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Hi /Out/I turned 18 recently,...
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)08:59 UTC+1 No.370629 Report

Hi /Out/

I turned 18 recently, finish up with school/ exams and November and will be going to Uni next year. I've always been your typical nerd/ loner (do have friends and get invited to stuff, always make stupid excuses) > mostly stay at home, study, play video games, read, etc. I'm pretty sick of this being my focus though > video games it's all about some imaginary score or level, school is the same > life just revolving round numbers on pieces of paper. I don't have much experience with the outdoors, been on a few seven day hiking trips with school but aside from that no much at all. I do like playing sport though. I was just wondering, if anyone from here has successfully shifted from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active/ outdoors based one, and if there are any beginner outdoor activities you would recommend (I have fairly limited resources available, not too much money and what I have i'm trying to save up for a car with.) I live in the city so the nearest major national parks are around an hour away, although I do live near the coast and there are plenty of beaches.
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)10:32 UTC+1 No.370639 Report

Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)11:47 UTC+1 No.370665 Report

Aww come it's not that long
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)11:49 UTC+1 No.370666 Report

Condensed version (can't green text)
18 yo Indoors person
Want to know about beginner out actvities
Stories of people who went from sedentary to active?
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)12:13 UTC+1 No.370668 Report

are you from melb because you situation is exactly like mine? for me I've starting going on little trips straight out in the bush in a secluded area free camping for a couple of days, is pretty easy going and fun to just be able to do what you like, but also hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)12:23 UTC+1 No.370670 Report

I'm from Sydney. Good to know I'm not the only one. I've thought about trying hiking, don't have much gear but I guess I could borrow it. Anyone got tips for someone just starting out?
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)13:04 UTC+1 No.370680 Report

I never understand these pussfooting 'where do i start?' threads...start by going outside.

It always seems like you're doing it because you don't like your current situation/self and are trying to create the image of someone more outgoing, rather than that you actually enjoy the outdoors.

Use your brain, you're in a better position to decide whats best for your situation, go walking, go camping, learn some basic bushcraft, get some provincial knowledge, you can't go outside wrong.
Necromancer 08/19/14(Tue)14:11 UTC+1 No.370699 Report


I started out with DofE. From there, I purchased my own camping stuff (Cheap shit first, £35 bag, £15 sleeping bag, £25 hammock and that was more or less it) and then did short trips. Like one-night stays in the woods. Since then I've been slowly upgrading my gear and basically built it up over time because I don't have the money to buy £600 of gear all in one go.

Just go to Google Maps and look for areas near you that look like they'd make good camping. Basically, look for decent sized areas of woodland. Pic related is where I usually go when I just want a night out in the woods and it's not very big, but it's certainly big enough.

Just remember the #1 rule of the outdoors (And life, I guess): don't be a cunt.


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Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)14:24 UTC+1 No.370704 Report


Thanks for the help, I have a decent idea myself I just thought that hearing how other people have gone about things, or any tips on gear etc could be useful as motivation
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)14:26 UTC+1 No.370705 Report

Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)06:49 UTC+1 No.371097 Report

This was me until I was in college. I started off hiking and trail riding on a cheap ass mountain bike from Wal Mart. Now I still hike here and there, started getting a little bit into rock climbing, but now I spend 90% of my outdoors either whitewater kayaking or snowboarding, with an occasional hike here and there. Unfortunately I am recovering from an ACL / medial meniscus tear and subsequent surgery currently so I'll be hiking more for a while, and considering getting into road biking for part of my physical therapy.

I was like you, and now being /out/doors is my life.
Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)06:53 UTC+1 No.371100 Report

Go camping! Find some places that have some decent camp sites you won't get lost going around in and try that out. Once you start learning how to use a map and compass and the basics you need to have to survive out there then you start moving to more and more remote places.
Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)06:54 UTC+1 No.371101 Report

That's what she said
Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)11:52 UTC+1 No.371170 Report

Cheers mate, very encouraging.
Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)11:54 UTC+1 No.371172 Report

Cheers, very encouraging.
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