Thursday Getaway: Darklight

October 22, 2015

DARKLIGHT - 4K Full Film by Sweetgrass Productions from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.


The mad artists of Sweetgrass Productions are at it again, and this time they've made a short film unlike anything you've ever seen. That statement seems to go hand in hand with the work Sweetgrass produces, and it's because the small crew of hyper-talented filmmakers continues to create adventure sports films that are unique in every right. Last winter, we saw what they could do with a film crew, massive lights and skiers in custom light suits; Afterglow was a vision.

This year, Sweetgrass is continuing in the same vein with its brand-new seven and a half minute film, Darklight, showcasing a new mountain sport entirely. As Sweetgrass puts it, "With a scrappy and determined crew of 27, thousands of pounds of camera and lighting gear was slogged, rigged, soldered, hung and broken down each night. Unlike anything ever seen before in the world of mountain biking, Darklight features arrestingly beautiful landscapes and world class riding." Enjoy. 

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Thursday Getaway: How to Fit Two Years of Trash in a Mason Jar

October 15, 2015

Instead of feeling discouraged that you don't live a perfectly zero waste lifestyle, we encourage you to get creative, get excited and make small adjustments to the way you consume. The best news is that you can start doing so wherever you are, right now. 

We think the above MSNBC feature with zero waste pioneer Lauren Singer is incredibly admirable and insightful, so take a look and draw your own inspiration for reducing your single-use footprint from it. 


A Year in the Wilderness

October 14, 2015

A Year in the Wilderness - Bear Witness from Save The BWCA on Vimeo.


Educators and explorers Dave and Amy Freeman kicked off A Year in the Wilderness this September, continuing their efforts to gain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

For this particular expedition, the Freemans will spend a full year in the Boundary Waters. “We care deeply about this place and we will do everything within our power to ensure that it remains intact for the next generation,” Amy says.


Their expedition will continue their efforts to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from the proposed sulfide-ore copper mines on the edge of the Wilderness and support the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. “We made a commitment to protecting the Boundary Waters when we took on the Paddle to DC, but we know we still have a lot of work to do to protect the Boundary Waters watershed from sulfide-ore copper mining and we want to do what we can to finish the job,” Amy adds.

This trip is about bearing witness to the very land and water we are fighting to Dave and Amy Freeman have traveled more than 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. 


Thursday Getaway: Love Thy Nature

September 24, 2015

We came across the trailer for this film, Love Thy Nature, by way of the NRDC's online magazine, onEarth, and we immediately pressed play. As onEarth puts it:

"Whether you believe in the Big Bang, Adam and Eve, or both, the 76-minute film makes one thing absolutely clear: Humanity relies on nature for survival. The movie takes viewers on a journey through time, closely examining the interactions of our species with the natural world, a relationship that has evolved into environmental domination rife with catastrophic extinctions and climate change."


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Versatility and Vintage Flair: Your Swing Lok Cap

September 23, 2015

Growler from Klean Kanteen on Vimeo.
If you've purchased a Klean Kanteen Growler, you've had the good fortunate of getting the Swing Lok cap that comes stocked with it. But did you know that you can remove the cap for easy cleaning? How about that it's compatible with all Klean Kanteen Classic bottles (with the larger ring size, in some cases)? Both of these statements are totally true, and we think they're pretty cool. Take a few moments today to watch the short above to get a better understanding of how to remove, clean and use your Swing Lok cap so you can get the most out of this beautiful little piece of ingenuity and stainless steel. 


Thursday Getaway: Snowsurf

September 17, 2015

Snowsurf Trailer 1920 x 1080 from My House Pictures on Vimeo.
As the season changes slowly from bright, hot summer into cooler, darker fall, we all take keen notice of how this transition makes us feel. Some of us long for the longer days of August, when we could stay outside until late without even noticing a chill in the air. Others among us enjoy the anticipation of the season to come after fall: winter; the time of year when we don our warmest attire and head to the mountain as early as possible to enjoy the prior night's fresh dusting of powder. Whichever camp you fall into, we think you'll enjoy this trailer for the upcoming Patagonia-sponsored film, "Snowsurf," which showcases a group of surfers and snowboarders who are embarking on a journey that appears as a hybrid of these two board sports. So curl up with your cup of coffee or tea on this mid-September day, watch and enjoy. 

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Thursday Getaway: Every Kid in a Park

September 10, 2015

“Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters — these places are your birthright as Americans.” – President Barack Obama 

Take a few minutes to watch this video and see what happens when fourth graders are asked about their National Parks. Then, see the looks on their faces when they're offered a free pass to all public lands. Learn more about the Every Kid in a Park initiative here

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Thursday Getaway: Outdoor Afro in the Arctic

August 27, 2015

We're continually inspired by the work that Outdoor Afro founder Rue Mapp does to build a broader community and encourage more diversity outdoors. Today, we're excited to see Rue in this beautiful short video from Sierra Club, where she speaks about the fact that before anyone can work to conserve or protect something, they must first feel a connection to it. The Upworthy post that features Rue in this video puts it this way: 


"At the core of any kind of caring, there has to have been a relationship," she says.To further connect with the land, Rue suggests a second step: connecting with our histories. "All of us in the United States, usually within a few generations," she says, "has significant ties and connections to land."



Kick Plastic with Costa Sunglasses

August 12, 2015

If we are ever going to turn the tide on plastic ocean pollution, we must work together to advocate for change. No matter how big or small, we all have to adjust our habits and question our ways of daily doing and living. This is the message we wholly support in our own business model, and we're proud to see other companies taking the lead on reducing their own waste footprints, too. 


Costa Sunglasses recently launched its very own campaign called Kick Plastic, which aims to raise awareness of plastic ocean pollution, and to inspire change to help reduce it. As the campaign's site puts it: "Americans may be recycling more than ever before, but we're also making more trash than ever before. So even though we're getting better, our oceans continue to get worse—strangled by plastic bottles, bags and other trash. As fishermen, we're in a unique position to do something about it. The oceans are our backyard, our playground, and you can bet we'll be there to keep an eye on them." 

Take a few minutes today to watch the Kick Plastic short from Costa above, and to consider making a commitment right now to kicking your plastic habit and bringing your own bottle instead. Learn more about Costa's Kick Plastic Campaign here