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Business, Madison, Special Events / 29.03.2012

The ice is only just off the lakes in Madison Wisconsin. But paddlers of canoes and kayaks are eager to get out on the water. Every year usually on the first warm weekend in March thousands from throughout the Midwest gather to celebrate the bounty of the spring paddling season. The local gear shop called Rutabaga hosts the largest paddle sports expo in North America, an event so big it can only be called Canoecopia. Owner Darren Bush welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to Madison’s Alliant Energy Center for a full...

Breaking News, Charitable Giving, People with disabilities, The Give Review / 27.03.2012

Kokatat, a US manufacturer of technical apparel and accessories for water sports, donated over $20,000 in product to the local Arcata, CA organization Disabled Adventure Outfitters (DAO), for use in its watersports programs for people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. “DAO does amazing work empowering and challenging people with bleeding disorders in and around our community and we’re proud to support a local organization that shares our passion for paddlesports,” said Kit Mann, Kokatat Special Projects Manager. DAO will use the personal floatation devices, dry suits, paddle jackets, and additional gear...

Adventure Media Review, Art, Photography, Social Media / 26.03.2012

Every spring there’s an amazing display outside our bedroom window. As the weather gets warm after winter the magnolia tree our neighbors share explodes with bright pink blossoms. Hundreds of flowers the size of teacups cast a spectacular array of light and color that is precious to behold, because within a week or more each delicate petal will flutter to the ground and disappear, not to return for another year. My first instinct was to capture this ephemeral image in a photograph. Once adjusted for color, cropped and formatted...

Adventure Media Review, Madison, NPR, Podcast, Public Radio, Stand Up Paddling / 23.03.2012

[caption id="attachment_7013" align="aligncenter" width="501"] photo by Nick Berard[/caption] Recently I was asked to create at story about outdoor recreation for the Wisconsin Public Radio program 'Wisconsin Life'. With such unseasonably warm weather I managed to get my stand up paddle board out onto Madison's lakes earlier  than ever before. So I went out on Lake Wingra with my digital recorder to gather sound and an experience to write a short essay. ~JEM SUP Wisconsin ​Spring has come early to Wisconsin this year. It’s a warm day in March when I strap...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Film Review, Mountain Film, Radical Reel Tour / 21.03.2012

This year’s super charged lineup of films in the 2012 Radical Reels Tour does not disappoint. These specially selected movies from the Banff Mountain Film Festival deliver adrenaline inspired action and sweeping high alpine backdrops that are nothing short of epic. Through 11 films spanning almost two hours riders on skis, kayaks, mountain bikes and skateboards press the performance envelope to the absolute limit and drive viewers to edge of their seats. But in a world where adventure athletes have pretty much conquered every environment known to man...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Charitable Giving, Kids in Nature, philanthropy, Photography / 19.03.2012

Almost a year ago a young man asked for my help. Christian Alvarado is an aspiring filmmaker, who dedicates his talents to taking pictures and creating videos that illustrate the importance of getting kids outdoors. But as any young person can appreciate the cost of purchasing the right camera equipment can be prohibitively expensive. So with the help of a few fans of the Joy Trip Project I put together a little campaign to raise some of the money he needed. And now I’m thrilled to say that...