Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Hey all,

I've been busy doing other things over Christmas and heading toward New Year's Eve. I'll be back soon with more adventure news and stuff very soon!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Polar History Report

Today is the 100th Aniversary of Roald Amundsen reaching the Antarctic pole.  Read about this great adventurer here

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Real Life Adventurer

This is Sean Flynn, son of legendary actor Errol Flynn....Sean went into acting, starring in adventure films like his father. But he got bored with acting and went to Africa to become a guide and big game hunter, then traded that to be a game warden. Still not satisfied, Sean became a photojournalist and went to Vietnam.

Sean didn't just stand back and document the war as an objective observer, he was known for being a little closer to the action. Working for Paris-Match then for Time Magazine, Sean soon earned a reputation for being willing to risk his neck to get the best images, even going into combat. In 1966, he was wounded
and left the war long enough to recuperate and star in his last film. Sean returned to Vietnam later that same year and made a parachute jump with the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division -- and then he went to Israel to cover the war there in 1967.

Sean returned to Vietnam to make a documentary and in 1970 headed into Cambodia with another journalist, Dana Stone, on motorcycles. In April of that year, Sean and Stone were captured by Communist guerillas and were never heard from again. Sean's mother, actress Lili Damita, spent a lot of money searching for her son, to no avail. Sean was declared dead in 1984 and to this day his remains have never been found.

No matter your politics on the war, Sean Flynn ranks among those adventure movie actors who walked the walk.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adventure Theater Premier

I Netflixed this movie last year and loved it. Finding it online in its entirety was too good not to share. So please enjoy one of Frtiz Lang's greatest films...


Friday, December 2, 2011

Explorer of the Month

It's fitting that we kick off our new monthly honor this December with that icon of the Christmas season:

Yukon Cornelius

What adventure fan does not look forward to the annual viewing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, especially the middle act which is nothing less than a classic expeditionary quest? It has always been my favorite holiday season special for this very fact. Rudolph and Hermy have given up on their lives in the North Pole and set out for horizons even farther. The imagery is evocative of every polar fantasy adventure you can imagine and would not be complete without our red-bearded hero. When the reindeer and elf meet up with Cornelius, the story officially becomes an adventure tale, as far as I'm concerned.

Complete with arctic gear, including pistol and axe and a dog sled, Yukon Cornelius is the quintessential adventurer and guide. It's like he stepped out of a Jack London novel. And just when milquetoast viewers think he's nothing but a "silver 'n gold" hound, Yukon Cornelius shows his intrepid courage and takes on the Abominable (Snow Creature) in defense of his friends. Naturally, being a man of practical knowledge and self-confidence, Yukon Cornelius literally bounces back, ultimately displaying his command over nature through understanding of the creature and providing it a place in polite society with a productive function (as opposed to mere existential namby-pambyism).

So, this month, we salute Yukon Cornelius!