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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 Activism, Climbing, Diversity / 23.03.2014

At the young age of 14 Kai Lightner is doing amazing things in the world of sport climbing. In the spring 2013 he ascended exceedingly difficult routes that included Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Transworld Depravity (5.14a) in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. On the same two-week road trip he climbed Proper Soul (5.14a) in the New River Gorge of West Virginia. I wrote about him in the August/September issue of Rock & Ice magazine. And in August of last year Kai took his fourth champion title at...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Climate Change, Cool on Kickstarter, Film preview, Fun Film Friday / 21.03.2014

It’s hard to imagine a more hostile environment than the Arctic. A block of ice at the top of globe the North Pole is hundreds of miles from the nearest landmass. Through winter it regularly posts temperatures 35 degrees below zero. And constantly shifting ocean currents makes it impossible to build a permanent structure for long-term habitation. Though, few people on Earth would ever want to live there. But the subject of a new documentary film currently in production calls this frozen wasteland home. Throughout a long career...

Adventure Media Review, Afghanistan, Breaking News, Charitable Giving, Climbing, Film preview, mountainfilm, philanthropy / 17.03.2014

A new documentary addresses allegations leveled by the television news magazine 60-Minutes and acclaimed author Jon Krakauer against philanthropist Greg Mortenson. Husband and wife filmmakers Jennifer Jordan and Jeff Rhoads of Skyline Ventures Productions announced Friday their plans to create a new project that explores the controversial fall from grace of the once beloved founder of the Central Asia Institute and the subject of the international best-selling book Three Cups of Tea. A scathing exposé first broadcast on national TV in 2011 accused Mortenson of lying about the events that...

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...

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...