Outdoor Reads: Kids need outdoors for happiness, tragedy in Yosemite

Read stories about how kids need the outdoors to be happy and another about a tragedy in Yosemite.

What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • Any story that opens with the words, “I forgot to pack my underwear, but I brought a headlamp,” catches our attention. This National Geographic piece chronicles the adventures of a group of Canadians and Norwegians who traversed Costa Rica by hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. Made us want to escape still-chilly Colorado for a bit of adventure.
  • We’re sure you all know Peter Kray, editor-at-large at Gear Institute and contributor to the Outdoor Retailer Daily and SIA Snow Show Daily. If you’ve met him, you know he’s a ski bum through and through. He’s seen the sport from every angle, and now he’s going to tell you all about it in a new book “The Good of Skiing.” Check out this Mountain Gazette story.
  • My goodness. If you were wondering why some children aren’t getting outdoors, check out this Guardian story. Through the article is primarily about modern parenting and how it’s leaving kids frustrated and overprotected, it also discusses how some children are virtually under house arrest because parents don’t want their kids “causing trouble.” That’s a shame, given that UNICEF noted being outdoors was one of the three things kids needed to be happy. The other two were friendships and time with family.
  • If you don’t follow Michael Lanza’s website, the Big Outside, you should. Since the industry is making a push to get young folks involved in outdoor activities and conservation, Lanza’s stuff is worth reading. One of his latest posts features a recent trip with some friends and their kids into Utah’s Escalante, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon. The post comes with videos of gorgeous scenery and chronicles the youngsters’ amazement at the landscape.
  • Yosemite is majestic and beautiful, and those waterfalls are captivating, but this week that’s not why the park was in the news. Kenneth Stensby was reported missing while hiking in Yosemite Park, but his story reached a tragic end on Tuesday when his body was found at the base of Vernal Fall, the Los Angeles Times reports.
  • We’d always heard the old adage: Couples who pray together, stay together — but turns out, it’s “couples who run together, have fun together and subsequently stay together.” According to this Brooks blog post, couples reported more bedroom time after running five or more miles together. Plus, they had more communication during that time, solved problems and just generally got warm and cozy toward one another.
  • Who doesn’t love a classic? It seems vintage is all the rage, given some of the product lines we’ve seen at the past few Outdoor Retailer trade shows. After reading Aaron Bible’s review of Kinco work gloves, we know that throwbacks aren’t just for hipsters anymore. The classic glove has modern features and with Father’s Day coming up, could make a good gift for Dad.
  • Last week we read a story about how Americans don’t generally embrace bicycling as an everyday transportation solution, but it’s alive and well on the competition front. This Mountain Diva blog post features professional cyclist Kate Powlison, who is doing her part to save the future of cycling in the United States with her participation in PeopleForBikes.
  • Spring is finally upon us! That means summertime camping, hiking excursions and family trips to National Parks. Check out this Sault Ste. Marie Evening News Story that outlines some of the best National Parks for camping. What National Parks do you suggest your customers camp?
  • We’ve been hearing an awful lot about mountain athletes improving performance with functional training and CrossFit-like workouts. Even big companies like Inov-8 and now The North Face are developing products for these workouts, which can shred an ordinary pair of running shoes. Check out this YouTube video for a workout for mountain climbers, and maybe pass it on to your customers when you’re selling them some of The North Face’s new Spring ’14 products. We’re about to bring you a sneak peek on that line so stay tuned to SNEWS.

Did you read anything interesting this weekend? Send it to us because we want to check it out!