[LESS INFO] 1618 VIEWS | ADDED 16:14:49 12/01/11
We've reached the end. It's with mixed emotions that Bryan and I have decided that this will be the final episode of this experiment in grassroots storytelling. It's been an incredible adventure for us. The athletes left us inspired. The community reaction humbled us. Thank you. A few things I will never forget: Spending New Years Eve in a no name town on Vancouver island inside Jonaven's airstream. Rain pelted the aluminum. Watching the cable cam first take flight. The resulting look of glee on Matt's face. Sunset at the mouth of the Klamath. Realizing that I still have the same enthusiasm for traveling the American West as I did when I was 21. Watching the light fade from the top of Cheop's. I could go on and on. It has been a memorable experience. Thanks for watching.
[LESS INFO] 1006 VIEWS | ADDED 16:30:00 11/28/11
Dawn breaks on Mount Rainier and it's time for the 6,000-foot climb from base camp to the summit. This is the chance for Greg Hill to summit the mountain that launched him on his skiing career. Now, if only the weather will window will hold long enough.
[LESS INFO] 1038 VIEWS | ADDED 17:00:00 11/17/11
Rising 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is where many aspiring mountaineers go to test their skills. Crevasses, hanging glaciers, weather that's not always predictable. At 19, Greg had the climbing bug and set his sights on Rainier. But summiting is not a gimme by any means. When he first saw Rainier, Greg "saw an amazing mountain that scared the crap out of me. There was a lot of fear but no understanding." After years spent honing skills in the mountains, Greg views Rainier as a mountain of potential. Now, he's set his sights on two routes in two days.
[LESS INFO] 966 VIEWS | ADDED 17:16:00 11/14/11
"Am I disaster prone?" asks Ryan Peterson. After nine days on the river, the search for the Ghost Run isn't going well. We see fish, but catching them is a different story. We have a big foot encounter. A big low is screaming towards the coast. The water is rising and this last effort in terrible weather might make or break Ryan's goal for the season. Ryan is going to give it his all.
[LESS INFO] 855 VIEWS | ADDED 16:00:00 11/07/11
Winter came early and shut down Kevin and Jeremy's work in the burn. The coldest season overstayed its welcome well into May. By the time the ground had dried enough to return to work, the access road into the forest suddenly sprouted a gate with a lock. With a little ingenuity, the boys gained access and got back after it. After eight months of shaping, honing, and waiting, it is about to go down.
[LESS INFO] 855 VIEWS | ADDED 13:30:00 11/03/11
Spread across Greg Hill's downstairs man cave are a series of maps stitched together. The Purcells. Monashees. Selkirks. Adamants. Valhallas. British Columbia's ranges extend outward from the hub of Revelstoke. Meticulous pencil lines are drawn to mark each route traveled, each successful peak. When we saw it, we wondered what we had just signed up for. After his successful two million vertical feet year, Greg had another idea altogether. This season, Greg wanted to return to the mountain where his career began when he was 18 years old -- Mount Rainier.
[LESS INFO] 808 VIEWS | ADDED 15:00:00 10/31/11
"The LIst is this ongoing process in my head," says climber Craig DeMartino. Each season, his mind wanders over past climbs. They bubble to the surface and Craig makes it a point to go out and repeat them, but over the years a funny thing happened. The List became less about looking backward then as a means for looking forward. Craig climbs as hard, if not harder than he did before his accident and amputation, so it would only make sense that he would add new, more challenging routes to The List. For traditional climbers, El Capitan is near the top of every tick list.
[LESS INFO] 818 VIEWS | ADDED 15:00:00 10/27/11
%ldquoIt%rsquos sort of a clich%eacute, but there is this fishing joke that says %ndash there is only one other sensation that can compare,%rdquo says Ryan Peterson. %ldquoI%rsquoll leave it at that.%rdquo After days without landing a fish and living on the river, our fishing lives are as active as e local night life. The gang starts to wonder if landing one of these ghost run steelheads will ever happen. Everywhere there are signs of the fish, but when it comes to taking a fly, they remain elusive. We follow one California%rsquos wildest rivers down to the mouth and back again.
[LESS INFO] 778 VIEWS | ADDED 14:00:00 10/24/11
In 2010, Greg Hill achieved the unthinkable. He ski toured two million vertical feet. He'd spent the prior decade prior shaping his body into a powder slaying weapon, sharpening his understanding of British Columbia's sometimes dangerous snow pack and refining his mountain sense in order to travel safely, even on days when the avalanche danger crept into the red. Or as Greg puts it, "I used to be a mountain boy, but now I can grow a pretty decent mustache and I think of myself as a mountain man." When he crossed the mark on the final day of 2010, everyone was curious%ndash what's next? Three million? Maybe not, but Greg has a few ideas.
[LESS INFO] 729 VIEWS | ADDED 15:00:00 10/13/11
Craig DeMartino barely survived his 100 foot fall. After three months in the ER, critical care and rehabilitation centers, he was able to return home to his family and something that resembled his life before the accident. His frail body made living difficult and a rare nerve disorder brought on by the trauma only worsened the situation. Craig was faced with a decision. His right foot would never heal. He would never chase his kids across the backyard or climb again. But there was an option -- amputation. It was a risk, but it seemed no foot might be better than a bad foot. Craig thought long and hard. In an attempt to get his life back, Craig decided he would rather be an amputee than spend the rest of his life regretting.
[LESS INFO] 724 VIEWS | ADDED 15:00:00 10/10/11
The Ghost Run exists. Top Dog proved it. The pictures taped to wall of the Salmon River Outpost are worth a thousand words. With the rising water from recent snow and rain, the fish are moving up river and Ryan goes to work floating and fishing the Klamath River and its tributaries. It's said that steelhead are the fish of a thousand casts, but on a river that has felt the hand of man so powerfully -- through dams, agriculture and overfishing -- it might just take a few more casts.
[LESS INFO] 726 VIEWS | ADDED 21:48:00 10/06/11
After Cedar was born, Thomasina moved back home and tried to make a go of settling down. Newfoundland provided a sense of home. It was a place where store owners knew locals' names and people helped one another. She managed it for a few months, but after a while the nomadic climber in her needed to leave. For Thomasina, the only thing that could rival the Newfoundland community was the climbing community.
[LESS INFO] 760 VIEWS | ADDED 17:12:00 10/03/11
We've got a ghost story for you. The Klamath River, running through the rugged Northern California mountains, used to hold the fourth largest population of salmon and steelhead in the world. Every year millions of fish would surge up stream. Now, over fishing, agriculture, and bad politics have taken their toll, and the once great runs are not only diminished, they are mostly gone. To many fly fisherman, the Klamath might as well be dead. But angler Ryan Peterson has heard rumors that during the winter, a run of massive steelhead creep upstream unnoticed. Is it a good yarn or is it real? This season Ryan wants to find out. The search for the ghost run begins.
[LESS INFO] 795 VIEWS | ADDED 14:30:00 09/29/11
Jeremy and Kevin have spent the whole summer digging, building, riding and then refining the trails through the Burn. It's consumed the summer months and headed right into fall. Linking up the series of gaps, rock drops and step downs has come with its share of near season ending crashes, and a true complete descent has remained elusive. Neither one of them wants to spend the winter thinking about their lines in the Burn. It's time to move on.