JAMES Q MARTIN
CONSERVATION • FILM • PHOTO

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mile for mile campaign successful in patagonia

"Do what you love to protect what you love," says Kris Tompkins about Conservacion Patagonica's initiative to preserve a new national park in Southern Chile. Conservacion Patagonica is the organization started by Kris and her late husband Doug Tompkins, founder of both The North Face and Esprit brands.

A tract of land 106 miles across had already been purchased by the foundation, reclaiming degraded sheep pastures for return to wild grasslands, glacial rivers, and high mountains. The next goal was to raise enough money to build trails and open access to the brand new Patagonia National Park.

Patagonia trail ambassador ultra runners had a brilliant idea: run across the 106-mile expanse of the park and film it to raise awareness for the cause. I jumped at the chance travel along and film the endeavor. The result was our film Mile for Mile.

On Patagonia's weblog The Cleanest Line, Kris tells the story of the film and her deeper history with the region. We are proud to honor Doug with this success and be able to open the Patagonia National Park that he envisioned.

GoPro for a cause in nepal

A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in spring 2015, killing 8,000 people and injuring 21,000 more. Rural villages at the epicenter were leveled, and the lives that were spared faced a dismal future.

The international community jumped into action, and a unique group of athletes spearheaded aid effort in the hard-hit Gorkha district. Paraglide and hanglide pilots, already active in the region as recreationalists and activists through the nonprofit Cloudbase Foundation. Teaming up with GoPro, they hit the ground running in Gorkha to bring medical and construction help to rebuild devastated communities.

I joined rock climber/artist Jeremy Collins and Cloudbase President Nick Greece in the relief, supported by GoPro and Keen Footwear. Together we have been able to save lives, get children back in school, and construct over 1000 shelters so far. Efforts are ongoing, as many remote towns are still desperate for aid.

You can help the the healing by donating to Cloudbase Foundation, and your contribution will be matched by GoPro.

Launching REI's Every Trail Connects Campaign

'The Pleasure & The Pain,' Directed by James 'Q' Martin.

Errol “The Rocket” Jones is a 65-year-old ultrarunner. This is his story of pain, perseverance and self-discovery on the Bay Area Ridge Trail. 

Premiered: January 4th, 2016

Learn more about Every Trail Connects here

 

Namuli Luanches at Clif Bar

Namuli is a community-backed film about the spirit of exploration and what happens when a team of rock climbers, biologists, and conservationists set off on an unconventional expedition into one of the world’s least-explored and most-threatened habitats.

As a cinematographer for Namuli, Q followed an international crew as they push the bounds of friendship, climbing conventions, and scientific research on the 2,000-foot granite face of Mozambique’s second highest mountain, Mount Namuli.

The film features expedition leader Majka Burhardt, a professional climber, author, and social entrepreneur, professional climber Kate Rutherford, Brazilian entomologist Flavia Esteves, South African entomologist Caswell Munyai, and Mozambican herpetologist Harith Farooq.

Premiering: March 8th, 2016

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