Ready to challenge yourself with a little adventure?
Move at a vigorous pace through the city — and outward to drink destinations with Eric and crew. The Adventure Skate is a destination skate for those with established stamina.
Saturday’s. 10:30 AM. All year.
10:50 AM push-off, twenty minutes after meet-up.
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Where We Meet
The foot of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps near the Rocky Statue. 39°57’53.3″N 75°10’46.4″W
If an event is taking place that prohibits access, the Landskaters Email Group your source for constant updates and last minute alterations.
Where To Park
If you are travelling by car you’ll find the most nearby parking is on Pennsylvania Avenue and side streets to the adjacent north of the Art Museum.
Where We Skate
The destinations dictate the total distance which varies from 12 to 18 miles that will almost always include numerous hills and few breaks along the way.
This one is for the avid, active, fit, inline skater. Can you hack it? If you can, you’ll find your reward at each midway point in the skate.
Unless you have established stamina at long distances in speed skates, wear a mid-cuff to high-cuff recreational skate (or marathon style speed skate).
Bikes may join us but are expected to stay to the rear and to also be very careful to mind how skaters stride (kick out) and should you pass a skater, stay far wide of them for safety.
Helmets and pads are expected. You’ll find our members wear no less than a helmet and wrist guards. Elbow and knee pads are a advised.
We stop for drinks and food at the halfway point. Here are a few places we’ve enjoyed over the years.
If you’d like to make a suggestion for a destination, come on out and pitch the group. The Landskaters have been skating Philly since the 90s. You may have a hard time finding a place that hasn’t already been hit, but you never know! One thing is certain, these skaters are game for just about any place in skating range.
12 to 18 miles is typical. If it will be longer, the group will generally discuss it in advance. 24 miles is the outside range and rarely hit.
It’s all about the destination out most of the time. When it’s a short stop, the group sometimes suggests meeting up for a post skate drink or bite to eat. at somewhere near like Bishop’s Collar.
Adventure Skate FAQs
I'm an expert. Do I need a helmet?
Wear a helmet. It protects you against traffic. Even our best skaters wear them. You won't look out of place.
It Looks Hard. Is it?
Difficulty isn't the issue on the Adventure Skate, it's stamina. This refers to lung capacity in an aerobic setting of a longer, more intense leg workout. As long as you have mid-cuff of high-cuff skates your legs should not be the concern.
Are there a lot of hills?
It really varies. Every week will feature some sort of hilly environment. Some are more than others. If you know the city, you know the sections with hills. If we only skated South Philly, you can expect minimal hills. If for example we skate to Wissahickon Brewing Company from the Art Museum, and you know the city — you know what you're in for.
What if I can't finish?
We ask that you always prepare for the worst. Have the means to get a ride from any point in a skate. Generally this means have payment with you for rideshare, cab or public transportation.
Skate with us on a standard Sunday or Tuesday skate and you’ll know if you can handle the Adventure Skate. It’s not all that hard, but it is definitely a bit faster paced with less stops than an Express, or Varsity skate.
We stop for injured skaters, but we don’t end skates entirely due to an injury. We stop skates for skate repairs too. We don’t leave skaters to fend for themselves but as adults you should be prepared for the unexpected such as injury or an unrepairable skate. As mentioned in our FAQs above, a standard expectation of all skaters is to bring payment for any rideshare or public transportation in case you are unable to finish.
LANDSKATERS EMAIL GROUP
Landskaters stay informed of every skate through our Landskaters Email Group
Skate leaders notify the group in the event of last minute changes such as rain or nearby events
The official skate season is April-October, get in on ad-hoc off-season skates
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Do you skate in the winter? Not on ice, but on the streets. It’s not easy. In fact, you have to ease into it. You need to adapt to more than the cold air cutting through your skin. It takes time to build up lung stamina with the thin air.
Skating in winter seems backwards to most inline skaters because, let’s face it, inline skating was created for ice-skaters who wanted to skate in the summer.
It happens. Sometimes we get caught in the rain, or happen upon wet pavement with no other choice but to skate across it. When this happens you have to change your skate form.
The solution is simple. Shorten your strides. While this seems only common sense, the issue is that many will start with short, compact strides, they eventually begin to kick out.