Manic Media Monday

Commentary, Manic Media Monday / 01.10.2012

Over the weekend I watched an inspiring documentary film. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of an 85-year-old chef in Japan that arguably makes the best raw fish, seaweed and rice in the world. True aficionados of sushi know that it is far than the sum of its parts. The mastery of this popular cuisine is the direct result of painstaking dedication and discipline. But as an occupation in this film sushi is a wonderful illustration of the joy and satisfaction we can find in our jobs,...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film preview, Manic Media Monday, Skiing, Snowboarding / 21.11.2011

Sometimes aspiring athletes need a little guidance from experienced veterans to reach their highest potential. World-class climber Conrad Anker took a small team to lead newbie mountaineers to the summit of Denali and show them the finer points of performance at altitude. Used to shredding snow at lower elevations often dropped from helicopters champion snowboarder Lucas Debari and freestyle skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa ascended to 20,320. Climbing this lofty peak the two earned their turns in a new film posted today from Camp 4 Collective called the Denali Experiment. Others...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Film preview, Manic Media Monday / 17.10.2011

  Last week the Banff Mountain Film Festival published its list of alpine inspired movies scheduled to be screened late this month in Alberta. A whopping 71 titles will be shown over nine days at the Canadian Rockies’ Banff Center. With adventure filmmakers, authors, athletes and activists en route from around the world to attend, the 2011 festival promises to be an exciting event to kick off another great winter season.
Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Manic Media Monday / 03.10.2011

It’s always interesting to see how mainstream media depicts the world of rock climbing and mountaineering. Last night the CBS television show The Good Wife revolved around a fictional ill-fated incident on an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. In an episode called The Death Zone, lawyers debate the circumstances that suggest one climber stole the bottled oxygen of another leaving him to die below the Hillary Step. In a libel suite against a book written by the brother of the dead climber the alleged oxygen thief -one of those wealthy mountaineers who can afford a lawyer -justifies his actions, claiming a legal precedent. That’s what happens on an expedition. “He froze to death and you left him, I left him, everybody left him. Why? Because we would have died carrying him down,” he said. “It is the law of the death zone. We all know we can’t be carried out.”
Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Environmental Journalism, Manic Media Monday / 26.09.2011

The weather is getting cooler and fall approaches. But in this transitional season that marks the end of summer there’s still a lot of stories worth follow in the world of adventure and environmental protection. Here are the top six media picks for this Manic Media Monday! Nature’s Own Stimulus Package: 7 ways to improve our lives in tough economic times “Last Child in the Woods”, author Richard Louv offers some investment advice on how to get the most out life through nature. This is also “Take a child outside” week: http://www.takeachildoutside.org/ http://www.childrenandnature.org/blog/2011/09/24/natures-own-stimulus-package-7-ways-to-improve-our-lives-in-tough-economic-times/            
Adventure Media Review, Manic Media Monday / 12.09.2011

I face the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001with mixed emotions. But every year I find myself asking the same question I struggled with then on that beautiful late summer morning. What happens next?