Video a-Go-Go: The local video roundup

If you’ve never heard of the modern-day pastime known as geocaching, here’s the basic idea: Someone hides a weatherproof box containing “treasures” (usually just interesting stuff that’s not actually valuable in a monetary sense) somewhere in the world, other people look for it using GPS devices and various clues left behind by the geocache’s creators. When found, the geocacher leaves a message in the container’s logbook and switches out the box’s contents with their own “treasures.” In other words, it’s s a big international game of hide-and-seek. This video documents the making of the Tube Torcher 2 geocache — actually an epic “multicache” challenge — which just happened to be located in Asheville. As you can see, an awful lot of effort went into making this particular geocache. Below is the first part of the video, and part two can be found here.

When you’re a human being with access to canned goods, it can be easy to forget that in the cold of winter, much of the rest of the natural world will be spending these next few months desperately looking for a snack. These fur-covered locals, however, may just be onto something.

If all that leaping about in the snow actually looks fun to you, perhaps you should take a look at this video, which demonstrates that our species will also risk breaking limbs if it means there’s some fun to be had. A well-marked patch of ice outside the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam becomes an impromptu “ice surfing” tournament. Some of the commentary of the crowd is probably not safe for work.

Speaking of not work safe things local people do for a laugh, comedian Rick Shapiro recently spent 36 hours in our fair city, performing at Asheville’s Funny Business Comedy Club, the Grey Eagle and BoBo Gallery. And if you are easily offended do not watch this video documenting his time in town.

And given that downtown recently hosted a much-videoed New Year’s Eve concert by the increasingly famous Avett Brothers — a group Xpress was covering about long before they were selling out places like the Asheville Civic Center arena — it seems fitting to close out this week’s local video roundup with one of their tracks. Here’s “Laundry Room” from their recent Rick Rubin-produced album, I and Love and You.

Each week, dozens upon dozens of interesting local videos are uploaded to YouTube. It’s a lot to keep up with. Did we miss a particularly interesting, recently uploaded local video? Share it by leaving the videos URL (but not the embed code) in the comment fields below. Also, please mark it Not Work Safe if there’s any controversial content to the video.

Steve Shanafelt


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