Destinations

Adventure Activism, Destinations, Diversity, Environmental Protection, Expedition Denali, Fly Fishing, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation, Slideshow, The Adventure Gap / 21.10.2014

Often the guidance we need to create a brighter future can be seen through the fading images of the not-so-distant past. And by coming to a better understanding of where we have been we can set a path toward where we most want to go. Less than an hour’s drive from Downtown Denver, Colorado I discovered a carefully preserved memory of yesterday that has now become a dream of tomorrow. Founded in 1922 Lincoln Hills is an outdoor recreation facility under the care and administration of African-American entrepreneurs. Originally...

Adventure Media Review, Destinations, Diversity, Expedition Denali, Life Out Loud, National Geographic / 03.03.2014

“The lure of the arctic is tugging at my heart. To me the trail is calling! The old trail, the trail that is always new.” ~Matthew Henson This story was excerpted from the forthcoming work of narrative nonfiction The Adventure Gap by James Edward Mills to be published this fall by the Mountaineers Books In 1909 a team of six men on dog sledges made their way to a single point at the center of vast Arctic wilderness. It was a block of ice 413 nautical miles off the coast...

BASE Jumping, Destinations, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation, Special Events / 23.10.2013

The dream of flight is a primal urge. And even though our species has evolved a respectful fear of falling it’s likely that most everyone has imagined what it must be like to soar through the air like a bird, to see the world from a great height and land safely to ground. On a beautiful October afternoon I had the opportunity to experience that sensation along with a few hundred others during the annual celebration of Bridge Day. For less than 7 hours once each year the town...

Adventure Media Review, BASE Jumping, Destinations, Elevation Outddors, Magazines, Moab / 04.12.2012

The sun rises quickly across the Utah desert. Early morning waves of radiant energy cast long shadows and warm the parched red sand. At dawn near Canyonlands National Park about 35 miles from Moab the air is calm on the rim of Mineral Canyon, a place the locals call “The Sweet Spot.” Not so sweet was a low pressure system the day before that brought gusting winds. This made things “complicated,” according to our guides, the pro-athlete husband-and-wife team of Mario Richard and Steph Davis. But as luck would...

5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Camping, Climbing, Destinations, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation, Park Visitor.com, Yosemite / 09.05.2012

[caption id="attachment_7286" align="alignleft" width="327" caption="Climbers Mark and Anders gear up for the Nose on El Capitan"][/caption] I rolled into Yosemite Valley late in the afternoon on a Monday in May. Three weeks before the Memorial Day Weekend rush the national park seemed almost vacant. Bluebird skies and warm temperatures made for great camping weather. And even though a friend offered me a bed for the night I headed over to Camp 4. Not far from the park exit Camp 4 is a uniquely Yosemite experience. Made popular through the 60s...

Climbing, Destinations, Interview, Kids in Nature, Podcast, Yosemite / 23.09.2011

[audio mp3="http://joytripproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Ron-Kauk.mp3"][/audio]Ron Kauk is one of the best known climbers in Yosemite Valley. He was among that early generation of big wall pioneers that set the standards and established the major routes that are still popular today. Since 1974 he’s been a regular in the Yosemite climbing community. Having made the first free ascent of Washington Column in 1975 with John Long and John Bachar Kauk renamed the route Astroman and it became the most challenging climb in the Valley for more than 10 years. On a joy trip...