What Is The Fun Scale?
The Fun Scale is an unofficial measurement system for, as the name suggests, ranking and categorizing fun. It’s mainly used by enthusiasts of outdoor adventures, high-octane sports, and adrenaline-inducing activities.
The Fun Scale starts at Type I fun (your typical, run-of-the-mill fun) and ends at Type III Fun (which is more miserable than it is fun). We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of the scale below. Keep in mind: the scale is far from empirical, completely subjective, and 100% up to debate—but I love it just the same because, well, it’s pretty fun.
While I’m uncertain of exactly what adrenaline-chasing lunatic originally came up with the scale, our hats and helmets off to them. That said, the scale’s been widely adopted by all manner of adventurers and athletes, and popularized by the likes of Kelly Cordes, a renowned climber and author.
At a climbing crag or backcountry trailhead, it’s not uncommon to hear a battle-scarred adventurer, say wearily en route to the car, “Shit man, that was some Type II fun.” Unfamiliar with the rankings? Unsure of what the difference is between Type II and Type III fun?
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