This festival is a celebration of not just film, but of the arts that also celebrate outdoor adventure. Part of this years festival will be devoted to outdoor literature and outdoor authors. Each of the following three authors will provide a presentation at the festival for mountain minded people!
When Brendan Leonard finished substance abuse treatment at age 23, he was lost. He knew what not to do—not drink alcohol and not get arrested again. But no one had told him what it was that he could do. He quickly realized that he had to reinvent himself, to find something other than alcohol and its social constructions to build his life around.
Sixty Meters to Anywhere is the painfully honest story of a life changed by climbing, and the sometimes nervous, sometimes nerve-wracking, and often awkward first years of recovery. In the mountains, Leonard ultimately finds a second chance.
Ian Nicholson is one of those people who can never get enough of the mountains. He is so full of stoke that he's literally bursting with it. Ian is a professional mountain guide who operates primarily in the Cascades, but has experience in places like the Waddington Range, Patagonia and the Alaska Range.
Ian's deep understanding of the North Cascades lead him to author the Washington Pass Supertopo guidebook. Washington Pass is one of the most spectacular places in Washington State and Ian's knowledge of the area is literally unsurpassed.
Washington Pass Climbing is the most detailed climber’s guide to what is arguably the best alpine rock climbing area in the Northwest. The book includes 59 of the best routes in the area and Nicholson climbed and photographed every single one to ensure accuracy of the information. Nearly 20 of the routes have never before been covered with a published topo.
In April 2011 the two unsponsored Nepalis set out on an unprecedented expedition to climb Everest, paraglide from its peak, and paddle nearly 400 miles to the ocean. Little problems wouldn't stop them. Like the fact that Babu had no technical climbing experience. And that Lakpa had never been kayaking—or swimming. But after summiting, surviving their flight off the world's tallest mountain, and being arrested, robbed, and nearly drowned--repeatedly—the two friends discovered their adventure had only just begun.