What’s the Best Sport to Do Hungover? Worst?

What’s the Best Sport to Do Hungover? Worst?

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter No doubt you’re all responsible adults who understand the value of moderation. But perhaps


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No doubt you’re all responsible adults who understand the value of moderation. But perhaps you know someone, or have heard of someone, who typically goes a little too deep into the revelry of the season and wakes up on New Year’s Day with John Barleycorn tapping at their skull with a ballpeen hammer. It’s in service of these, er, friends, then, that we ask the question of the day.

And no, watching bowl games on the couch all day while fisting ibuprofen and slugging bloody Marys does not qualify as a sport.


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This week, one poll participant will receive a Smith Optics Gage helmet (cause you’re gonna need it when hungover). We’ll pick the winner via random number generator (and announce it here) — all you have to do to enter is vote and leave a comment so we have your email to contact you. Must have a U.S. or Canadian address. Contest ends Sunday, January 6, at midnight PST.

Congrats to Scott Huntsman of Bend, Oregon, winner of the Smith helmet!

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Andy
    Reply

    Running gets it right out of ya.

  • Kevin
    Reply

    Climbing will scare it out of you.
    Mountain biking will puke it out of you.

  • Dan
    Reply

    Everything is good on the slopes.

  • Kelly Gault
    Reply

    mt biking is my cure!

  • Matt
    Reply

    Went ice climbing for the first time ever on a glacier in Iceland after trying all the Icelandic liquors. That was the worst.

  • Dan
    Reply

    BASE jumping, since you want to die already.

  • Kyle
    Reply

    Get in the water – feel better. First duck dive – sober. First wave – high again. Rinse and repeat.
    The worst, probably golf. Hungover or not.

  • Sylvester
    Reply

    Being hungover forces you to chill the fuck out….playing GOLF is the best hangover sport. Your head has no room for temper!

  • Ben
    Reply

    Whitewater is best, hands down. HYDRATION IS KEY!

    Worst has to be ferret legging or ice climbing, which were obviously invented by the same masochistic person.

  • Chip
    Reply

    Why separate skiing and snowboarding?.. stupid poll so I’m not doing it..

  • Al
    Reply

    powder day will cure all

  • Mike
    Reply

    All is good once you hit the slopes!

  • Gabe
    Reply

    Mt Biking hungover is the worst. I think some deep fresh powder though can get you going again. The deeper you get, the deeper you get.

  • Scott
    Reply

    Scuba diving would be the worst hungover. I can just imagine my breakfast trying to come back up 20 feet under. Nothing beats skiing in deep powder.

  • Steve
    Reply

    Scuba with a hangover!!!!!!

    You might as well be on a tilt-a-whirl

  • Chris
    Reply

    Bad memories of skiing hungover …

  • Jill
    Reply

    Ski touring hungover always hurts when you’re starting out but seems to get better over the day as you sweat all the alcohol out! Mountain biking is the WORST hungover – your hungover heart beats too fast and half the time I I kinda want to throw up even if I’m not hungover. Ugh. That or running.

  • Jon Torrey
    Reply

    Best is easily SCUBA. It’s low energy and cool. You’re balanced and feel no force. AND there is the O2 therapy.

  • Matt
    Reply

    sweat it out running

  • luke
    Reply

    who comes up with ferret legging? and why is it on here? haha

  • James
    Reply

    Am I the only one wondering about “ferret legging?”

  • Tom
    Reply

    Skiing is nice. You can take it easy and just enjoy the cold, fresh air.

    Running sucks! Gunna throw up so fast!

  • OLAF
    Reply

    Boogie till you poop

  • Patrick
    Reply

    Running and more running. Running fixes everything.

  • Leo
    Reply

    I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs, insanity and skiing hungover for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

  • Anthony
    Reply

    I vote Ferret legging for both the before and after, best and worst. Hashing should be listed also.

  • Reckless
    Reply

    Running is the cure for everything. Mt Biking takes too much concentration and really hard effort, I think I’d just fall over and puke.

  • Garrett
    Reply

    Ski touring for me hands down. Extremely painful to start but usually kills a hangover in 30ish min

  • Matt
    Reply

    If skateboarding were an option, I’d pick that. Snowboarding is close enough! (for best)

  • Brian
    Reply

    Mountain biking always works for me.

  • Sam
    Reply

    Boot and rally.

  • Susan
    Reply

    Mountain biking is the cure for anything!

  • Neil
    Reply

    Anything to wake you up

  • Troy
    Reply

    Nothing like a splashy class IV-V rapid to chase the demons away…

  • josh
    Reply

    agree with golf as being the best. Plenty of relaxing time with recovery beers.

  • Ben
    Reply

    Nothing like getting to the top of the ski lift at 8am after 2 hours of sleep.

  • Matt Freeman
    Reply

    Strangely, the compression of a low-profile dive always eases a hangover for me.
    Whenever I do a long run hangover, I hallucinate.

  • CALEB HULSEY
    Reply

    the least motion the better!

  • JC
    Reply

    Recently I hiked Camel’s Hump in Vermont with a group of buddies. I was till drunk when we arrived at the trailhead. I hiked the first 1.5 miles with a Styrofoam cup of coffee. By the time time I finished the cup o’ joe, my camel back was frozen. My friends kept their phones/cameras ready in the hope that one of my drive heaves resulted in glory. Alas it did not. With nothing to lose besides my self-respect (maybe it was already gone?), we reached the summit and were greeted by 60 mph gusts. My hangover disappeared.

    I can do anything hungover. I love and embrace the challenge.

  • Josh
    Reply

    Drop some electrolyte tabs in my water and hit the trails on my mountain bike. Best hangover sport.

  • Leigh
    Reply

    I think any sport that takes intense concentration will get rid of a hangover. Rock climbing where you have to be in the zone would probably be great. Nothing in full sun though.

  • Matt
    Reply

    Woke up one morning still drunk to go skiing, slept in the car the whole way there and woke up with a monster of a hangover. Said screw it and had one of the best days of my life. Typical.

  • Zach Newton
    Reply

    Yoga works best, but it sucks right in the middle of your session

  • Hayduke
    Reply

    Drink like a viking, puke like a dog! If you’re gonna party, do it on work nights. Better to be hungover at work, and be fresh for doing what you love.

  • Spencer
    Reply

    Walking the line cures everything! Also, this poll reminded me of the video of the drunk climber that gets stuck and then proceeds to defecate all over himself. That video is a constant moderation reminder for me, haha.

  • Megan saley
    Reply

    surfing is a wonderful n relaxing way to get over a hangover. the fresh saltwater breeze always clears my head.

  • Will
    Reply

    Nothing like a healthy dose of fear to clear the head!

  • John Retzer
    Reply

    Actually, the best sport to do when hung over is none of the above. It’s golf.

  • Fred
    Reply

    Mountain biking best. Rolling keeps the pounding to a minimum with maximum fresh air. I can’t imaging what water pressure would do to a hangover, so scuba diving the worst. (Plus having to hurl underwater would cause problems.)

  • Chris
    Reply

    The less jarring the better. Trail running while simultaneously trying not to puke? No fun.

  • Dave
    Reply

    Cycling is the best period. Smashed or sober. Hung over or still buzzed. It’s wear it’s at. 2013 has more long miles than all previous years. Ride!

  • erik
    Reply

    Vert + ptex. = heaven

  • jake
    Reply

    any type of climbing is NOT FUN hungover…

  • Chris
    Reply

    Get on your bike and ride

  • Jon
    Reply

    Base Jumping…NOT!

  • Jon
    Reply

    One would have to be drunk or hungover to attempt ferret-legging.

  • Fred
    Reply

    All I want is something mellow. Going for a non-jarring bike ride sounds pretty nice.
    When has going for a run ever sounded fun?

  • Chris Mcpartland
    Reply

    Hangover is good for the soul.

  • Matt
    Reply

    Running makes for the fastest detox feeling, Placing pro with the splitting head ache just blows!

  • Ian
    Reply

    a nice tropical longboard surf is definitely the best. plus you can quietly puke with easy cleanup.

  • Ryan
    Reply

    Mtb good.
    Mtb bad :)

  • Noah Brown
    Reply

    gonna suck no matter what!

  • Peter
    Reply

    Hop in the Atlantic off the coast of New Hampshire for a surf and your hangover is gone!

  • Travis
    Reply

    No matter how hungover, some coffee, some water, and a raft… No more hangover. Even if you have to puke off the back a few times. It is the best hangover cure out there.

  • Tim Moss
    Reply

    Scuba is the best, just go soak your head and close your eyes!

  • Patrick
    Reply

    Running is the best and worst. A necessary atonement for whatever sins one committed the night before.

  • Marielle
    Reply

    What the heck is ferret legging?!?
    Its got my vote!!

  • Alpentalic
    Reply

    I’ve been known to puke off a chair lift every once in a while

  • KS
    Reply

    Hair of the dog and a powder day is the ultimate hangover cure.

  • Dan
    Reply

    hung over BASE jumping sooms like the worst idea. And i have done some hung over slacklining. not to bad.

  • ryan
    Reply

    whitewater, wash it out

  • Bill
    Reply

    Skiing wins and running loses.

  • Dan
    Reply

    oooh nooo

  • Michael
    Reply

    Surfing by far the best for hungover exercise (not that I have tried base jumping after a night out). The saltwater in your face beating the crap out of you is a cure all.

  • TTM
    Reply

    Hiking fits my hungover list best.

  • scott
    Reply

    Skiing…there is Bloody Mary at the end of each run if you need it

  • Tony Fitzsimons
    Reply

    climbing hungover is the worst as i have experienced on more than one occasion(im a slow learner)

  • Pat
    Reply

    Actualy hiking the best thing for a hangover.

  • Freddy3stix
    Reply

    There’s nothing better for a hangover than dragging ass out bed and on to a chairlift. A couple of hours of hard skiing on a freezing cold day has me right by mid day.

    On the flip side, nothing is worse than being hungover under water (SCUBA). Blowing chunks out the sides of a regulator at 70′ underwater is a horrible experience. The one positive side note is that the fish love it.

  • ZT
    Reply

    First pow facial will make you forget all about that hangover

  • Eric
    Reply

    Mmmm… Powder…

  • Liz
    Reply

    Spend a day on the river and you’ll be ready for beers by dusk!

  • James Roh
    Reply

    The waves and rocking of surfing will only add sea sickness to an already bogarded belly.

  • Matt
    Reply

    I would guess BASE hung over is not wise!

  • Chris German
    Reply

    I just go hiking, within a hour I’m good.

  • RobiP
    Reply

    Wtf is ferret legging?

    • steve casimiro
      Reply

      Look it up.

  • brett
    Reply

    Running sweats it out. Combine nausea with motion sickness and an inability to vomit, and you have scuba.

  • TB
    Reply

    boogie till you [puke]

  • Neil
    Reply

    Mountain Biking and Ferret Legging respectively.

    Putting a ferret in your pants while hung over sounds horrible.

  • Lindsey
    Reply

    Anything that is fresh, cool (maybe even a bit chilly), and lets you work up a sweat is great for a hangover!

  • Hayden
    Reply

    mountain biking is the worst. I would say surfing is the best. Saltwater cures all ails

  • Pancho
    Reply

    climbing trad hung over is horrible…

  • Nico Parkinson
    Reply

    I would say that backpacking hungover is pretty great! Doing any kind of climbing on a hangover might get you over the hang!

  • colby
    Reply

    none, if u drink enough to be hung over the night before a planned adventure, then you dont really care enough about your sport to enjoy it. i talk to to many ppl on the lift saying how there buddies drank to much last night so they are skiing/riding alone.

  • Steve W Weiss
    Reply

    Touring is the worst/best…horrible to get going but once you do, it cures the hangover in nothing flat.

  • Sharon
    Reply

    Kayaked the Animas River the day after my wedding!
    I’m sure slacklining would be worse than mountain biking, but hangovers blow balance on a mountain bike all to hell.

  • Kat
    Reply

    Surfing + alcohol = getting hit by lip of 6-8ft wave over 2″ of water the next morning, cracked head, shoulder injury

    Haven’t had a drink since (and that was years ago).

  • Dave
    Reply

    Skiing all the way. Fresh ice cold air at 50mph does the trick every time!

  • Amine
    Reply

    my personal fav is speed flying. It’s flying on pure clean adrenaline and adrenaline takes care of the worst hangovers in seconds!

  • Rob C
    Reply

    run, dont do anything that takes thinking could be dangerous…

  • BDC
    Reply

    Ooooh! My head hurts

  • CC
    Reply

    Scuba diving with hangover, if there is current or a bit swell before descending…. good luck. :)

  • Rus Southwood
    Reply

    Some of the trad climbs I’ve done would be pretty sketchy with a serious hangover.

  • Max
    Reply

    Running hungover can be cathartic. Seriously would not want to be setting up a rappel hungover though. My ski helmet’s a little beat up after last week’s ski trip if that makes any difference!

  • sibs612
    Reply

    Riding my bike back to the bar to get my car helps me get far…..in life. Thanks for the Survey

  • dski
    Reply

    glidee

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