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Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:00 pm
by jacob
Last time I saw fat tires was on the beach ...

There's little sexier than touring bikes ... http://www.pbase.com/canyonlands/fullyloaded

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:03 am
by Ego
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year odyssey that begins in Ethiopia and ends in Tierra del Fuego.

National Geographic dispatches: http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/
Extra details here: http://www.outofedenwalk.com/

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Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:25 pm
by m741
Ok, I'll add a few adventures:

Here's one video made by a girl who solo-hiked across Iceland. It was a 25-day hike. The video is gorgeous.
http://vimeo.com/31158028

Additionally, a blog written by a guy whose wife had early-onset Alzheimers and passed away. I think he's in his 40s. He bought a motorcycle and has been riding it for quite a while - a year I think. He's a friend-of-a-friend, but I've never met him. Right now he's in Africa after crossing Australia. Lots of interesting pictures and casual commentary:
http://radiomanridestheworld.com/

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:05 pm
by m741
This is more extreme than many of the adventures here, but two guys are re-tracing the Scott Expedition to the South Pole and blogging it.

http://scottexpedition.com/blog

It's pretty interesting - and amazing how much technology has changed these expeditions.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:58 am
by jennypenny
Short video ... http://www.ducttapethenbeer.com/damn-that-was-awesome/
(found link through Alastair Humphrey's site)

The transcript:
After all these years, I refuse to believe joy costs something, or we have to get on a plane to find it, that it has to happen on our vacation, and that dreams can’t come true on a Tuesday.

I don’t know what I want to be, but I don’t think it involves spreadsheets and e-mails and big paychecks. I know what I’d give thanks to.

I love spicy food and tipping big and getting up when it’s still dark.

I give thanks to vehicles we call homes, living off other people’s leftovers, and for evolving as a person.

This is one is for getting soaked by rainstorms, for cereal and Saturday morning cartoons as a kid and three legged dogs that still play fetch.

Walking on rocky mountain ridgelines, stones that skip all the way to the deepest part of the lake and watching the golden light of the last hour of the day turn the desert into a soft, glowing place.

And when I reach that final minute, that final day, I won’t think about shitty bosses or what happened on Facebook. I’ll remember riding my bike through the city streets at night, gravel roads that stretch on forever and all the highs and lows of family.

Standing in the middle of icy rivers wondering what it’s like to be a fish. Making pretty girls laugh. And friends. Of course my friends.

I try to collect moments. I step back and watch the movie that is my life for just a second, because it’s easy to miss the good stuff, the magic, when it happens. But I try not to. I try really hard to realize it when it’s amazing, and even when it’s not.

I know something happens when you finally see a place you’ve seen on postcards and wall calendars your whole life, and I know sometimes a beautiful dress can make a beautiful girl, just like that.

The best way to feel the ocean is to dive right into the waves, the same way you do with the ocean of people on city sidewalks.

This one is for the idea that money spent living passionately is better than any piece of gear you can buy.

For people who rock out in the car and have the music turned up so loud everyone else waiting in traffic can hear it.

This one’s for trying hard. For wonder. And coffee. Thank god for coffee.

We think our heroes have to be good at throwing or catching balls, or have their name printed on a jersey, and then we sit down on a barstool and drink beer and watch them have the time of their lives on a TV screen. My heroes are my belay partners.

Blind people who cross the street by themselves, people who tirelessly refuse to make excuses and those who discover that inside, we are all capable of surprising ourselves.

We all have dreams, but they don’t mean much if we don’t act on them, if we put them in a drawer we label “Someday,” for when we think we’ll have more time. I try to get out there, to go to amazing places, to have incredible conversations with incredible people. I think it all adds up somewhere. And when it does, you’re not doing something. You’re being something. And what I want to be is happy, and excited, and inspired.

Today I’m 35. That last rope length — that’s for me. For the next 35.

Because I don’t want to say, “I wish.” I want to say, “Damn, that was awesome.”

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:59 am
by Chad
That was awesome. Thanks, Jenny.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:22 am
by Dragline
Yes, Most Excellent!

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:48 pm
by Ego
Wew.... makes me want to go do something big.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:56 pm
by theanimal
Great video...

I've been trying to plan an "ultimate" adventure for myself now for over a month. While I plan to have many adventures, I guess I'd like to have one that trumps them all. Anyways, ideas have flowed freely but I've been somewhat disappointed after doing some research that my ideas have been completed before..certainly wouldn't take anything away from anything I do but it seems to have a small effect on my feeling/thinking etc.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:05 pm
by sshawnn
"I think Daddy just hit the wall!"

The whole transcript is something that should be posted by the bathroom mirror but this

"I try to collect moments. I step back and watch the movie that is my life for just a second, because it’s easy to miss the good stuff, the magic, when it happens. But I try not to. I try really hard to realize it when it’s amazing, and even when it’s not."

is magic.


If that doesn't make you want to rock climb then..........

Great video!

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:12 am
by Ego
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMXGrD2Hwig

A different way of looking at life.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:37 am
by workathome

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:19 pm
by theanimal
This documentary is available for free until 11 PM EST tonight...

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-ad ... e-Sun.html

Two friends who love surfing find a remote beach somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. They spend months there (mainly winter), after building a house just off the beach out of washed up trash. Daily activities include surfing, snowboarding, paragliding and collecting trash on the beach. In their short time there, they end up collecting three tons worth of trash. I really enjoyed this.

Note:The house they build is quite remarkable.


Edit: Also, they spent a very small amount to fund this. Only $5 on food with their only other purchase being some batteries. The rest of the food was obtained for free since it was expired.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:20 pm
by Ego
That was fun.... and freezing!

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:01 am
by Ego
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activ ... -tour.html

Iran: one woman's solo motorbike tour
On the road, even with a headscarf, she stood little chance of blending in. “It was as though I were an alien beamed down. On the whole, regular people in the street were surprised but friendly. They don’t see many Westerners, and it’s rare to see a woman on her own, and even rarer to see one on a motorbike.

“I was run off the road a lot of the time; at first I thought people were trying to mow me down, or Islamists; and it turned out they just wanted to give me bags of pomegranates.”

and

“Once you are there, you can be overwhelmed to the point that sometimes you just need to hide in a hotel for the night. "
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http://www.loisontheloose.com/

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:32 pm
by Ego
This one doesn't really fit other than to provide a counterbalance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qSGJb39wjg

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:32 pm
by Ego
An exceptionally good commercial....and...a useful template for anyone seeking the adventure of starting a business.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z20CjCim8DM

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:41 pm
by theanimal
That was good, Ego.

Good for Patagonia. Encouraging people to use what they have rather than buy all kinds of crap tomorrow (Black Friday).

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:31 am
by sshawnn
Ego wrote:An exceptionally good commercial....and...a useful template for anyone seeking the adventure of starting a business.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z20CjCim8DM

I have been preaching to my kids this weekend about the human suffering that surrounds high priced, stylish, consumer items and being a producer versus a consumer of items. I even made an eight way flow chart about high priced basketball shoes. After a while, they glaze over and get that far away look..... DD wants a North Face jacket. Dear old Dad's rattling was getting stale. I had not watched this whole video yet so I sat us down and took it in. The video surely helped convey the message I was trying to send. ;)

I often wonder what feeds you and others scour to find these gems! I have shown several people the RSRV channel and watch the "Awesome" video every time I visit this thread.

Re: Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:08 pm
by Ego
sshawnn wrote:I often wonder what feeds you and others scour to find these gems! I have shown several people the RSRV channel and watch the "Awesome" video every time I visit this thread.
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Interestingly, Swrve is what Patagonia aspires to be with that video. BIFL cycling gear.