How To Make The Outdoors Comfortable And Easy For First TimersWes Siler7/11/14 1:26pmFiled to: HipstersHow ToCampingBeginnersGroupsIndefinitely Wild3717EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkTaking your friends and loved ones with you is one of the neatest things you can do in the outdoors. Who's going to believe you saw Sasquatch unless they're right there alongside? Here's how to make it easy for them.AdvertisementA lot of the stuff I do outdoors I do by myself or with a friend like Chris, who's experienced and who can keep up. But, for my friend Mark's birthday every year, we organize a big group camping trip for a bunch of city kids who consider hiking Runyon Canyon to be an extreme adventure. Mark let me plan it a couple years ago and I took everyone off-roading through Death Valley National Park. We ended up losing half the group and the rest got mad at me when I spent all day rescuing some moron instead of taking them to the hot springs I'd promised. It was a major fail.What I'd failed to take into account was that the really hard stuff — in this case the off-roading — that I find so rewarding is actually boring to most people, largely because they don't have the perspective or experience to appreciate it. Sitting in the back of a car, even a car that's got two of its wheels off the ground while negotiating a treacherous 1,000-foot cliff, is still just sitting in the back of a car to most people. There's also the question of how most people perceive nature. While I think the stark desolation of the desert is compelling and beautiful, most other people just look at it as a giant sand pit that's featureless and boring. AdvertisementLuckily, from my mistakes, we can all learn a little about taking new people into the outdoors for the first time. This guide is intended to help people that, like me, enjoy the outdoors already plan a trip for their girlfriend/boyfriend or a group of first timers. Hell, I've used camping trip as third date deal sealers for years. Right, Lara?Hot springs make for great camping trips. AdvertisementSponsoredWater Works: People like water. We need it to live and it gives girls an excuse to wear bathing suits. Planning a camping trip or other outdoors adventure around water is a great idea. It'll help sell the trip to the n00bs while also making their experience much more fun. Cliff jumping, hot springs, tubing or even just barbecuing on a beach are all great pegs to anchor a trip around. Hanging out in the middle of the desert, doing nothing, is boring for most people. Hanging out on a beach, doing nothing, is exciting for most people. Go figure.