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Beginner’s Guides

At Matador, you’ll find many different beginner’s guides designed to instruct and get you into something new, whether it’s deep-sea diving, sport climbing, fly fishing, or another activity you’re ready to take on.

Within our travel community, we have people who teach surfing and paddling for a living, as well as hundreds who are dedicated cyclists, snowboarders, marathoners, and more.

Based on their experience and input, our guides for beginners can help you take your first step towards something that might become a lifelong pursuit.

Photo: marc kjerland

13 essential first experiences in nature


An all-ages guide to adventure in Sun Valley, ID

8 contingencies to plan for on a multi-day backpacking trip


8 vital tips for the beginning snowboarder

How to be a bull rider at the Calgary Stampede

What gear do I need to start: Hiking

Bird is a verb

Getting started in sports photography

How to swim the English Channel

How to choose your first mountain bike

10 things to know before becoming a sumo wrestler

How to get started sandboarding

How to get into Mountaineering

How to rehab an old sailboat

So you want to get sponsored? 6 key factors for young athletes

How to get started long-distance running

How to get started kiteboarding

11 outdoor adventures to try in 2009

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