“My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of Oregon’s Hood River Valley. As a child, she played sports but never knew about outdoor recreation, despite being surrounded by Mount Hood and hundreds of miles of trails. Her first pivotal outdoor experience was going to Multnomah Falls, a roadside stop outside Portland. “I didn’t know what you needed in order to do that stuff. Did you need a permit, a ticket? It wasn’t until college that I realized that all the trails and outdoors were free for all of us to use.” Watch Yesi's journey to climb Mount St. Helens and pursue her American dream.
In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my friend Jayson Sime. The race is a 102.9-mile ultramarathon with 20,000 feet of elevation gain, which is no small feat for a couple of guys who don’t know what they’re doing. How did the race go? You can watch our film, How to Run 100 Miles, to find out. No spoilers here.
Ultra-runners overcome obstacles on every trail. In this film, Force of Nature Mirna Valerio overcomes the negative voices that don’t believe she belongs in the sport. Watch now.
People have opinions about skier Caroline Gleich: Inspirational. Gumby. Social media star. Role model. Model masquerading as a mountaineer. At sixteen, she stumbled upon a copy of the cult classic guidebook The Chuting Gallery. Irreverent and wonderfully arbitrary, the guidebook lays out a set of 90 ski mountaineering lines across Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. “Follow Through” is a story of loss, belonging and desire for respect. In this age of hyperconnectivity, which voices do we choose to hear and which do we ignore?