October 29, 2013

Strong: Be Safe But Live Wild

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Strong, a short film by Arc’teryx, examines the struggle to find the line between pursuing your passions and doing it safely.  Longtime backcountry enthusiast Roger Strong of the PNW was caught in an avalanche, while his wife was pregnant with their daughter.  This film looks to get into Roger’s mind, as he recovers physically and mentally, and seeks to balance his passion with his family.  What are your thoughts?  Feel free to comment below.

Description by Arc’teryx:

“We are all going to make mistakes. It’s truly learning from them that makes life really sweet,” says skier, climber and parent Roger Strong. On April 6th, 2011, the veteran backcountry skier was skinning up his favorite backcountry run when he triggered an avalanche that swept him and two friends hundreds of feet through steep trees. When the snow settled, he was badly injured, but alive along with his friends. In the months that followed, Strong, confined to a wheelchair, was left to sort through his decision-making. Had he failed as father and a husband? What would he take away from the experience? And if his body would allow, would he still want to ski?

“Sunrise to Sunset” by Amy Stolzenbach
“Oh Canyon” by Fenster from the album Bones Morr Music

A Duct Tape Then Beer production
Directed by Fitz Cahall
Filmed by Bryan Smith, Nasa Koski, Dave Burdick and Austin Siadak
Written by Jen Altschul and Fitz Cahall
Edited by Austin Siadak
Sound and color by Nasa Koski


About the Author

1. Ed Dujardin
After moving out west for college, Ed took summer school so he could spend winters in Crested Butte. These days, he coaches the Western State Colorado University Freeride Team, and spends as much time as he can fishing the incredible rivers of the area.