Outdoor and adventure – Scottish Ultramarathon Series http://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:50:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Outdoor and adventure – Scottish Ultramarathon Series http://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ 32 32 This rechargeable hand warmer is $24 on Amazon https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/this-rechargeable-hand-warmer-is-24-on-amazon/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:50:03 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/this-rechargeable-hand-warmer-is-24-on-amazon/

When winter is in full swing and your fingers are freezing, sometimes even the most trusty pair of gloves can’t quite cut it on its own. This is where a hand warmer can come in, well, the hand. The only obstacle? Most options are disposable or require an external heating source (read: a microwave), which means they’re not exactly the most durable or practical choices.

A compact and portable product that solves both problems: the Orastone Rechargeable Hand Warmer, available on Amazon for just $24. This cute, compact and reusable hand warmer takes about three hours of charging to reach 100% battery. From there, it reaches maximum heat (around 106 degrees Fahrenheit) in just two minutes and stays charged for 3-4 hours.

If 106 degrees sounds a little scorching, rest assured, reviewers swear this heater puts out just the right amount of heat. “I love this little appliance. Love it. It heats up quickly and stays warm without getting too hot. I’ll be getting more for myself and all my cold friends,” said one buyer.

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Measuring just 2.6 inches by 2.6 inches, this stove is the perfect size to fit comfortably in your hands. When not in use, the lightweight device fits easily in any bag or purse. Plus, for some bonus points, it also has a small LED light, which can be used as a flashlight on night walks or to light up the inside of your bag on a night flight.

The Orastone hand warmer is available in four different patterns on Amazon: watercolor, polygon, striped, and even one that looks like a cable knit sweater. Prices range from $24 to $27, depending on the design, and the best deals are on sweaters and polygon prints, both 20% off.

This handy device would make a fantastic gift or stocking stuffer, perfect for anyone who could use a little extra warmth when traveling, winter walks, or even working at a desk.

A number of reviewers have praised the usefulness of this little device, in various scenarios. “I started using this hand warmer early in the morning on my commute to work. It heats up pretty quickly. Does its job keeping my hands toasty warm,” one buyer said.

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“I wanted a hand warmer to use for high school football games and other sporting events,” another customer wrote. “This wand warmer works great for the short time I needed to use it.”

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]]> Wildlife is adapted to winter | News, Sports, Jobs https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/wildlife-is-adapted-to-winter-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:15:14 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/wildlife-is-adapted-to-winter-news-sports-jobs/ PHOTOS BY GARRY BRANDENBURG – Winter weather has given people and wildlife a big dose of reality over the past week. The snowy conditions were a sure sign that planet Earth’s chaotic weather machine is alive and well. What we have to do is adapt. Wildlife is already prepared for this natural cycle of shorter days, colder air and harder times to find food. In today’s footage, snow piled on fallen tree branches in the Iowa River is reflected in mirror-smooth water, an interesting combination. While making this image, one can observe snowflakes falling in the air. And in a harvested farm field, 24 wild turkeys and at least two deer were looking for corn cobs or just dropped corn kernels to eat. Wildlife with a good accumulation of body fat will be able to survive a long winter.

The winter weather is with us, even if the fall season says otherwise. This week’s weather was kind of a surprise but not unexpected.

November is a big month of transition for weather events, and Mother Nature just made sure we recognize who is responsible. A quick check of the weather history books tells us everything from mild, above-normal air temperatures, to rain or snow, and of course in Iowa, we must not forget the wind.

Those arctic northwest blasts can sometimes penetrate even the best winter clothing to send shivers through our bodies. Our friends in Florida, Texas or Arizona like to call us with open invitations to come visit for the next three months.

My answer is “No thanks. I’m an Iowan and this is where I live. Home is where the heart is, and while this author likes to visit other places, it’s always good to be at the House.

Even in retirement, now in his 18th year, I have obligations to meet. The same goes for my wife in her volunteer efforts. Our schedules are flexible for the most part on our terms, not those of an employer.

A footnote in this author’s history book is worth noting. Last week’s edition of Outdoors Today was number 1,600. Today, that number has increased by one.

Since October 1991, when I started providing highlights of outdoor adventure, wildlife and nature photography to share, writing stories and sharing observations in the natural world has become a passion. I can educate the readers of this column with natural history events, good pictures, and factual information, as together we continue to learn more about the fantastic natural world in which we live.

My stories and observations of nature started a long time ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my curiosity about wildlife and wild places started when I was a young farmer growing up on a farm in Bremer County, Iowa.

Hard work was ingrained in me through the examples set by my parents, other family members, and friends. After the hard work was done, time was periodically found to explore.

Ring-necked pheasants beckoned me to chase them after a school bus dropped me off. A quick trip along the overgrown rows of fences could be accomplished before the cows needed to be milked.

My intention was to bring a rooster home. Our farm dog, Sport, knew a hunting trip was a good thing. A pheasant supper a few days later was food we didn’t have to buy.

One intriguing thing about these pheasant hunts was a small patch of unbroken grassland in the middle of the section. This place was fantastic. There were all kinds of ‘exotic’ plants and a unique earthy smell.

I learned much later that prickly bluestem, prairie cordgrass, switchgrass, and a host of other native grasses and herbaceous plants were examples of native vegetation that once predominated in Iowa. But at the time I was young and interested in pheasants. This small patch of dirt was usually good for a rooster, which burst excitedly behind a clump of grass as its wings clamored for more air and more speed.

Sometimes they escaped, and sometimes I got a good shot. If the bird fell, the dog thought he was the reason for my success. We proudly brought home the colorful rooster.

My days on the farm ended after I graduated from high school in 1963. I had joined the Air Force. Soon I was to be taken to new places in the United States and abroad, observing strange habitats and no pheasants.

Four years later, with my military time satisfied, Iowa State University said “come on, glad to have you.” At 23 years old and a freshman at ISU, I was enrolled in the Fish and Wildlife Biology Studies course. It was interesting to see my own fascination with nature and natural systems blossom into a career path that eventually landed me a job with the Marshall County Conservation Board.

I started the Marshall County adventure in 1972 and retired in 2004. I found a niche in writing for work. As a result, writing for the Times-Republican filled an opening when the late John Garwood’s outdoor adventures titled Sighting Upstream closed.

His appreciation for the natural world was evident. Some people, like Garwood and many others, share a connection with nature cultivated in part by participating in hunting and fishing, hiking or canoeing, camping or simply relaxing by the creek in watching the clouds pass.

My goal in writing the columns for Outdoors Today is simple. I want to share any natural history topic from A to Z. I love science and I love facts.

I neither like nor endorse political correctness and the misuse of science, as some will, to twist the world according to their politicized version of “facts”. I love critical thinking and honest discovery of the truth, even if it’s not what we want to hear.

So I say thank you to the loyal readers of this column for your continued interest in the outdoors, our planet’s natural environments, and the long-term conservation work necessary to maintain a healthy world. This is my proclamation as we all enjoy the Thanksgiving season this week. Enjoy.


I have a walnut tree in my garden. It was planted by me almost 50 years ago. This tree has grown well and produced many nuts over the years. This year was the big nut production cycle of this tree.

If I hadn’t carefully picked up those nuts, walking on the ground under the tree would have been problematic. My collecting technique was to try to follow the collecting as the nuts fell to the ground.

I started at the end of September with a daily routine of picking up what had fallen the night before. I finished in late October when the wind and weather allowed all the once heavily laden branches to release fruit. Baskets, bins and later a trailer filled to the brim attested to the fact that 2022 was an abundant time for this tree.

When it came time to sell the nuts to the Hammon Products Company of Stockton, Mo., I contacted the local nut buyer near State Center. First I took my nut trailer on a scale. After the sale, these same scales showed that I had a total weight of 1,640 pounds.

It was the nuts with their outer shells/shells. At the buying station, a sheller removed the shells and conscientiously placed the nuts in waiting bags. When it was all over with the weighing of the shelled nuts, I had 746 pounds to sell.

The Hammon company has buying stations in many locations in 16 Midwestern states. Each year, they consume over 30 million pounds of nuts. The factory process takes the nuts to the next stage of separating the kernel from the nut flesh inside.

Nut meats go one way and broken shell fragments another way. While the flesh of nuts ends up in many food products, the shells become fodder to be ground into smaller and smaller pieces.

Sandblasting operations for specialty manufacturing use these by-products. It’s an interesting process.


Here is a quote to ponder:

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

— Henry David Thoreau, American writer and naturalist.


Garry Brandenburg is the retired director of the Marshall County Conservation Board. He graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Fish and Wildlife Biology.

Contact him at:

Box 96

Albion, IA 50005

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The Forge: Lemont Quarries Announces 2023 Race Schedule https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-forge-lemont-quarries-announces-2023-race-schedule/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:44:54 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-forge-lemont-quarries-announces-2023-race-schedule/

LEMONT, IL – The Forge: Lemont Quarries has announced multiple races for 2023 at the outdoor adventure park. Racing will take place in The Forge and adjacent trails at Heritage Quarries Recreation Area and I&M Trails.

The first race, The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race, will be held Jan. 14, according to the park. The race will be held in partnership with The Bike Hub.

Cyclists can experience The Forge’s winter trails and adjoining trails. There will be a long and short course option for runners. Registration for this race is already open.

On March 18, the Forge Trail Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon will return for its second year, with the addition of the Quarter Marathon. The races will cross gravel paths through The Forge:
Lemont Quarries and adjacent Heritage Quarries recreation area and I&M Canal trails. Registration is also open for this race.

Summer will bring even more racing to The Forge. From July 14-16, the park will feature a new series of mountain bike races, trail races and other competitions during Forgefest, the park’s anniversary festival. There will also be live music, activities, fireworks and more. Athletes will simply pay a universal entry fee to compete in as many
events throughout Forgefest weekend as they please, depending on the park. No registration is yet available.

On July 22, The Forge Off-Road Triathlon, in partnership with Multisport Mastery, will be back for the third year. The short-lived multi-sport event features a swim in the Forge Quarry, as well as biking and running on the gravel trails. This year, La Forge will introduce a relay option and an Aquathon event (swimming and cycling).

In the fall, the Forge Fall Cooldown mountain bike race will return on October 14. The mountain bike race will take place on the park’s single track trails. There are two race distances offered; a longer and more advanced course, and another shorter and less technical course, depending on the park.

The last announced race will take place on November 4 and is all new for 2023. The Forge Trail Run Festival will feature a series of short, mid, long and ultra-distance events. These races will be run throughout the day, using the many miles of single-track gravel trails in and near The Forge, with multi-lap courses used for the varying distances, the park said.

The park will also offer training programs for the 2023 races, such as coached open water swims leading up to the triathlon in July.

Frisco and Copper Mountain Resort are the subject of a new coming-of-age and adventure book, “Ski Bum” https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/frisco-and-copper-mountain-resort-are-the-subject-of-a-new-coming-of-age-and-adventure-book-ski-bum/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 23:07:19 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/frisco-and-copper-mountain-resort-are-the-subject-of-a-new-coming-of-age-and-adventure-book-ski-bum/
Colin Clancy, a Michigan native who now lives in Utah, wrote his first book about life in Summit County. Called “Ski Bum”, it comes out on December 1st.
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Colin Clancy lived vicariously through stories when he was young, and he hopes to share a similar sense of adventure with his first novel.

The Utah-based writer will publish “Ski Bum” in December, and the setting is inspired by his time spent in Summit County – specifically Frisco and Copper Mountain Resort.

Growing up in southwestern Michigan near Kalamazoo, Clancy’s love of reading introduced not only his passion for writing, but also his interest in mountaineering and other exciting subjects. he can’t find near his home. In the meantime, friends got him hooked on the sport of skiing.

“It was the first real taste of freedom,” Clancy said.

He started skiing at his school’s ski club, going out once a week on the icy hills of Michigan at night. Clancy said it cost $8 for a lift ticket and they would ski lap after lap to the last chair. His friend’s family also owned a cabin in Crystal Mountain, northern Michigan, where he spent the weekends.

“I’ve always been looking for that feeling,” Clancy said. “There’s something about a perfect ski turn where you go fast and carve a perfect carve. I don’t think there’s another feeling in the world quite like it.

His first visit to Breckenridge was his freshman year of high school spring break around 2001. Since that trip, Clancy said he has never looked back. He knew he wanted to be out west. He joined his varsity club running team in his freshman and sophomore year at Western Michigan University. The club traveled for races, mostly throughout Michigan and Canada.

However, partly because of this trip to Breckenridge, he took a friend’s suggestion and took a semester off to be a “ski bum”. He landed at Copper Mountain Resort in December 2004. The formative experience brought him back for the 2005-06 season before completing his education.

“We fell in love with Copper, and in my first season there I made so many great friends that I decided to go back,” Clancy said.

The first season Clancy was a lift attendant and line cook, and in his second season he was a children’s ski instructor and hosted banquets.

It was in Copper that the seeds for writing “Ski Bum” were planted. Clancy kept a diary at the elevator shack atop Storm King, writing observations about winter sports and his colleagues, who he said had big personalities.

The book’s protagonist, Jimmy, has a roommate named Bill who is based on his friend Adam from Wisconsin. The couple hung out and discussed life plans and more in the cabin. Adam was 26 and Clancy was 20 at the time, and he said he felt like Adam was already living a life full of adventure. He learned a lot from him in a very memorable place.

“I remember sitting up there when the wind felt like it was going to blow the cabin right up on top of the mountain,” Clancy said. “I remember being there one day when there was a blizzard, but it started thundering and the sky took on this yellow color, just dumping snow, and it was so unearthly.”

Clancy said he changed Copper’s name to Silver Mountain to give him more freedom, reduced around twenty characters to a composite handful, and changed the timeline to make a better story. However, he said anyone who knows Summit County or has skied there would recognize it as copper. It still uses the Frisco name as well as the same trail and chairlift names in Copper.

Clancy primarily writes non-fiction. He wrote for the school newspaper in middle school and high school, which led to a career writing essays, interviews, and more for outlets like The Ski Journal, The Flyfish Journal, Condé Nast Traveler and Powder Magazine. His day job is marketing for hunting and other outdoor brands.

Still, a fictional novel was always on his mind and he is thrilled with its release.

“It’s definitely a cliché, but I think it’s true that in many ways fiction can somehow tell a greater truth than non-fiction,” Clancy said. “…What I really want people, especially skiers, to recognize and experience is the feeling of skiing – the sensory details, the passion and love for the sport and the overall drive to get out there. mountain every day.”

Around 2008, while studying English for graduate school at Northern Michigan University, Clancy decided to start working on the novel. He periodically took out the draft to polish it and put it back again and again in the drawer. Then in 2020 he focused on it more seriously and started hunting for publishers in 2021. Now the book comes out in time for the ski season.

“Ski Bum” naturally focuses on capturing the joy of skiing in words, but Clancy also set out to write a coming-of-age story. With Jimmy and Adam, Clancy aims to show that young people can escape a rigid path of expected societal norms. Clancy said the people he met at Copper, who he is still friends with today, were willing to break from that path and live meaningful lives.

“When I lived and worked at a ski resort in Copper, I would have loved to have access to a book like this,” Clancy said. “I hope it rings really true for people living this life, and I hope they appreciate it for its authenticity. I hope they can read it like they’re watching a ski movie.

Writer Colin Clancy is seen at Copper Mountain Resort in 2006. Clancy used his experiences living and working at Colin Mountain in Copper Mountain for his fictional novel “Ski Bum”.
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]]> Meet Cumbria’s adventure collective for LGBTQIA+ outdoor enthusiasts https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/meet-cumbrias-adventure-collective-for-lgbtqia-outdoor-enthusiasts/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:35:36 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/meet-cumbrias-adventure-collective-for-lgbtqia-outdoor-enthusiasts/

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LGBTQIA+ outdoor enthusiasts across Cumbria are brought together through a new adventure group.

Lakes Queer Adventures was created by Tessa, 25, and her partner Sami, 27, from Ulverston, to create a space for LGBTQIA+ people to come together, make new friends and hang out in the Lake District.

The group does everything from indoor climbing and wild swimming to hiking and orienteering and always welcomes new faces to its events which take place twice a month. From 5 to 15 people attend, and the outings are normally followed by a meal in the pub or a café.

The pair were first inspired to start the group by other minority adventure groups taking part in the Kendal Mountain Festival as well as Peak Queer Adventures, the group’s now Peak District-based sister adventure group.

Talking about what the band meant to them, Sami said, “I guess we saw the need to put it together more than anything. It gave us a sense of community and belonging. Me and Tess before starting the group went on a Peak Queer Adventures walk and until then I had never seen anyone who looked and identified the same way as me. It was the first time at the age of 26 that I met someone like me and it gives you this feeling of belonging.

Tessa added: “It makes me feel not alone because I meet other people and they’re like oh I’m queer, I’m bi, I’m gay or non-binary and I’m like oh cool, that’s not not just me then! It’s also a lot easier to go out when you have a group of friends who are going to go out and do it with you, it’s motivating and you can share a laugh or a cake or a hug or whatever it’s all about doing something you love and is good for you

“I think it’s also unusual to find an LGBTQIA+ venue that’s not all about drinking and partying. Especially in places like Manchester and other cities it’s like going out and getting drunk and dancing so it’s good to have an alternative. We’re not an exclusively sober space, but we’re not alcohol-centric either. »

After creating the collective last November, the group now has followers from all over the UK and regularly receives new members from places such as Leeds and Lancaster.

Tessa said: “At first it was a bit of an experiment to start with, we weren’t used to social media at first but now we kind of are! It really came in waves, at first we were hosting an event and we had maybe one or two people, but now the legs have grown and we have people coming from further afield. It’s clear there’s a need for bands like this all over the north of England.

“I think a lot of young people grow up in Cumbria and then move on, especially if you feel like you don’t fit in. Speaking from personal experience, I went to the University of Manchester and was desperate to get away and meet open minded people but then I thought I don’t want to live in Manchester I want to live in the lakes so I have to create this community myself because it’s not already there.

She added that while there are spaces across the county for LGBTQIA+ people to come together, they had been unable to find other Cumbria-based LGBTQIA+ outdoor adventure spaces.

She said: ‘There are some really good things happening in Carlisle with Pink Youth and Barrow’s Drop Zone Youth, but that’s because they’re the two biggest places in Cumbria so there’s not much between both and there are certainly no weird spaces that are adventure-based. I think it is because Cumbria is such a large county and compared to other places it is sparsely populated.

Sami added that the group had also applied for funding to organize a camping weekend around Easter next year, where they hope to see around 30 people attend, including some members of Peak Queer Adventures.

Sami said: “The Youth Hostel Association and All the Elements Support Network have brought together a small community of groups like ours and charities who are all doing similar things to LQA to provide funding for what we do and also create a community of like-minded bands.

Sami and Tessa strive to make the group as accessible as possible and not all of their adventures require a high level of fitness.

Sami said: “We try to make it as inclusive as possible and we try to say that we always make sure that anyone who wants to come can do so. As an outside tutor, I work with many different types of people every day, so I have lots of ideas on how to get people involved. We also run a variety of different events and not all of them require a level of fitness, our wild swims don’t require a lot of walking or swimming and we have already run an arts and crafts day in Kendal.

Tessa added: “The events we organize are not organized events, they are just gatherings. We make sure to display the distance of the adventure and say if it’s on trails so people can make an informed choice about what they want to get involved in. Everyone is responsible for their own safety. But if someone contacts us to let us know they want to attend but have accessibility requirements, we would absolutely be more than happy to organize an event they can attend, we are very adaptable!

Although the group is mainly aimed at adults, children accompanied by their parents are welcome. Both Tessa and Sami said they are keen to spread the word about the group and welcome new members of all ages.

In the future, the couple hopes that new people will come forward to organize adventure events that they can advertise on their page to grow the collective even further.

You can find out about upcoming events on the group’s Instagram at @lakesqueeradventures

The adventure film festival returns to independent cinema https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-adventure-film-festival-returns-to-independent-cinema/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:51:36 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-adventure-film-festival-returns-to-independent-cinema/

SOAR, the Sudbury Outdoor Adventure Reels Film Festival, takes place November 11-13

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Adventure seekers rejoice. The SOAR film festival returns for a second year to satisfy your senses.

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SOAR (Sudbury Outdoor Adventure Reels) takes place at the Sudbury Indie Cinema, 162 Mackenzie Street, November 11-13.

“I am delighted to load up Indie with local outdoor enthusiasts; I’m also very happy with the timing of this year’s festival relative to the Banff Mountain Film Festival – it’s this week in Banff – and that we were able to get two feature films playing there now to play here at SOAR. None of this waits a year,” Sudbury Indie Cinema programmer Beth Mairs said Thursday.

The SOAR Festival is the brainchild of Jim Little, a professor in Laurentian University’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program.

The wider outdoor community is little-known “as a behind-the-scenes prof of the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s long-running world tour, which tends to land a touchdown in Sudbury each year in late January,” Mairs said.

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Little came up with the idea for SOAR during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Banff World Tour was suspended and then offered only as a virtual experience. When he approached Mairs about organizing something locally, she jumped at the chance to participate.

“The adventure aspect of these movies certainly resonates with people, because taking risks in the natural world is a huge metaphor for how we experience life’s greatest challenges,” she said. “If we look at our own dream worlds, our subconscious often conjures up physical challenges to represent psychological challenges: crossing a mountain, swimming against the current, etc. because most of us know deeply that we are part of nature – that we are nature – even though our daily lives can take us away from this reality. We experience this vicarious connection when we identify with the subjects of a film based on wilderness.

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Mairs offered to curate the best wilderness adventure features of the year – drawing on top winners from the festival circuit, including Banff, Whistler, Vancouver, TIFF, Hot Docs and other international festivals. The goal would be for all films to be Northern Ontario premieres.

Little said he looks forward to the second edition of SOAR and “to see the community and members of the public re-energize their passion for the outdoors, adventure and the environment through a series of incredible films in a local location. unbelievable”.

This year’s SOAR festival opens with Precious Leader Woman, a documentary about elite snowboarder Spencer O’Brien.

“This gripping story follows her journey to reclaim her Indigenous identity, as well as her struggles and triumphs on the competitive circuit as one of the world’s top athletes,” Mairs explained.

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Precious female leader won the audience award at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. He also won Best Director at the Whistler Film Festival; and it received an honorable mention for best mountain film.

SOAR also picked up the National Film Board’s latest documentary, Voices across the Water, which is also screening in Banff. Voices across the Water follows two master boat builders — Alaskan Tlingit carver Wayne Price and Yukon artist Halin of Repentigny — as they build birchbark canoes and canoes and pass on their cultural knowledge to the next generation.

Buried will wow viewers on Saturday night. It will mark the film’s Ontario premiere.

“It’s notably one of the best adventure films to be released in 2021, drawing comparisons to 2019’s hit Free Solo,” Mairs noted. “The doc follows the 1982 avalanche disaster at a Lake Tahoe ski resort.”

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Buried won top prizes at Whistler, Vancouver, Austin, Bendfilm and Mountain Culture festivals last year.

“There are a few features that have serious heart-pounding scenes, like Buried and Anwar, but for the most part, SOAR’s feature selection reflects a more thoughtful, relationship-based kind of wilderness. movie,” Mairs said. “Some explore the inner life of the subject, like Precious Leader Woman or The Hermit of Treig, while others emphasize a strong environmental component, like Geographies of Solitude and One for the River.”

The Hermit of Treig will appeal to those who enjoy the TV series Alone, about contestants who are dropped into the desert alone and must survive as long as possible. Ken Smith, the hermit in this film, is the ancestor of the off-grid life, having survived over 40 years alone in the Scottish Highlands. The film examines, in part, how the octogenarian deals with his own failing health.

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Geographies of Solitude closes the festival on November 13.n the Canadian-made environmental documentary that Mairs has been patiently waiting for for almost a year, Geographies of Solitude premiered at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and won three prestigious awards. It has since earned 15 wins or nominations, including Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs earlier this year.

“When I saw announcements from Berlin last year that a Canadian doc had won not one, but three awards, I was practically jumping up and down, but I couldn’t find much information about the doc,” Mairs said. “I was hoping to screen it at the Junction North Documentary Film Festival last year, but there was hardly any trace of it on the internet. That changed in the summer, however, when Films We Like announced that they had the rights. We do a lot of work with Films We Like, so it was relatively easy to pitch and get festival screening. It opens theatrically in Toronto in mid-December, and of course, I’m still loving grab Toronto.

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SOAR will also include a program of short films. Mairs said this year’s offerings are varied, with finalists from around the world.

Even though each director has a different style, they still managed to capture the beauty and awe of the outdoors,” said Meghan Pucan, one of the festival organizers and this year’s student programmers. “I can’t wait for everyone to see all the shorts which will hopefully spark some thoughtful conversations.”

Eight screenings are scheduled for this weekend. All-access passes are $50. Single screening tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite at tinyurl.com/yc5yc5tt. For the full schedule, please visit sudburyindiecinema.com.

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Explore the lost city of gold in the jungles of Sumatra https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/explore-the-lost-city-of-gold-in-the-jungles-of-sumatra/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/explore-the-lost-city-of-gold-in-the-jungles-of-sumatra/

Sumatra has long been a mysterious place. Due to its remoteness and relative darkness, much of this jungle island’s rich history remains undiscovered. Additionally, thousands of unknown animal and plant species live hidden lives in the verdant thickets and fast muddy rivers of Sumatra. Only recently have serious discoveries been made. Most impressive is the discovery of a Buddhist thalassocratic empire called Srivijaya which existed over a thousand years ago. This article will cover what has been discovered about this “lost city” and provide readers with tips on how they can see it for themselves.


Where is the lost city of Sumatra?

The lost city was discovered at the bottom of the Musi River in the southern state of Sumatra. Visitors planning to go there should plan a trip to Indonesia accordingly, as the island of Sumatra belongs to Indonesia.

The majority of the relics were found off Palembang. Palembang is a small village in Sumatra on the Musi River. It is theorized that at one time it was the capital of the Srivijaya Empire.

What we know about the Srivijayas

The fabled kingdom was known as the “Isle of Gold” during the heyday of exploration. This “island” is said to have mysteriously disappeared in the 14th century, and over the centuries explorers have spent considerable resources trying to find it.

  • Civilization: Srivijaya
  • Location: Musi River Bottom, Palembang, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia
  • Type: Thalassocratic
  • Religion: Buddhist
  • civilizational peak: 7th – 12th century AD

Related: These are the best snorkeling spots in IndonesiaThe earliest recorded reference to Srivijaya comes from the Chinese explorer, Yijing, who was a monk during the Tang Dynasty. Yijin said he visited Srivijaya in AD 671 and stayed there for six months. By bringing together a mixture of old and new sources, archaeologists have determined that Srivijaya was a huge thalassocratic empire. It was the first consolidated empire in maritime Southeast Asia and was an important regional center of Buddhism.

The relics found at the bottom of the Musi include a life-size golden statue of the Buddha adorned with precious jewels from around the world. This one artifact, if it didn’t go straight to a museum, would be worth millions of dollars on the market – and it’s just one of thousands of relics still waiting to be found.

From the coins and works of art found at the bottom of the Musi, Srivijaya appears to have reached an advanced level of globalization. They traded extensively with China during a period that saw the rise and fall of the Tang and Song dynasties. They also had trade routes with the Buddhist pala of Bengal and the Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.

Srivijaya would have resembled a floating society, with thousands of houseboats, floating markets and wooden boats populating the river and its banks. While the empire was, at its core, an economic system, much of the accumulated wealth was devoted to consolidating a spiritual order based on the principles of Buddhism.

Since the empire was largely thalassocratic, it spread widely to the surrounding regions of Southeast Asia via rivers and the sea. In fact, it is considered one of the main forces driving the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia and directly influenced the pre-Islamic culture of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The established economic system and trade routes likely also played a role in the eventual spread of Islam in the region.

Not much is known about the demise of the Srivijaya Empire. It is possible that invasions by the Chola Empire and/or climate change contributed to the sinking of the city. Srivijaya has probably disappeared due to its maritime nature, with wooden houses and other architecture that simply sink to the bottom of the river and disappear.

Related: Archaeologists have discovered 40,000-year-old cave paintings in Indonesia

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Here’s what to know about visiting Srivijaya

Getting to Palembang can be tricky, but luckily there are a number of private and public transport options that will get visitors there from the nearest airport. The nearest international airport is in Jakarta, from which visitors can fly to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport, which is about 15 minutes from Palembang Port at the Musi River.

Alternatively, visitors can fly direct to Jambi, which is a six-hour drive from Palembang. Numerous buses connect the two cities and visitors can book a ride from the information center at the airport.

  • fun fact: Jambi was an important part of the Srivijaya Empire, but there has been limited archaeological exploration in the area, making it an ideal location for budding treasure hunters.

In general, tourism is concentrated in North Sumatra, so tourism infrastructure tends to be lacking in South Sumatra. Nonetheless, it makes the adventure more thrilling as visitors will cross roads less traveled on their journey to the lost city.

While in Palembang, don’t forget to visit Kuto Besak Fortress. The fortress is a remnant of the Srivijaya era, and there are ancient inscriptions on the walls that provide insight into the mysteries of the lost maritime empire.

An interesting way to experience what life was like on the Musi River in Srivijaya times is to join a tour. With kayaks and professional guides, visitors can paddle down the Musi and perhaps get a glimpse of Srivijaya’s glory days. While floating on the “Lazy River”, tourists will see firsthand how an entire city could be established on the surface of this most auspicious and invigorating body of water. With the thick, dark and dangerous jungle of Sumatra on both banks of the river, it makes sense that the Srivijayas decided to settle on the water rather than the land.

  • Round: Tubing and kayaking on the great Musi river
  • Length: All day
  • Price: $83
  • Difficulty: Suitable for beginners
  • Advantages: hotel and airport pickup, tour guides with insider knowledge, personalized itinerary, no crowds

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The tour offers hotel pickup and drop-off, which is probably one of the only ways to truly access the river as a tourist, as the roads are difficult for outsiders to navigate. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to ask local tour guides questions and gain insider information about the region and its history. Having friendly tour guides while exploring this remote part of the world is very helpful as they can help mediate communication with the locals.

Next: 10 epic adventures for solo travelers in Indonesia

LIEGMANN, Joshua – Kelowna Obituary https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/liegmann-joshua-kelowna-obituary/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:37:19 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/liegmann-joshua-kelowna-obituary/

February 7, 1998 – October 23, 2022

On October 23, 2022, Joshua Eduard Liegmann went to join our Lord. He left this land sinking into one of his passions: paragliding in the majesty of nature.

Josh is survived by his father, Iron Liegmann; his mother, Paula Liegmann; his sister, Helena Liegmann; grandmothers Ruth Liegmann and Mary Wasylyk; uncles Roger (Carrie) Liegmann, Mark (Vendela) Wasylyk and Jason Wasylyk; aunts Rachelle (Kevin) Loopeker and Marilyn Ferland; and precious cousins ​​Daniel, Brandt, Brea (Nathan), Alyssa, Margot, Jonathan (Maike), Sean, Nikolas, Mikhail, Damek and Zovya. He is predeceased by his grandfathers Ray Liegmann and Eugene Wasylyk. Josh leaves behind many close friends from UBCO’s engineering program and BC’s outdoor adventure crowd, including the whitewater kayaking and paragliding communities.

The family thanks the many first responders involved in Josh’s accident, including those who skillfully recovered his body and those who investigated the circumstances with sensitivity and kindness. Josh’s mother is especially grateful to the Kelowna RCMP member who delivered the tragic news with genuine compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CRIS Adaptive Adventures, www.adaptiveadventures.ca, which facilitates outdoor adventures for those with barriers such as physical, sensory or cognitive challenges. Josh was the ultimate inclusion, and he would certainly smile hugely at the idea of ​​more people doing cooler outdoor activities in more creative ways!

Donations can also be made to Metro Community, www.metrocommunity.ca/give. Josh was an advocate and protector. He and his father connected through their common heart for the vulnerable, often spending time together with homeless people and associated challenges. “If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and meet the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like noon.” This principle resonated with Josh.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church, 3714 Gordon Drive, Kelowna. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. If you cannot attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available for viewing shortly thereafter.

Condolences, photos or keepsakes can be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

]]> Ancestral Supplements Harnesses Bear Grylls to Help Put Back What the Modern Diet Left Out https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ancestral-supplements-harnesses-bear-grylls-to-help-put-back-what-the-modern-diet-left-out/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ancestral-supplements-harnesses-bear-grylls-to-help-put-back-what-the-modern-diet-left-out/

One of the most recognized faces of outdoor adventure and survival, Bear Grylls, teams up with age-old supplements to help improve the nutrition and health of families around the world

HOUSTON, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ancestral Supplements, the founder and leader of the beef organ supplement movement, is pleased to announce that the global face of adventure Bear Grylls will join forces to focus on the importance of balanced diet to support an active life.

Ancestral Supplements is the manufacturer of high-quality, nutrient-dense superfoods in supplement form. The company also offers recipes and educational materials on the benefits of eating organ meats. The name “Ancestral Supplements” is based on the ancient belief that like sustains like.

“The modern diet is full of processed foods…” said Divina Jandusay, CEO of Ancestral Supplements. “Current health statistics reveal that an increasing number of people are struggling with autoimmune diseases, obesity and/or depression; diseases that our ancestors did not have in such large numbers. If we let’s look at the diet of our ancestors, they thrived on eating the organs of the animals they hunted.There is an ancient belief that the fresh organs of a healthy animal will benefit the same organs in our body…and our bodies naturally recognize these nutrient rich foods. It’s amazing how many lives are changed for the better by incorporating liver and other beef organs into their lives. We are thrilled to welcome Bear Grylls to our tribe so that we help individuals regain their health and well-being with high-quality beef organ supplements and ancient wisdom.

Bear Grylls said, “I’ve spent my life pushing the boundaries of how to survive and thrive in life and in the great outdoors,” Bear Grylls said. “And I know, firsthand, that getting the right nutrition for myself and my family makes a huge difference in how we feel and what we can accomplish. Joining the team at Ancestral Supplements is a natural evolution. of everything I believe in: adventure, taking control of our lives and being self-reliant. That’s why I’m so proud of the vision of everyone at Ancestral Supplements, because I know we can help improve the lives of those who are beginning to embrace their primitive side.

“What sets us apart from any other supplement company, besides our strong commitment to quality,” Jandusay said, “is our free guided journey. Customers can learn more about the role nutrition can play in their life [email protected]. We believe it is our duty to provide the best experience with the best nutrition.”

About Ancestral Supplements

Ancestral Supplements is a Texas-a vitamin and supplement-based company doing business the old-fashioned way – one customer at a time. Since 2016, Ancestral Supplements has been improving the nutrition and health of families around the world. They are the founders of the beef organ supplement movement and are focused on restoring what the modern diet has left behind. The mission is to honor the wisdom of simpler times and help restore the health and well-being of all who need it. For more information on high quality nutritional supplements or to find out what is missing from the modern diet, visit AncestralSupplements.com

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Media contact for ancestral supplements:
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About Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is arguably the most recognizable face of adventure on the planet. He is a former British special forces soldier, who became one of the youngest climbers of Everest, despite having broken his back in a freefall accident a few months earlier. Since Everest, he’s hosted more extreme adventure TV shows on more global networks than anyone else in history. Bear’s shows include the legendary Discovery Channel show MAN Vs WILD and the hit show RUNNING WILD with Bear Grylls, now in its eighth season on the National Geographic Channel. His Running Wild guests have included President Obama, Roger Federer, julia robertPrime Minister Modi of India and many other stars. He also hosts the two-time Emmy Award-winning Netflix INTERACTIVE series YOU VS WILD, where viewers decide Bear’s adventure. He’s a family man, a #1 bestselling author who has sold over 20 million books. He is the Honorary Colonel of Britain’s Royal Marine Commandos and the first Chief Ambassador for the world’s 55 million young Scouts.

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]]> How Jezza Williams is changing adventure travel in New Zealand https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/how-jezza-williams-is-changing-adventure-travel-in-new-zealand/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 18:53:01 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/how-jezza-williams-is-changing-adventure-travel-in-new-zealand/

Jezza Williams’ addiction of choice has always been adventure. “Children these days look for mischief in the wrong places, when the best mischief is to rush off a big cliff,” he says, his eyes dancing. Williams, 46, has a sense of humor and an innate propensity to push boundaries, even in the wake of a life-changing accident.

Williams worked in the adventure tourism industry from the start: his first job was at the Fox Peak ski area in Fairlie, in his native New Zealand, driving a grader on the road to the ski area. Always enterprising, he lied about his age and taught himself to drive the grader in the parking lot.

By his mid-twenties, Williams had accumulated several qualifications in outdoor recreation and leadership. For a decade, Williams lived on rivers, traversing jungles and deserts around the world. He organized seven-day trips on the Zambezi River in Zambia. He took people rafting in the La Mosquitia rainforest in Honduras. He would fly to the UK and travel to Morocco, then spend weeks on multi-day trips to the Atlas Mountains. In New Zealand, he has organized heli-rafting trips, taking guests by helicopter to Class V rivers – classified as having extremely long and violent rapids by the International Scale of River Difficulty – and in rafting.

In Switzerland, he led canyoning tours, where tumbling waterfalls into sunken pools as part of the descent was second nature. Until one day in August 2010, when he was 34, Williams misjudged his takeoff. Instead of executing a graceful swan dive from the top of a waterfall, he slipped. The back of his helmet hit a rock on the way down.

Participants of a Makingtrax trip, preparing to go rafting on the Tongariro River in New Zealand

Courtesy of Jezza Williams

“I shattered my C5 and C6 vertebrae, then landed at the bottom of the waterfall and ended up getting a little puffy in there,” Williams says matter-of-factly. (By manked, he means nearly drowned: in addition to his spinal injury, his lungs were collapsing from inhaling water and sand.) a hospital where he spent four weeks in a coma .

When he woke up, he was breathing through a machine. Over the next 11 months, Williams had to learn to eat, drink and breathe as a C5 quadriplegic. (Williams can raise his arms and bend his elbows.) Returning to New Zealand in June 2011 was difficult. His friends were still there “tilting and rolling”, while Williams started life anew, adjusting to reliance on help from caregivers. He had returned during the dark winter months, spending time in rehab two or three times a week and working out his body. He was weak, he says, pointing out that it takes about two years for a body to recognize that it has suffered extreme trauma. Then there was the mental battle. “You have a lot of fears when you get injured for the first time. . . . You think Oh, I can’t travel, I can’t go back outside, let alone open a business.,” he says. For the first time in Williams’ hectic life, he had to slow down. Until, eight months into his rehab, Williams decided it was time to move on. “J called some friends and asked okay, What are we doing? And that’s when I started organizing systems to put my body back into my world.

And then, a realization: Williams was stunned by the lack of infrastructure and opportunities for people of different abilities in New Zealand’s adventure tourism industry. So he relied on his industry knowledge, determination, and willingness to use himself as a guinea pig to figure out how to get back out there. “I found ideas for rafting, paragliding, skydiving. . . . It all started pretty basic with napkins and duct tape,” he says.


Rider Jody Blatchley on a Gravity Quad – provided by Makingtrax – at Christchurch Adventure Park

Courtesy of Jezza Williams

On October 25, 2012, her birthday, Williams launched Makingtrax, an organization dedicated to inclusion in adventure travel. Its goal was to set an industry standard, educate operators on how to be more inclusive, and guide people towards inclusive businesses. Today, Makingtrax is spearheading inclusive travel in New Zealand, with the first inclusive travel directory of its kind highlighting activities people of all abilities can take part in, from skydiving to whale watching. Williams was constantly pushing the boundaries to show exactly what those activities could be.

In 2015 he completed the Mongol Rally, a 16,000 mile trek from London to Mongolia, with river guide and skydiving friends. It took two and a half months. After the rally, Williams returned to New Zealand and set out to become a paraglider pilot, largely because it was a huge challenge. “I can go out in sea kayaks, I can go on rafts, but I don’t manage it, you know? There are other people who help me,” he says. “Paragliding is the only sport where I can just jump in a buggy and someone can throw me off a hill. It gives me my own buzz. He got the license.

After securing funding from philanthropic funder the Rātā Foundation and the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Williams acquired four paraglider buggies designed for people with reduced mobility. They work for both solo and tandem flights. This means that anyone with hand and arm function can learn to fly in a matter of weeks, a process that requires 40 flights in different locations. Helping to pave the way for others to obtain their own paragliding licenses, or simply for recreational flying, is part of Williams’ goal. Even though the entire industry has been slow to see what’s possible, Williams’ vision has always been clear.

“Imagine that,” he said. “Someone [of any ability] could fly in New Zealand, go paragliding and even get their own paragliding licence. They can go mountain biking. Kayak. They can go around New Zealand with their family, with their friends, like any average joe, because they are average joes.