One of my favorite things about working on this Outdoor Alphabet "thing", is the response people have when they see the concept for the first time. Whether it's on a poster or a onesie, it's always a smile and a nod—it's not too complicated—and ultimately, that's the point of all of this. To share the stoke and smiles that come from spending time outdoors with those around us.
That's why I'm super excited to announce that today, My Outdoor Alphabet is being featured on The Grommet—a unique site that will bring that stoke and our products to a whole new audience.
Take a moment to check us out: http://thegrommet.com/my-outdoor-alphabet - Thanks!
Having lived now in Wyoming and Montana for nearly 8 years, I've come to really appreciate and love the climbing history that surrounds me. I recently finished a wonderful book called "Teton Tales and Other Petzoldt Anecdotes", which is a brief memoir of sorts from Paul Petzoldt. It was a quick read, but only because the stories were so close to home, and so comfortably shared by the man who lived them. Petzoldt started climbing pretty early and had a good common sense approach to safety and order which manifested itself in the climbing commands still in use by climbers today around the world ("On belay!"). He pretty much set the standards known today as minimum-impact camping, and taught those principles...
A great little piece from Canadian filmmaker Bill Mason, who was also known as "the patron saint of canoeing." Noted primarily for his canoeing books, films and art, his contributions to the sport also included techniques and approaches to canoeing on rivers, specifically in whitewater situations. His films are available to watch online at the Canadian National Film Board website.
"Get a bunch of kids. Let them walk over a big hill, eat outside, run a bit wild, jump in a river, toast marshmallows and sleep under the stars in their clothes."
That's the recipe adventurer Alastair Humphrey pulls together for a classroom of kids, and the results? Pretty inspiring.
Two years later, the same class is ready to do it again as a celebration of their completion of "year 6". See what you've started, Alastair? Nice work.
Find out more about microadventures by clicking through the image below to Alastair's site, and tell him we sent you.
Check out the Backpacker's Alphabet