From the path up the mountain to the trail in your own backyard, let’s watch these trailblazers and their journey from Point A to Point B.
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In October 2018, a once in a lifetime project was completed in the McCormick Wilderness Area, deep within the Michigamme Highlands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Nature Conservancy and the US Forest Service teamed up to tackle a trail rehab project in an inaccessible part of the wilderness. A team of Forest Service employees and their string of pack mules came to the rescue to make this project possible.
Atypical for her time, Mary Vaux defies all gender roles, mountain weather, and traditions to spark the first glaciology study in North America. Her perseverance brings her back to the same glacier for five decades.
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Development is a short film by Elliot Kennedy following the story of Matt, a young boulder developer, who is working on a new problem. The film is told through an interview with Matt as he expresses how he got interested in rock climbing and how he discovered the art of cleaning boulders.
Akuna tells the story of Will Robinson, an Iraqi war veteran who after being discharged from service with severe injuries and PTSD, took up hiking on the Pacific Coast Trail in 2016. Once he started walking, Robinson didn’t want to stop, conquering the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail and setting his sights on the Continental Divide trail which spans 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada. This film aims to give audiences an insight into Will’s healing process by providing glimpses into his PTSD, the traumatic memories associated war, and the steps he’s taking to heal.
With over 75,000 feet of elevation change, unpredictable weather, and endless wilderness, Minnesota’s North Shore is a treasured terrain for ultra runners of all kinds, but especially those who seek to reunite with the wild. This film reminds us what we’re made of and what we’re made for. We’re wired for the wilderness and we’re wired to overcome challenge; to continually come home to the powerful nature within.
At age 9, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa told her teacher she wanted to climb Mount Everest. It may have seemed improbable then, but she’s long smashed notions of what’s probable. The first woman from Nepal’s Rolwaling Valley, – a valley where dozens of men work on Nepal’s highest peaks – certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, Dawa is one of only about 100 women among IFMGA’s nearly 7,000 guides. “Who I am now is just because I climb,” Dawa says modestly, as images of peaks she has summited flash on screen — K2, Yala Peak, Lobuche, Chekigo, Kanchenjunga, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam — and, of course, Everest.
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This film, by The Boardman Review, details an exciting new project by the non-profit Leelanau Conservancy and tells the story of building sustainable mountain bike trails at the Palmer Woods Forest Reserve in Leelanau County, Michigan.
Marcel and Andrezj are a legendary pair of mountaineers. They have been the first ones to conquer the highest and hardest peaks. Despite their different temperaments, they make a great team. Marcel has taken the lead and popularity, whereas Andrezj always plays a secondary role. Now they face the biggest challenge: reaching the virgin summit of the highest mountain. In order to achieve this, they will have to overcome formidable obstacles, suffer hardships and stand each other for a long time. But Andrezj is no longer willing to continue in Marcel’s shadow.
‘The Race’ is a portrait of 13 year-old Nick, who’s stepping into the sport of dog sledding for the very first time. His story is joined by 72 year-old race legend Ville Siegstad, whose life has inspired many young sled dog mushers.
It may be tempting to think of the world of ski mountaineering as one dominated by brawn. With, admittedly, some brain requirements to help mitigate serious risk factors. But, beauty? Is there room in this burly, testosterone-fueled world for the feminine? And not just for the token female, but for many of the fairer sex? As a pioneer in this often rough-and-tough milieu, Telluride’s own Hilaree Nelson has an unequivocal answer and shows us, by her personal example, how women can do anything men can do (…and better).
Each year, in the remote desert outside Moab, highliners and spectators gather to enjoy a week filled with highlines,rope swings, base jumps, aerial arts, workshops and much more during the week of Thanksgiving. See the wild, jaw dropping adventures along the 400 foot cliffs and learn how organizers and volunteers have helped ensure the protection of the desert environment while accommodating for the growing crowd.
Born with half his brain, 7-year-old Finn Sheets lives with cerebral palsy. He’ll never walk or talk without assistance, and, his dad Ethan explains, has every reason to hate the body he’s been given. Instead, he’s a joyous child who comes alive when he’s outside. “I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about it that awakens his soul,” Ethan says. So dad does whatever it takes to get him outside. Finn, in return, teaches the entire family incredible lessons about the true definition of happiness.