On July 9th, I was one of four journeymen from the lowlands of Boston that packed together their most prized possessions and set off for the mountains of New Hampshire. Facing the grim reality that this could be the last time we see our loved ones, we tried to focus on the journey ahead: conquering the Beast of the East, Mt. Washington. Over the next two days, hauling 40 pounds each as we ascended the Presidential Traverse, we men suffered through wind gusts of over 50 mph, bloody blisters, and broken backs. But our pack refused to give up as we battled through the 25 miles of treacherous, rocky terrain. On the morning of summit, the sun came out, and Mt. Washington revealed itself in all its glory. 2000 feet below, in its shadows, we heard the battle cry. The epic moment was now on. This is our story.
Big ups to CatEyez for editing this video.
“What if we called it the year I lost 20 pounds without going to the gym once? Or the year we didn’t watch TV and became much better parents as a result? Or the year we ate locally and seasonally and it ended up reversing my wife’s pre-diabetic condition?” -Colin Beavan, the No Impact Man
No Impact Man came out in 2009. It’s a fascinating, multifaceted story. Simply put, a man goes on a mission to see what it’s like to live a whole year without any negative impact on the environment. In the middle of New York City, Colin Beavan experiments with a zero carbon footprint lifestyle, stringing along his wife and young daughter. They give up driving, eating out, toilet paper, Pampers, coffee, plastic anything, etc. As a family, they struggle and they fight, but they are ultimately brought closer together. I finally got to watch No Impact Man last night (it streams on Netflix, fyi).
The root of No Impact Man is the journey of a family that tries to live a zero-impact lifestyle in our consumer world. They give up air travel and driving, they compost and practice zero waste, they only eat local food grown within 250 miles, and they live without electricity for six months (minus one solar panel that power’s Beavan’s laptop). But the conflicts behind No Impact Man run much deeper then a green lifestyle Continue reading
“Backpacker Magazine is hosting a video contest to send someone on a paid week-long trek to any destination in the lower 48 states?”
Sign me up! I first heard about this contest back in November from my friend and hiking buddy Greg Soster, a self-made mountain-man who has climbed over forty 4,000 foot peaks in the White Mountains (NH) in the past year alone. It took Greg and I all of two seconds to decide that we should enter; both our resumes are overflowing with epic outdoor experiences that span the forests, rivers, deserts and mountains of three continents. Greg and I both enjoy savoring the memories of our trips with stunning photography. I also seek the intense meditative qualities of outdoor adventures that seem to clear my head and provide personal inspiration for stories, reflections, and videos (which can be found right here on IGORoamandreport). To put it simply, Greg and I are the dream team for Backpacker Magazine’s Field Scout Contest.
It was a cold and rainy December night when I packed up my camera equipment and hopped on a bus to see Greg in Littleton, New Hampshire, a quiet town on Continue reading
Music has always been a big part of my life. I’ve played the guitar for many years now and writing music and lyrics has always been a creative outlet for me. My girlfriend of the past three years has also been a very big part of my life. Combining those two loves, I decided to pen a song for her birthday this year. Happy Birthday sweetie! Thank you for all your love and support! I love you.
When I looked through some stock footage of Jamaica Pond today, I had a moment. A moment of inspiration. Here I was, with all this beautiful, unused video footage of the Pond. I had to get it out to the masses! In case you’ve never heard of it, Jamaica Pond is Boston’s best kept secret. It makes you feel like you’re in the heart of Maine without leaving the premises of a bustling metropolis. Check this video out, a collection of stunning high definition shots filmed in the Fall at the Pond, set to some music by Future Islands.
The Final Mini-Doc in the Six Part Series!
The past two weeks have been amazing and equally as hectic. On November 3rd, my full 23-minute “Stories from the Emerald Necklace” documentary was finally premiered at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s annual meeting. I was told it was met with gasps, sighs, laughter, and applause. I have no personal recollections of this since I was transformed into a zombie-like state as soon as the screening started – unable to comprehend my surroundings, out of tune with the movie, and generally perplexed and stupefied that the big moment had finally arrived. Nevertheless, I was assured by those attending that they liked it very much. In the middle of all this commotion, I have worked as a Production Assistant on a feature film over the past two weeks – 12 hour days and little sleep. More juice on that experience here. Let’s get to my last “Story.” Roger Gottlieb, a master storyteller and author of A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth, recounts a time when city dwellers had to unite to save the west bank of Boston’s best kept secret, Jamaica Pond, from apartment developments. Roger is a fascinating individual and I hope you enjoy his story.
Only on YouTube: My extended interview with Roger.
See last week’s premiere here – Restoration and Revival of the Muddy River
The Fifth Short Documentary in the Six Part Series!
On November 3rd, in three days, I will be premiering the full, twenty-three minute masterpiece that combines all six “Stories” documentaries into one film at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Annual Meeting. I can’t tell whether I’m more excited or nervous as I look ahead to 200+ pairs of eyes viewing my work. I’m fairly certain the masses are gonna like it though and I’m crossing my fingers that another project will present itself out of this showing. In the meantime, enjoy another installment of the “Stories Project.” Bob Nesson, documentary film maker and producer of “The Muddy River Chronicles” recalls a lifelong connection to Boston’s Muddy River. From memories of a dirty and ignored waterway in the 1970s to today’s Riverway restoration and revival, Bob provides insight into the history of the Muddy River and how he was inspired to make the “Muddy River Chronicles” in an effort to build awareness of this part of the Emerald Necklace.
See last week’s premiere here – Nora Lutz and the Pond Jam
Over the hump! Premiering Part Four of the Six Part Series.
This was the first video I completed for “The Stories Project”. It’s also one of my favorites because of its’ unique style – in essence, I like to call it my own little rock-doc. Nora Lutz’s story – The Pond Jam – invites us to take a look at how art, music, family, and community come together and are brought together everyday by the parks. Enjoy Nora performing a beautiful rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”
See last week’s premiere here – Running the Emerald Necklace with Mark Lowenstein
The Third Film in a Six Part Series!
Millions of people step foot on the historic paths of the Emerald Necklace every year. Mark Lowenstein, author of “Great Runs in Boston,” addresses the functional and recreational importance of the Necklace’s linear paths for Boston’s commuters, walkers, runners, and bikers. Mark also explains how the Emerald Necklace inspired him to write running guidebooks for the Boston area.
See last week’s premiere here – Spending a Summer in the Necklace: The 2010 Green Team