5 Outdoor Challenges to Complete in 2021


If you’re bored of playing football at home or playing with a frisbee and eager to add a little adventure into your life, you should embrace various outdoor pursuits that will make you beam with pride when you reflect on the year.

Don’t look back on the next 12 months with regret and find activities that will get your heart racing, your blood pumping, and your body moving. Find inspiration by reading the following five challenges to complete in 2021.

1. Skydiving

Few experiences are more exhilarating than skydiving. While it’s natural to feel a little nervous before jumping out of a plane, you’ll never have felt more alive when a parachute opens, and you’re soaring across the sky.

Don’t make excuses for not embracing the outdoor challenge, as there is always a solution to the problem. For instance, if your glasses are stopping you from donning skydiving gear and taking to the skies, you could wear Precision 1 contacts to enjoy vision freedom even when you’re 18,000 feet in the air.

2. Hiking

You’re bound to feel a sense of satisfaction when you complete a challenging hike. It will not only put your fitness to the test, but the cardio activity can strengthen your legs and burn calories. Plus, spending a considerable amount of time in nature can boost your mental wellbeing, and it could provide an opportunity to strengthen your connection with your hiking buddies.

3. Geocaching

Geocaching is a modern treasure hunt that encourages you to explore a city or nature. For example, a geocaching app will locate caches that others have placed at a destination, and you’ll then need to find them. Once you have done so, you will sign your name on a log and leave tokens. It’s a fun, active challenge that will require you to spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Geocaching is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends, or those who want to embrace a cool challenge alone.

4. Rock Climbing

If you’re not afraid of heights and want to embrace a full-body workout, rock climbing could be right up your street. Your primary focus will be to climb the summit safely and smoothly, and adrenalin will flow through your body both during and after the outdoor challenge.

Once you’re experienced, there are some great rock-climbing destinations to tackle, such as:

  • Gibraltar Rock in Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • The Frankenjura in Bavaria, Germany
  • Railay Beach in Krabi, Thailand
  • Skaha Bluffs in British Columbia, Canada

However, if this is your first-time rock climbing, you’d be wise to hit the gym to master the basics and strengthen many muscles in your body. You can guarantee all your hard work and effort will be worth it when you reach the top.

5. Surfing

Surfing is the opposite of easy. It is one of the hardest yet most rewarding outdoor sports you can master, which is why it could make a great outdoor challenge for 2021. You’ll need to start in the white-water to perfect your pop-up and stance, which is a challenge in itself. Next, you’ll need to catch small green wave reforms and then attempt to catch bigger green waves. To master surfing, you’ll need to work on your fitness, learn how to read a surf forecast, and understand what constitutes a surf spot.

Jenny Han
Jenny Han is a writer with a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Cornell University. She has been weaving stories for over 15 years. She joined our team in 2019, bringing a fresh perspective to lifestyle and entertainment writing. Before joining us, Jenny worked in children's publishing and as a screenplay consultant. Her passion for storytelling is evident in her engaging and insightful articles. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and practicing yoga.

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