About Rowan

Writer, journalist, advocate of discomfort.

All I Can scene reminds us of the simple joys of being outside

Over the years, the team at Sherpas Cinema have created some of the best adventure films. This ski scene from All I Can has Continue reading


Nunamin Illihakvia: Learning from the land

Here is the video of the Nunamin Illihakvia project, run in partnership with Health Canada and the Ulukhaktok Community Corporation.

Much of my footage was put to good use in this great little video detailing the work of the project.

The land of the long white cold


In February of 2014, I traveled to the hamlet of Ulukhaktok in the Canadian Arctic. The project focused on Inuit traditional knowledge and adaptation to climate change.

My role was to document this project.

Along the way, I made many friends and learned valuable life lessons. The journey has changed my life.

Sunshine Coast Startup Weekend

Posing with the promotional surfboard.

Posing with the promotional surfboard.

I arrived at the venue for the Sunshine Coast Startup Weekend, a 54 hour long event where teams of people, mostly strangers, create businesses over a course of a weekend Running on no sleep, less food and copious amounts of coffee. Continue reading

The deep bite of the arctic

The sun sets over the horizon. The frozen sea seen here is the infamous Northwest Passage.

The sun sets over the horizon. The frozen sea seen here is the infamous Northwest Passage.

I sat at the table in awe of the story I was listening to – it involved a hammer, wood chisel and a frost bitten toe. I could barely contain my amazement at the story and tried to act casually by sipping my hot, black tea. Stories of pure cold that bites deep into your bones are as alien to me as this landscape – for a boy from sub-tropical Australia, the Canadian Arctic is another world. Continue reading



I stared out the window of our plane with awe as we soared above the Earth. The vast landscape of trees and small hills stretched to the horizon. To the north, a line was visible. the trees became thinner, smaller and not so dense. Then there were no trees at all. Just snow and ice. Continue reading