Online Outdoorsy Events, Courses And Ideas For Your Weekend

If you're craving some time on the trail or out under the stars, I feel you. Not only are many of us dealing with isolation and loneliness, we’ve also been deprived of some of our favorite tools for coping and healing through nature and sport. But on the bright side, we are all in this together, and to help us along as individuals and as a community, many of our non-profits, film festivals and community organizations are providing awesome online resources for entertainment and self-care.

If you’re camping out indoors this weekend and looking for a fun way to stay inspired and connected, check out these awesome events and ideas. It’s the next best thing to sitting around the campfire together.

  • The American Mountain Guides Association made this awesome page about Stress and Resilience for Coronavirus. If you’re struggling to stay positive and feel purposeful, be sure to look at the webinar and guide for creating your own resiliency plan.
  • Madaleine Sorkin will be in the American Alpine Club’s virtual Clubhouse today at 6 p.m. MST for a Q&A about the Climbing Grief Fund, what effective support has looked like throughout her experience with grief, and the need for building community around this universal topic.
  • Hone your understanding of avalanche terrain with a FREE webinar from the Colorado Mountain School: Managing Terrain with Different Avalanche Problems with IFMGA Guide Mike Soucy. April 10 at 4 p.m. MST.
  • The No Man’s Land Film Festival has gone entirely virtual for its flagship festival April 9-12, and it’s going to be lit.
  • Once a week the Lockdown Surf Film Festival releases a free festival screening of one of their flicks for 24 hours. Check out the complete list of upcoming films and this week’s offering—La Ola Sin Fronteras starting at 2 p.m. EST, 11 a.m. PST April 11.
  • Starting today, the Oregon Natural Desert Association is launching a weekly series of online events, the High Desert Academy. From stunning tours of high desert highlights to informative workshops that will teach you new advocacy skills, this is the place to keep the desert trip vibe alive.
  • If you’re looking to veg out to some inspiring outdoor films for FREE, binge on an REI Co-op Cinema virtual film fest. We recommend starting with Aniakchak, A Wild Love Story starring our very own Graham Zimmerman and Shannon McDowell.
  • Looking for all-new films? Pencil Mountainfilm into your calendar for May 15–25. The entire legendary festival will be online—so no waiting in line or angling for a campsite!
  • If you’re able to run or walk in your neighborhood—or, even in your backyard or balcony—consider entering a virtual race. Get the ants out of your pants and maybe even raise money for a cause while you’re at it.
  • Brush up on some photography skills for your next outdoor adventure with an online course with a Skillshare course by Chris Burkard.
  • Or, learn how to play your own campfire songs.
  • If you’re inspired by nature and have always dreamed of trying painting or drawing en plein air, now’s the perfect time to take an online course—even if you’re just painting from your windowsill or balcony.
  • Last but not least, even if you don’t have all the necessary ingredients, it can be pure therapeutic joy to get lost in backcountry cooking videos.