Archives for November, 2012

Public Lands Are Teetering on a Precipice of Disaster

Imagine heading out for an adventure in your favorite forest or park only to find it’s been shut down. Closed for business. Off-limits. Left to fall into neglect and disrepair. Sound bad? It would be. And it could happen—if Congress fails to get its financial house in order before the end of the year. You’ve…

Return to Sender: Pete Mortimer and the Genius of Sender’s Climbing Films

There’s a moment in Sender Films’s new documentary Honnold 3.0 that is utterly terrifying to watch. At age 27, Alex Honnold has emerged as the world’s premier free-solo rock climber. In the film, he’s in the first leg of his “Yosemite Triple”—an attempt to climb the three biggest faces in the Valley, Mount Watkins, El…

Time in the Wild Restores Your Spirit

Do you ever feel like you need a good dose of the outdoors to clear the clutter from your head? Last week I was feeling scattered. Endless deadlines, to-do lists, and obligations had been filling my waking hours, leaving little time to get grounded and recharge. I’m sure you can relate. Luckily, I gather with…

Mountain Biking Legendary Retallack Lodge’s Extraordinary New Trails (Photos)

I have to confess that I’ve been smitten with this place for nearly 12 years.  It was love at first sight for me back in January of 2001, and it’s only grown more serious during the 14 trips since. British Columbia’s Retallack Lodge is known for as having perhaps the best steep tree and deep…

Wild Love #4 Sara Close: Love, Loss, and the Resiliency of the Human Heart

  Wild Love with Sara Close from Jenny Nichols on Vimeo. “Never once have I felt like I live in a snapshot of a moment. We’re meant to move, we’re meant to dance, and we’re meant to fall over. Humans have some amazing resiliency.” This is the story of one young woman’s experience with the…

Crossing the Ice: Interview with Justin Jones on His Award-Winning Film

Crossing the Ice was clearly a stand out favorite this year at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Taking home the trophy for Best Film on Exploration and Adventure, The People’s Choice Award, and the Grand Prize, this documentary affirms the notion that, at their core, the truly great stories of our time reflect the very…

Livin’ Tiny: Five Skiers Chase Powder From a Mobile House

I had said I wasn’t going to film skiing and snowboarding anymore.  After getting caught in an avalanche, while making moves for the camera, I was tired of watching my friends and brothers risk their lives for the lens (and doing so myself).  However, when I got word that my brother, Zack, was going to…

Humanitarian Shannon Galpin on the “Streets of Afghanistan” Exhibition

Photograph courtesy Tony Di Zinno Shannon Galpin is one of ten 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Vote every day for the People’s Choice! On her most recent trip to Afghanistan in late October, human rights advocate Shannon Galpin returned a bit of the nation’s own culture. In a series of life-size photographs, the Colorado resident delivered…

Snowboarder Jeremy Jones – Vote for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year!

A snowboarding pioneer risked his career to usher in a new era of exploration in the world’s wildest mountain ranges. Vote for Jeremy Jones See photos of all ten Adventurers of the Year! “There is no longer anywhere in the world that I consider too hard to get to,” says big-mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones. In…

Can Outdoor Adventure Heal the Wounds of War?

Can you imagine coming back from fighting on the front lines only to feel like a stranger in your own country? Perhaps you’ve been wounded, are disfigured, or can’t walk. Or, maybe worse, you have such severe post-traumatic stress disorder that you can’t function normally even though you have no visible injury. Could you tackle…