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Banff, Film Festival / 07.11.2010

No one listens better than a good bartender. Pouring drinks master of ceremonies Timmy O’Neill got Alex Honnold and Peter Croft to open up and share their deepest thoughts on their careers as world renown free solo climbers.
Banff, Film Festival / 06.11.2010

Thousands of years ago people crossed the Pacific Ocean in small boats. Paddling vessels the size of the touring kayaks we know today, ancient humans traveled from Asia to North America. “We know they did it. We’ve found their bones,” said Jon Turk, Author of the book The Raven’s Gift. “But why?”
Banff, Climbing, Film Festival, Film Review / 05.11.2010

Adventure is not in the destination but in the journey. This philosophy is beautifully illustrated in the new movie produced by Woodshed Films called 180 South. Jeff Johnson, a surfer and sometimes climber sets out to recreate a classic road trip.
Banff, Film Festival, Film Review / 04.11.2010

[caption id="attachment_4153" align="aligncenter" width="422" caption="From the film Rev: A Buried Treasure."][/caption] They say that pornography is hard to define. But you know it when you see it. The term “ski porn” has been used to describe many of the fast-paced alpine thrill rides typical of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. But last night’s Snow Show was an eclectic mix of gratuitous free-based adrenalin mainlined with thoughtful expressions of art and brilliant cinematography.
Banff, Commentary, Film Festival, National Parks / 03.11.2010

There’s a fine line between dreams and destiny. Indulge in one, insist upon the other and both are inevitable. *

Just arrived at the 35th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival!  This my second year attending and I couldn't be more excited. Just like before I’ll be reporting on the events surrounding this celebration of adventure culture and sharing the stories behind the athletes, artists and activists that inspire awe through film, literature and graphic images. But this time, by invitation of the Banff Center of Mountain Culture, I’m here as part of the program.
Bikes, Breaking News, Charitable Giving, Cycling, Madison, Outdoor Recreation / 02.11.2010

[caption id="attachment_4126" align="aligncenter" width="452" caption="Photographs by Clint Thayer www.focalflame.com"][/caption] I confess Phil Liggett was a complete stranger to me. Right up to the moment I shook his hand and began our “interview” I had no idea who he was. I can hear your eyes roll from here. If you follow international cycling the name is undoubtedly familiar. For the last 40 years Liggett, a British sports journalist, has provided commentary and analysis for just about every major bicycle race in the world including and especially the Tour De France. But this I didn’t discover until after a pleasant conversation over a pint of Wisconsin pale ale at the annual Saris Gala in Madison.