Issue 217 - The One With The A**hole Hiker

December 17, 2020

We watched It’s A Wonderful Life last night with our 13-year-old as part of a school project. Suffice it to say, it didn’t hold up that well against random video gaming YouTube videos that are generally consumed as part of a daily teenager’s entertainment diet.

- Kirsten​

PS: Speaking of holiday movies, I will be on holiday break soon with the last issue for the year on December 23rd and back at it on January 4th.

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Today's Top Non-MTN News:

Amazon wants to scan your body to make perfectly fitting shirts. Don’t “they” already know enough about us?!?! (2 min read)

There was a time when it was only possible to get made-to-measure clothes at a tailor. But over the past decade, fashion brands have used technology to manufacture customized clothes at more affordable prices.

Play More: Confessions Of An Asshole Hiker

Gang…if you are a hiker, this is a must-read satirical take on the crazy things we do or perhaps just think about doing. If you can put a checkmark in front of four or five of these items…then…omg…you are…perfectly normal! (2 min read)

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I’m an asshole hiker. When I pass you on the trail it is because I am a better looking, more athletic, and overall more advanced person than you. When you pass me on the trail it is because you are in such a goddamn hurry and you should really be slowing down and enjoying it like me.

Do Better: Canadian Gov. Says Two Billion Trees Line The ‘Path To Net-Zero Carbon Emissions’

With a teenager online schooling in chemistry and physics this term, I feel like I’m redoing high school…but just the bad stuff like studying…no parties or socializing. So I will examine this post from a scientific perspective based on Unit #4 of Chem 20!

Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) during photosynthesis…boom...did you know that? Then the trees use sunlight to convert that CO2 into the sugars and energy they need to grow while releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. The best part of this process is that the remaining carbon (as a solid) is stored in the trunk, roots and leaves. Planting trees can help mitigate climate change since they absorb CO2 as they grow, and the carbon remains stored until the wood decomposes or is burnt.

A mature tree absorbs carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year. In one year, an acre of forest can absorb twice the CO2 produced by the average car's annual mileage. - Ten Million Trees

Ok, let’s plant those trees and let them grow…no harvesting them…and hope that the increase in forest fires due to climate change doesn’t burn them down and release all that yucky carbon; kind of a catch twenty-two. (1 min read)

Good Links 🔗

People: An emotional Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup ski race since her father's death nearly a year ago. (2 min read)

Coffee Break Video: Sonja Olson woke up to find this furry feline family (of Bobcats!!) strolling around her backyard in northwest Calgary. (Facebook Video)

Places: Whitecap Alpine has just revealed one of the coolest backcountry saunas in the entire province. (2 min read)

How to: Make Awesome Hot Drinks for Your Next Campfire. (5 min read)

Climate: Everest’s Rongbuk Glacier Continues To Shrink. (2 min read)

Gear: American-Made Camp Gear: Get Outside With These 12 American Goods. (9 min read)

People: Lindsey Vonn skiing with her dogs.

Waste Less: Zero-waste bloggers: the millennials who can fit a year's worth of trash in a jar. (6 min read)

Deal: Garmin Instinct watch 43% Off (Get)

Ice Ice Baby: Iceberg The Size of Jamaica Headed For Collision With South Atlantic Island Home To 2 Million Penguins (1 min read)

Live From The Wild

Do you see the hiker? Greg thinks she has a puffin on her shoulder. - @josefwittibschlager - Faroe Islands (Denmark), North Atlantic

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