To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Follow your dreams and make new tracks.
5Point Adventure Film Festival via Vimeo:
In 2007, Julie Kennedy founded the 5Point Film Festival. In 2012, her husband Michael Kennedy, one of America’s most legendary alpinists wrote an open ‘Letter to My [his] Son’ that was published in The Alpinist Magazine. They were poignant and heartfelt words from a father to his son discussing life, passion and direction. After losing their son this year, it seemed like an appropriate homage to revisit and repurpose these words for the larger community. The letter reminds us to live our own individual adventures, passions, lives and to always try our best to reach for the highest ideals and embody the 5points: purpose, respect, commitment, humility, balance.
No Man’s Land, from filmmaker Davide Calafà, documents a six-day backpacking journey through Iceland.
Jon Golden, as told to Nina Strochlic, National Geographic:
T MINUS SIX MONTHS
Gearing up: I’ll be photographing a team of extreme adventurers mountain biking across the frozen Arctic Ocean in Canada. I’ll be on a snowmobile, which is still hard work, so I need to get in good shape. A few months before, I start running and doing core workouts. In the Arctic you can’t sit down if you’re tired—you have to keep moving or get in your sleeping bag. I also put in a request to my sponsors for some gear: a down-filled sleeping mat and gloves I can shoot with.
T MINUS TWO WEEKS
Essential packing list: Our camp in Auyuittuq is 50 miles from civilization in any direction, so I take everything I need for the 2.5-day February trip.
– Emergency beacon
– A satellite phone (which will be on for only two hours a day, so I go over safety protocols with my family beforehand)
– Macadamia nuts (they have the highest fat content)
– A toothbrush with pre-applied toothpaste
– A dozen camera batteries. The cold zaps their power, so I keep them in my vest or sleeping bag.
– Two sets of long underwear
Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca:
In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.
This is a list of Parks Canada destinations currently available via Google Street View.
- Acadia National Park: $25 to $30
- Arches National Park: $25 to $30
- Bryce Canyon National Park: $30 to $35
- Glacier National Park: $30 to $35
- Grand Canyon National Park: $30 to $35
- Grand Teton National Park: $30 to $35
- Joshua Tree National Park: $25 to $30
- Mount Rainier National Park: $25 to $30
- Olympic National Park: $25 to $30
- Rocky Mountain National Park: $30 to $35
- Shenandoah National Park: $25 to $30
- Yellowstone National Park: $30 to $35
- Yosemite National Park: $30 to $35
- Zion National Park: $30 to $35
National Park Fees Are Going Up Soon. See How Much Your Favorite Park Will Cost – Money