Climbing

My Story

I wanted to bring my stories of travel to life, so I made a movie. Years of travel, condensed into this short film, “Adventure Unscripted.” My hope is to encourage others to live their most adventurous life. Adventure Unscripted from Lauren Schaad on Vimeo.

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The Unscripted Adventure

I’m making a movie. After years of planning travel adventures, writing about them, and photographing coffee plantations in Costa Rica, mountain goats in the Alps, and dusty trails in America’s Southwest… it’s time to show you. I mean, really show you, what adventure travel means to me. Identifying a partner to work with was difficult. […]

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Tour of “The Barrels” Huts

Sleeping arrangements on mountains are typically spartan and basic. If you’re not in a tent, you’ll likely spend the night in some form of a hut, a simple unit with a few bunk beds inside. No heat, no electricity… though some regions are starting to offer heat. The Barrels are an iconic destination at the […]

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Glissading

There are several ways to get down a mountain. Some folks climb back down, others jump off the summit with a parachute… I chose to go down on my backside. Here is a video from a recent expedition on Mount Elbrus in Russia. My team donned heavy-duty garbage bags, and tightened the straps of our […]

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Dispatches from the Caucasus

Prior to our summit attempt of Mount Elbrus, our team of 13 acclimatized at the base of the mountain. We spent three days here, going on hikes during the day and telling travel stories over evening tea. We lucked out with the weather, in that it was sunny virtually sunny the whole time. Our summit […]

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