Adventure Quickies: #OptOutside Today and an Indestructible Puffy Jacket

Regular readers know that on most Fridays I posted a round-up of outdoor stories, gear deals, and travel plans that I just don’t have the time or space to share elsewhere during the week. With the Thanksgiving holiday still upon us here in the U.S., I thought I’d post that regular round-up once again before returning to the revelry. So, with that in mind, here are a few things you might have missed from the past few days:

  • REI and Other Brands #OptOutside for Black Friday: In what has become quite a tradition here in the U.S., a number of outdoor brands — spearheaded by the efforts of gear retailer REI — are once again choosing to #OptOutside today, rather than take part in the corporate consumerism that is Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for great deals or not today, don’t forget to share some time with your friends and family and maybe go outside for an adventure.
  • Vollebak Creates Indestructible Puffer: Experiemental gar manufacturer Vollebak claims to have created an indestructible puffer using Dyneema, one of the toughest fabrics known to man. The new jacket is said to be far more durable than a regular model, but it comes at a far higher price too. This puffy jacket will set you back $995.
  • Emily Harrington Suffers Fall on El Capitan: Mountaineer and rock climber Emily Harrington is recovering after suffering a major fall on El Cap in Yosemite. Thankfully, her partner Adrian Ballinger and free-solo rock star Alex Honnold were on hand to help.
  • Alan Arnette Interviews Nabin Trital of Expedition Himalaya: Want to get some insights into the quickly-changing world of high altitude mountaineering in the Himalaya? Check out this interview of Nabin Trital of Expedition Himalaya that was done by Alan Arnette.
  • Researchers Stranded in Antarctica: 42 researchers have found themselves stranded in the Antarctic after an icebreaker broke down. The ship was meant to bring resupply to the France’s base Dumont d’Urville, as well as rotate some of the staff off the frozen continent. Right now, it is stuck in Hobart, Tasmania awaiting repairs.
  • Asila Africa Introduces First Electric Safari Vehicle: In an effort to be more ecologically friendly, African safari company Asilia has introduced the first electric safari vehicle to its fleet. The vehicle is a traditional Toyota Land Cruiser that has been converted to run on electric power, which means it offers the same rugged capabilities, but is better for the environment.
  • Pelican Introduces Rugged Smartphone Charging Case: Pelican’s line of Go Cases are great for carrying small, fragile items with us on our adventures, but somehow the company has found away to make those cases even better. The new G40C Personal Utility Go Charge Case actually comes with 10,000 mAh battery and onboard Qi charging to keep your device functioning while on the go.
  • Adventure Canada Announces Three New Trips to Antarctica: If visiting the frozen continent is high your list, Adventure Canada can help. The company has just announced three new options for traveling to the Antarctic, with a 14-day option for exploring below the Arctic Circle, another itinerary to go to South Georgia and the Falklands, and a third that takes travelers to the Antarctic Peninsula.