Adventure Activism

Adventure Activism, Diversity, Fly Fishing, Influencers, Interview, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation / 12.02.2013

Like many servicemen returning from war, Chad Brown found himself in a dark and troubled place. A graphic designer from Portland he struggled with deep emotional scars that made it difficult to find meaningful work and make worthwhile contributions to his community. It wasn't until a ex-girlfriend introduced him to the sport of fly fishing that Brown discovered a way express himself and begin an amazing journey to explore not only the natural world but the urban environment in which he lives. "Walking into a fly shop for the...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Afghanistan, Africa, Art, Charitable Giving, Influencers, Interview / 10.02.2013

Following up her 2012 "Streets of Afghanistan" project social activist Shannon Galpin has launched a new initiative to raise awareness for the plight of women and girls in Central Asia. Afghan Dreamers is a new book now in production with the help of Make Stuff Sharp that aims to further incorporate art as a powerful vehicle of change meant to transform one of the most violent and politically charged regions of the world. "Art has a power to reach people viscerally in a way that other work doesn't," Galpin...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Alpinist, Climbing, Diversity, featured / 11.01.2013

When Alpinist editor Katie Ives asked me to write a story about diversity in mountaineering, I was incredibly honored and more than a little thrilled. But upon deeper reflection, I realized to my chagrin that there were only so many writers she might have tapped to address this emerging issue in the world of adventure. As I am one of relatively few people of color actively participating in the American outdoor industry, let alone working as a journalist, it inevitably falls to me to speak to the...

Adventure Activism, Charitable Giving, Climbing, Environmental Justice, Interview / 10.01.2013

National Geographic Young Explorer Asa Firestone wants to inspire kids through climbing. Though not a particularly original concept in itself, the idea aims to gain traction in a unique location: the crime-ridden slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Armed with an MBA from the Marshal School of Business at the University of Southern California, Firestone plans to build a social and economic alternative to life in gangs along with a climbing wall and the educational infrastructure to train young people as alpine athletes and commercial guides. Known locally as...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Commentary, Expedition News, Life Out Loud / 02.01.2013

The first morning of the new year my wife Shamane and I spent working out at our local health club. Now that we finally have almost two feet of snow on the ground it's a shame we couldn't go skiing. All the trails around Madison are groomed to perfection and one friend said the cross-country corduroy nearby at Mirror Lake State Park was "like riding a magic carpet". But four weeks after surgery for a partial knee replacement Shamane is in re-hab. Whether you're addicted to backwoods ski...

Adventure Activism, Business, Charitable Giving, Diversity, Environmental Protection, Kids in Nature, Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Retailer, philanthropy, Sierra Club / 27.12.2012

  On a Saturday in early fall 2012 environmental activist Christian Alvarado dedicated a few hours of his time in service to nature. He lead a group of students on a work project to clean up trash and remove graffiti along the banks of the Connecticut River. Helping to restore the esthetic beauty of Riverside Park near his home in Hartford, Connecticut this part-time student and aspiring filmmaker serves as a role model to empower a new generation of young people to protect the world in which they live. Alvarado,...