After making it all winter without catching a cold, I came down with a bug this week to match the snowy June weather. Unable to get outside for adventures myself, I’ve been scouring the internet for vicarious thrills through the adventures of others on the internet, be it travel video, Sierra Nevada climbing video, or backcountry skiing video.
I suppose that’s the benefit of an at-times exhibitionist Facebook-Twitter-Youtube-Vimeo generation that shares everything: Sometimes someone shares something good. Here are a few of my favorite ways to get your outdoor fix when your stuck at home:
1) The Smiley’s project: Climbing North America’s 50 classics
Fifty Classic Climbs of North America from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.
A husband and wife living out of a Dodge Sprinter camper van, climbing and camping. Who isn’t jealous? See the rest here.
2) The Love Letter
This one’s gotten around so you may have seen it, and sure, the ending is a little on the nose, but the footage is gorgeous.
3) Yosemite Nature Notes
These have also been around, but they’re beautiful and interesting 5-minute vacations into one of my favorite places on earth. See the rest of them here.
4) 23 Feet
23 Feet Trailer from Allie Bombach on Vimeo.
This one’s a trailer for a movie, but it got me to spend an hour or two organizing my car camping go bags so I can spend as much of my time dirtbagging and boondocking this summer as possible.
5) Sierra Descents
Skiing Whitney’s North Face from Andy Lewicky on Vimeo.
From backcountry skiing Mt. Whitney, the lower 48’s highest peak, to wearing a helmet cam on the cables of Half Dome, Sierra Descents has some cool videos, not to mention his gear reviews and trip reports.
Seeing as it’s still snowing and I’m still coughing, who’s got more recommendations for great adventure youtube videos?