Every week, we bring you five gear-related stories, from all over, that you won’t want to miss. Here are this week’s highlights:
8 Crafty Ways to Repurpose Old Ski Gear
Now that summer’s here, Powder has some tips on how to get crafty with your worn-out ski equipment. From ski shelving to ski-pole wind chimes to a flower planter made of your old boots, here are eight creative ways to “upcycle” your ratty old ski gear. There are even a few options for the critters in your life: a boot birdhouse, and a chew toy for Fido made of what Powder refers to as “your stinky cheese socks.”
And, of course, there’s the old classic: the shot-ski, because, “If your skis are shot, take shots off your skis. It’s arts and crafts for adults.”
El Capitan: Now on Google Street View
Google recently partnered with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell to establish what its calling its “first-ever vertical Street View collection”—essentially, a virtual tour of the largest granite monolith in the world, Yosemite’s 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan.
“Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think you can be done,” Caldwell wrote in a blog post. “Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall.”
Cycling’s Newest, Fastest Toy Going into the Tour de France
Business Insider takes a look at the just-revealed Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS—a bike Specialized claims to be “the fastest bike in the world.” (Bold!) Under embargo until several days ago, the Venge will be ridden in the Tour de France by select riders such as Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan.
Several of the design innovations include new proprietary brakes integrated behind the fork and seat tube, internally routed cables, and a “super-stiff setup” through the headset, stem, and handlebar.
Want to drool over some more photos of and specs on the $12,500 aero machine?
Mountain Hardwear is Giving Away Free Campsites
Outdoor gear manufacturer Mountain Hardwear has teamed up with Hipcamp to give away free spots in campgrounds all over the country, all summer long. Hipcamp is a relatively new social guide to camping on public lands, with nearly 200,000 campsites already loaded into their database. Browse results by map, photos, or search filters like pet-friendly, proximity to various activities like biking or boating, or special features like beaches, caves, or hot springs. Many campgrounds also have crowd-sourced reviews or insider tips.
Interested in scoring a free campsite for yourself this summer?
BioLite BaseCamp Stove Review
We featured the BioLite BaseCamp Stove in our recent list of outdoor gift ideas for Dad. This week, Engadget published an in-depth review of the stove, based on one editor’s “off-the-grid” camping trip in Tolland State Park with the portable, wood-powered grill. Funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2014 (drawing more than $1 million in crowdfunding in a month!), the BaseCamp uses small amounts of kindling and split wood for cooking, as well as generating power to charge your electric devices.
The 18-pound stainless steel and cast iron stove is too bulky for backpacking, but makes a great, ecofriendly piece for car camping.