Our Favorite Videos For The Week

the video round up april 2nd 2016
The Video Round Up is a new series highlighting videos and multimedia content that caught our eyes. Getting stoked on travel, good food, and extreme sports is best when shared with friends, so we’ll be posting a bi-weekly series on our favorite videos we find from every corner of the web. Have a tip or some awesome footage? Shoot an email to support@themanual.com

Life Beyond Walls: Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are one of the last real tropical paradises that haven’t been spoiled by over development. Any trip there is unique, and with restrictions on travel and environmental impacts, it’s probably a once in a lifetime experience. For a small crew of surfers with Smith Optics, the combination of wildlife and perfect swell makes for some stunning visuals.

Salomon Running TV: Trail Dog

Of all the lessons that dogs can teach us, pure unadulterated happiness is by far the best. Your dog doesn’t care how much money you make, how many friends you have, or how far you make it up the mountain. He is simply excited that you chose to spend time with him, even if it’s the same Saturday morning run that you’ve been doing together for years. French runner Gaëtan Ugnon-Fleury’s two dogs Pépite and Jolyn know this secret to happiness. Take five minutes out of your day to get a lesson from these four-legged experts.

Get Vertical

One of our very favorite mountain brands, Salewa, was born in the alps. This summer they are hosting a competition to share their vertical heritage with some of their customers. If you’ve ever dreamed of big wall climbing, via ferrata navigation, or driving steep mountain passes, this is the basecamp experience you’ve been waiting for.

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus

Since we constantly haul cameras, GPS, and other electronics into the backcountry, we’re big believers in portable power. Goal Zero launched their completely redesigned Nomad 7 Plus solar panel this week, and we couldn’t be more excited. It features improved internals allowing you to directly charge your phone from the panel, cutting out a battery in between. It also has a power flow indicator, detachable kickstand, and hard points to attach to your pack, so you can get the most out of your portable power.

Singletrack Switzerland: Verbier

You might remember the first episode of Singletrack Switzerland from the Round Up a couple weeks ago. We didn’t think we’d find a more gorgeous place to ride than the terrain around Zermatt, but we’re happy to be wrong. The BMC and Teton Gravity team explored the bike parks and steep descents around this classic mountain town and we’re going through some serious trail envy. if you’re smart, then you’re already planning your next summer vacation with a long stop in Verbier.

Travel

Traveling Alone Can Be an Unforgettable Adventure with Contiki

Ever wanted to climb a volcano and make chocolate in the same trip? Check out Contiki and their curated trip to Ecuador.
Grooming

5 Rules to Follow and Become Your Best Bearded Self This No-Shave November

Here’s some sage pieces of advice and a few product suggestions to take you from clean-cut to boldly bushy.
Podcast

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: Interview with Mario Andretti

The Manual's podcast host got a chance to interview Mario Andretti. And ride in a race car. No big deal.
Food & Drink

The Best Hot Toddy Recipe in the Observable Universe

Here's a video guide on how to make a hot toddy and the history behind this delicious hot cocktail.
Living

Find Perfect Harmony Between Architecture and Nature at Amangiri Resort

This secluded desert getaway is helping to reshape the idea of what Southwestern style can be.
Living

How to Clean Your House or Apartment in 30 Minutes or Less

This isn’t a deep clean. It’s an, “Oh shit, I really should have done something earlier and now it’s gonna take a miracle to do this” clean.
Living

Baby on the Way? Here’s How to Support Your Pregnant Wife

Pregnancy requires you to get proactive, pal. She’s driving the car, but you are the entire pit crew.
Living

Dive In (Literally) to This Minimalist Lakeside Retreat in the Netherlands

Once the walls open up, you can dive right into the water from the living room.
Living

An Old Garage Is Transformed Into an Artist’s Home and Studio in San Francisco

Yes, that's a red Fiat hanging from the ceiling.
Living

From Milan to Mars, Architect Stefano Boeri is Creating Vertical Forests

A combination of housing shortages and climate change led to the creation of Vertical Forests which blend housing and landscaping into one amazing building.
Living

What’s a Salt Cave and Why Are They So Damned Relaxing?

Experiencing Halotherapy in a salt cave can be pure relaxation or relaxing purification depending on how you look at it.
Food & Drink

Say No to Disposables with All the Best Reusable Lunch Gear for Guys

From straws to cutlery to sandwich bags, there's a reusable option for everything that comes with a traditional takeout lunch.
Living

Heat Up Your Digs with One of Our Picks for the Best Space Heaters

Admit it, you need a little extra warmth this winter.
Living

5 Seriously Stylish Dog Houses to Pamper Your Puppers

There will be no question about who’s a good boy when you get Fido one of these amazing dog houses.