December 07, 2011
Mandatory gear: Eyewear, long-sleeve shirt, pants, hiking footwear, compass, map
The gist: Trails? Pff. Who needs trails when you can walk in the woods!
Let your inner animal out! Trails are wonderful for most all hikes. But once and a while it’s good to bushwhack and get back into the thick of the woods. Off-trail hiking puts branches in your face and uneven ground under your boots. But the activity can also transport a hiker into places few people ever see. Follow a deer trail. Walk along the edge of a swamp or pond. Hurdle logs, leave boot-prints in the mud, and try not to get lost! Leaving the trail — be it in an urban park or in the true wilds — is an immediate portal back to nature, true and full.
- PHOTO CONTEST!
Do you bike urban singletrack trails? Maybe you build two-story snow forts? Submit a photo and a caption of yourself being a "Weekday Warrior" to win Köppen gear! We'll highlight the best submissions on this page. (Submission form is below on left; upload as many photos as you see fit, and we'll contact you if your image wins!)
- Learn about how to be
a Weekday Warrior
Ad Hoc "Alleycat" Bike Race
Mimic the routine of a professional bike messenger.
Skateboarding with Dog
Kick and glide on your skateboard.
Capture the Flag, Ghost in the Graveyard, and Kick the Can.
Open Water Swimming
Triathletes do it. You can too! Ditch pool laps for a lake swim.
Trails? Pff. Who needs trails when you can walk in the woods!
Bike to Work
Leave the car behind. Freedom and exercise on your commute.
Get your flashlight ready. Hiking in the dark is a whole new world.