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Adventure Media Review, Diversity, Expedition Denali, The Adventure Gap / 19.10.2014

[caption id="attachment_2062688" align="aligncenter" width="488"] photo by Carolyne Richardson Sutton[/caption] Under the weight of my backpack I resisted the urge to break into a full sprint as I walked with purpose down Pearl Street. Prone to sweat profusely with even the least physical exertion I moved through the crowd on the mall, dodging other pedestrians at a moderate pace but as quickly as possible. Though I was prepared to give my presentation at the Boulder Bookstore without the benefit of slides, at least one member of the audience who arrived early...

Adventure Film, Adventure Media Review, featured, Film Festival, Special Events / 07.10.2014

Ten years since its inception the Adventure Film Festival is still going strong. And even though its creator, artist and climber Jonny Copp, has passed away, his spirit endures through a thriving community of supporters who every year gather in Boulder Colorado to celebrate the legacy of a great leader. The program has expanded to include day-long exhibits and performances by local artists in an adventure street fair out in front of the Boulder Theater. The event has evolved well beyond the confines of a common film festival....

Diversity, Fly Fishing, Healthy Living, Influencers, Outdoor Recreation, Stand Up Paddling, Urban Revitalization / 29.09.2014

There is nothing more wonderful than the delight of an enthusiastic child. Of the all children who came out to Hunts Point Riverside Park to try Tenkara Fly Fishing for the first time Adrian, age 8, was by far the most over joyed with the prospects of getting a bite. “I really want one of these,” he said holding out his loaner fly rod. “I want to catch fish.” Adrian picked up the basic skill required to cast his line out over the Bronx River. A first time angler from...

Adventure Activism, Fly Fishing / 26.09.2014

Stand Up Paddle Boarding was the last thing I could do before I had both my hips replaced. After more than a decade of chronic pain due to osteoarthritis I made periodic shifts in what was once a very active lifestyle. Opting for one new activity after another, each more low-impact than the last I finally had a decision to make. When I lost my spot on the summit team for Expedition Denali, the first group of black climbers to attempt an ascent of the highest peak in...

Madison, Photography / 19.09.2014

  Recently Madison, Wisconsin was named the city in America with the highest quality of living. This latest accolade bestowed upon my adopted hometown came as no surprise to me. After more than 20 years as a resident of the Mad City I've long known of the many wonderful qualities that make this such a truly wonderful place to live. But apart from the dry demographic facts of affordable housing, the availability of health care, economic prosperity, a proliferation of ethnic restaurants and a thriving arts scene at core of...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Expedition Denali, Fiction, Life Out Loud / 15.09.2014

Jamal's senses snapped into focus with a sudden burst of light. The darkness that enveloped him had lasted only an instant as his mind recovered from the shock of having fallen. In those first few moments he wasn't entirely sure where he was. His mama's kitchen was the safest place he could imagine. But as the smell of cooking filled his nostrils, in his mouth there was the distinct taste of his own blood. "Why is it so cold?" he thought to himself. Then suddenly all at once he...