This Week in Video: June 3

Here's what you missed this week, including an inside look at our favorite vehicles at Overland Expo West, a step-by-step van conversion, and a documentary preview about a rebellious climbing icon

Michael Shainblum's time-lapse photography films are simply stunning. (Michael Shainblum)
Photo: Michael Shainblum

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:

A Step-by-Step #Vanlife Build

With the proliferation of #Vanlife comes a range of vehicle builds. For less than a thousand dollars, Live Outside and Play's road team Jess Daddio and Adam Ritterthey upgraded their 2008 Ford Econoline with a savvy system of space-saving storage, wire-free lighting, and eco-friendly power. In this video, they share their 10-day process step-by-step. From the coast of the Carolinas to Colorado and back, Adam and Jess will be representing Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and its sister publication Elevation Outdoors Magazine at 20 outdoor events. You can follow Live Outside and Play on Facebook here and on Instagram here. You can follow Blue Ridge Outdoors on Facebook here and Elevation Outdoors here

Inside a Custom Land Cruiser Camper

When Alex Milan and Mathilde Treille from Lyon, France, decided to take on a two-year road trip of the Americas, they chose to do it in one of the most legendary overland vehicles of all time: a 1996 70 Series Land Cruiser. They cut and stretched the Cruiser to fit a custom aluminum-frame camper built by Milan, who runs a French camper company called Cartech. We caught up with the two of them at Overland Expo West to check out their highly customized rig, complete with abundant storage space for gear, climbing holds to reach the roof, and plenty of stickers. 

The True Colors of California

In the last year, the crew at Local.Studio found themselves in California for four different shoots, from San Francisco to Yosemite. Along the way, they captured a collection of clips purely out of passion and opportunity—when you're a filmmaker in a beautiful place you have to hit record. Not to mention, the crew worked entirely with RED cameras, which means that this resulting compilation of shots is nothing short of stunning. Watch Colors of California and soak in the beauty. You can follow Local.Studio on Instagram here.

'Comes With Baggage': A Biking Film

Comes With Baggage is a film from Blackburn Design about the history of bicycle travel in North America. The film features a mix of historical and current footage along with interviews of bike pioneers, makers, and historians, all of whom give unique perspectives on where bicycles have taken us—and where we have yet to go. As per the synopsis, the film "makes you want to sell your possessions, quit your job, and escape on a bike." The full film is slated to be released online in early 2017. You can follow Blackburn Design on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Squamish Mountain Biking Is Wild—And World-Class

Squamish is home to a vibrant culture of mountain bikers and trail builders, a combination that manifests in world-class mountain biking trails. In this video from Wildland Media, local rider Laura Battista takes to the trails to show off some amazing singletrack. Watch as Battista weaves through the impressive woodlands, drops off of fallen trees, and flies downhill. You can follow Wildland Media on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

'Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey' Trailer

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey is an upcoming documentary from Dave O’Leske that tells the story of a rebellious climbing icon who inspired a generation with his daring ascents and commitment to living off the grid. Now 93 years old, Fred Beckey has remained a mysterious figure with a controversial reputation in the climbing community. This film takes us inside the fascinating life of a legend and is a must-see for 2017.

A Simple Teardrop Trailer Is the Perfect Adventure Vehicle

Rob Reeve of Denver, Colorado, is redefining what it means to keep it simple in the camper industry. His company Hiker Trailer produces lightweight, affordable teardrop trailers, packing in everything you need to experience the outdoors in an admittedly tiny space. The 4-by-8-foot model starts at $2,895 (most similarly sized campers cost around $15,000) and weighs just 640 pounds, which means you can tow it behind virtually any car. At Overland Expo West, Reeve showed us Sarah Harris's custom 5-by-8 model trailer.

An American Road Trip in the Truest Sense

In 2015, filmmaker Dan Sadgrove set off on a 5,000-mile road trip from California to Louisiana and back. He avoided interstates as much as possible, opting to drive the back roads. Along the way, Sadgrove read William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways: A Journey into America, which inspired the voiceover in this short film about his trip, Last Exit to Elsewhere. You can follow Sadgrove on Instagram here.

How #Vanlife Gives You Freedom

In this video from Samuel Glazebrook, professional longboarder Karina Rozunko talks about the perks of being a #Vanlifer (and how to steer clear of becoming a vehicle hermit). As she says of #Vanlife, "It's a sense of freedom to just get up and go whenever you like." That freedom is especially important to the daily schedule that Rozunko's sport calls for—there's nothing like waking up at a surf break to start the work day. You can follow more work from Glazebrook here.

An Incredible Nature Video from Michael Shainblum

When photographer and filmmaker Michael Shainblum took a hiatus from creating his stunning time-lapse photography films, you may have heard a collective sad sigh from his impressive following of fans. Luckily for all of us, Shainblum not only got a second wind but took his work to the next level by taking on aerial footage as well. Our World Is a Beautiful Place is a collection of his favorite shots—some of which were taken on a storm chasing road trip! You can follow Shainblum on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

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