This is one of the most stunning photos you’ll ever see. It’s of the Yosemite Valley during winter on a starry night. Not a cloud is in the sky. Visible in the picture are the Milky Way, Jupiter, Taurus, Auriga, Gemini Twins, and Orion Rising.
Photographed by Wally Pacholka. Photo is available for purchase here.
Park Life – Yosemite Bouldering is a film about 9 climbers who spend 2 weeks in the Holy Land for climbers, that is Yosemite Valley. This one might be one of the best – from the cinematography to the story telling, it’s extremely well done.
With Park Life, we strive to answer this age-old, omnipresent question: Why? By combining difficult climbing, captivating visuals, and engaging music under the all-encompassing umbrella of a professional production company, we hope to portray a unique lifestyle that has given us all a palpable sense of unwavering purpose. The long-lasting friendships, incessant failure and equally abundant success, reckless commitment and dedication driven to the point of complete and utter irresponsibility; it’s an eternal battle. We do it because we love it.
Best of all, if you enjoyed this film – it’s a free download at LT11.com. Save it to you’re iPad or Android phone for that long trip on a plane or when you’re bored in class. FYI – It’s about 775 mb.
In the movie Braveheart, Princess Isabelle said “Death comes to us all.” None of us can avoid death … So why not make the best of the time that we have here on Earth? National Geographic Magazine posted an article of the most extreme adventures to put on your bucket list. The key to their bucket list is to make sure you complete the items alive! Some of them are not for the weak.
Their bucket list includes summiting Everest, surfing in the North Pole, free climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan and exploring Patagonia. Sounds like one hell of a bucket list.
Click here for the full list of National Geographic’s most extreme adventures for you bucket list.
Do you have a bucket list? Are there any extreme adventures you plan to take before you kick the bucket? Post a comment and share them with us.
Jonathan Burhop is a nonfiction filmmaker, among other things. He has produced and worked on shows for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC. Burhop’s newest piece is Winters of My Life – which was featured on Vimeo by the staff. In just a few short days the video has gained thousands of viewers and started discussion about the life and experiences of the featured subject.
Winters of My Life is a portrait of Howard Weamer. For the past 35 years he has spent his winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite’s backcountry. He fills his days writing, reading, photographing, and being an ambassador to mountain culture. This is a brief look into his world and why he chooses to stay.
What did you think of the film? I really enjoyed it – just wish it was longer! Would you like to live a similar life and spend your winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite? Post a comment and let us know.
It’s Friday and time for another edition of Trail Talk – except this time you’ll notice something different. For the first time, we’ve attached a podcast to our Trail Talk blog posts. It only makes sense to actually talk about the blog content given the title of these posts. I ask that you go easy on us as this is our first go at a podcast. Over the next few weeks will work on editing, music, content etc. I’ll also try not to sound so monotone!
We might exploring into new content for podcasts but to kick things off we’re going to stick with Trail Talk and discuss some of the hot outdoor topics from other blogs around the internet. As soon as I can figure out how to get it on iTunes I’ll do that too, but for now you can download the mp3 or listen here:
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For those of you just looking for a quick links to a good read I’ll go ahead with the normal Trail Talk process. Today we have an acclimation day on Denali at 17,000 feet, a look back at the American West, tips on how to stay alive in the Grand Canyon, a traveler’s checklist for Yosemite National Park, and an epic mountain biking trip to Mt. Graham.
Acclimation Day on Denali – Wild Snow
Bodie State Historic Park – Modern Hiker
Grand Canyon Early June Update – Grand Canyon Hiker’s Blog
Traveler’s Checklist to Yosemite National Park – National Park Traveler
Around the Mountain – Bikepacking and Endurnace Mountain Biking
If you listened to the podcast, I’d love it if you posted a comment with your critiques – it will only help us get better. And as always, send us your links to awesome outdoor blog posts so we can include them in the next edition of Trail Talk.
Weekend warriors – gear up. Your two days of freedom to roam are just a few short hours away. We had a short work week here at Adayak due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday so this week just flew by. We’re working very hard to bring you premier organic tees at an affordable cost. We have a couple more tees in the design process right now and should go into production shortly.
In today’s Trail Talk we have day five of a Rio Piaxtla kayaking expedition, an Oregon coastal hike (with pics), a perfect Memorial Day Weekend getaway on the mountain, a video that brings awareness to a dying tree population in Yellowstone, and a podcast about becoming a Yosemite super star.
Rio Piaxtla Expedition – Jefferson State Creeking
Hiking Boardman Park, Oregon – Best Hike
Cold Fusion and Warm Limestone – Straight Chuter
Support TreeFight.org – TetonAT
Yosemite’s Next Top Idol – The Dirtbag Diaries
Did you come across any great blog posts, videos or podcasts this past week? We’d love to check them out and possibly include them in next week’s Trail Talk. Post a comment or shoot us an email.
I’m going to call today’s edition of Trail Talk the first A/V only post we’ve done. All four links below will take you to the best blog posts I’ve seen this week… two of them are videos and two of them are trip reports loaded with stunning photographs. Sometimes I wonder how climbers/hikers can get into position for some of these shots.
Today we have the first episode of Ross Herr’s new kayaking web series titled Driven, an amazing Grand Teton skiing trip report (loads of killer photos), the best Yosemite National Park write I’ve ever read (more killer photos), and the final episode of The Season.
Drive Episode I – Ross Herr Kayaking
Mega Grand Teton Ford/Stettner Ski Descent Photo TR – TetonAT
Ascending the Steep John Muir Trail – Gambolin’ Man
The Finale. That’s it. That’s all – The Season TV
I hope you enjoy these blog posts from around the web. If you have a blog post you’d like to see featured on Trail Talk, please send me a note or post a comment here and we’ll take a look at it.
Enjoy your weekend! Oh — and don’t forget to pick up some new organic outdoor t-shirts.
Trail Talk is my favorite time of the week on the Adayak Blog. We get to spend time on a different kind of adventure. Instead of backpacking through the woods, we’re walking the trails that connect one outdoor blog to another. In this week’s edition of Trail Talk we have a first trip back in the whitewater after a broken back, a successful ascent of Lightning Bolt in Yosemite, the first Everest summits of the 2010 season, awesome pictures of Ben Nevis, and a trip report (with pics) of the Black Mountains in New England.
So grab your reading glasses and pop open an ice cold lemonade… it’s time to explore the blogosphere.
WCKA: Cali Livin – Todd Wells Whitewater
Lightning Bolt Bouldering – Wednesday’s Rock
Everest 2010: First Summits of the Season -The Adventure Blog
Ben Nevis – Summit and Valley
The Black Mountains – Mountain Wandeing
If you have any cool stories, pictures from your adventures or trip reports please send us a link of post a comment… you never know, you might be featured in next Friday’s Trail Talk.
Hiking, climbing, camping, kayaking, fishing … it’s all done outdoors, in nature. But that doesn’t mean the participants don’t write a mean blog. In fact, outdoor enthusiasts are some of the best bloggers out there. We have amazing pictures, awesome trip reports and backcountry stories you can’t find anywhere else.
Today is Friday – that means 3 things.
1. The 10% off Earth Day coupon is still going on. Use coupon: EARTH10 at checkout
2. Tomorrow is the weekend and the weather is beautiful
3. Time for another edition of Trail Talk!
I’m very excited for today’s post. I found some great blog posts this week and can’t wait to share them. We have a new list of free camping spots in British Columbia, a glimpse of frazil ice in Yosemite, a trip report on The Thimble, gator spotting at Rock Springs, and a video recap from Limestoner 2010.
Camp for Free in B.C. – Tracks and Trails
Frazil Ice on Yosemite Nature Notes – Modern Hiker
The Thimble – SoCal Hiking
Rock Springs Run – Dave’s Yak Tales
Limestoner 2010 Video – ClimbDFW
Like always, if you’ve come across a kick ass blog post that you think should be featured on Trail Talk please send it to us.