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Day: October 15, 2013

Substantial TV Ep. 6 “Ragnarök”

Substantial TV Ep. 6 “Ragnarök” from Substantial Media House on Vimeo.

Ragnarök, in Norse mythology, was the predestined death of the gods. A three-year winter led to the epic final battle where the gods and the frost giants fought to their deaths and the end of the world. Ragnarok marks the end of the old world, and the beginning of the new, current world. Continue reading

Erik Boomer & Sarah McNair-Landry talk at Leeds Uni

Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry are coming to give a talk about their latest kayak, ski and foot expedition at Leeds University Union on the 26th of November at 8pm. This event is being organised by the Leeds University Union Canoe Club, and we’d love it if any of you could come along for the evening. Tickets will be £8 in advance (reserve by emailing LUUCC.Talk@gmail.com), or £10 on the door.

Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry:

American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry have recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000km by kayak, ski and foot.

Avoiding crevasses to cross the largest Icecap on Baffin Island, Boomer, Sarah and two friends descended into the Weasel River valley. Here, Boomer did a first descent of the class 5 glacier fed river surrounded by some of the world’s tallest cliffs. This was only the first week on a two-month expedition. At the ocean the team picked up their traditional Inuit style kayaks that they hand built themselves, and followed old traditional Inuit routes across Baffin. Tidal rapids, portages, snowstorms and polar bears were a few of the many challenges along the way.

Boomer and Sarah will talk about this expedition, and their past adventures that have led them here.

Boomer’s Bio:

Erik has many stings to his CV including pro kayaker, pro photographer, and a featured athlete in numerous adventure films. His confident approach to challenges on and off the river has earned him the title “the honey badger of kayaking”. With many first descents of rivers and waterfalls to his name, including 8 descents of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, Boomer specializes in kayaking some of the world’s toughest rivers.

In 2011, Boomer and John Turk became the first to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island on a 100-day ski and sea kayak expedition, which earned him a nomination for National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award. Recently, he was also featured as an athlete on “Top Gear”.

www.erikboomer.com

Sarah’s bio:

Sarah grew up with the Arctic Ocean and a team of dogs in her backyard. No stranger to the cold, she is the youngest person travel to both the North and South Pole, has traversed the Greenland Ice Cap five times, has ventured into the Gobi desert, has guided an expedition to both the South and North Pole, and recently kite skied 3,300.

km retracing the Northwest Passage. In 2007 along with her older brother and teammate Eric, she was nominated for National Geographic’s prestigious “Adventurer of the Year” award and named one of the “Top Ten Women in Adventure” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

When she is not in the cold, she spends her time working in film. She has directed several documentaries and is a published photographer.

www.pittarak.com

Late Season Madness

Late Season Madness from Quebec Connection on Vimeo.

Evergreen State Stouts (Episode #2)

Evergreen State Stouts (episode #2) from Mountain Mind Collective on Vimeo.

Join us for an epic adventure through thick evergreen forests to two classic Washington waterfalls, Upper Falls on the Lewis River and Hamma Hamma Falls in the Olympic Peninsula. Then follow the team as we drop in for the second descent of Graves Creek.

Shot by: Todd Wells, Eric Parker, Patrick Orton.

Edited by: Todd Wells.

Paddlers: Todd Wells, Dylan Thompson, Eric Parker.

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