Pam LeBlanc, left, flies with the help of flight instructor Aaron Necessary at iFly in January 2013. Jay Janner/American-Statesman


I’m all for adding more adventure to your life, whether it comes in big doses – I just backpacked the John Muir Trail – or tiny nuggets – I jumped into Barton Springs this morning.

Men’s Journal has proclaimed Oct. 14 the National Day of Adventure, and I’m on board.

Take that day to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Jump in Barton Springs. Ride your bicycle to work. Go skydiving in an indoor building. Climb at an indoor rock gym.

Two Austin businesses – iFly Austin and Crux Climbing Center – are participating by offering specials to customers who mention National Day of Adventure.

Even better, visitors can meet professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, who knows a lot about how to add adventure to life. Known as “Super Frenchie,” the 33-year-old athlete grew up skiing in Evreux, France. He’s known for combining BASE jumping with skiing, and was the first to ski BASE jump off the Matterhorn in Switzerland (not that we’re suggesting you do that.)

He’ll be talking at noon Friday at the iFLY Tunnel about his career and the importance of adding adventure to your life.

Mention Men’s Journal or National Day of Adventure when you make a reservation to fly on Friday at iFly Austin, 13265 U.S. Highway 183, to get 25 percent off a flight. A basic two-flight package usually costs $69.95; the discounted rate is $54. The indoor skydiving company is currently making a donation to the Make A Wish for every flight sold.

Mention Men’s Journal or National Day of Adventure at Crux Climbing Center, 121 Pickle Road, to receive half off day passes there.