Friday, November 30, 2007
The Snakes flick has been requested for a viewing for the Alpinist Film Festival in Jackson Hole. That doesnt mean it is in the fest just yet but hopefully they like it and go for it (the words of Al Sparhawk).
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I have bored many a visitor speaking about how important the Portage trail around the St.Louis River was to both Native Americans and to fur traders alike, but now there is a book that will do it for me!
Larry is a firm supporter of the Carlton County Historical Society and his book is worth a look, as are his History Hikes in the park. Here is a brief description.
Between the Waters: Tracing the Northwest Trail from Lake Superior to the Mississippi
by Larry Luukkonen
Hunters, warriors, voyageurs, fur traders, missionaries and
explorers can all be found traveling over the Northwest Trail
in Between the Waters. This fascinating look at an important
trade route will not only expose you to the rigors of navigating
raging rivers and mosquito infested portages, but also introduce
you to the colorful cast of characters who traveled the Northwest Trail. Historian Larry Luukkonen brings trail and traveler to life in a well-documented and illustrated account of early Minnesota history.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sometimes my life lives up to the "stranger than fiction" cliche and this post is no exception. I dont want to get into the details but I have to say that some things happen for a reason. I have found that I have a friend who works at NRK in Norway http://www.nrk.no/about/ and not only is he a friend but he is open enough to take time from his busy family and schedule to do some research in the vast film archives that NRK controls. So depending on what he finds, and what it might cost me in fees, I just MIGHT have another great shot at a compelling film for next years festival tours.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Here is some great beta (by the numbers) as to how El Nino will affect Duluth. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=dlh&storyid=10067&source=0
Oh yeah, thanks to all that have congratulated me on the film and Banff. Hope that you all have or had a great Thanksgiving. Also Dharma, this photo and the last one come from the Minnesota State Historical Society. You can actually purchase reproductions of them, however these I sort of "borrowed".
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
So far there have been at least three showings for my film at Banff. Maybe more, not sure what has been going on in some of the other states that receive the tour. In Minneapolis, there was an unannounced showing on Friday night. So many people complained that they wanted to see the flick on Friday, since Sat was sold out that they had to pop it up at the end of the Friday showing. The venue in Minneapolis sat 700 people and they sold it out both nights. I can honestly say it was perhaps the first time I had to speak in front of 700 people! The stoke there was really awesome. Duluth was much smaller and I knew more people and felt great to have a film at my local venue, in world class tour.
Thanks to Narum for the pic.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Starting to see the highschoolers out training these days. General mayhem usually occurs with any young ski team on the road, especially once the roller skis get on. Chadder and the St. Scholastica crew headed off for another fun adventure to West Yellowstone today as well. Bummer though, no snow as of yet out there.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
If you are a tele skier and you have an extra couple of bucks to pick up an issue of this months Telemark Skier you will see a fun little article I wrote on "Why I tele ski" cant really remember the real reason I tele ski, or even what I wrote but it should be worth a look....
Saturday, November 10, 2007
When I was a kid I asked my grandfather what it had been like to fight in the Pacific during World War Two. He sort of avoided the question and then told me there were no words to describe it, but that I could start with "The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Mailer. I read it and had whole new respect for my grandfather...
Mailer was 84 and just as rascally and skeptical as ever when he passed away.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
So we finally got the DVD posted on the web site. http://www.chairkickers.com/store.html pass it on.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
So the Banff tour starts next week. The Snakes flick will be playing Sat. night, Nov 17th. at the Midwest Mountaineering sponsored Banff event. This is also during their Winter Fest Sale, always a good time. It will then be shown both Nov. 18th and the 19th at the Banff Tour stop in Duluth. Here is the link to that http://duluthxc.com/blog/2007/10/30/cross-country-with-the-snakes/
Photo by Lisa Bauman
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
So stay low and wear your blaze orange! This is my grandfather and his legacy. Yes, my grandpa made stink. Might be the first guy to actually do it even. Anyway, tradition is tradition and here it is......