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Month: November 2012

What the Tree Remembers…

“What the tree remembers, the axe forgets.”  I love this line from the new short film of the same name, a Dark Rye (an online magazine for Whole Foods Market) production featuring Best Made.

I am sure most of you are familiar with Best Made by this point.  It seems like when I first came across Best Made, they were simply making some of the sweetest axes around, but now, they have put together a collection of gear that truly constitutes a kind of ideal wish list for me, or any one else that feels at home in the woods.  I just picked up the Muir book with the patch (“Less is Muir” – I love it) for a friend for Christmas.  I hope I am a good enough person to part with the patch when it arrives…

What the Tree Remembers, the Axe Forgets from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

Tracing my Steps

To avoid losing my mind among work, midterms, finals, labs, and term papers, I have embarked on a self-indulgent project to combine topo maps, images, and whatever additional relics I have collected along the way to “map” some of my favorite places.  Below is an initial (and draft) entry for Fish Creek, one of my favorite places on the Clackamas River, and a venue for some of my favorite hiking, rafting, and cycling trips.  I captured a rafting (and, as it turned out, swimming) trip on this trib of the Clackamas in April last year with my friend Randy, included below.

Oh, and no PBRs were harmed in the filming on the video.  They all happened to make it through “Toilet Bowl”.  My sunglasses, however, are presumably polluting the Pacific Ocean somewhere.

April on the Upper Clackamas from Ryan Johnson on Vimeo.

DamNation Trailer

I missed this over the summer, but Felt Soul Media has posted a trailer for the upcoming film DamNation, a look at the history of dams in the U.S. and the current momentum to remove obsolete dams throughout the country.  Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel (of Felt Soul Media, and directors of the Pebble Mine doc Red Gold) and produced in conjunction with Stoecker Ecological, I am really looking forward to this one.

DamNation | Trailer from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

This is Oregon

I recently stumbled on a collaborative project called This is Oregon.  Shwood Eyewear and photographer Julian Bialowas teamed up to create an inspiring series of photos and the video below.  Check it out…

No matter where you live, adventure is much closer than you think. New experiences, unknown surroundings, and exciting opportunities are just waiting to be discovered. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of motivation and knowing where to start.

We’ve traveled to ten locations within a 90-minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon to showcase the awe-inspiring landscapes that are waiting to be explored. From highway pull-offs to backcountry overnighters, and sun-baked coastlines to snowy mountainsides, there is something for everyone, everywhere.

At each location we captured a featured photograph and paired it with an interactive 360 degree panorama and Google map to help you find your way. Hopefully these destinations will light the fire for you to look beyond and explore the endless beauty waiting outside your door.

THIS IS OREGON from Shwood Eyewear on Vimeo.

Vote the Environment

Patagonia and Wilco reminding us why voting is as important as ever.  Go vote!

Vote the Environment from Free Range Studios on Vimeo.

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