For Those Who Suffer intimately wraps emotion around why we do what we do in the outdoors

FIREFLIES. FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER. from Andre Stringer on Vimeo.

We’ve all been there, staring at the ceiling in the blue light of dawn, questioning some arbitrary fitness or adventure goal we set for ourselves. So tired. So ready for it to end.

Then some spark occurs, stoked by the months of days that preceded this one. We wake, we prepare, and go after it one more time.

“Fireflies: For Those Who Suffer” is a promotional short film for a cancer research support group of cyclists who ride for City of Hope. It captures so well the point at which personal pain crosses into adventure endeavors, and how the fire at the confluence forces us forward. It’s a few minutes long, but really engaging. So many of us have been, and are, the subject of this film. Enjoy.

“The Summit” brings 2008 K2 tragedy to vivid life

Like giant waves, giant mountains frighten me. I have no problem face climbing or approaching cruxy roofs a few hundred feet above where my feet are most comfortable. However, throw in crumbling snow, creaky ice slabs, an unpredictable forecast and little chance of rescue and something in my man parts cowers inward and runs for cover. In short, I stand in awe of big-time alpine climbers.

K2 has long-earned its reputation as the world’s most dangerous mountain. In 2008, it chose to remind us just how seriously it takes that moniker. This is what the movie is about.

Shudder.