December 19, 2019
Summarizing a mountain’s worth of stories, current events,
creative ideas and stuff that makes us lol.

weekly survival tip:
Worried about family stress over the holidays? Never fear, Emma Thompson, is here. The star and writer of the recent movie, “Last Christmas,” provides all your key survival strategies for a joyful season.

trail talk
Over here at iksplor we need no convincing that skiing is an awesome sport. But the research is now in to back our hunch: Skiing isn’t just good for your muscles, it’s good for your mental health and mood, too. Scientists at Lund University and Uppsala University studied about 200,000 Swedish cross-country skiers between 1989 and 2010. They found that the number diagnosed with dementia, depression, and chronic anxiety was 50 percent lower than a similar-sized control group of the general population in Sweden. Those skiers were also at less risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. So, go get your pow shots, and don’t let anyone guilt you about it. They’re good for your brain. 
trail magic
In case you missed it, Time Magazine named the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg its 2019 person of the year. She’s the youngest to have ever graced the cover. As Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said, "she became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement." It’s an impressive recognition for her impressive work and, we’re pretty sure, just the beginning of what Thunberg will accomplish. 

trail mix
It’s hard to believe, but with the holidays upon us, so too is the winter solstice, or Yule, as some people call it. The shortest day and longest night of the year is tomorrow and marks the official start to winter. Although it’s tempting to hunker down in the warmth inside, we think a celebration of the changing season is probably more fun. Check out Hike It Baby’s helpful guide for kid-friendly activities, crafts and books that will help you ring in the winter weather. 

trail treasures
From the youngest on your list, to the teens, too, check out this list of great animal- and outdoor-themed books for the literary side of your holiday gift-giving.

And, from the folks at LEGO, a perfect (and easy) way to truly get into the spirit of giving this holiday season: LEGO Replay. In partnership with Give Back Box, Teach For America, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, LEGO Replay is a project that asks people to gather any used loose LEGO pieces, package them in a cardboard box and then print out a free shipping label from the LEGO Replay website and pop it in the mail. Once received, the pieces will be sorted, inspected and cleaned. They will then be donated to nonprofits around the country spreading holiday cheer to children everywhere, especially those who can’t afford to buy LEGOs themselves. 

yard sale
“It’s too hot!” “It itches!”   While these are two things your little iksplorers WON'T say while wearing our super-cozy merino.. .this "commercial" is hilarious and so on point!

40% off is back today!
In honor of the winter solstice this weekend , we are bringing back our 40% off base layer special on Kickstarter. Head on over to the page and get 'em before they are gone! This is the last time we will be offering iksplor layers at this price!