The summer months in Maine are some of the most enjoyable all year, so try getting outside and experiencing nature to pass the time. Below are some frequently asked questions about engaging in outdoor recreation.
What are some hurdles to getting outside for a beginner?
People experience many barriers to participation in outdoor activities:
While every concern is valid, it can be very gratifying to push
your comfort zone and enjoy the many benefits of recreating in
the gorgeous Maine landscape.
One way to overcome these hurdles is by planning ahead
-Research the location you want to visit, i.e. books, internet,
Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, talking with friends...
-Schedule it in a calendar
-Check the weather
-Wear appropriate clothing
-Potentially use an outfitter for more technically based sports, (rock climbing, sea kayaking, etc.)
Once you’ve planned your outing, start small if you’re new to the sport. Pick shorter hikes in designated spaces such as National Parks, State Parks, and Bureau of Parks and Land. Choose protected paddles on smaller lakes or streams. As your comfort level with these activities increases, so will your skill. I always like to remind folks, that most people don’t start rock climbing, hiking, or whitewater kayaking having experiences like they see on TV. What is important is that you are getting outside and trying new activities. As with any new activity, as your frequency increases, usually your skill level and comfortability follow suit.
At the Maine Bound Adventure Center, we take out guided trips
focused on experiences suited for beginners. Many of the
students, employees, and community members that we serve are
new to outdoor sports. One of our guiding principles is teaching
new participants about the outdoors and how to enjoy themselves
in a safe and informative manner.
Many of Maine Bound’s current trip leaders started in the field through our freshman orientation trips.
Through personal adventures and university trainings, they are now leading trips for students, faculty and
staff, and community members. There are many different ways to engage in the outdoors this summer.
Take a leap and see what our great state has to offer.
Lisa Carter is Assistant Director for Maine Bound and experienced in introducing faculty, staff, and students to new and fun activities that promote wellness and enjoyment of the Maine outdoors.