Splitboard: is a snowboard that can be separated into two ski-like parts used with climbing skins to ascend slopes the same way alpine touring or telemark skis are. The two halves can then be connected to form a regular snowboard for descent.
So what does this mean? It means snowboarders can opt to skip the overpriced, crowded resort lines for more adventurous, non-manicured runs through alpine paradises and fields of untouched powder. Don’t let me paint the picture perfectly. Read More
Some years ago, deciding on the next place I'd like to call home, I turned towards the top left side of the map to the furthest reaches of Northwest America. Images of an unbound frontier, where wilderness still holds power over encroaching civilization. It was a mythical place in my mind, ripe with stories waiting to be told of habitats and wildlife usually only witnessed with the sounds of David Attenborough narrating in the background. Read More
The Olympic Peninsula is a vast expanse of jagged ridges, lush rainforests, and otherworldly coast lines that could be the setting for a fantasy based fiction. Much of the peninsula is inaccessible except by foot, bike or stock. The terrain itself is the protection from mass development and civil development, leaving only room for small town outposts, holding on only through tourism dollars and a timber industry that is a minor version of its once thriving self. Places like these are where I find solace; where I become reborn. I hope you find a little of that same enjoyment within the photographs I shared in the gallery below. Read More
As any professional photographer or videographer can proclaim is their loyalty to a certain brand name when it comes to cameras. Canon users and Nikon users debate the pros and cons of each person's choice. One crowd stands firm with DSLR cameras, where others excitedly dive into the new mirrorless lines. For as long as I remember I have been a Canon shooter. I grew up in a Canon house. With my more recent focus on both sides of the spectrum, video and photo, and the need for more compact and versatile camera body I have finally made the leap into the world of mirrorless. Read More
Only a week ago Jen, Piney, and myself were headed northeast, beyond American borders to a landscape of craggy mountains, deep valleys, and large abundance of wildlife. What we were expecting from this trip does not even closely measure to the experiences we had. From the moment we approached the border crossing the stories began to write themselves. Too many to account in this post. Instead I'll let the photography tell the stories, with some numbers and facts peppered in. Read More
Any person calling the west coast home knows the unrelenting season of snow and blistering cold we had this past winter. We also know it came down well beyond the time we were all ready for heavy doses of vitamin D. Outdoor enthusiast know this more than most. Even as the days began spiking into the 90s and herds of people headed for their most desired swim spots, many of us are still finding the remnants of winter not far away in the mountains. Read More
Nate Betteker has had some firsts with me by following the mantra of "yes" whenever I suggest some crazy adventure, but when recent plans were squashed it was me taking on something new with Nate as the guide. Originally we were both set to be on the John Muir Trail by this time making our way south, but due to a historically record high snowpack we found ourselves in search of something different. Nate being the avid bicyclist he is, a bike ride came up as an idea. After throwing out ideas, good friend Patrick Newell mentioned a ride named the Central Oregon Explorer, so on Monday we left the already warming Portland with a loaded GPS, and a vague sense of what we about to get into. Read More
For over a decade now I've lived with Mt Hood looming on the distant horizon. The massive scale shapes the morning sun as its rays ascend over the tall dormant volcano. Its an obvious land mark to anyone bothering to look up from their own two feet. Since those first days my curiosity had me wondering what lies beyond the safe borders of lodges and developed roadways, high up at the timberline and beyond. Read More
Deep in the southwest, far from the interstate freeways, single lane roads pass through small, virtually desolate towns littered with americana artifacts. Even further beyond them waits a landscape that seems to contradict itself. Read More
The warm days are gaining a foot hold in the Pacific Northwest, bringing more hospitable opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wild places in our very backyard. Along with warmer days comes chances to spend time with great friends, old and new, exploring new spaces and the ones we may have forgotten for a while. It doesn't take much. We don't have to venture very far to find what we are looking for. Lakes and rivers fed by the glaciers melting on the ridges and peaks above, waterfalls battering the river rocks beneath, deep amber glows of the firewood burning, ancient giants standing as groves of trees; this is my happy place...
Here are a few photos from the adventures over the last couple weeks. Read More
I can't really put my finger on it, but somehow over the last decade Canada has eluded me in all except one occasion on a trip up to Vancouver. There it is, just to the north, with all its majestic forests, mountains, and coast line. 10 years since I've moved to the northwest plans were finally made to head beyond the borders, crossing the pudget sound for Vancouver Island. Read More
Any rider who has picked up a shovel, gripped a hammer, or spent time looking over fences for an at least partially emptied pool can attest to the unspoken rules of “respect the efforts of others” and “no help, no ride” (or at least “ask before you partake”). These are the basic golden rules we all abide by, because we know it takes an enormous amount of resources and effort to create those trails, pump the water out of those pools, and form those concrete transitions we all enjoy so much. And nowhere is this code of conduct more relevant than at Burnside. Read More
For a while winters meant down time away from my favorite nature spots. An occasional day up at Timberline or Ski Bowl getting turns in on the snowboard maybe, but not much after that. Last year I decided to change that, with some moderate success. Hikes were happening and even a few overnights, but it was more spots below snow line in the safety of the valleys. But this winter, this winter is on a whole new level. Places usually reserved for warm summer days high up on Mt. Hood have now become my winter playground. I'm not sure, maybe it is the newly acquired splitboard, someone willing to join me on these brutal expeditions in the cold, or just the better side of El Nino give us a huge snowpack in the Pacific Northwest. Read More
I'm looking at year 10 since Oregon became my home. A decade in and I'm still blown away by what Oregon, and the Pacific North West in general hold in the wildlands that blanket the region. From the moment land begins to surface on the coastline, all the way into the high desert east of the craggy Cascade Range, the views are constantly transforming. Read More