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Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Diversity, Environmental Journalism, Film Review, National Geographic, National Parks / 07.02.2014

At the heart of every great adventure there is a love story. And for National Geographic Young Explorer Juan Martinez, the long journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the craggy peaks of the Grand Tetons took a romantic turn on the day he met National Park Ranger Vanessa Torres. Both dedicated to introducing a new generation of American citizens to outdoor recreation Juan and Vanessa have begun a life together in service to the wild places they cherish as well as members of their community whose...

Commentary, Travel / 26.01.2014

I love to fly, but I hate flying. And on this current round trip from Madison to Salt Lake City I really hate flying Frontier. Perhaps the anger I feel should be directed toward all airlines. For all I know the fucked up and frivolous fees they charge for the most basic travel amenities are common to United, Delta and the rest. But with every add-on purchase I’m inclined more and more to travel by car and high-speed rail can’t come fast enough. I’m prepared to take a fair...

#ORShow, #ORWinter, Business, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Retailer / 23.01.2014

After a really long day at the Outdoor Retailer Show I'm up early to head back over to the Marriott for the breakfast meeting of the Conservation Alliance. The keynote speaker is National Geographic Explorer in Residence Wade Davis. His book The Sacred Headwaters is an amazing photo essay that details the struggles of protecting our last remaining pure wilderness areas from destruction and I'm really looking forward to hearing his comments this morning. As the saying goes arrive tired leave inspired! It's hard not believe that anything is...

#ORWinter, Business / 21.01.2014

Even after all the preparation you can't help but be a little thrilled when you dive into the fray. Pounding away at my laptop with just an hour before heading to the All-Mountain Demo at Solitude Ski Resort the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is officially underway. My job is to report in realtime the events of each day as they unfold. Through the social media mainstream I get to navigate the exciting flow of images and messages as they wiz by in flurry of energy and enthusiasm....

#ORShow, #ORWinter, Business, Social Media / 19.01.2014

You gotta love it when “have fun” is written into your job description. Once again the Joy Trip Project has been tapped to manage the social media streams coming out of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. After 22 years of attending the largest backcountry recreation trade show in the world it’s kind of nice to dedicate my skills and talents in storytelling toward encouraging and documenting the exciting business of playing outside! I'll be kind of the Social Media Master of Ceremonies.In addition to the content you’ll find through...

5Point, Adventure Film, Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Life Out Loud, mountainfilm, Radical Reel Tour, Reel Rock Film Tour / 16.01.2014

This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 86th annual Oscar awards. Once again I’m amazed by the number of prominent feature films that I neglected to see in 2013. As a reviewer of adventure movies I don’t make it to my local cineplex the way I used to. Of those movies tapped to win Best Picture Twelve Years a Slave and American Hustle are the only two that I actually saw in a theater. And I imagine that it will...