In this modern world in which where we live, many of us city-dwellers can say we are deprived of the healing powers of the outdoors. Office jobs run 9 to 5, and from 5 until bedtime, we find ourselves binging Netflix, staring at our phones, or working overtime. Screen time has taken the place of green time, and the norm seems to be as though we are rushing through life as quickly as possible.
The Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup is a route that circumnavigates Little Cottonwood Canyon, an iconic playground of mountains, valleys, ridges, lakes and ski resorts that sits just above our home town of Salt Lake City Utah. The route is 32 - 36 miles (depending on how well you nail it) and involves almost 20k feet of vertical elevation gain.
Have you ever noticed the stillness during those chilly morning hikes? The hikes where your hands are cold, your nose runs, and you hunker down under three hoods. For some reason, this is the space I begin to thrive.
Most people would like to travel a little bit more. Whether you want to reach a particular destination you’ve always longed to see, you’re checking places off of a bigger travel bucket list, or you simply want to explore, chances are you engage in some hypothetical trip planning now and then.
Communicating through a message board with handwritten notes, free camping, a water scarcity, and a bunch of weird people who enjoy cramming their hands, toes, fingers, shoulders, you name it, into a crack is what makes climbing in Indian Creek special. In whole, the climbing community is a group of misfits, but there is something more eclectic about the Creek Freaks.
Taking that first step into the darkness of the night can be a daunting task. At first, frustration will be ever-present as you are inundated with vocabulary, the desire to buy new gear, and the hard reality that conscious practice makes perfect. This post is more about the periphery of astrophotography instead of a traditional “how to create astrophotography” manual that dives into camera settings or editing techniques.
Over the course of my career as an outdoor adventure photographer to becoming a commercial cinematographer, I've had the pleasure of failing far more than I have succeeded. I say this because these failures have defined my work and drive to continue to chase success, whatever that means.
Right now our planet is facing unprecedented threats–forest fires, extinctions, ecosystem collapse–as a result of climate change, pollution, and development. As photographers, I believe we have the power to change the way people see the world, by capturing and sharing images that convey the value of nature in its pure, unaltered state.
When on the river I am ever reaching and searching out my potential. I identify my thresholds, fears, limitations, and comfort zones - and I gently push them. It isn’t every moment on the water, but it is the best moments where I am singularly focused on one aspect - a technique, a skill, a new approach, an old approach, a new boat, an old boat. I am looking to challenge myself and to learn.
I’m not sure what it is but the desert speaks to me. It has this energy that I am oddly attracted towards. I find myself going out here all too often. This time, the trip was filled with some odd experiences that were hard to describe and gave more meaning to the slogan “The Land of Enchantment.”
What’s not to love about bread, bikes, and pursuing a business dream with your best friend? For Rafaelo Infante and Andre Gruber, there’s not a whole lot, as they combined all three in their booming bread business, Ferment. They have only been baking for about 6 months but are already cranking out an impressive amount of bread from their home in Boulder, CO.
One of the most liberating things about action and adventure sports is there is no mastery, only progression. This is why high-lining is so appealing to me. When I first saw videos of people walking between cliffs on thin webbing I thought it was the ultimate sport; something I wanted to participate in, photograph and dedicate serious time to.
Getting comfortable upside-down is the first step to doing handstands. The first step is simply getting used to being inverted. This can be done by learning a headstand. The headstand is far less intimidating than the handstand and is a nice way of getting used to the upside-down world.