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Suggestions for a bored college student Answered

As a college sophomore i have entirely too much time on my hands. I would like to get a new hobby and suggestions would be most helpful. If it is any help, please note that I enjoy hiking trips, being outside in general, building things and creating mischief. I am pretty much computer illiterate as well.
Thanks All.


Can you use super glue there , if you can try making car models.

Around me it's mushroom-season, get a book out of the library and forage a breakfast?


I would be mildly terrified of dying self poisoning, much easier to identify the large edible fur bearing animals from the poisonous / dangerous types.

I did say to get a book, but while critters may be easier to identify, they're harder to catch and messier to prepare.


Nonsense, check out this picture from your average mushroom book. on the left is the deadly "Destroying Angel, on the right is the delicious "Paddy Straw" mushroom. As you can see, there are clear and easily discerned differences between poisonous and none poisonous mushrooms.


I know people who pick mushrooms, they know what they're looking for and are still alive.


Personally, I've no desire to hunt mushrooms, they give me the trots.

Court: Publisher Off Hook In Mushroom Poisoning July 14, 1991 Two people who nearly died after they ate wild mushrooms they had checked against pictures in a book cannot sue the book's publisher, a federal appeals court ruled. A publisher has ''no duty to investigate the accuracy of the contents of the book it publishes,'' the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday. Wilhelm Winter and Cynthia Zheng of Berkeley, Calif., almost died after eating Amanita death-cap mushrooms in 1988. The pair had looked up the mushrooms in The Encyclopedia of Mushrooms, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Interesting stuff. I must look up hunting (i.e. killed) accidents again, some of them make you think about how people deal with hazards.


They're surprising low, about 8 injuries per 100,000 (all causes), and 1 death per 100,000.

It was the "how" that's interesting in terms of outdoor-risks. I read one where the dog had "become disorientated" retrieving a duck, his man drowned trying to get him back. People document these incidents because hunting is known to be hazardous, but you get falling out of trees as well as being mistaken for a deer etc.
I've not heard of anyone dying from fungi that I can remember, so I guess that's infrequent too.


Do you trust internet-people...?


Interwebs are way better. This is a trusted answer. Verified and confirmed.

Yahoo Answers. Best mushroom identification guide there is.

I appreciate the suggestions thus far but i would like suggestions for a hobby

Click on the Outside channel link above to the hundreds of outdoor related instructables. Geochaching, orienteering, hiking, outdoor sports, hiking, climbing, rappelling, etc. There has to be something that interests you. Good luck.


7 years ago

Two thoughts, the first encompasses the second:

My brother is the consummate outdoors guy. Climbs mountains, runs rivers, tracks the desert wastes... HE says:

"You can't just go hiking (or kayaking, etc, etc.) you need to do something while hiking- photography, fishing, orienteering, whatever- and you'll always enjoy hiking (or whatever)."

That said, I like backpacking and DIY.  When I lived in Vermont, I joined the Green Mountain Club, which maintains the Long Trail and VT section of the Appalachian Trail.

As a member I helped with shelter construction.  Think barn raising, out in the woods.  It was the perfect mix of outdoors and DIY for me.

In 2004, I helped make the Rolston Rest Shelter, all of which was donated by a forester from Conneticut.  The floor boards were 6 foot by 4 foot by 1 inch, white pine. 4 foot wide white pine!  Impossible to buy, totally custom.

That fall, I helped refurbish the William B Douglas shelter.  If you look at the photo, you can see where we replaced the bottom two logs of the structure.  We carried in trees, felled to length, stripped the bark using a bark spud and draw knives, jacked the shelter up using four 1.5 ton jacks, trimmed the replacements to fit and gave the shelter a new foundation.  The volunteer in charge had all sorts of old-timey wood working and forestry experience (hence the bark-spud) and thus it was a rare learning opportunity.

As you can see, I remember those hikes very well.  Don't know where you are, but volunteer opps like this are pretty standard with outdoors clubs around the world.

Maybe this is a possibility for you.

Rolston Rest Shelter.JPGWilliam B Douglas Shelter.jpg

Some great ideas, i live very close to the North Country Trail and i plan on becoming active this up coming year.

When in doubt, use more explosives!

"Making" is a hobby in itself -you don't have to stick to a single theme or medium (goodness knows, I don't).

Presumably you're in a rented room, so gather a collection of small tools, including a dremel-type thing, a soldering iron and a decent knife, plus a sheet of plywood for a working surface that protects your rented furniture.

Have a browse around the site for inspiration, and just start Making Stuff.

Find another bored college student.