The spirit of adventure drives the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival for nine epic days every fall, and this year will surely be no exception. If you're not yet familiar with Banff, here's the quick and dirty rundown of the Fest, from the Banff website:
This year has been full of beautiful filmmaking, and for many of us, Banff presents the first opportunity to see the full-length version of the most anticipated adventure and eco-films we've only seen glimpses of thus far. Spend a few days -- or the entire week and a half -- sitting amid filmmakers, artists, environmental advocates, epic explorers and hardcore adventurers and you'll leave a little more than excited. Banff is a breeding ground for inspiration, and it has a habit of bringing even the most devout desk-workers to feel compelled to ditch their nine-to-five schedule in favor of living a life like the one they see in one of many films at Banff. There are so many incredible filmmakers who submit their work to Banff every year, and for 2014, there's an impressive list of films, which you can view here.
"When a newbie kayaker goes paddling, he discovers a posse of pros on the river and wonders whether someday he could be that cool. A daydream in the eddy transforms the purple-helmeted rookie into a whitewater Adonis."
"This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers."
Our Canyon Lands
"In Southeastern Utah, one of the last vast wild places in the lower 48 sits teetering on a precipice of rampant industrial development. Home to the most stunning desert landscapes in the world, the Greater Canyonlands Region has become the playground of adventurous souls who love and appreciate the wonder of wild places."
"The journey planned is rarely the journey taken. The Nobody’s River expedition team had no idea how true this would be as they prepared to leave for a two month expedition in Mongolia and Russia."
When Dogs Fly
One lucky dog get to make the biggest jump ever.