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Aiden Sheahan

Aidan believes skiing is all about fun, movement and balance. As a young freeskier from Colorado, Aidan’s gymnastic, go-big approach has led to wins at slopestyle and big air competitions and earned him spots on film trips to South America and Japan with Sweetgrass Productions. “Nothing,” he says, “is as awesome as sliding around on snow.”

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Alexandra Fuller

Alex has been a professional storyteller for over 15 years, with a long history in the outdoor industry. As creative director at Struck, a digital-forward creative agency, she oversees brand stories and campaigns for the Utah Office of Tourism, CMH Heli-Skiing, Deer Valley Resort and Ski Utah. Alex wrote, produced and edited the short documentary, Sister Wife, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW and screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. She also produced the feature documentary Training For the Apocalypse, which premiered on National Geographic Channel in 2012. Alex has been nominated for an Emmy and received a gold award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Free time finds her skiing, running and biking in the Wasatch Mountains, as well as playing with her four-year old daughter.

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Alyssa Firmin

Alyssa spent her post-college years wandering the west in her Westfalia. After two seasons guiding sea kayaking trips in Baja she took a job at Patagonia. She lived in her van in the parking lot for the first four months, thinking that she’d be moving on again, but 17 years later she still punches the time clock at Patagonia. For the past decade she has been writing and producing videos for the company. She has managed the video team the past two years. And though her VW still pulls in to work every day – she sold it to a friend – Alyssa now boasts a physical address.

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Amber Valenti

Amber is a Physician Assistant with a background in rescue and remote medicine. She has been guiding and celebrating wild rivers the world over for nearly a decade. A wild woman with an insatiable thirst for undiscovered places, she thrives on the dusty cracks of foreign cities and swirling currents of untamed rivers.

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Anson Fogel

Anson Fogel’s childhood, spent in the rural mountain west devouring books, music, and movies, led to a lifelong passion for film. Today, he is known as a director with over 20 major film festival awards and a partner at Camp4 Collective. Anson balances his commercial and personal filmmaking with various clients such as BF Goodrich, The North Face, and CMH Mountain Heli Guides. Anson’s style is known for being emotive and ephemeral while firmly rooted in the natural world.

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Austin Siadak

Austin Siadak graduated from college in 2010 and worked a desk job for one subsequent year, after which he decided to pursue a very different future for himself: capturing and embarking on adventures to climb and hike in the mountains, valleys and mesas of the Western United States.

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Ben Knight

Ben likes cats, sugar, bikes, cameras, trucks, bacon, ketchup, sleep, friends and Japanese mayonnaise. He makes little movies sometimes because it feels right and lives in a small mountain town because that feels right too. He hates flossing, but is trying to embrace its importance.

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Ben Moon

Ben Moon is a self-taught adventure, lifestyle, and music photographer and filmmaker. Surviving cancer at a young age instilled a deep appreciation for every moment and allowed for greater connection with the inspiring individuals he documents, and the beauty of the environment around him.

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Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com, and a climber and writer whose work has appeared in Climbing, Backpacker, Outside, Men’s Journal, The Dirtbag Diaries, Sierra, and other publications. His first book, The New American Road Trip Mixtape, was published in 2013.

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Brian Emerson

Brian has worked in television for nearly twenty years focusing on action and adventure sports. He has traveled extensively while creating content, eating weird food, and participating in activities that seemed like a good idea at the time. He is currently a producer at Outside Television where he brings the world’s most inspiring adventure documentaries to the network’s audience. He has a passion for being in the mountains, chewing up single track, and life in Maine.

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Carl Zoch

Carl once lived in Hood River, Oregon until he got the bright idea to get rid of his things and live out of his Honda Element. Traveling around the Western US and Canada, Carl photographs various assignments and partakes in adventurous shenanigans along the way. Carl landed in Carbondale, Colorado and currently calls this valley ‘home’ until the next adventure pulls him away. He photographs anything and everything that fits into the context of this life being enjoyed.

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Cedar Wright

Cedar Wright is a professional climber, filmaker, writer, and musician, and is always game for sun and creative projects. Behind the lens as a filmaker he has directed, shot, and produced popular short films for clients such as The North Face, National Geographic, and Camp4 Collective.

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Chipper Bro

Chipper has spent 20 years with Patagonia as a cultural ambassador, 40 years surfing, 30 years pro Frisbee-ing and 52 years rocking! Chipper is a 13-time world frisbee champion and founder and owner of surfclass.com, a 1% for the planet business. When he is not out of a wave or throwing a disc he works with the founding chapter of the Best Day Foundation, taking kids with special needs surfing. Chipper lives the dream and builds community in Ventura, California with his wife Kelly and 4 children.

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Chris Davenport

Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premiere big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his ski mountaineering achievements, Chris became the first person to ski all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. When not traveling the globe, Chris resides in Aspen with his wife and three boys.

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Chris Kalous

Chris Kalous is a climber, skier, musician, and Carbondale local. 25 years ago, he escaped the Midwest and came to Colorado because John Denver told him to in a song. Chris has climbed around the world, establishing routes on multiple continents, and currently produces The Enormocast, a podcast scandalizing the climbing world.

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Chris Noble

Chris is a writer and photographer whose work focuses on adventure. He’s a veteran of over thirty expeditions to the most remote corners of the globe, and his writing and photography have appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic, Outside, Life, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Rock and Ice, Climbing and Alpinist. Noble’s latest project is Women Who Dare: North America’s most Inspiring Women Climbers, published in November 2013 by Falcon Guides. The book is a celebration of feminine athleticism, wisdom and skill, profiling twenty of America’s most inspiring women climbers ranging from legends like Lynn Hill to Sasha DiGiulian and other rising stars of today.

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Daniel Woods

Daniel has been in the limelight for many years establishing routes, boulder problems, and winning competitions. His true passion is being in the outdoors with friends and sharing motivation to see others succeed, but at the same time he loves the competitions. With countless national and international titles, and time on the podium, Daniel has just scratched the surface with where his climbing achievements will go.

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Fitz Cahall

Fitz Cahall’s thinking is shaped by the years he spent living out of cars and closets. In 2007, he started an online radio show, the Dirtbag Diaries, dedicated to the tales that define our outdoor community. Today, he is the owner and creative director of Duct Tape Then Beer, a digital agency that focuses on meaningful storytelling. Fitz lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Becca and son, Teplin.

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Garrett Grove

During his first summit up Mt. Baker in college seeing the sun rise after an alpine start and all the color and fear that goes with it, Garret Grove captures the moment with his Canon Rebel 35mm film camera…the photos kind of sucked, but he has kept them all these years. To Garrett, they were meaningful shots because they represent the start of an all encompassing passion. Those photos were the first time he realized the power that capturing those moments can have on the people he shares them with. Now, flash forward 11 years and he is lucky enough to have photography as his profession and bases much of his life around the outdoors and the people who love them.

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George Knowles

When George isn’t riding the deep pow in Hokkaido, or tromping around remote places in Chile with his camera, he is at home in Denver with his dirt bike and computer, editing together all the amazing footage he captured into story. George grew up in Telluride and in addition to freelance work, and goodie pocket projects, George also is a filmer/editor for SixEleven Productions.

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Hayden Kennedy

Hayden is what some would call a “boss”. He was introduced to his first multi-pitch climb (the Kor-Ingalls route on Castleton Tower) at the age of 13. The experience as he remembers it was petrifying the entire time, but rather than deter him, it merely solidified his obsession with climbing. To this day, Hayden still revels in the most challenging climbs; he draws inspiration from the struggle of a hard redpoint or the mental effort a dicey alpine lead requires. You can find him on the cloud.

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Heather “The Heat” Hardy

Hardy, an Irish-American, was born in Brooklyn, New York. After eleven months of training, Hardy won the 125 lb 2011 Metro and Regional Titles then went on to win the USA Boxing 2011 National Title. In 2012, she won the 125 lb Golden Gloves Featherweight title. On August 2, 2012, Hardy won her pro debut by unanimous decision at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. She is currently 9-0 (2KO) and the UBF Super Bantamweight International Champion. In addition to her career as a professional boxer, she currently works as a boxing and fitness trainer at Gleason’s Gym, and is a mother of a nine-year old daughter, Annie.

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Jeremy Collins

This dude does it all. And he makes it look good.

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Joey Schusler

Joey Schusler grew up as a professional mountain bike racer and has matured into an accomplished filmmaker. His experience on both sides of the lens enables him to understand the point of view of the filmmaker and the subject like few others. His love for filmmaking spurred his desire to share stories and adventure with others—and continues to motivate his work. Where’s Joey?—look for the big yellow school bus.

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John DiCuollo

John earned his BA in communications from the School of Media at Temple University and specialized in film production, but only after a purple haired stint racking up ski credits in CO and time in art school in the south of France. Upon graduating, John worked on several independent films and was contracted by the Banff Festival of Mtn Films to serve as an independent promoter for its North American tour in Philadelphia. After moving back to Colorado, John served as Petzl America’s athlete/event manager and Climbing magazine’s advertising director before joining Backbone Media in 2007.  He is currently Backbone’s resident dj and directs PR opportunities for Black Diamond Equipment.  He lives with his wife Jen, German Shepard Dog Audie and one-eyed cat, Pirate, in Carbondale, CO.

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Kai Lightner

In 2006, six year old Kai Lightner walked into The Climbing Place in Fayetteville, NC and discovered the world of rockclimbing. That year he began competing in the USA Climbing organization, and attended his first Sport Climbing Series National Competition in 2007. As an active competitor in the USA Climbing youth circuit, Kai has earned 6 National Championship titles, 2 Panamerican Championship titles, and 10 US Team designations. In August 2013, he competed in his first IFSC Youth World championship against the top climbers from around the globe, placing 4th in his age category (14-15).

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Katie Lee

Katie Lee is one of the Southwest’s most outspoken environmental activists. Like David Brower and Ed Abbey, Katie has taken up the torch they left burning – to sing, write and lecture about the importance of preserving and restoring wilderness refuges; the lonesome characters the West still breeds; and the histories of ancient races embedded in its sinuous sandstone canyons. Today, her unwavering commitment to her principles and feisty eloquence are primarily directed at draining Powell Reservoir and letting the Colorado River once again run free.

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Kelly Cordes

Adhering to a life-long avoidance of full-time work, Kelly specializes in margaritas, maximizing outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes. This minimalism influences his climbing, which includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge in “disaster style.” Professionally, a stint at Pizza Hut (flexible hours, free leftovers) led to years of shack dwelling, which, somehow, led to a living climbing and writing.

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Matt Stoecker

Matt is a photographer and writer whose work has appeared in films and publications focusing on the preservation of our natural heritage. Matt and Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard hatched the idea for the film DamNation at the 2011 Wild and Scenic Film Festival and are currently touring the film with Felt Soul Media and Brick and Mortar Productions.

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Michael Lindsay

Michael Lindsay plays and works in Carbondale, Colorado. The mountains are his constant source of humbling inspiration. Michael is committed to contributing sculpture to his community that tells the story of the experience of life in the mountain west. He works to create assemblages of historical objects, combined in a modern framework, which inspire exploration and reflection in the viewer.

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Mikal Jakubal

Mikal Jakubal is an avid river runner and outdoor enthusiast, first-time documentary filmmaker, former ski bum and mountaineer and lover of all things internet. Mikal lives in Humboldt County, California and is known for humorous activism and dams with paint phrase.

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Mike Cerre

As an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, Fortune 500 communications consultant and public speaker, Mike Cerre has managed to turn his passion for storytelling into both a professional career and a personal mission of discovery. From reporting on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq during conflict, to working with corporate communications clients like IBM and Merril Lynch, Mike has won numerous awards for his journalistic reporting and has also enjoyed playing the role of director and producer on various television series and documentary films. Mike currently lives in Sausalito, CA with his wife and has two daughters also working in the communications business in Los Angeles.

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Mike Douglas

In his 23 year ski career, Mike Douglas, has done it all – World Cup competitor, coach, film star, TV commentator, innovator, adventurer, event director, writer, film producer and more. Most notably, he is credited with the design of the modern twin–tip ski – an innovation that changed the sport. Known as the ‘Godfather of Freeskiiing’, Mike is constantly pushing forward and challenging the boundaries of skiing and the media that surrounds it.

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Nick Waggoner

Nick Waggoner is the Director/ Producer of Sweetgrass Productions, and he tells stories through a poetic rhythm and soulful narrative. Nick has a BA in Documentary Film from Colorado College, as well as a childhood worthy of a story itself. Born in a back-alley dumpster in New York City, Nick first and foremost learned that shyness and modesty were not rewarded in the big city—and quickly learned how to talk himself out of an arrest and into an opportunity.

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Niko Jager

Long term Creative Director of the European Outdoor Film Tour and accomplished filmmaker of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Niko Jaeger focuses on the fascinating theme of outdoor sports and adventure. The unique characters he encounters and what motivates their actions is especially important in his film making in order to capture authentic portrayals from the world of the great outdoors. His work as director of adventure documentaries has won him awards in major mountain film festivals worldwide.

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Pete McBride

Native Coloradoan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with his camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer and filmmaker, writer and speaker, McBride has traveled on assignment to seven continents and over 65 countries in which he has shot and written over 25 features combined for the National Geographic Society. He has also worked for Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, and many others including commercial clients such as Casio, Bose and Patagonia.

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Rickey Gates

Professional runner, published writer and photographer, Rickey Gates, has spent the past decade exploring the planet on two wheels and two feet. The Roaring Fork Valley native has ridden a motorcycle from Alaska to Patagonia, pedaled across Europe, run on every continent… ever in search of the answer to the question: “What makes us happy.”

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Sally Francklyn

After a terrible fall skiing in Jackson Hole in 2012, Sally Francklyn is an inspiring force as she recovers from a traumatic brain injury. Skiing is and always will be part of her life- that will never change. Before her injury, Sally joined a PR team in Jackson, WY supporting clients like Arc’teryx and Nordica and enjoyed a stint as the online editor for Skiing and Ski Magazines. Sally has also worked as a ski patroller, a social media marketer, and a barista.

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Skip Armstrong

Skip Armstrong’s eyes will melt your soul, his editing will jump- start your heart, and his voice would draw wayward ships to crash along the rocky shores of Baja California. Did we mention he can dance? Skip is an award- winning director and cinematographer and founder of Wazee Motion Pictures. His passion is wild and creative short films and advertising.

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Soozie Lindbloom

Soozie Lindbloom is the Artistic Director and founder of Out of the Mud Theatre, a contemporary exploration of puppetry that merges visual arts with theater and pageantry by using puppetry as the voice of the every-being, the expression of gratitude, the outburst of joy and the beauty of remembrance. Through the creative outlets of puppetry and mask community theater, Out of the Mud strives to promote justice, equality, healing, humor, positive evolution, personal transformation and peace.

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Travis Rummel

Despite being a co-founder of Felt Soul Media, Travis Rummel never planned on becoming a filmmaker. However, storytelling ran in his family and soaked in for good. When the two witnessed the true power of film at Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, they decided to create a partnership centered around creating documentaries that they believed in. DamNation is their most recent story, told through incredible interviews and cinematography.

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Trina Ortega

A native of Colorado, Trina has been playing in the dirt of the Centennial State since she was a kid. Her love for the mountains led her to depart a comfortable career in media relations and head for the mountain town of Carbondale, where she has lived for more than 15 years. When she’s not fulfilling her duties as the managing editor of Mountain Flyer magazine, she is always on the make for the next challenging creative endeavor.

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Wade Newsom

Wade Newsom is a Carbondale local who set out to live life to the fullest and push his experiences through adventure and passion. As a result, Wade is known today for being a professional cyclist, a coffee shop owner and a wordsmith by way of poetry. When it comes to the latter, Wade thinks deeply about the message, the syllables’ sounds and the rhythm of the delivery. Then he brings it to life by spoken word.