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5th Annual Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition
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5th Annual Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition

5th Annual Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition

Stephen F. Austin State University hosted its 5th Annual Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition this past Saturday, November 19, in Nacogdoches, TX. The climbing wall, which is located in Campus Recreation, is a part of the Outdoor Pursuits Program at SFASU. The competition brought over 70 participants from four different universities across Texas which included Baylor, Texas A&M College Station, Texas A&M Commerce and SFA. There were approximately 35 top rope routes and 15 boulder routes set for the competition by the SFA staff. Participants not only enjoyed a complementary lunch and a competition t-shirt, they were also put into a drawing for prizes that were generously donated by the competition sponsors which included Mountain Khakis, La Sportiva and Mad Rock. The staff at SFA is also proud to announce that in the five years that they have held this competition they have never seen as many as 70 participants.

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Turkey Burn

DE LEON SPRINGS, FL – Pangea Adventure Racing presented the 2011 Turkey Burn AR on Saturday to decide their season champions. The 12 hour elite race was full of teams who competed all year long to qualify for the chance to walk (or limp) away as the best team of the year. Thanks to sponsors like Mountain Khakis, Pangea handed out over $5000 in prizes to the teams who would race simply for the glory of winning alone.

Viva La Nina!  Viva The Backcountry Film Festival!
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Viva La Nina! Viva The Backcountry Film Festival!

Backcountry Film Festival

If the thought of La Nina returning for a second year to grace us with her wintery presence isn’t enough, the folks at Winter Wildlands Alliance have a sure-fire way to get you excited about winter. With sold-out venues and standing room only at both the Boise and Spokane premieres the Backcountry Film Festival is now touring throughout the US and beyond.  And whether you are a fan of the backcountry, side country, the Nordic trails or simply hot chocolate by the fire, you won’t want to miss this celebration of the winter experience. If you haven’t been before, you are in for a treat – the films are sick, the beer is cold and the raffle is awesome, including great gear from Mountain Khakis, Backcountry Magazine, Ambler Hats, Sierra Trading Post, Go-Lite,  Keen Footwear, Osprey Packs and more. You’re bound to leave a winner!

Another Thanksgiving in Paradise – 2011 Thanksgiving Training Camp Recap
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Another Thanksgiving in Paradise – 2011 Thanksgiving Training Camp Recap

It’s the 11th year we’ve hosted our Thanksgiving Training Camp, and we’re pleased to say that it was the best Camp yet. The trails up at Lily Lake are in terrific shape, and while we wish we could teleport everyone to the top of the hill to start skiing, we’re […]

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Rolling on Salmon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ObntkZEKio

Salmo salar.  Arguably translated as “the leaper,” this Latin term describes a fish whose attempts at doing what it is genetically pre-programmed to do are nothing short of amazing. History has proven that if you give this fish an opportunity to succeed, it will. Against all odds. Yet, since the American Revolution, humans have time after time created countless challenges within the river systems that these majestic fish inhabit.

The Penobscot River, once home to one of the most productive and healthy Atlantic salmon fisheries in the world, certainly the most productive in the US, is a perfect example of these challenges.  We’ve spent a lot of time on this river system lately, and it will play a large part in the film. The Penobscot has received a lot of attention in the last few years, playing large parts in the Atlantic salmon’s listing as an endangered species, as well as the River Restoration Trust, Trout Unlimited and the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s dam removal discussions. More importantly is the immensely exciting spike in the fish count at the Veazie Trap this year. According to reports from Maine DMR, this year was the 3rd largest count since 1978 with a total of 3,124, the largest run in 20 years!!!

This past June we had the great opportunity to roll cameras at the Veazie Trap and spend a day with Oliver Cox and his crew from Maine’s Department of Marine Resources. We also spent some time talking with some incredibly passionate biologists about the Penobscot. I encourage you to take a look at the rough-cut video.

As we start to wrap up filming for this project, the blog post: Rolling on Salmon will be updated more frequently. Looking ahead, you can expect to see footage from our adventure to the Adlatok River in Labrador with Robin Reeve and John Gierach, or the GGP crew on location in Gaspe, the Atlantic salmon’s impact on our native peoples, as well as a look back to the sporting heritage of Salmon fishing. As always we love to hear your feedback, you and your stories are very important to us.

Yours in rivers,
The GGP Crew