Found this humorous yet informative: “Person who climbs mountains”
As we all know as backcountry use increases the land managers unfortunately add restrictions such as quotas and fees in order to manage our wild lands. Denali National Park has had a fee involved with climbing Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker since 1995. Since then this cost has increased and recently the park and the public have come to an agreement; $250 if you’re 24 years of age or younger and $350 for anyone over the age of 24. Check out a full article on the situation from National Parks Traveler:
“The idea of Wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.” Edward Abbey
from Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line:
Backcountry Film Festival – Ready to Make You Backcountry Famous
How many ski movies have you seen that were shot in July and August – in North America? A deep and abiding snowpack across the West (coupled with a cool, wet, and stormy June) has yielded what is, for most of us, an apocryphal anomaly, the “July ski season.” Sure, the guys up in the Cascades and north of the 49th make it a habit of enjoying turns all year,but for the rest of us, winter is rapidly fading memory once the fireworks fly.
Not this year (check the stories from Tahoe, A-Basin, and The Bird). Which is precisely why it’s a great time to rally the brethren and sistren, grab your boards, and head for the hills to document this season of epic deepness. For your efforts, the Backcountry Film Festival is ready to provide a screen and an audience of thousands across the country. So whether you’re getting fired up to shoot some fresh footage or ready to pull out the powder vids you shot back in the frosty months, read on to find out how to submit your work to the Festival.Presented by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 7th-annualBackcountry Film Festival focuses on grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation.When they say “grassroots,” they mean it. From the Festival website: “You don’t need a degree from a film school. You don’t need footage shot while dangling precariously, camera in hand, from an ice wall in the Rockies. All you need is a compelling story, some quality footage and a keen eye for a fun, educational or juicy topic.”This year’s categories are: Best Short Short (under 5 minutes), Best Environmental Message and Best of Festival.Films entered into the festival should be short – no longer than 30 minutes. In keeping with the Winter Wildlands ethos, these films should share a thought-provoking, interesting story of backcountry, nonmotorized recreation. A strong focus on environmental themes is at the heart of the Festival and the Wildlands mission, so stories focusing on conservation, preservation and stewardship are encouraged. The Festival warmly welcomes whatever your creativity can conjure – documentaries, fiction, experimental, you name it.The Film Festival gets noisy in Boise, Idaho in early November before taking to the road and hitting over 50 cities throughout the nation (up from 30 last year).Submissions must be in DVD format, received in Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Boise office by September 15, 2011 and include three copies and a $20 submission fee. See festival rules for more information and address to which you may mail your submissions. You may also contact Shelley Pursell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-343-1630 for further details.