Like a TED Talk on adrenalin, MULTIPLICITY is adventurous visual storytelling at its finest, delivered by eight unique and passionate personalities in the mountain world. This event has become one of the crowd favourites at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. A multimedia extravaganza designed to resonate as much as it entertains, presenters use a mix of slideshows, video and anecdotes to bring the audience into their world.
Prepare to be taken on a wild ride as the 2015 edition features an incredible range of content including two National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, mind-blowing ice climbs, world records and worldwide MTB exploits, big-time BASE jumps and scary situations from the wide-open Atlantic Ocean to war-ravaged Afghanistan. This year we’ll even take you to the Milky Way.
MULTIPLICITY is presented by Mountain Life and Helly Hansen and hosted by ML Coast editor Feet Banks. It all goes down at the Whistler Conference Centre on Sunday, April 12 starting at 7pm. Tickets available here.
This year’s presenters:
Man on a Mission
Will Gadd is one of the top outdoor adventure athletes in the world, period. And he’s on quite a roll. Recently, Gadd became the first person to climb the frozen Niagara Falls, climbed the last remaining glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and was awarded the National Geographic “2015 Adventurer of the Year” for an incredible (and revolutionary) 35-day paragliding expedition across the Canadian Rockies. While best known for wild outdoor adventures in multiple different sports, he’s most proud of his ability to complete those adventures safely and share them with others. He has appeared in, hosted or produced more than 100 global television projects, is an award-winning writer (New York Times, Men’s Journal, etc.), film-maker, stuntman and father. “I’m less interested in being rad, and more interested in the amazing places out there.”
About his Presentation:
In his first-ever MULTIPLICITY presentation, Gadd takes us on an inspirational, fun, and fast-paced first-person tour through the hidden world of extreme sports — from the X Games to Niagara Falls, amazing icebergs to world record paragliding. Expect lots of laughs, pictures, video and stories from the edge of the envelope: setting world records, TV talk shows and of course random encounters with danger and celebrity. Mixed into the entertainment are a few basic strategies for managing risk, living dreams, and of course how to get sponsored and quit your job.
Lobbing Rocks at Land Mines
In 2007 the light went on for Kirby, when Keith Reynolds and he were discussing the benefits of play for children in conflict zones. Soon after he became a board member and passionate participant with Playground Builders in the pursuit of bringing play to as many war-afflicted children as possible. Having traveled to Central Asia and the Middle East on two occasions he has seen first hand the incredible before and after effects that playgrounds have on children’s physical and emotional health.
About his presentation:
Using images from his trips to Afghanistan with the Whistler-based charity Playground Builders, Kirby takes off the gloves and reflects on the lives of people born into conflict, challenging us to read through the headlines to the bigger truths about the interconnectedness of our world. “People in poor places do things they don’t want to because they lack choices. We’d rather see a yard full of young men learning a trade and thinking about their own future than looking at Taliban recruiting leaflets and thinking they don’t have one.”
The Ace of BASE
Newly transplanted Pembertonian Suz Graham has been called “One of the most accomplished pro freeskiers and BASE jumpers in the world.” As the only female ski-BASE jumper on the planet, she has been featured in numerous ski magazines and films, and has won multiple titles in extreme skiing and BASE competitions. “Graham is the best all-around female adventure athlete we’ve seen in years,” says Five Ten president Charles Cole. “With her ability in BASE, speedflying, big-mountain skiing and climbing, Suz is one of the most versatile and progressive female action sports today.”
About her presentation:
Falling in love with the mountains at a young age, Suz Graham knew early that she wanted to dedicate her life to adventure. She speaks candidly about her goals and aspirations from a young age, the importance of goal setting in any aspect of life and having the courage to really take the “leap” of faith, both literally and figuratively.
Searching the World for Singletrack
Spin the globe and point your finger anywhere. Chances are, Chris Winter has been there on a mountain bike. The Whistler-based adventurer has spent most of his life exploring the planet’s far reaches in search of the flowiest trail, the perfect road and deepest powder. His parents operated a European cycle tour business for 30 years that instilled his lifelong passion for adventure. Today, Winter operates two successful global travel companies where he shares his love for world travel on a bike.
About his presentation:
Why the need to travel and explore? Why do we seek adventure? Chris Winter digs deep into the reasons why we do what we do through stunning images and video clips from some of his recent global exploits. Winter whips us through epic lines from Morocco, the Swiss and French Alps, Costa Rica, Italy Peru, South Africa, Botswana, Chile, New Zealand, Hawaii and more. The list keeps growing, the wheels keep on turning.
Master of Rock & Ice
Tim Emmett is a one-man wrecking machine, taking down some of the world’s hardest climbs on both rock and ice. As a professional climber and BASE jumper for the last 16 years, Tim has pushed the limits of ice-climbing to a new level by establishing the first ascent of Wolverine, the most difficult ice climb in the world (2012). He became the first person to climb British Columbia’s otherworldly Helmcken Falls and has established new routes across the globe. Tim is at the forefront of the adventure sports world, ceaselessly pushing himself and inspiring the rest of us,” says climber and former MULTIPLICITY presenter Will Stanhope. “But what makes Tim so special is his fiery zest for life. It’s that contagious energy that makes him such a great speaker, climbing partner and friend.”
About his Presentation:
Tim’s climbing career has taken him to 60 countries, pioneering new routes with style. From sketchy Trad climbing to Deep Water Soloing to alpine wingsuit flying and more recently some of the wildest ice climbing ever seen. Tim talks about some of the highlights and his passionate journey to Helmcken Falls in BC’s incredible Wells Grey Provincial Park — a three-year mission to climb to the top of this outrageous icy cavern. His excellent English accent is worth the price of admission alone!
Deep Passion for the Deep Sky
A Whistler-based photographer with a passion to capture the ever-changing natural environment, David McColm spends long hours chasing night skies. He suffers through many cold nights on the mountain seeking to capture the brilliance of the northern lights, the Milky Way, the moon and spectacular sunsets & sunrises. While his focus is on his home of Whistler, he also loves shooting in other more northerly locations such as Iceland and the Yukon. Dubbed ‘The Night Watchman’ in this winter’s Whistler Blackcomb ‘Beyond’ series, McColm is as hard-working as they come.
About his presentation:
McColm takes us behind-the-scenes of what’s involved in getting his spectacular night sky & time lapse imagery. Over the course of his nocturnal experiences, he’s learned seven important lessons while shooting the enthralling deep skies around us. He’ll share these lessons and will also present a never-seen-before time lapse stunner of Whistler’s starry night sky.
Behind the Lens, In Front of the World
Darcy Turenne notices the wonderful. Originally from Vancouver Island this Squamish resident has spent more than a decade travelling as a professional mountain biker, living her experiences as stories —fascinated by the characters and situations she encounters. Darcy’s transition into filmmaking has been an extension of her fascination, and has given her a means for sharing what she sees. With deft technicality and experimental techniques, Darcy tells the nuances of detail and builds worlds around the colour in the every day. She has shot and adventured in over 40 countries and her award-winning
filmography includes The Little Things and The Trip. She holds a Master’s of Intercultural Communications from Royal Roads University. –David MacKinnon
About her Presentation:
The most spectacular adventures are most often mis-adventures in disguise. From shooting music videos for The Republic of Georgia’s most notorious albino pop star, to shooting mountain biking in the wild tundra of Mongolia, Darcy takes you on an abbreviated world tour of adventure (and misadventure) as a female filmmaker with a camera, a creative licence, and an open mind.
Rowboat in a Hurricane
Julie is an accomplished adventurer, best-selling author and scientist. She is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and recipient of the 2007 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. She has cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometres of coastlines and rivers, and sailed ancient Phoenician trading routes. Explore magazine called her “one of North America’s leading adventurers.” Julie has a master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria and is the best-selling author of three books: Rowboat in a Hurricane, Rowed Trip, and Olive Odyssey. She lives in Victoria with her equally adventurous husband Colin and two young children.
About her presentation:
Imagine surviving a hurricane with nothing more than a rowboat to shelter you, or spending five months living with your fiancée in a space no bigger than a closet. Through gripping video and captivating stories Julie shows us what it was like to row across the Atlantic Ocean. She demonstrates the challenges of the adventure and the beauty of a fragile environment.