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Coming to a Theater Near You?

Came across this very fun video from canyoneer, Forrest Kleinman. Much more entertaining than most canyoneering videos I’ve seen… Makes me excited for the inevitable feature film. Check out Forrest’s complete pictorial trip report from his recent trip to Escalante.

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Canyoneer Steve Ramras Offers Perspective on “127 Hours”

I think the big question in the outdoor community over the upcoming canyoneer misadventure-epic “127 Hours” is, “Of course the masses will buy Hollywood’s take on canyoneering… but can you sell US?” Early reviews and interviews have offered encouraging promise, but I had yet to hear from a serious member of the outdoor community regarding the film’s authenticity and value. Canyon diehard Steve “Ram” Ramras DID get to see a preview screening with the Ralston family, however, and recently offered this opinion piece on the Canyons Group forum. Interestingly, Ram seems to find the film strong enough that real-life canyoneers will actually get more out of the film than the lay person, a strong testament to both the story and its telling. Thanks to Ram for offering thoughts in his usual down-to-earth style. 10/31/10 I’ll have to admit that the experience and several images impacted so largely, as to still be with me 4 weeks after seeing (“127 Hours”). There is a hand and a Swiss army knife doing a dance early on that had me doing a knowing chuckle. But how do you really display thirst to people fed, watered and comfortable in lounge chair? They succeeded by taking … Continue reading

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Aron Ralston, James Franco, and Danny Boyle Comment on “127 Hours” at Toronto Film Festival

As reviews and reactions roll in on the film festival circuit, the media engine is shifting from a hum to a steady roar. Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”, based on Aron Ralston’s famous showdown with an errant boulder in Bluejohn Canyon, is garnering impressive reviews from a wide swath of critics. Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, Scott Feinberg, and the New York Post, and the L.A. Times all gush over early screenings of the film, creating quite a buzz in not only the film world, but in the on-line canyon discussion groups. Despite the litany of cheesy outdoor adventure films like “Cliffhanger”, “Vertical Limit”, “The Cave” that have made life-like adventure movies a distant dream for most real outdoor adventure enthusiasts, there seems to be an inkling of hope for Boyle’s film. And with reviews like this,  I’m guessing even the most proud and down-to-earth canyoneer won’t be able to resist the allure of “127 Hours” when it hits theaters in November. As Steven Zeitchik of the L.A. Times explains, Boyle rejects the typical action sequences in the film in favor of more initmate, human experiences that actually make the movie MORE real, and thus MORE scary. A number of stories describe … Continue reading

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Class C Canyoning in the French and Italian Alps

I don’t typically enjoy homemade canyoneering videos… but this one from British adventurer Steve Flanagan is pretty good. Short and sweet, with a great soundtrack to boot, the video features some sweet Class C canyoning in the French and Italian Alps. The slides, jumps, and water quality are brilliant, and Steve throws in some neat effects for our entertainment. On a related note, a brand new guidebook to the canyons of the Ticino, Switerland region recently emerged IN ENGLISH. This region features canyons very similar to those in the above video: lots of flowing water, hard rock, and a good mix of rappelling/sliding/jumping scenarios. With over 100 routes, I’m guessing this book would set a well-trained, well-equipped group up for a great week- to month-long adventure trip to Ticino.

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