The Journey Within

  “I’m thirty-years-old, and a complete and utter failure,” writes Chris Kalman. “My mom is a PhD astrophysicist, my dad, a PhD mathematician, and my sister has a Master’s in epidemiology. They all have jobs, children, houses. I, on the other hand, am a dirtbag.” Earlier this fall, Chris moved away from favorite climbing haunts towards something bigger and more intimidating than giant rock walls.…
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Interview Lighting Tips You Need to Know

An interview starts with finding a subject that has not only a great story, but great on-camera presence with an innate ability to be real and honest.  The second part of that, and they go hand-in-hand, is an interviewer who asks the right questions to bring out the soul of the story that makes the audience invest.…
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What You’re Handed

Regardless of how you choose to play outside, if someone gets hurt in the mountains, the first step on the checklist remains the same: “scene safety”–you make sure the thing that hurt your buddy isn’t going to hurt you too. But there’s no checklist for emotional safety when things go wrong.…
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5 Steps to Bailing

“The reality of climbing is, if you climb long enough, you’re bound to bail,” writes Dean Fleming. “I’ve left rappel biners on sport bolted 5.8s. I’ve bailed from trees, chockstones, fixed cams, and Manzanita bushes. Sure, sometimes my pride gets a little dinged, but so far I’ve survived some pretty weird situations.” We figured with that kind of experience, Dean could teach us a thing or two.…
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Mother’s Have It Hardest

“I remember really quickly going from, ‘Wow, I’m home, this feels great’, to ‘Holy s***, what did I do to my mom’?” says alpinist Kyle Dempster. “And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers.” Today, we bring you two stories–one from Hilary Oliver, and one from Kyle Dempster and his mother, Terry–about the struggle of loving an adventurer.…
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The World by Bike

Committed. It’s a word we use to describe people we know, our friends, even ourselves. Committed to a sport. A ski line. A lifestyle. It can be easy to commit to those daily or short term goals. But carving out time to achieve a bigger dream, something that may take weeks or months, even years–it can feel really hard to take that first step.…
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