The classic Boys’ Weekend Away is a near-sacred tradition. Often difficult to negotiate with partners and loved ones, they are hard earned and come at a high cost – in brownie points at the very least. Here then is a little Mancation inspiration: the best of the best of boys’ weekends in Australia. So unwind, enjoy, and remember . . . it’s all in the name of manly fun. Words by AT Staff, edited by Craig Roberts
Why paintball and not laser skirmish? Because you might as well be at home fiddling with your Wii. Laser Skirmish is best left for corporate team-building weekends, or when you’re forced onto an awkward play date with your wife’s best friend.
On a weekend away with mates you have the flexibility – nay, the duty –to test and discover the pain threshold of each and every one of your close compadres.
end’s husband. The reason? Unlike paintball, there’s no chance of inflicting pain. Only among true friends can you do this. It’s a ritual as bizarre to women as combing each other’s hair is to men.
On a weekend away with mates, real mates, you have the flexibility – nay, the duty – to test and discover the pain threshold of each and every one of your close compadres. And what better way to do this than to cover every square inch of their tender flesh with close-range welts? Paintball offers the chance to play in two ways: as a team or pitted mano-a-mano against each other. Each option comes with its own rewards and there’s no better bonding experience than scheming with your mates to annihilate an enemy bunker, to take out the opposing captain, or to turn traitor and kill everyone from within. Afterwards, settle back with some Oil of Gladness, compare war wounds and swear to them all that your cold, cold retribution is in the mail.
Brag Factor // Absolutely none if you’re playing an opposing group of female paint-ballers, who somehow gets the better of you.
Partner Pitch // “Don’t worry, luv. I also ain’t forgotten that time Shane sent you lurid late-night text messages.”
Details // Starts from as little as $30, then skyrockets depending on the equipment (like protective cups) and paintballs you require. Nationwide, www.redballoon.com.au/adventure-sports/paintball-laser-skirmish