Just wanted to check, as so far the majority of questions seem to be around walking/hiking. I hope wider pursuits are also welcome, and have questions in these areas, but wanted to check the community thoughts on this first.
As for climbing, that was included https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2473/can-we-add-mountaineering-rock-climbing-snowboarding-mountain-biking
As for Sailing, I could have sworn I saw a "boating" or sailing SE proposal, but can't seem to find it.
Since sailing by itself is a pretty broad area, and for big sailboats and voyages can stray far from what most consider the "great outdoors", perhaps a reasonable threshold is that if the watercraft can easily be carried by its passengers, it's good for here.
- Kayaking? - Definitely
- Canoeing? - Definitely
- Rafting? - Definitely
- Cruising across the ocean on some mega-yacht? - Probably not
- Cruising around lakes in a 2 person dinghy? Sure why not?
- Marine radios? Maybe?
To answer your very broad question: Yes, "other pursuits" are welcome. We're not limited to just walking/hiking.
I posted something similar over in What should our FAQ contain? that bears repeating here.
I consider activities that take place outside using primarily power produced by you to be the parameters for what's included in "The Great Outdoors." So that would mean that canoeing, kayaking, and rafting (whitewater or otherwise) are on-topic, but other types of boating are not (yachts, motor boats, cruises, commercial shipping of any kind).
Just because it takes place outdoors does not mean that it qualifies as "The Great Outdoors." I can drive an 18-wheeler truck through the middle of nowhere, surrounded only by meadows and wildlife, but trucking is not an activity of The Great Outdoors. Similarly, questions about legal statures governing commercial shipping are not on-topic.
Regarding the boat towing question: I do not think that the question as it is currently worded is on-topic. If it is reworded to be specifically about canoers or kayakers accepting a tow, it would be better but I don't know if even that is enough to convince me that it is.
Others I'm curious to hear opinions on (mostly just dredging up some potentials in my own mind to see where the community lies...)
- Bike touring
- Other bike-related activities (mountain-biking, street-biking)
- Disc Golf
- Trail Running
- Street luge
- Ultra-light airplanes
Again - not trying to be cheeky here (nor do we need to create a comprehensive list), I'm just sussing out where the boundaries lie. Cheers!