In summer 2011, Outdoor Research athlete Kyle Dempster took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan with a couple mostly-accurate maps, a trailer full of climbing gear, and a vocabulary of 10 Kyrgyz words. He spent two months pedaling and pushing the bike more than 1200 km on roads of variable states of neglect, wading through wild rivers, dealing with corrupt military checkpoint staff, and soloing a handful of unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. He recorded the journey, his camera his only partner, friend, and sometimes the only receiving end of his conversations for days at a time.
In 2013, Kyle’s self-shot footage of his journey in Kyrgyzstan made it to the desk of filmmakers Fitz Cahall and Austin Siadak, who were asked to look at the footage and see if there might be enough to chop together a 4-minute climbing film. They saw a lot more potential in it, and turned it into the 25-minute “The Road From Karakol”, which debuted at the 5Point Film Festival and took home the Best In Fest award.
Adventure and insight through experience—this film is food for the soul!
They say ‘fortune favors the bold’—and today, a brave new generation of explorers are leading the way. Whilst methods may have changed, insatiable curiosity and the spirit of adventure remain at the heart of discovery.
In this edition we find out what inspires a modern explorer, how the role is defined by the new generation and their hope for the future. Taken on a journey of culture and conservation, our modern explorers share their knowledge and latest research.
We also look at how technology is expanding the scope of exploration, allowing us to peer ever deeper into the mysterious forces governing our world. From uncovering the secrets of a Hidden Universe to deciphering the navigational cues encoded in the dance of a honeybee. Revelations in science are exposing the genius of nature and the marvels within—insights which have the potential to advance our thinking, and offer a blueprint to engineer a sustainable future.
I hope you enjoy exploring the fortunes of our brave new world!
Seek Adventure. Save Wildlife.
Inga Yandell (Chief Editor Bare Essentials)
On the surface, it’s the bleakest of lands, with ferocious winds, flightless birds, and enough ice to flood half the planet’s population if it were to melt. But below that frozen mass, a fantastic environment of indescribable beauty teems with life. NATURE takes viewers into the world that is “Under Antarctic Ice”.
This beautiful film was shot in high definition format over a period of two years by renowned underwater photographer Norbert Wu, who has been exploring the waters beneath the Antarctic ice cap for some time.
To prepare for this adventurous exploration, Wu and two oceanographic researchers set up base at the famed frontier outpost of McMurdo Station, within sight of volcanic Mount Erebus. From there, with the help of a dive coordinator at McMurdo, they carefully searched for places where the ice was thin enough to dig access holes and where the environment below was suitable and reasonably safe for a descent. Throughout the film, Wu and his companions find ingenious ways to bring us a world that only a small fraction of humanity will ever witness firsthand.
Read an interview with filmmaker Norbert Wu and view images from the film.
Explore the “Under Antarctic Ice” Lesson Plan.
“If a man looks sharply and attentively,” wrote Francis Bacon, “he shall see Fortune.”
In The Fortune Wild, a new Sitka Films production directed by Ben Gulliver with support from Pacific Wild, a small group of surfers set out to seek their own kind of riches on some of the most remote beaches of the Canadian coast.
One-third documentary, one-third surf and adventure film and one-third storybook wander into the unknown, The Fortune Wild is a beautiful and slightly eccentric look at what makes the West Coast so priceless and so worthy to protect.