Into the Mind Film Trailer

Apparently now is the time that everybody releases their skiing videos, I guess I should have assumed that. They all find a way to seem unique and get me excited, but I’m a sucker for trailers of any kind so I guess that’s not saying much. Sherpa’s Cinema put this one together, the same guys who made “All.I.Can,”- the now famous video of JP Auclair skiing down side streets.

This new video was shot in Alaska, Costa Rica, Himalayas, Canada and Bolivia. It boasts some amazing cinematography and effects- the film will come out in Fall 2013. So for now, we must wait.

Russian Donut Raft is Christened

You’ve got to hand it to the Russians for ingenuity, and perhaps temporary insanity.  This video of a boat that looks like….nothing I’ve ever seen before. I wish I was more clever, but this thing takes its travelers for an intense ride to say the least. My favorite parts are at 3:08-3:22 and 4:20-4:30. If you’re not a fan of getting wet, do not under any circumstances use this……raft, I guess that’s what it would be called. The music in the video is also pretty epic, reminiscent of James Bond 007 for Nintendo 64. The river is the Argut and is a fairly dangerous one at that. This clip was filmed in 2003 and is full of surprises and moments where you think the rafters must have drowned. The raft is called the Bublik-

Fiscal Cliff Consequences for National and State Parks

In this time of drastic budget cuts and re-distribution of funds everybody is making their push for what should stay and what should go. Obviously if you’re on this site you can probably predict what we’d push for. Public lands preserve the best parts of our country and give us places to escape from the grind of daily life.

I personally am not very good at being politically active, but this is something that will drastically affect and in some places eliminate outdoor adventures. Please contact your representatives in Washington D.C. and let your voice be heard. For some interesting statistics about the possible reduction of funds check out the story on the adventureblog

Camp Cooking- Tin Foil Dinners

Every year growing up I would go camping up past Park City with my Dad and some of our neighbors. It was just a quick over night trip that lended itself to a more laid back camping experience.  There wasn’t any backpacking into the site it was all very easy and was a perfect way to introduce me to the great outdoors.

One of the things I looked forward to most every year was that first day dinner of something called Hobo dinners or tin foil dinners. They’re awesome, and super easy with minimal ingredients and cooking prowess. Here’s how it’s done.

Ingredients-

  • Hamburger Meat
  • Vegetables of Choice- usually carrots and potatoes
  • Salt or any seasoning you want
  • Tin Foil

The great thing about these is that you can put in any amount of vegetables and meat you want, there’s so much freedom! You can also season it however you want, the steps are super simple-

1. Lay a piece of tin foil flat

2. Form the size of the hamburger patty you want and lay it on the foil

3. Season your meat

4. Add sliced vegetables of choice- potatoes, carrots, onions, etc.

5. Wrap the tin foil around your ingredients

6. Place in camp fire after the fire has died down and there are some good coals

7. Wait and and then eat!

My family sometimes puts ketchup on the condiments after it’s done cooking. So I am actually really hungry after writing this post. If you have any questions let me know!

Proposal to Expand Canyonlands

Many Utah business owners combined with national outdoor companies yesterday to pretition President Obama to expand the area around Moab and create the Greater Canyonlands area. The expansion would create a 1.4 million acre wildland federal land. The petition is an attempt to preserve the Canyonland and Arches Nation Park areas as these are crucial for Utah tourism and the economy. Thos who signed were brands like Camelbak, Patagonia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Backcountry.com, prAna, Black Diamond, Rim Tours, Petzl, and Canyon Voyages Adventure Co.

 

 

Few Words- Candide Thovex

Ski legend Candide Thovex’s new movie Few Words debuted recently after much anticipation. It’s more or less a documentary about Candide’s life while including some incredible footage of the man himself. The french native has a long storied career, including battling a broken back a few years ago. The Quik Silver video got a lot of hype after the trailer below was released. They will be announcing North American tour dates on their facebook page. The DVD will be released in December so get ready!

Shaun White Lands New Trick

Well he’s done it again folks. Shaun White, the best snowboarder on the planet has landed a new trick that’s been giving him trouble for quite some time. The double alley-oop backside rodeo, is a mouthful but its a pretty legite trick. White landed the trick in a private training session recently, and odds are we’ll be seeing it show up in the Olympics or the X-games pretty soon.

 

Dog Catches a Fish like a Boss…er Bear

This video is pretty cool- proving that catching fish isn’t just for bears a dog catches a salmon in a flooded stream in Seattle. For all of you dog lovers, this is definitely one you will enjoy- and if you are a cat lover…..what are you doing on an outdoor website? Just kidding, cats do stuff too. Anyways the rest of the story is at grind tv but here’s the video.

National Geographics Top Adventurers of 2013

It’s getting to the end of the year when everybody is coming out with lists of the best whatever and so on; so if you spend time to vote for anything this year make it the Top Adventurer. The polling goes through National Geographic but here is the list and a quick synopsis of what they’ve done.

1. Felix Baumgartner- Clearly the most well known of the top ten but just to recap- Baumgartner jumped from a small helium balloon 128,100 feet, or about 23.5 miles. He became the first human to break the sound barrier without mechanical help-ever.   Delivering one of the best quotes of 2012 he said- “I wish the whole world could see what I see,” said Baumgartner. “Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.” Full interview here

2. Renan Ozturk- Artist, film-maker, and mountain climber- Renan Ozturk has been documenting trips for quite some time. Recently he and two others were the first to ever climb Mount Meru aka the Shark Fin- in the Himalayas. Meru is viewed as a religious symbol of the center of the universe and had never been successfully climbed along the steep ascent. In 2008 Ozturk attempted the climb and documented it only to be forced to turn back 150 meters from the top. He returned in 2011 and finished the climb, scaling the sheer cliff and going down in the history books.

3. Steve Fisher- A native of South Africa, Fisher became the first ever to navigate through the legendary Inga rapids in the Congo- the most difficult rapids in the world. Second only to the Amazon river as far as volume is concerned, the Inga is also in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A group of seven adventurers had attempted the rapids in 1985 but disappeared- either because of the river or perhaps being caught in the crossfire.

4. David Lama-  The mountain of Cerro Torre in Italy has quite a history- saturated with controversy stemming back to Cesare Maestri who put in many bolts on the mountain and launched the issue of ethical climbing behavior. No one has ever been able to climb the peak without the help of Maestri’s bolts until David Lama. At the spry age of 22 Lama free climbed the mountain.

5. Mike Libecki- This guy has a whole slew of firsts and adventures that he accomplished this year- here they are in rapid fire succession.

  • First ascent of Borneo’s West Kalimantan
  • Snowboard in Afghanistan’s (that’s right Afghanistan) Koh-e Baba Mountains and then kite skied over some mountain lakes.
  • Stand-up paddleboarded in Franz Josef Land, right by the North Pole- paddling in between islands and climbing mountains solo that had never before been climbed.
  • Made a new climb on a granite mountain on Greenland’s coast.
  • He is currently heading to Antartica to climb more stuff that has never been climbed before

This guy loves the adventure and the unknown,  his favorite saying is:

“Death and/or old age is coming…..we must live sweet.
The time is now. Why ration passion?
Dream big…..and climb those dreams.
After all, it is not only life, but the quality of this life.”

6. Lizzy Hawker- Trail runners, I give you your Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, and or Jackie Robinson of running. Hawker recently ran the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc; it’s a French race if you couldn’t tell. It’s a 103- mile race that puts runners traveling through the mountains of France, Italy, and Switzerland.  Oh ya, and she won it- five years in a row- which as you probably have guessed by now is unprecedented. Last year she set the world record for women’s distance run in a 24 hour period with 153.5 miles.

7. Josh Dueck– This story is more about just being the first to do something, it’s about not letting a disability slow you down. Dueck became a parapalegic after a skiing accident- refusing to let that stand in his way Dueck became a pioneer in a new sport. This year he became the first person to do a back flip in a sit-ski.

8. Shannon Galpin- Mountain biker and humanitarian Galpin has been bringing attention to woman’s rights in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Teamed up with a group of photographers, she is a voice for change using art and photographs. She is also the founder of Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding woman’s rights and oppurtunities for education. Galpin has taken advantage of bike riding and rode 140 miles in the Panjshir Valley to raise money.

9. Jeremy Jones- For years Jones has been an inspiration to snowboarders and skiiers alike for his innovation and seeming fearless desire to push his sport farther. He has now become the face of backcountry snowboarding, making several films and founding his own company dedicated to the sport. Jones took these risks in 2009 and now they are starting to pay off, the sport is growing thanks to the help of two films he put out Deeper, and Further. Always pushing the envelope, Jones is the face of backcountry snowboarding.

10. Ramon Navarro- Chilean surfer Navarro rode what he and many others are calling the perfect wave, this past summer in Fiji. His ride is being deemed the best tube ride ever, and even though I could describe it to you- the video below is way better.

 

I personally don’t know who I’m gonna vote for, with so many history making accomplishments it’s hard to say but if you want to vote click here, oh and you can vote everyday. The competition is run through national geographic and if you want more info about the nominees or honorable mentions you can go here. http://goo.gl/vMJYg

Tales of Adventure- Bora Bora

So far on this site the adventure stories have been mostly exclusively Utah or at least Western US stories- but here’s a story about a trip to Bora Bora. One of the most exotic places on the earth, it looks awesome! I think I’m gonna get my inflatable raft and head down- click here