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Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film preview, Life Out Loud / 13.09.2013

  The guys from Posing Productions are gearing up for the premiere of their latest film project, a sweeping drama with exquisite cinematography on a grand scale. The Last Great Climb, by producer Alastair Lee, promises a high stakes adventure in one of the most hostile environments on the planet, Antarctica. Featuring climbers Leo Houlding with teammates Jason Pickles and Sean ‘Stanley’ Leary the 90-minute documentary follows the first ascent of the northeast ridge on Ulvetanna Peak, a 2931-meter monster that requires the most technical climbing skills imaginable. While enduring...

Business, Gear Review, Running / 11.09.2013

Even back in the 90s when heart rate monitors came on the scene I really hated wearing a chest strap. Though you might garner a certain amount of street cred as a serious athlete for having that black ban of dedication just below your nipples I had a hard time keeping it up, especially when swimming, and I secretly envied women’s fashion sense of sporting a shoulder harness. Lacking the courage to to wear a sports bra to keep the sensors in place I, like many amateur athletes,...

Art, Film Review / 10.09.2013

When you keep a watchful eye on the world of adventure it's easy to get a little tunnel vision. I know that I often loose perspective on those things outside of the outdoor space and the alternative dreams of moment expressed through the human body. Every once in a while it's nice to get a reminder of those things that might offer a pleasant distraction from the adrenaline-charged exploits of big wall rock climbers, down hill mountain bikers and class-4 whitewater kayakers. This short film by Matthew Paul...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film preview, Life Out Loud / 03.09.2013

Andrew Lenz together with other Brazilian climbers work to introduce youth from the largest Favela in Rio to rock climbing. Rocinha is home to towering rock monoliths that have until now walled the community in. They are now a resource, a way in which the youth can in every way expand their horizons. This short film is the latest production in the Beyond Gear series by Encompass Films   Centro de Escalada Urbana (CEU) from Dominic Gill on Vimeo. The Joy Trip Project is made possible thanks to the generous support of...

Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Diversity, Film preview, Interview, National Parks, Yosemite / 29.08.2013

  Independent filmmakers Amy Marquis and Dana Romanoff have a story to tell. And even though many of us might think that we’ve heard it before, it’s time to think again. In 2016 the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. And in the hopes of continuing the great work of wilderness preservation well through the next century and beyond Amy and Dana are creating a series of 10 films dedicated to reminding each of us exactly why the National Parks are...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Interview, The Clymb.com / 27.08.2013

Since before Edmond Hillary stood atop Mount Everest in 1953 the Sherpa people of Nepal have assisted climbers hoping to summit the tallest peak in the world. In an economy with limited prospects for financial gain many Sherpa have few choices but to face the rigors of commercial climbing expeditions in order to feed their families. And when these men die while performing extremely hazardous tasks, their surviving family members are not only left without a primary wage earner but they seldom receive adequate insurance benefits to help...