After a mere 36 hours in Tburg, my dad drove me up to the Syracuse Airport to begin my Alaskan Adventure. I asked him to drive around the airport and wait to see if anything fishy came up. The last few times i checked into Syracuse funny things happened, so I was suspicious. However, I checked in record time and waited for my dad at the curb, wished him farewell and walked upstairs to pass through the new gate facilities.
My last course of the season proved to be a very rewarding, challenging and fun expedition to climb Madera Peak. In just short of a week's time my co-instructor and I were able to deliver the heart of a true Outward Bound experience: solo, peak climb, rock climb, and some challenging days navigating on and off trail while carrying heavy packs.
Last week I had the chance to head into the field with my buddies Jon Byers and Rikki Dunn to shoot video footage for Outward Bound California. We focused on the student experience by conducting interviews and capturing action shots. The editing process is now in full swing and will be complete in early October, stay tuned
Here's the promised part 2 update from my last trek around Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. This update focuses on the amazing landscapes and vistas found in the region. Enjoy!
Mid August here in Midpines, just got back from another great three weeks in the mountains with a talented, motivated group of ten young adults. Along with my trusty co-instructor Laura, we led the students through quite a grueling alpine high route which traversed sections of the Tablelands, the Great Western Divide and the Kern River Valley.
Just got back to Midpines after helping the ongoing seed science project. We climbed into familiar trees and took samples, photographs and videos. It has been a fun collaboration with the Center for Forestry at the University of California at Berkeley. Highlights from the week: climbing with Rob, Keith and John, working with Ken, and observing all of the research being conducted by members of the Dawson lab at UC Berkeley, and finally, the overnight in the canopy (in which I forgot my hammock on the ground and made an improvised bivy).
Last night my buddy Josh and I climbed up to the top of the property here at the California Outward Bound School in Midpines, CA and shot a 800 image timelapse of the developing inferno. From our vantage point we hypothesized we could see both the Rolling Fire and the Carstens fire. These blazes comes at a tough time to our school, as we're preparing for the big summer season of expeditions ahead. An evacuation from our basecamp would throw a significant monkey wrench into our operations. The amazing colors and dynamic movement of the billowing smoke clouds created a fun challenge to capture on the camera. This timelapse video was created with a Canon 60D and a 70-200mm Lens @ 95mm. We shot consecutive 20second exposures @ F6.3 and ISO 400 using the intervelometer from Majic Lantern. The still images were assembled into video with Lightroom. Enjoy the video below.
Final stop on the Tahoe photography adventure, Eagle Falls for sunrise. I had did some location scouting the day prior.
Another stop on the Tahoe photo tour, Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, with an amazing white sand beach on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.