as beautiful, but once you’re out there, I think you’ll find the true beauty of the mountains is how they change season to season. Here are some positives to get you movin’:
2. Mountain Biking! Unless you’re a die-hard, it may be too chilly for kayaking or climbing but, like hiking, biking will keep you warm and help you get your adventure fix. The post-biking endorphin rush will get you into that jolly holiday spirit ! If you’re in the WA area (like Dan in the photo!), check out Carvin’s Cove in Catawba or Douthat State park to ride some of our favorite trails. Or if you’re more of a townie-biker, check out our friends at Underdog Bikes and they’ll set you up for ride on the Roanoke Green-way.
3. Ski or Snowboard! The classic adventure sport to stop wallowing over winter. Get a season pass, or just go for a long week-end, however long, just go for it! If you’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding, many mountains have great beginners packages with rentals, lift tickets, and lessons included!
4. Camping! It’s sounds wild, I know, but with a little extra preparation, heavier layers, hot cocoa, and great winter sleeping bag, winter camping is an unforgettable way to experience the wilderness in one it’s most pristine conditions!
5. IF it’s just tooooo dang cold, you’ve got to be near an indoor recreation area. So use it! Climbing gyms are my favorite, but skating rinks, the Y, Dave & Busters, indoor basketball and tennis courts, or bowling alleys are all great places to start. While exceptionally fun, these places may be expensive, you can always refer to suggestion #1.
These are a great place to start with planning your winter outings, but the world is full of possibility. Whatever you do, don’t let the cold and the hectic holiday season schedule keep you from enjoying this beautiful time of year! And… look for me in the coming months, I’ll be out and about in the WA-are looking for the best of the Blue Ridge beauty. See if you can spot me.
(Check it out– That’s me sendin’ a sick crack climb in the NRG!)