Outbound: new and improved

In Outbound by Claire

This week I went to hear Nils Frahm play at the 6Music Proms at the gorgeous, ridiculous, wonderful Royal Albert Hall last week. And oh my god he was good. He also played the piano insides with some toilet brushes, too (the most excellent-sounding toilet brushes to date). Use this beautiful piece to soundtrack this week’s roundup that continues make my desk job feel suspiciously comfortable. The beautiful piano is also very fitting when looking at all the links to do with Iceland.

Quick update: This week Outbound has been improved, made more digestible. In short each week this roundup of the best internet will be slimmed-down and now has the magic addition of sub-headings (which may become pithier over time). Sign up get it straight to your inbox every Friday, too.

Brilliant new things

  • Excellent partnership between AirBnB and philosopher Alain de Botton (School of Life). Meet The New Art of Travel. This is perfect.
  • The best holiday treehouses in the UK
  • Vice Sports and Reebok are making extreme sports documentaries, using YouTube’s futuristic 360-degree functionality. First up: parkour.
  • “I spent my entire professional cycling career dressed as a human billboard. From now on, I want to wear something subtle and understated.” If this sounds like you, Chpt3’s new tailored cycling gear that should make you happy.
  • Bowndling are on Cool Hunting, and I am happy about this.
  • Curious thoughts and trends

  • 96,000,000 small black balls have been dumped into an LA reservoir, and it’s not even a prank.The video’s amazing.
  • The outdoor industry has a millennial problem. Gear companies know how to make packs lighter, jackets more waterproof, and skis burlier. The only problem: young people couldn’t care less.
  • Are we replacing the gym with the outdoors?
  • Clever, useful things (that might make the world substantially better)

  • This year my friend Sorrell decided to try and change the face of ultra running: by making it less white, male and nerdy. Here’s an excellent interview with this magic lady. Jump to 1:40 ish for Sorrell’s insight about her achievements leading the WMN RUN 100 collective to victory at Race To The Stones this year.
  • “Explore the world via Google Street View. MapCrunch teleports you to a random place in the world. Discover the vast array of imagery captured by Google in 50 countries, featuring spectacular scenery, magical moments and the utterly unexplainable.” I got some gorgeous mountains when I played with it.
  • Travel by drone is just a little bit clever
  • Here is a bikepacking guide from someone who thinks a bikepacking guide is pointless because there is no one right bike setup. THIS from Machines For Freedom.
  • Beautiful things (moving pictures and sound)

  • Conor MacNeill continues to share ridiculously nice photos from Norway-Iceland lovechild, the Faroe Islands.
  • Video: Iceland might be the most magnificent place in the universe.
  • “Across America is a beautifully shot travelogue film of one couple’s journey across the US. Contemplative and soothing, if you have any inclination towards abandoning your life and running away with someone to just DRIVE then watching this may push you closer to the edge.”
  • The section where it all gets a bit life & philosophy (medium – long reads)

  • The story of a life-affirming hike on Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland – falling in creeks, drinking stagnant water and being devoured by sandflies
  • The story of a man whose father leaves him notes for the rest of his life when he dies & what it’s like reading them.
  • “Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine. ” Mindy Kaling on life and female confidence is the reason I’ve just read a Glamour magazine article for the first time in forever.
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