Climbing

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Climbing, Film Festival, Interview, Podcast, Reel Rock Film Tour, Winter / 05.12.2011

Making the rounds at mountain film festivals all over the world is a new movie by Anson Fogel and Cory Richards. In the classic style of adventure storytelling Richards shares his tale of three climbers in his award-winning film 'Cold'. “It’s a very raw real look into what’s kind of going on inside my head as I did a climb with Simone Moro and Denis Urubko last winter on a peak called Gasherbrum II,” Richards said in an interview. [audio mp3="http://joytrip2019.mhwebstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Cold1.mp3"][/audio] Ascending one of the highest peaks in the world at...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film preview, Manic Media Monday, Skiing, Snowboarding / 21.11.2011

Sometimes aspiring athletes need a little guidance from experienced veterans to reach their highest potential. World-class climber Conrad Anker took a small team to lead newbie mountaineers to the summit of Denali and show them the finer points of performance at altitude. Used to shredding snow at lower elevations often dropped from helicopters champion snowboarder Lucas Debari and freestyle skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa ascended to 20,320. Climbing this lofty peak the two earned their turns in a new film posted today from Camp 4 Collective called the Denali Experiment. Others...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Book Review, Climbing, Film Festival, Interview, Podcast / 18.11.2011

  Writer and former director of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Bernadette McDonald has new book that offers a unique perspective on high altitude climbing in the Himalaya. As the author of several titles on the subject she’s well regarded in the international mountaineering community. And back in 2003 she came up with an idea for this latest project at an adventure film festival in Poland. “And as most ideas do, this one began at a party,” McDonald said.   It was the after party of this festival and McDonald was in...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Climbing, Environmental Journalism, Film Festival, Guest Contributor / 14.11.2011

[caption id="attachment_6396" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Photo by David J. Swift"][/caption] Alpinist Magazine editor Katie Ives sat on one of the many panel discussions during the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival. In a rousing discussion moderated by University of Calgary mountain literature specialist, Harry Vandervlist she and fellow panelists Anthony Whittome, Freddie Wilkinson, Dr. George Rodway, and David Roberts explored the role electronic media plays in reporting the great ascents of climbers throughout the world. Called The Digital Dilemma –Accuracy at Altitude, the panel explored how modern technology helps to overcome but sometimes contributes to a false accounting of the facts under circumstances where human perception can be compromised.
Adventure Media Review, Africa, Climbing, Ethiopia, Interview, Outdoor Retailer, Podcast, Summer / 07.10.2011

An interview with climber and writer Majka Burhardt Many Americans -maybe even most of us- begin our mornings with a steaming cup of coffee. That wonderfully dark warm beverage helps to kick start your day and put a little bounce in your step. But if you’re like me, you probably haven’t put a whole lot of thought into where it comes from or how it’s grown. That’s why writer and climber Majka Burhardt traveled more than 8,000 miles to discover the story.
Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Manic Media Monday / 03.10.2011

It’s always interesting to see how mainstream media depicts the world of rock climbing and mountaineering. Last night the CBS television show The Good Wife revolved around a fictional ill-fated incident on an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. In an episode called The Death Zone, lawyers debate the circumstances that suggest one climber stole the bottled oxygen of another leaving him to die below the Hillary Step. In a libel suite against a book written by the brother of the dead climber the alleged oxygen thief -one of those wealthy mountaineers who can afford a lawyer -justifies his actions, claiming a legal precedent. That’s what happens on an expedition. “He froze to death and you left him, I left him, everybody left him. Why? Because we would have died carrying him down,” he said. “It is the law of the death zone. We all know we can’t be carried out.”