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Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Highlining, Life Out Loud, Slacklining / 28.10.2013

Perhaps one of the most critical questions that most any adventurer will ask themselves is, why? Once you get past the ego and obsession to achieve glory for having accomplished some amazing feat of athletic skill or daring everyone who risks the fortunes of life at some point will have to reconcile within their hearts and minds the purpose for which they dedicated even the least significant moments of their time on Earth and put everything on the line. In this short from Highliners Film http://www.highlinersfilm.com we get...

BASE Jumping, Destinations, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation, Special Events / 23.10.2013

The dream of flight is a primal urge. And even though our species has evolved a respectful fear of falling it’s likely that most everyone has imagined what it must be like to soar through the air like a bird, to see the world from a great height and land safely to ground. On a beautiful October afternoon I had the opportunity to experience that sensation along with a few hundred others during the annual celebration of Bridge Day. For less than 7 hours once each year the town...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Environmental Journalism, Film preview, National Monuments, National Parks / 15.10.2013

"This is our home. It's where we raised our family. And like other national parks we've worked in it's a place we've worked hard to help people understand, enjoy and feel some ownership of. So it's very hard to make efforts to keep people out when we've worked our whole lives to get people in." ~ Anonymous ranger For nearly 100 years, national park rangers have dedicated their lives to protecting America's most precious places and the millions of people within their boundaries. But when Congress closed the national...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Environmental Journalism, Film preview, Life Out Loud, National Monuments, National Parks / 14.10.2013

Now that we’re beginning the third week of a federal government shutdown in the United States it’s about time we start to take a look at what’s at stake when funding suddenly stops. One of the most compelling views of our nation stands to loose can be found in a thoughtful series of videos on the YouTube channel NPS Wilderness: http://www.youtube.com/user/NPSWilderness. More than 400 national parks and monuments are closed today. And though a few will soon be opened thanks to state governments eager to maintain the flow of...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Afghanistan, Charitable Giving, Cycling, Film preview / 11.10.2013

  I first met Shannon Galpin in 2007, about a year after she created her non-profit Mountain 2 Mountain. Hoping to find a common bond between the alpine culture of her home community in Breckenridge Colorado and rugged the high altitude provinces of Afghanistan she works to create empowerment opportunities for women and girls to help them lead better lives through education, family planning and economic development. Shannon’s efforts throughout this often volatile conflict zone have done much to demonstrate the impact that one person can make to improve...

Adventure Film, Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film Festival, Life Out Loud, Slideshow / 07.10.2013

Traveling from Madison to Boulder, Colorado my flight was delayed by almost 8 hours. I arrived in Denver two hours after the party started. Adventure athlete and women’s empowerment activist Shannon Galpin was celebrating her birthday at the Bitter Bar. With everyone in town for the Adventure Film Festival dozens of people would be there that I hadn’t seen in too long. Despite my best efforts to lead what might be described as a normal life I keep getting drawn back to all these creative and exciting people...