Video Teaser: "Where The Trail Ends"

  So I came across some footage from this video a few weeks ago, but a couple of days ago, I found the official teaser. This clip shows a lot more of the freeride mountain biking action that they're getting into in "Where The Trail Ends" and watches even sicker than that first clip. The biking really is like bike mountaineering, Moab meets BC-style. There are some incredible lines and I can't wait to see...
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Jeremy Jones/Teton Gravity Research Working on Sequel to Deeper

  Well, it's officially the worst time of year for snowboard stoke. Because nearly every U.S. resort is closed or closing within the next couple of weeks. But here's some stoke anyway: Further, the sequel to TGR/Jeremy Jones' award-winning, groundbreaking, big-mountain snowboard film Deeper, released last fall, is coming in fall 2012. The crew has already filmed in Japan and plans to include shoots from such exotic locations as the Arctic Circle and Georgia (former...
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Lost and Found: Jeff Lowe's Backpack Recovered at the Eiger After 20 Years

  Here's a story of promise for anyone that's ever lost gear or valuables out in the wilderness: After 20 years lost in the snow and ice under Europe's most infamous peak, a backpack belonging to climbing legend Jeff Lowe was recovered and returned. Lowe lost the backpack when he was forced to toss it off during a climb of the Eiger's north face two decades ago. During the shooting of a film about Lowe...
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Sick Climbs On Earthy Fingers in Chad's Ennedi Desert

I've never done any outdoor rock climbing, mostly because of the prohibitive costs of equipment. I've found that with other sports higher on my to-do list, I just don't have much coin left to expand. This is the type of video clip that makes me yearn to climb, though. And, to me, that's the mark of a great video. Climbers Alex Honnold, James Pearson and Mark Synnott jeeped across the barren desertlands of Chad for...
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Backcountry Skiing on Bikes In the Gobi Desert

  I was watching some footage of the Red Bull Rampage the other day (sssiiicck!) when I thought to myself that one day freeride mountain biking was going to go the way of backcountry skiing. No designated trails. No lifts or shuttles. Basically scout a gnar line from the ground, work your way up by pedaling, hiking and ropework and then shred down. Biking's has a bit more of impact on the landscape than skiing,...
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Terrifyingly Awesome: Swinglining Moab's Canyons

Man, I'm really behind on all-out adrenaline sports. I've barely gotten my mind around slacklining, and here comes a little something called swinglining. It's kind of like the canyon swings that you find in places like Glenwood Springs, Colorado and New Zealand, only of the DIY variety. No further explanation required: Via The Goat    
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Goin' Retro (Progressive?): Big Mountain Snurfing in Utah

I've fast become a fan of the Provo brothers. Partly because they're Utah guys and their footage, photos and stories come straight from my backyard. Partly because they put together such well-done, stunning videos. And, truth be told, the reggae is a sweet bonus. Their clip of skiing Cedar Breaks was one of my favorite skiing vids ever, and their latest experiment no boarding backcountry trees, steeps and ravines is a pretty great follow-up.  Take...
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How the Amish Do Skiing

  There aren't many mountains in the lowlands of Pennsylvania and Ohio where the Amish call home. But that's okay: that's what the horse-and-buggy is for. Not sure why this is on a channel called Fail's World, because this is just a success all around. Check it: Via The Goat
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Lights Out! Surfing a 30-Foot Hawaiian Break In The Dark

  Many young children figure out something that they eventually forget: things are more fun in the dark. Remember those games of manhunt you played when you were 10? During the day, that would have just been a bunch of goofy kids running playing hide-and-seek for no reason. But at night, it was friggin' manhunt. Often adults forget that important lesson, but big kids tend to remember. And some find out that the rule even...
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Electric Eel Vs. Gator: Which Beast Wins

Back when I was in college (and to this very day, if I'm being honest) I conceptualized an exotic, underground animal fighting ring. Forget dog fighting, I'm talkin' lion vs. grizzly bear, shark vs. crocodile, rhino vs. hippo, etc. etc. No, I'm not a cruel animal hater, but you have to admit, it would be really intriguing to see who won such battles. Now what with national and international animal cruelty laws, endangered species designations...
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Pre/Early-Season Stoke: Slashing Powder in Utah Red-Rock Country

Last week, Billy Brown dropped some sweet, early-season stoke footage from the Tetons. So I figure it's my turn. The footage below is a short but incredible little backcountry epic filmed by Utah's Provo brothers in the high desert of southern Utah. At first blush, it might look like Bryce Canyon National Park, but it's actually the similar (but less regulated) Cedar Breaks National Monument. The amazing contrast of sharp, red rock and dry, desert...
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Rappelling Into An Active Volcano (On Video)

I remember a video clip about some Russian dude who wing-suited his way into an active volcano, spitting steam and ash into the atmosphere around him. In fact, here it is. At the time, that sounded about as extreme as it gets. Wing-suiting is pretty frickin' crazy in a wide open valley, but doing it onto the lip of a searing volcano was truly gonzo. This video is even more gonzo. Extreme climber Drew Bristol...
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Video: Snow, Mud and Rocks at the Red Bull 5000 Down

It's officially fall this week, which means our minds are slowly drifting to things like fall foliage, snow, winter sports and Oktoberfest celebrations. I recently came across the perfect video for welcoming in fall. The Red Bull 5000 Down, a downhill mountain bike race in Whistler, BC that took place earlier this month had a little early-season snow. 250 mountain bikers pedal, skid and claw their way down 5,020 vertical feet in a pure cluster...
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Extreme Snowshoeing: Yes, It's That Sweet

Being a full-time writer can be a lot like being an unemployed dirtbag. You try to stay focused and keep your eye toward the future. But sooner or later, a search for work becomes a search for off-the-wall, goofy videos that you waste hours watching. Then it's time for bed. On one recent search, I was actually looking for some hard info for a snowshoeing article. What I got was a taste of "extreme snowshoeing."...
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Video: World Heli Championships From Down Under

It's September, which means fall, and more importantly, winter are just around the corner. I happened across a pretty sweet couple of clips of the World Heli Championships, which went down this past August in Wanaka, New Zealand. As a fan of big-mountain riding, I thought this was the perfect way to whet the appetite for the 10/11 season. Here's some nice footage from the event. Pretty sick.
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127 Hours Trailer: The Aron Ralston Story Goes Big

127 Hours is a film about Aron Ralston, the mountain climber and adventurer who sawed off his own arm after becoming stuck under a boulder in Blue John Canyon in southeast Utah. Not surprisingly, since the incident in 2003, Ralston has been somewhat of an outdoor legend. The film comes out this fall, and the trailer has hit the great wide open of the Web. You can watch below and see what you think. Looks...
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Bobsled Skating: Sheer, Four-Wheeled Mayhem

I've been churning out so many pre-, mid- and post-Outdoor Retailer gear posts lately that I think it was high time for a nice, clean video break. And what better break than some crazy German dude skating down a bobsled track? Click. Watch. Enjoy. via Wend  
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Iceberg Kayak Leap

I know, I know. This video's been around for a couple of years. But I'm not exactly a YouTube junkie and I happened to stumble across it in my Web travels. It features a few of my favorite things: an iceberg, kayaking off of random stuff and a pretty short, sick drop. I had to feature it for those who haven't seen it. All else can be answered at a drop of the play button.
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World First Tandem Whitewater Surf Goes Down on Colorado River

  Just a few days ago, I included whitewater paddleboarding on a list of up-in-coming adventure sports, and then I came across a unique accomplishment in the sport: the world's first tandem surf. Why two people would want to share a surfboard in the middle of a swelling rapid is beyond me--especially since they end up looking like they're doing ice dancing or some other lame finesse sport in the pictures--but Kalani Vierra and Jen...
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NPS Releases Virtual Tour of Half-Dome Hike

  I've never done Half Dome, but having seen pictures of it, it reminds me a little of Angel's Landing, with its cable-assisted scrambling at the finish. It's largely because of pictures like the one above that I've been less than interested in trying this classic. If you've been considering making the Half Dome hike or just wonder what it's all about, the NPS put together a nice 9.5-minute video that provides some tips and...
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