Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Descending the Alps

I found a video on the adventure blog showing four gentlemen making the longest decent of the Alps on mountain bikes.  I am always amazed that people are still finding undone adventures but they done and here is another great example.

The Seekers. from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Adventure Cycling

An article about a new piece of the the Underground Railroad Bicycling route being added through Detroit led me to the American Cycling Association website

If you are looking for a wonderful resource and ideas of bike trips to take this, in my opinion, is a good website to visit.  In fact in their own words, "Our mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle.  We help cyclists explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and self-discovery".  I can not find a better way of describing an adventure then that.  

Check out their website and get out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Adventure on a Limited Schedule

Lately I have been wanting to spend more time outdoors but faced with the desire and need to be in church on Sunday mornings I have found the overnight trip a little difficult to accomplish without taking precious vacation days.  As I began to contemplate the problem the light bulb of genius, or simply the clearing of the cobwebs from between the ears, lit up.

What is the solution you ask, well, leaving from work with all the gear already packed up Friday after work.  Some careers allow for working a shorter day if you have made the hours up earlier in the week some do not.  The thing is, at least during the early days of Summer, the days are longest and the need to get somewhere where before dark is less pressing.

Traveling on foot, bike or by water at night was never safe.  Hidden tree roots to sprain the ankle, or ledges to walk off, cars and boats that can not or will not see you at night are just a few of the dangers to reckon with.  Yet June has the longest days of the year in it and if you arrive at your start point within a couple of hours of the end of the work day several hours of travel can be had on Friday night, then you have all Saturday to wander around in the wilderness and return to civilization by Sunday morning. 

For those who consider church on Sunday a priority consider leaving Friday after work and returning Saturday night or even early Sunday morning.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Little Hike to the Beach

Here is a video posted in the last 3 month showing an overnight backpack trip to the beach, it includes some history and some very unique and large trees .  What a cool way to end your trip, on a beach.  

Skyline to the Sea: From Castle Rock to Waddell Beach from Ryan Commons on Vimeo.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Preparing for a hike

Here is a video about how to prepare for a hike.  The day hike is one of the first skills every outdoor adventurer should learn.  It is also a good way to get out of the house for a day and see what I would call untamed places.  There is just something to be said for seeing creation before man's order is put to it.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Since the most dangerous trails is a very popular segment on this blog I thought I would post a video of the Hua Shang trail in China.  If the video does not give you vertigo and make you feel extremely uncomfortable you should get out and try the trail yourself.  As for myself this video gives that deep sinking feeling of, "I'm gonna fall so stop pushing me".

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ridge Riding

I may not think of motorcycle riding along a very dangerous ridge line an adventure but this video is exciting and I thought sharing it would be just a little bit thrilling.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tour Du Divide

As I was reading though some new on people out having adventure I found a race that is not really like a race but more of a challenge.  The event called the Tour Divide Starts either in Banff, Alberta or Antelope Wells, New Mexico and ends at the opposite location.  Up until a documentary called, "Conquer the Divide," came out there were about 30 people who participated each year, now there is about 100 people signing up.

The nice thing about this event is there is no time limit and no awards it is more about the personal accomplishment and completing the 2745 miles on a mountain bike would be a huge success.  If you are interested in the race check out their website at