“We all know that being out in nature enhances our well-being. How many can afford to do so on a routine basis?”

Jan Johnsen tells us all about her love for beautiful gardens. In “Heaven is a Garden” from PKN Garrison, Vol. 7 she states that being in nature enhances our well-being, and encourages everyone to transform their yards into places of serenity. Jan emphasises the importance of finding one’s niche within these delightful, natural spaces. 

Conquering Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji casts its shadow over Japan — it has inspired generations to take up the challenge of climbing it. Will you accept?

PechaKucha's own Johnny Linnert tells his story of climbing Japan's tallest mountain/active volcano: Fuji-san. In “Conquering Mt. Fuji” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 117 he shows us that, from his experience of climbing up with the mountain with his friends, there is much excitement and trials to endure while on such an adventure.

“[Magazines] weren’t telling the stories of that were anything like my experiences.”

Photographer and adventurer Jon Heller speaks on his journey from hobby to occupation. In “The Adventure Bum” from PKN Bemidji Vol. 19, he speaks about how his obsession with nature and adventure magazines took him to new locales and exploits.

"My pack was so heavy that when I took my first rest-stop, I could still see the car."

A regular contributor to the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour and humor columnist with the Santa Cruz Good Times, Sven Davis has also nurtured a long and non-lucrative career in arts management. His long-running one-man show “my life” is notable for having a one-man audience.

In "Wilderness Survival in 45,688 Easy Steps" from PKN Santa Cruz, CA Vol. 7, prepare to be humored by Sven Davis's backpacking advice from his past experiences. 

In the endless battle between heart and mind, who wins out most for you?

Tannis Zimmer is a massage therapist, dancer, drummer, explorer, and earth builder...but what's in a label? She shares the story of how she quit her lucrative day-job as a masseuse, and began her journey learning how to build mud-huts. In "Of Heart and Mind" from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 16, Tannis speaks poetically of the internal conflict her decisions caused her, and the conclusions she's drawn from her experiences. 

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Making Igloos" from a special Tokyo event entitled 「ICSでNight!」 at the ICS College of Arts, interior design student Keisuke Masuda begins with his love for skiing, nature, and snow. He often went to the Mikuni ski slope near Mt. Fuji. When Mikuni ski slope closed down, he began making structures of snow there nearly every year. Here he shows us how he and his friends created some of their beautiful and spacious igloos. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

What's not extreme about freezing temperatures and hours of focus on a little red bobber?

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Extreme Ice Fishing" from PKN Bemidji Vol. 16, John Eggers makes a pretty convincing case for the idea that ice fishing really ought to be considered an extreme sport. In a very humorous telling, John gives us the inside angle on the gear, technology, and gruff, rugged, manly demeanor necessary to endure this cold, unforgiving lifestyle.