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2018 Editor’s Picks: Culture

In our culture category we explore the fringes of the outdoor community from humor columns to viral picks to strange new and exotic sports. Take a look back with us as we remember the year's best videos and stories from our alternative section. 


1. Your Chances of Dying Ranked by Sport and Activity: 

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If you follow TGR there's a high chance that you participate in one of the many sports that this fantastic infographic covers, and if so it might be in your best interest to give this a look. If you don't participate in any of them, well then your life expectancy just shot through the roof. 


2. Resort Bans Skiing — Moguls Vanish Overnight:

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Revenge of the snowboarders was one of the oddest stories we came across all year, but I can't say I'm all that surprised. What is surprising is how long it took to give skiers a taste of their own medicine!


3. This is the Most Fucked Up Rappel You'll Ever See: 

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This is one of those videos where if you are a climber it'll make you question your hobby, and if you're not a climber you'll probably never be. 


4. Fair Weather Co Ski Bum "Wants Refund" After Shitty Ski Season: 

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This is a beautiful piece of ski satire that I guarantee you will find funny if you have a sense of humor. Just kidding, but seriously it's a great read and probably relatable for a few of you... 


5. Forget the Olympics, Check Out Norwegian Death Diving: 

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Apparently Norwegian Death Diving is a popular sport in Norway and has been for some time, but it was only brought to our attention this fall. A true shame really, but better late than never. Get up to date on this great European sport here. 

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How Mikey Basich Keeps Reinventing Life on the Road
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How Mikey Basich Keeps Reinventing Life on the Road

How Mikey Basich Keeps Reinventing Life on the Road

Mike Basich's name has long been synonymous with innovation in snowboarding. Way back in the early '90s, when Basich was a pro snowboarder moonlighting as a world-renowned photographer, he helped innovate the first-person style of photography that is all-too-common in the action sports world. RELATED: This ain't #vanlife: Austin Smith does life on the road his way Basich was eons ahead of the current trends of tiny home living/van life that dominate social media feeds today, building

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The Army’s Most Famous Band of Skiing Soldiers
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The Army’s Most Famous Band of Skiing Soldiers

The Army’s Most Famous Band of Skiing Soldiers

The ski troops of the 10th Mountain Division endured incredibly brutal combat in World War II, battling frostbite and hostile alpine environments during their short but violent campaign against German forces in Italy’s Apennine Mountains. Casualties in the winter of 1945 were staggering, but when the ski troops returned home they poured their heart and soul into the newly-evolving ski industry, opening ski resorts, managing ski schools and influencing innovation. Unlike most of Europe, prior

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​How Did Jimmy Chin Stay Fit Filming Free Solo?
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​How Did Jimmy Chin Stay Fit Filming Free Solo?

​How Did Jimmy Chin Stay Fit Filming Free Solo?

This past fall, Jimmy Chin and his wife and co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi wowed the world with their film , depicting Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of El Capitan. The film blew our collective minds, showing Honnold’s athletic and mental prowess as a climber (ripped abs and all). But, arguably even more impressive is the fact that Chin and an often-sizeable production crew were up there with Honnold as he climbed, rigging equipment and capturing the feat as it unfolded. It’s no