Climbing Mt Emerson ~ 5D Mark II Video

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 2:25pm - Video

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to spend good time with your friends and family, or got to spend time being creative or doing whatever you love to do. This past weekend I edited together a first draft for a short film I´m making from a mountain climb with my dear friend Ryan back in September.  I´m still relatively new to shooting and editing video, and yet I´ve undertaken a full length film this year, Welcome To The Outside; so I want to get some editing practice in before diving in to the movie edit.  

I jumped right in to making a full blown movie because I´ve never been so inspired in my life, and I really want to share and spread a message about how beautiful, profound, and life changing exploring nature can be.  After seeing the movie "Once", I just knew right then with such clarity that I was going to make a movie.  The whole story, everything, just came to me in a vision so clear I couldn´t ignore it.  So we filmed Welcome To The Outside this spring/summer/fall over 18 days, and my winter time project when I return home from holiday travels is to edit the movie and bring it all together.  So since editing especially is still some what new to me, I thought I´d make a few short films before editing the movie to be able to learn Final Cut Pro, and get more familiar with the art and craft of editing in general.  I made a teaser music video for Welcome To The Outside as my first short, and this mountain climb will be my second (some of the earlier videos I´ve posted on this blog were made in iMovie). 

This short was filmed on Mt Emerson, a 13,204 foot peak in the southern Sierra that towers over Bishop, CA.  It was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson by John Muir, and since both these people are luminaries to me, it felt special to be on this mountain.  We climbed the gorgeous 3000 ft Southeast face, which I had climbed before with legendary Sierra climbers Doug Robinson and Sean Jones

This film is meant to give a real feeling of what its like to climb a Sierra peak.  I´d like to ultimately submit this to the Banff Outdoor Film Festival, but I thought I would post this first edit and get some feedback.  I ultimately think I will shorten it down a little farther and tighten it up a bit, maybe add some voice over to give more insight into why we climb these mountains; but I´d love to hear your thoughts and feelings.  What do you like about it?  What would you like to see improved?  I appreciate your time and hope you enjoy!!


"Flowing Like Water" and "A New Day" were written and recorded by Shawn Reeder, and are available as Royalty Free Music downloads at Shawn Reeder

Welcome To The Outside ~ A Special Film Project

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 7:21pm - Video

Some of you know that I have been working on a new project this year that is very special to me.  I´ve kind of hinted at it here and there, but haven´t really gone public with it yet, until now.

I´m making my first full length film, "Welcome To The Outside", and its been one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life.  I wanted to make a modern day musical that shares what its like to have your life changed by Yosemite, true connection, and the power of nature. This story metaphorically tells the experience of so many of my friends, including myself.

Its a film about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.  Join us for a journey to Yosemite; where we explore nature´s magic through music, outdoor adventure, and connection.

Both myself and the two main characters Michael Schweitzer and Ashley Collins will be sharing our journeys of making this film through a blogsite at Welcome To The We’ll be writing about our experiences and insights, sharing photos, preview clips, and music videos, and hoping that you will join in this journey with us.  We started filming in April and have had quite a journey that we´re excited to share with you.

We hope you will share your thoughts and feelings through comments, and please share this blogsite with all your friends.  We really want to inspire and help make a difference in lives by showing how the beauty and power of nature can be so profound and life changing, so please help us by telling everyone you know to check out Welcome To The

For our first sharing, check out this music video teaser which bears the title name of our film.



We just finished all our filming for the movie this week, with Mike and I filming a road trip across Utah and Nevada, and then Ashley flying in to film with us in Tuolumne Meadows for the close of the film. We couldn´t have had a more magical closure as Mother Nature provided the most magical backdrop that we could have ever imagined.

These photos below are with Mike and Ashley filmed at Mono Lake and in Tuolumne as a snow storm descended upon us, giving us an incredibly magical feel beyond what we could have ever imagined to the footage and shots. Sooo exciting!!!

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Check out the pictures below from Mike and I´s road trip!  Utah was simply stunning and Nevada really captured the feel of the "Open Road".



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How´s He Get Those Climbing Shots??? ~ 5D Mark II Video

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 1:35pm - Video

When I was in Yosemite last week, I had 6 straight days of shooting; from a wedding, to an engagement shoot, to rock climbing, to filming for a personal project I´m working on.  Well while I was shooting some rock climbing, I thought how cool would it be to just get a little footage of myself hanging off the side of a cliff in Yosemite.  So since my new Canon 5D Mark II not only takes incredible stills but spectacular video as well, I decided to try and get a little footage while I was shooting my friends Sean jones and Graham Hunt rock climbing in the Iota chimney, a wild chasm thats rarely visited, even though its not that far off the road.

I also included a little footage at the end of a killer rope swing we had loads of fun on in the alcove on El Cap.  What a blast!!!  Hope you´re having a wonderful day.



The song is "Growing Up" by Shawn Reeder and is available at

Lisa Rands Climbing Haroun & The Sea Of Stories ~ 5D Mark II Video

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 5:26pm - Video

My friend Lisa Rands just recently climbed one of Bishop´s most beautiful boulder problems, Haroun & The Sea Of Stories.  This is a very hard line at about v11/12, and is almost as long as a short sport route with over 25 moves.  It was so inspiring to go out a few different days with Lisa and watch her work on it.  Lisa is so humble, yet is one of the world´s greatest climbers.  I hope you enjoy the video made on my new 5D Mark II.


The song "One Day" is my own and is available as a royalty free music download at


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Return To Balance ~ 5D Mark II Video

Friday, March 13th, 2009 at 7:49pm - Video

I love being able to go into my backyard and return to balance.


Song is Material Kings by Paul Alvaran available at

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Afternoon Bouldering Break ~ 5D Mark II Video

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 10:22pm - Video

Today was so incredibly gorgeous that even though I´m trying to get caught up on a lot of work projects, I just couldn´t stay inside all day.  I had to get out for a few hours to the local boulders with my dear friend Eric and get in some movement over stone.  It felt sooo good to be out in the warm sun, and wow, the days sure are getting longer fast!  I haven´t climbed in a while, so it was like hanging out with an old friend that you haven´t seen in a while.  We had to take our time and get to know each other again, and in the begining it was just a bit awkward, but by the end it was like not a day had passed.

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Wish You Were Here ~ 5D Mark II Video

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 10:01pm - Video

So to kick off my new blogsite and celebrate WPPI coming up, and since I´d love to meet you; anyone who comes up to me at WPPI and says "I wish I was there" will get 1 free song from  I´m really looking forward to meeting you.  See you in Vegas!

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Mark´s Going Away Party ~ 5D Mark II Video

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 12:38pm - Video

Last night I went to a going away party for my friend Mark who´s moving to South Dakota, and there was a gathering of beautiful people who got together to say goodbye and wish him well.  I busted out my new Canon 5d Mark II just to play around a bit and decided to put together a little short from the footage.  Editing video is totally new to me, but I think this is going to be alot of fun and another way to get creative.  There´s just something so magical about capturing real moments this way.

You can hit the button in the lower right of the video player to be able to watch it full screen.  Hope you enjoy the video!


The song in the video is Urban Blue by Paul Alvaran and is available as a royalty free music download at

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