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“To acquire balance means to achieve that happy medium between the minimum and the maximum that represents your optimum. The minimum is the least you can get by with. The maximum is the most you're capable of. The optimum is the amount or degree of anything that is most favorable toward the ends you desire.”
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Himalayan climber Conrad Anker welcomed a packed audience to the world premiere of his new movie "The Wildest Dream." Spanning 90 minutes this Banff Mountain Film prize favorite tells the story behind Anker's discovery of lost Everest explorer George Mallory and the reenactment of the climb in 1924 that some speculate was the first successful summit of the world's highest peak.
Just had a terrific interview with filmmaker Dominic Gill at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. His movie called "Take a Seat" follows his journey from Alaska to the tip of South America on a tandem bicycle, a journey of 20,000 Miles.
An interview with Banff Mountain Literature Award winner Steve House
Leading alpinist Reinhold Messner once called Steve House “the best high altitude climber in the world today.” That’s no small praise coming from the first man to solo the summit of Everest without oxygen.
In his late 30s House has had a distinguished career ascending the most challenging routes on many of the highest mountains in the world. Just after the release of his new memoir Beyond the Mountain House shared his thoughts on his earliest days in the sport.
Yellowstone National Park~
As a nature photographer, photographing wildlife is common. It was an encounter with a family of otters that made this trip memorable. We saw these otters working their way down a creek and we anticipated where they were going and set up. Luck was on our side as the whole family came so close that I was unable to photograph them. As a photographer, sometimes just being there is enough, as I will always remember watching their interaction with each other without pressing the shutter release...
“You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make!”
Sasha Azevedo ~ American Actress, Athlete and Model (1978- )
Photograph by Christopher J. Carter...