Half of Americans Get Outdoors
October 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Surprise! The No. 1 outdoor activity in the country in 2017 was running, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s most recent survey. That includes road running, jogging and trail running.
© iStock/Brian A. Jackson

The United States is a nation of outdoor lovers. As proof, consider that more than 146 million Americans participated in outdoor activities in 2017, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s annual survey report released in July.

That represents 49 percent of the total U.S. population, age 6 and older.

According to the report, the top five outdoor activities last year were:

  • Running
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Camping

The survey also notes that 20 percent of participants engaged in outdoor activities two or more times a week.

Overall, they went on 10.9 billion outings in 2017.

There are many other enlightening facts. To read the complete report, visit www.outdoorindustry.org/research-tools.

One question you may ask after reading the report is, “What is the other half of the country doing?”

Four Tips for Long-Term Storage of Fishing Gear

  • Clean and lubricate your fishing reels. If they have seen extensive use, take them apart and inspect for worn or broken parts, and replace as needed. A thorough clean and lube is especially important for saltwater reels.
  • Inspect rods for cracks and missing hardware. Also check ferrules carefully for nicks, wear or loose windings, and repair or replace them when necessary.
  • Store rods vertically to prevent warping. Avoid storing them in extreme temperatures, which can damage or weaken the rod material.
  • Clean out tackle boxes. That includes repairing or discarding damaged lures, throwing away expired jar baits, sharpening or replacing used hooks, and making sure tackle boxes are dry inside and free of dirt and grime.

No Need to Stop at Three
Most outdoor enthusiasts have heard of the three-layer clothing system. Unfortunately, not everyone has gotten the word that three doesn’t always mean three.

The three layers include a moisture-wicking base layer next to the skin, an insulation layer for warmth, and an outer shell to block wind and rain.

What people forget—or may not know—is the insulation layer can consist of multiple, thinner layers. In fact, in situations where temperatures or activity levels fluctuate, additional insulation layers are ideal. That way they can be stripped off or added as conditions change.


What’s Special About November?

  • November 6, Marooned Without a Compass Day
  • November 17, Take a Hike Day
  • November 22, Go for a Ride Day

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