National Parks

Adventure Media Review, Book Review, Camping, Environmental Journalism, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation / 30.09.2012

Before They're Gone by Michael Lanza is cautionary journey that explores the likely outcomes in store for our National Parks should we ignore the growing threat of climate change. And typical of most modern problems, not unlike our current economic crisis, those to be most directly effected by our generations' failure to act won't be ourselves but our children. Taking his two young kids on a year-long odyssey to visit America's most iconic wild places, Lanza leads us all on an expedition through the world we stand to...

5Point, 5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Mountain Film, National Parks, Uncategorized / 26.07.2012

Explorer Rich Rudow enjoys a view of the Grand Canyon few human beings have ever seen. While visitors to the national park typically see this natural wonder from the top down he and his team of canyoneers offer a rare vantage point from deep within. As they make their way through a menagerie of slots and passageways the team treats moviegoers to a rare glimpse of ancient beauty in the adventure film directed by Dan Ransom called The Last of the Great Unknown. Both documentary and action film this...

5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Diversity, Environmental Justice, Expedition Denali, Interview, National Parks, NPR, Public Radio / 18.05.2012

Just a few minutes ago I came in off the trail from the rim of the Grand Canyon. Settling into a wireless hot spot and a cold Corona at the Yavapai Lodge I fired up the laptop to find a message on Facebook from my old friend Menno van Wyk. He was my boss at Montrail since before it was called One Sport. So we go way back. It was of course great to hear from him, but his post to my time line filled me with dread. "James...

5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Camping, Climbing, Destinations, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation, Park Visitor.com, Yosemite / 09.05.2012

[caption id="attachment_7286" align="alignleft" width="327" caption="Climbers Mark and Anders gear up for the Nose on El Capitan"][/caption] I rolled into Yosemite Valley late in the afternoon on a Monday in May. Three weeks before the Memorial Day Weekend rush the national park seemed almost vacant. Bluebird skies and warm temperatures made for great camping weather. And even though a friend offered me a bed for the night I headed over to Camp 4. Not far from the park exit Camp 4 is a uniquely Yosemite experience. Made popular through the 60s...

5Point, 5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Film Festival, Mountain Film, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation / 23.04.2012

Tomorrow I’m heading west on a tour of adventure. Starting off at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale, Colorado I’ll make a big loop across the Rockies and over to Sierras. I’ll make stops in Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Moab and back to Colorado for the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride. Along the way I’ll connect with dozens of filmmakers, artists, athletes and activists to make a real-time survey of the adventure world today. The 5Point to Telluride Tour is the next leg...

Adventure Media Review, Diversity, Expedition Denali, Guest Contributor, National Parks / 12.03.2012

“Artists have gone with us into the Arctic and I have heard them rave over the wonderful beauties of the scene, and I have seen them at work trying to reproduce some of it, with good results but with nothing like the effect of the original…”it is color run riot”’   ----from A Black Explorer at the North Pole, pg. 67, by Matthew A. Henson   African Americans have been explorers and adventurers from the very beginnings of our republic.  People of African descent accompanied many of the earliest Spanish explorers including...