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:
Torture Tested: The Yeti 18oz Rambler Bottle
Outside's Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, put the 18oz Yeti Rambler Bottle through the ultimate torture test. Watch to see how the bottle held up to a baseball bat and being dragged behind a car, and find out whether it lives up to Yeti's thermoregulation claims. Check out a more in-depth review of the Yeti Rambler here.
How to Make Melissa Arnot's Salad and Sushi Recipe
Mountaineer Melissa Arnot has a secret weapon in the mountains: this sushi and salad recipe. It keeps her fueled all day long for grueling ascents, and will certainly help you make it through your workday. Watch, and learn how to make it.
Dave MacLeod Climbs Practice of the Wild (8C/V15) in Magic Wood
Nestled in the Magic Wood of Switzerland, Practice of the Wild, rated Font 8c (or V15), is one of the hardest boulder problems in the world. After watching footage of Tyler Landman performing the second ascent of the problem (Chris Sharma locked in the first), climber Dave MacLeod was inspired to take it on. Following his first attempt in 2012, MacLeod returned in 2016 to give it another go. As seen in this short film from Mountain Equipment and Dark Sky Media, his determination and preparation paid off.
'Being Here': An Ode to the Wild Places
Being Here is a beautiful short film from Hilary Oliver that urges us to take a break from our busy lives to seek out the wild places. The poetic narrative reminds us that outdoor adventure is often the most valuable form of self-discovery. You can watch our interview with the filmmaker here.
Classic Vacationing in Highlands, North Carolina with Family
When filmmaker Patrick Clement's family invited him on a trip to Highlands, North Carolina, he excitedly joined, stoked for hiking in the mountains. This video of their vacation features footage of Glenn Falls, Whiteside Mountain, and one of the area's most popular antique stores, Reclamations. As Clement said, "Overall the goal of the video was to capture the beauty and essence of the Highlands, but also to highlight the enjoyment of spending time with loved ones in the outdoors." You can follow more work from Clement here and on Facebook here.
Mountain Biking in the UK's Lake District Is Unreal
In this short film from Sam Needham and Hope Technology we follow two riders, Rachel Walker and Julia Hobson, as they wake up before 5 a.m., grab their bikes, and ascend Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the Lake District of the United Kingdom. About reaching the summit as the sun rose, Needham said, "No one else is witnessing what you are right now—not the shadows folding around the mountain ridges, or the lowlands fading into life—you don’t take it for granted." You can follow Needham on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
Fly-Fishing with the Last Best Man in Montana
My Old Man is a new video series produced by Farm League for YETI that celebrates fatherhood. In the second installment, The Last Best Man, Hilary Hutcheson takes her father, Dave, fly-fishing for the first time. Dave worked as a park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. After retiring, he started to withdraw from the wild activities that once defined his days—then Hilary decided to take him out on the water. As she says, "It's never too late to go outside with your dad and have a good time." You can follow YETI on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
This Video Will Make You Want to Visit Vietnam
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 all the way to Vietnam with Riccardo Fasoli. Fasoli traveled to Vietnam with his best friend. The duo crammed as much adventure into their two-week trip as they could and caught as much of those adventures on camera. Fasoli then packed it all into this incredible short edit. You can follow Fasoli on Facebook here.
A Timelapse Video of the Trippiest Star Trails You'll Ever See
We don't have much to say about this video—it's unique and like nothing we've seen before. Filmmaker Parker Paul, who clearly specializes in after effects, created this time stacked timelapse of stars after shooting at Knill's Monument and Smeaton's Pier near St Ives, United Kingdom. The star trails get incredibly trippy about thirty seconds in. Just wait.
'Roll With It': A Bikepacking Film
A photographer, food blogger, ecologist, illustrator, and musician go on a bike ride—and create a fantastic film that shows how strangers with completely different backgrounds can come together and use their bikes as a portal to friendship and adventure. The feature film, Roll With It, is produced by Blackburn Design in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing and Niner Bikes and is slated to release in June 2016. You can follow Blackburn on Facebook here and on Instagram here.