Adventure Journalism

One of my favorite sites for adventure journalism is James Mills’ “Joy Trip Project.”

I met James last May, when he was covering Mountain Film in Telluride, and he’s a great guy.  Easy to talk to.  Yeah sure, there are lots of blogs out there, and they’ll tell you who’s doing what and why it’s cool, most with pretty pics to go with. James is a true journalist. He knows how to dig.

Take this podcast he did with climber Jim Davidson, about an accident on Mt. Rainer that killed his best friend and left Jim buried in a crevasse with the body.  It’s a tough story.  But when you listen, you’ve got to admire the way James coaxes it out of him.  It would have been so easy to glide over the surface.  Maybe focus on the heroism of the impossible climb out of there.  Instead we go much deeper.  Into lessons and childhood triggers, into personal guilt, redemption, how he’s lived since.  How the whole experience remade his life.

It’s a great interview.  When I heard it, I was a little down in the dumps over some business setbacks.  When I finished listening, I was calm and focused and determined again.  Not pumped up by some easy macho story-lesson.  But let’s just call it cleansed of any self-pity I had going that morning.

This is what great adventures do for us.  Whether we take them.  Or whether we hear about them.  Especially through the lens of a good interviewer.  Getting the story.  It’s one of those arts you’re never aware of, because you’re not supposed to be.   But I’m here to tell you, this is a blog you want to visit.  These are podcasts you want on your iPhone (there’s like 50 of them on iTunes).  Highly recommended for anyone.  Hope to hear a lot more about him on Xpedition.TV