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Book Review, Interview, Life Out Loud, Whitewater / 29.07.2013

[caption id="attachment_172729" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Kurt-Markus[/caption] In 1983 a record snow yield in the Rocky Mountains created the highest volume of meltwater ever to surge through the Colorado River. The massive buildup of hydraulic pressure threatened to overcome the 710-foot barrier of the Glen Canyon Dam and sent a devastating current of destruction at incredibly high speeds through the mile-deep gorge that winds its way through the Arizona desert. The Grand Canyon was inundated with a catastrophic wall of the deadliest whitewater seen in a generation. And as...

Climbing, Highlining, Television / 23.07.2013

After several days camped on the Ruth Glacier at the base of Mount McKinley professional climber and artist Renan Ozturk is at the beginning of a long project. He had the cheerful expression of a kid in a candy store as he sorted his gear still flaked with snow off an Otter turbo-pro cargo plane in the mountain gateway town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Traveling with friends alpinist/writer Freddie Wilkinson and big wall free soloist Alex Honnold, Renan recently made the initial foray into this region first made famous...

Life Out Loud, Photography, Slideshow, Stand Up Paddling / 14.07.2013

It was one of those glorious days in Madison. At the Bishops Bay Country Club on Lake Mendota stand up paddling fans for across the country gathered to celebrate the 3rd annual Midwest SUP Festival. Part of the SUP America Tour and sponsored by local retailer Paddleboard Specialists the event drew a capacity crowd of water-walkers to compete in races of 6 and 2 miles as well as a short sprint contest. Exhibitors included major board makers likes BIC, BlkBox, Tahoe SUP, Naish, Starboard and SurfTech. Top professional paddlers...

Life Out Loud / 12.07.2013

Less than four months after two MAKOPlasty procedures to replace both my hips I went for my first 3 mile run. Right off my back porch is a perfect course along a popular bike path and lightly traveled residential streets. Before the onset of osteo-arthritis I frequently ran this route in 30 minutes or less on light training days just to get in a little exercise for starting my day’s work. But now at a pace considerably slower I’m struggling to regain a great deal of lost strength...

Interview, Photography, The Clymb.com / 01.07.2013

  Photographer and filmmaker Jimmy Chin is every bit as much an artist as he is an adventurer. Combining his passions for taking pictures with scaling high mountains in remote locations around the world, he has created a unique form of storytelling in which he and his climbing partners are cast as characters who record on film the narrative of their journey even as it unfolds. Returning from an unsuccessful attempt to ascend one of the few remaining unclimbed peaks in the Garhwal Himalaya in 2008, Chin along with professional...

Adventure Activism, Expedition Denali, Expedition News, Life Out Loud / 29.06.2013

Even as the Expedition Denali team made their way off the mountain their enduring legacy of excellence took its first steps. On June 28 at the University of Alaska Anchorage several youth groups gathered for a solidarity hike to celebrate the distance the climbers aimed to travel from their High Camp at 17,200 feet to the 20,328-foot summit, a distance of about 5 miles. Get Outdoors Alaska, a grassroots advocacy organization for environmental protection, was just one of many supporters across the country who put together similar events...