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Commentary, Influencers / 31.12.2009

I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Casimiro at a journalism conference in Boulder back last spring. He and I were among a dozen or more writers in the outdoor space sharing our ideas as guests of Mountain Hardwear, an event they call the Trends Retreat. There’s something about a National Geographic reporter/photographer that makes you take notice and hang on his every word.  Steve’s a brilliant, charming guy who’s as willing to listen to your stories as he is to share his own. Frankly, his are better. To be more specific Steve’s most prominent work can be found in the pages of National Geographic Adventure, the Yellow Book’s adolescent younger cousin. But this troubled youth won’t make it to drinking age. As of last month in a recovering economy the popular high profile adrenaline magazine is out of business. Plummeting ad revenue apparently made the glossy picture rich pages too expensive to print and now Steve’s out of a job.
Commentary, Influencers / 30.12.2009

Sara Lingafelter came on to adventure scene with the grace of a ballet dancer and the energy of a rock star. I’ve been at this 20 years now and I’ve seen my share of young women and men go about “finding themselves” in the outdoors.  Most “live the dream” by scamming free gear, conning sponsored vacations, alienating family, neglecting friends and forgetting how to bathe, but not Sara. This once Seattle-area lawyer came to the wild world with humility and thoughtful consideration. Sara took the odd shop job,...

Quote of the day / 28.12.2009

“My spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature; the past was blotted from my memory, the present was tranquil, and the future gilded by bright rays of hope and anticipations of joy”Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ~ English romantic novelist remembered primarily for her classic gothic novel Frankenstein, that gave birth to one of the best-known monsters (1797-1851) Photograph by James Edward Mills...

Commentary / 25.12.2009

Wherever you are this holiday season may you find happiness in every moment. There is so much more to life when the exchange of gifts includes the sharing of warm thoughts and well wishes among the billions who cohabit our beautiful planet. Know that as you count your blessings today there are those whose hearts will take comfort in the kindness of your smile, the patience and compassion in your voice and the twinkle of laughter in your eyes. Share your holiday joy! Photograph by James Edward Mills...

Photography, Quote of the day / 23.12.2009

“Listen to the exhortation of the dawn! Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, the glory of action, The splendor of beauty; For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision; But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day! Such is the salutation of the dawn”...