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#ORShow, #ORSummer, Commentary, Diversity / 10.08.2015

On the last day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market I received a message on Facebook. Walking briskly down one of bustling aisles of the Salt Palace I paused for a moment to read this text. “Anything interesting come out of the diversity conversation?” The question came from my friend and colleague Teresa Baker, founder of the African-American National Parks Event and an advocate for bringing more people of color into the world of outdoor recreation and environmental conservation. Without breaking stride I rattled off a quick reply. “Only that smart...

Adventure Activism, Commentary, Diversity, Outdoor Retailer / 03.08.2015

[caption id="attachment_2063178" align="aligncenter" width="489"] photo by John Maniaci[/caption]   Today is the launch of my first television commercial. I say first as if this will be the beginning in a procession of broadcast appearances, but as I indeed have a face for radio this could possibly be my last. So it goes. As it happens this week could actually mark instead the next phase of my rather sordid career. Through much of my life as The Outdoor Professional I’ve tried to stay pretty much invisible. My own story I prefer to...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Diversity, Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection, Film preview, National Parks, Yosemite / 27.07.2015

The National Parks are for everyone. A new short film illustrates the efforts underway to invite and welcome more people to enjoy their parks than ever before. Our outdoor public spaces, which include historic sites, memorials and monuments, are indeed open and accessible to anyone willing and able to venture out into the wide world, but there are significant segments of the population that simply don’t. Like many aspects of modern society in the United States of America these divisions of use within our public lands fall steadily...

Adventure Activism, Art, Madison, Photography / 24.07.2015

With my laptop plugged into a borrowed digital projector I quickly scrolled through a series of photographs taken over the last 36 months of my career. Preparing a workshop for the Lussier Community Education Center in Madison, Wisconsin I made sure to pick out images that were both engaging and inspiring to meet the interests of a very critical and discerning audience. A bit heavy on animals and action shots I had sprinkled in as well more than a few ionic vistas of the National Parks from Yosemite...

Adventure Activism, Africa, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection / 20.07.2015

Adventurer and social entrepreneur Majka Burhardt wants to change the way we think about environmental conservation. In the interests of protecting endangered ecosystems she’s bringing together a broad collation of stakeholders in an effort to create a sustainable model of mutual cooperation and understanding. The idea is to not only look out for the best interests of plants and animals but nearby communities of human beings as well. As a continuation to her Lost Mountain initiative Burhardt headed back to Mozambique in Africa to help educate an emerging...

Adventure Activism, Diversity, Film Review, National Parks / 03.07.2015

  Even with its Kickstarter campaign still in progress the Rewilding Film Project is already underway. Produced  by social entrepreneur Jesse Spiegel and his partner Vitek Linhart the documentary film project which aims to follow the adventure inspired travels of formerly incarcerated New York City native Anthony DeJesus launched its pilot episode this week on Vimeo. “We’ve been working on the development of the Rewilding program for well over a year now,” Spiegel said. “This first documentary series aims to draw the attention and support needed to grow our program’s...