Bike touring is the best way to travel. You’re 100% focused on finding the most scenic roads, can go as fast or slow as you want, and eat constantly. You [...]
Bike touring is the best way to travel. You’re 100% focused on finding the most scenic roads, can go as fast or slow as you want, and eat constantly. You notice all the smells and sounds and it’s much easier to visit lemonade stands.
Emma and I biked out to Harvard to visit with my grandparents for her first bike tour. Harvard was ready for us and there was a BBQ planned at The General Store and a sunset bonfire at the public beach on Bare Hill Pond. We sailed (twice), swam, stand up paddleboarded, canoed, and made it back to Somerville in time for me to photograph a wedding in Nahant. It was a pretty epic 24 hours.
Harvard Rd. in Stow with the Delaney Flood Control Site in the background:
Blueberry Island where we had originally planned on camping:
My Grandfather loves fire trucks. This is a particularly well organized one:
Cleaning the sail boat:
Refueling after wintergreen chip at Erikson’s in Maynard.
Stopping to visit Codman Community Farm in Lincoln:
I’m pretty excited to have a new climbing gym open up a 5 minute walk from my house. Here’s a video I shot for their grand opening using a skateboard [...]
I’m pretty excited to have a new climbing gym open up a 5 minute walk from my house. Here’s a video I shot for their grand opening using a skateboard and a push from Emma:
As I look ahead to the last race I’m planning on having in the documentary, I figured I should release some footage from the first race in the season. So [...]
As I look ahead to the last race I’m planning on having in the documentary, I figured I should release some footage from the first race in the season. So here is my Sleepy Hollow MTN Race teaser video. The final race is the Cranmore Hill Climb on July 21st. It’s a pretty gnarly race. I ran it 3 years ago and it tired me out mentally and physically more than any other race I think I’ve ever done. So much up and down.
This was my first trip to the Adirondacks, LA’s first time camping, and Piers’s first time planning everything. We also tried out my new PowerPot to charge a phone as [...]
This was my first trip to the Adirondacks, LA’s first time camping, and Piers’s first time planning everything. We also tried out my new PowerPot to charge a phone as we cooked. We almost got maimed on a huge rock slide because this evil dog up above kicked a big old rock at us… 5 of the 46ers down.
Music is “When I Go” by The Omaha Folk (theomahafolk.com)
Here is a rather eclectic list of some of my favorite “sports” documentaries. I think this list might be stretching that definition, but it’s my idea of what sports is. [...]
Here is a rather eclectic list of some of my favorite “sports” documentaries. I think this list might be stretching that definition, but it’s my idea of what sports is. Sadly there are no baseball or football movies, but there is a soccer one. I’m watching a lot of documentaries (finally watched Hoop Dreams last night) this week as I start thinking about how to edit my mountain running documentary and whether I want to make more documentaries. What I see over and over again is that David Mamet is right in “On Directing Film”, it’s all about making a series of uninflected shots and telling the stories in the cuts. Tricks and special effects don’t keep you watching a movie.
Big River Man is the best movie ever. Ten minutes into the movie you are sure that filmmaker John Maringouin faked the whole thing because Martin Strel is just too fat and too drunk to be a hero and there is no way he could swim the whole Amazon. I watched this movie for the first time in May and have since watched it 4 more times because it feels like Maringouin completely forgot how documentaries are shot and edited and just started from scratch.
A Desert Life by Austin Siadak is a movie about climbing with an actual story. Austin also went to Tufts, graduating a few years before me and then working at The Institute for Global Leadership before realizing that he didn’t want to work in an office in Somerville, but be behind a camera a few pitches up. So Austin bought a DSLR and headed out on the road, never having made a movie before. This short movie was his main creative product (along with a bunch of climbing experience) and helped land him a job at Duct Tape Then Beer. I wish he didn’t have any of the titles, because it makes it too cheesy for me, but otherwise it’s a story.
Austin also worked on The Road from Karakol, which follows Kyle Dempster on a solo bike/climbing trip around Kyrgyzstan. If you aren’t hooked by the first minute, bike touring probably isn’t for you.
Ian Durkin is a filmmaker, photographer, and Vimeo staff member and I think part of the reason that his movie Surfaces: A Vermont Skateboarding Adventure really resonated with me is because it’s got such a New England look and appeal. You know you’re not in Los Angeles or New York City and why would I want to be there anyway? There is no bigger plot, but I still am always hooked with the mini plots like making a grind rail from a tree.
Irish surf photographer Mickey Smith‘s Dark Side of the Lens takes a look at the less glamorous surfing off the rough coast of Ireland. This is a modern classic in the Vimeo adventure film world.
Usually the adventure films that have seem focused on geting the coolest shots ever don’t stick with me, but the Lines of Lofoten Episode 5 by the Norwegian company AntiMedia has a great balance of backstory, ramp construction, and then ends with a healthy amount of ridiculous cable cam shots. Made me wish I had the confidence to just huck myself off big old dirt piles on a mountain bike.
This short British documentary is actually made by a commercial video company as part of an advertising campaign, but I didn’t realize that until just now. Madron FC: The Worst Football Team in Britain follows how you can lose a game 55-0 and after a winless season still go into the last game saying “We can win this.”
What are your favorite sports or adventure movies?
Things are finally starting to work in my mountain running documentary project. 5 races down and just the championships to go. Our hero Eric MacKnight is just a few points [...]
Things are finally starting to work in my mountain running documentary project. 5 races down and just the championships to go. Our hero Eric MacKnight is just a few points behind the leader and training very hard to do well at the Cranmore Hill Climb. Jim has been dealing with injuries this season and after solid runs at Sleepy Hollow and Wachusett had to drop out of Bretton Woods (while in 1st place) and Ascutney. I guess I shouldn’t give away too much drama now though.
Here are some stills from the last week of filming. Thanks to Casey Atkins for help shooting this last race. I’m hoping to assemble a giant team of camera people for the final race at Cranmore on July 21st, so send me a message if you are interested and around.
Eric dealing with the heat while on a hill repeat training run at his home of Ballston Lake, NY:
Start of the Loon Mountain Race:
Just past mile 2:
Struggling up Upper Walking Boss, a brutal kilometer of 30-40% grades:
Cooling off in the river after the race:
Somerville, MA: Concord, NH:
It was too hot not to go swimming today.
Emma and I drove up north to Lubec, Maine and Campobello Island, New Brunswick for the inaugural Bay of Fundy International Marathon. If you live in New England, you have [...]
Emma and I drove up north to Lubec, Maine and Campobello Island, New Brunswick for the inaugural Bay of Fundy International Marathon. If you live in New England, you have no excuse not to go to the Bay of Fundy. It’s like nothing else in the East. The beaches are gigantic and empty with the forest coming right down to the shore. There are the world’s biggest whirlpools, puffins hidden on rocky shores somewhere, and Canadian provincial parks that have the most numerous and nicest bathrooms.
I felt great about the marathon a month ago, pretty confident I could run a 2:55, but as the race approached and the weeks went by my legs felt worse and worse. I think my nerves started to get the best of me. Still I was excited and confident to toe the start line with the cool kid fast runners in the front. My body felt good for the first couple of miles, but I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t going to run the race I had planned so at mile 5 I decided to take off my watch and throw it to Emma so I could relax a bit. I ran an awesome first 10k (~41:00), right on pace for what I would soon realize just wasn’t the pace I would be able to run the rest of race in. I lost all my breakfast around mile 7, but didn’t slow down much till the turn around point at mile 16, where I lost control of my legs because my hamstrings completely cramped up. I had to stop and stretch em out for 5 minutes or so (I didn’t have a watch at this point in the race so I’m not sure how long I stopped for, all I know is I got passed by like 20 people), people came up to me and asked me if I needed medical attention, to which I responded “I’m not sure yet.” Very quickly my hopes for a sub-3 hour marathon slipped away, then my hopes for a Boston qualifier time (3:05) followed, and then I was resolved to just keep moving forward a few hundred yards, which was much harder than running that first 10k. I realized I haven’t eaten anything and that I probably just didn’t have enough salts in my body, which is why it was acting up, so I started hobbling along and feasting on my ShotBlocks and Endurolytes. Over the next 10 miles I went from moments of pure elation where I was sure I had a few more 6:30 minute miles in me to the reality that I’d be happy to run 9 minute miles the rest of the race. I made it over the line in 3:36 and collapsed less because I was tired and more because my legs weren’t quite right. My parents and Emma made sure I was fed.
As I sit down and work at my computer, I forget that my legs hurt, until I have to stand up or walk anywhere… Thanks to everyone for taking care of me and putting up with me after I finished!
Author Bio ian maclellan is a photographer who is interested in environmental issues and movements. he enjoys finding the unseen hiding in plain sight. he has worked across the united states (literally), in france, the united kingdom, israel, kenya, and uganda documenting personal projects and commissioned works. ian is also currently a student of geology and biology at tufts university interested in pursuing a masters in environmental science after graduation. ian is available for hire on editorial photography projects worldwide.
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