National Geographic Live - Between River and Rim @ Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, Portland [19 February]

National Geographic Live - Between River and Rim

19:30 - 22:00

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Portland'5 Centers for the Arts
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205

In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding adventure this year: to transect the length of the canyon on foot. This trek is not the pair’s first adventure together, but it may be the toughest.

An award-winning photographer, writer, and filmmaker, Pete has traveled to over 70 countries for a number of publications and companies, including National Geographic Society, Outside magazine, Patagonia, and The Nature Conservancy. A passionate conservationist, Pete has been named a “Freshwater Hero” by National Geographic. Kevin left his post as a top editor at Outside magazine for the dusty abyss of the Grand Canyon. Kevin is the author of The Emerald Mile and his work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, and Time, among other publications.

Read the National Geographic September 2016 Article: Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?

“The Colorado River has connected me to many things, many people, and many remarkable places.” — Pete McBride

Grand Canyon Trust logoNational Geographic Live–Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon is sponsored by Grand Canyon Trust.

The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust (GCT) is to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau — its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude. GCT connected with Pete & Kevin during their Canyon expeditions, and are extremely excited to support their US tour.


Kevin Fedarko (photo) — Credit: Kurt MarkusKevin Fedarko lives in northern New Mexico and works as a part-time river guide in Grand Canyon National Park. In addition to his travel narratives in Outside, where he worked as a senior editor, Fedarko’s work has appeared in Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and other publications, and has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing in 2004 and 2006. Fedarko was a staff writer at Time magazine from 1991 to 1997, where his work helped garner an Overseas Press Club Award for a story on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Fedarko earned a Masters of Philosophy in Russian history at Oxford in 1990.

Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent almost two decades studying the world with his camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, filmmaker and writer, he has traveled on assignment to over 60 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Men’s Journal, Esquire, STERN and many others.

Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, Pete is passionate about storytelling and unique, gripping ways to communicate them, whether it involves vantages from 20,000 feet or swimming below icebergs. His perspective on capturing water- related stories led American Photo Magazine to list Pete as «one of the top five water photographers» in the nation.

Pete McBride (photo) — Credit: Ashley MosherAfter a decade working mostly abroad, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over two years documenting his local river — the Colorado. This journey culminated in the acclaimed coffee table book: “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict”, an award-winning short film, “Chasing Water” and a traveling museum exhibit/ lecture currently touring the U.S.

In 2011 and 2012, his film Chasing Water won over 20 film festival awards including «Best Short Documentary» at Canada's Banff Mtn. Film Festival, «Best Environmental Film» at England's Kendal Mtn. Festival and «Best Documentary» at Florida's Clear Water Festival, to name a few. A new film, Delta Dawn, documenting a release of water that allowed the Colorado River to flow uninterrupted to the sea, won the “Best Short Mountain Film” award at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

His photography honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, Photo Week DC, Communications Arts, The Society of Professional Journalists and a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. In 2011, he was awarded «River Conservator» by the Roaring Fork Conservancy for his ongoing awareness work with water conservation.

When not on assignment, you can find Peter in the mountains or on the rivers around the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.


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