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Adventure Media Review, Film preview, Skiing / 04.12.2013

The creative minds at Sweetgrass Productions seem to have achieved the impossible. Producers Zac Ramras and Nick Waggoner put together an action packed ski segment for their latest film Valhalla without a single flake of snow. Available today for viewing online the Forest scene is a captivating glimpse into the incredible new movie ready for full download on iTunes. Directed by Michael Brown and Ben Sturgulewski Valhalla is a nostalgic look back into the soul of big mountain skiing. With back flips and ariel acrobatics shot against the summertime...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Africa, Bikes, Cycling, Film Review / 02.12.2013

I had the pleasure of meeting director T.C. Johnstone back in October at the Adventure Film Festival in Boulder Colorado. He was among several speakers who presented the details of their most recent projects that focus on using athletics and international travel as vehicles for social change. Squarely in line with several of the Joy Trip Project’s primary mission parameters I was eager to see his incredible film that demonstrates the recovery and reconciliation of the 1994 Rwandan genocide through the power of bicycles. Rising From Ashes is a...

Adventure Activism, Commentary, Life Out Loud, Sustainable Living / 28.11.2013

The day before Thanksgiving I was in the supermarket with a cart full of groceries in preparation for the season’s first of feasts. I have to admit it. I absolutely love pulling together the fixings for all manner of treats both sweet and savory. My wife Shamane plans on making her recently perfected lemon meringue pie and I’m stoked to build my annual batch of spicy pork tamales. The ingredients for these wonderful things we love to prepare and share with friends and family are among the few...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film Review / 20.11.2013

When it comes to adventure really all you need is a peek into the lives to those on the cutting edge. Typically films in the action sports genre create a reality TV inspired false sense of narrative, a convoluted concoction that tells an incomplete story that is simply in fact untrue. But in the latest project by Chuck Fryberger and Kyle Berkompas the audience is exposed to a tiny piece of the experience enjoyed by climbers who don’t always summit but who are constantly striving to reach their...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Afghanistan, Cycling, Film preview / 19.11.2013

Set to premiere during the 2014 adventure film season the much anticipated documentary Afghan Cycles posted its trailer today on Vimeo. A movie that tells the story of the first women’s bicycle team in Afghanistan this much anticipated flick aims to demonstrate the power and courage of female athletes leading the way toward gender equality in Central Asia. A project spearheaded by social activist Shannon Galpin of Mountain 2 Mountain, a Colorado-based organization dedicated to issues of women’s empowerment, the film by Sarah Menzies of LET Media celebrates the...

Adventure Activism, Africa, Charitable Giving, Ethiopia, philanthropy, Photography / 18.11.2013

In our modern world so beautifully illustrated in digital images it’s easy to forget the value of the printed photograph. With literally billions of pictures making their way through cyber space every second of every day few of us take the time to preserve those fleeting moments of our lives that are quickly forgotten but can be instantly retrieved with a few mouse clicks on a computer or taps on the touch screen of an iPad. With Facebook and Instagram we catalog and share these captured bits of...