Stories of meaningful lives and of a good world -- adventure, compassion, faith, nature, sustainability, simplicity, creativity, community, wisdom, activism.

 

Conservation Alliance - Happy 25th! “Did you know The Conservation Alliance was founded by four companies in 1989 at the San Francisco airport? Learn more about the history and accomplishments of The Conservation Alliance from our friends in the Outdoor Industry and grantees working to protect our wild places.”

No Barriers Pledge Video. “Take your No Barriers Pledge at nobarrierspledge.org. Follow Erik’s kayaking expedition at kayakingblind.org" (Vimeo)

MEDA: Climbing Kilimanjaro. “Hear some of the first hand experiences of MEDA Kilimanjaro climbers and how they accomplished their climb from July 4-17, 2014. Thank you to all of our supporters!” (MEDA, Vimeo)

Lonnie Bedwell Introduction. “Two blind guys are going to take on kayaking the Grand Canyon in September 2014. As Lonnie Bedwell and I paddle 277 miles through the Grand Canyon, we hope to encourage 1 million people to take the No Barriers Pledge, a pledge that says, What’s within me is stronger than what’s in my way. We hope our big challenge will push others to pick a significant barrier holding them back, attack it, and shatter it into a million pieces.” (Vimeo)

Talia Decoite: In Search of Mana. “PrAna Ambassador Talia Decoite achieved her childhood dream at 19 with a world record win in the Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in 2012. At the top of her game, a mysterious illness threatened her life’s passion and forced her re-evaluate the very thing that brought her joy. ‘In Search of Mana’ is her story of change, persevere and embracing life. *In Hawaiian culture, “Mana” is a form of healing energy*” (Prana, YouTube)

Common Ground. “Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change.” (Prana, Vimeo)

A small surfer makes big waves. “At six, Quincy Symonds is already tipped as a future Layne Beachley or Stephanie Gilmore. They call her The Flying Squirrel. She may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. Prepare to be gobsmacked. Stepping into the water at the legendary Snapper Rocks surf break on the Gold Coast, it is easy to forget that the person I’m here to film has just turned six.” (Prana)

Follow Your Way: Chile.”It’s hard to beat traveling through Chile on a bike. This travel video from Isc Swoja Droga documents four months worth of cycling across the country’s epic landscapes and unique cities.” (Outside)

The Dirtbag Diaries : Mother's Have it Hardest

The Dirtbag Diaries: Mothers Have it Hardest. “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. The struggle between loving them so much that you don’t want to see them hurt, and loving them so much that you want to support them in pursuing their dreams—in doing the things that make them tick.” (link)

Paddle for the North. “Paddle for the North aims to show the importance of conserving wild, untouched places. We want to show the world the true value of the North, through the spirit of adventure. Paddle for the North follows the adventures of six friends…as they paddle three canoes 1500km through the deepest backcountry of North America, Canada to Alaska. The journey took two months through six rivers; The Hart, Peel, Rat, Bell, Porcupine and the Yukon Rivers. This story is about the incredible adventure through the untouched North and the amazing people encountered along the way, that inspired six friends (from all over the world) to take a stand.” (Film website; Outside Magazine)