2013 Recap - December 31

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2013 Recap - December 31

Before the year ends, I want to give props to all the people who I collaborated with this year. Here's a quick highlight, one image per month for the last 12 months. If you want to read more, as always, feel free to backtrack through the links to various months of the year.

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Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition - Part 3 - Week 3 - December 15

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Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition - Part 3 - Week 3 - December 15

Our third and last week on the river we traveled from Bass Camp to Pearce's Ferry. During this week I celebrated my 29th birthday on the river. We visited some amazing side canyons including Elves Chasm, Matkatamiba, Deer Creek, Indian Canyon, National Canyon and Havasu Canyon. The high-flow experiment ended but we still had to slay the Lava Beast. Plus Upset, Bedrock, Dubendorf and some other smaller rapids. Our third and last week on the river we traveled from Bass Camp to Pearce's Ferry. During this week I celebrated my 29th birthday on the river. We visited some amazing side canyons including Elves Chasm, Matkatamiba, Deer Creek, Indian Canyon, National Canyon and Havasu Canyon. The high-flow experiment ended but we still had to slay the Lava Beast. Plus Upset, Bedrock, Dubendorf and some other smaller rapids. 

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Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition - Part 1 - Week 1 - December 4

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Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition - Part 1 - Week 1 - December 4

Hey everyone, I'm back in the world of inter-nets. I've been struggling with a way to summarize our experience last month in a few paragraphs, but here's my best attempt. This is a photo-enhanced set of words to show and describe the trip down the big ditch. The quick details are: 14 people, five 18' oar rafts, two kayaks, 24 days on the river, 280 river miles from Lee's Ferry to Pearce's Ferry, 3 raft flips, high flow experiment (about 37,000cfs) during Hermit, Crystal, Horn and Granite.

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Outward Bound California Video - November 4

Hey everyone the last month has been pretty busy. I've been editing a video for OBCA, working on a repairing a porch and getting ready for a long expedition. The video went live today and I'll let the video speak for itself.

Directed, shot and edited by Dave Katz. 

Timelapse Photography by Josh Garrison, https://vimeo.com/user4888849

Final Sound Mix by Nate Richardson http://repstudio.com

Sound Design, and original music created by Cody Tucker codytckr@yahoo.com, https://vimeo.com/118977506

Additional Photography

Jon Byers http://www.jonathanbyers.com/ 

Rikki Dunn http://stoketrainadventures.com

As a side note, I'll be in the field for the entire month of November on the Grand Canyon documenting a rafting expedition. You can follow our progress down the Colorado River by checking my twitter feed twitter.com/tenacitypursuit 

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The Alaska Dispatch Part 4 - Winter in Summer - September 22

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The Alaska Dispatch Part 4 - Winter in Summer - September 22

After leaving my trusty comrades at the airport, I pointed the Nissan north and headed to the National Outdoor Leadership School branch headquarters in Palmer. Immediately after getting out of the car, I was impressed with the scale of the operation: 5 modified school buses with NOLS written on the side. I quickly found the contacts I had and learned more about the school. 70 month-long wilderness expeditions in remote Alaska, 130 field staff. 

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The Alaska Dispatch Part 3 - Kenai Sun Sessions - September 17

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The Alaska Dispatch Part 3 - Kenai Sun Sessions - September 17

We escaped the rain for a brief moment, and for the first time I slept under the stars since arriving in Alaska. We drove west from Cooper Landing and caught out first glimpses of the massive Mount Redoubt coming out of the ocean. We then headed to the mouth of the Kenai River and spent the night sleeping out under the stars, hoping to see some northern lights. No lights were to be had, but an amazing moon-setting episode and the Milky Way did appear

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The Alaska Dispatch Part 2 - The Blue Ice Festival - September 13

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The Alaska Dispatch Part 2 - The Blue Ice Festival - September 13

After leaving Anchorage we headed south past the Turnagain Arm to the weather-funnel of the Portage Valley and endured the worst weather of the trip so far. Hard winds and blowing rain. I took my friends advice (a veteran AK Outward Bound Instructor) and brought multiple rain jackets and a tarp to put over my 4 season tent. The advice was crucial, the tarp-over-tent system kept me a lot more dry.

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