As the leaves turn and colors begin to pop, there’s a whole new slew of things to keep us busy. But hopefully you can still find some time for some exciting outdoor experiences. Throw on the flannel, and grab your favorite fall jacket. It’s time to head out the door and embark on the fun adventures that await you this autumn.
1. Mountain biking
The epitome of the fall season is often associated with being in the woods — the perfect time to get lost in the changing leaves and crisp fall scents. If you’re the thrill-seeking mountain-biker type, fewer things are more exhilarating in the shoulder season than single-track descents through root-lined forests.
2. Bicycle brewery tour
You can’t think of the fall without your favorite seasonal beers popping into your head. Next time you’re looking for an activity to enjoy with your buddies that’s a little less intense and a little more autumn Saturday leisure, try rounding up the group and hopping on your townie bikes. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that boasts micro-breweries and robust stouts, even better.
3. Via ferrata
Meaning “iron path” in Italian, a via ferrata isn’t for the faint of heart. Granted, there are only a handful that exist in the world, let alone the country, but if you find yourself in a location that’s home to one of these adrenaline-inducing routes, there’s no better time to try it than the fall. Lined with rungs and similar features, via ferratas can involve hiking on ridgelines or traversing exposed mountain faces. Experts and beginner climbers alike are hooked in by harness to cables that establish the route of no return — er, I mean, least resistance.
4. Fly fishing
To the joy of many who appreciate the outdoors, fly fishing season has arrived. A favorite pastime enjoyed by men everywhere, fly fishing is a sport of solitude, patience, and skill. Add a few cold beers and an epic shot of yourself holding a freshly-caught trout, and you’ll soon realize what all the fuss is about.
Catapulting men everywhere right back to one of their most primal instincts, hunting is a tradition that will continue to be passed down from grandfather, to father, to son until the end of time. Hunter-safety classes are available for anyone wanting to get into the sport, where you can learn all about your region’s rules and regulations. Imagine killing one elk and being able to stock your freezer and feed yourself for an entire winter. Now, there’s no manlier sport than that.