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Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Climbing, Magazines / 10.01.2012

Ventura, CA (January 9, 2012)— The recipients of the 2012 Mugs Stump Award were announced today. The award, sponsored by Alpinist Magazine, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., Mountain Gear, Patagonia, Inc., and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., was created in 1992 in memory of Mugs Stump, one of North America’s most visionary climbers. In the 20 years since its inception, the Mugs Stump Award has provided $324,000 in grants to small teams pursuing climbing objectives that exemplify light, fast, and clean alpinism.   The applications received for 2012 included many strong...

Art, Commentary, Video, Yoga / 08.01.2012

A new yoga video posted on YouTube inspires tens of thousands to pursue the practice. But it seems that many others find it sexually provocative, disrespectful of the female form and an affront to the principles of mindful movement. Personally I was more than a little shocked to discover that the 3 minute 29 second film produced by Equinox health clubs featuring Briohny Smyth could be construed as anything short of amazing. It just goes to show that when it comes to any exploration of the human condition...

Adventure Media Review, Video / 06.01.2012

When it comes to making adventure media not everyone should. Product manufacturers in particular tend to have a hard time separating the creative from the commercial. But this week Tennessee-based Jackson Kayak launched a new monthly video series that could become the model for sharing a company’s passion of outdoor recreation while promoting the products that make it possible. JKTV is the latest in a long line of online productions from the first family of paddling. For decades Eric Jackson along with is wife Kristine, his daughter Emily and...

Food, Healthy Living, Uncategorized / 06.01.2012

Back home after a short reporting joy trip to Minneapolis I settled into a light breakfast before heading to the gym. Homemade wheat toast with olive oil, an orange and green tea. Not necessarily but an incidentally vegan makes for a lighter healthier alternative to yesterday's protein heavy option. What are your suggestions for a light but satisfying no-meat breakfast?...

Food, Travel / 05.01.2012

This is perhaps as much an exercise in field reporting as it is a exploration of a healthy lifestyle. This is my first blog post I've ever drafted start to finish directly from my iPad. Transfering the photograph and formatting the text is challenging on this screen keyboard. But it's doable. I'm traveling this week on assignment for Paddle Sports Business Magazine. Here in Minneapolis, MN I'm looking into one of the most classic gear shops in the country called Midwest Mountaineering. After spending yesterday visiting with shop employees...