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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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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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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Live from 5Point Vol. 8

  In our fifth annual Live from 5Point Film Festival, we interview Frank Sanders and Tommy Caldwell. Frank spent his youth climbing on the East coast. His path took a turn in 1972, when he hitchhiked west and saw Devil’s Tower for the first time.…
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Voyageurs Without A Trace

For the last few years, filmmaker Ian McCluskey has been on an epic journey to discover the story behind a photograph he found over 10 years ago on a historic marker. The photo of two handsome men and a gorgeous woman did not depict your typical rugged explorers, but rather an intriguing trio from Paris that became the first to kayak the wild rivers of the American West.…
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Sleeping Bag Metamorphosis

  “After a summer of bussing tables and lifeguarding, I had saved up enough and I was finally going to get it. My ticket to anywhere I wanted to be,” writes Anya Miller. “I was a little worried about the money, but I was in complete realization that anything I actually wanted to do in life – literally, anything – depended on it.” Today, Anya shares the story of her first sleeping bag, and the person she became with the help of the women’s medium, right-hand zip cocoon.…
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The Modern Dirtbag

  In the golden days, dirtbags lived to climb. They didn’t work, have permanent addresses or sponsors. They ate leftovers off of tourists’ plates and slept in beater cars or in caves. They stayed in one place only as long as the weather allowed for climbing.…
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Two Wheels to Anywhere

“We opened my aunt’s basement door and walked into the dusty room. Among cardboard boxes and carpentry tools stood a bright red bicycle. The frame had a few patches of rust. The components looked clunky and the gears grated roughly when I spun the pedals.…
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Blind Date with the Desert

“My first few days in Moab’s red rock desert were like a blind date where everything went wrong,” writes Hilary Oliver. “For one, it was August. My metal aviator sunglasses got so hot in the sun that I couldn’t smile or they’d burn my cheeks.” Four years later, Hilary and the desert got a second chance at their botched first encounter.…
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