The Flip Side – Volume 2
Our weekly roundup of the best outdoor stories that capture and inspire the spirit of adventure during the days of social distancing.
Lady on the eBike Takes the Win
Five Quarantinis To Go, Please
Athletes React to the Delay of the Summer Games
The Pandemic in Pictures
This Is Not What Social Distancing Looks Like
Last weekend, cars piled up along the roads outside of Loveland Ski Area as skiers and snowboarders flocked to the mountain to earn their turns. In response, Loveland became one of a growing number of ski resorts to close its terrain to uphill travel. This is why we can’t have nice things. [Denver Post]
Running Low on TP? Fear Not.
The thru-hikers among us have rounded up a few natural solutions to the toilet paper shortage. Of course, if you take this advice, be sure to dispose of your waste responsibly (check out Leave No Trace’s guidelines). Or, you could always just use the pandemic as the perfect excuse to buy that bidet you’ve always wanted. [Backpacker]
From Sofa to Sending It
Climber and author Luke Mehall just released the first two episodes of his new podcast, “Dirtbag State of Mind.” Based loosely on his book American Climber, the first episode details how climbing helped Mehall emerge from depression. He hopes listeners right now can find stories about how “out of darkness comes light.” [Dirtbag State of Mind]
Backcountry Battles: Snowmobilers vs. Wolverines
Now that we’re all a little crowd-wary, we’re more aware than usual of the competition for a slice of the backcountry. One conflict of interest therein is between recreational snowmobilers and wolverines in Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and other cold states with vast public lands. Could this be the tipping point for the largest member of the weasel family? [The Atlantic]
Adventures in Your Kitchen
We don’t know about you, but for us, half of any international adventure is the food, whether it’s a big bowl of après ramen after skiing in Japan or post-climbing tacos in Potrero Chico. While your spring bike or surf trip abroad may have been cancelled, you can still travel in the kitchen with La Mian noodle soup, legit hummus, an Australian lamington, or one of these other global recipes. [Afar]