Wild & Scenic Arts & Lectures May 15: Expedition Kayaker Doug Ammons

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Join Us!  Riverscapes: May 15, 2013.  Expedition kayaker and PhD psychologist Dr. Doug Ammons shares a multi-media presentation “Riverscapes,” exploring how rivers shape both the land and the human cultures that live along them. “All the experiences we have in nature, no matter how subtle, lead to some form of inner change. The most dramatic experiences may be through the adventure sports, but every other experience does this as well. Whether hiking, bird-watching, or simply sitting quietly on the side of a river, all are ways we extend ourselves out into her sweep and uncover some part of her being. In return, through those experiences she shapes what we think and feel – and even who we are,” said Dr. Ammons. In 2010, Ammons was named by Outside Magazine as “one of the top ten game changers in adventure since 1900” for his pioneering whitewater kayaking expeditions. He weaves together his knowledge of adventure and psychology for an evening of inspirational ideas about how cultural beliefs reflect the physical world. Join us in a talk about the science and psychology of striking landscapes shaped into a sacred universe.

Doug Ammons is a Montana native and has been a world class kayaker for the last 25+ years, doing dozens of expedition first descents of rivers around the world. He is particularly known for his outrageous solo descents of wilderness Class V+ and VI runs. His solo run of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River was equated by Outside Magazine to Himalayan climber Reinhold Messner’s epic solo of Mt. Everest.  He writes regularly for adventure publications and has published The Laugh of the Water Nymph and a second book Whitewater Philosophy, named by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the five best all-time outdoor adventure books”.

Doug has done documentaries for National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Life Network, four of which won Emmy Awards for their cinematography. He wrote scripts, played guitar on the soundtracks, and won an Emmy as a cameraman for Action Cinematography.


Wednesday May 15, 2013; 7pm
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street Nevada City, CA.
$17 general  |  $15 SYRCL Members  |  $10 student
Tickets available online or at the SYRCL office, 216 Main Street Nevada City, CA.  Call or email Melinda Booth for more information: (530) 265-5961 x202

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