Thursday, April 1, 2010

Springtime in the mountains creates the opportunity for outdoor multitasking

In this busy day and age, everyone is into multitasking to get the most out of life. Maybe it's by necessity, maybe it's by choice. But we all do it to some degree.

Have you ever thought about multitasking outdoors?

Back in the day (before kids), I used to try to jam as many outdoor activities into one day as I could. Especially in late March or early April, when Bogus Basin is still open, you can get out and do a few activities before heading up to ski, and then, if you still have some energy, do some more in the late afternoon and evening.

Everyone has different favorite activities and a different quiver of outdoor toys. But the opportunities for multitasking are limited only by your quiver, outdoor skills, energy and fitness level, and your imagination.

Here's what I've done:
  • Get up early.
  • Play a few holes of golf or some tennis with a friend.
  • Head up to Bogus Basin and ski for an hour or so.
  • Go back home. Strap on the kayak on the roof rack or load up the raft and go whitewater boating with a bunch of friends.
  • Go mountain biking when you get back.
  • Cap off the day with a little fishing, backyard badminton or volleyball.
  • And then it's time for BBQ and beer (drinking arm-exercise)

Triathletes do this kind of thing all the time, but they log serious miles in the pool or the lake, and then go biking and running. Adventure racers do that, plus all kinds of other activities for more than 24 hours at a time.

My method can be a little more fun because it's less physically taxing, and more of us mere mortals can do the lower-key types of outdoor sports.

Here's a video called "the Magnificent Seven" from Mitch Knothe, who pulled off seven activities in a single day. Mitch knows how to enjoy life.

Bogus won't be open too much longer, so see if you can pull some friends together for a friendly and fun day of multiple outdoor activities.

Start when you're young and brimming with energy, because it gets harder to do as many activities as you get older. Sad but true!

Frisbee anyone?

- SS