10 New Adventures To Try This Summer #9: Do your first (or 100th) triathlon

Do your first (or 100th) triathlon

9.You always wonder what this whole triathlon thing is about but you’ve never quite decided to one yourself. First, let’s get some misconceptions out of the way: Not all triathlons are an Ironman (2.4 miles of swim, 112 miles of biking and a marathon’s worth of running) so it doesn’t need to be some massive event that’s going to take all your time. In fact, there are “Try-a-tri” events which are super short and can easily be finished in well under an hour. Don’t have a bike? Borrow one. Don’t know how to swim? Get in the pool and figure it out. Say to yourself, “I’m just a runner/cyclist/couch potato and I’m fine with that”? We call bullshit. Triathlon is a fantastic sport and a fantastic community. Get out there and do one! Here’s a link with a guy you may recognize telling you what gear you need for your first triathlon: WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY FIRST TRIATHLON

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer #8: Cook a meal over a campfire

Cook a meal over a campfire

8.If we could rewind time to the first time man discovered fire, it’s probably a safe bet that – right after lighting farts on fire while the lady cave-dwellers shook their heads in disgust – that they used this fire to cook. Since that time we’ve obviously evolved by leaps and bounds but cooking over an open fire remains one of the most satisfying and primal experiences we can have as humans. This summer, while you’re camping (in the free camping areas you read about earlier!) light that roaring campfire and use it to cook some delicious food. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or a straight-up carnivore, there are a ton of recipes you can cook over those wonderful flames at this link: CAMPING RECIPES ON PINTEREST

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer #7: Cool off in a cave

Cool off in a cave

7.Just a quick warning; this is not an adventure for those who are claustrophobic in most cases nor is it something you should undertake just because you see a “cool looking cave” (we’re lookin’ at you, gentlemen). Be safe out there! While not every state in the US has notable caves and/or caverns, most of them do. With breathtaking rock formations and underground lakes and rivers, these underground marvels are truly amazing to behold. On top of that, while the temperature on the surface climbs high, the temperature inside of a cavern is likely in the 50’s f so it may be a good idea to bring along a jacket. Are there cool caverns and caves near you? Let us know in the comments! CAVERNS AND CAVES BY STATE

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer #6: Go camping…FOR FREE

Go camping - FOR FREE

6.At Gearist, we love camping and we also love to camp in areas that aren’t really very formal campgrounds. With that in mind, one of the most amazing things about living in the United States (and we’re sure there are similar things in other places) is our ability to go camping on land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the National Forest Service which offers “dispersed camping”. The best part about dispersed camping? It’s free! That’s right! While you need to be aware of the regulations (Leave no trace, etc) in the area where you’re planning to go, these often remote camping areas come at no cost to you (apart from the taxes you pay which support this land – so be respectful)! Below we’ve placed links to information from the NFS and BLM. Get out there and get camping this summer and send us some pictures! BLM Dispersed Camping Information  |  NFS Dispersed Camping Information

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer #5: Forage for your food

Forage for your food

5.So, what exactly is foraging? Simply put, foraging is the act of searching for – and hopefully finding – wild food resources. This can mean finding things like wild plants and berries to munch on or, if you’re an omnivore, even nibbling on some hand-caught fish or meat and the occasional insect. Lest you think that this means you’re eating all these things in their raw state, fear not! Build yourself a fire (subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE for an upcoming fire-building video) and cook up your delectable treasures! By the way, before you go grabbing random plants and animals for your backwoods munchies, definitely make sure you know what you’ve got, otherwise, you may be “that girl or guy I used to know who tried foraging that one time”! GUIDE TO FORAGING

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

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