With long days and hot nights, sum­mer is the per­fect time of year to head out on an adven­ture. Inspired by the #Clym­bLife com­mu­ni­ty, we put togeth­er a check­list of must do activ­i­ties for sum­mer. How many will you check off?


1. Vis­it A Nation­al Park

On August 25, 2016 the Nation­al Park Ser­vice turns 100! Cel­e­brate the cen­ten­ni­al this sum­mer by vis­it­ing a park, or a few. Bonus points if your vis­it is on the offi­cial birthday.


2. Take A Dip

Step away from your back­yard pool and seek out a remote swim­ming hole. Alpine lakes, hot springs, desert canyons, and lazy rivers are all great options. To step it up a notch, get over your fear of heights by tak­ing the plunge at your local cliff jump­ing spot.


3. Hit The Road

If you don’t have a van or rv, rent one. If that’s not an option, make do with the vehi­cle you have and hit the road with a friend or two.


4. Sleep In The Trees

Ham­mocks aren’t just for read­ing. Go light­weight on your next camp­ing trip and string up a ham­mock in lieu of a tent.


5. Float A River

Grab some friends, pick up a few bev­er­ages of your choice, gath­er your inner tubes (air mat­tress­es work great too), and head for your local lazy river.


6. Go Backpacking

Car camp­ing is great, but overnight back­pack­ing can get you to some amaz­ing remote wilder­ness areas. Sum­mer break is the per­fect time to con­quer some of the medi­um length thru-hikes.


7. Sum­mit for Sunset

Or sun­rise, because there’s noth­ing like being at the top of a moun­tain dur­ing the gold­en hours. Just make sure you pack a head­lamp and know the trail well enough to get down in the dark.


8. Camp­fire Cookout

Take a break from the lux­u­ries of mod­ern kitchens and cook a meal over the orig­i­nal human kitchen, the open flame.


9. Shoot For The Stars

Head for the hills far away from any city scape to see stars like you have nev­er seen them before.

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10. Learn A New Sport

Take some of your free time to learn a new sport or activ­i­ty such as climb­ing, surf­ing, or pad­dle­board­ing. If you are already a well versed out­doors per­son, pass on your knowl­edge to a friend or a grom.


Whether you check off all of the items on the list, some, or none, just make sure you get out­side this sum­mer and have some fun!