THE THREE (AND A HALF) TYPES OF FUN

Who doesn’t love to have fun?! Here’s just a bit of Friday fun by Ryan Dunfee on the three (and a half) types of fun :)

“On a base level, everything you could ever do in the outdoors qualifies as fun.” says Dunfee. From gruelling hikes to horse riding to stunning trail runs to water-skiing it’s all better than being at work and thus fun. All types of fun are equal, some are just more equal than others. Here’s how to classify the type of fun you’re going to have this weekend.  

TYPE I FUN

Explained: Type I fun is fun the entire time you're doing it. It never sucks, you're never glad it's over, and just want it to keep going on and on.

Eligible activities: Trail running (ok we’re biased), Riding powder, drinking cocktails on a boat, lift-served or shuttle-assisted mountain biking, really anything lift-served, fly fishing, aprés.

TYPE 1.5 FUN

 Explained: Usually unaccounted for in normal fun scales, Type 1.5 fun sucks at some juncture, usually at whatever point you have to climb, but kicks ass and is all smiles later on, usually on the descent.

Eligible activities: Ski or splitboard touring, mountain running, ski mountaineering, big cross-country epics on the bike, surfing on big days, home brewing beer.

TYPE II FUN

 Explained: Type II fun sucks the entire time you are doing it, but you are excited to either brag about it at the bar later or look back on it and value it as a character-building episode.

Eligible activities: Ultra running, desert running, rowing across the atlantic, ski mountaineering when all you get to ski is rotten snow and/or ice, hiking the Appalachian or Pacific Crest trails. For local Cape Tonians, Running from Cape Point to Signal across 90km of mountains and then turning around to go all the way back again.

TYPE III FUN

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Ernest Shackleton practically invented Type III fun during his failed 1914 expedition to cross Antartica. Here, he and several members of his crew land the 20-foot rowboat they used to cross 720 miles of open ocean in 80-foot seas to reach the backside of an island that had a whaling station on it, portending a rescue. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong side, and had to cross 32 miles of glaciers, mountains, and ice that had never been mapped before, including a finish in a glacial creek, before reaching civilization. Serious Type III fun.

Explained: Type III fun is never fun while you're doing it, you often feel your life is threatened, certain doom is usually at hand, and half the time it ends in a harrowing rescue. Afterwards, you swear to never attempt anything similar ever again.

Eligible activities: Failed polar expeditions, Apollo 13, sailing around the world solo, anything described in a Jon Krakauer novel, what these guys did.

Article by Ryan Dunfee, to read his full article click here