Gift Experiences For The Outdoorsman

Outdoorsman GiftsOrienteering, hiking and sightseeing are all very popular pastimes amongst outdoorsy types and if you’re stuck for a gift idea for someone who loves to breathe in the fresh air and doesn’t mind getting a bit muddy then an orienteering course or similar outdoor gift experience can be a fantastic present.

Orienteering courses or experiences come in a range of flavours from simple hikes to treasure hunts to navigation competitions individually or in teams. You don’t need to be exceptionally fit to take part, and the only equipment you’ll need (other than a set of decent stout boots and sensible clothing for walking in) is a simple map and compass.

For ideas on orienteering courses and gift experiences try getting in touch with the British Orienteering Association (www.britishorienteering.org.uk) or for something a little more lightweight for a more casual outdoorsman ask for advice from the Rambler’s Association (www.ramblers.org.uk) instead. Both organisations are keen to promote their respective activities as well as campaigning for protection of right of way, access to open countryside and defence of scenic areas against development for purely financial gain. Both are keen supporters of proper waymarking sign systems for official trails (the average orienteering enthusiast’s penchant for getting delightfully lost aside) and many enthusiastically endorse other visitor experience enhancements like maps, leaflets, visitor guides, outdoor furniture, toilet facilities, car parking and scenery-friendly displays like lectern signs which can provide information to adults and children of all heights without ruining the view.

In a lot of countryside areas there are smaller local clubs, often centred around churches and similar social organisations, who will conduct guided walks and other activities throughout the year ranging from orienteering challenges (some with quite lucrative prizes) to sightseeing tours and walks around local beauty spots. To match your gift to the ability and inclination of your receiver, look for the grade of activity (easy, moderate, strenuous) and check if animals and/or children are allowed to join in.

Take a look at some of our other gift ideas for men or couples’ gifts for anniversaries for some more fun and novel gift ideas, or for more information and some beautiful examples of the types of outdoor signs commonly used to mark these outdoor routes nip along to expert signage design and manufacturing company Fitzpatrick Woolmer at www.fwdp.co.uk

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