Hana Beaman, pro snowboarder
For the ladies: Cuz I Love You, by Lizzo
Not new but if you somehow haven’t listened to it yet. Either way, good vibes and self positive.… Still gets me in a mood.
For the Fellas: Love Death and the Dumb Shit In-Between, by Fader McGavin and the Risky Livers
Rough old country vibes, buddy of mine from Jackson Hole, WY.
Movie: Instead of a movie, we’ve all seen plenty of those right now. So, I’m gonna recommend a playlist of some of my favorite movie soundtracks! I really enjoy putting these on at random points of the day when they feel applicable. They get me in the adventure spirit, romantic mood, nostalgic etc… I like to live my life like a movie! Use your imagination! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7Ifdo8kFxTFor2ohXwHSeC?si=Vp4jt1EKQiaxs6bZDYGHIA
Book: End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World, By Bryan Walsh
If you like Podcasts, there is a similar one called The End of the World, with Josh Clark. Highly recommend both, and I know they sound scary and like something you wouldn’t want to read or hear about during this time but they are both very informative and give you a really good perspective on the world and the existential threats (some more relevant than others…) we face as human beings on this planet. Very well done and lots of science! Loved both.
Zack McGill, Baker Mountain Guides, guide and AIARE course leader
Album: The Moon and Antarctica, by Modest Mouse
Because the entire thing is amazing from start to finish. Modest Mouse is a staple, they are more reliable than pizza. If you don’t think so, you’re wrong. Also, Isaac Brock’s lisp is really cute.
Movie: The Lord of the Rings
All of them. Now. And while you’re at it, make it the extended edition because why not? My partner is a super nerd and can recite all nine hours of film, nonverbal expressions included. Surprisingly, this enhanced my experience greatly. So if you are lucky enough to share a love seat with one of these elusive Middle Earth nerds, share the popcorn because you’re winning.
Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
The Baker Mountain Guides squad started a book club just before the lockdown and this is our second selection. This Nobel Prize winner is a classic for a reason. Plus, I read this book in high school and it’s even better this time around — thanks growing up. The commentary on liberals, conservatives, and bureaucratic fuss ironically reflects our current political landscape, #progress. Never experienced a digital book club before? Don’t fret, it’s a lot like all the other Zoom meetings you’re probably doing except there’s a book to go along with that tasty craft lager.
Brandon Fralic, guidebook author (Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest)
Gretchen Leggitt, artist and muralist
While bike touring down the Pacific Coast some years back, a friend and I stumbled across a gem of a vintage trailer park in Seaview, WA. We couldn’t help but splurge on an Airstream rental for the night, and much to our fortune, discovered it had a record player and Physical Graffiti. I have always been a Zeppelin fan, but this album is all time. I listened to it on repeat for the next thousand miles.
It is difficult for me to not recommend Point Break, but alas I must stray away for the moment to recommend this gem of a film. It uses humor and light to depict a unique perspective from one of the darkest times in human history. Consumed by Nazi propaganda, a young boy and his invisible friend Hitler encounter a Jewish girl hiding in his attic. That’s all I’m saying. Watch it. Be prepared to cry tears of joy and sorrow…at the same time.
This stunning piece of historical fiction is a riveting tale of a young blind Parisian girl and a German orphan who fatefully meet on opposite sides of the fight during WWII. Doerr poetically weaves a story of love, fate and war through a lens of science and metaphoric imagery that is simultaneously beautiful and haunting.
The album leads off with Federal Funding, which seems so appropriate right now for us all. Oddly enough, the lyrics tout, “you’ll receive the federal funding, you can add another wing”. While we haven’t received funds to expand our footprint, we are fortunate that we do have a new larger office space in downtown Bellingham – thanks to one of our benefactors! Got to Move and Italian Guy are also personal favorites on the album.
In college, we watched this religiously and could recite every line. Chevy Chase as Fletch, epitomized the sarcastic, witty, spontaneous character that would influence my own character development and (often inappropriate) sense of humor. The multitude of personalities that Fletch takes on as an investigative journalist in this action packed adventure is guaranteed to entertain and provide comic relief.