ABOUT BETWEEN THE PEAKS
The original concept of "Between The Peaks" was to climb two of the Seven Summits, South America's Aconcagua, and North America's Denali, and more importantly, to volunteer with a different organization in each country passed through while traveling the 12,000 miles from one to the other. The belief being, what matters more than any personal accomplishments is what you can learn and how you can make a difference along the way.
After nearly two years of pre-production, training and planning, Jonathan Ronzio, Ethan Lee, and Ryan Sarka bought one-way tickets to Chile and set out for the trip of a lifetime in January of 2013. The trio would spend 12 days climbing 22,841ft Aconcagua, and the next 4 months traveling and volunteering at stops along the Pan-American highway.
The First Film
Released in February of 2015, "Between The Peaks" is the 2015 Mammoth Mountain Film Festival's Best Documentary Feature, official selection at the Sofia Biting Docs festival in Bulgaria, and has been screened at Banff Film Festival as well as events and speaking engagements across the United States.
"Between The Peaks" is represented and distributed internationally by Ananda Media, and is now available to watch for free on Vimeo. Since its release on Vimeo, "Between The Peaks" has been viewed nearly 40,000 times and showcased in reviews and blog posts worldwide. Not bad for a self-produced first-time feature film!
ORGANIZATIONS: Art for Humanity, The Leadership Center, Chico Mendes Reforestation Project, Save The Wild Chinchillas, Sacha Yacu Animal Reservation, Eco Volunteer Up, Peace Corps, Essence Arenal, Finca Bona Fide
SPONSORS: Justin's Nut Butter, Outdoor Research, KEEN Footwear, Backpacker's Pantry, Forty Below, Kate's Real Food, Gregory Packs, ALEX Bottle, Hilleberg the Tentmaker, Juice Plus+, Lens Rentals, EVC
The Next Chapter
After making it from Argentina to Guatemala, the guys were near broke and in no shape to continue their quest for Denali. Their dream was cut short, but not without completing their volunteering objectives. Ryan, Ethan, and Jonathan disbanded to Mexico, The U.S., and Canada respectively, determined to fulfill their commitments to volunteer in every country. The one last piece of the BTP puzzle would be Denali.
Now, almost 4 years later, the next chapter of "Between The Peaks" is under way and the guys will be making their journey to Alaska to splitboard Denali in June 2017. A short film of the expedition will follow. To be a part of the project, whether as an expedition sponsor or to inquire about and contribute to the NGO fundraising missions, please email email@example.com.
The original trailer for the first "Between The Peaks" film
Boston-based snowboard mountaineer and mountain biker, Lee is always up for an adventure and has been traveling the world with Ronzio for over a decade. Ethan is also a sales manager at a top global IT consulting firm.
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Some of our favorites from the first part of this journey