Showing posts with label Kickstarter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kickstarter. Show all posts

Video: Climbing The Elk Mountains of Colorado

This beautiful short film was shot by climber/filmmaker Joe Kyle on his adventure in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. Joe traveled to that spectacular landscape last year and spent two weeks hiking and climbing there. Along the way, he managed to bag Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, and Capitol Peak, all of which are amongst Colorado's vaunted 14'ers. He also filmed himself as he went, creating this thoughtful and inspiring video in the process. The scenery in his seven-minute documentary is worth a view alone, but there is more to the film than just that. Join Joe on his backcountry adventure and get a great look at what the Elks have to offer.

If you enjoy this film, then check out Joe's next project, which he recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to seek funding. He hopes to shoot a feature length documentary about hiking in Colorado, and promises to put together something very impressive if he can hit his goals.

The Elks from Joe Kyle on Vimeo.

Video: Karun - Following Iran's Longest River Source to Sea

In the spring of 2014 adventurers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron traveled to Iran where they hoped to travel the length of the Karun – that country's longest river – source to sea. The 500-mile (800 km) journey proved to be more than they had expected, offering both insights into the rich history and culture of Iran, as well as the warm and friendly people that live there. But there were also plenty of challenges along the way, including brushes with disaster along that could have spelled the end of the entire expedition.

The video below is a short teaser trailer that gives you a brief taste of what their Iranian adventure was all about. If you find the clip intriguing, you can jump over to where you can watch the entire 15-minute documentary for free. I think you'll find it is more than worth your time to catch the entire thing.

And if you like what Tom and Leon have done with this project, they are also trying to get their next one off the ground at Kickstarter. The duo is not only hoping to wrap up production on their film about Iran, but produce another one about a journey they made through Patagonia as well. Find out more by clicking here.

Karun: Official Trailer from Tom Allen on Vimeo.

Kickstarter Project: The Long Way to Everest

I generally get several emails a day from someone asking me to help promote their crowdfunding project. Most of them are of little interest to me, or those who read this blog. Some are simply asking others to help fund their travels, which I find somewhat distasteful. But occasionally I get an email about a project that I do find incredibly interesting and worth mentioning, which why I will post about some crowdfunding efforts from time to time. Take for example a new project from a budding filmmaker named Daniel Foutz who has come up with a unique idea for a documentary film that I think many would enjoy seeing.

Daniel calls his project The Long Way to Everest, and he has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his idea. You see, as a child Daniel read books about Everest, and the mountain became a place that he fell in love with even though he had never seen it in person. That is something a lot of us can probably relate to. He often organized climbs with his friends back in his home country of the Philippines, and while they didn't come close to comparing to climbing the Himalaya, it spurred on a young man's imagination for adventure.

Now, Daniel would like to make the trek to Everest Base Camp himself so he can visit the place that he has read so much about. But unlike most trekkers who make that journey, he wants to skip the flight to Lukla and trek from a village called Jiri instead. You see, Jiri is the place where Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – along with the rest of their climbing team – began the trek to Everest on the historic expedition that ultimately produced the first ascent of the mountain. The hike from Jiri adds quite a few kilometers and days to the journey, which Daniel believes will take about three weeks to complete.

Prior to the construction of the airport in Lukla, Jiri and other villages along the original route received an influx of visitors that brought money to the local economy there. But now, those villages are all but ignored. Daniel says that in 2011 more than 37,000 people visited the Everest region. Only about 400 of those passed along the route that begins in Jiri. The idea behind The Long Way to Everest project is to follow the old route to the mountain and explore how the villages along that section of the trek are faring these days.

While the focus of the trek is to make a documentary film about the original trekking route and the villages that are found along the route that Hillary and Norgay used, there is another intriguing element to the project as well. Daniel also intends to carry a geocache time capsule with him to Base Camp which will contain historical information about the mountain, mementos from the trek, and letters from supporters of his efforts. He intends to lock that cache when he hides it, but provide clues to the combination to that lock which will be scattered along the trekking route. The coordinates will be shared for geocachers to find later, and whoever collects the clues gets to unlock the capsule and discover what is inside.

Not only do I think this sounds like a very interest project, I also applaud Daniel for not asking for others to completely fund it for him. He has set a very modest goal for his Kickstarter campaign of just $500 CAD, which is roughly $400 US at the moment. He has nearly reached halfway to his goal with more than 20 days to go, so hopefully he'll be able to get the funding he needs to get his project off the ground.

As someone who has made the trek to Everest Base Camp himself, and had some first hand experience in the villages that fall along the route, I think a documentary of this type would be very interesting. Hopefully we'll all get a chance to see it in the future.

Adventure Tech: Kraftwerk Mobile Power Station

Keeping our electronic gadgets powered up while in the backcountry has become one of the biggest challenges for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers today, with options like solar panels and external battery packs all being employed. But there are other options available too, including an intriguing new called the Kraftwerk that promises efficient power for smartphones, tablets, cameras, and other gadgets in a compact, lightweight form factor.

The Kraftwerk power station uses fuel cell technology to create clean power for all of your electronic devices. It can be completely powered up in a matter of seconds simply by injecting it with standard camping gas or lighter gas, which can be widely found in store across the globe. Once charged, the Kraftwerk reportedly can provide power to an iPhone 11 times before requiring more gas once again.

The Kraftwerk unit, which weighs just 200 grams (7 ounces) when full, converts the gas into power, which is then supplied to the electronic device via a built-in USB port capable of 2 watts of continuous power output, with a peak performance of up to 10 watts. The power station itself is just 3.94 inches (10 cm) long, 2.95 inches (7.5 cm) wide, and 1.18 (3 cm) thick, which means it is very small, and easy to carry with you anywhere. It has also been rated to operate at temperatures ranging from -15ºC to +55ºC (5ºF to 131ºF).

The team behind the Kraftwerk has been busy perfecting the device over the past few years, and it is now nearing production. In order to get the product built, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign that has already raised nearly $290,000 in just a few days. If they can hit their $500,000 goal, they hope to begin manufacturing the device late this year.

The video below will give you more information about the Kraftwerk, how it functions, and what it looks like. As a marketing piece, it's a bit on the corny side, but it does give you a good indication of what to expect when the product is released. To say it looks very promising for outdoor adventurers would be an understatement.

Video: Heart of Alaska

Filmmaker Bjorn Olson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary about an adventurous family that walked and packrafted for three months in the Alaskan wilderness, covering 800 miles (1287 km) in the process. That in and of itself is pretty amazing, but the fact that they did it with two pre-school kids in two is simply incredible.

Below you'll find a trailer for the documentary that Bjorn hopes to make. It gives you a bit of insight into the subjects of his film, and why he is so interested in telling their story. With about nine days to go on the fund raising campaign, he still has a few dollars to bring in so that he can wrap up the project. If this looks like something you'd like to see made, throw a few bucks his way to help him reach his goals.