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Dispatches : May 2012

Adventure Video of the Week: 'Pass the Bucket' With Jeff Ament

"I don't think there's anything like that thing of walking up to the edge of a new bowl and going up to it like, 'Oh my God. I can't believe that they built this thing and they built it so good,'" says Jeff Ament. "You have that 14-year-old shake where you're so excited that your body can't contain itself, and skating still gives me that feeling."

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Testing The Waters With a New High School Surf Competition

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As this video of a two-year-old catching his first wave illustrates, surfing isn't always about competition. Still, it would be nice for high school surfers to be able to compete in front of crowds in the same way basketball, football, or track athletes do. At least, that's the thinking behind a new high school surf event in San Diego sponsored by Spy and Sun Diego.

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This Week's Missing Links, May 25, 2012

Some of the coolest stuff I didn't post this week.

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Four confirmed dead in two days on Everest. A detailed story from the mountain. Outside

The most mega-infectious stoke you'll find online today. A two-year-old catches his first wave. Adventure Journal

A detailed account of Micah True's last run. The New York Times

No excuses. A limbless French man swims 12 miles. The Daily Mail

Alex Honnold talks about The Triple Crown of Yosemite. The North Face

Elon Musk and SpaceX have liftoff, and the first commercial spaceship to dock at the International Space Station.

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Telluride MountainFilm Festival Kicks Off: 6 Must-See Movies

HomeMTF06-main st bannerNo better place to be on Memorial Day weekend. Photo: MountainFilm

Telluride MountainFilm Festival kicks off today— always one of the best reasons to decamp to this gorgeous box canyon in southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The schedule’s packed with outdoor screenings, panel discussions, power breakfasts with a who’s-who of adventure icons, and a Memorial Day wrap-up picnic. (Not to mention some of the most inspiring environmental, cultural and action flicks of the year, including heart-thumping footage from the usual suspects: Dean Potter, Andy Lewis, aka, “Sketchy Andy," and Jimmy Chin.)

But adrenaline’s not the only thing on the agenda. Mountainfilm gives lots of love to quieter—though no less aspirational—outdoor pursuits, from a guy who lives his life on his bike to a backcountry nursery school in Scotland to the story of teenage girl ski jumpers and youth activists who are suing the government for global warming and the kid-friendly animated eco-shorts “Do Unto Otter” and “Hi! I’m a Nutria.” Here are our top five picks for the must-see sleepers of the long weekend:

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