Frum Outdoorsman: Rare but Possible

The wanderings and adventures of an orthodox Jew


Yes frum folks who are outdoors addicts do exist and I am out to prove that they are even more in abundance then they seem to be. I understand that across this great land and many other great lands orthodox people are engaged in climbing up shear rock faces, hiking 200 miles into the Montana backcountry and riding their mountain bikes down ski mountains and across the red rock canyons of southwestern Utah.

I myself am from NYC and now reside in Albany NY. I work in a classified field- but it allows me to wander around and hike quite a bit. My favorite activities are mountain biking on fast smooth singletrack and 3-4 day hikes. I also own a recreational Kayak, 2 mountain bikes, longboard, 2 rifles and a very durable 99 Subaru Outback with 240,000 miles. These are my toys along with some damned good montrail boots, marmot single wall 3 season tent, ems 1.8 pound 35 degree bag and a rather large Osprey backpack to stuff all the stuff I need inside.

I bet you are wondering what kind of hashkafa someone like myself may have and since I am searching for my soulmate, zivug, bashert – I will divulge some of my secrets. I do not label because labels are for cans and underwear- but I do tend to make it to minyan- daven three times daily, koveah ittim, learn bchavrusa many a time and try to work on myself contsantly by learning chovos lavovos, chofetz chaim, mesilas yesharim, chitas(tanya) and listening to stuff from The Shmuz

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  2. bibomedia said

    Have a nice day !

  3. Akiva said

    It was great to discover your blog–thanks to A Simple Jew, whom I visit often. As a Sephardi outdoorsman in Texas, I have learned to “compartmentalize,” although reading Yehuda Halevi or ibn Gabirol on a starry night is sublime mixture of pleasures. I look forward to returning for a longer visit…

    Shabbat Shalom

  4. When you are ready to wander around Israel, check out for Israel road trips. also offers kayak / snorkel trips to underwater archaeology sites, jeeping / caving expeditions, hot air balloon flights. Contact for info.

  5. Nice blog! A shame that frum outdoorsfolk are a rarity; but I argue that is a consequence of exile. The Torah (including the oral Torah) is so full of awareness, knowledge, and interaction with the natural world that so directly displays Hashem’s manifest will. In Israel, hiking and camping, etc. wasn’t just a way to refresh ourselves with a break from the beit midrash – it was a way to appreciate and connect with the Holy Land in particular and Hashem’s creation in general. And, of course, during our army service we all spent lots of time getting very intimate with the Holy Land. Rabi Hiya bar Gamda wasn’t the only one to roll in the dirt or ‘kiss’ the stones! 😉 In short, a deep appreciation for the outdoors and using it for ideal hitbodedut should be a part of every observant person’s life.

    There is no lack of frum people in Israel who spend serious time in the outdoors. Get yourself home!

    • Chana said

      I’m very happy to learn that there are frum people outdoors!!! Since I became observant I do not find people to hike/backpacking with. Mostly it is because of Shabbat. I have to leave for a trip on Sunday, while people I knew always did it on Friday through week-end…. I’m trying to connect 2 worlds into one. I know it is possible, but very hard. I can’t imagine my life without hiking mountains and so far the most beautiful trips I took were all in my pre-serioslyobservant life…..

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