About

Welcome, adventurers! If you’re looking for inspiration and practical information about outdoor activities, you’ve come to the right place.

The Urban Outdoors (formerly Skyline Adventurer) was founded on one simple premise: that anyone can find unique outdoor adventures anywhere in the world, including in their own city! Whether you’re staring off into the mountains near Seattle or dodging taxis in Chicago, we’ll help you find and plan an urban outdoor adventure that suits your abilities and preferences.

While The Urban Outdoors covers almost every activity that involves the outdoors, we focus primarily on:

  • Urban hiking, biking, and running
  • Urban water sports, like paddling and swimming
  • Rock climbing
  • Winter sports
  • Outdoor city guides

(Oh, and by the way, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, too!)

Our Team

Kay Rodriguez, Founder & Chief Adventure Officer

Kay Rodriguez is an outdoor adventure and travel writer based in Chicago, IL. She’s been working in the media world since 2012, and focuses on hiking, camping, and running. You might recognize her from The Urban Outdoors’ sister blog, Jetfarer, where she writes about short-term bucket list adventures around the world.

While living in Chicago, Kay saw a desperate need for highlighting the fun and unique ways to get outdoors without leaving the city. She realized that other city dwellers often feel the same way. So, she founded The Urban Outdoors in 2019 as the first and only urban outdoors-focused blog on the web.

Throughout her career in travel, Kay’s writing and adventures have been featured in National Geographic, USA Today, Business Insider, The Points Guy, and several other internationally-renowned publications.

Natalie Ringel, Content Manager, Paddling Specialist

Natalie Ringel is The Urban Outdoors’ content and research ninja, and she loves everything and anything that has to do with the outdoors. She is originally from outside of Chicago (and naturally is a deep-dish pizza kind of girl), and her love for the outdoors comes from the countless summers spent in Minnesota. From paddleboarding to kayaking, she loves being on the water, and hopes to share her passion for the outdoors with the UO community.

Natalie is currently a college student who takes every opportunity to spend time outdoors and away from the lecture hall. So far, her favorite trips have been week-long backpacking and canoeing programs in Canada and the Adirondacks. When she is not traversing some way-too-steep trails, you can find her in the kitchen cooking (Mediterranean is her go-to) or watching some cheesy movie on Netflix (don’t lie…we all do it…).

Rafael Lima, Contributor, Rock Climbing Specialist

Rafael Lima is a resident physician turned adventure addict. In between his time spent studying and in clinics, he is usually out on a hiking trail or the wall of his local climbing gym. In between epic adventure trips, he likes to spend time with his two cats and puppy. He is also a bit of a geek, and enjoys all things video games, sci-fi, and board games.

A Quick Disclosure

The Urban Outdoors is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As always, we only link to products that we recommend, and that we have tried and tested ourselves.