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Adventure Media Review, Banff, Breaking News, Film Festival / 06.11.2012

[caption id="attachment_8243" align="alignleft" width="300"] "Crossing the Ice" co-star Justin Jones[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8242" align="alignright" width="300"] Radical Reels/Snow Show host Josh Dueck[/caption] When Josh Dueck took the stage to host the Radical Reels screening at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival he might have taken a few regular show-goers by surprise. I know I was. Most fans of the event likely expected to see the ever-energetic climber/comedian Timmy O'Neill bound out from behind the curtain to add his special brand of dirtbag humor to the mix of adrenalin charged movies. What they...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival / 30.10.2012

Up long before dawn this morning for an alpine start. The alarm clock got me up at 3:30 AM with time to spare for a 4:30 check-in at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin. As hurricane Sandy rages along the East Coast I'm grateful to be heading west far into the Canadian Rockies of Alberta.It's great to be back in Banff! Technically, the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival started three days ago. The week-long celebration of the adventure lifestyle is an annual event not to be missed. With...

Adventure Media Review, Art, Breaking News, Business, Photography / 25.10.2012

A cohort of the outdoor industry's leading photographers are joining forces to create an earthshaking consortium of adventure mediamaking. The Tectonic Media Group is a top flight collaboration of talented artist/athletes that includes Jimmy Chin, Tyler Stableford, Corey Rich and Jeff Curtes. An adjunct to Novus Select, a New York-based photography agency, the new organization has created a talent pool to take full advantage of the depth and breath of multimedia resources now in high demand. "Outdoor photography has always been a strength of Novus. But we really wanted...

Adventure Media Review, Environmental Protection, Film Review / 23.10.2012

The preservation of our nation's waterways is an issue of growing urgency. But as it is with most natural resources we take for granted few people will ever fight to protect something they do not know. Where the Yellowstone Goes, a new film by Hunter Weeks, is an intimate introduction to an ancient river that was old long before Lewis & Clark embarked upon their expedition more than 200 years ago. Following the path of America's first great explorers along the Yellowstone River through Montana to North Dakota...

Adventure Activism, Climbing, Diversity, Expedition Denali / 17.10.2012

(This story is the second installment that details the latest Expedition Denali training mission to the summit of Mount Baker ) My field of vision was restricted to a bright white cone of light. The beam of my headlamp reflected back the blue-grey footprints of the climbers on lead ahead of me. Overnight the summer slush had frozen to a solid mass of ice that threatened with every step to sweep my feet right out from under me. On the Easton Glacier of Mount Baker at 4 o'clock in...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film preview, Madison / 15.10.2012

It goes without saying that I love mountain movies. The whole genre of adventure media is thrilling for more than just the imagery that displays the daring exploits of men and women on high alpine peaks or sheer walls of granite thousands of feet above the ground. These new films created by artists and athletes from around the world are exciting because unlike most of your Hollywood-style cinema these movies depict the true-life stories of real people. And the adventures they portray are infinitely accessible to anyone with...