What activities do you suggest to someone who’s not outdoorsy but wants to be?
— Aspiring Outdoor Person
Dear Aspiring Outdoor Person:
First of all, I think it’s great that you or someone you know is looking to spend more time outdoors. I’m a big believer in the benefits of fresh air and making connections with the natural world. You (or they) won’t be sorry for taking this step.
Speaking of steps, one of the first activities I’d suggest for a beginner outdoor person is hiking (which is basically just taking lots and lots of steps). Hiking is one of the most accessible outdoor activities. It doesn’t require a lot of skill or special equipment, and there are public trails all over Maine. You’ll never run out of places to go.
To start, I suggest finding some good, comfortable footwear (sneakers or boots) and putting together a backpack. For easy day hikes, all you’ll need is water, snacks, a trail map and a light source, such as a headlamp. If you get serious about it, I’d also suggest carrying a first aid kit and survival gear. The Appalachian Mountain Club provides a great list of suggested hiking gear and apparel at outdoors.org.
Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.
More by Aislinn Sarnacki