In our upcoming February issue, our Switchback question will focus on risk taking, specifically whether parents should take potentially life and limb threatening risks in the outdoors. The issue is debated by two outdoor enthusiasts, and parents, and we are looking forward to what our readers have to say on the issue.

Below is a video that directly addresses the psychology of pushing the limits of our ability in the outdoors, especially for those with families back at home. While avalanches are not the most apparent threat here in the Blue Ridge, the message can be translated to any outdoor activity, most of which involve some amount of danger whether it be falling in the water, off a cliff, or into a tree. The video is emotionally moving, gorgeously shot, and well worth your time, whether you are a parent or not.

You can read more about Roger Strong and the story of making the film on The Adventure Journal.

Strong from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo.