For those that crave the company of mother nature, stay-at-home orders can cause restlessness, anxiety, and endless frustration.
If Covid-19 has you literally climbing the walls, I’ve put together a list of ways you can work out your brain, while still keeping it focused on the outdoors!
#1 – Learn Your Knots
Every adventurer should know their knots – it’s a right of passage! Not to mention they come in handy for all sorts of things like rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, camping, backpacking, sailing, etc. So grab a scrap of rope, or even a shoelace – and get to work!
There are all sorts of resources out there to help you learn your knots, but the Animated Knots website is my personal favorite. They provide very clear step-by-step instructions with pictures that are really easy to follow. They also do a good job of explaining the uses of the different knots, and even break them down by what type of activity you are interested in.
The website is totally free and works pretty well on a smartphone, but if you prefer to have an app for times when you might not have service, they do have one for only $4.99. It is called “Animated Knots by Grog” and is available for both Android and Apple. I might also point out that the app does NOT have any ads on it (I know, can you believe it?). If you want an app, it’s worth every penny of the five dollar price tag.
#2 Yoga for Climbers – Free Online Yoga Courses
This is a pretty awesome resource offered by Aim Adventure U which has a variety of online classes on outdoor topics like rock climbing and skiing.
This course usually costs 125$ but is now completely and totally FREE for anyone who registers before May 15, 2020 with the coupon code: BEWELL
Just go to the website, add the course to your cart, and then enter the coupon code. You will be required to create an account so that you can access the course, but you will not have to enter any credit card information.
Once registered, you will now have access to over 20 different yoga classes that you can watch in any order you would like. Even better, you will have access to them forever so if there are ones you really like, you can do them over and over again.
There are yoga classes offered with the following goals in mind: flexibility (of course), core, injury prevention, strength, recovery, and even some just for fun! They also include bonus classes on breathing, nutrition, and meditation.
The classes are targeted towards a climber’s needs, but you definitely do not have to be a climber to enjoy them. Besides, with a price tag of free, what have you got to lose?
#3 – Stay Warm in Any Weather – A Free Online Class
This free online class sponsored by Marmot is a winner for any warm-blooded person (I’m looking at you) who is interested in backpacking and camping!
The course description reads: “Don’t let adverse conditions keep you inside. This 5-part class will give you the knowledge and skills you need to get out and stay out.”
The course covers the following topics: the physiology of staying warm, layering for common nasty-weather scenarios, fueling your body in cold temperatures, and pro tricks for reheating even when you’re already cold.
To start learning, just visit the website and create an account, that’s it! No credit card required.
#4 – Brush Up On Your First Aid
First aid is super important for obvious reasons. Anyone who spends time in the outdoors must know some basic first aid. Safety first!
Udemy is offering a free class called Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), AED & First Aid.
This free class by National Health Care Provider Solutions offers over 1.5 hours of high quality video. The course has been taken by over 12,500 students and has great ratings.
This course doesn’t offer a certificate, and it definitely doesn’t replace an in person class. However, if you’ve already taken a class, but could use a little refresher, this is just what the doctor ordered! It can also be a good intro for those just looking to get a little exposure to the topics.
Make sure your adventure first aid kit is up to par! If you don’t have one, order one, or make your own from this packing list from REI.
If you already have one, good job! Check the packing list above, and then compare it to your own to make sure it’s fully stocked, and that nothing has expired or mildewed. Replace whatever you need to so that you’re fully prepared for whatever you might meet out there!
#5 – Level Up Your Navigation Skills
Every hiker, backpacker, and anyone else entering the backcountry should be able to do at least some old-school navigating. I know there are a lot of apps, and devices that can be used on the trail these days, but what happens when your batteries die, you lose signal, or they’re just plain wrong?
Backpacker Magazine has some fantastic resources on navigation. Take your time and browse this page – there is a whole wealth of knowledge here. Topics include: reading a topographical map, using a compass, and navigating by the stars, and many others.
Read up so you don’t get lost out there!
I hope you find a topic on this list that inspires you. Having something to keep your mind busy is important during this stressful pandemic – maybe just as important as fresh air and exercise!
And remember, if you need a little study-break, you can always squeeze in a quick at-home quarantine-style workout!
How are you staying busy during the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders? Have you found things that work to reduce your stress/boredom?