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Adventure Activism, Breaking News, Charitable Giving, Diversity, Environmental Protection, Expedition Denali / 02.01.2015

At the turn of the New Year my publisher let me know that the Mountaineers Books had sold more than 1,000 copies of The Adventure Gap. As we head into 2015 I am committed to keep the momentum moving forward and I want to encourage those of you who have purchased and enjoyed this book to share your interest and enthusiasm with others. That’s why I’m going to donate $5 of every book sold through this website toward a scholarship fund dedicated to sending at least one inspired young...

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, Climbing, Cycling, Deserts, Film Festival, Film Review / 05.12.2014

Audiences at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival cheered loudest for a short feature that was nothing short of painful. SufferFest 2: Desert Alpine starring climbers Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold pulled off a stunning victory to win the Radical Reels People’s Choice Award. By pegging the needle on the ol’ Applause-o-Meter they earned another coveted spot on BMFF World Tour and the enthusiastic delight of an inspired crowd. SufferFest 2 is now available for download at Vimeo-on-Demand. The second in a series of hilarious adventure films produced and...

Adventure Activism, Charitable Giving, Environmental Protection, Film preview, IndieGoGo, Video / 01.12.2014

Our fragile natural landscapes are worth protecting and preserving. Through the active engagement of our minds and bodies as we travel through them we establish a life-affirming relationship between ourselves and the world around us. A new documentary film aims to encourage people across North America to recognize the link between culture and the environment in order to ensure the continued success and prosperity of both into the future. Colors of Edziza is a journey into the Tahltan First Nation Territory of norther British Columbia. With an international crew...

Adventure Activism, Diversity, Snowboarding, The Adventure Gap / 28.11.2014

Conrad Anker’s team of athletes enjoyed a leisurely week of rest in Advanced Base Camp, at just over 14,200 feet above sea level. Along with many other climbers on the mountain at the time they were also waiting for an appropriate window of opportunity to open so that they could make the final ascent to the summit of Denali. When the day at last arrived, rather than spend the night at the High Camp at 17,200 feet, the team decided instead to make the climb up from 14...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival / 25.11.2014

A stand out attendee of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival for the past 14 years, Jim Head can always we be counted on to ask a question. At each of the live speaking presentations during the nine-day program he’s the one person in the audience ready to take the microphone and demonstrate to the person on stage that he was listening and paying attention to their every word. Though some suspected that he was planted in the crowd by the festival organizers to get the conversation...