Our events are time-limited, and our storytellers are chosen at random from a hat, so it's always a huge bummer when we get to the end of the night and there are still names that haven't been pulled. At our most recent Portland event, this was particularly true when we realized that one of those names was Gracetopher Kirk, who has been published as one of Oregon's Best Emerging Poets, and is leaving to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail literally as we speak (their flight from Portland to San Diego is today, around the same time that this post will be published)!
We reached out to Gracetopher after the event, and they were gracious enough to send on a piece they wrote that touches on a lot of themes that resonate with us - the relationship between life, death, family and the outdoors. It was also particularly timely as the story is set in the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and recently our podcast has included various storytellers from our Laramie events.
This is the first of what we hope will be several posts from Gracetopher, who is just the type of artist/outdoorsperson we love finding and partnering with. They have a real gift for outdoor storytelling, and are going to be chronicling their PCT hike through a Patreon page that will also help support them along the way. We're following and pledging, and we'd encourage anyone interested in supporting brilliant, unexpected and emerging voices in the outdoor community to do the same. Their Adventure Patreon is linked here.
Presented by Boldly Went and 1iOpen Productions
Welcome friends to the inaugural Micro Adventure Film Festival! Other events might be bigger and more prestigious, but there are none more convenient. Put on some popcorn, because by the time it's done popping the festival will be over and you might want to veg out to some Netflix or Youtube videos or something.
Launched in early 2018 as a collaboration with Viv Smith and Erik Nachtrieb, award winning Adventure Film makers at 1iOpen Productions, this year's submissions were all based in the Pacific Northwest, with a strong emphasis on the human side of the outdoor experience.
The rules for submissions were simple:
1) Use film to tell a story about outdoor adventure.
2) Do it in exactly a minute.
3) Upload it to Youtube and send us the link.
The winner, as chosen by our esteemed panel of judges, will receive hundreds of dollars worth of fabulous gifts and prizes, including:
And without further ado, on with the show!
The theme of this week's podcast (episode 50!) is creating new stories, so it's as good a time as any to finally put together a post I've wanted to create since we started the business in 2017 - on how to turn your adventure story into something you'll be excited to share publicly.
Tim and Angel
The goat in the picture lives in Silverton, CO, and tried to kill us. We survived to bring you this dirtbag wisdom for the ages.