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Mountainfilm in Portland!

For our Portland friends, here’s an event you’ll definitely want to check out. We’ve mentioned Mountainfilm before, but what’s really cool about the film festival is that they take the whole thing on tour, giving people that can’t make it to Telluride to experience some of the amazing films and inspiring messages. Mountainfilm on Tour will be in Portland this Thursday, January 28, 2010, hosted at Portland State University. Check it out!

What: Portland State’s Outdoor Program and Portland Mountain Rescue are hosting the Mountainfilm on Tour festival on campus. It will include four hours of films that celebrate the great outdoors—especially mountains and mountaineering culture. In addition to the festival screenings, the Outdoor Program will hold a raffle and silent auction. Both Portland State students and the public are welcome to attend.

Where: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, SMSU 355

When: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6-10pm.

Cost: Students $7 advance, $10 door
Faculty and public $10 advance, $12 door

More info here.


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Where to Get Down (And Dirty?) At Outdoor Retailer: Your Guide To Happy Hours and Beyond

Here at Under Solen HQ we’re getting revved up for Outdoor Retailer, so we figured we’d keep track of all the cool and happening events in one ultimate guide. Keep checking back as we’ll be updating leading up to the show. And if you’ve got something that should be on here, track us down at @undersolen or leave a comment on this post.

Keep reading to get the full guide!

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Winter Trails This Weekend: Learn How to Snowshoe/XC Ski

If you don’t have plans for this weekend yet, take a moment to check out Winter Trails. The initiative, founded by partners American Hiking Society and Snowsports Industries America, was created to offer children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free. We’re all for getting more people out on wintry, white trails!

It all takes place on Saturday January 9, 2010; if you want to take part you can find an event near you by going to the Winter Trails website.

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Take Part in Something Amazing: Submit Your Film to Mountainfilm Festival 2010

Photo by Jennifer Koskinen

Art + Adventure + Culture + Environment. Does it get any better than that?

In its 32nd year, Mountainfilm Festival is so much more than a film festival. It’s a four-day six-senses experience of all those things we love: art, adventure, culture and environment. With the motto “Celebrating the Indomitable Spirit” it’s hard not to get excited.

The festival takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (this year May 28-31), and although it might seem a little early to be making travel plans, if you’re a filmmaker, you’ll want to pay attention. Submissions for the 2010 festival are still being accepted, and if you submit before January 12, 2010 the submission fee is only $60. Submit by February 12, 2010 and your fee bumps up to $70. (Short films — 20 minutes or less — have a submission fee of $25 and will be accepted until February 12, 2010).

Why submit? Because Mountainfilm “is America’s premier festival celebrating achievement in mountain, adventure, culture and environment.”

What do they accept? Mountainfilm accepts and screens films – doc and narrative, feature and short – on a broad range of subjects. They’re particularly into quirky causes and indomitable spirit. Learn more about submitting here. To get a feel for the festival you can also check out a list of last year’s films, and others, here.

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Sweet Big Screen Powder: Backcountry Film Festival

A little excerpt from this year’s Backcountry Film Festival. Sweet backcountry videos from well known production teams like Powderwhore and Sweetgrass. Oh, and did we mention that proceeds from the festival go to protecting beautiful winter backcountry spaces so that you can keep enjoying your seasonal human-powered adventures??

Here’s a list of tour dates so you can check it out for yourself:

  • Santa Barbara, California – January 7, 2010 – Victoria Theater
  • Talkeetna, Alaska – January 9, 2010 – (location coming soon)
  • Logan, Utah – January 22, 2010 – (location coming soon)
  • Victor, Idaho – January 28, 2010 – Wildwood Room
  • Buffalo, Wyoming – January 14, 2010 – Buffalo Theater
  • Bozeman, Montana – February 17, 2010 – Emerson Theater
  • Red Lodge, Montana – February 19, 2010 – (location coming soon)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – February 25, 2010 – The State Room

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Send Anna to Copenhagen!

Under Solen co-founder and social media diva Anna Brones is competing to be Huffington Post’s Hopenhagen Ambassador.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is only weeks away. And that means that a decision on the future of our climate is imminent. HuffPost in conjunction with is sending one person to Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference to both represent concerns of people around the world and to report back daily as a HuffPost citizen journalist.

Anna sums it up best in her video: “We are the last generation that gets to decide if we act on climate change. So let’s act together and ensure that all of our voices are heard.”

So, vote for Anna. I’d recommend you give her a 10, too! But I’ll let you decide that for yourself.

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Wild + Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Portland


Tonight, Portland is lucky enough to get a screening of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Sponsored by local group Willamette Riverkeeper, the film festival will feature two excellent environmental films: Red Gold and Crossroads on the Columbia. A must see if you’re in town!

Show starts at 7pm.

Tickets: $8 available through Willamette Riverkeeper, 21 & over,

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