Photo of the day winner – Colin Henderson

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Check out this beauty. Colin won our photo of the day contest last week with this shot from the
Cliffs of Stob Coire nan Lochan in Clencoe

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Sold Out show in Jackson Hole raises funds for Winter Wilderness Alliance

Uncategorized on February 28th, 2012 1 Comment

Thursday night March 1st, a standing room crowd (which included people lying on the floor – not sure what you call that) watched A Life Ascending. I was there along with noted author and mountaineer Ted Kerasote. The event raised money for Jackson based Winter Wilderness Alliance, a great conservation organization. Skinny Skis in Jackson hosted and we got great support from Hughes Communications, Marmot and Patagonia. The days after the screening, I was lucky enough to get some wyoming powder with my son on board. It was a blast.


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We are all working hard to get everything ready for our big DVD launch.  We might even have things together enough to do a little pre-order for our faithful followers. Keep checking the sight for updates.  If you sign up you will surely be notified as soon as we go on sale. This DVD is loaded with the film and a 5:1 surround sound mix (you can choose stereo if you dont have the home theater thing) and we have about 30 minutes of additional never before seen interviews and extras.  Plus the DVD will have the cool new artwork that the talented James Fletcher created.   We will also begin selling Adam Gorgoni’s fabulous score as part of the soundtrack on Itunes shortly. Lots more to come. Stay tuned and let all your friends, family, pets and ex partners know A Life Ascending is coming!!!!!!

Yukon Avalanche Association presents “A Life Ascending”

Screenings on November 14th, 2011 5 Comments

On November 19, 2011, the Yukon Avalanche Association will be screening A Life Ascending as part of their public lecture series at the Beringia Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. We’re proud to be part of this event and hope you’ll attend. If you have questions about the specific event, please get in touch with the YAA. If you want to know how you can host your own screening, hit us up at — thanks!

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New video: “The Burdens of Guiding”

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Hello Ascenders,

We’ve uploaded another brand new video segment to our YouTube and Vimeo channels. “The Burdens of Guiding” is a brief but intense exploration into the psyche of world-class mountain guides, who wrestle with the duality of offering adventurers transcendence and transformation in a high-risk environment that can turn fatal in a matter of seconds. A very special thanks is due once again to Barry Blanchard, Claire Israelson, and Geoff Powter, the three guides featured in this short from the documentary. We hope you enjoy it. Until next time, keep ascending…

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“The Science of Snow” video

news, video on October 3rd, 2011 1 Comment

For those of you interested in the technical aspect of avalanche safety, we’ve posted previously unavailable footage from A Life Ascending today.

Also, we’ve started a Tumblr blog for our parent production company, Ptarmigan Films. Along with A Life Ascending content, we’ll also be focusing on related projects as well as highlighting some of our personal interests in film, nature, ecology, spirituality, and more. Feel welcome to follow us and send anything interesting you find our way.

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“Life Off the Grid” video

video on September 26th, 2011 2 Comments

Happy Monday morning, Ascenders. If you’re stuck in an office, dreaming of the great wild outdoors and living a life completely self-sufficient, we’ve posted a video of Ruedi’s Selkirk chalet to further inspire your daydreams. This footage has never been screened for audiences and will not be on the DVD, so we hope you enjoy it and share your comments with us. Here’s to a great week ahead.

And if you are a frequent user of Digg or Reddit, please give us some upvote love. Thanks!

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Connect with “A Life Ascending”

news on September 21st, 2011 2 Comments

We’ve recently updated our primary social media channels for “A Life Ascending.” If you haven’t already, please follow us on Twitter, become a friend or subscriber on YouTube, or like us on Facebook (where a like will get you access to an exclusive clip from the documentary). We’ll be using these channels to provide you with exclusive video / photo / audio content over the next few months along with ways to further connect with the people behind the film and discounts on merchandise (the DVD is out Winter 2012). As always, we look forward to further engaging you in the ongoing conversation around “A Life Ascending.” And feel free to pass along the trailer below to your friends. Thanks!

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A Life Ascending Newsletter #7

Newsletter on August 15th, 2011 Leave a comment

Dear Ascenders,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I’m back in the office after some interesting travels. A Life Ascending took a break over the summer too but is gearing up to go back on the road again this fall. It has been almost a year since the film was finished and started making its way around the globe. It’s strange looking back on it all, and in some ways still being in the middle of it. The world has changed so much for filmmakers since I did my first film. With the Internet, you have the ability to be a part of a film’s life in so many ways from connecting with your audience, to finding ways to promote it, to ultimately selling it. It makes for a much more satisfying experience.

Thirteen years ago I made a feature film, Love From Ground Zero (it was pre-9/11 when ‘ground zero’ meant something else). It was my first feature right out of film school. I wrote the script after graduating from AFI and in true indie style, I raised the money fast (dot-com mania helped) and was blessed when this incredible casting director, Mali Finn, agreed to cast the film. Mali was the biggest casting director in town (Titanic, Terminator 2, and Mission Impossible) but she did a pro bono film each year because she knew how hard it was to get films made. I was the lucky recipient of her generosity and talent. With Mali on board the money came in, and so did the cast. The film was shot that summer in Nebraska and Colorado. The story was based on the aftermath of a close friend dying of cancer and it too had mountains, nature and loss at its heart.

It doesn’t surprise me that I keep coming back to the same subject matter. I think the combination of having been raised in Colorado but living in Los Angeles has something to do with it. I am always looking for ways to escape the pace, chaos, smog and busyness of our fair city. Stories are certainly one way to do it, especially if you can’t get your butt out of the chair and go hiking. And stories are on my mind today.

In the next month or so, we are going to be introducing a redesigned A Life Ascending website. At its heart there is going to be a place to collect and share stories. I certainly hope that some of you, our first and most avid fans, will help us with this effort. There will be a place on the site where you will be able to post your stories of what A Life Ascending means to you. It might be mountain climbing, it might be tree climbing, it might be getting out of bed, and it might be overcoming something in your life that you feel is important to share. The stories can be written, photographed, videotaped, spoken, or even sang for all we care. We just want to hear from you. (Let us know if interested.)

The new website will lead us into the fall where the film itself will be making exciting pilgrimages to Arkansas, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Katmandu, Japan and China. The only frustrating part of this news is that I can’t go. Instead, I will be here in LA, getting the film ready for its other big event: THE OFFICIAL DVD and DIGITAL launch of the film Winter 2012 (more on that in the next newsletter).

Keep on ascending,


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A Life Ascending Fall Tour 2011

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August 21, 2011 | Queenstown, New Zealand
September 24, 2011 | Cardigan, Wales [more info…]
November 11, 2011 | Cockermouth, UK [more info…]
November 13, 2011 | Rheged, Penrith, UK [more info…]
September 16, 2011 | Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA [more info…]
September 18, 2011 | Beijing, China [more info…]
September 21-22, 2011 | Stockholm, Sweden [more info…]
September 25, 2011 | Shanghai, China [more info…]
September 26, 2011 | Oslo, Norway [more info…]
September 28-29, 2011 | Gothenburg, Sweden [more info…]
October 3, 2011 | Copenhagen, Denmark [more info…]
October 4, 2011 | Malmö, Sweden [more info…]
October 7, 2011 | Helsingfors X [more info…]
October 15, 2011 | Osaka, Japan [more info…]
October 16, 2011 | Chengdu, China [more info…]
October 16, 2011 | Sendai, Japan [more info…]
October 23, 2011 | Shenzhen, China [more info…]
October 23, 2011 | Nagoya, Japan [more info…]
October 30, 2011 | Matsumoto, Japan [more info…]
November 13, 2011 | Sapporo, Japan [more info…]
November 13, 2011 | Fukuoka, Japan [more info…]
October 19-26, 2011 | Tegernsee, Germany [more info…]
November 23-December 11, 2011 | Salzberg, Austria
November 30-December 4, 2011 | Autrans, France

December 8-12, 2011 | Kathmandu, Nepal [more info…]
December 12-20, 2011 | Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain