This week, our Friday Unbound round-up of outdoor adventure news ranges from stunning scenery in Switzerland to wild swimming in the USA, with some climbing fiction thrown in for good measure.
#1 A few months ago, our good friend and alpine journalist Chris Kalman wrote his debut novel: As Above, So Below. Put simply, it rocked – from the captivating story to the attractive, textured cover, he nailed it. So we were stoked to see the guys at alpinist.com agreed with us; here’s their review.
#2 As much as we’d like to pretend otherwise, not all news in outdoor adventure comes with a chalky high-five and smiles all round. The UK recycling industry is under investigation for fraud and corruption after a watchdog discovered that plastic waste was leaking into the ocean rather than being recycled. Individuals involved also fraudulently claimed for tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste that doesn’t exist. Here’s hoping their crimes don’t detract from the good work being done by guys like Adventure Uncovered.
#3 Combine stunning scenery and genius videography and what do you get? Something truly spectacular. This short film by Pirmin Henseler was shot using timelapse cameras from huge vantage points, to give the impression of Switzerland created in miniature. If you need a dose of the outdoors to remedy your week in the office, this is our prescription.
#4 This vivid depiction of the thrills of wild swimming is a refreshing reminder that adventure doesn’t need to complicated or exotic, especially when you consider that it’s written by a nine-year-old, Mathias Emmens. And if you can’t get enough of Sidetracked since they launched Volume 13 of their incredible journal, you can grab volumes 8-11 on our Store right now.
#5 Breaking the two-hour marathon might have eluded the combined might of Nike and Eliud Kipchoge, but the world’s greatest long-distance runner did manage to break the world record in Berlin, finishing in 2:01:39. Here, the brainiacs at Outside have analysed exactly how humans evolved to become such proficient runners. The answer might not see you challenging Kipchoge anytime soon, but it makes for a fascinating read on a Friday afternoon.