Extreme sports and activities on sand – whether at the beach or on desert dunes. Think sandboarding, sand sledding, dune buggy, and riding dirt bikes on sand!

Packing List for Desert Camping

Venturing into the desert? Here's your ultimate guide to desert camping and check list of recommended gear and equipment that you need to bring with you when you hit the dunes, in order to make the most out of your desert adventure. As part of the Amazon Associate and eBay…

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Sleeping Bags for Desert Camping

Outdoor camping in the desert can get tricky due to the extreme climate conditions which see very hot weather during the day and plummeting temperatures at night. On one hand, traditonal winter sleeping bags meant for cold weather may be too heavy to carry while hiking on sand dunes, while…

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Sandboarding & Sand Sports Insurance
Fall from sandboard. Photo courtesy of Leeo123

Sandboarding & Sand Sports Insurance

Sand boarding, sledding and skiing are all exciting, action-packed activities that will make any trip to the desert memorable. But, as with any extreme sport, accidents can happen, and your travel insurance may not cover these niche activities in their package. If you are planning to go sandboarding, sand sledding,…

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Sand Dune Climbing

Climbing on sand dunes differs from hiking for the lack of trails and the fact that you are, well, attempting to climb on a huge pile of soft sand, inevitably ending up half step back after each step forward. Dune climbing is no easy feat, but the challenge is what…

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Best Gaiters for Desert Hiking & Running

When it comes to desert camping and backpacking gear, shoe gaiters are sometimes overlooked. These protective ankle and lower leg coverings can really make a difference when hiking across sand dunes in the hot desert sun, as they offer an extra layer of protection against debris, scorching sand, and snake…

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Best Gifts for Desert Hikers

Going hiking in the desert or know someone who is? There is plenty of useful gear you can pick as a gift for people who are into backpacking or camping amongst sand dunes, and there are plenty of options which are both useful and functional. Below, our personally curated gift…

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Sand Kiting: Kitesurfing on sand
Kiteboarding on Claggan Beach, Erris. Photo courtesy of Comhar.

Sand Kiting: Kitesurfing on sand

Mountainboarding on sand takes many forms and shapes, some of which are particularly creative. If you think you can't practice windsurfing on land, think again - sand kitesurfing (a.k.a. sand kiting) is a thing and it's here to stay. This website contains sponsored links. As part of the Amazon Associate…

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Best Shoes for Desert & Beach Sand Dunes

Choosing a quality pair of shoes is one of the most essential aspects of any outdoors hiking trip. But when it comes to harsh desert environments and extreme weather conditions, you need to choose footwear that is both sturdy and breathable. Whether you are going dune climbing, sand surfing or…

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Sandboarding on active volcanoes in  Nicaragua
Cerro Negro Volcan, Nicaragua. Photo courtesy of Ben Turnbull

Sandboarding on active volcanoes in Nicaragua

Surfing on active volcanoes, officially volcano boarding or ash boarding, is an extreme sport similar to sandboarding but practiced on dunes made of hardened lava and volcanic ashes. There are currently only a handful of locations worldwide where this sport can be practiced, but the most popular destination is surely…

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History and Origins of Sandboarding
Sand Skiing in Egypt 1939. Unknown author.

History and Origins of Sandboarding

Sandboarding as we know it gained popularity in the early 2000s and is today widely practiced in many locations worldwide, but the origins of this sport may date back thousands of years. It is unclear exactly who first invented sandboarding, with some claiming that people in Ancient Egypt would use…

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