Book Review

Adventure Media Review, Book Review, Environmental Journalism, Film Festival, Film Review, Podcast / 07.04.2016

Journalist and author John Vaillant began his career with a profound interest in connecting stories of adventure with complex social issues. And it was on a reporting assignment to the remote regions North Western Canada that put him on the path of a remarkable narrative steeped in both ancient mythology and a modern controversy at the heart of the environmental movement. "It was thanks to Outside Magazine that I got up there. I was doing a paddling story for them in Haida Gwaii, which is this remote archipelago off...

Book Review, Environmental Protection, Interview, Kids in Nature, Madison / 31.03.2016

Garden educator Nathan Larson believes in creating hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. Author of the new book, Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-based Education, he provides a practical guide to help fellow instructors to create programs and curriculum dedicated to connecting students with nature through the cultivation of green space. By planting vegetables and watching them grow as a natural part of the school day Larson believes that students can be encouraged to not only become stewards of the environment but also to...

Book Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Kids in Nature / 18.03.2015

The Earth is constantly speaking to us. The language of our planet is a subtle form of communication through which those who are willing to listen can hear the most profound messages. And in a new book by photographer Chris Burkard a child learns that when we engage the world in a conversation there’s a good chance the Earth will talk back. The Boy Who Spoke to The Earth is a picture book beautifully illustrated by David McClellan that answers one of life’s great questions: Where can I find happiness?...

Book Review, Fly Fishing, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation, Product review / 05.06.2014

I haven’t cast a fly rod in several years.  Back then I didn’t have much luck. That is to say I had plenty, all bad. Casting lines with my friend and master fisherman Craig Amacker on the Wisconsin River I spent more time untangling my hooks from low hanging branches than actually tempting trout. With all the best equipment and under the instruction of a talented angler I had to assume that any failure I experienced that day was all due to my own lack of skill and expertise. Fishing was...

Book Review, Interview, Life Out Loud, Whitewater / 29.07.2013

[caption id="attachment_172729" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Kurt-Markus[/caption] In 1983 a record snow yield in the Rocky Mountains created the highest volume of meltwater ever to surge through the Colorado River. The massive buildup of hydraulic pressure threatened to overcome the 710-foot barrier of the Glen Canyon Dam and sent a devastating current of destruction at incredibly high speeds through the mile-deep gorge that winds its way through the Arizona desert. The Grand Canyon was inundated with a catastrophic wall of the deadliest whitewater seen in a generation. And as...

Book Review, Interview, Podcast / 19.04.2013

At the age of 26 best-selling author Cheryl Strayed strapped on a backpack and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Over the course of 94 days she traveled from Mojave California to the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks Oregon, just outside of Portland where she lives today. Four years after loosing her mother who died of cancer Strayed ventured  into the wilds of nature in order to find a part of herself she felt was missing. With absolutely now experience in backpacking she made the impulsive decision...