I couldn’t believe my luck! There was space for me and my husband, David, to join the CMC’s 2016 Grand Canyon hiking and rafting trip. You may not fully appreciate why I was so excited. These spots are hard to come by. People sign up years in advance and we snagged some of the last available spots.
When I trod the paths through nature’s greatest, I find places that eternally mark my heart, the places that change my very being and dictate the way I choose to live. They stay with me more vividly than almost any experience in the human spectrum. And the magnitude of this discovery keeps me forever plodding down Earth’s secret walkways.
So I’ve done some traveling with these two feet, and I’ve started to create a visual story using maps. Here is the beginning of my “Map Diaries”, a story I’ll keep writing for the rest of my life.
My name is Ani Yahzid and I am a filmmaker and student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For my next endeavor, The Exposure Film Project, I will be setting out to influence the social norms around outdoor recreation in order to encourage more multicultural urban millennials to explore nature. I’ll be traveling to Olympic National Park in June (2017) with a hip hop Artist, Namaste, and his Producer, Keelan, from Atlanta, GA, and we’ll be filming a series of short films about outdoor recreation through the lens of Urban Culture.
by Anissa Shull Moab Spring Break Alumni ’16 It all started with packing my luggage into the Youth Education Program van and relaxing until we reached our beautiful campsite in Moab, Utah. It was placed next to the Colorado River, surrounded by … Continued
by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Friday 06-19-2015 Camp 4 (14,200′) Making the descent. Today was always going to be physically painful. Not necessarily as energy sapping, but hard on the body. We had one camp supplied at 17,200′ … Continued
by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Wednesday 06-17-2015Camp “Extra” (19,150′)We just didn’t move fast enough to push all the way to the summit. We ended up using a running belay for almost all of the snow sections, as the … Continued
by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Tuesday 06-16-2015 Camp 5 (16,300′) Seven months ago, to the day, I became a father, twice over. I’ve been thinking of Connor and Kade and my wife, Kristina, a lot today. Tomorrow we … Continued
by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Monday 06-15-2015 Camp 4 (14,200′) Sorry that I forgot to turn of the GPS tracking device, everyone. But I can inform you all that we had a successful day. We got up early … Continued
by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader So much for our potential early movement on the mountain. It started snowing around 10:45pm last night and didn’t stop until 7am. We’ve had low clouds and spotty snow all day. Visibility has … Continued
As I write this, I am one week out from leaving Denver and heading to Anchorage, Alaska. From there, weather permitting, I’m one more day away from landing on the Kahiltna Glacier and beginning my 13,000 foot ascent (~7000’ to … Continued
Many a mountaineer has mentioned at one time or another that mountaineering is ‘the kind of thing that is fun to talk about when you’re done.’ That is to say, the act of mountaineering, itself, is sometimes the farthest thing … Continued