I pledge to you that I will be doing a bi-weekly blog on Thursdays and will be calling it “Three Thought Thursdays”. I will post a new blog entry that calls out some of the coolest things that I have seen from that week. Topics will be everything from industry insights, books, new cities, products, articles, albums – you name it. The goal is to spread the awesomeness that comes from being on the road and working in the outdoor and active lifestyle markets.
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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic coe of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. The nonfiction books was written by Krakauer, which originally was featured in an Outside Magazine article, “Death of Innocent” in 1993. The book depicts the story of a young Christopher McCandless, who set out in the Alaskan wilderness by himself. Seeking a new way of life and perhaps an escape from the modern world, died fatally four months later due to unintentional poisoning.
I first read this book when I was in college and later watched the film directed by Sean Penn that was released in 2007. In many instances nature in the raw is rarely shown in movies to exist on its own account without an overt dramatic function. This was really the first time that the protagonist in a film is the OUTDOORS. In this instance, the character is emotional with drama, solidarity, strength, anger, and ultimately the death of McCandless.
I downloaded this on my Kindle before my recent work trip to Canada and finished it on the plane home. This is worth revisiting and I promise you will come away with more questions and better perspective than when you first read it.
Big Lines – Get it Good
Big Lines is an online community for expert big mountain freeriders an steep ski mountaineers in Canada. The man behind the site is Tim Grey, based in Golden, Canada, and the site specializes in covering western Canadian. The site is filled with original AUTHENTIC content on product reviews, athlete edits, beta on lines, but also cool videos – like this one that featured the women’s ski patrollers of Lake Louise Resort in Banff National Park.
Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people. – Prince
Prince and Silent Bob Unite – Another musical genius has passed this year. I can’t help but feel there will be more to follow, but for right now I would like to share a story that I came across this past week. Kevin Smith director of Dogma, shares a story of a documentary that he did for Prince that is locked in the vault. Worth the 30 minutes and you can view it here.
Time will tell to see how this series of blog post develop. One thing that I can promise you, there will be something that will spark your curiosity.