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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

Skiing Adventure Recap
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Skiing Adventure Recap

AJ Linnell | MK Ambassador

November is typically a bit earlier than I start pursuing big lines in the alpine; regardless, Z and I started off the day with all kinds of grand visions for today’s trip. Neither of us quite anticipated the actual result.

Skinning away from the truck at 04:45, stars shining brilliantly overhead, we broke trail up Garnet Canyon–feeling good and ambitious, hoping for steep turns on sweet snow and fun climbing. We did find some of that, and some other stuff. Like a questionably-frozen lake that creaked and popped as we puckered up and kept skinning across the ice.

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Park to Park

Riding a bike 50 plus miles a day for 5 days straight is a chore for most people. Riding 450 miles, with 12,000 vertical feet of gain, from Glacier to Yellowstone National Parks in the same time period was a chore for the most serious roadies. Being one of those […]