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Adventure Bucket List

Will and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about all of the adventures we would love to have someday. Some of them make it onto our yearly Goals & Objectives lists, but some are so big or multi-faceted that they are added to our “adventure bucket list” instead. Here’s a list of all the bigger trips on our radar right now (in no particular order!) Click below to zoom straight to a specific adventure or scroll down to see them all.
 

Will & Alyssa’s Adventure Bucket List

  1. Bike all of the IMBA Epic Rides »
  2. Take a sea kayaking trip to see the glaciers in Alaska »
  3. Hike the Haute Route »
  4. Take a Wilderness First Responder course »
  5. Dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia »
  6. Run the Grand »
  7. Ski from West Yellowstone, MT to Old Faithful »
  8. Visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in Prince Rupert, Canada »
  9. Backpack through Europe »
  10. Overnight in a fire lookout »
  11. Hike a section of the Greater Patagonian Trail »
  12. Run the Wonderland Loop »
  13. Ski in Japan »
  14. Explore slot canyons in the American Southwest »
  15. Go on a horse packing trip »

150814-Bangtail-128 Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

1. Bike all of the IMBA “Epic” Mountain Bike Trails

The IMBA Epic Trails is a list of 28 mountain bike trails that are “demanding, mostly singletrack adventures in a natural setting. The Epics designation denotes a true backcountry riding experience—one that is technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.” We would love to check them all off the list! More Info »

  1. Australian Alpine Epic in Australia
  2. Bangtail Divide in Bozeman, Montana Done! Read Post »
  3. Big South Fork/All 5 Ride in Oneida, Tennessee
  4. Buffalo Creek Trails in Pine, Colorado
  5. Bull Mountain in Dahlonega, Georgia
  6. Cannell Trail in Sherman Pass, California
  7. Colorado Trail (Southern Segments) in Durango, Colorado
  8. Curt Gowdy State Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  9. Ellicottville Trail in Ellicottville, New York
  10. Fresno-Sauceda Loop in Big Bend State Park, Texas
  11. Goodwater Trail in Lake Georgetown, Texas
  12. Grand Targhee Loop in Wyoming
  13. Hurricane Cliffs Hurricane in Utah
  14. Lake Ouachita Vista Trail in Arkansas
  15. Maah Daah Hey Trail in Medora, North Dakota
  16. Mid Mountain Trail in Park City, Utah
  17. North Umpqua Trail in Roseburg, Oregon
  18. Plains of Abraham in Cougar, Washington
  19. Rattling Creek in Lykens, Penssylvania
  20. Rock Lake in Cable, Wisconsin
  21. Roth Rock at Ride State College, Pennsylvania
  22. Seven Summits Trail in Rossland, British Columbia
  23. Tahoe Rim Trail in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  24. Upper Buffalo in Arkansas
  25. Waldo Lake in Oakridge, Oregon
  26. Warner Lake South in Chilcotins, British Columbia
  27. The Womble Hot Springs in Arkansas
  28. W2 in Afan Forest Park, Wales

Prince William Sound, Alaska, kayaking 2010 Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

2. Take a sea kayaking trip to see the glaciers in Alaska

This is definitely a time sensitive item – the glaciers are melting at an incredible rate, and won’t be around forever. I would love to see these glaciers before they’re gone. No adventure bucket list would be complete without a sea kayak trip!


Haute Route Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

3. Hike the Haute Route

The Haute Route is a hut-to-hut hiking / skiing trail that runs from Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. It’s the ultimate “glamping” experience: work hard all day, then tuck into some seriously gourmet food and soft sheets at night.


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4. Take a Wilderness First Responder course

The more time we spend in the backcountry, the more likely we are to encounter a situation that requires medical expertise – whether for our own sake or someone else’s. WFR (fondly pronounced “woofer” by those in the business) is a hands on 9-10 day intensive course “designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations.”


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5. Dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

This one is self explanatory. So much abundance!


Beginning a new day rafting the Colorado River - Grand Canyon Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

6. Run the Grand

Will has always wanted to river raft down the Grand Canyon. Whether we do it with a group of friends or a commercial tour, I’m sure this will be an epic adventure.


Best of Yellowstone, Day 4: Midway Geyser Basin Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

7. Ski from West Yellowstone, MT to Old Faithful

A 30 mile skate ski through Yellowstone National Park in the Winter! We’ll start at the Western park entrance and end at the Snow Lodge, nearby Old Faithful.


Grizzly Love Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

8. Visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in Prince Rupert, Canada

How could you NOT want to visit, with a description like this?! “Established in 1994 as Canada’s first and only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the Khutzeymateen Protects the entire watershed of the Khutzeymateen and Kateen Rivers and the foreshore of the Khutzeymateen Inlet. Approximately 60 bears utilise the diverse and rich coastal habitats including numerous estuaries throughout the inlet. Managed by BC Parks and the Tsimshian Nation, the protected area is monitored by First Nations Rangers who stay on a floating camp and visitor centre in the Park.”


Salzburg Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

9. Backpack through Europe

This is a vague one that I’m sure will continue to evolve as we start exploring Europe. Rather than seeing the major tourist sights we want to connect with locals, eat good food, and see as much history as possible.


Lemmon Rock Lookout - Coronado National Forest Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

10. Overnight in a fire lookout

There’s nothing better than ending an all day hike by retiring to a remote cabin, and I imagine that feeling is intensified when the cabin is a fire lookout with incredible views!


'Picturesque', Argentina, Patagonia, Mt. Fitzroy Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

11. Hike a section of the Greater Patagonian Trail

Patagonia seems like an incredible place that deserves more than a little exploration. The 1500km trail winds through the Patagonian Andes. “It’s a stunningly beautiful and diverse trail that crosses volcanic fields, idyllic Andean valleys, snow covered mountain ranges, lush green forests and deep blue lakes and rivers.” More Info »


Rainier Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

12. Run the Wonderland Loop

The Wonderland Trail is a 93 mile loop that encircles Mount Rainier. Traditionally done over the course of several days, we’d like to do it in one shot. Fast & Light! More Info »


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13. Ski in Japan

Ski movies featuring Japan’s epic powder and amazing tree skiing have been taunting us.


Antelope Canyon Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

14. Explore slot canyons in the American Southwest

The beauty (and danger!) of these canyons is undeniable, and we want to spend some time getting to know them.


Pack horses descending from High Sierra Camp at May Lake Outside Found Adventure Bucket List

15. Go on a horse packing trip

I’ve always loved horses, and think this would be an awesome backpacking trip!

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