Eager for your next big adventure? Waiting to initiate Trip Difficult, but also a compelling opportunity: Now is the time to learn some new skills before you venture into WildExternal skills schools are an ideal way to do this.
Here, we’ve highlighted five outside skills schools that allow you to learn online (ideal when you’re stuck at home due to a pandemic). Get creative with knot tying, bird identification, trip planning, survival in unexpected wildlife scenarios, and much more – all from the comfort of your couch.
Crux Academy distills athletic knowledge and outdoor decorative icons into immersive courses that can be accessed with a subscription or by registering for one semester. Topics include rock and rock climbing, adventure trip planning, plane hunting, education in public lands, snowboarding, and more (all of them are taught experts in every field of course)
As the platform grows, look for more courses on skiing, snowboarding, avalanche awareness, mountain biking, climate activity, and more. Additionally, the school is dedicated to environmental stewardship: one percent of all sales go directly to environmental organizations such as Our winter protection And the Honnold Foundation.
[$49 for one course or $10 per month for a subscription; crux.academy]
You can spend the whole day perusing this comprehensive catalog of all kinds of nodes, complete with animations, step-by-step instructions, explanations of uses, and more. Nodes are categorized by activity and type, from core to node to end loops. Get some rope and try using an Alpine Butterfly Bend for climbing and boating, a Flemish Flake Coil to temporarily store the end of a rope, a Timber Hitch to pull a log, or a Tree Swing to place a hammock in your backyard.
And once you get to partying again and need a quick revamp on how to tie a tie, Animated Knots has videos for that too.
Steal Jimmy Chin’s Beta Photography and Jeremy Jones Snowboarding Techniques with ROAM Media’s new online training academy, featuring courses geared towards all skill levels. The Colorado-based media startup brings together the world’s best athletes and offers more than 20 hours of curriculum focused on climbing, cycling, camping, surfing, skiing, photography and more.
The $ 149 annual membership includes hours of ROAM original shows, mini documentaries, and podcasts; It also gives you access to private events as well.
[$15 per month or a one-time annual fee of $149; roammedia.com]
Campcraft in the open air
Campcraft Outdoors will prepare you for the worst-case scenario with virtual classes built around three main pillars: bush cleanliness, first aid, winter survival, and wilderness survival. These classes will help you hone your competence in areas such as knife handling and tools, compass navigation, building winter shelter, orthopedic injuries, and more. Before registration, you can take samples of materials through Prof. Free field reports and book package.
[From $49; campcraftoutdoors.com]
Cornell Lab Bird Academy
Take casual bird watching to the next level by enrolling at Bird Academy, curated by experts at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Self-paced training courses include bird photography, duck and waterfowl recognition, field drawing, and understanding bird behavior, all taught by professionals from each discipline.
The course catalog is easy to browse according to your skill level, category, and time to complete the lesson (from 1 hour to over 100 hours). The school also archives brief introductory videos as well as hour-long lectures and webinars in a virtual library that you can access for free at any time.
[Prices vary by course; academy.allaboutbirds.org]
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