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:
Following in the Footsteps of Kenya's Champion Runners
In March of 2016, filmmakers Spencer MacDonald and Eva Verbeeck of Ambedo Studio traveled to the highlands of the Kenyan Rift Valley to film and photograph the culture that produces some of the best runners in the world. The duo documented the daily lives of elite athletes, including pro runners Paul Koech, Micah Chemos, and Leonard Komon, as they prepared for international competitions. The resulting film, Kukimbia, which is Swahili for "running," gives us a glimpse into their lives in Kenya. You can follow MacDonald on Instagram hereand Verbeeck here.
To Find Clarity, Break Away from Society
ISOLATION is a short film directed by Mathieu Bernat and David Guersan about a stranger leaving his modern lifestyle for a spiritual journey through incredible Scottish landscapes. Throughout the film, the stranger works to uncover the meaning of solitude and isolation. Bernat and Guersan, the duo behind Unfazed, shot the piece while traveling for two weeks in a leaky van through remote parts of Scotland. You can follow Unfazed on Facebook here.
Salomon Running TV: 'The Bob Graham'
The Bob Graham is the seventh episode of Season 5 of Salomon Running TV and follows the story of runner Ricky Lightfoot as he attempts the Bob Graham Round in winter. In 1932, Bob Graham completed a 66-mile running loop across 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District—in under 24 hours. Less than half the number of people who start the Bob Graham Round finish in the allotted time. This episode is a collaboration between Wandering Fever and The African Attachment.
How Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland Defines Success
It’s personal—your definition of success is the thing that keeps you striving for even bigger pursuits. The Sweet Life is a short film from Lululemon that follows Canadian triathlete Kirsten Sweetland. After a bumpy year filled with injury, illness, and a ton of ups and downs, Sweetland has figured out that success, for her, is all about happiness. You can follow Lululemon on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
Slackladder: A Jungle Slackline Adventure
19-year-old Alex Mason brings slacklining to the Hawaiian jungle in Slackladder, his most ambitious project to date. He teamed up with Red Bull and “Sketchy” Andy Lewis to create a an 8-line "ladder" up Onomea Falls. Slippery slacklines, fire ants, and jagged rocks made for a challenging mission with little room for error. Watch as Alex tricklines up this one-of-a-kind route that left us speechless.
Why People Fall for the Pacific Northwest Coastline
This Place, produced by Portland creative agency Instrument, explores the Oregon Coast through a short film and series of interactive vignettes, all of which you can experience here. The agency took to the road to capture the Oregon Coast through the eyes of everyone they encountered, from local inhabitants to visitors. As Instrument wrote, "Everyone has a special place—a spot on earth you hold close to your heart. Like the town where you grew up or met the one you love. The cove where you learned to surf. The secret mountain hideaway where you go to find yourself." You can follow Instrument on Instagram here.
Flying Down the Best MTB Trails in Squamish, British Columbia
In this video from OneUp Components, rider Sid Slotegraaf takes to some of the finest trails in Squamish, British Columbia, with Canadian XC world cup veteran Ricky Federau. The video cuts between stunning aerials and POV shots that will have you holding your breath all combined with a mix of music and natural sound. Basically, you get a little bit of everything in this awesome piece. You can follow OneUp Components on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
Why Kids Should Play in Wild Places
The Wonder Years is a short film from Adventures On The Gorge and filmmaker Logan Bockrath. The story is about getting kids into the outdoors and away from their distractions. It's about the magic that happens when children play in wild places, where they are filled with wonder and a sense of awe that adults struggle to keep in touch with. You can follow Adventures On The Gorge on Facebook here and filmmaker Logan Bockrath on Instagram here.
An Inside Look at the Life of a Wildlife Biologist
Living Refuge is a series of upcoming short documentary films from The Understory. This series will highlight the work of biologists who study, manage, and protect the biodiversity and wilderness of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a 30,000 acre stretch of diverse habitats and the first urban wildlife refuge in the United States. You can follow The Understory on Instagram here.
A Reminder from Nature that Nothing Lasts Forever
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 Henry Jun Wah Lee of Evosia Studios. The film, aptly titled Ephemeral, profiles Iceland in its various states of change, from long days of summer to long winter nights. As he wrote, "As humans, we expect everything to be the same day in and day out. But if we look to nature, we see that nothing lasts forever. The universe is in a constant state of change." You can follow Evosia on Facebook here and on Instagram here.