HAPPENINGS March 2011
Himalaya Alert: Special Film Presentation by Producer
Polar explorer, adventurer, writer, radio correspondent, and filmmaker, Bernice Notenboom, will personally present a film filled with adventure, drama, and high altitude climate change at Star Hall on Thursday, March 17 at Star Hall.
A former resident and frequent visitor to Moab, Notenboom’s objective is for her adventure stories to help children and young adults realize the important role that melting glaciers play in the problem of rising global temperatures.
Himalaya Alert records her recent expedition to the top of Mount Everest. Through conversations with scientists and local mountain people, Notenboom paints an extensive portrait of glaciers such as the Imja Glacier that is retreating by over 230 feet a year.
The greater Himalayan region has the largest concentration of snow and ice outside the two poles. Warming in the area has been around double the global average — the implications are dramatic.
If the Himalayas lose their snow and ice, much of the water supply to Asia’s 10 largest rivers will dry up, threatening the food security of almost 1.5 billion people.
After working briefly for Tag-A-Long Adventures in the early 1990s Notenboom founded and operated Moki Treks, a travel company that raised awareness of indigenous cultures in the Southwest by employing Native Americans as guides.
Rejecting official advice Bernice walked 200 miles across Pakistan to the Afghan border to interview, with a radio crew, Pashtun villagers just before American forces invaded in 2001.
Bernice has written for National Geographic, the Washington Post, and many others. She produced over 25 radio documentaries for NPR. She wrote a book about her travels that is a best seller in her native country, the Netherlands, and is being translated into other European languages.
In 2007 Bernice skied to the North, the South, and the Cold (Siberian) poles, making her the first person to have skied to all the poles in one year. She traversed the Greenland Ice-cap in early 2008.
In the spring of 2012 Bernice, who is now 48, will lead an all women’s expedition across Greenland to the North Pole.
SPECIAL SCREENING: MARCH 17,
7 P.M. STAR HALL
TICKETS $10 AT THE DOOR
All Proceeds Will Go To
THE FRIENDS OF
THE LA SAL AVALANCHE CENTER
The 34th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Moab
from the film Dream Result
Bringing together some of the world’s finest mountain films, the 34th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Moab this Monday, March 14th. The films included in the tour cover topics ranging from exploration and adventure to culture, environment, and mountain sports.
After the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held in November in the Canadian town of the same name, the World Tour picks up and spreads out across the globe, stopping in 30 countries for over 550 screenings. Each screening highlights a selection of the Festival films of particular interest to the local audience, as chosen by local organizers.
Eight films will be shown this year. The films cover topics such as climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, wilderness fly-fishing, environment and adventure travel. In addition to the individual sports the films in their totality offer a global travel log.
For the eighth year running, the headlamp and climbing-gear manufacturer Petzl is helping to bring the renowned festival, to Moab.
“These films are a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle and living life to fullest. It’s a perfect fit for a brand like ours” says John Evans, Petzl’s Marketing Director who had the idea to bring the Festival to Moab back in 2003. “We really owe the success of the event to local organizer David Erley and all the Moab sponsors. Without them, it wouldn’t happen.”
Many of the stops on the Banff world tour raise money for local outdoor programs, community causes and non-profits. This year, the Moab stop will raise funds for the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign, a multi-million dollar revolving grant fund that helps local climbing organizations across the United States to acquire land and help preserve it for climbing use.
Also benefiting the Access Fund (accessfund.org), the Petzl All Access DVD will be available at this year’s Moab festival – the disk featured 10 short climbing movies from the industry’s top filmmakers, including Sender Films, Big Up Productions, Hot Aches Productions, Mike Call, Chuck Fryberger, and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds from All Access sales will go to the Access Fund.
This year in Moab, the films will be screened in the Grand County High School Auditorium (608 S. 400 E) at 7:00pm.
Tickets to event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and can be purchased at Back of Beyond Bookstore, Canyon Voyages Adventure Co., Pagan Mountaineering, and Poison Spider Bicycles. For more information, see the accompanying ad or call (435) 259-4859.
For more on the Banff Mountain Film Festival, visit: www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival
For more on Petzl, visit: www.petzl.com
From the film Coming Soon - Kranked Kids