Category: entertainment

New Everest Film

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The epic EVEREST filming in Nepal. Photo credit: Universal Pictures.

The new epic adventure film EVEREST has started filming in Nepal. Universal Pictures has scheduled the release of EVEREST in North American theatres in 3D and IMAX 3D for February 2015.

EVEREST will shoot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the UK.

The adventure film will star Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty); Josh Brolin (True Grit, No Country for Old Men); John Hawkes (Lincoln, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code, Brokeback Mountain).

EVEREST will be directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) whose creative team includes director of photography Salvatore Totino (The Da Vinci Code), production designer Gary Freeman (Maleficent), and costume designer Guy Speranza (The World’s End).

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Nicky Kentish Barne are producing EVEREST. The film is adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).

“Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, EVEREST documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind,” says Universal Pictures.

“Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.”

Cool Read

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Shuffle, the UK e-novel on iPod. Photo credit: Vook.

Looking for a cool read for traveling too?  If you’re like us and love e-books, fiction and music, then you might fancy Shuffle, an award-winning e-novel available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple’s iBookstore and Vook’s store.

The innovative “revolutionary” UK e-novel Shuffle by author and concept creator Chris Rickaby (pen-name James T. Raydel) is unique because it can be read in any order, with seven different beginnings and endings.  Digital publishing company Vook developed Shuffle with Rickaby.

Says Rickaby:

“Shuffle does for reading what digital music players do for music… I wanted to develop something that was designed as an e-novel from the beginning and came up with the idea of writing a novel structured around the shuffle mechanism of an iPod, whereby the reader can make choices as they navigate content.”

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Shuffle. Photo credit: Vook.

Each of the e-novel’s seven stories are interlinked through song selections which are inspired by legendary musical artists and groups including David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Joy Division, Martha & The Vandellas, Frank Sinatra and classical composer Gustav Holst.  Shuffle’s readers can choose the next chapter of the e-novel they would like to read at the end of each story.

Published in the UK by Tonto Books, Shuffle is part of the transmedia project Lulzlit. The project features cross-platform “fictional provenance” for James T. Raydel with a team of writers tweeting as a fictional collective on the social media network Twitter.

Find out more at vook.com.

Snowshoeing In The Canadian Rockies

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Snowshoeing In The Canadian Rockies By Andrew Nugara. Photo credit: Gazelle Book Services.

Planning a mountain trip in the Canadian Rockies?  Snowshoeing is a super easy and fun way to see the scenery of the Canadian Rockies in the winter.

One new guide, Snowshoeing In The Canadian Rockies by Andrew Nugara, gives mountain travelers a great overview for seeing the Canadian Rockies on snowshoes.

“Whether you are looking for an easy day on flat terrain amid beautiful surroundings or far-reaching and magnificent views from the summit of a picturesque mountain, you will find it in this spectacular guidebook,” says Gazelle Book Services.

Nugara’s book describes 61 routes for snowshoers in the Canadian Rockies. These routes are designed for beginner snowshoer to experienced backcountry travelers seeking new challenges.

In the Canadian Rockies, the snowshoe trips extend from Waterton in the far south to the Columbia Icefield in the north section of Banff National Park.  For this Canadian mountain travel guide, Nugara has included photos, maps, detailed route descriptions, level of difficulty, objective hazards and equipment requirements.

Undiscovered Wales

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Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Photo credit: Kevin Walker.

Looking at a walking holiday in the Brecon Beacons?

Then inspire your trip to the highest mountains in southern Britain with Undiscovered Wales (Frances Lincoln, 2010) by Kevin Walker.

In his tenth book, Walker shares his walking experience in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park and the region’s Welsh legends, history and heritage.

A regular contributor to the outdoor press, Walker has also written Mountain Navigation Techniques and local Heritage Guide guidebooks.

Walker has designed a series of Wales walking breaks with a flexible guided walks program for every fitness level.

Highlights of his latest book include:

  • Gentle strolls alongside a tranquil canal;
  • Forays through deep wooded gorges full of hidden waterfalls and rushing torrents;
  • High-level mountain circuits around the central Brecon Beacons;
  • Wild wanderings through the wilderness areas of the Carmarthen Fan;
  • Accommodation from local campsites to luxury hotels and
  • Eating and drinking from distillery, vineyard and CAMRA pub visits to farmhouse cream teas and fine dining.

“You could find yourself following forgotten tramroads offering tantalizing glimpses of our recent past, or exploring more ancient sites where our Celtic ancestors once lived and loved, worked and played, fought and worshipped,” says the book’s publisher.

“There are even evening walks introducing people to stargazing and the delights of walking by moonlight.”

Top Dog Game

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From Cool Mountain Rescue Dogs: A ski patrol dog in the snow. Photo credit: explore.org.

In the mountains, the mountain rescue dog (above) is definitely top dog.

We’re charmed by a new fun Top Dog card game by MadDogSki.

MadDogSki is an independent ski website which features information on 50+ ski resorts. The site covers snowsports holidays including planning how to get there and where to stay and the best places to ski, eat and party.

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The Top Dog card game by MadDogSki.  Photo credit: MadDogSki.

Aimed at ski travelers, the Top Dog card game was designed by MadDogSki to alleviate travel boredom and keep kids and adults entertained on ski trips.

Like others, this card game can be played anywhere, from the airport and chalet to transfers to parties and pubs.

Here’s how the Top Dog card game is played:

  • Players share the cards out;
  • Starting with their top card, each player compares the category chosen by the starting player;
  • Categories could be height of peak, height of resort, km of piste, resort cost rating;
  •  The player with the highest answer wins and they get the other players’ cards and
  • When one player wins all the cards, they win the game.

To learn more and buy the Top Dog card game, go to the MadDogSki site.