Commentary

Adventure Media Review, Book Tour, Commentary, The Adventure Gap / 21.02.2015

Last night I had the great pleasure of addressing the community of Pomona College in Southern California. In a full presentation of Expedition Denali I shared several slides and stories detailed in my book The Adventure Gap and beautifully depicted in our film An American Ascent. As the house lights came up with the closing credits at the Rose Hills Theatre a small audience of supporters offered up a graciously round of applause. Beaming with pride I took a small bow as the student who served as the...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Commentary, Film preview, National Parks, Reel Rock Film Tour, Yosemite / 15.01.2015

Just in time to pique the interest of a curious public the Sender Films masterpiece Valley Uprising is now available for online download, DVD and Blu-Ray. Within a day of the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s 3000-foot El Capitan this grand epic details the long history of climbing in the granite Mecca of the California Sierra Range over the last 50 years. As Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson settle into their place as the latest heroes of mountaineering lore this film will offer the general...

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...

Banff, Commentary, Diversity, Photography / 29.10.2014

When Madison photographer Eric Baillies asked me to sit for a portrait I was immediately flattered. A talented artist who has dedicated his craft to the creation of tintype prints he graciously offered to capture my picture on an emulsified metal plate. “I'd like to make an image with some of your climbing gear,” he said. “Glasses come to mind.” When I arrived in his production space at Winnebago Studio I also had with me my favorite ice ax. Last used to summit Mount Baker in 2012 along with my...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Commentary, Environmental Journalism, Life Out Loud / 01.08.2014

  Earlier this week I formally submitted the confirmation for my acceptance into the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program. This has been a professional goal of mine for such a long time now that I'm astonished to have finally made it this point in my career. But that begs the question that must plague the mind of every professional writer as much as it does mine, what happens next? At the age of 47 it could be said that I am in the middle of my career as a writer. Having finished by...

Adventure Activism, Commentary, Diversity, Environmental Journalism, Expedition Denali / 16.07.2014

Several weeks ago I made the middling drive from Madison to Chicago. On a round Joy Trip of about 300 miles I journeyed south to meet up with two old friends to hear their story of adventure. Robby ReChord and Scott Briscoe were in town to present a slide show at the downtown Patagonia store on their ascent of the highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley also called Denali. As part of a team of African-American climbers Robby and Scott aimed to share their experiences in the...