Pack your bags, check your bear mace, replace the batteries in your headlamp, string your fly rod and throw it all in the trash, because Zac Efron is back on YouTube. This time Efron, hot off his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, is serving up 8-plus minutes of guy-with-a-drone footage of his recent camping trip out to Mammoth Lakes, California with his brother Dylan, an actual outdoorsman, and a few of his buddies. The post is part of his "Off the Grid" series, one of three shows he hosts on his burgeoning YouTube channel that acts as a three-dimensional extension of your typical actor-turned-Instagram-influencer.
The video, titled "Breaking Free in Mammoth Lakes, CA" (a nod to his High School Musical roots) starts with Efron invoking the spirit of Thoreau, who most definitely would have had a similar YouTube channel, when he asks his viewers: "If you don't want to have fun or make stories, then what are you doing? You know? Like, this is life. This is it."
We're then served up shots of Efron and crew lounging in the lake, baja-ing on four-wheelers, stocking up at an outfitters, and practicing some catch-and-release fly fishing throughout Mammoth, which is just south of Yosemite National Park.
Efron, surrounded by cameras, tells us that "For me, going into the woods is like shedding a skin. You're unobserved. You're anyone. You can be anything." And, you know what? He's not wrong. This looks like a good time! And researchers have recently found that people who spend time outdoors for two hours or more each week report a better sense of well being and health than people who didn't.
If you're inspired, gear up with our Outdoor Awards. If you can't make the two hours outdoors a week work, watching eight minutes of Zac Efron go outside for 8 minutes on YouTube might suffice.
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