Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts

Monday, September 29, 2014

Video: Himalayan Adventure from Delhi to Beijing

Ever wanted to take a road-trip through the Himalaya starting in Delhi and ending in Beijing? Then this video was made for you. It is a four-minute travelogue through India, Nepal, Tibet and China, that features sweeping landscapes, amazing cultural moments, and a grand sense of adventure. This looks like it was a fantastic journey, and one I would love to make as well.

India | Nepal | Tibet | China from Klaas on Vimeo.

Video: An Alps Travelogue to Mont Blanc

Shot in the Alps near Chamonix, France this past July, this video follows a trio of climbers as they head to Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe. It is a wonderful three-and-a-half minute film of the journey to the summit, complete with mountain lodges, glacial traverses, and spectacular views.

Alps Travelogue - Mont Blanc from Bruno Aretio on Vimeo.

Gold Rush Expedition Adventure Race to Air on Universal Sports Network in October

Adventure racing fans listen up, you're going to want to set your DVRs to record soon. The Universal Sports Network will begin airing a three-part documentary focused on the Gold Rush expedition-length adventure race in October, bringing the sport into the homes of millions of viewers across the U.S. Each of the three self-contained documentaries is 90 minutes in length, and captures some of the top adventure racing athletes from across the globe as they take part in one of best races in North America, and a qualifying event for the AR World Championship.

The first episode will air at 6PM ET on Thursday, October 16 and will feature the 2012 Gold Rush Expedition Race. The following week, at 6:30 PM ET on Friday October 24, the network will premiere the 2013 edition of the Gold Rush documentary. Meanwhile, the film for the 2014 edition of the race, which was greatly shortened in length due to wildfires in California, is currently in post-production, and will air in May of 2015. Additional airings will be announced at a later time.

If anyone has ever been a part of the team that produces adventure races, you probably already know how difficult it can be to capture all of the action out on the course. There are simply too many teams, spread out across too much territory. Throw in the fact that these events usually take place in remote and rugged locations, and it can become a logistical nightmare. But, the team behind these documentaries have taken a unique approach to how they are made, and that is a great story in and of itself.

For the past three years, the Gold Rush AR event has been filmed by a team of University of Cincinnati students, who are studying media production. For the 2014 edition of the race, 16 students, under the direction of professional television director and U.C. alum Brian Leitten, and E-media Professor Kevin Burke, traveled to California to shoot the documentary and witness the incredible sport of adventure racing first hand. As a result, their work is now going to be shown on Universal, and we'll all get the opportunity to see the Gold Rush as well.

I'm trying to remember the last time adventure racing was on television here in the U.S. It has been many years since we actually saw a network air anything AR related. This will be great exposure for the sport, and hopefully introduce a new audience to what adventure racing is all about.

To get an idea of what to expect from the documentaries, check out the promo video below which was shot at the 2013 Gold Rush.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Video: The Living Spree - A Summer of Adventure in New Zealand

What do you do when you have one last summer of freedom following college and before entering the work force? If you're the three young Americans who made the video below, you travel to New Zealand, rent a van, and cover more than 4000 miles (6437 km) in search of adventure. As you can see from this incredibly well done short film, they found everything they were looking for, and more. Great stuff, and wonderful inspiration for a travel adventure of your own.

The Living Spree from Four Hills Films on Vimeo.

Video: Filmmaking in the Himalaya with a Drone (Part 2)

A few weeks back I posted a video from my friend Jon Miller of The Rest of Everest fame. In that video, we got a behind the scenes look at a recent trip Jon made to the Himalaya, during which he took a couple of drones along with him to capture some amazing footage from across the region. Today, we have a second video from that trip, which once again not only includes fantastic images from the mountains, but also gives would-be Himalayan trekkers an opportunity to see what it is like to hike through that part of the world. This video will be of interest to other filmmakers of course, but there is a lot to like for the rest of us too. I hope you enjoy.

Sponsored Video: The North Face - The Explorer

We humans are explorers. There is no denying that. There is something innate in our make-up that spurs us to push on into the unknown. We want to see what is over the next horizon, and want to fill in the blank spots on the map. It is what has driven us forward as a species, and I believe it is that same spirit that will carry us forward into the future, as we continue to explore the depths of the oceans, and push further into outer space.

This point is hammered home very eloquently by the video below, thanks to some very eloquent and inspiring narration from astronaut Buzz Aldrin. On July 20, 1969, Aldrin joined Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon, as they became the first human beings to walk on Earth's satellite. It was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a seminal moment in human exploration

In this brief, but incredibly inspiring clip, Aldrin talks about man's need to explore is instilled in us at a young age. He says that he was inspired by the explorers that came before him, and that he hoped at some point to plant the flag someplace where no one else had ever been. He got his chance on the historic flight of Apollo 11.

Aldrin's incredibly poignant words apply not only to his mission into space, but for explorers who are pushing boundaries here on our planet as well. Those words are set over some incredibly breathtaking images of adventurers who continue to carry the torch of exploration forward into the mountains, the oceans, and the other remote corners of our planet. The video is brought to us by The North Face, so it is fitting that their motto is "Never Stop Exploring."

This post has been sponsored by The North Face, but the opinions are all my own.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Video: Autumn in Aspen

Autumn has officially arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes cooler temperatures, shorter days, and changing of the leaves on the trees. This all-too short video gives us a wonderful look at fall in the Rocky Mountains. Shot near Aspen, Colorado, the scenery is as breathtaking as you'd expect.

Maroon Bells in Autumn from Mike Kvackay on Vimeo.

Video: Worst Mountain Bike Crashes At Red Bull Rampage

Speaking of Red Bull, the company is gearing up for its iconic Rampage downhill mountain bike race, which will take place this weekend in Virgin, Utah. The event always features some amazing highlights that are a good reminder to leave this sport to the professionals. The video below was released ahead of the start of the Rampage, and features some of the worst crashes in the history of the event. Thankfully, these riders wear plenty of armor and padding, and generally walk away without any real damage. That doesn't make it any easier to watch when they go down though. Ouch!

Video: Introducing the Red Bull Ger Get It Extreme Relay Race

You have to hand it to the folks at Red Bull. They sure know how to put together some epic events, and their marketing efforts are second to none. Take for example the video below, which is a promo for their Ger Get It race, which is a relay that demands teams paddle, run, climb, and mountain bike their way across a tough course. This looks like a lot of fun, and combines some of my favorite outdoor activities into one single event.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Video: Ueli Steck - Mountaineering Legend

As I write this, we're awaiting word from Shishapangma on the success of the Double8 mountaineering expedition, which is attempting to summit two 8000 meter peaks in 7 days. After being turned back on Shisha last week, the three man team has expanded to include Swiss climber Ueli Steck to help get them over the top. Why would they add Ueli to their squad at the last minute? Watch the video below to find out why he is known as the "Swiss Machine." The 14-minute clip is an excellent profile of Ueli that will give you insights into what drives the man to do the things he does in the mountains.

Video: Very Technical Mountain Biking in the Austrian Alps

Warning: If you have a heart condition, you may not want to watch this video. It features mountain biker Johannes Pistrol riding the Steinerne Rinne, a limestone peak located in the Northern Alps of Austria. But there is no mountain biking trail on the mountain, and our intrepid hero is forced to navigate his way down in a slow, very technical, and very exposed manner. This one will leave you squirming in your seat as he makes his way along some very narrow routes. Don't try this at home kids.

Thanks to Adventure Journal for sharing.

Wilder Kaiser extreme from Big Col on Vimeo.

Video: Pedal the World Documentary Teaser

Last June, German adventurer Felix Starck set out to ride his bike around the world. He spent the next 365 days covering more than 18,000 km (11,185 miles), crossing through 22 countries in the process. Now, he is preparing to release a documentary entitled Pedal the World that will share that experience. The video below is a teaser for the full-length film, which will be available soon. The two-minute clip gives us a sense of what to expect from the full movie, which follows Felix's globe-spanning adventure from start to finish.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Video: Beautiful Scotland

Ever wonder what Scotland has to offer visitors? Then wonder no more. This short, three-minute clip serves as a lovely introduction to a country that has plenty of adventure to offer those who visit. This video was shot over seven months there, and is a fantastic argument for why we should all put it on our bucket lists. Great stuff!

Beautiful Scotland from John Duncan on Vimeo.

Video: One Extreme Athlete, Five Extreme Activities, One Hour

Only in New Zealand is it possible to cram five extreme activities into a single hour. In the video below, we watch as outdoor athlete Chuck Berry (I'm not making this up folks!) skydives out of a helicopter, lands on a mountain, then snowboards down to another helicopter, to catch a lift to a nearby trail, which he then descends on a mountain bike. Eventually he reaches a bridge with spans a a massive canyon, which is of course the perfect place to bungee jump. At the bottom of that jump, he boards a waiting jet boat, then flies down the canyon at break neck speed. It all looks like fun of course, even if I'd prefer to do it in a shorter timeframe so I can actually enjoy the activity.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Video: Across a Peninsula in 4K

Shot in Jutland in western Denmark, this video features an amazing set of timelapse images that were captured over a period of about seven months. It is two-and-a-half minutes of pure natural beauty that has to be seen to be believed. There are some truly fantastic landscapes on display here, both dramatic and breathtaking. I never cease to marvel at these wonderful timelapse clips. Truly great stuff.

Across a Peninsula 4K from Jonas Høholt on Vimeo.

Video: Above Sea Level (Climbing Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro)

Here's a fun and creative video that follows two climbers as they go up both Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro in Africa. The men carried a GoPro camera with them on their trek, and shot some funny video at various points along both mountains that captured their mood at each step of the climb. It is a not-so-serious look at scaling both peaks that is good for a few chuckles along the way.

Above sea level from Miguel Campos on Vimeo.

Video: Mammut Lights Up the Matterhorn to Celebrate 150 Years of Climbing

2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, a mountain that is iconic both in physical profile, and stature in the mountaineering world. To celebrate this event, gear manufacturer Mammut created special tribute to the mountain, and the men and women who have climbed it. The video below, gives you a behind the scenes look at this project, and what it looked like when it was completed.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Video: Beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand

Ever wonder why New Zealand is sometimes referred to as the "Adventure Capital of the World?" Then look no further than this beautiful short video shot in, and around Queenstown. It not only features some breathtaking landscapes, it also shows adventurous people doing some of our favorite activities, like mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and more. The video is an excellent reminder that I still need to visit this amazing-looking country.


Video: BASE Jumper Completes 49 Jumps in 19 Days

BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot Ian McIntosh traveled to France and Switzerland recently, where he was able to complete an astounding 49 jumps in just 19 days. The video below captures some of the action, as well as some of the other hijinks that occurred along the way. The best shots from the jumps come near the end of the video, but it looks like the entire trip was amazing.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Video: Nature and the Aurora Borealis in Finland

Last week, the Earth experienced some of the most intense solar activity that we've seen in recent memory. Solar flares from our sun buffeted the planet, causing disruptions to radio signals, satellites, and other communications equipment. It also made for some of the most intense displays of the Northern Lights that we've seen in some time. There have been a number of good videos showing off this natural phenomenon making the rounds lately, and this is another one. Shot in Finland, it includes some fantastic images from the incredibly beautiful landscapes, as well as wonderful views of the Northern Lights.

Nature and Aurora Borealis in Finland timelapse // Henri Luoma Photography from Henri Luoma on Vimeo.