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Adventure Media Review, Film Review / 12.04.2011

I’d feel weird reading someone else’s mail. So I’m more than a little uncomfortable writing a critical review of “The Love Letter,” the newest short film by producers Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith. Premiering today online it’s an intimate story of togetherness in the pursuit of adventure as Fitz and his wife Becca make their way along 300 miles of rugged trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Though beautiful in its imagery and poetic narration the film is hard to watch due to its sheer lack of conflict.
Gardening, Urban Agriculture / 10.04.2011

It’s really cool to see the cycle come full circle. We just cracked open the last jar of pickles from the fall canning. And today we planted our first row of spring vegetables.  After a long cold winter we still have a little pesto left in the freezer and soon we’ll have fresh salad greens to enjoy through the summer. There’s a lot of satisfaction in knowing where your food comes from. And as the seasons change the same appetites for outdoor recreation compels us to spade the ground with the fervor of paddling a kayak or an SUP board or peddling our bikes.

Bikes, Charitable Giving, Cycling, Madison, Outdoor Recreation, philanthropy / 08.04.2011

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The Mad City cycling season got off to a great start Thursday at the Capital Brewery in Middleton. In true Wisconsin style supporters of early childhood development gathered to kick-off the annual fundraising team event Bike for Boys & Girls Club.

Presented by Trek Bicycle the event hosts riders of all abilities to spin their wheels for a good cause on July 16th. Pledging to peddle distances of 8, 25 or 50 miles participants plan to encourage friends and family to donate much needed cash to benefit kids in need throughout Dane County.
Adventure Media Review, Backcountry, Snowboarding / 06.04.2011

In the premiere edition of their new National Geographic Adventure mini-series producers Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith do not disappoint. Fringe Elements is all about those individuals on the cutting edge of action sports and this new adaptation to snowboarding really puts athletes out there. Using a device called a Splitboard alpine snowboarders leave the groomed slopes and avalanche protected ski resorts behind. Powered only by sweat and muscle professional riders climb up to their objectives to carve turns typically accessible by helicopters.
Banff, Film Festival, Film Review / 05.04.2011

  For Ruedi Beglinger and his family mountain culture is a way of life. Even after the tragic deaths of 7 friends and clients during an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies this climber and backcountry ski guide reconciles his love of high alpine snowfields with extreme caution and great respect for the inherent danger that surrounds him. A Life Ascending is a film directed Stephen Grynberg that illustrates the emotional heights and depths of an existence that offers incredible reward delicately balanced with great risk.
Banff, BASE Jumping, Breaking News, Climbing, Film preview / 04.04.2011

Adventure movies don't get a lot of airtime on TV. And fewer still get tapped for major awards. But Sender Films' feature Fly or Die has been nominated to receive an Emmy for Outstanding Camera Work. Shot on location under precarious circumstances of extreme heights, this film defies the challenges of rigging and equipment placement to make for one the best depictions of sport in 2010. "It’s a great validation to be nominated for the sports Emmy alongside major events like the world cup and the Olympics," said producer Peter Mortimer.  "It shows that even with our small guerilla crews we can capture some of the great sports moments of the year."