7 Things This Week [#66]

A weekly list of things I found interesting, posted on Sundays. Sometimes themed, often not.

1️⃣ You may have heard about Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, giving away the company to help fight climate change. This NYT article does a great job explaining the deft way the deal went down to both protect Patagonia’s future, but also ensure that any profits it makes go directly into conservation efforts — all without tax benefit to the Chouinard family. [Link - David Gelles // nytimes.com]

2️⃣ Some guys I knew back in college have a band called Paddlebots and they released their second album called Working Backwards. It’s smooth, jazzy, a little trance-y, and a fun listen. [Link - Paddlebots // album.link]

3️⃣ I can’t tell if this tweet by my buddy Taylor is a bit, but either way, it’s hilarious. [Link - @TDesOrmeau // twitter.com]

4️⃣ I swear this video of a wild gymnastics routine is far scarier than most rock climbing videos. [Link - @fasc1nate // twitter.com]

5️⃣ The folks behind iA Writer (my favorite text editor) are putting effort into creating a presentation-maker that takes text files and turns them into beautiful slides and includes a built-in teleprompter feature. I think it’s a cool idea, and if I needed to make a presentation, I’d give it a shot. [Link - iA Inc. // youtube.com]

6️⃣ Just today, I learned that Mountain Project (the popular online catalog of rock climbing routes all over the world) has a Partner Finder feature to help hook you up with a climbing partner in your area. You can specify a climbing style and difficulty skill level to complement your own, and they’ll try to find someone to match. It seems very helpful for people climbing in a new area and seems reputable coming from Mountain Project, which is a ubiquitous tool among climbers. [Link - Partner Finder // mountainproject.com]

7️⃣ Another awesome tool that I used this week is Mountain-Forecast.com, which, as you can imagine, gets you detailed forecasts for mountain peaks around the world. Since alpine weather can be so drastically different than the lowland towns around the peaks, I’ve started checking it before any trip. The wind forecasts alone are worth their weight in gold. [Link - mountain-forecast.com]

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