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Between the Peaks: An Interview with Adventure Filmmaker Jonathan Ronzio

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After two years of planning the trip began. Three friends landed in Chile with a plan to buy a truck, drive to Alaska, climb the highest mountain on both South and North  America, and volunteer in every country they passed through along the way. They would document it all for on video and after finishing the epic journey, make it into a movie.

Last year the product of the friends’ efforts, Between the Peaks, won the Best Documentary Feature award from the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth, California. The trip had not gone as planned. Cameras had been lost and stolen and they’d had to abandon their truck when a paperwork mix-up prevented them from crossing a border with it.

The extra expenses meant that their trip would end in northern Guatemala, far short of their goal to finish on the peak of Denali in Alaska. The movie that resulted, however, is a great story of three friends on their first trip through South America with big dreams and the world in front of them.

I caught up with Jonathan — who directed and edited the movie —  on Skype last week to talk about winning an award for his first film, the crew’s misadventures on the road, and their plans for the future. Watch it below.


You can watch Between the Peaks here.

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Dave Cornthwaite on Crossing the Atacama Desert By Whike

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Dave on his trusty whike in Chile.

Dave Cornthwaite is a British ginger adventurer. He’s also likely one of the kindest and humblest people you’re likely to meet. He’ll be the first to emphatically explain to you why he’s no different than anyone else, despite the fact that he’s completed nine (soon to be 10) non-motorized expeditions of over 1000 miles, such as skateboarding across Australia, swimming the Missouri River, and stand-up paddle boarded the length of the Mississippi, which are not things that normal people do. Continue Reading →

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Andrew Badenoch and the 77Zero Project

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Andrew Badenoch with kilt

On March 25th Andrew Badenoch will be embarking on a journey unlike any I’ve ever heard of; he will travel from Seattle to the Arctic Ocean and back over land and water one a fatbike (a bike with super fat tires that can handle terrain that renders a normal mountain bike useless, like snow) and a packraft (small inflatable boat). He will use no fossil fuels to propel himself, or even to cook. His goals? To show the possibilities of sustainable travel and, of course, to have an incredible time. Continue Reading →

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