Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 7:48pm - Adventure
I have been in New Zealand just over a week now, and it has already been one of the most incredible trips of my life. My very first day, I had no idea where I would go or what I would do, but in a spontaneous decision I decided to drive from Christchurch straight for the mountains of Arthur´s Pass. On the way I passed by a place I have been wanting to visit for a long time, Castle Hill. Right away I met 2 other travelers who I instantly clicked with, Ella and Beeri; two best friends who have grown up together from Israel. They invited me to camp with them that night, and we made dinner together and enjoyed a beautiful evening. The next morning they told me they were going to go for a 2 day backpacking trip up Avalanche Peak and down into the Crow River Valley, and asked me if I would like to join them. In under an hour I had my bag packed and we were off. I had no idea the tramp (New Zealand´s term for hike) would gain 1100 meters pretty much straight up. Needless to say I got my but kicked after having just arrived and not being in backpacking shape, but the views and experience were more than worth it. It was one of the most beautiful tramps I´ve ever done, and Ella and Beeri were amazing company.
As part of this journey I am going to try and share my experiences through video as much as possible in addition to the images I share. Here´s my first installment :)
Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 10:17pm - Adventure
One of the highlights of my Yosemite trip has to be getting to watch and photograph my good friend Graham Hunt climb the second ascent of another good friend Sean Jone´s route ´Close to the Edge´. Its an amazing knife blade arete high off the valley floor, dangling steep and exposed across the valley from Bridalveil Falls. Its pretty hard too, at 5.12c. The exposure alone though makes it an exhilarating climb. Congratulations Graham! I know you worked really hard for it!
Sunday, July 25th, 2010 at 6:52pm - Adventure
Yesterday my friends Ken, Meredith, and I had an awesome adventure on Mt Humphreys. We set out to climb the east ridge, and made it most of the way before turning back due to dark clouds building and thunder moving in. None the less, it was another incredible day in the mountains.
Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 4:37pm - Adventure
Last week my friend Sean Jones came through Bishop with four kids and our friend Graham. If you´ve seen my last few blog posts, I got some great shots with Sean´s kids M´so and Lily when I was out in Colorado. On this trip Sean, his kids, and Graham were out here in California with 12 year old Persephone and 14 year old Summer along as well. I´ve always admired Sean´s incredible desire to get kids out climbing, and this time was no exception. They were all so excited that on the first night we climbed all the way past dark into the moonlight.
Everyone was climbing so well and Having so much fun, but without question the highlight of the night was watching 5 year old Lily climb a 20 foot tall boulder problem by herself. 20 feet can be high if your over 5 feet tall, but at 2.5 feet tall, Lily´s climb was truly one of the most inpsiring ascents I´ve ever witnessed. She climbed it first all by herself, but with her Dad climbing right behind her. As soon as she got to the top she proclaimed "I wanna do it by myself!!!" And that she did in one of the most brilliant bist of climbing I´ve ever seen. Its going to be so fun to watch her and her brother M´so grow up. I have no doubt they´ll do amazing things.
Before we went climbing at the Buttermilks that evening, the kids had a blast climbing on the climbing ladder in my backyard, and jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler under it.
Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 7:02pm - Adventure
This climb was special. M´so Jones is eight years old, and he´s been climbing his entire life, since he was one. I´ve known him his entire life, and to see him blossoming into who he is, is such a treat.
Last week we climbed the 1st Flatiron, which at over 1000 feet, was M´so biggest climb yet. My firiend Graham and I simul-climbed ahead of M´so and his dad Sean Jones. M´so did so well, and we all had a blast.
We wanted to catch some nice light up high on the summit ridge, and like most all of Sean and I´s adventures through the years, we were right where we needed to be and the light was shining.
Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 6:44pm - Adventure
Being out in Colorado has been amazing. I´ve been shooting a lot, seeing some great friends, and getting a lot of work done for the movie. My dear friend Sean jones and his family live out here, so I´ve been spending lots of time with them and our friend Graham. Sean´s kids M´so and Lily have been so much fun to hang with, and its been amazing to see them having so much fun climbing and being outside.
I´ve been shooting lots of pictures with them, and so look forward to several more blogs posts with the kids. They´re awesome.
First here´s M´so topping a super fun 5.10 on The Bastille.
We also played around on a boulder that is just perfect for the kids. Eight year old M´so styled the boulder several times with ease, floating so gracefully it looked almost effortless.
Five year old Lily had a bit more of a challenge, but wow did she rise to it. The looks of determination and going for it in her eyes are spellbinding. She is very expressive, and the looks on her face are priceless.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 10:34pm - Adventure
The next of my slide scanning sharing is of Sean and Maggie Jones on their route "Oh Maggie". This beautiful route lies right next to "Temple of Gravity" on Electric Eagle Dome, one of the most outageous walls anywhere. "Oh Maggie" was the first route up the stunning main face.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 9:03am - Adventure
As I continue on processing images from my mass scanning escapade, I´m stoked to share this route "Temple of Gravity", which was established by my good friend Brian Ketron on the proud, beautiful, Southeast Face of Electric Eagle Dome. This is going to be the first in a series of posts from Shuteye Ridge, one of the worlds greatest climbing areas. "One of the worlds greatest climbing areas" you say, "how come I´ve never heard of it"?
Shuteye Ridge sits just south of Yosemite, one of, if not THE most famous rock climbing area on the planet. This has allowed Shuteye to lie in its shadow, and be grossly overlooked by the hoards of people who journey to Yosemite every year. You won´t hear my complaining, because every single time I´ve been to Shuteye, I pretty much never see another soul. Its so incredible to be at one of the most beautiful places anywhere, and have it all to yourself. This kind of solitude, with world class adventure possibilities and mind blowing scenery can be found at Shuteye Ridge. So Open Your Eyes and enjoy the ride as the next few posts share with you one of my all time favorite places.
Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 12:25pm - Adventure
As I continue along my journey of scanning old images, coming across this next route was very special. We had 2 very wild days shooting Gates of Delerium, which lies in the majestic Ribbon Falls Amphitheater. We shot the first 10 pitches of this 19 pitch 5.12b/c, which are by far the most dramatic. In fact many people will probably just climb the first 10 pitches without climbing the 5.9 ridge to the summit of the Valley. We were up there in late December, so there was an ice cone at the bottom of Ribbon Falls visible in the shots from the 10th pitch, when we got out over the mind blowing fin that makes up the left hand side of the dihedral we had been in for the first 9 pitches.
The light in December is truly special in Yosemite, especially on west facing aspects, but it goes down early, like around 4:30. We wanted to shoot the highest pitch, the 10th, in the warm glow of setting sun, but we also really wanted to get as nice light as we could get on the 9th as well. So we shot the 9th around 3:45, and before we knew it, the sun was going fast. So in typical high speed fashion we raced up to the 10th pitch, which is slightly overhanging and kicks back over the entire first 9 pitches 1000 feet off the ground. The sun was dropping fast and as I hung there at the lip of the overhang trying desperately to not drop film as I changed rolls, I remembered this is why I live. We got our shots with only seconds left and after many hours of rappelling down in the dark, we walked back to the car smiling from ear to ear feeling like kings who had this whole majestic valley to ourselves.
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 11:36am - Adventure
For my next installment of blog posts of old climbing images that I just recently scanned, I´m super excited to share this climb called "Resurrection", a 20 pitch 5.12c on Hetchy Hetchy Dome in the northern part of Yosemite National Park. The climbers are Sean Jones and Brian Ketron, and what was really special about documenting this climb, is that we shot the actual first ascent of the route. Being a huge and very hard route, the ascent took 2 days, and we slept on a huge ledge 10 pitches and about 1200 feet up the wall. This is for sure one of the world´s greatest rock climbs, and seeing the teamwork that went into climbing this amazing wall was incredible.
Because we shot the actual first ascent, this also means that we were shooting all day both days, and didn´t get to shoot in the best light; but there´s something so real and so cool about it being the actual first ascent that we were happy to go this route. Normally we always try to shoot in the best light that any given situation will allow us, but times like this are definitely worth missing the golden light for the realness of capturing the first ascent.
I´ve picked out a couple of my favorite shots that are directly below, and then I´ve also put together a slideshow showing more of the story of the entire route. Do you have any favorites? Please share below :)