To a lot of people, the allure of the great outdoors defies logic. Tent campers have warm, comfortable and spacious homes, yet they leave it all to shiver outside in a cramped tent in the countryside . Participants in extreme sports like mountain biking are usually healthy and in the prime of life, but they risk both life and limb to push themselves further. What is the attraction? Here are the top 10 reasons people crave the outdoors:

1. Beauty and grandness

"O beautiful for halcyon skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties," go the evocative words to America the Beautiful. cities have their beauty, but an outdoor view untouched by people can leave you breathless. Because of this, humans have a strong emotional pull toward the outdoors. Even people who claim to hate the outdoors bring plants into their homes, decorate with the colors of nature, and have conservatoriesbuilt so they can enjoy the outdoors.

2. Spaciousness

"O beautiful for spacious skies" are words that resonate with many people. There is something exhilarating about seeing a stunning panorama spread before you. The feeling is often a great sense of smallness and freedom. In the small space of the home or office, people often feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility, as if too much rests on their shoulders. Being outdoors puts it all into perspective. The order of the universe will continue even if you don't get that report competed in time and even if your kids gets a B in science.

3. Escape from distractions

Most people experience a stress from the clutter of modern life. there's e-mails to answer, phone calls to return, bills to pay and lots of unfinished tasks to complete. By pushing it all aside to row down a lazy river in a canoe, hearing nothing but the twitter of birds and the smooth slapping of oars against water, the mind becomes quiet.

Although they may complain at first, children benefit from getting away from the playstation and Internet. The constant distractions from various electronics make it hard to focus. Parents notice their children calming down and actually being tired when they go to bed at night.

4. Exploration

although explorers are no longer discovering uncharted areas\places, people still have an inborn\huge desire to explore. Adventure is the primary reason hunters go into the forest to kill and drag their dinner home rather than heading to the butchers of the grocery store. There's just no sport in picking up a pack of ground beef for £ 3.45 a pound.

5. Physical challenge

A gym workout gets you fit and is very safe, but it can quickly get boring. Climbing a precipice focuses every ounce of attention to the task, and the continual danger keeps it from ever getting boring . For those who prefer safer challenges, even a hike offers a change of scenery at every turn. Unlike a treadmill, a hike has built-in motivation. An exerciser can simply step off a treadmill when it gets boring , but a day walking can't just quit in the middle of the forest.

6. Technical challenge

Correct use of gadgetry can make or break an outdoor experience. In some sports, it can mean the difference between life and death. Gadget-geeks pore over the specifications of everything from sleeping bags to carabiners, and they enjoy every second of it. Each outing becomes a technical feat. Mountaineers work out the number of pitons needed to ascend a pitch, ice fishers decide which auger to purchase, and bow-and-arrow hunters choose which kind of weapon to use.

7. Mentally stimulating

Most outdoor pursuits need more than muscle strength. They challenge the mind. Any excursion into the unknown requires meticulous planning. Backpacking is one example of this mental challenge. Walkers mull over each tool and piece of clothing to decide whether it is worthy of going into the rucksack. Each piece of kit is carefully weighed and totaled. BackpackersWalkers find that the mental challenge of paring down to bare essentials is definitely liberating.

8. Living in the moment

A lot of work, home and school life is centered on the future. White collar workers strive for a promotion, parents save for college, and students study for upcoming tests. The details of the present are usually barely noticed. When people go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing or kaiaking, they are forced to forget about all thoughts about the future. All that matters is concentrating on the next move. When people live for the moment, immediate surroundings come into sharp focus. Even the food begins to taste better. Campers say there is no better food than bacon and eggs cooking in a pan over an open fire.

People who have near death experiences in the outback often say that this intense, moment-by-moment feeling alters their life. They come back with a new appreciation for every good thing they have.

9. Camaraderie

Having a friend to share a tent and an outdoor adventure brings you far closer than any night on the town. Encountering life threatening conditions, those in which your life is in your mates hands, brings a huge level of trust that few other situations match. One sport that involves extreme trust is abseiling, in which one partner is on belay and the other secures the rope.

10. Mind healing

Sometimes reaching to the end of your physical ability brings immense spiritual insights. Many people who face near death experiences in the countryside report a strong feeling of love propelling them onward, a sense that their loved ones are present in spirit. In 1992, Jim Davidson and his climbing partner, Price, fell into a crevasse while climbing Mount Rainier. Mike didn't make it out alive in the accident, and Jim, though grief-stricken over the loss of his pal, felt the presence of his dad encouraging him through the dangerous vertical ascent to safety.

Aside from near death situations, many people ponder the order of the universe during their adventures into the wild, whether they believe in a god or not.

With all the benefits of outdoor life, what is the attraction to the great outdoors