Outbound: talking maps, landscapes and travel as therapy

In Outbound by Claire

London’s been full of lots of little goings on this week, with the Little Wheels Love Ride and artsy running magazine Like the Wind holding their first birthday party, amongst a few other bits and bobs. Online has also been full of goodness. As is typical in this little roundup of good internet bits, I like all of the below. One of my favourite thoughts around travel is about the way we use it for our heads: The School of Life sees travel as therapy and creates a map – a lovely follow up to Alain de Botton’s suggestion some time back that we could create a travel-as-therapy. It’s the makings of one. Humility, awe, dissatisfaction? Where would you go for each?

  • Radical concept: cycling is more about fun than suffering.
  • I went to get a sneak peek at some of the Bowndling prototypes and soon-to-be-released kit.
  • The Telegraph interviewed Vulpine Nick Hussey about their Vulpine collab. Brilliant.
  • If you’re a runner, have you read Pavement Bound yet? Written by some of my favourite people from Run Dem Crew, London, and Still Waters Run Deep, Manchester.
  • “This video involves skating, but I for one definitely find it more relatable than some of the running stuff out there. The voice over especially. It certainly echoes a lot of what Charlie at Run Dem Crew has to say about our city and how we see it. Plus it’s just a fucking rad, well made video.” Thanks Dougie for this find.
  • Fixed On Fixed is a short film clip profiling five female riders in Melbourne and their love of fixies.
  • “We’d rather be riding our bikes than fixing them, yes?” The rise of the mechanically-clueless generation.
  • An elevation map of London. For map nerds.
  • “You had me at feminist cycle-friendly clothing brand.” Meet this Peckham kickstarter.
  • Meanwhile if you need an inside scoop on how to get a rad 1980s fluro cycling top, my friend Tom has the inside scoop.
  • Let’s all go and stay in a Croatian lighthouse. I love that these places can actually be rented.
  • A 1000 mile race through the frozen wilderness of Alaska on foot, skis or fatbikes. As you do.
  • Jose Cabaco shot Nike running in the Andes, and it was beautiful.
  • Misc adventures UK

  • Discovering this beautifully shot adventuring brand from a Cooler mag brand roundup of the 10 best independent outdoor brands for women’s kit. The list was pretty US-centric, but I found myself getting lost in this UK brand site heavy on patches and wooden spoons; Misc Adventures. You can find a few of their pieces in Beach London, too. Hooray.
  • Cereal takes to the Dorset beach. How bloody beautiful is England? I’m absolutely in love.
  • Amazing, unreal landscapes by Jérôme Berbigier.
  • Travel as therapy: find where to go for awe, humility and sex education. As mentioned, I adore this idea.
  • Yosemite tree car
  • “My yellow Cadillac with red and green pinstripes, in the sequoia forest near Yosemite, CA, in October 1988. Dawn love-ins at Stonehenge, dune diving in Carmel… Roger Steffens met his wife when he was tripping, then spent years taking acid-soaked photos of her and his friends.” A mixture of strange acid-soaked Stone Henge and Yosemite adventures from the 1970s.
  • Notes on Blindness: Snow. ‘Filmmaker Peter Middleton Explores the Senses Through a Transformative Blizzard.’ As always, this video from Nowness is very special. “It has its own treasures.”
  • Life lessons by Brene Brown at TED. Be open and vulnerable. I’ve had this in my ears whilst putting together this list. Enjoyable and honest.
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