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11 Outdoors Hacks for City Dwellers

11 Outdoors Hacks for City Dwellers

11 OUTDOORS HACKS FOR CITY DWELLERS

By Sarah Knapp. Originally posted on The Clymb's blog here

So you moved to a major urban cen­ter like New York City and worry that you will now only be able to expe­ri­ence nat­ural places through your dirt­bag friends’ Insta­gram feeds. As a city-dweller, access­ing the great out­doors isn’t impos­si­ble; you just need a few good hacks.

Here are eleven tips to help urban­ites get outside.  

TIP 1: THE HYDRA­TION BLAD­DER SPACE SAVER
No place to hang out wet hydra­tion packs to dry? Throw them in the bot­tom of your freezer to stop bac­te­ria from grow­ing and save closet space.  

TIP 2: USE PUB­LIC TRAN­SIT TO FIND THE OPEN ROAD
Check out your city’s rules regard­ing bicy­cles on pub­lic tran­sit. In New York, you can buy a $5 bike pass (no expi­ra­tion) to trains that go from the cen­ter of Man­hat­tan to over 60 miles north of the city. That means more explor­ing and less traffic.  

TIP 3: DEC­O­RATE YOUR WALLS WITH YOUR FAVORITE MAPS 
Car­tog­ra­phy is trendy these days, so store your maps on the wall. Your new art will serve as a daily reminder you need to plan another trip, plus the dirt and rain dam­age will give your new dec­o­ra­tion a “vin­tage” look.  

TIP 4: CRE­ATE YOUR OWN BUS ROUTE 
Do some research on bus route options in your area. While it’s rel­a­tively easy to get a bus dri­ver to drop you off at an unplanned stop when you’re already on the bus, it’s trick­ier get­ting a pickup that after­noon (or the next day after camp­ing out). Bring a smile (and maybe a six pack) on the way to the trail­head. Chances are he’ll be doing the route again the next day and if you ask nicelyhe’ll make an extra stop on his ride back to town tomor­row. Get there early, wave him down, and bam: you have your own camp­ing chauffeur.  

TIP 5: GET COM­FORT­ABLE IN YOUR SLIP­PERS 
Are you really sup­posed to car­pet your entire apart­ment? That sounds expen­sive. Grab your down slip­pers and your down­stairs neigh­bor will never know you spent your money on a new rope instead. 

TIP 6:  INVEST IN A MULTI-USE HEL­MET 
You have lim­ited space and a lot of gear. Next time you’re pur­chas­ing a hel­met look for one that will cover you for more than one of your sports.  

TIP 7:  MAKE YOUR BIKE MULTI-PURPOSE 
Speak­ing of multi-use, invest in a bike that fits your city-self and out­doorsy alter ego. For­get the fixie. Use your moun­tain bike to slay local pot­holes dur­ing the week and single-track on the weekends.  

TIP 8: CON­CRETE TRAIN­ING 
What cities lack in rugged sum­mits they make up for with stairs. Finally, make work­ing in mid­town worth it and use your office secu­rity key to access the build­ing on week­ends. Fol­low the emer­gency exit signs to the stairs, lace up your run­ning shoes and push your VO2 max. Plus, if it’s a new­fan­gled LEED build­ing you can hit the stairs before work and be show­ered and ready to go before the boss gets in.   

TIP 9: GET INTO THE HOS­PI­TAL­ITY GAME 
You live in a city so you prob­a­bly pay a hefty amount of rent. Why not use some of that for your next trip? Sign up with Airbnb and have a fel­low adven­turer stay in your pad and help finance your white­wa­ter trip.  

TIP 10: STUFF YOUR BOAT UNDER YOUR BED 
Fold­able kayaks & canoes mean easy access to the water. Unpack, unfold, inflate, and pad­dle. You can even find a put-in acces­si­ble by pub­lic tran­sit and pad­dle back.  

TIP 11: THE COR­PO­RATE OUT­ING 
Non­cha­lantly float the idea of kayak­ing or climb­ing as a great team build­ing expe­ri­ence to HR. Next thing you know, your com­pany will be pay­ing you to hang out the crag.

Events: 6/25 - 6/29

Events: 6/25 - 6/29

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