Great advice to live by.
Norway has some sweet spots … when it’s spring time.
This is an incredible shot of a climber climbing the Sickle – Mt Victoria (11,365′) Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
This is a beautiful video that follows a man and his girlfriend on their five-week adventure through Chile & Patagonia. It’s narrated, so that gives it a little something extra. A lot of time is spent hiking and backpacking through the wilderness – you can tell the couple truly enjoys each other’s company.
This is a stunning photo of Crater Lake, Oregon that can be seen in National Geographic Magazine. You may wonder why someone would travel to an area with zero light pollution to look up at the stars, only to strap on his headlamp. Well, the thought is that the light shining from his head symbolizes the light he is seeing on the other stars. So imagine someone on a distant star is laying down looking up at the sky and the light they see is actually coming from this guy.
Last week, Scott Williamson of Truckee, California, set a new speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail. Williamson completed the 2,627-mile Pacific Crest Trail hike in a speed-record time of 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. This is not the first time Williamson set a record on the PCT. Back in 2007 and 2009 he set speed records, but was with a hiker partner during the trek. This time he was solo.
“The main factor was being solo, and the other factor was going southbound,” said Williamson, 39, a tree climber and trimmer from Truckee who has become a cult figure in the long-distance hiking world. “But being solo made this undertaking much more challenging.”
One of the amazing side notes of this record was that Williamson completed the hike unsupported. He didn’t have friends and family waiting along the trail to resupply him.
“He did this totally unsupported, walking into and out of supply towns to re-supply, adding 20 or more miles to his route,” Metzger said. “He’s a true backpacker. He’s my hero.”
Thanks to The Adventure Blog for reminding me that the Reel Rock Tour starts this week – Thursday to be exact. The Reel Rock Tour is a film tour featuring the newest/best climbing films out there, including Origins: Obe and Ashima, Race for The Nose and Project Dawn Wall.
Check out the trailer:
The Reel Rock Tour will be on the road all over North America, so be sure to check out their clanedar to find out when they’re at a locaiton near you.
This video of a polar bear was recently captured in northern Alaska at a construction site. An Italian oil drilling company set up a research rig. In the video you can see a momma bear and her cub walking around the construction site after 6 months of hibernation. They don’t seem to mind too much, but you can imagine what it would have been like to go to sleep in a frozen snowfield only to wake up next to an oil rig.
Fitz and Becca Cahall (with the help of Bryan Smith — what project isn’t this guy involved in these days?) hit a homerun with The Love Letter, just released this morning. The Love Letter chronicles Fitz and Becca’s 300+ mile trek through the Sierras. They put life in the city on hold and escape to a place to put their minds at ease.
Check it out:
Notice all those phone calls and e-mails bothering Fitz at the beginning of the film? Part of me thinks we might have contributed to that madness haha. We started our partnership with Fitz and The Dirtbag Diaries right around the same time he was planning his trip to the Sierras. I think some of those calls in the beginning might have been from me!
Like all their other projects, this film really got me thinking. The phone call at the end by “conformity” was a great touch. What am I doing to be unique? How can we break away from social norms? Could my wife and I write a similar love letter to each other? Could I go off to the Sierras for 6 weeks?