Are We There Yet? – The Poconos

Taking a closer look at some of the best adventure sport hotspots.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

My body can't handle certain activities like it used to… in fact, I've thrown out my back so many times that I won't even consider doing extreme sports such as bungee-jumping and whitewater rafting (which I had the opportunity to do in British Columbia). If I break something I'll be outta commission for a period of time, which means no travel or work (or income), so really, it's not worth the risk.

For some things.

I have, however, tried other cool adventure sports – I went rock rappelling at Bay of Fundy National Park in New Brunswick several summers ago, and I've tried just about every water sport out there on my various treks to sun-drenched destinations (surfing in South Florida was particularly cool). I love horseback riding (something I did in The Rockies as well as Vermont), snorkelling and scuba diving. And one of my favourite areas for outdoor activities is The Poconos, who recently named itself the outdoor adventure sports capital of the east.

With 12 adventure/endurance races already booked for the remainder of 2012, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has proactively been branding and promoting the recreational use of its 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, as a region home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands, and 170 miles of winding rivers. You can find over 190,000 acres of state and federal land and 261 miles of marked groomed trails, which offers lots of excitement, endless exploring and unbelievable fun in the Pocono Mountains.

The Pocono Mountains prides itself in some signature events with recently hosting the biggest brand in triathlon, the Ironman 70.3 event during fall, Tough Mudder (a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course) in April, the Warrior Dash (a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 5-kilometre run) in June at Pocono International Raceway.

For more information on the area, visit their website here.

Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at