Issue 206 - The One With The Emergence of a Second Mysterious Monolith 👽

Today's Top Non-Mountain Cultural News: To mark the victorious return of the McRib, as well as the end of Movember, McDonald’s is giving away free McRib sandwiches tomorrow

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Issue 206


We got it all today folks....monoliths, McRibs, drones and porn.

- Kirsten



Today's Top Non-Mountain Cultural News: To mark the victorious return of the McRib, as well as the end of Movember, McDonald’s is giving away free McRib sandwiches tomorrow to the first 10,000 people who post a photo of their clean-shaven face on their social media with the hashtag #shave4mcribsweepstakes and tag @mcdonalds. (Twitter) [Offer started Nov 30th and ends today, Dec 2 - I would assume they have lots left...they look 🤮 ]


Play More: Working With The King

So, one of my fav outdoor people is hiring for his backpacking guide team for the 2021 season; let's see if I qualify:

  1. Short-term assignment - ✅ sounds good; I have two teenagers still at home;

  2. Seasonal employment - ✅ perfect, as long as it's summer...sorry Andrew, I will be skiing in the winter.

  3. Fun and rewarding retirement project - ❎ the fun and rewarding part sounds good, but I'm a little young to be retired? Andrew, what age are you looking for? 70+?

  4. Extensive backpacking experience - ❎ - slept on the ground for 100's of nights? Hmmm, that seems excessive and uncomfortable.

Let's stop there...it sounds like he's looking for a 70-year-old homeless person for this backpacking team...and that is his prerogative! Nevertheless, if you think you have what it takes, check out Andrew's post, he's looking for three good peeps. (3 min read)


Waste Less: Minimalist Gift Giving 101

I love this blog post for 2 phrases: "You Do You" and #Optoutside. First off, I would choose "at home in pyjamas" over live, over-crowded, Black Friday shopping, during COVID or post-COVID. Secondly, I would choose #Optoutside over anything during the holidays (except maybe for stuffing 🍲 😀). Overall, good message here about giving "minimalism" a try this holiday season...but no judgement here...everything in moderation and have lots of fun! (4 min read)


Do Better: High-Tech Tree Planting

Are a whole generation of university and college students going to be out of summer jobs now? I've heard of drones helping to fight forest fires but planting trees? Learn how Dendra Sytems is using drones to plant 1 billion trees per year to tackle industrial-scale deforestation. (3 min read)


Good Links

Another Bad Link: European Governments Divided Over Opening of Ski Resorts (1 min read)

Conspiracy Theory Part #2: Reports Emerge of Second Mysterious Monolith in Romania...maybe it's the same one! 👽 (1 min read)

Coffee Break Video: AJ always finds the best stuff...The Terrified Shouting Is How You Know It’s Fun...steep and snowy on a mtn bike. (4 min watch)

Lunch Break Video: Since he was young, Jesper Tjäder has been fascinated by these kinds of game shows, but it wasn't until more recently he started getting recurring dreams about skiing in one. (12 min watch)

Porn: Need your fix of Cabin Porn? Great stocking stuffer. (get)

Picture Perfect: Wildlife 2020 Photo Contest Finalists. (scroll)

Gear: The Best Cross Country Skis and How to Choose Them. (8 min read)

Gear: Sprinter vs. Teardrop Trailer: What's Best for Camping? (10 min read)


Live From The Wild

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Somewhere at the Arctic Circle