I think the six people who live in New Zealand might be pulling a fast one on the rest of us. Somehow they’ve convinced us all not to live there, and they get the whole two islands for themselves. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. All I’m saying, is that I think it’s a little unfair that New Zealanders get all of New Zealand to themselves, and all we get is the rest of the world.
Since reading Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, I’ve wondered how many amazing places we’ve drowned behind dams. What I didn’t know, is that many dams aren’t even in use. This documentary highlights the environmental damage caused by dams, and the fight to demolish them. Damn the dams. Give us back our wilderness.
More info at DamNation.
Welcome to the WEMBO World Solo 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships. As the name implies, it’s a 24 hour mountain bike endurance race. Riders compete for overall distance by making loops around a trail. The course only has about 15 unique miles, so riders cross the same terrain over and over and over again until they die of boredom or 24 hours go by. At the end of 24 hours, the lunatic that has traveled the most circles wins. This goes firmly on my Awesome Things I Never Want To Do list. Endurance races are cool, but I’d lose my mind repeating the same track. I’d prefer something like: Everyone gets dropped in an Australian mountains. Whoever gets the furthest north in 24 hours wins.
Also, great beard on this guy.
Just watching this short clip of Alex Honnold soloing El Sendero Luminoso made my heart race. That is just straight down. Holy cow. That guy is nuts. Honnold is an eloquent dude, but man, he’s nuts. Thank God I’m not him. From now on, every morning I’m going to wake up and give thanks that I’m not Alex Honnold. Things could always be worse. I could be 1000 feet up a sheer rock wall, wondering how I got myself into this terrible situation. But no, it’s OK. I’m not Alex Honnold. I don’t spend hours on end in life-threatening danger. On purpose. All my problems are on the ground problems. They don’t accelerate at 9.8 m/s/s. Thank God I’m not Alex Honnold.
This clip is cool, though.
Antarctica is an incredible, breathtaking place that guards its wonders by being inhospitable to all life. Furthermore, government regulations make it difficult to even set foot on the continent. Both of these things form what I call, “a huge bummer.” I really, really want to go Antarctica. For now I’ll settle for this. Using camera-mounted drones, Enrico Sacchetti shows us miles of alien Antarctic landscape. Many of these places humans will probably never set foot.
Grab a snack and minimize a spreadsheet in case your boss walks by and you need to look busy. This is a full, 45-minute long freeskiing documentary by Vice. It chronicles the sport’s rise to the Olympic stage, and follows Tom Wallisch, Maddie Bowman, Devin Logan and Aaron Blunck as they compete for spots on the US ski team.
An amazing collection of German landscape timelapses by photographer Jonathan Besler. I didn’t even know there was awesome nature in Germany. I guess I’ll have to add that to my list of places to check out, which at this point is most of the world. Also, 15,000 pictures!? Holy cow. That sounds like a lot of work. I’m glad someone made this video and that it was not me.
With Colter Hinchliffe and Tim Durtschi‘s Guide to International Ski Carrying, you can learn all the different ways to carry skis. All 16 ways. Though truth be told, I’m not sure how accurately I counted the ways. I should have titled this post “Around 16 Ways to Carry Skis.” Regardless, it’s worth checking out to learn valuable ski-carrying techniques like the hobo, the decapitator and the pimp stick.
I’d guess that there isn’t a huge crossover between people who dream of endlessly wandering the outdoors looking for adventures, and people who sit on the couch and watch football, but this is still a cool ad. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get to work. I need to earn $23,000 for a 2014 Jeep Cherokee so I can have adventures like the commercial said.
In this video, skier Tom Wallisch seemingly goes off every jump and grinds every handrail in the country. It’s ironic that handrails were invented to make stairs safer, but skiers/skateboarders/bikers/etc. use them to make stairs more dangerous.