This Week in Video: July 8

Here's what you missed this week, including our first impression of the Smith Route and Rover helmet, a documentary tribute to Douglas Tompkins, and an inside look at one couple's #vanlife

Filmmaker William Copestake watches the sunrise from the summit of Hermannsdalstinden in northern Norway. (William Copestake)

We scour the web each week to bring you the best outdoor videos we can find. Here are our top eight picks of the week:

First Impressions: The Smith Route and Rover Helmets

We love Smith’s top-of-the-line helmets, but the price tag can be daunting for the average rider. Their latest offerings, the Route and Rover, hit a more consumer friendly price point without sacrificing safety or style. Outside's online gear editor Jakob Schiller takes us on an afternoon ride with the Route helmet and tells us what he loves about this road model. 

Meet #Vanlife's Cutest Couple

In the July issue of Outside, we profiled Janna Irons and Johnny Stifter's incredible 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500. The two made the jump into #vanlife a year ago when they found "Shaquille" on Craigslist and began building the mobile ski/surf/bike shack of their dreams. In this short video, we caught up with Irons and Stifter to get a tour of the van and find out what a year of #vanlife is really like. You can follow their adventures on Instagram here. Additional footage courtesy Maddie Lochte

'Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy'

Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy is a film by James Q Martin and Chris Cresci about the life, work, and passions of The North Face and Esprit co-founder Douglas Tompkins. Doug was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. In the early 1990s, he moved to Chile to pursue conservation work full time with his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Together, over the last 25 years, Doug and Kris protected 2.2 million acres, more land than any other individuals. The foundations under the Tompkins Conservation umbrella, along with their partners, have created five national parks in Chile and Argentina and are in the process of developing five more.

This Video Is Everything You Love About Chile

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 with filmmaker Brady Holden and his wife to Chile. The couple rang in 2016 by trekking the 50-mile W circuit in Torres del Paine, walking the streets of Valparaiso, and sipping Chilean wine in Casablanca. Follow along their adventures and get a little lost. You can follow Holden on Instagram here and on Vimeo here.

Why Fly Fishing Legends Call the Catskill Mountains Home

The Catskill Mountains are the birthplace of American dry-fly fishing. The famed Beaverkill, Upper Delaware, Neversink, and Willowemac rivers are pristine waters with incredibly unique bug life, and legendary fly fishermen have found home on their banks. In Integrity of the Catch, this short film from Bullrush Films and Catskill Brewery, they share why the Fly Fishing Center and Museum is a focal point for the community as they work to preserve the tradition and history of the sport. You can follow the museum on Facebook here and Bullrush on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Norway Makes Us Feel Small

In April 2016, filmmaker Lila Baghzouz and eight of her friends road tripped around Norway from Oslo to Bergen to Lofoten. Despite having a background in architecture, Baghzouz told us that the sense of smallness one gets in nature is something to be pursued. As she said, "You don't need a drone to feel this way in Norway, but it does help to fly through a cloud or two for those breathtaking reveals." You can follow Baghzouz on Facebook here and on Instagram here

The Third Episode of Redington's 'Find Your Water' Series

In the third episode of Find Your Water: Season 2Redington and KGB Productions take us behind the scenes and show us all the things that can go wrong when you try to catch fly-fishing on camera. Sometimes the fish don't bite, anglers can't set the hook, and nature tries to scare you from the water. As the folks in this installment prove, it's all worth the catch at the end of the day—both on the line and on camera.

Watch Sunrise from the Summit of These Norwegian Peaks

Lofoten Lights is a short film from William Copestake that features the sunrise from the summit of Hermannsdalstinden, the tallest peak on Moskenes√łya Island at the end of the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway. Copestake reached the summit after paddling from the nearest town of Reine and completing the climb in the night. As he said of the experience: "Nestled on a perch bathed in the golden glow of the midnight sun, we watched beyond the snow as a bank of clouds rolled over the northern peaks." You can follow Copestake on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

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