Sierra Club Outdoors

Testimonials

The veteran film school was an extraordinary experience - top to bottom for me.  I learned a helluva lot about both filmmaking and climbing - not to mention PACKING! 

- Ben Patton

I figured the adventure film course in the northern Cascades would be great because, really, how could it not be? A week of alpine climbing with other vets while learning how to make movies. But I wasn't expecting the days to be as amazing as they were, or that I'd learn as much as I did, about alpine climbing, film making, and the experiences and perspectives of others on the trip.

- Brian Mockenhaupt, OIF Veteran, Journalist

Originally, when I made the decision to attend Adventure Film School, my number one rule was, DON'T get personal. I wasn't interested in making a film, that was a first hand account. Then, as Michael Brown says, "The Magic of the Mountain", took hold.

1000 Steps is a film about self discovery, friendship, enlightenment, and most importantly, the journey. Sometimes, many factors play into a "light bulb moment". For me, this experience was not only a defining moment, but a life changing one. It truly was the hardest thing that I have ever done; though, it certainly won't be the last.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Always do the things you are afraid to do". I wrote this quote on the inside of my boots, right before leaving for the expedition. Truthfully, I was petrified, and thought I would never make it out alive. Even though I didn't accomplish everything I had planned on, I survived, and I'll do it all over again, in a heartbeat.

- Melanie Barrow, OIF Veteran 

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