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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...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Climbing, Environmental Journalism, Film Festival, Guest Contributor / 14.11.2011

[caption id="attachment_6396" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Photo by David J. Swift"][/caption] Alpinist Magazine editor Katie Ives sat on one of the many panel discussions during the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival. In a rousing discussion moderated by University of Calgary mountain literature specialist, Harry Vandervlist she and fellow panelists Anthony Whittome, Freddie Wilkinson, Dr. George Rodway, and David Roberts explored the role electronic media plays in reporting the great ascents of climbers throughout the world. Called The Digital Dilemma –Accuracy at Altitude, the panel explored how modern technology helps to overcome but sometimes contributes to a false accounting of the facts under circumstances where human perception can be compromised.
Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Banff, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Film Festival, Film Review / 11.11.2011

Every initiative to protect the environment needs a charismatic poster species. When it comes to the controversial tar sands debate that endangered animal is the rare and genetically unique Spirit Bear. A black bear with a recessive gene that turns its fur white is the star of the award winning film Spoil. And with fewer than 400 remaining in the wild the Spirit Bear is at the heart of reasons why activists aim to preserve the pristine Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia.Produced and directed by National Geographic...