The coronavirus pandemic has forced the majority of the world into lock-down. Everyone except 'key-workers' are to stay at home in isolation. There's been a huge increase in the number of people working from home across a range of sectors, but what are you to do when your job & your hobbies lie in the great outdoors?
Outdoor instructors are a rare breed of people. We're not made to be inside and this is an incredibly tough time for us so we've created a survival kit full of resources for outdoor industry professionals to help keep you entertained and preserve your sanity during the quarantine.
Here's a load of links of things to do - ENJOY! 👍
Watch Outdoor Films
There's a wealth of great films out there to watch about extreme sports and nature but it's difficult to find them all in one place right? Wrong.
Click here to access 100 outdoor films to sink your teeth into and keep you dreaming about the day you can go outside again.
Here's our personal favourite:
Fitness goes hand in hand with the nature of our work and being so active on the job means that we often taken it for granted. Yes, we can get out for a walk or a run but besides that it's important to stay fit and devise a training routine suitable to your sport(s). Here's a list of sport-specific workouts & resoucres you can do from home:
If these workouts don't do it for you, get onto Mr. Motivator's YouTube channel and subscribe for daily workouts.
Find adventure in a book.
Whatever your sport is, from surfing to ice fishing, someone's bound to have written a book about it. Here's a rundown of our top adventure books to read to keep the spirit of adventure alive during the days of lock-down:
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
William Finnegan's autobiography documents his years of travelling the globe in search of waves. We all know what it's like to be obsessive about our sport, but Finnegan takes it to the next level - his love of surfing borders on addiction and highlights the sacrifices we make in order to pursue the things we love the most. From start to finish this book is one epic love letter to surfing and the ocean.
Here's the opening chapter to get you started
Running the Amazon
This one's for all the paddlers out there; Joe Kane's account of paddling the Amazon from source to sea is one of the maddest real-life adventures you'll ever read. All kinds of drama unfolds as a team of twelve paddlers, medics, writers, explorers (most of them strangers) attempt the impossible in one of the world's most hostile places.
Check out the opening chapter here
Eiger Dreams - Ventures Among Men & Mountains
To be fair, anything by Jon Krakauer is going to be amazing but his collection of essays on mountaineering and climbing is particularly good. The pick of the essays has to be 'On Being Tentbound' - it's about being trapped inside a tent for 10 days during bad weather and is especially poignant during isolation.
Here's an excerpt from Eiger Dreams
I haven't finished it yet so can't give a great review but you'll have to trust me - as far as novels go, this one's badass & I hope Netflix or HBO throw some money at it soon.
Here's a taster
Smash out some Podcasts
Being indoors is in itself boring - then there's all the little things that go along with it - cleaning, doing the dishes, washing clothes. All of these household chores become way better when you're listening to a podcast.
Check out the Looking Sideways Action Sports Podcast for features with outdoor legends such as Danny MacAskill, Leo Houlding, Rob Machado, Andrew Cotton, Shauna Coxsey, Ben Skinner, Alex Honnald and more.
Here's the link. Enjoy!
We hope this guide is useful and fights off the boredom!
Most importantly though, stay safe & stay positive 😃
Things will return to normal, things will get better. For now the best we can do is support each other inside and outside of our industry.
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