At age 9, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa told her teacher she wanted to climb Mount Everest. It may have seemed improbable then, but she’s long smashed notions of what’s probable. The first woman from Nepal’s Rolwaling Valley (home to 70 notable male climbers) certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, Dawa is one of only about 100 women among IFMGA’s nearly 7,000 guides. “Who I am now is just because I climb,” Dawa says modestly, as images of peaks she has summited flash on screen — K2, Yala Peak, Lobuche, Chekigo, Kanchenjunga, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam — and, of course, Everest.
A group of young men rafting a remote Alaskan river in search of big ski lines is not your typical bachelor party. It may not be Las Vegas, but there are still plenty of antics — comically bad skiing on avy debris, whisky-fueled card games and pond skimming. As the current carries them closer to the ocean, dreams of clearskies and good turns keep their spirits high. And in the end, the group realizes that slowing down and simply being together is the real meaning behind a bachelor party.
The mighty Columbia River flows 480 miles through British Columbia. Whether it’s supporting millions of people with its hydro-power, acting as a transportation system for the timber industry or providing countless outdoor recreation opportunities, the river is the thread that weaves together the cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Using footage from 50 historical films, Children of the Columbia uses the river as a lens through which to explore BC’s other iconic industry: skiing.
The Japanese believe in the kodama, or spirit, that lives inside the broadleaf forests of snowy Hokkaido. The 600-year-old redcedars of British Columbia have evolved an underground neural network that communicates via a highway of fungus. And the famously hardy bristlecone pines that cling to the rocky cliffs of the Great Basin Ranges have persisted since the pyramids were built. Clearly, there’s a lot humans can learn from trees. Treeline follows skiers, scientists and a tree doctor as they explore our connection to some of the oldest living species on the planet.
In the high steppe of Little Tibet, a young boy develops an unlikely obsession: ice hockey. He fashions pucks out of stones, trains on homemade skates and worships Czech hockey icon Jaromír Jágr. And he has his heart set on an outsized dream.