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If you've mastered the 180 front flip of parkour, it's time to get a little more hardcore. Nick Provost offers parkour training that teaches you the aerial twist, a great way to get over or off of any obstacle. Learn the run up, foot position, and arm movements you need to successfully pull off this impressive move.
Brave the great outdoors with these wilderness survival tips! In this second of two lessons, Dave Canterbury from The Pathfinder School teaches you two crucial elements of survival: water and fire. Learn to recognize the signs of dehydration, and to filter or boil water so that it is safe to drink in just three minutes. Learn the right technique for creating a fire with waterproof tinder, kindling, and fuel. Be sure to carry a stainless steel water container, waterproof bag, lighter, and tinder.
Jumps onto boxes or rails look impressive when other snowboarders do them, but everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you have been snowboarding for ages or are still a beginner, this lesson on jibbing is for you. Mike and Marthe from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrate tips for jibbing on the slopes—how to stabilize yourself, and practice maneuvers you can do on flat land (so it will hurt less when you fall). You’ll be dominating the half pipes and rails in no time!
Don’t let bicycle chains wreck your chainring and cassette! Over time, the rivets in your chain build up dirt, oil, and water and the chain begins to get longer. If you are not careful, a worn-out chain can grind against more expensive parts of your bicycle. This tutorial by Joel Babb shows you what causes wear and tear on chains and when it is time to replace them.
Don't want to be without some emergency paracord? Why not carry it with you and accessorise at the same time? Outdoor Concepts teaches you to braid paracord into a bracelet, burn the edges to prevent fraying, and then create an adjustable strap so that it's easy to slip on and off. Cute and practical, you never know when this particular fashion statement might come in handy!
You can light my fire anytime using this sure-fire fire starter! Sarah Mock from How to Pinch a Penny shows you how to take old things lying around the house including egg cartons, shredded paper, and dryer lint to make an easy fire-starter that will let you light your bonfire or fire pit on the first try (not to mention, put old materials to a good use)!
After a day on the slopes with your buddies, you realize that your impeccable form and incredible speed are less impressive than you thought; your friends are not the least bit amazed by your obvious skiing talent. But a good trick would certainly prove your artistry and skill! Don’t despair! Tobin from Section 8 Snowsport Institute is here to teach you a long forgotten yet awe-inspiring feat you can wow your friends with on your next ski trip—it’s called a “worm turn.”
If you love rock climbing and feel ready for more advanced routes, this lesson is for you. To equip you for more advanced climbs, this lesson provides a few aspects to consider when planning advanced routes. You’ll learn that the route you choose forces hand placement; because of this, there are right and wrong ways to climb advanced routes. Watch as the teacher demonstrates correct and incorrect climbing, and learn how to plan a route that includes comfortable holds for breaks.
Most people rely on their car or phone GPS for directions, but what would you do if your technology failed? This lesson from Roadside Nature will equip you to navigate using any map, any time. Many years ago, paper maps were used as the main means of navigation, and will always be available as backup--but a critical part of reading maps is being able to interpret the scales that appear on them. Learn how!
What would you do if you were in the wilderness, and accidentally got separated from your group? How could you know what to do or where to go? Basic navigation skills, like knowing how to use a compass, are indispensable—so make sure you are equipped for anything! In this lesson from The Pathfinder School you’ll learn why people who are lost often walk in circles, how to walk a straight course, and finally, how to tell what direction you are facing even if you don’t have a compass.
Snowboarding may be an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and exercise, but its important to maintain proper form to remain in control. In this lesson, Mike from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrates how to keep your upper body stable through short radius open turns, which build speed rapidly. Learn how to keep your upper body stable, while using your legs to alternately push and pull you through turns. Don’t let the mountain control you, control the mountain!
When snowboarding, using your core is a good way to stay stable through a turn. But if you’d like to control your turn even more, learn how to impact your board with your knees and feet, and get more edge angle and tighter steering. Mike from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrates how to do this, and gives you a tip for mastering this technique yourself. You’ll look like a snowboarding pro, and your body will be less prone to injury when you are using proper form.
Modern conveniences may make life easier, but how would you navigate without your GPS? Did you know that there is another way, besides using coordinates, to determine location? In this lesson from Roadside Nature, learn how to navigate using the system employed by the Public Land Survey. Township and range lines don’t necessarily run north and south, but they do appear on most public land and topographical maps, often coincide with property lines, and are marked in real life by monuments.
Do you dream of dominating the steepest slopes? Don’t just dream—learn how to do the Speiss ski drill! Basically a quick hop turn, this drill lets you turn with your lower body, keeping your core balanced and increasing your coordination. A strong pole plant will provide more support for your upper body, and keeping your skis even as you hop will keep you balanced. Get the hang of the Speiss drill on flat ground and in short order the steepest slope will be no problem for you.
The night sky is a place of unfathomable size, home to nearly infinite stars and planets, most of which are invisible to the naked eye. But don’t just ponder the infinite beauty—become acquainted with the celestial bodies and constellations in this star gazing lesson by David Fuller. Learn how to locate features in the sky using coordinates similar to the longitude and latitude applied to the earth, how a star’s brightness (or magnitude) is measured, and finally how to measure distances using your own hand.
There are plenty of fish in the sea - and plenty of surfers at the beach... so, what should you keep in mind when catching waves in a crowded ocean? Part 8 of 8 from Canggu Surf School, this lesson covers basic surf etiquette - learn how to identify which surfer has dibs on a wave, and other rules for playing nicely with your fellow surfers.
Having a hard time getting your skis to grip the snow when turning? If so, you aren’t alone! Difficulty getting skis to grip is a common problem, and often the result of one of two things— and they both have to do with the way you move your body. In this lesson, Tobin from Section 8 Snowsport Institute has a great tip to get your body in the correct “C” shape while turning, which will have your skis gripping and steering you expertly on the slopes.
Surf a green wave like a pro! Part 6 of 8 from Canggu Surf School, this lesson teaches you how to takeoff (stand on your surfboard) and how to ride a green wave. It's time to takeoff when you feel the nose of your board go down and the tail go up. As soon as you're standing, turn the board to glide sideways along the wave by putting your weight on your back foot and swinging your arms to point parallel to the wave.
Want to learn some sweet surfing tricks? Part 7 of 8 from Canggu Surf School, this masterclass surfing lesson teaches bottom and top turns. Bottom turns let you take off straight, then scoop beneath a wave. Top turns allow you ride straight up the wave, hit the lip, and then turn back. The turns taught in this video can be combined and elaborated upon to create all sorts of fancy surfing moves.