7 Great Outdoor Projects from Around the Web

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Make: isn’t the only place to find great outdoor how-tos. Here are a few of our favorite projects from other blogs and websites.

Get a drone to follow (and film) you

The folks at Exertion Games Lab programmed a Parrot AR Drone to track and film a jogger. While your morning run might not be the most exciting video, The Drone Dudes have shown you can set up a more extreme rig. If you manage to make a drone that tracks you while surfing or biking, be sure to shoot us a note.

Put a sail on your kayak

Michael Jones-Price has an excellent tutorial on his kayak-fishing blog. With this pop-up ripstop and PVC rig, he was able to reach nearly 10 mph.

DIY rock climbing

Okay, so this is just an Instructables category. But it’s full of climbing projects, from tutorials on climbing basics to crafting your own climbing holds.

Make your own surf wax

This stuff comes from pine trees. Seriously! If you’re waxing your board frequently, chances are you’re using quite a bit of wax.

Underwater wing tow

Water skiing is on the surface, parasailing is airborne, but this home-crafted wing lets a snorkeler dive downward when towed behind a boat.

Lawn darts

Jarts were made illegal for a reason, and we can’t recommend actually building these. However, there are some non-lethal alternatives, such as cornhole.

Bicycle brake light

Communicating to cars what you’re doing can make your ride a lot safer. The Backtracker does so by flashing its light faster as cars approach, but this Instructables project links a taillight to your brakes so it activates only when you hit them. Another option: this turn signal bike jacket.

It is high summer, and this week we are celebrating with five days of outdoor sports-themed articles, pictures, videos, reviews and projects. We’ll be here all week, so check back often and get out there.

Our next theme week will be wearable electronics. Send us your tips or contributions before it gets here by dropping a line to editor@makezine.com.
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Nathan Hurst is an editor at Make. He loves anything having to do with science or bicycling. He tweets as @nathanbhurst.

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