Fall just arrived about a month ago and we're here to tell you, it's the BEST time to get outside. We think you already know this, but in the event that you need a little convincing, here are the top nine reasons that your fall should include some outdoor activity.
- 1. Color up: The leaves are changing their hues of green to the vibrant orange and reds of autumn. It's one of the most spectacular times of year to watch nature change before your eyes.
- 2. Fewer bugs: Generally speaking, bugs aren't that much of a bother. Everyone has a different tolerance for the little pests. The fall season generally has cooler temps and that means fewer bugs.
- 3. Cooler temps: The change in seasons brings about cooler nights as well. Most people typically sleep a little better in cooler weather and who doesn't want to snuggle into a warm sleeping bag? Count me in.
- 4. Early sunsets: Backpacker TV, aka a fire, and related conversations in the summer can sometimes go pretty late in the night. If you're out to get some hiking in, you need to get up early. A little more snooze time with an early sunset helps get the fire stoked a little earlier and the sleeping started a bit sooner. Enjoy it.
- 5. Drier season: Fall is typically a little bit dryer than spring camping seasons. I'll take a dry and moderate temp camping experience any day of the week.
- 6. Fewer people: I haven't quite figured this out, but typically fewer folks are out in the fall. That could be due to school schedules or the myriad of community events in the fall. Nevertheless, tent sites are easier to find and a bit more solitude for you to enjoy.
- 7. Food options: Hiking in warmer weather, especially summer, can sometimes make it hard to want to eat a warm nutritious meal in the evenings, like a stew or pasta dish. A little cooler weather helps to look forward to some of the backpacking meals that are stewy and nutritious.
- 8. Temps are more dog friendly: If you're taking your canine friends with you, it's a bit easier when the temps are a little lower, especially if you have them carrying their own pup-pack.
- 9. Before Winter: I love winter hiking, the solitude, planning and skills required are more challenging that other times of the year. For a lot of folks, I simply wouldn't recommend it. There can be a lot of technique required to hike and camp safely in the winter. The Fall Season is far more forgiving to folks who enjoy hiking, backpacking and seasonality without the required training of the winter period.
For all of those reasons and more, we think you should fall forward and get outdoors at this time of year. It's the BEST season to get outside. Start planning now to enjoy the season before you get too many holiday commitments.
Go ahead and make your plans to enjoy the Fall Season!