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  • Social Justice in Outdoor Adventure - Karen Warren

    Keynote presentation at the April 2016 Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium by Karen Warren Ph.D. from Hampshire College

    One of the most pressing issues for outdoor education in the United States is expanding the diversity of participation. A report by the Outdoor Foundation found that 73 percent of... more

  • The Process

    Why do we go to the mountains? There are reasons that reach beyond the climb, past the descent, and are far more important than the summit. Regardless of the grade, the elevation, or the name of any peak, we go to the mountains seeking a feeling; and no matter where or who we are, the feeling is the same. Whether you’re on the highest mountain in the world or at your local hill back home – we... more

  • NOLS Faculty Summit: Judgment and Decision Making

    Catch a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of staff development at NOLS. Tod Schimelpfenig and Liz Tuohy discuss the intricacies of teaching judgment and decision-making with a packed room of instructors at the NOLS Faculty Summit.

    About the NOLS Faculty Summit
    The NOLS Faculty Summit will... more

  • The Merits of Risk: Christopher Barnes at TEDxDenverTeachers

    Some assume the merits of risk to be self-evident (no A's without F's). Yet, this isn't a commonly shared value among students, parents, or even peer educators; they often don't understand risk and rarely advocate for it, seeking only "safe" opportunities. All students must embrace risk if they want to reach their potential and be prepared for the future that awaits. Presented by Christopher... more

  • A Woman's Epic Journey to Climb 7 Mountains

    National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Adventurer of the Year Wasfia Nazreen doesn't just climb for the thrill; she climbs for a cause. The first Bangladeshi to scale the Seven Summits, Wasfia has made it her purpose to brave these climbs for the sake of something larger - for the women of Bangladesh. Lyrical and poetic, this short documentary, shot entirely on an iPhone 6S, is a reflective... more

  • Training: Emily Harrington's Mountain Life

    Emily Harrington lives and trains to become the best all around mountain athlete she can at her home in Tahoe, California. With some help from her friends, she keeps her routines diverse and fun by mixing it up every day. She may go skinning and ski touring with her friends one day, and then climb and ski at the resort the next. She doesn't count calories or reps, Emily gets out and plays in... more

  • Colette McInerney: Something More

    Colette McInerney: Something More

  • Keeping the Faith

    Black Diamond Ambassador Ofer Blutrich knows how to climb despite having the odds stacked against him. In his home country of Israel, climbing is illegal at most crags, and the country's crags are vastly underdeveloped because of this. Ofer has worked to establish climbs, bolting the country's first 5.13b, 5.13c, 5.13d, 5.14a and 5.14b. "I didn't have any intention of being a professional rock... more

  • USX Veteran Everest Expedition

    Please support the Team USX expedition to Everest in Spring 2016:

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    "Even if we save just one, it’s worth it, it’s worth everything. That’s why we climb: to save just one”

    —Command Sergeants Major (Retired) Todd Burnett

    USX is a Veteran nonprofit organization founded... more

  • The Width of Life

    Climber and author Dave Pegg was a fixture in his climbing community of Rifle, Colorado, a man remembered for what he gave to others. With his passing, many of his projects were left unfinished, some of them still partially bolted dreams. Now, Black Diamond Ambassador Dan Mirsky returns to the Western Slope, learning how to bolt and clean, hoping to finish and climb a striking line, paying... more

  • Salween Spring

    An American outfitter in China and the Tao of fighting a losing battle.

    Meet Travis Winn, an American who traveled to China for the first time 15 years ago to join his dad on a first descent of the Headwaters of the Salween River in Tibet. On that first trip Travis realized that most Chinese citizens had no way to get out and experience free-flowing rivers. And later he learned that at... more

  • Joe



    Joe Riis has the job that every child in the world dreams of: He is a celebrated National Geographic wildlife photographer. He spends his life embarking on adventures to the wildest places on Earth, often for months on end, to observe and photograph animals for National Geographic Magazine. He seemingly has the picture perfect life. Or does he?

    This film tells a more personal story of... more

  • Black Diamond: BDTV - Episode 4: Sharing the Line

    For Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl, climbing the intimidating Bellavista, one of the hardest alpine multi-pitches in the world at 8c, wasn't about conquering the route’s huge roof. As Babsi quested upwards, trusting rusty pitons and terrible rock, she and her partner, Ambassador Jacopo Larcher, depended totally upon each other. “The most important thing is not standing on the... more

  • Risk Takers: Extreme Kayaking - Nat Geo Live

    Extreme kayaker and National Geographic grantee Trip Jennings takes a harrowing journey that almost ends in tragedy during his source-to-sea first descent of Pandi River in Papua New Guinea.

  • Impossible Rock: Jimmy Chin, Hazel Findlay, Mark Synnott

    American climber Jimmy Chin, British phenom Hazel Findlay, and expedition leader Mark Synnott take the main stage to share stories about their climbing trip to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula.

  • Go For Broke

    WILL STAUFFER-NORRIS: I first went on a Last Descents River Expeditions trip in 2013. Travis Winn brought a group of Chinese over to run a Grand Canyon trip with Arizona Raft Adventures, and he invited me along.

    Travis’s goal was to show these Chinese clients how America does river recreation. In the Grand... more

  • Remains of a River

    In 2011 and 2012 we  traveled over 2500 miles on the Colorado River system, from two sources to the sea. By kayak, foot, and raft, we have gained a first-hand perspective on the river and the people whose lives depend on it. Through photographs, articles, and a web-video series, we seek to depict the whole watershed, from snowcapped peaks to wilderness canyons to a devastated delta. Down the... more

  • WRMC 2015 Keynote: Mary Gibson Scott

    This keynote is just one of the reasons that outdoor professionals from around the world come to the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference.

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  • Frank and the Tower

    The first time REI member Frank Sanders saw Devils Tower was in the sudden brilliance of a lightning strike. It sent a wave of anxiety through him, but the next day he climbed The Tower. Forty three years later, he’s repeated that act more than 2,000 times and learned a thing or two about about going up and not growing old.

    Learn more about Frank and the film:
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  • For the Love

    The official teaser for Mountain Mind Collective's upcoming film "For the Love" coming to DVD and streaming online in May 2016. Visit to see film premiere tour dates starting in April 2016 and coming to cities across the U.S.!

    For the Love is an approximately one hour film, telling the story of two brothers who grew up in a small town with a huge love for... more

  • Fast Forward

    For bikepacker and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail—800+miles of desert singletrack—is a challenge unlike any other, and it will test her to the core.

    This is one of a series of three short films featuring the stories of people connected to three trails: The Appalachian Trail, Arizona Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail. Learn more about how Every Trail... more

  • Breaking down risk: Steve Fisher at TEDxAthens

    World-class athlete Steve Fisher has taken on some of the most ambitious projects imaginable, including an expedition through the Congo River's Inga rapids, the world's biggest rapids. He faced an entirely different challenge recently, accepting an invite to speak at the TEDxAthens event in Greece.

  • Trail Angel

    Many people look to the outdoors to find peace of mind. For Paul Stiffler, better known as Ponytail Paul, the Appalachian Trail and its thru-hikers have been the therapeutic force needed to turn his life around. Paul has taken on a role as “Trail Angel” to help thru-hikers on their 2,186-mile journey and help himself find a new sense of purpose in the process.

    This is one of a series of... more

  • Jimmy Chin: Trapped in an Avalanche

    National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jimmy Chin recalls the terror of being buried alive under hundreds of tons of snow in the Tetons.

  • "Meru": Risk and Responsibility in Climbing

    World-renowned climber Jimmy Chin and filmmaker Elizabeth "Chai" Vasarhelyi talk about making Meru, a documentary about Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk's attempt to make the first successful ascent of the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru—a climb that has thwarted every previous summit attempt by the world's most elite climbers.

    In making the documentary, Chin was passionate about... more

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