Special Events

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Outdoor Retailer, Special Events / 18.07.2014

On a singularly beautiful summer day, it’s hard to imagine spending even a single moment of it inside. But gathering in the final hours of the Outdoor Reps Association show in Madison, Wisconsin, retailers and sales professionals alike basked in the glow of flourescent lights at the Alliant Energy Center to conclude their business with a profound sense of satisfaction and optimism for good things yet to come. In the midst of exceptionally good weather nationwide and an economy in full rebound, buyers from shops across the country...

Adventure Activism, Camping, Diversity, Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation, Special Events, Yosemite / 13.06.2014

In the fading light of a late spring evening, gospel singer Sista Monica Parker sat humming on a bench at the Yellow Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park. There she waited patiently for others to gather. Quiet at first, her melodic voice gained strength as she swayed to the rhythm of a hymn perhaps not heard in the Valley for more than a century. The sound slowly swelled into a powerful chorus that echoed off the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Even the birds fell...

5Point, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Special Events / 28.04.2014

  The 7th annual 5Point Film Festival concluded Sunday evening to the roaring applause of an exuberant audience. After the long week of inspiring films those hardy enough to stick it out to the end were rewarded to an exciting finish with awards going to the most outstanding entries. Prizes went to filmmakers in 6 categories to affirm their hard work and dedication to the noble task of creating remarkable stories that joyfully encourage the audience not to just watch but participate. The Spirit of Adventure award recognizes those who...

5Point, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Interview, National Geographic, Special Events / 21.04.2014

  This week the tribe of adventure artists, athletes, and activists is gathering in Carbondale Colorado for the 7th annual 5Point Film Festival. The ever-evolving four-day event welcomes a broad and eclectic array of films and presenters to not only share their stories of exploration but inspire all those who attend to actively participate in the protection and preservation of the places close to home or around the world they love most. In her second year as executive director of the festival Sarah Wood is excited about this most ambitious...

Adventure Media Review, Bikes, Film Festival, National Geographic, Special Events / 04.11.2013

Norwegian adventurers Inge Wegge and Jorn Ranum had heard about some legendary surf waves, high up in the north Atlantic Ocean, in an island bay off the Norwegian coast. To test the rumour, they travelled to the island, built a hut out of driftwood and found materials, and spent nine cold, dark winter months north of the Arctic Circle, riding the waves. Their film of this unlikely adventure, North of the Sun, has won the Grand Prize at the 2013 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. “If it’s possible...

BASE Jumping, Destinations, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation, Special Events / 23.10.2013

The dream of flight is a primal urge. And even though our species has evolved a respectful fear of falling it’s likely that most everyone has imagined what it must be like to soar through the air like a bird, to see the world from a great height and land safely to ground. On a beautiful October afternoon I had the opportunity to experience that sensation along with a few hundred others during the annual celebration of Bridge Day. For less than 7 hours once each year the town...