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Gear Whore Confessions / 02.12.2011

It’s the first week of December and I’m still out on the water! Thanks to this GORE-TEX Lightweight Paddling Suit from Kokatat I can still get out on my stand up paddleboard for morning workouts even as chilly temperatures welcome another Wisconsin winter. As an adventure journalist I use GORE-TEX gear to venture out into the world and bring back many of the interesting stories you find here at the Joy Trip Project. Products constructed with this amazing waterproof breathable material have made it possible for me to stay...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Cycling, Outdoor Recreation, Photography / 30.11.2011

Back in January I reported on the plans of photojournalists Alan Winslow and Morrigan McCarthy to map the minds of young people around the world. Riding bicycles from Anchorage, Alaska the two are peddling across 50 countries and over 30,000 miles on an expedition to discover what their 20-something peers are thinking about. The Geography of Youth project began in July and I managed to catch Morrigan on the phone for an update as she and Alan made their way across the boarder into Mexico. “We’ll cruise through Central and South America and then we head on to Africa,” she said.
Art, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Natural History, Photography / 28.11.2011

  Photojournalists Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele want to show a side of science that often goes overlooked. Based more on observation and than hard data-based research natural history is science so soft as to be considered art. The role of natural historians has long been to document the current state of life on our planet. And in the hopes of capturing the thoughts and impressions of leading experts on the subject the Natural History Network commissioned Drummond and Steele to help tell their story.
Adventure Activism, Charitable Giving, philanthropy / 23.11.2011

I met Kathryn Ely on one of her good days. The progression of her illness had left her with little appetite. But as she perused the menu of this Castro Valley, California coffee shop she smiled. “I think I’ll have bacon,” Kat said. “I might regret it later. But right now I don’t care.” You really can make friends on Facebook. Over the past several months Kat and I had become acquainted online. Mutual interests in backpacking and philanthropy brought us together and a joy trip out west gave us...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film preview, Manic Media Monday, Skiing, Snowboarding / 21.11.2011

Sometimes aspiring athletes need a little guidance from experienced veterans to reach their highest potential. World-class climber Conrad Anker took a small team to lead newbie mountaineers to the summit of Denali and show them the finer points of performance at altitude. Used to shredding snow at lower elevations often dropped from helicopters champion snowboarder Lucas Debari and freestyle skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa ascended to 20,320. Climbing this lofty peak the two earned their turns in a new film posted today from Camp 4 Collective called the Denali Experiment. Others...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Book Review, Climbing, Film Festival, Interview, Podcast / 18.11.2011

  Writer and former director of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Bernadette McDonald has new book that offers a unique perspective on high altitude climbing in the Himalaya. As the author of several titles on the subject she’s well regarded in the international mountaineering community. And back in 2003 she came up with an idea for this latest project at an adventure film festival in Poland.“And as most ideas do, this one began at a party,” McDonald said.   It was the after party of this festival and McDonald was in...