Archive for October, 2015

Outdoor Adventure at the Austin Film Festival 2015

Outdoor Adventure Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival’s 2015 lineup includes two outdoor adventure films: Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia and The Great Alone. Both films take a broad look at the lives and careers of their subjects, as well as focusing in on a specific challenge. For Jeff Lowe, it’s his climb of Eiger’s notorious North Face. For Lance Mackey, it’s his pursuit of a fifth Iditarod victory. Both couch potatoes and aficionados will love the adrenaline rush, scenic beauty and the moving human stories told in these movies.


Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

For nine harrowing days in the winter of 1991, Jeff Lowe pieced together a nearly impossible route up the very center of the Eiger’s North Face. This is the story behind that climb – an act of imagination – that has become legendary. Jon Krakauer photographed Jeff’s ascent for Men’s Journal. Twenty two years later the best selling author narrates the greater, more compelling story behind that climb and what lies beneath Jeff’s high adventure lifestyle and the keys to his success in life today. Original film footage from the archives captures visionary firsts, key instructional lessons and exciting new retakes on old stories.


The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Lance Mackey entered his first dogsled race at the age of approximately negative-two-months: His mom was racing when she was seven months pregnant with him, says John DeFore in The Hollywood Reporter. His father was co-founder of the Iditarod Anchorage to Nome endurance race in 1973. With a family inheritance like that, it’s no wonder that Mackey became one of the greatest dog sled drivers of all time. The Great Alone follows the four time Iditarod winner on his quest for a fifth title. Filmed in the Alaskan Arctic, be prepared for intense frozen beauty. Bring a jacket.


Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia will be shown at 9:30 pm on Friday, October 30th at the Galaxy Highland and at 6:30 pm Monday, November 2nd at the Hideout.

The Great Alone will be shown at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 29th at Alamo Drafthouse Village and at 2 pm Wednesday, November 4th at the Galaxy Highland

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Chaco Gives Back 2015 Check Presentation

Chaco Gives Back 2015 Check Presentation

On October 21, 2015, Jack Jones of Whole Earth Provision Co. presented board members from the Friends of Enchanted Rock with a check for over $5300. The money was raised during the Chaco Gives Back event at our Whole Earth stores in late June and early July. The Friends group will be using the funds to purchase water refilling stations for the park that can easily accommodate reusable water bottles. Pictured from left to right: Bill Horton, Jack Jones, Beth Kells and Barry Wilson

The North Face Speaker Series Comes to Dallas in 2015

The North Face Speaker Series Comes to Dallas in 2015

The North Face Speaker series, after a multiyear run in Austin, has moved to Dallas for 2015. This year, folks in the Dallas Fort Worth area will have the opportunity to meet climber Emily Harrington and ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill as they introduce the film Down to Nothing that chronicles their adventures in Myanmar.

Emily Harrington and Hilaree O’Neill on Hkababo Razi in Myanmar

Emily Harrington and Hilaree O’Neill on Hkababo Razi in Myanmar. Their harrowing expedition carved them "Down to Nothing."

Harrington and O’Neill set off on an expedition to solve a geographical mystery. Hkakabo Razi and its neighbor Gamlang Razi both measure more than 5800 meters (19,140 feet). But which can claim the title of tallest mountain in Southeast Asia? To find the definitive answer, a team of explorers set off to climb both mountains and measure them with a calibrated GPS system. Their travels take them through rainforests, tiger preserves, spectacular gorges, glaciers and finally to the summits of two remote and dangerous mountains.

The North Face Speaker series takes place at the Texas Theater in Dallas on October 26th. The doors open at 6 pm and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Follow this link to purchase tickets.

Meet Your Texas State Park Rangers

Meet Your Texas State Park Rangers

October 18th, 2 pm – 4 pm

All Whole Earth stores

Have a question about Texas State Parks? Where to go? What to do or what to see? On Sunday, October 18th, you can ask an expert at your favorite Whole Earth Provision Co. store. From 2 to 4 pm, we’ll be hosting visits from Texas State Park Rangers.

Texans are blessed with more opportunities for outdoor adventures than many countries can offer: Big Bend Ranch, Caprock and Rio Grande Canyonlands, Enchanted Rock, the Piney Woods, beaches, springs, mountains, prairies…, the list goes on and on. And thanks to Texas State Parks, these magical places belong to us, the citizens of Texas. And who knows these amazing places better than our State Park Rangers? We hope you’ll bring your Texas State Park questions for the folks who can give you the answers.

On your next visit to Whole Earth, don’t forget to pick up a free copy of the Texas State Park Guide. It offers a wealth of information about Parks all around Texas. Whether you’re looking for a daytrip destination or for an extended stay, the Park Guide is filled with great ideas.

Meet Your Texas State Park Rangers

So mark your calendars for Sunday, October 18th from 2 to 4 pm, when the State Park Rangers will be on hand in all Whole Earth stores to answer your questions. If, in the meantime, you’re looking for suggestions about Parks close to home, check out your city’s location page here. It includes a list of State Parks close to home.

El Camino Real de los Tejas

El Camino Real de los Tejas

October 20th at 7 pm

Austin N. Lamar store

The first travelers on the road were the Buffalo. The Caddo and other Native Americans transformed these animal paths into a network of trails used by groups who traded across the South and Southwest. When Europeans came to the area, they too followed in the footsteps of their predecessors. The Spanish soldiers, missionaries and traders called the trail, El Camino Real de los Tejas or the Royal Road of the Tejas people.

On October 20th at 7 pm, Steven Gonzales will share the fascinating history of this Spanish Colonial highway that passed through the Austin area and is now designated as a National Historic Trail. The presentation is a part of Whole Earth Provision Co.’s “Coming Home and Giving Back”, a celebration of the reopening of our North Lamar store in Austin.

El Camino Real de los Tejas

The Royal Road begins in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and runs through the Piney Woods, the Hill Country, through the arid regions of the Chihuahuan Desert, and on to Mexico City, the colonial capital of New Spain. Spanning some 2,500 miles and in use for over 300 years, segments of the historic trail are still in use as Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas.

Steven Gonzales is the Director of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. He’s working to reconstruct the route’s history and path through Texas. Traces of the trail are often difficult to detect even in untouched environments. Fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale and road construction in the San Antonio area have complicated the effort to trace the trail’s route through the state. Gonzales is also searching for the sites of the three Spanish missions established along the Colorado River in 1730.

We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 pm at our store at 1014 North Lamar for El Camino Real de los Tejas.

TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway – Austin N. Lamar

TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway Day

Please Note: this event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7th

TreeFolks will be giving away saplings on Saturday October 24th Saturday, November 7th from 10am to Noon as a part of our Austin North Lamar store’s “Coming Home and Giving Back” reopening celebration. TreeFolks, a group dedicated to growing Austin’s urban forests, will be offering ‘Bubba’ Desert Willow and Arizona Cypress saplings for planting. You can also enter a drawing to win a six foot, container grown Asian Pear.

Desert Willow by Robert O’Brien

Desert Willow by Robert O’Brien

Across the country Arbor Day is usually a Springtime event, but here in Central Texas Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. Cooler weather gives trees a chance to develop their root systems before being blasted by the summer heat. Why plant trees when we often seem to be living under the threat of drought? First of all, these trees are natives and have been chosen for their drought and heat tolerance. They will need to be watered – about one and a half gallons a week – but this amount can be easily captured from your morning shower or veggie washing water. Secondly, when it does rain, these trees provide a net gain for the water cycle, helping to recharge ground water and to slow and clean runoff.

Arizona Cypress by Robert O’Brien

Arizona Cypress by Robert O’Brien

Trees are also vital in reducing the urban heat island effect. On a hot summer day, streets, roofs and parking lots can be 50 to 90 degrees hotter than the air, while shaded surfaces remain close to air temperature. All these super-heated streets and parking lots can increase average temperatures within the city by as much as five degrees Fahrenheit. Strategically planting trees to shade streets, sidewalks and roofs is one of the best ways to help keep our city cooler.

Since 1989, TreeFolks volunteers have been planting trees in the Austin schools, parks, medians, rights of way, community gardens and greenbelts These trees help preserve Austin’s quality of life by cooling the air, cleaning precious water and providing an urban forest that keeps Austin green and in touch with the natural world. TreeFolks has also been taking part in the restoration of the pine forests at Bastrop State Park in the wake of the devastating fires in 2011. Earlier in 2014, they planted their 1,000,000th tree! To learn more about their volunteer programs, classes and sapling giveaways visit the TreeFolks website.

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