Leap Day only happens once every four years, so it's a great time to "take a leap" yourself and try something new. Here are five adrenaline-pumping ways to do just that in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.
Remember being a kid and running around playing Nerf gun battles? Splat Action in Molalla is the adult version of that, and it's even more fun. This is a great place for beginners and experts, as they have 47 acres of varying terrain options. You can even rent every piece of gear necessary to have a battle, so there's no need to purchase any expensive stuff before finding out if this is your new, most favorite pastime ever. Bring friends or coworkers for a bonding experience, or head in solo and get paired up. Either way, it's a blast.
Driving around at 50+ miles per hour may not sound that fast to you, unless you're one of the unfortunate rush hour commuters... and then it sounds like a blistering pace. But trust us when we tell you that cruising down a straightaway at over 50 mph feels like lightspeed in a racing go-kart at Pat's Acres Racing Complex outside of Canby.
Come solo or bring a friend and race against each other and the clock to see just who has the most skill. If it turns out you're a pro in the making, you can join their Rental Kart Super Series league and race regularly.
The Wild and Scenic Clackamas River is known for its rafting options, as many people come here during the summer to tackle class III and IV rapids only an hour from Portland. Spring tours are open for booking, however, and provide an even more thrilling experience as the water is running at much higher levels.
Blue Sky Rafting starts operating tours at the end of February, and it makes for a great way to challenge yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone. (This is said with absolute experience, by the way.) If you'd like to try something a bit more placid, then check out the options with Clackamas River Outfitters who can give you experiences on flatwater to smaller class I and II rapids.
While the views of Mt. Hood are always spectacular, the views from Mt. Hood are something else all together. You can experience them for yourself by summiting the mountain with the help of Timberline Mountain Guides.
Mt. Hood has been billed as the second most-climbed mountain peak in the world. That said, it's still a technical climb that requires thorough training and the knowledge of experienced guides to take you up the safest routes for conditions at the time. So unless you're one of those people who's always in peak physical condition, perhaps you won't be able to fit that ascent in exactly on Leap Day, but you can take the first step to get you to the top of the mountain soon. And trust us, the view you'll get will be worth the hard work. And if that sounds like a bit too much of a leap, try the Madrone Wall, which will open for the season mid-July.
We saved perhaps the most extreme, and literal, way you can take a leap for last: Skydive Oregon is world-renowned for being one of the best skydiving schools out there. Remember how we talked about the views from the top of Mt. Hood? Now just imagine how amazing they are several thousand feet above that! It's a life changing experience and one of the most impressive ways you can take advantage of that extra day this year to live your best life in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory.
There are even more ways you can increase your heart rate a bit for this Feb. 29. It's not every year that we get this extra day, so go out there and seize it!