Bear Island – Chasing The Dream – Trailer

Wow – what an incredible adventure this looks like.  Three brothers explore the Bear Island for waves. They live in a tent, and carry all their stuff on sledges. The bring tons of gear for fishing, climbing, snowboarding, kite surfing, etc. Any adventure you can think of, they did it there on Bear Island — thousands of miles from home with the threat of polar bears around every corner.

Check out the trailer.

Hiking to Marmot Pass

Coleman Smith recently uploaded a short video of his hike on Marmot Pass with a couple of friends. If you’re ever looking to give this trail a shot, the video will give you an idea of the parking situation, trailhead and vertical climb to expect.

Marmot Pass, at 6,000 feet-high, provides a trail corridor through the Buckhorn Wilderness in the Olympic Mountains of Washington state. The pass is situated near Buckhorn Mountain and Iron Mountain.

The Road From Karakol – Full Film

The Road From Karakol is arguably one of the greatest outdoor films in the past few years. It took home the Best In Fest award at this year’s 5Point Film Festival. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s your chance.

In summer 2011, Outdoor Research athlete Kyle Dempster took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan with a couple mostly-accurate maps, a trailer full of climbing gear, and a vocabulary of 10 Kyrgyz words. He spent two months pedaling and pushing the bike more than 1200 km on roads of variable states of neglect, wading through wild rivers, dealing with corrupt military checkpoint staff, and soloing a handful of unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. He recorded the journey, his camera his only partner, friend, and sometimes the only receiving end of his conversations for days at a time.

In 2013, Kyle’s self-shot footage of his journey in Kyrgyzstan made it to the desk of filmmakers Fitz Cahall and Austin Siadak, who were asked to look at the footage and see if there might be enough to chop together a 4-minute climbing film. They saw a lot more potential in it, and turned it into the 25-minute “The Road From Karakol,” which debuted at the 5Point Film Festival and took home the Best In Fest award.

Paper Shredder – Miniature Snowboarding Film

This is one of the coolest snowboarding films I’ve ever seen. It’s a cross between your standard snowboarding film and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

A Stop Animation Snowboard Film

Created By: Paul & Stephen Gemignani
Music By: Grey Storia

One snowboard shredders adventure in an unusual setting.

The Filming Process:
We started with actual sequence photos of Paul riding (taken by his brother Stephen). Then we printed each frame of the sequences on paper and cut out the rider from each one, which we used to re-create the sequences with different backdrops, creating the stop animation effect used in the video – a very SLOW process. It was challenging at times, but it came together in the end. We hope you like the film.


What to expect from hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

This video by Zach Friedbauer gives an excellent look into what it takes to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Angels Landing is on the top of my to do list – it just looks incredible. Not only the views but with all the surrounding wildlife.

The trail to Angels Landing is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) long. It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park’s shuttle system. It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. As the trail gets steeper and leaves behind the river, it becomes paved. After a series of steep switchbacks, the trail goes through the area between Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon that is a gradual ascent. Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 steep switchbacks, are the last hurdle before Scout Lookout. Scout Lookout is generally the turnaround point for those who are unwilling to make the final summit push to the top of Angels Landing. The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and littered with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,790 feet (1,760 m). Filmed and Edited by: Zach Friedbauer. Starring: Shane Stutzman. Filmed on a Canon DSLR.

Have you hiked this trail? What was your experience like?

What Are Your 35?

As a man not to far off from 35 years old … this video really inspired me. Check it out and take action.

Every year we get a little older. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Take the birthday challenge. Writer Brendan Leonard delivers a dedication to the joys – both big and small – of the climbing life. What are your 35?

Creative by Duct Tape Then Beer
Directed by Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak and Matt Van Biene
Edited by Nasa Koski
Written by Brendan Leonard and Fitz Cahall
Produced by Fitz Cahall
Music – Gregory Alan Isakov – The Stable Song