Welcome to another edition of V Bomb, a hand-picked update featuring the best in adventure news, outdoor recommendations and resources for living an examined life!
Reading + watching
The Handmaiden — one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s a Korean + Japanese seductive mystery that’s beautifully shot and masterfully told. Quite spicy and not for the faint of heart! 10/10
Let my People go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard — a compelling case for how business and the environment can co-exist. I’ve made no secret that Yvon is my ultimate celebrity crush, and this book absolutely sealed the deal. It’s fascinating learning about the environmental philosophy governing Patagonia, and how the company is working to support civil democracy, do good, and positively influence other companies to follow suit. 11/10
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig — I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time and a recommendation from the founder of Better Place Forests (a badass forest cemetery company) finally pushed me into action! The book explores questions of quality and values, although I have to concede that I found it hard to follow at times. If you’re interested in the dynamic between romantic (creative) v. classical (analytical), I’d recommend! 8/10
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl — put down whatever you’re doing and read this book. I’ve completely changed my perspective on mental control and positivity. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” 11/10
Rebirth: A fable of love, forgiveness and following your heart by Kamal Ravikant — a touching account of personal growth along the Camino de Santiago that’s an easy read with heart! 7/10
Links I love
Nine badass stories from around the web.
- Arc’teryx is set to open its largest Canadian storefront!
- 10 reasons to quit your day job (but not your day dream).
- Setting records in the velodrome at 105 years old!
- 17 questions that changed my life.
- Guide to peeing during a protest!
- Brilliant + relevant TED Talk on the danger of a single story.
- Stop what you’re doing and watch this incredible video on millennials.
- Four life lessons from the Peanuts Gang!
- What drives the second most traveled person in the world to keep exploring?
Ideas I’m pondering
Necessity: “One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations.” – Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Business + conservation: How can companies most effectively engage in conservation efforts without compromising their bottom line? Check out Patagonia’s boycott of the Outdoor Retailer Show in Utah in protest of the government’s move to reverse the Bears Ears National Monument designation.
What I’m drinking!
Currently obsessed with the cheap + cheerful unoaked Natura Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley in central Chile. Vegan, organic, and south of $10 — what more could you want?
Place I’m missing
I’ve been craving some bikini + beach relaxation lately, which has left me daydreaming about Roatán, Honduras in 2014!
I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is a sizable disconnect between my climbing enthusiasm and… er, climbing skills. In an effort to bridge this embarrassing gap, I’ve been spending more time at the gym with a ladies’ climbing group, and getting outside to try my hand at lead climbing. Baby steps!
Have something awesome to showcase in our next V Bomb? I’m always looking for feedback and ideas, so drop me a line and let me know what you think. Also, shout-out to two of our fabulous BRBdoingstuff readers who shared awesome tips this month — Laura and Grant, y’all rock!
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