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Gear Review, Gear Whore Confessions / 14.09.2012

Ask any multi-tasker, hands free is always the way to go. So when the makers of the Capture Camera Clip asked me to test out their new device I immediately jumped at the chance. This sleek little gizmo makes the camera neck strap obsolete with a clever quick-release system that allows a photographer to snap his trusty SLR reporting tool on a waist belt or shoulder strap for easy and immediate access. In principle the Capture works beautifully, but after several weeks of use I discovered that its...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Commentary, NPR, Podcast, Public Radio, Wisconsin Life, Wisconsin Public Radio / 12.09.2012

This summer, I traveled across the North American west, hitting  some of the top rock climbing destinations in the country. Moab, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Joshua Tree … plus a quick hike through the Grand Canyon.   I trained at mountaineering in the Chugach Range of Alaska and made it safely to the summit of Mount Baker in the Washington Cascades.  Next year I’ve got an even more ambitious project -- to reach the top of Mount Denali, the highest point on the continent.    But there’s more to...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Banff, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Interview, Podcast / 11.09.2012

Typically political action can take shape only when the general populous is rallied and motivated to take a stand. When it comes to building awareness for issues of environmental protection it’s especially difficult because those regions most in need of protecting are usually far away from the public eye. That’s why an organization called the International League of Conservation Photographers goes out into some of the most remote habitats in the world to document the current condition of delicate ecosystems at  risk of destruction. "I've been working in the...

Adventure Film, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Film Festival, Film preview / 10.09.2012

[caption id="attachment_7870" align="alignleft" width="300"] Adventure Film founder Jonny Copp[/caption] After several weeks of an arduous selection process the Adventure Film Festival released its 2012 line-up of movies to be presented at the Boulder Theater and other venues October 4-6. Continuing the high standards of excellence set by festival creator Jonny Copp, the annual fall celebration of the active lifestyle promises an exciting weekend of outdoor inspired art and culture with an ambitious roster of 38 films that represent the very best the genre has to offer. “This is making our...

Adventure Media Review, Film Review / 04.09.2012

Longevity like youth is wasted on the young. But the staying power of our seniors gives hope to those of us who aim to remain active long into the twilight of our final days. In the latest edition of the film series Of Souls + Water director Skip Armstrong offers up a compelling vision of a bright future in the last installment called The Elder. “How do you want to be remembered when this life joins the wind?” the filmmakers ask in the opening frames. “What did you leave,...

Adventure Media Review, Charitable Giving, Climbing, Film preview, Uncategorized / 31.08.2012

After a long summer of travel I'm home for almost a month. Between Joy Trips I'm spending the next few weeks getting some perspective on what this project is all about. A recent note from climber Steve Richert helped me to remember why it's important to find passion in our daily lives and to encourage others to pursue their dreams. It's Labor Day weekend and Fall is just around the corner. As we make the transition from one season into the next I'm giving some serious thought to what...