True trail buffs know that hiking is not just about moving from point A to point B. Navigating that forest, hill, or mountain is the core idea. That said, there are things you can do to perk up your experience. Here are 5 activities to make hiking fun for you and your friends:
In a world of endless fun indoor and outdoor activities, geocaching manages to stand out. To play it, you need a couple of GPS units such as phones or smartwatches. You then will need to find objects hidden in known coordinates. Traditionally, the object’s finder keeps it as a trophy or signs a logbook to prove they found it.
Paintball is another easy-to-learn and an easy-to-execute outdoor game where players, grouped into teams, eliminate opponents by hitting them with dye-filled capsules. If you are a group of more than five hikers, this game is certainly worth a shot.
These paintball guides can help you get a nodding acquaintance with the rules before getting started.
Hide-and-seek in the woods is bound to excite your kids, but believe it or not, it can be just as fun for adults. Not only is the game easy to learn, but it also doesn’t require any special equipment like its cousins’ treasure hunts and geocaching. In a word, it is a game in which participants hide, and one person is left to find them in their hideouts. The person that is seen first is made to track the hiding group in the next round.
Treasure hunts and geocaching are similar in many ways. The primary difference is that treasure hunting doesn’t call for the use of gadgets. To plan a hunt, all you need is a group of participants, and a set of treasure boxes, filled with goodies, which the participants have to find. The treasures are hidden in strategic places, and the participants are given clues on their locations. Traditionally, whichever treasure a participant finds is theirs to keep.
Autumn is the season of berries virtually everywhere in the country. However, people are quick to pick whatever grows on the roadsides, so you will not find much if you follow popular roadways and trails. If you are looking for untouched patches, consider venturing deeper into the woods where there is minimal human traffic.
With that being said, remember that not all berries are edible. Some look similar to what you are used to but are poisonous and may result in serious health issues if eaten. A digital plant identification guide can help you tell edible and poisonous berries apart.
The list of fun hiking activities is endless. The above make up our top five based on factors such as ease of learning and implementing, inclusiveness, and the need for special equipment. Feel free to research further if you have already tried out all of these options.