How to Get Your Adventure Fix Indoors During Freezing Weather

©istockphoto/BraunSIf you’ve stepped outside lately (or just turned on the news) you know that most of North America is right in the middle of winter. And, while winter sports enthusiasts are rejoicing at the chance to cut new lines in all the fluff, the more summer inclined among us are retreating indoors.

But, not to worry, there’s plenty of adventure to be had from the couch, the garage or in front of the fire. So, if you’re looking to get your adventure fix from the safety and warmth of the great indoors, here are some things you can do.

Stream some adventure flicks
Kick back and “Netflix and Chill,” as the kids are sayin’ these days. Because when it comes to adventure cinema, there’s no shortage of great films to keep you engaged and enthralled. For the documentary-enthusiasts out there, check out “Touching the Void” an incredible story of survival against extreme conditions or watch “Desert Runners” for a glimpse into the journey of three runners attempting a series of three separate ultra marathons in three different deserts. Of course, for those of you looking for a little more fantasy with your adventure, check out (or more likely re-check out) everyone’s favorite mountain thriller “Vertical Limit”.

Transport yourself with the written word
Go ahead, live vicariously through your favorite author and read harrowing tales of adventure, survival, and man (or woman) against nature. There’s plenty to choose from as this genre continues to grow in popularity. And, whether you opt for the classic Jon Krakauer, or want to explore some other authors, a little mental escape from the confines of home could be just the ticket. Some of our favorites include “Buried in The Sky” by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan, “A Long Trek Home” by Erin McKittrick, or “West by The Night” by Beryl Markham.

Take care of your gear
Checked on your gear room, that corner of your garage, or the trunk of your car lately? If not, take advantage of your indoor time by sorting through, organizing, and generally caring for your gear. Trust us, that old down jacket smells funny for a reason and there’s no better time to rid it of that post-adventure funk. Be sure to opt for a detergent specifically formulated for adventure apparel and give it a good scrub. Also, use this time to take inventory. Simplify by passing on gently used gear to a friend or tossing broken gear in the garbage. You’ll thank yourself when the clouds part and you’re able to quickly find what you need for adventuring.

Improve your skills
Tying knots, working on your grip, or reading up on the latest research about your favored sport are all great ways you can spend time improving your craft. The best part? You can do them all from the couch! By keeping items like a cordelette and a grip strengthener on hand, you’ll make sure to maximize your time inside.

Tend to your body
You go hard all year. Trail running, skiing, climbing—they’re all hard on the body. When was the last time you took 30 minutes to stretch your muscles, or give the tendons some attention with a good foam roll? If you’re like many, it’s probably been a while. Take some time in the cooler temps to do some indoor stretching. Or, if a solo stretch sesh isn’t your jam, head to a yoga class—studies show it reduces stress and the likelihood of injury by getting you limber and ready for your next bout of adventure.