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Coffee+Tunes for the Weekend

Hey Team! 

Is it time to stop calling it “quarantine” and just call it the new normal? 

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I think by now we’re all running out of new things to do close to home. If you’re anything like me that “covid 19” weight gain is starting to settle in and you’re tired of spending time in the kitchen!

I may have murdered my poor sour dough starter but don’t worry, I’m not doing anything too drastic like going “keto” I just need a little break.

On the topic of breaks, I created this
fun “coffee” playlist on Spotify. Check it out and give it a listen, sip some coffee maybe put some whisky in it if you’re feeing half as bored as I was when I created the playlist.

Have a good weekend and don't forget to wash your hands.
 
Matt 

Just In Case... Saturday Sipping

Just In Case... Saturday Sipping

Not the biggest “doomsday” guy but I’d be lying if I didn’t say this whole COVID-19 Coronavirus wasn’t freaking me out a little. I mean it’s spreading like wild fire and has the potential affect us all. I’m sure you already listened to the Daily last week where Michael Barbaro breaks down the facts. If not here’s the link: The best current event podcast ever.  You’re welcome! 

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I don’t believe in trying to spread mass hysteria and not trying to be over opportunistic. I mean its crazy out there folks, people are making bank selling “coronavirus masks and suits” that effectively don’t do anything for you. counterfeits 

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But I’m sad to say we’re all buying into it because who wants to get sick! I haven’t gone out and bought a mask and suit but I did just cancel a trip to Expo West in California and moments after I canceled my flight the whole event was canceled. Expo West Postponed

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The whole scenario really has me thinking. A lot of people are simply choosing to stay at home and hunker down to prepare for the end of days. Allegedly Costco’s are getting flooded with people buying everything they need to fill their personal disaster survival doomsday kits. 
 
It made me realize I kinda have a lot of experience with survival kits. I mean I’ve never really had to use one or even made one, but I have spent a lot of time in the backcountry camping. There’s a lot of similarities, you basically are preparing to survive on the basics which I’d like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at. 
 
But “the basics” are different for everyone. I mean 2 Chains said it best “I think having a fashionable bag gives you a higher level of survival instinct.” When referring to the $10,000 “Prepster Black” survival bag by LA company Preppi. 
 
I’ve decided to come up with a non-essential, essential list of things everyone should add to their disaster kits. You cant put a price on morale and when things get tough you’ll be extra psyched on these items to get you through tough times.  

My top 4 things I couldn’t live with out... 
 
Alpine Start (obviously)
BUT in all seriousness how many people do you know out there that aren’t really human until they’ve had at least 3 cups of coffee. That’s me, and what’s breakfast without a cup of coffee, hot or cold.  
 
Monopoly Deal (card game) 
I mean, you gotta pass the time some how! This ones a personal favorite from rainy days in a tent, to nights on a portal ledge hundreds of feet off the ground I’m sad to say I’ve played hundreds of games over the last few years. 
 
Bluetooth Speaker 
If you’re anything like me music is one of the best most efficient ways to change or set the mood. Whether you’re blasting Barry White with your significant other or singing along to epic 90’s tunes like Will Smith or Maria Carry. Music is a must. 

Canned Wine 
If you’ve done any research into emergency kits you’ll have realized the food is most likely gonna suck! Whether you’re eating MRE Meals like the US army rangers or the standard dehydrated backpacking meals.  Some definetly taste better than others! There’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy some nice wine. I’d personally recommend West & Wilder. They make great wines that just so happen to be in a can. 
 
So even though I think I’m more qualified than 2 Chains to come up with one of these kits I’m going to send you to ReadyGov and they’ll fully get you sorted with everything 2-Chains and I forgot. 
 
Thanks for tuning in and remember friends, wash your hands.

Matt Segal
Alpine Start Founder

Saturday Sippings Volume 13 - Climate Strike

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You probably know tomorrow marks the first day of the Global Climate Strike. I hope we all have plans to get out and represent for the only planet we have. If you’re in need of ideas or more information please check out The Global Climbing Strike for activities near you. Mother Earth will thank you. 

This weeks Saturday Sippings (we know, it's Thursday) is fully dedicated climate activism. There’s a lot to do and many individuals, businesses and organizations out there doing what they can, and it's not just the “obvious” companies like Patagonia closing their doors. Hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees will be on the streets marching for our climate

We too will be closing our doors at Alpine Start tomorrow but haven’t quite figured out how to do a re-direct on our website ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Too busy playing outside instead of keeping up with this technology

Climate change affects us all and it’s not just the outdoor community that’s fighting to raise awareness: The kids are alright.
 
Hope everyone gets out and represents tomorrow!  
 
Matt