Adventure Activism

Adventure Activism, An American Ascent, Breaking News, Expedition Denali, The Adventure Gap / 29.06.2015

Way back when we first starting planning the Expedition Denali project I had one secret goal. And during one of the most remarkable weeks in recent history that objective was finally realized. In a private screening before almost 200 high school students and representatives from several youth-focused nonprofit organizations our film An American Ascent was presented at the White House. Expedition Denali team members Rosemary Saal, Tyrhee Moore and Billy Long made the long journey to Washington D.C. along with my co-producer Andy Adkins. Although I had never mentioned...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Diversity, Film preview / 19.06.2015

Anthony DeJesus is a product of his environment. Raised in the Bronx borough of New York City his life circumstances were defined by poverty, crime, drug abuse and violence. Confined first to the failed social infrastructure of low-income housing and foster care Anthony found himself on an inevitable course that like many young African-American men led to incarceration. But since getting out of prison this ambitious youth aspires to rise above his upbringing and hopes to achieve something more. “I’ve been looked up all of my life, mentally and spiritually,”...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Film preview, People with disabilities / 08.06.2015

The world of adventure is too often defined by the exceptional accomplishments of extraordinary people. Exploits on high mountains or epic ocean excursions mark the gold standard of compelling action narratives. But after decades now of first ascents and record-breaking conquests little remains to inspire the audience toward higher expressions of the human experience. Even stories and films that depict the journeys of those struggling against impossible odds and adversity leave much to be desired as characters make their way toward the forgone conclusion of a successful achievement....

Adventure Activism, Breaking News, Charitable Giving, Diversity, Environmental Protection, Expedition Denali / 02.01.2015

At the turn of the New Year my publisher let me know that the Mountaineers Books had sold more than 1,000 copies of The Adventure Gap. As we head into 2015 I am committed to keep the momentum moving forward and I want to encourage those of you who have purchased and enjoyed this book to share your interest and enthusiasm with others. That’s why I’m going to donate $5 of every book sold through this website toward a scholarship fund dedicated to sending at least one inspired young...

Adventure Activism, Commentary, Environmental Journalism, Fly Fishing, River Restoration, Urban Revitalization / 09.12.2014

Few people likely realize that just a few minutes’ drive from Los Angeles International Airport is an exquisite urban park. Kenny Hahn State Recreation Area is tucked between La Cienega Blvd and La Brea immediately south of Baldwin Hills and just north of Stocker. With a small lake, a stream, hiking trails and a spectacular view of Downtown LA from the top of a scenic overlook this spot is a hidden gem in the heart of a major city. This is the neighborhood where I grew up. Here is...

Adventure Activism, Charitable Giving, Environmental Protection, Film preview, IndieGoGo, Video / 01.12.2014

Our fragile natural landscapes are worth protecting and preserving. Through the active engagement of our minds and bodies as we travel through them we establish a life-affirming relationship between ourselves and the world around us. A new documentary film aims to encourage people across North America to recognize the link between culture and the environment in order to ensure the continued success and prosperity of both into the future. Colors of Edziza is a journey into the Tahltan First Nation Territory of norther British Columbia. With an international crew...