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August 20, 2022 at 09:54AM

I’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood off 3000 selected images (not total, just my selects of the favorites) from our crossing. I’m trying to narrow that number down to around 150-200 for a coffee table book. 1 out of every 20 image selects, 1 out of every 66 total images. Now I understand why print isn’t dead.

August 04, 2022 at 09:32AM

Pulling photos for a new client has me combing the archives and finding some favorites through the years.

July 29, 2022 at 10:44AM

Somewhere in the day 8 or 9 range of a 30 day paddle around the island of Crete, Greece. Morning coffee + salt water swims was an ideal start to some very long days, simplicity in tandem with challenge has been something I’ve sought out more and more these days.

July 26, 2022 at 02:01PM

There’s something about a long and empty road, symbolic of opportunities that lay ahead, of the path laid out, there for the taking.

July 21, 2022 at 08:19AM

Prepped for liftoff. An early morning flight in a hot air balloon was definitely a highlight for our trip with @briannamadia to Turkey.

July 19, 2022 at 07:37AM

Two years ago we were at sea. It seems like two weeks sometimes; I can still taste the salt in the air it’s so fresh. These types of trips just stick with you.

July 13, 2022 at 01:44PM

Climbing for me is more exploratory, less about the grade but about the rock, the trees, the snow, the mountain and place as a whole. It’s a place to go and just be, a place to reflect, and hopefully to grow. A place to return from a little better than you left.

July 08, 2022 at 12:41PM

I keep my photo albums pretty well organized, so it’s always fun to open up some random folder and see what I was doing at any given time over the last few years.

July 01, 2022 at 08:26AM

The classic “summit selfie” recently outside Moab. I think being able to stand on top of a striking peak is innate, the desire to be able to see your surroundings. We all want to have all the answers, and this is a tangible way to know things in one specific way.

June 30, 2022 at 06:24PM

Whenever a new Grand Canyon lottery opens up I get an email, and a little glimmer of hope pops into my head that I could find myself down in this beautiful world sooner than I expected. When @backcountry asked what I’m most excited for this summer, I first thought climbing, but then again, being out on a secluded river sounds like a pretty solid option.

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June 22, 2022 at 12:45PM

I think it’s better to admit what you don’t know than to try and pretend that you do. We’ve gotten to such a point of cumulative knowledge that our assumption is that we’re always right and know everything, but what about making the case for curiosity, for deep conversations, for life long learning.

June 20, 2022 at 11:23AM

A few 35mm film moments from summer of 2020. Our quarantine looked different than most people’s, more outside, maybe even more disconnected to the regular world. But in this time we came together to support each other, a true van life outside of the pretty photos you see here. It was gritty, showers were rare, but the connection we shared was deep and lasting.