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Video: The Art of Climbing Castles in the Sky

World-class rock climber Sonnie Trotter takes us on his backyard quest, which resulted in Canada’s first multi-pitch 5.14, in this first film by photographer/climber Ben Moon (Denali, Rabbit Island), just released today. Castles in the Sky is a meditation on what inspires Trotter to seek what hasn’t been done and the process he uses to complete it. And now Trotter has…

Watch: On a Tiny Island in one of the World’s Largest Lakes, Artists Explore Wilderness 

On undivided, uninhabited, undeveloped Rabbit Island, described as “a 90-acre speck amidst 3,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of fresh water,” a revolving ensemble of artists is contemplating our modern connection to nature in the Great Lakes country of Michigan. Photographer and climber Ben Moon recently brought his own artist’s eye to the island to create this short film. “My intent…

Faster, Bigger, More Extreme: A ‘Point Break’ Remake for Today’s Hard-Charging World

The 1991 release of Point Break was a perfect preface to the next decade, in which adventure sports, then called extreme sports, rose out of obscurity and gripped the mainstream consciousness in a big, bold way. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), this campy film, now a cult classic, tells the…

Watch: Mountain Bikers Glow and Soar on Epic Midnight Ride

The latest short film from Sweetgrass Productions is predictably epic and beautiful, though surprisingly features mountain biking instead of their true love, skiing. Check it out. Here filmmaker Mike Brown gives us a little inside scoop on how they made it happen. Where is this shot? The beginning reminds me of your glorious summer skiing…

Climber Daniel Woods Trades Comfort for Fear in “Highball” Bouldering

Climber Daniel Woods didn’t know whether to be happy or utterly horrified after having become the first person to climb the entire overhanging section of “The Process,” a widely attempted yet still unclimbed boulder problem located in the Buttermilks, of the Eastern Sierra, California. Hanging by his chalky fingertips at the mid-point of the 50-foot-tall boulder…

Meru Filmmaker Jimmy Chin on Risk, Fatherhood, and Fame—Plus Bonus “Tenthouse” Tour Video

From humble beginnings in midwestern corn country, Jimmy Chin has risen to become one of the world’s most accomplished adventure photographer-filmmakers, and this week his magnum opus, Meru, debuts in cinemas nationwide (find a theater)—a rare instance of a climbing documentary breaking out to reach mainstream audiences. It’s the story of one of the greatest…

Freedom to Move: “A Wild Mind Sounds Pretty Good to Me”

Joe Riis is the best photographer I know. I’m biased—I get to hang out with, work with, and count some of the best National Geographic photographers as my friends. But Joe stands out. It’s partly because of his work, which speaks for itself, but it’s also because of his character and how he chooses to…

Denali: A New Film About a Man, His Dog, and Saying Goodbye

If you’ve been touched by cancer or you’ve been blessed to have an animal friend in your life, you’ll want to watch Denali. As a juror at the 5Point Film Festival that awarded this film “Best of the Festival,” I can report that it was the one film the jury agreed we all wanted to share with our…

Climbing Film ‘Meru’ Wins Audience Choice at Sundance

Last night Meru, the new film sharing the story of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk’s quest for one of alpinism’s great prizes, won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival. Mount Meru is located in the Indian Himalaya at the sacred headwaters of the Ganges. The 21,000-foot peak, considered to be the center of…

Video: Night Skiing Like You’ve Never Seen Before

The latest release from some of our favorite ski filmmakers showcases the creativity, visual mastery, and commitment to excellence that define Sweetgrass Productions. And this time, they did it all at night. “We had an odd life of eating pancakes at 9 p.m. and drinking end-of-day beers at 9 a.m.,” says director Nick Waggoner of…