The ultimate packing list for car camping this fall | Matador Network

The ultimate packing list for car camping this fall

FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE the outdoors, fall is an odd time. On one hand, the summer crowds that flock to the trails, beaches, mountains, and lakes are thinning out. The leaves on trees compete more with each day’s sunset as to which can produce the brightest hues and the balmy evening temperatures of summer are fast becoming a distant memory. Unfortunately, it also means wind and rain threaten to replace them, and temperatures can plunge at night, making the prospect of trekking for miles to set up a tent less appealing.

For this time of year, car camping is the comfortable compromise somewhere between glamping and finding that picturesque remote camp spot of your dreams. It means being able to take as many home comforts as you can fit into your car and as many of your buddies as you can convince to come with you. This list has everything you’ll need to keep yourself warm and dry, as well as a few creature comforts to help you create a campsite so cozy, you won’t want to go home. Continue reading

What the heck is foil surfing? Everything you need to know about this wild sport | Matador Network

What the heck is foil surfing? Everything you need to know about this wild sport

FOR MOST OF US, surfing means catching a wave, standing up, and maybe doing a few turns. It requires a board between five and 11 feet long, as well as often endless waiting for the perfect combination of tide, swell, and wind. Stand-up paddling has made it easier to catch small waves by adding the power of the paddle and the momentum of a big, heavy board to the wave-riding equation. Continue reading

Why coasteering is the coolest outdoor activity you’ve never tried | Matador Network

Why coasteering is the coolest outdoor activity you’ve never tried

IF YOU’VE EVER VISITED any stretch of our planet’s 221,208 miles of coastline, you probably took part in one of the countless activities the ocean lends itself to. You might have tried surfing, maybe you had a go at sea-kayaking, or perhaps you simply dipped a toe in the ocean and then spent the rest of your trip catching rays on the beach. But whatever you got up to, chances are you didn’t try coasteering. Continue reading

7 craziest international sports you need to see played in person | Matador Network

7 craziest international sports you need to see played in personSPORTS HAVE COME a long way since the first Olympic Games, when the events were mostly running, discus tossing, and wrestling. Throughout history, athletes have invented plenty of tests for the human body’s strength, coordination, and endurance, and widespread sports like soccer, surfing, and snowboarding help connect the world together. But a few sports are so unusual — like wife-carrying, a real sport in Finland— that they only happen in select places, so you’ll need to travel there to see it happen in real time. Here are the seven most unusual sports around the world worth traveling to see. Continue reading

Why Trail Running Festivals are the next big thing | Matador Network

Why Trail Running Festivals are the next big thingUNTIL RECENTLY, attending a summer festival typically meant pitching a tent in a field and enjoying a few days of music, theatre, art, food, or some combination of these activities. The most exercise you’d get all weekend would be dancing, and you certainly wouldn’t find a 40 mile run on the agenda.

That’s now changing. The tried-and-true festival formula is evolving and more festivals are including wellness and fitness elements in their line-ups. Few, however, promote health and fitness to the same extent as trail-running festivals. Leading the festival fitness revolution, these festivals are springing up all over the world and, like the runners who attend them, aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Continue reading

What is midnight running? | Matador Network

 

What is midnight running? | Matador NetworkYou can read the original version of this article on Matador Network here.

IT’S 11:58 PM on a Friday in London, and I’m standing a stone’s throw from the bright lights of Tower Bridge. But I’m not heading home after Friday-night drinks. My night’s just getting started. Along with 50 or so other runners, I’m in my running gear, warming up for the start of Midnight2Midnight, a 24-hour charity relay run around the streets of London accompanied by the urban running crew Midnight Runners. Continue reading

Discovering Nusa Penida | Pen and Trail

Discovering Nusa Penida

We heard the crash before we saw it.

My friend Sam continued steering our scooter around the U-shaped valley to where a bend in the road turned uphill to a small village. There, beneath the road, a large indistinguishable yellow object was slowly sinking into a canopy of green leaves.

It was an Indonesian truck, laden with construction materials, that had come off the road beneath the village and plummeted down the steep bank into the undergrowth. We found it upside down, ten meters below the road, obscured by a fog of cement dust. Continue reading

Why Australia in winter is paradise for outdoor lovers | Matador Network

Why Australia in winter is paradise for outdoor lovers | Matador NetworkYou can read the original version of this article on Matador Network here.

AUSTRALIA IS GENERALLY SEEN as a “summer” paradise, and rightly so. Between beaches and barbecues, Aussie summers have everything beachgoers and travelers from the northern hemisphere in search of winter sun could possibly want.

But for outdoor lovers, it’s a different story. For any budding adventurer, winter — which lasts from June to August — is when Australia’s nearly three million square miles become a playground of snow-capped mountains, empty (or at least emptier) beaches, and awe-inspiring wildlife. Continue reading

Everything you need to know about going wild camping — legally | Matador Network

Everything you need to know about going wild camping — legally | Matador NetworkYou can read the original version of this article on Matador Network here.

SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS, waking up to the smell of fresh air, and really getting away from it all — the appeal of wild camping is easy to see. Also called dry, free, or freedom camping, wild camping is overnighting away from organized campsites, and their noise and crowds, to set up camp among the wilds of nature instead. Continue reading

The most badass female surf communities around the world | Matador Network

The most badass female surf communities around the world | Matador NetworkYou can read the original version of this article on Matador Network here.

FROM CALIFORNIA TO AUSTRALIA, women around the world have been surfing for decades – or, in Hawaii’s case, centuries. Yet whether you’re used to pulling on a damp wetsuit in the middle of winter, or slapping on SPF 50 year-round, there’s one thing nearly all female surfers have in common: the feeling of being in the minority in the water. Continue reading