Learn How To Camp In The Woods From Zach Woods
Ever wanted to learn how to camp in the woods? Well now you can learn from Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods
Earlier this year, GQ’s Lauren Larson took Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods out into the woods to learn more about basic survival (kind of like Bear Grylls but nerdier). This is what we learned from their awkward encounters out in the wild.
During their adventure, Woods and Larson took on wild adventures that reminded us of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail or perhaps it’s more like Ralston's 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. They travel through deep waters, hike through tall trees, climb dangerous mountains, fish for survival and pitch a tent – all while sporting thousands of dollars worth of clothing and accessories ranging from a $2,295 jacket by Alexander Wang to a $1,000 suit by North Face.
Throughout their adventures, Woods reveals a variety of fun facts he knows about the great outdoors, like how “in bottled water there’s a lot of toxins. In a stagnant creek, worst you're going to get is giardia”. When traveling through the trees, he explains how important it is to identify poison ivy from other shrubberies, stating that the way you can tell it's poison ivy is because “poison ivy has a matte finish, five prongs, and smells like weed”. While none of us at The Sitch were ever in the Boy Scouts, we can’t help but paint a picture of poison ivy with Woods’ picturesque description. At one point, Larson even has the luxury of learning a thing or two about falconry.
In addition to teaching Larson how to survive in the woods, Woods also describes various instances from his life and career - such as how he copes with receiving criticism from fans on the internet, the fact that was voted homecoming king, even after having a mini-mullet and wearing the same winter coat to school every day, as well as multiple mentions of a Porsche driving sushi dick that he can’t seem to forget.
Amidst playing the timid type in roles like Jared from Silicon Valley, Gabe from The Office and Chad in In The Loop, Woods also shares how he is looking to diversify his portfolio of character types into more romantic roles like, “sexual gods. Corn-fed Midwestern American sex symbols." While we really love Woods as the timid type, we wouldn’t mind seeing him push his boundaries into more titillating roles. For more on their time in the woods be sure to check out the full article and watch the clip from GQ below.
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