Issue 186 - The One With The Election Predicting Bear

In celebration of one of the most well known outdoor adventure destinations re-opening after an 8-month covid shut down, I bring you The Adventurous Route to Machu Picchu. I have to warn you in advanc

Give Us This Day Our Daily Thread...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Issue #186

Well, as I'm writing this the race is still tight, but by now you should know who won. Here's hoping whoever it is takes care of our planet. And if you're in need of some good news, the referral link is up and running again! Your unique referral link is at the bottom of the newsletter.

- Kirsten

PS: We have moved into the 21st century and all our text is left aligned...no more of that immature centering.

In Today's Daily Thread:
1. Machu Picchu adventure
2. Outdoor adventures and technology
3. New adventure mobile
5. Smart (or not so smart) Bears
and much more...

Photo by Alan Hurt Jr. on Unsplash

Epic Adventure

In celebration of one of the most well known outdoor adventure destinations re-opening after an 8-month covid shut down, I bring you The Adventurous Route to Machu Picchu. I have to warn you in advance, this is a long read and might have to wait until lunchtime...oh wait, you watch the lunch break videos at lunch...so maybe before bed tonight. If you're missing travel like I am, this motorcycle adventure to Machu Picchu might satiate you slightly.  For those of you that don't know, Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge. This spot is at the top of my travel list, so maybe in 2022? (17 min read)
Source: The Outbound Collective

Photo by Stefan Widua on Unsplash

Are You a Map/Compass Or A Smart Phone Person?

This article is about Overlanding, but the same issue applies to all of our outdoor adventures, whether it's hiking, biking, or camping... do you like to be on or off the grid? The idea of "remote" areas has changed fundamentally, thanks to technology.  Whether we're out for a day hike or on a backpacking trip, we always have our Garmin Inreach to check a map or text the teenagers back home. For this family, it's a little more extreme: When we circumnavigated South America, we did so without any apps other than unreliable navigation apps. Heck, we didn’t even have a GPS. And what an adventure it was!  (5 min read)
Source: Expedition Portal

Outdoor News and Info:

Here’s How the 2020 Western Wildfire Season Got So Extreme

The frequency of forest fires is increasing and the distance my home is from them is decreasing. This inverse relationship is extremely unsettling. (5 min read)
Source: Adventure Journal
First Impressions of the 2021 Can-Am Maverick X3
Who listens to the Armchair Expert? This one made me think of Dax immediately and how he recently broke his hand rolling one of these offroaders. I have mixed feelings about adding more engines to my outdoors. While I enjoy offroading in the Jeep, I like to get out and hike the last couple of inaccessible miles. (7 min read) 
Source: Outside Online
200g vs 400g Insulated Winter Hiking Boots: How to Choose
I just had this debate with myself when upgrading my winter footwear this year. From my research, 200g is good to -25 degrees Celcius (Siri tells me that's -13 degrees F). I ended up with the 200g Oboz Sapphire and they are very warm, comfy and have good grip. Frankly, if it's colder out than -25C, I'm probably not going out for a hike anyway. ;) (1 min read)
Source: Section Hiker
Race and privilege in the outdoors
I love me some Andrew Skurka, especially this series on Women. If you don't know who he is, here are some of his descriptors: "a superman among trekkers” and “one of the best travelled and fastest hikers on the planet.” On his website, he has all manner of informative articles, but recently he realized that there was a need for more female-specific articles and started his Women series. And no, he didn't write about topics like female hygiene and harassment himself. Instead, he asked Teresa Hagerty, founder of Outdoor Mountain Adventures, and Alexandra Lev to help him out. Their latest article on race and privilege in the outdoors is a must-read. (6 min read)
Source: AndrewSkurka.com
Buyan, a male brown bear thinks Joe Biden will win I guess you guys already know if Buyan is smarter than the average bear ;). 
Source: @nowthisnews on Twitter

Gear Reviews

The 12 Best Skis Of 2021
These New Driftline Boardshorts Might Cure Chafing
DMR V11 MTB pedals

Deals From The Wild

Win a Granite Design STASH Tool

Lunch Break Videos

Travis Rice discovers what he calls the most savage pillow line he's ever ridden.  

Starting off with a stroll to the top of a hill named Magic Mountian (no joke). Then some flashes of vacation mode followed by some surfing clips in crystal clear water!

Live From The Wild

Rivers of toothpaste  @camp4collective

Argentina

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Referrals

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