Devin Super Tramp (a.k.a. Devin Graham) is quite the extreme film maker. I first noticed him when he did the “world’s largest rope swing.” He consistently posts fun, exciting videos. He has a great eye and makes smart use of GoPro-style cameras. “As far as one-man viral-video auteurs go, Graham is in a league of his own, and Corporate America has taken notice. Graham now gets paid tens of thousands of dollars on top of production costs to place products, from Ford to Kellogg’s to Mountain Dew, in his videos. Kevin Allocca, head of culture and trends at YouTube, says Graham is emblematic ‘of a big change that’s happened in the gatekeeping system of media. A guy like Devin can set up shop in a place like Utah and become a mogul in the entertainment space without needing a giant studio,’ ” explains an article in the March 2014 Outside magazine.
He latest, shot in Dubai, is a fun romp through the air.
For more on him, check out more from the Outside magazine article and check out his YouTube channel.
A great video from Symbols of the West, “Spirit Canoe” is a “mystic journey of a man who is in search of himself and navigating through a passage with the memories of his once self and a special figure who lingers in his soul. He is setting out on a quest, armed with his old map and small canoe, to venture the river in hopes that a new path will reveal a novel future, unfamiliar and restoring. This is a story of the spiritual compass that no one can ever expect to understand; it’s powers, it’s unknown.”
The scenery is wonderful, with beautiful mountains and streams. Give it a watch.
Follow along as the gang from Mammoth Media go on a week-long trip through the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
I’ve been to the Grand Canyon once, and Wife of Mine and I visited Arches, Zion, Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands just after we got hitched. It is a beautiful part of the country and this video captures it well — and it looks like they had a ton of fun, too.
(Mammoth Media on Vimeo)
Epic TV has been running a series called Sub-Zero about the sport and art of ice climbing. Filmmaker Lukasz Warzecha works with four of the sport’s most respected climbers — John Freeman, Will Gadd, Gordon McArthur and Raphael Slawinski — as they push the limits of the sport and discuss why they climb ice.
In the episode just posted, Canadian ice climber and mountain climber John Freeman recounts when things went very wrong on a climb two years ago. Check out the footage for yourself and then watch the other episodes.
Trailers for books seems to be a new thing, and this one for “Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete” by Steve House and Scott Johnston is excellent.
10. Make cookies for friends and family.
9. Change the diaper. Feed. Burp. Tummy time. Nap. Repeat.
8. Read a book about suffering and happiness in the cold, at altitude.
7. Write a poem: Roses are red / Violets are blue / What ever shall we do? / Let’s try the zoo!
6. Go to the zoo.
5. Take down the Halloween decorations.
4. Plan your next trip.
3. Pull out your gear box and randomly weigh items.
2. Watch Patagonia’s Worn Wear video. Then attend a screening party at a Patagonia shop. Learn how to fix your gear instead of buying new stuff.
1. Get outside in the sun, snow, rain, fog, mountains, canyons, sands, plains.