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Adventure Media Review, BASE Jumping, Destinations, Elevation Outddors, Magazines, Moab / 04.12.2012

The sun rises quickly across the Utah desert. Early morning waves of radiant energy cast long shadows and warm the parched red sand. At dawn near Canyonlands National Park about 35 miles from Moab the air is calm on the rim of Mineral Canyon, a place the locals call “The Sweet Spot.” Not so sweet was a low pressure system the day before that brought gusting winds. This made things “complicated,” according to our guides, the pro-athlete husband-and-wife team of Mario Richard and Steph Davis. But as luck would...

Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Business, Highlining, Photography, Reel Rock Film Tour / 29.11.2012

Whenever you deal with something everyday you're bound to lose perspective. And chances are you'll forget that not everyone is so intimately familiar with the subject matter that occupies much of your professional life. That's why I'm always pleased to see major news organizations devote a few minutes of airtime to the relatively obscure topic of adventure media. Today the program CBS This Morning aired a short feature on Peter Mortimer and his work at Sender Films. Likely tipped off by national news items that appeared in recent...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Breaking News, Film Festival, Reel Rock Film Tour / 26.11.2012

Pulling in three top prizes at the Banff Mountain Film Festival the adventure climbing series Reel Rock 7 is out today on DVD.The latest production from the creative crew at Sender Films in Boulder offers up a comprehensive view of the modern mountaineering scene from all aspects of the sport. From high altitude alpine climbing to free-soloing and off-widths Reel Rock 7 delivers a full package of inspiring visuals each with a compelling narrative. Featuring the latest adventures of leading athletes including Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin, Chris...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Expedition News, Film Festival, Film Review, Interview / 23.11.2012

[caption id="attachment_8323" align="alignleft" width="368"] Photograph courtesy Justin "Jonesy" Jones[/caption] Crossing the Ice was clearly a stand out favorite this year at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Taking home the trophy for Best Film on Exploration and Adventure, The People’s Choice Award, and the Grand Prize, this documentary affirms the notion that, at their core, the truly great stories of our time reflect the very best qualities of humanity. Despite the danger, harrowing experiences, and the often competitive nature of any expedition, what matters most is the depth of those...

Adventure Media Review, Afghanistan, Expedition News, Influencers, Interview, National Geographic, Photography / 19.11.2012

Shannon Galpin is one of ten 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Vote every day for the People’s Choice! On her most recent trip to Afghanistan in late October, human rights advocate Shannon Galpin returned a bit of the nation’s own culture. In a series of life-size photographs, the Colorado resident delivered artistic expressions of the Afghan people so often shrouded behind the vail of 40 years of conflict. Working to improve the health and safety of women and girls, Galpin, director of the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain, aims to provide a positive vision of beauty...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Film Review, Fun Film Friday / 16.11.2012

Late nights of movie magic are a common part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. But not everyone was up until until 2 in the morning gorging themselves on pale ale, pizza and poutine. At least 30 students were actually working to piece together their final projects as part of the Banff Adventure Filmmakers Workshop. Learning from top producers Michael Brown and Keith Partridge aspiring scholars eager to make adventure movies of their own picked up more than a few pointers. Using the latest cameras and editing equipment...