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5Point, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Interview, National Geographic, Special Events / 21.04.2014

  This week the tribe of adventure artists, athletes, and activists is gathering in Carbondale Colorado for the 7th annual 5Point Film Festival. The ever-evolving four-day event welcomes a broad and eclectic array of films and presenters to not only share their stories of exploration but inspire all those who attend to actively participate in the protection and preservation of the places close to home or around the world they love most. In her second year as executive director of the festival Sarah Wood is excited about this most ambitious...

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...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Review, Fun Film Friday, Stand Up Paddling / 11.04.2014

In the summer of 2013 adventurer Bruce Kirkby paddled an SUP board from Vancouver, Canada to Victoria. On a journey of 150 kilometers over 5 days he ventured into the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean in search of meaning. Along the way he asked a series of profound questions in an exploration of his own desire to seek out new challenges in the world outside. And at the heart of each query was a single notion worth pondering. Why? The Questions We Ask is a short film directed...

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...