Life Out Loud

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...

5Point, Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Diversity, Film Review, Life Out Loud, mountainfilm / 02.05.2014

The new climbing film 14.c introduces a unique perspective on the sport that demonstrates the critical importance of family in the development of natural talent. Directed by George Knowles, the short film follows a few days in the life of Kai Lightner, a talented young man who at the age of 14 climbs with incredible skill and ability. As Kai ascends to the top of the most difficult routes, rated 5.14c, he relies upon the support and encouragement of his mother, Connie. With infinite patience and enthusiasm, this...

Adventure Media Review, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Life Out Loud / 20.04.2014

 Few people likely realize that habitat preservation requires more than protecting the areas where different animal species live. Equally important are the paths they take to get there. Habitat corridors are the routes that individual members of a given population - grizzly bears, wolverines, moose, etc - take to move from one place to another. And as they travel they spread their genes as part of a strong and diverse ecosystem. The film Connecting the Gems follows filmmakers Deia Schlosberg and Gregg Treinish as they walk along the 500-mile...

Life Out Loud / 31.03.2014

For more than half a century the nation of North Korea has been shrouded in mystery. Since the end of its war with the United States few western travelers have been inclined to visit this socialist country of more 24 million people. Presumed to be a place of profound misery where an impoverished population is repressed under extreme government subjugation and non-stop political propaganda, North Korea is hardly a popular tourist destination. But this winter when it was announced that North Korea would open its first downhill ski resort,...

Adventure Media Review, BASE Jumping, Breaking News, Film preview, Film Review, Fun Film Friday, Highlining, Life Out Loud, National Geographic / 07.03.2014

Within a few weeks of an unsuccessful attempt by French adventure athletes, “Sketchy” Andy Lewis and a small crew of daredevils put up and walked the world’s highest highline. At more than 4,000 feet off the ground this amazing feat was achieved with the dramatic assistance two hot air balloons. As part of a remarkable display organized by arial artist Jona-Marie Price above the desert near Las Vegas Nevada, this high altitude highline walk included an exhibition by Cirque de Soliel entertainer Michael Lipari, acrobatic BASE jumps from...