Inspiration for this poem comes from a mysterious ancestor on my mothers side. This medicine woman was said to have once stared down a pack of wolves. We all have ancestors. Who are they? How far do we have to go back to find our last wild relation? How far do we have to look back for you and I to meet our last ancestor in common?
Portland, OR - Only The Essential Events
Location: Portland, OR at Next Adventure
Date: Saturday January 17th
- Hiking class including inspiration, invaluable tips and Base Camp beer
- Screening of the film, raffle, more Base Camp beer and Q&A
- After party to follow at Base Camp Brewing
Register and learn more at the links below:
Only The Essential's premier event is a week away. The Green Mountain Club is the organization that maintains the Long Trail - Americas oldest long distance hiking trail and the trail Casey and Colin grew up hiking. It's a fitting location for the first event of the Only The Essential tour. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening in our home state.
We are excited to announce a huge launch week for Only The Essential! DVD's are now available and shipping out this week!
Stay tuned for a week full of exciting news for the film including a new sponsor, trailer, website and DVD giveaway contest!
Here is a brand new sneak peek at the last 100 miles of our 5 month adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. The full film will be available on December 1st here at www.onlytheessential.com
Stay tuned for a list of screenings in the Vermont and Pacific North West.
I'll be presenting as part of a panel of adventure film makers. The event will be at Pro Photo Supply in Portland on November 6th at 7pm. We'll be sharing a sneak peak from the forthcoming "Only The Essential". The event will be free and there will be Basecamp beer. Register at collabor8.prophotosupply.com
Check out this wonderful article about two brothers connecting deeply with nature in my home state of Vermont.
"We Don't Need No Education. At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free."
I got up on the rock to shoot Bend, OR local Jesper Hilts. It was my first time shooting while roped in. I really loved the experience and the perspective of shooting from above.
Landscape painter Susan Abbott has created a map and a series of paintings from the Pacific Crest Trail that will be featured in Only The Essential. Below are some of her paintings for the film. You can see more of Susan Abbott's work at susanabbott.com
The Pacific Crest Trail Association shared my attempt at summarizing the emotion and spirit of passing through the wilderness for five months. Here is their kind introduction:
"Colin Arisman hiked the PCT in 2013. I shared dinner with him at Der Baring Store and was really struck by how peaceful, introspective and passionate he was. I saw it as the classic effect of months spent in nature. Colin will be releasing a film about his hike soon. You can see the Only The Essential trailer here. How does one capture the experience of walking from Mexico to Canada? Here’s his shot."
Read the article here www.pcta.org/2014/glimpses-beauty-summer-pacific-crest-trail-23820
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes, "The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul." Kristof went backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail and has much to say about the power of the experience.
Smithsonian Magazine just published a great article on speed hiking. It includes a thorough and unbiased review of endurance records on the Pacific Crest Trail. Click the image below to read the article.
I love to see how other artists are inspired by their experiences on trail. Click the photo below to read about composer Nat Evans' bioregional music project on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Only The Essential will be available for free online, increasing accessibility to the public. Your support is critical to helping us share our wilderness journey and message! The film premiers this November! So far the trailer has garnered glowing reviews and been shared by Adventure Journal, Outdoor Nation and Outside Online! Thanks for all your support so far!