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Video: Climbing Giant Sequoia - December 16, 2012

This video represents the vision and work of three spring tree climbing expeditions to the Sierra Nevada of California to explore the canopy of the Giant Sequoia. Colin Crilley and Jake Rudin and I met during our first visit to the canopy of the Giant Sequoia in the spring of 2010. We were doing initial research in a collaboration with University of California at Berkeley on seed cones from the canopy. After that initial trip, we put together a collection of video clips and published the video on the Cornell Tree Climbing Institute Youtube Channel. In that video, we got permission to use the music from the artists featured by simply writing them on MySpace.

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A nighttime stroll through Chicago - December 12

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A nighttime stroll through Chicago - December 12

After escaping Madison in a snowstorm, my brother and I headed to Chicago. We ate a nice meal with our friends in Logan Square and then got on the Blue line to downtown. We didn't have a map, so were basically just wandering around downtown Chicago and made some images of the nighttime landscape. 

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 An Arctic View - December 10

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An Arctic View - December 10

Weather its a plane, boat or bus, I often see some inspiring and amazing scenes out the window, making it one the main reasons I travel. From high in the sky, I often see parts of the world I never thought I would ever see. The images below are from my yesterday's journey coming home from the Philippines. My route took me from Manila to Taipei, Taiwan to Osaka, Japan and finally to here in New York City. As we headed north from Manila I was seated on the left side of the plane looking west and saw an amazing sunset. 

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Into the heart of the Cordillera: Part 2

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Into the heart of the Cordillera: Part 2

Welcome to December on the TIP! This is the second part of my update from the Kabayan region in Benguet Province in the Philippines. Kabayan is a remote corner of the Cordillera mountains in North Luzon Island in the Philippines. Tradition and culture in this region is influenced heavily by the Ibaloi, the ethnic group that originates from this rugged mountain environment.

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Into the heart of the Cordillera: Part 1

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Into the heart of the Cordillera: Part 1

I just returned to the hot flat lands after a week up in the cooler temperatures and rugged mountains of the central Cordillera here in north Luzon. After a few days trekking around in the hills near Kabayan, I created these images below (most of which are HDR).

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Motorbike Adventure to Lipay, La Union - November 13

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Motorbike Adventure to Lipay, La Union - November 13

A few weeks back I borrowed a friends motorbike from Bacnotan, La Union and headed west to the mountains. I knew there was a daily Jeep to a town called Lipay, much higher in elevation than coastal Bacnotan. I figured if a Jeep could climb the hill, so could I on a motorbike. With the help of some friendly locals at crucial junctions in the roads, I climbed over 700 meters in elevation to the town of Lipay.

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Social Network Icons added to Footer - Nov 11

Hey ya'll - just went social...added some links via buttons at the bottom of all the pages on the TIP and on the contact page. Now if you forget what the address to the TIP on various social networks, you can find it all easily at the bottom of the pages. Featured: Gmail, Couchsurfing, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Google + and Youtube. Maybe I'll add Vimeo in the future... Get Stoked! 

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