Links of the Week

The new Bronco, empathy in negotiations, and why men and women age differently…

The videos, embedded throughout this piece, feature pro climber Brooke Raboutou, country singer Kip Moore and Chin himself mediating on their successes and what it means to be able to escape into the wild—plus plenty of Bronco action shots. As the creative director for a project that needed to pull double duty in telling a story and showing off the trucks, Chin was instrumental in crafting that first impression for folks.

​If you haven’t seen the new Ford Bronco…well what rock have you been under?

How Free Solo Filmmaker and Pro Climber Jimmy Chin Brought the 2021 Ford Bronco Into America’s Homes


Questions often hold more power than declarations.

More importantly, it provokes what Chris Voss calls “forced empathy.” Voss’s resume includes a stint as the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FB1 and 14 years in the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force. He knows how to have a conversation in difficult situations.

“Forced empathy” is a powerful negotiation tool. Here’s how to do it.


This isn’t the first study of its kind to suggest that what we find in love isn’t really what we were looking for. The evidence suggests that we really are consistent in the abstract of it all: when asked to evaluate what you want on paper, you are more likely to suggest overall attractiveness in accordance with what you’ve stated are important ideals to you. But real life isn’t so similar.

Do we really date based on our own ideals?


By examining gender-based distinctions in the immune system, cell structure, brain and other systems, researchers are discovering how and why men and women grow older in clearly different ways.

Women and Men Age Differently—in More Ways Than Just Longevity

Best LED Rope for the Outdoors? Luminoodle Basecamp

These things are so freakin cool…

I started researching outdoor lighting back when I stumbled across the Biolite Mini and I was planning my first real camping trip with my whole family.

I had actually book marked another led light string (from Lightforce that I’ll link here) that I purchased…but like most research I do on gadgets…I couldn’t stop. Somehow I stumbled across a top 10 list and the Luminoodle caught my eye.

This was actually a Kickstarter campaign back in 2015 and the company has continued to grow from the original product line.

The Basecamp version is 20 feet long, has a remote to control brightness and colors, and runs off of a 12v socket (or 12v battery pack…not all usb battery packs are 12v).

Let me tell you…1000 lumens of leds really lights up a campground.

Check them all out here (not affiliate links).

Thoughts on the ‘7 Best Portable Solar Panels in 2020’

Start with these links for your own solar power research…

After I bought some BioLite campsite lights recently, I got interested in various solar panels to charge them.

I read about BioLite’s native 10 watt solution, big brand names like Goal Zero, and scoured various websites like Wirecutter and Outdoor Gear Lab for reviews on all the options out there.

BioLite Solar Panel 10+

Needless to say there are a lot of options out there.

I am currently teetering on the edge of buying one of these since my family is finally getting to the point where we can start doing some extended camping trips. I do not have a direction that I have gone yet…but I tend to err in the direction of getting a bit more than I need.

Personally, I feel that this gives me the peace of mind that I won’t need to “upgrade” in the future when/if I realize that I want more capability.

image via ecotality.com

The below linked article doesn’t cover EVERYTHING you need to start your research on solar panels and other outdoor power options (see the Wirecutter and Outdoor Gear Lab articles I linked to above too)…BUT…it has some one of the best “introduction to solar panels” write up I found.

Plus it links to 4 or 5 other types of “best solar panel for…” articles. It’s a great place to start if you’re curious.

Solar power varies according to multiple environmental conditions. Solar irradiance values, shadings, temperature, and the amount of direct sunlight exposure changes the output power of your solar panel and can change the charging speed of your solar charger. Moreover, if you are purchasing solar panels for off-grid boat applications, you will probably use a battery pack and a charge controller. Some energy will be lost in the energy conversion process as well. Therefore, you must estimate the size of the solar panel a little above the specific demands if you want it to charge within a single day.

Ecotality.com

Let me know your thoughts on your favorite solar power options!!!

7 Best Portable Solar Panels in 2020 (Review)

Here is another great website that gets more into the technical style reviews…VERY thorough.

Mobile Solar Power or the site YouTube Channel

Major Clean Up in Joshua Tree

“I kept seeing this negativity in the news,” said Kingston. “I got sick of it and said let’s do something about it. I have a following (on social media), why not use it to put it out there and see who shows up?”


With just a few posts on Instagram, he had fifty people commited to help out. He brought in his friend Jordan Kepler to help with the planning.


At first Kingston was nervous about coordinating this type of event. “I’m just a photographer who wanted to use their following for good.”


He focused his initial efforts by reaching out to organizations who work within Joshua Tree National Park. He was told that there was no additional help needed at the time of the shut down; local volunteer groups were already handling the disposal of trash at campgrounds…

via OverlandBound.com

See what I mean? If you saw yesterday’s post, now today’s…this community is about more than just camping and driving your rig off grid. 😊

I only hope that one day I can help effect the same kind of change.

Change Your Life – Adventure is Necessary

I love the Overland Bound community – even though I don’t get out nearly as much as I want to.

This video, by the founder of Overland Bound, is a great reminder that it’s important to make the effort to get out there and disconnect…in order to re-connect.