I recently read about an event up in Vermont in which intrepid skiers strap on parachutes, jump from a plane and then proceed to ski down the mountain upon landing. The only thing I’m afraid of more than traveling downhill at high speeds is being in an unenclosed space at high altitudes, so paraskiing sounds like a pretty righteous nightmare to me. It does, however, look extremely cool and make for an interesting spectator sport, I’m sure. I can’t find any info on this year’s Mad River Glen event, but there’s a cool video of last year’s event here.
Category Archives: Outdoors/Adventure
In honor of the touring Banff Mountain Festival, which is currently showing at the Peter Norton Symphony Space on 95th Street, I’ve been pulling together images from old Climbing and Summit magazines. You can view the gallery from Summit over at Southern in the City. The shots below are all from Climbing mag from 1960ish through 1990ish. More to follow tomorrow.
Last night the Chelsea Room hosted a screening of Beard at Work, a short documentary directed by a couple of NYU film-school seniors (obviously) and produced by Brett Ratner. Since the film documents one of Beard’s photo shoots, it features models like Lydia Hearst and Doutzen Kroes, who were no doubt in attendance last night with lots of their model-pretty friends. Why am I mentioning this? Because Peter Beard, who grew up in New York City, Long Island, and Alabama, is a true adventurer and one of the only people to rock a blazer-kikoy combo and still manage to look distinguished.
I know it seems weird to post about safari style on the heels of a post about the transatlantic slave trade, but I was so inspired by the July 1981 adventure issue of GQ that I couldn’t resist sharing some images from it. The entire feature well is filled with the most amazing images and articles on Africa, including an outstanding piece on Peter Beard, and is actually a fairly beautiful homage to the continent and its myriad, culturally diverse inhabitants. Plus, anyone who’s ever seen issues of GQ from the 70s and 80s knows how rare it is to find images and content that feel as relevant today as they did then (men’s fashion was just way, way different). My husband, Will, and I spent our Honeymoon in South Africa, and I’ve been plotting ways to get back ever since. Until then, at least I can dress the part.