Archives for March, 2013

Video: Everest-Bound Speed Climber Ueli Steck Learns to Fly for an Alps Triple Link-Up

Ueli Steck is hard to please. The man, known as “the Swiss Machine,” seems insatiable in his quest to push the limits of speed climbing. His latest vision led him to learn to paraglide in his home country of Switzerland. The goal was to climb three peaks—the Alps’ iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau—in one day,…

Skiing Turkey: Backcountry Gear for Breaking the Snow Ceiling

I live in Kars, a snowy, cold eastern Turkey town that author Orhan Pamuk describes as  “the edge of the world.” Sometimes when I am staring off the dramatic dropping cliffs of the Anatolian plateaus, I couldn’t imagine a place that would better fit the description. Everywhere I look, it is white rolling mountains uninterrupted by…

Powder Highway Road Trip – Stop #6 – Golden Alpine Holidays, BC (Photos + Video)

See previous dispatches from the Powder Highway Road Trip >> A remote lodge trip may be the signature experience of the Powder Highway. Enough of my friends have returned home, minds blown, from a weeklong trip to interior B.C. Few regions in the world are blessed with so much cold, dry snow; and when you’re…

Pushing Boundaries—Skiing the Jackson Hole Backcountry

Don’t you love it when you set out on an adventure knowing it’s going to be fun …  and then it blows your mind? This is what happened when I ventured into the Jackson Hole backcountry recently. We headed to Jackson to check out the ski resort. But when a friend said you can’t fully…

“Silence” Film: How Ultrarunner Adam Campbell Made Room for Silence

If you’re reading this blog, this new film will resonate. In Silence, the filmmakers at Duct Tape Then Beer explore why it’s important to escape the chains of urban life to find your own peace in the outdoors, whatever that means to you. And they paint an exceptionally beautiful image of life beyond the boundaries…

Radical Reels World Tour – Coming to a City Near You

Action adventure film highlights from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are making their way across North America and around the world in the 2013 Radical Reels Tour. Though the order may vary by venue the series includes 11 movies that sweep the action sports spectrum. “This year’s tour includes films about climbing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain…

Powder Highway Road Trip – Stop #5 – Skier Lynsey Dyer on Kicking Horse Resort, BC (Photos + Video)

Most powder junkies know there are a few regions around the globe that seem to get more than their fair share of cold smoke. For North American shredders, one of those legendary deep-snow destinations is the Powder Highway, a 680-mile stretch of road that winds through the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse…

Conrad Anker on How War Veterans and Climbers Share Similar Values

I thought I was in solid shape until I tried to keep up with Conrad Anker, one of the best climbers in the world, on a short hike through the snowy trails of Hyalite Canyon, a beautiful gorge located just outside of Bozeman, Montana. Conrad floats over the ground, while I merely stumble. He can…

“Walk on Water” Film: Greg Mallory Finds Kayaking After a Life-Altering Accident

A skiing accident left Greg Mallory paralyzed. And though he lost the use of his legs, he did not lose his sense of adventure. Greg found new life on the river in kayaking—and the loyal friends who help him do it. He also returned to skiing and has competed in the Paraolympics twice. Right now…

Adventure on the Big Screen—The Banff Mountain Film Fest Tour

“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise, but if I could go to paradise without dying and see all that is there, sign me up.”  –Shelton Johnson, Yosemite park ranger, in The Way Home Sign me up, too! It sounds like an adventure. Paradise waits for us when we explore the unknown,…