This Week in Video: July 1

Here's what you missed this week, including an inside look at a short bus conversion, our first impression of the Arc’teryx Bora pack, and an Olympic hopeful on being happy

Professional mountain biker Andrew Taylor converted this 1994 Ford E350 short bus into the ultimate adventure vehicle (Long Nyguen)
Photo: Long Nyguen

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:

Inside the Coolest Short Bus Camper Conversion Ever

Adventure vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny teardrop trailers to fully self-contained monster rigs. When professional mountain biker Andrew Taylor decided he wanted to hit the road full time, he originally thought he'd buy a classic VW bus, but then he found this 1994 Ford E350 short bus for $2000 on Craigslist. In this video from photographer Long Nyguen, Taylor gives an inside look at how he converted the bus into the drool-worthy camper it is today.

Stunt Woman Wingsuits Over an Active Volcano in Chile

"I don't think it was the most difficult jump I've done in a wingsuit, but it for sure was intense." That's the thinking of stunt woman Roberta Mancino, who jumped from 15,000 feet in a wingsuit over the Villarrica volcano, one of Chile's most active volcanoes. In this video from Barcroft Media, Mancino and her teammates safely landed at the foot of the volcano despite encountering turbulence on the way down. You can follow Barcroft Media on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

First Impressions: The Arc’teryx Bora Backpack

Arc’teryx’s latest rendition of their classic Bora pack brings us innovative new hipbelt technology. The RotoGlide system allows for the pack to move fluidly with your body, which significantly improves comfort on the trail. Watch to get a sneak peek of the Bora, which will hit shelves in 2017. 

The River Warriors Program Helps Veterans Experience Wilderness

Counter Balance is a short film from Gordon Klco about giving back to the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. The film follows a group of veterans on a four-day rafting trip down the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, allowing the veterans to experience the restorative power of wilderness as they face the challenges of returning to civilian life after deployment. You can learn more about the O.A.R.S. River Warriors program here.

The Immortal Beauty of Europe's Castles and Palaces

Filmmaker Christiaan Welzel and his wife Kseniya from the travel channel WeWannaGo TV have returned from a 6-month adventure around the world. The couple is known for producing an ongoing series, aptly titled Earth Porn. As a companion piece to the popular series, they created a film that showcases historic European castles framed by natural beauty; we swear they belong in a fairy tale. The filmmakers utilized stunning aerial cinematography and highly detailed 4K imaging to immortalize the beauty.

Backcountry Skiing in Chile with GoPro Athlete Chris Davenport

In this clip, GoPro athlete Chris Davenport takes us to one of the best lines in the world, a couloir called the Super C. The line is just outside the boundary of Ski Portillo, an old mining town turned world-renowned ski resort in the Chilean Andes. It's a huge climb to get to Super C, but the 5,600-foot descent proves to be worth it. Watch the full version from GoPro here.

This Small Company Is Keeping Plastic Out of Our Oceans

According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans by 2050. In 2008, a small group of surfers came together to counter the plastic pollution along one of Mexico's hidden surf paradises, the Guerrero coast. They founded the Azulita Project, a company that purchases plastic waste from local residents. Follow along in this film from Q Media as they then clean, process, and compress the plastic, which is ultimately shipped and sold to a recycling facility near Guadalajara, Mexico. Through this process, the project now collects between 12-16 tons of plastic per month, proving that a small community can make a difference. You can follow their work on Facebook here.

U.S. Olympic Hopeful Melinda Winthrow on Finding Balance and Happiness

Calm of the Mountains is a short film from Lululemon about Rio hopeful Melinda Withrow and her relationship with her dad and the mountains of Polson, Montana. The two talk about her life as a professional pole vaulter and her final attempt to make it to the Olympics. From the film, it is clear that Melinda thinks the world of her dad and that he has played a pivotal role in helping her achieve balance and happiness. You can follow Lululemon on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Running Is the Best Way to Explore New Places

Miles Away is a short video from climber Dave MacLeod about ultrarunner Alicia Hudelson and her love for running in the mountains. Follow along as Hudelson runs on stunning trails in Serra de Montsant, a mountain chain in Catalonia, Spain. As she says, "It's hard to describe how I felt up there, but the closest I could come would probably be peaceful. It's just a feeling of everything is perfect at this point." You can follow MacLeod on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in Two Minutes

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 travel to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park with Ryan DeReamer and Hailey Thelen. The duo behind Totem Ent shot this short film, Wild Life, over the course of four days, exploring the region with great curiosity and empathy for the life around them. You can follow their work on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

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