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12 Months of Adventure!

Bucket list? Nah. This list is about living—our guide to a year of discovering your passions, learning new skills, and becoming a man of action. Open your calendar app—you’ve got some flights to book.


By Jen Murphy
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Above Image | Michael Clark REACH NEW HEIGHTS: Watch ice climbers reach for the sky and then learn the skill yourself at the Ouray Ice Festival.

My friend Jack once quit his job and declared the Summer of Jack. Single and in his 30s, he traveled the world to indulge his passions—music and sports. He went to Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Spain for the FIB music festival. He scored seats for Opening Day, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500, baseball in Tokyo, and rugby in Australia.

His Instagram feed triggered next-level FOMO. Eventually he returned to work, but he has continued to fill every year with as much as possible. The Summer of Jack, he reminds envious friends, wasn’t about a bucket list but about things he loved to do. We can’t all quit our jobs, but we can embrace Jack’s philosophy of collecting life- altering experiences. Start with our monthly game plan.

JANUARY

OURAY ICE FESTIVAL, COLORADO | January 19–22

The world’s most fearless climbers come here to race up a nearly 175-foot frozen waterfall. But you can hone your own Spidey skills at beginner-friendly clinics in a spectacular mountain ringed box canyon. In the evening, keep warm with live music, craftbeer-fueled parties, and Ouray’s famous natural hot springs. All-access pass $60, ourayicepark.com/ouray-ice-festival

FEBRUARY

WANDERLUST FESTIVAL, OAHU | February 23–26

This is the perfect gateway to yoga for guys. Wanderlust Oahu blends approachable classes (like restorative Yin yoga, taught by surfer and yogi Gerry Lopez) with biking, surfing, and other adventures along the North Shore and lectures from chefs, filmmakers, and more. At night, detox to retox at concerts featuring acts like Griz and Son Little. Tickets from $99, wanderlust.com/festivals/oahu

MARCH

ADVENTURE SAILING IN ALASKA

You’re not a cruise ship guy. Right? So hop aboard a 54-foot sailboat with Adventure Flow to explore southeast Alaska. Daylight lasts longer this time of year (about 12 hours), and it’s also the best time to see seals and enjoy the remote wilderness uninterrupted by tourists and passing luxury liners. Your guides, who double as photographers and chefs, will take you off the beaten path to paddleboard past Dawes Glacier, kayak the Ford’s Terror tidal bore, and traverse the Alaskan forest. Three-day trips from $850, adventureflow.us

APRIL

RUGGED MANIAC, DADE CITY, FLORIDA | April 22

Bored with the typical 5K? Rugged Maniac will cure that. This 26-city race (powered by Men’s Health) injects thrills into those 3.1 miles by adding 25 outrageous obstacles, from waterslides to trampoline jumps. The race day party includes beach volleyball, dancing, and beer. Dade City’s course, which runs along rolling lawns, huge oaks draped with Spanish moss, and beautiful water features, is by far the most scenic of the series. From $59, ruggedmaniac.com

MAY

BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL, ALLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS | May 26-28

Sometimes a mud-free festival is preferable. The National’s Aaron Dessner picks the lineup, which in the past has featured the Shins, Sia, Kendrick Lamar, and Beck. New digs at Harvard’s Athletics Complex will allow for more acts, plus a film component curated by Harvard grad Natalie Portman. Price TBD, bostoncalling.com

JUNE

TROUT & STOUT TRIP, BOZEMAN, MONTANA

Warm summer temperatures trigger insect hatching, which makes June an exceptional time to fly-fish the trout highways known as the Madison and Yellowstone rivers. Montana’s Last Best Outfitters will guide you to whopper rainbows and then send you off on a three brewery tour of Bozeman with Tour de Foam. From $540 for two, mlbo.com

JULY

ULTIMATE WATERMAN’S CHALLENGE, CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO | July 12-17

This event melds music, sports, and volunteering. Highlights include aerial surf shows, paddleboarding races, spearfishing competitions, and beach cleanups. At night, enjoy seaside cookouts and live music on a rooftop lounge. From $10 for music tickets, challenges and exhibitions free to watch; uwchallenge.com

AUGUST

FARM TO FORK FONDO, FREEPORT, MAINE | August 27

A fondo is a group ride; a fondo is fun. This three-year-old series, founded by former pro cyclist Tyler Wren, fuels its riders with farm-fresh food, and plenty of it. Four distances, from an easy 11-mile ramble to a challenging 89-mile ride with nearly 5,000 feet of climbing, makes the Maine event accessible to all abilities. Finishers are rewarded with a lobster bake feast at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. $35 to $145, farmtoforkfondo.com

SEPTEMBER

LONG WEEKEND IN DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON

Skip the summer crowds. The weather is still warm enough to hike, bike, and raft, and Suttle Lodge & Boathouse in Deschutes National Forest makes an epic base for outdoor adventures. Revamped last year by Portland’s Ace Hotel team, the lodge rents kayaks and canoes, and boasts a beer garden and great cocktails. Cabins from $125, lodge rooms from $275; thesuttlelodge.com

OCTOBER

SURVIVAL SCHOOL BASECAMP IN THE CATSKILLS, NEW YORK

This weekend-long workshop teaches urbanites how to light a fire without matches, build a shelter from natural materials, and navigate by the stars. You’ll even enhance your cooking repertoire with wilderness recipes like fruit pancakes from cattail flour. $319, destinationbackcountry adventures.com

NOVEMBER

CAMP COOKOUT WEEKEND, MARFA, TEXAS | Dates TBD

Master the flavors of West Texas at El Cosmico campground’s fifth annual Camp Cooking event. Host Lou Lambert, chef at Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue in Austin, will share his famous buttermilk biscuit recipe, wax poetic on beef grading, and teach the fine art of open-fire and Dutch oven cooking. Accommodations from $85, camp weekend price TBD; elcosmico.com

DECEMBER

SNOWGLOBE MUSIC FESTIVAL, LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA | December 29-31

December 29–31 Imagine if Ibiza’s top nightclubs invaded the Sierra Nevada Mountains and you’ll get the idea here. This multi-stage event combines performances from over 50 dance music artists (last year’s headliners included the Chainsmokers and Flume) with Big Air snowboard and ski demos. snowglobemusicfestival.com


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