PechaKucha Presentation

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Meredith Meeks

Filmmaker in Flagstaff

Painting Nepal - Documenting the Adventure


Meredith Meeks shares the experience of artists going through a transformational period in their career. Bruce Aiken is a world renowned painter of the Grand Canyon and has devoted his life to capturing its beauty through his artwork. Now he has left the bottom of the world's most iconic canyon, to travel to top of the world - the Himalayas. For 33 years, Bruce lived in the Canyon with his wife and children, relentlessly painting the scenery around him. At age 66, Bruce was rattling his cage. His goal was to paint different scenery. But what he discovered was something different -neither expected nor calculated. Tashi Tsering is a mountain guide and community leader from Nepal. He met Bruce while guiding him through the Himalaya to Gokyo Ri - the ideal vantage point for Bruce's paintings. On their trek, Tashi shared his life altering story from the Gorkha Earthquake in 2015. He lost his wife, his daughter, and members of his extended family. His home village of Langtang lost their elders, their homes, and their economic lifeline - the tourism industry. Tashi is currently working to rebuild his village and preserve their culture for future generations. He told Bruce of the reconstruction efforts that begun immediately following the earthquake in April 2015. Tashi's story moved Bruce to go to Langtang to witness the devastation firsthand. Bruce started taking in beyond the landscape - but began painting people.

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Hiking Trip to the Himalayas

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 12, 2010

HP Kuhnert went on a hiking trip to the Himalayas in Nepal, and in this richly illustrated presentation he shares his travel experiences and his impressions from a country that is so very different. The photos will make you want to experience these beautiful landscapes first-hand. (in German)

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Trekking In Nepal

@ VOL 15 ON DEC 06, 2012

Susan Olin recounts her time spent trekking in Nepal. In this adventurous presentation she describes how the scenery, the people, the monasteries, and the experiences impacted her life. 

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The Adventure Bum

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 15, 2013

Jon Heller speaks on his journey from outdoor explorer to nature photographer as he pursues his ong-term interests in hiking, nature, and travel. What started out as a hobby has become the idea for a fully-fledged adventure magazine, where others can share their stories of adventure and exploration. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 4, 2014.

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Heightening Interest in the Himalayan Kingdom

@ VOL 125 ON MAY 28, 2015

Japan International Cooperation Agency volunteer and junior high school teacher Satomi Oguchi, shares her experience volunteering in Nepal as an environmental educator.

She sheds light on some misperceptions about Nepal and offers her fellow Japanese and the PK community a chance to heighten our interest in the Himalayan kingdom, which is also Asia's poorest country. Oguchi experienced the recent earthquakes there and shares how the Nepalese were quick to respond.

Check it out and be inspired to get involved as Satomi Oguchi has!

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Inspired by Nepal, a Langtang Ago


Prior to establishing himself in Tokyo over a decade ago, Brian Scott Peterson made a trip half way around the world to, in his words "the mystifyingly scenic", country of Nepal. In a wonderlust quest for "adventure of most epic proportions", Peterson set off from age-old city Kathmandu, long-hauling across treacherous trail to the Himalayan kingdoms highest peaks, to the remote mountainous village of Langtang, a journey against all others after would be measured.  

Heartbroken to see the recent devastation and disastrous loss of the place that forever changed his life, he offers this emotional tale of his sojourn there, simply as a starting point.  

No stranger to disaster response, Peterson hopes to eventually repeat in Nepal his successful volunteer effort from Japan, the family photo rebuilding project Photohoku

Finally he asks, "How can the tried and true creativity in the greater PechaKucha community rally to share stories and support for Nepal?"

Check out his past presentations about Photohoku:


Photohoku 2.0

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Nepal, Between Earth & Mountains

@ VOL 22 ON JUN 04, 2015

How to make your travel journey more meaningful? Take part in one of volunteering projects abroad! Nuri Arunbiarti Moeladi, a freelancer photographer, shares her experience during her travel-volunteering days in Nepal. 

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Creating a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument

@ VOL 3 ON DEC 08, 2016

What is a national monument and why do we need one surrounding Grand Canyon National Park? Alicyn Gitlin lays out the amazing values at risk surrounding Grand Canyon, and explains why they are in danger.  The Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument is a popular idea, supported by tribes, elected officials, athletes, scientists, and conservation groups.  Please take a moment to learn why you should support it, too!

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High as a kite on a bike - in Nepal


Ben Swanepoel told us of his journey by bike to the mountains of Nepal. He showed us beautiful images of stunning but difficult terrain and told us of his turmoil at having to change his plans and turn back. Ben’s journey showed us how the unplanned route can surprise and delight.

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My Big Adventure

@ VOL 14 ON MAR 06, 2018

Jo Twiselton's story is about her big adventure and the life-long lessons going to live in another country taught her.

Don't underestimate the power of adventure.