Issue 243 - The One With Will Ferrell Loving EVs

February 5, 2021

Lots of celebs today including Will Ferrell, Kenan Thompson, Awkwafina and Will Smith…who needs more than that?!? Just kidding, I have some outdoor stuff for you too!

- Kirsten​

PS: It’s Friday, and that brings about our fifth weekly $100 donation of the year to an organization that shares the mantra of Play More, Waste Less and Do Better (more details below).

Friday Poll: Would you rather speak all languages or speak to animals?

🗣 All languages
🙊 Animals
🤐 I Don't Like To Speak At All

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Today's Top Non-MTN News: Will Smith to Host 14th Amendment Doc Series for Netflix. (3 min watch)

The six-part series, "Amend: The Fight for America," is being billed as "a powerful, multimedia journey through American history that encourages viewers to question what a 'United States' really means."

Play More:  Online Course: Learn To (Better) Plan A Backpacking Trip

This is a course taught by the master himself… Andrew Skurka. (2 min read)

Today we are opening registration for the 2021 course. Sessions start and finish on:

  • February 22 through April 25

  • March 15 through May 16

  • April 12 through June 13

Do Better: Saving A Mature Tree >> Planting Lots Of New Ones

It seems size really does matter…when it comes to trees. (3 min read)

The annual net ecological benefit of planting a large species tree is 92% greater than planting a small one. Mature street trees do everything from having a positive effect on infant birth weight in lower socio-economic demographics, to increasing resilience to major life events among people who live within sight of them. 

Do Better: $100 Donation To Ducks Unlimited Canada

The OrganizationDucks Unlimited Canada (DUC)

What do they do: They conserve wetlands and other natural spaces for waterfowl, wildlife and people.

What do they really do: They pursue research that looks at new ways to positively affect our environment, support education initiatives that empower future generations and invest in Canadian habitat conservation.

Why They Are Important: Wetlands provide many benefits to people and wildlife, including cleaning our water, protecting us from flooding, allowing for recreation areas and learning experiences. Wetlands also act as large carbon reservoirs - often storing carbon that's thousands of years old. Canada has nearly 1/4 of the world's remaining wetlands, but they are disappearing -up to 80 acres of wetlands are lost every day. For more than 82 years, DUC has been conserving wetlands and studying the benefits they provide to wildlife and people. In honour of World Wetlands Day this week, not only did we make our usual $100 donation, but we became one of over 110,000 DUC members

If you have a suggestion for a future donation, please comment below!

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Good Links 🔗

How To: Winter Camping Tips: 26 Things Beginners Should Know. (4 min read)

Play More: More bat people…check out Espen Fadnes and Andreas Hemli as they jump into hyperspace from the top of the Loen Skylift in Stryn, Norway. The only thing I can imagine that is worse than base jumping off a cliff in a wingsuit is doing it in the dark. 😳 (Instagram Video)

A post shared by Espen Fadnes (@espenfadnes)

Outdoor App: Find Your Next Adventure - onX Backcountry is the ultimate GPS navigation app for outdoor pursuits, including skiing, hiking, and more. (Android/iOS)

Lunch Break Video: Danny MacAskill - How we made "The Slabs"... (from Issue 239)

Do Better: Alberta’s ‘back door’ plan to free up billions of litres of water for coal mines raises alarm. (15 min read)

Waste Less: In GM’s new Super Bowl ad, Will Ferrell loves EVs — and hates Norway. (1 min watch)

Gear: Ortovox Launches New Avalanche Beacon with Voice Navigation. ( 2 min read + short video)

Glamping: Glamp Anywhere With This Lightweight Luxury Camper. (3 min read)

How To: Get Dates - Study Shows TINDER Profiles With Ski Pics Get More Likes⛷❣️ (2 min read)

Lunch Break Video: This is the story of Slim Pickins Outfitters, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop, and its owners Jahmicah and Heather Dawes. (15 min watch)

Live From The Wild

The land of the elves, @cathsimard, Iceland