Nayla Tawa: The Road Back

While most of her peer’s flocked south in search of warm lazy beach days and dripping umbrella drinks, UCLA student Nayla Tawa’s spring break found her duct taped to her snowboard for 2 days with a broken back in three places, broken sternum and a severe knee injury in the remote backcountry region of Kyrgyzstan.…
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5 Adventure TED Talks that Inspire

Every so often, we need a little bit of extra inspiration to keep us going. And for those with an adventurous soul, our friends over at TED have provided an excellent way to receive that extra inspiration we’re looking for. Here are five awe and inspiration-inducing adventure-themed TED Talks to start with… Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?…
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Creating Positive Impact through Photography & Film – Michael Brown

AFS Instructor and Founder, Michael Brown shared some of his insights gained throughout his filmmaking career, during his presentation at the PIX Conference in Seattle, WA in the beginning of October. Michael creates a positive impact through photography and film and does a wonderful job of demonstrating that not only in his career, but other aspects of his life. …
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I Have All This Amazing Footage, Now What?

You just got back from your trip and now have about two hours’ worth of righteous snowboarding footage, sick descents down mountain biking trails, epic sailing… but now what? Instead of letting your footage sit there and take up space, do something with it!…
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What My Trip to the Olympic Peninsula Taught Me About Film

I had it all planned out. My friend JT was visiting Washington and we were planning to explore the rainforests and Mountain ranges of The Enchanted Valley on the Olympic Peninsula. Seeing as I had just spent the last three months of my internship at AFS learning how to prepare for the backcountry, I was eager to put my skills to the ultimate test of planning my own adventure.…
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700

  “I was looking for no less than a new way of living in this world for our entire society,” says Clay Shank. “Like, ‘What’s the alternative to this capitalistic system that we have here? Today, we bring you “700,” the story of Clay Shank’s ambitious goal to find a new way of life and his unlikely method: skateboarding 700-miles through the state of California, hiking the 210-mile John Muir Trail, climbing Mt.…
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Painkillers and Perspective

  “All of my friends kayaked. All of the trips we went on were kayaking trips. When not kayaking, we talked about kayaking,” writes Sarah Paul. In the four years since she left home, Sarah had constructed her whole identity around whitewater kayaking.…
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