Adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith shoots paragliders in the Rocky Mountains. Smith is the first National Geographic Live speaker in the three-event series hosted at the Royal Theatre, on Nov. 20. Photo by Pablo Durana

National Geographic Live events inspire adventure for all

Nov. 20 presenter, adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith, captures people achieving the ‘impossible’

By Kyle Wells

Monday Magazine contributor

It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, but if you ask filmmaker Bryan Smith, “adventure” comes in all shapes and sizes and is something each of us can strive for.

“I always say adventure is whatever you make it,” Smith said. “We can all find forms of adventure in our daily lives.”

Smith, an award-winning filmmaker based out of Squamish, brings Capturing the Impossible to the Royal Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 20 as part of Royal OnStage’s third annual National Geographic Live series.

In this interactive presentation, Smith will take the audience through three main stories, as he inspires them to believe nothing is impossible.

First, he will regale with tales of ice climbing, both in B.C.’s own Wells Gray Provincial Park and through Will Gadd’s historic first scaling of the ice-covered rock wall of Niagara Falls. Next is a whitewater expedition in Papua New Guinea, during which Smith found himself faced with machete-wielding locals. Finally, Smith recounts a paragliding project where two people traversed the entire length of the Alaska Range – some 500 miles.

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While the stories themselves are impressive and awe-inspiring, Smith attempts to instill a sense that we are all capable of great achievements on a variety of scales.

“What makes a great story is something that doesn’t have a recipe for success right from the start,” he said. “My context is these crazy expeditions that I do for work, but … in general, we probably become better people when we challenge ourselves a little, when we step outside of what we typically know.”

Smith’s presentation is the first of three National Geographic Live events this season.

Steve Winter, a renowned photographer who has travelled the world to snap photos of the most elusive and beautiful big cats, brings On the Trail of Big Cats on Jan. 29. Then on April 29, Egyptologist Kara Cooney will visit with her presentation When Women Ruled the World, about the women rulers of Ancient Egypt who left a lasting mark on the modern world, such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti.

Tickets for the three National Geographic Live events are available separately or packaged together for a discounted price. For more information and tickets visit

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A mother tiger and her cub, photographed in Bandhavgarh National Park in India, as photographed by Steve Winter. He’ll be the second presenter in the NatGeo Live series in Victoria on Jan, 29. Photo by Steve Winter

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