There’s a special span of about six weeks that starts around back-to-school time at some point in August and ends not long after the first frost or snowfall at some point in September or early October. This late-summer, early-autumn micro season (...Sumtum?) deserves recognition as perhaps the best time of the year for adventure. Why? Easy: Summer crowds are down, and so are the bugs and humidity. Everything we love to do (minus snow-based stuff, obvi) is on the table, from mountain biking to rock climbing to boating. The mornings are crisp enough to make a hot cup of coffee that much better, and likewise, a campfire at the end of the day feels dreamy. Plus, the days are generally bright and warm enough to make you think that Summer might last forever.
Here’s how we get the most out of it:
- Make Every Weekend Like Gold You will spend every weekend that comes your way, so it’s up to you to make it valuable. We plan at least one mini-adventure as a weekend centerpiece and build around it. Spontaneity is fun, but we recommend sketching out a plan for the entire slate of Sumtum weekends, along with a few alternates. Pro-tip: Nothing solidifies plans like booking a campsite or Airbnb.
- Hit a Festival We just got back from Gauley Fest, and had a total blast. Coming up, we’ll also be at OutdoorX and Bridge Day. It’s like summer decided to host a series of after-parties. Music fests, especially near cool adventure towns are a great idea too.
- Record the Game Not all of us are sportsball freaks, but for those who are, don’t let a game preclude formative time outside with your friends and family floating a river or laughing around a campfire. The couch isn’t going anywhere, but the clock’s ticking on this fleeting season.
- Pack for at Least Two Activities The more you bring, the more you’ll get done. Explore a river run and a trail by packing boats and bikes (or boots). See the river in a new way by packing a fly rod. You get the idea.
- Maximize Fun in Camp We outlined our tips for making the funnest campsite ever here. Do it! Two months from now, camping might not be on your menu!
Honestly, we could go on and on. This is the best time of year to get outside, though, so stop reading and start planning. And don’t forget to pack your favorite adventure coffee.
$13.99 Colombia, shade grown, high altitude, organic.
A medium roast that is our go to daily driver.
Smooth balanced blend.
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Colombia, shade grown, high altitude, organic. A medium roast that is our go to daily driver. Smooth balanced blend. … read more