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Adventure Activism, Bikes, Charitable Giving, Cycling, Madison, Outdoor Recreation, philanthropy / 06.09.2011

  All creatures great and small have a friend in Ilizabethe  Zelandais. An avid cyclist and runner she’s also the benefactor of homeless animals in need of refuge from the tribulations a cruel and uncertain world. This self-proclaimed “fairy dog mother” extends her love of fury four-legged companions by raising funds and awareness for the good work of the Dane County Humane Society. And over the next two months Liz hopes that you’ll help support her personal pledge drive she calls Sweat 4 Shelter.
Adventure Media Review, Environmental Journalism, Manic Media Monday / 29.08.2011

  If you were stuffed in a snow cave, out in the backcountry, climbing a rock or otherwise just too busy to check into your regular news channels here are six of the top stories in Adventure Media to follow this week:  Los Angeles River Tries On New Role, as Waterway http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/us/26river.html?_r=1&ref=travel The Los Angeles river was once a drainage ditch filled with floating debry and rusting shopping carts. A new pilot program from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps opens urban waterway to recreational kayaking  
Adventure Media Review, Banff, Book Review, Expedition News, Film Festival, Interview, Podcast / 22.08.2011

An interview with writer and explorer Jon TurkMany of us put a lot on the line for the sake of adventure. And for writer and scientist Jon Turk the decision to paddle a kayak across the Pacific Ocean from Asia to North American was in keeping with a tradition of discovery as old as humanity itself. “You look for an audacious and bold plan that’s still feasible,” Turk said. “You look to be vulnerable and at the same time secure. And at that time, which was about 10 years...

Adventure Activism, Africa, Charitable Giving, philanthropy / 18.08.2011

I have a hard enough time balancing my own checkbook. So how can I be expected to make a financial decision to help improve the life of a complete stranger? I’ve got $25 to invest in one of 1,755 small businesses around the world. Through the Kiva Foundation entrepreneurs in developing countries are eligible to receive funding to start or spur the growth of their venture. But feeling more than a bit overwhelmed by the responsibility to do some good I’m starting to understand why the world is such a fucked up place. Here I am entrusted with the power to take action and make a difference and all I can do is sit here paralyzed by indecision doing nothing.
Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Environmental Protection, Examiner.com, Stand Up Paddling / 17.08.2011

An open water channel crossing of the Hawaii Islands will always make for good cinema. And in that Destination 3 Degrees, a film by Chris Aguilar and Soul Surf Media Productions, does not disappoint. Though hardly a triumph of movie-making, the film pulls together the key components of a complex recipe that blends adventure and conservation goals to document an amazing athletic achievement.