Published on March 4th, 2010 | by Tim5
5 Manly Hobbies You Should Know About
Guest post by by: Liberty Kontranowski
All work and no play makes Jack a real pain in the ass. So if your days tend to rival those of Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day, maybe it’s time you get yourself a hobby – but not just any hobby. Leave the golfing and bowling to the guy next door and up the pastime ante with a manly quest like the five super cool and slightly extreme hobbies listed below.
B.A.S.E. jumping consists of hurling your body off of four major categories of fixed objects, including: Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs). Hence, the acronym B.A.S.E. – clever, eh?
B.A.S.E. jumping got its unofficial start many moons ago when some crazed fellow thought it’d be a good time to jump off the Statue of Liberty. Other wackjobs followed suit and now there are an untold number of daredevils plummeting off platforms with nothing other than a small parachute between them and certain death.
Similar to skydiving, B.A.S.E. jumping makes you one with the air around you, but that’s about where the similarities end. B.A.S.E. jumps are usually made from lower altitudes and thus don’t allow for the extent of aerodynamic control a skydiver would achieve. Furthermore, B.A.S.E. jumps inherently take place close to the jumping platform, making the possibility of becoming one with the platform improbable, but certainly not out of the question.
If this sounds like a kick-ass hobby to you, research your brains out to discover what kind of equipment you’ll need, where the best platforms are and how to apply for a B.A.S.E. number to make your adventures official (approximately 1300 B.A.S.E. numbers have been issued as of November 2009. Maybe 2010 will be your year.)
With a few quick steps, the extreme hobby of ice climbing could be your claim to manly fame. Just get thyself to an icefall, frozen waterfall or rock slab that’s been glazed over with liquid glass and you’re on your way.
Choose from alpine ice (in the mountains) or water ice (the more technically challenging of the two). Lace up some climbing boots (preferably with crampons, or metal spikes), hoist up an ice ax and toss in a few ice screws to anchor yourself along the way and you’re gold. Just don’t forget your camera for those mind-blowing views – and the undeniable proof that you have one helluva manly hobby.
Regular waterskiing is for sissies. Sure, your legs and ass might ache as though you’ve just worked out seventy-nine hours straight with Ah-nold, but you haven’t lived until you zoom across a body of water with nothing but your little piggies holding you up.
Around since 1947, barefoot waterskiing has become a bit of a cult-like competition. There are now numerous “events”, such as barefoot jumping, backwards barefooting and the slalom (where skiers cross back and forth across the wake as many times as they can without durfing.) Skiers from countries far and wide meet up to show their stuff, but with a little practice, you could totally out-man them any day. Plus, you’d have a killer tan to show for it.
Popular in nearly every cold-weather community in the nation, polar bear plunges have become a favorite pastime when it seems like summer’s never gonna come and you’re dying for a dip. Who cares whether the water is so cold hypothermia is but a breath away? Not you – you’re The Man. Besides, where else can you get a group of drunks together with the promise of wet t-shirts and extreme headlight-itis on the ladies? Now true, the dreaded shrinkage might be an unfortunate side effect of this mantastic hobby, but so long as you give The Boys some time to recover before putting them to use, you’ll be fine. If necessary, get that blood rushing again with a little help from Cialis.
Another pretty cool upside to polar bear dipping is the fact that many plunges are used as catalysts for nonprofit organizations’ fundraisers. So freezing your leg hairs off to support a good cause is not only a primo hobby – it’s just a good and humane thing to do.
By definition, Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment. In idiots’ terms, that means flying through the air, leaping like a jaguar and rolling your manly ass into a ball as you navigate urban environments like playgrounds, parks, gyms and abandoned structures. Sounds sweet, right?
True, this gymnastic-esque hobby might look a little daunting, but what guy doesn’t secretly wish he could scale a wall like Spidey sometimes (not to mention kiss Kirsten Dunst while hanging upside down)? With a little practice (and maybe a few trips to the ER), you too can become a traceur and sharpen your balance, physical condition, control and precision. And I can think of a particular place where all this newfound spatial awareness could be put to good use, if ya know what I mean, wink-wink.
So there you have it – the five manliest hobbies of all time. Pick one of these and watch the chicks clamor to cheer you on (or at least sit by your bedside as you heal in your full body cast).
Go forth and conquer, men. Go forth!
Liberty Kontranowski is a freelance writer and blogger with hundreds of articles published online and in print, covering everything from sexual health to parenting to beauty, fashion, entertainment and more. Liberty is the newest member of the Secure Medical team providing the highest quality articles to edrugstore.md and Viamedic.com