We scour the web each week to bring you the best outdoor videos we can find. Here are our top ten picks of the week:
First Impressions: The Kitsbow King Ridge Windbreaker
Dispelling Grizzly Bear Myths
Wanted: Grizzly Bears? is a short film from Chris Morgan about the elusive North Cascades Grizzly Bear. The film takes a look at opinions people in the region have of these bears, and tries to dispel some common myths. Think you're an expert on grizzly bears? Watch and find out.
An Unsupported Mountain Bike Ride of Kilimanjaro
Earlier this year, adventurer Patrick Sweeney teamed up with professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch to attempt something that's only been done once in history: climb and descend Mount Kilimanjaro on mountain bikes. To make things even more interesting, the two decided to keep the mission totally self-supported, meaning they didn't accept help from porters, or from medicine to help with altitude sickness. The goal of the expedition was to raise one dollar for every foot of climbing they did (that's $19,240) for World Bicycle Relief, a charity that builds burly bikes for folks living in remote areas throughout Africa. This exclusive clip is a behind-the-scenes look at the trip, and the gear they used to make it possible. Look for a full documentary on the expedition later this year.
We Can All Learn Something from John Muir
Before director Janssen Powers moved to New York City from the Pacific Northwest, he set out to capture the PNW in all of its glory with producer McKinzey Powers. The duo stripped their gear kit to the bare essentials so they could explore and shoot in remote, challenging locations. The resulting cinematic aesthetic is nothing short of superb, set to a John Muir quote, narrated by none other than mountaineering legend Lou Whittaker. You can follow Powercity Films on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
A Look at Love in the American West
Petecia "Le Fawnhawk" Maggiori and Mark Maggiori are Los Angeles based artists. Friend and filmmaker Thomas Wood joined the couple on a trip to New Mexico to create a video portrait of their relationship, showing us how they see each other and how their work is deeply influenced by the American West. In the resulting film, Artists in Love, Petecia says of Mark, "He fell in love with that kind of escaping from society and hiding in the desert and the dust, and I think it's just a sort of romanticism of America." You can follow more of Wood's work here and on Instagram here.
Quincy Symonds May Be the World's Smallest Surfer (and the Best)
At four years old, Quincy Symonds convinced her father Jake Symonds to take her surfing. Quincy, now eight, is slated to be a world-class athlete (if she chooses to be), drawing comparisons to surfing legends and taking international headlines by storm. In this video from Local.Studio, her father says, "She has a different connection with the ocean than what I do. It's her connection. The first time she went into the ocean it just seemed to fit her. I don't why. It's just her place." You can follow Local.Studio on Instagram here.
Finding Words to Live By in Dad's Letters
When Dustin Grinnell learned that his Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship application didn’t make the cut last fall, he quit his job and carried out the proposal on his own, traveling to China to learn about traditional Chinese medicine (documented on Instagram here). When he returned stateside, he took off on a 4,3000-mile road trip on his 1982 Honda Nighthawk. Grinnell dedicated this video, produced in collaboration with Adrian Stratulat, to his father, whose favorite axiom inspired the journey: "Geologically speaking, a human life is only ten seconds long."
The Ultimate Mountain Night Out—In 50 Seconds
In our ongoing Weekly Escape series, we aim to transport you from your desk to an incredible place in 2 minutes or less. This week we go to Wolf Creek Ski Area with photographer Jason Hudson, who talked his way into spending the night in a lift house this past winter. When the lifts stopped, Hudson set up his cameras and intervalometers and slept in 45-minute shifts as the timelapses ran. Eventually, his equipment froze, forcing him to board down in the rising light—talk about first tracks! Follow Hudson on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
The Making of an Incredible Mountain Bike Video
Remember this awesome film from Trippin that followed Rider Oe Nagan on an epic mountaineering and mountain biking adventure in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park? Well, now we get a behind the scenes look at the project, scouting locations in awful weather, building a jump that didn't make the final cut, and eating a hearty bowl of Cocoa Puffs (breakfast of champions?). You can follow more of Trippin's work on Facebook here and Instagram here.
'SHERPA': An Ethnic Group
This clip from the feature documentary SHERPA explores the identity of the Sherpa beyond that of high-altitude workers and elite mountaineers—the Sherpa are an ethnic group and central to their beliefs is that the mountains in the Himalayas are sacred. As one Sherpa says here, "We Sherpa people have a great respect for the mountain. We call Everest 'Chomolungma'. She's the mother god of the earth."Discovery Channel debuted SHERPA on Saturday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.