The outdoors inspires us in many ways, and not always when we are on the trail, in a river, or up a mountain. Sometimes inspiration comes from the silver screen, and for two days in early October, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors had the pleasure of being inspired by the Adventure Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado and again last week in Asheville, North Carolina.
Each fall, Adventure Film presents world-class productions to thousands of people, from weathered outdoor enthusiasts looking for their next adventure, to urban couch potatoes hoping for some motivation. This year, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors was honored to sponsor the event, which featured a smorgasbord of stunning filmmaking, community events, and children’s programming throughout Boulder and Ashville.
At the Sierra Club, our mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet and we were thrilled to engage such a passionate outdoor community through what for us was a new medium, art. Normally we encounter these folks in a less confined space than a theater, but with films ranging in subject from canyoneering in Grand Canyon to ski-mountaineering first descents in Chamonix, France, it was no surprise the festival attracted some of the best and boldest in the outdoor community.
By supporting the Adventure Film Festival, Mission Outdoors hopes to inspire more people to seek adventure, and not only the extreme kind. Our work aims to connect people with the endless outdoor opportunities there are all across the country. From biking to work in downtown San Francisco, to kayaking glacial bays in Alaska, positive outdoor experiences are everywhere and they are waiting for you to find them. Sometimes it takes some encouragement and direction to try something different or go somewhere new. Starting close to home can be a great first step, but you never know where that step can lead.
To start your adventure, check out Mission Outdoors online and get inspired.