Rumney Crags Nov30

Rumney Crags

Rumney, New Hampshire is one of the most famous sport climbing crags in North America, featuring hundreds of sport routes on high quality schist rock cliffs. Ranging from vertical faces to technical slabs to over hanging pump-a-thons, the crags have sport routes for climbers of all abilities....

Life Through My Eyes

I am 14 years old, born in Boulder, Colorado, raised in Frenchtown, Montana. And this is life through my eyes. I have been raised with a very loving family, and everything I could ask for: a house, a sport to love, the support to do it. Photography is not about having the DSLR camera, a five...

Climbing Without A Rope Nov05

Climbing Without A Rope

Derek Hersey came to the States from England and fell in love with the rocks of Colorado. The sport of free-solo climbing is one that draws gasps from anyone who witnesses it.  The 60 minutes story on Alex Honnold brought it to the attention of a much larger audience; but Derek Hersey had no interest in climbing for fame.  In this documentary, footage collected over his decade of climbing is strung together to reveal the character of a man who was driven by a passion to live free—-and high up in the...

The Snake & The Pyramid

Along we went, a tiny black ant and I, baking under the Mexican sun.  Walking in my shadow, it carried an insect over its head to some unseen destination.    Other ants came marching in from the forest, by the hundreds, falling into formation like freeway traffic.  But in short time they came upon their colony, the dirty pyramid that marked the labyrinth below, the ants’ monument to civilization.  Around it they gathered in a frenzied pile of black, no one different from any other. From up ahead my aunt called my name, waving between passing people in the middle of the trail.  Down the path lay the ruined Mayan city of Chichen Itza...

Golden Aspens

We set out on our journey to find aspens in their full glory . . . and find them we did.   We wander, basking in the hues of flaming gold.   “There is a profoundness in this beauty,” she says, “listen to their whispers.”   A river of gold.   The...

African Banjos

Béla Fleck is the best banjo player out there.  He went to Africa to rediscover the roots of his instrument and play with the native musicians of Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali in his 2009 documentary Throw Down Your Heart.  In this clip, a thumb-piano player named Ruth throws down her...

Chinese Experience

The year was 1980, just two years after President Nixon opened the doors of China for the United States to engage in trade negotiations.  Of course, the whole world was anxious to begin trading with China, since the massive country had closed itself off since 1945 and the rise of Mao Zedong....

Pura Vida. Costa Rica.

In Costa Rica, the local ticos and ticas have a saying . . . Pura Vida!  That means the pure life, and it is the answer to every question.  It comes down to the fact that when the pace of life slows down and the beauty of the natural world surrounds, nothing can get in the way of being real.  Guide Juan Carlos Rodriguez has captured a glimpse of the pure life in his beautiful photographs from the old-growth Rain Forest, and the flora and fauna that call it home.  Enjoy.  And, Pura...

Boulderites

I’d been away from Boulder for a while.  Busy with some travelling and a brief stint in the big city, I hadn’t dropped into the valley for over a year; but coming over that hill and seeing the Rocky Mountains rise up behind town made me forget why I ever left.  After driving...

The Real Patagonia

The South American sun sets on Punta Los Lobos–Point of the Wolves.  The breakers start here and travel a mile in to shore where they crash on the beach at the tiny surfing town of Pichilemu, Chile.   La Araucaria, or the Monkey Puzzle–half cactus, half pine tree.  My...

Documentary Open Mic

In 2012, Brian Wilson explored the open mic music scene in Boulder, Colorado.  His documentary film features local artists, Tommy & the Tangerines, Rosi Jim, and Occupy Forever, following their stories as up-and-coming musicians while they encounter the excitement and the struggle of life...

I’ll Swim

I wake up in the bed my mother slept in, surrounded by the things that were hers.  It’s almost exactly as it was the day she died two years ago.  Sunlight has been streaming through the windows for hours and I am getting out of bed.  I tell myself I have to, I will myself to move because...

Witcher Ranch

In the spring, the calves start coming.  Coveralls get put up on the winter rack, chickens start laying eggs once again, the days get warmer and the sun shines longer.  And with every birth the herd grows in size, so long as the coyotes keep away.  This year, by Cinco de Mayo, all but one...

Going Home

You wake up at 4 a.m. The sirens blare outside your window, almost drowning out the incessant noise of college bars and trains of revelry rolling nowhere. You toss. You turn. Looking out the window, you try to remember what exactly a waterfall looks like, and how it felt when the water danced...

Moab, UT

We turned off our cell-phones just as we reached the city limits.  For the next two weeks everything that happened had nothing to do with technology—we were off the grid and driving straight into the desert of Moab, Utah. The rendezvous with the rest of the party was set for main street,...

Deep Slotty Canyons

Exploring takes on many forms and, indeed, it happens in many places.  One of the most unique types of exploring is certainly canyoneering, and particularly the intricate and constricting type that occurs in slot canyons.  Squeezing, chimneying, shimmying, and sometimes even wading through the dark slits of Earth leaves one wondering if a flash flood will come rushing down at any moment–or will the canyon suddenly end in a two-hundred foot fall.  This film provides a first-hand look into the North Wash canyon adventure, on top the head of Sam Goodhue, avid canyoneer and frequenter of the Utah desert.  Here we have a two-part film,...

You’re Not Wel...

There are places you aren’t supposed to be.  Sometimes it’s a real place on the map; other times it’s in the depths of a dissentious conversation.  In the grip of China’s tightly control world, it didn’t take long to find myself in the middle of both. The trip was straightforward...

Falling In Love With...

As I laid in bed, trying my best to fall asleep on a hot night in Paris, my mind was filled with all the beautiful city sights that I had seen since I arrived two weeks earlier. The stuffy air clouded my thoughts, however, so I went to the window, threw it open, and stared out at the...

The Door

I swallowed down the last of the Glenlivet 12-year single malt.  The condensation had dripped off the glass onto an old copy of Walden sitting on my nightstand.  I sat on the edge of the bed staring at the piles of dirty clothes on the floor and ran my hands through my greasy hair. It was...

Honeymoon Bus

Thanks to Jason and Allie Hopper for allowing me to repost this journey from their honeymoon adventure. This, like the last post, is a repost from thesamba.com recounting LadyFriend®’s and my honeymoon this past summer. It was written while on the road and will be posted here in...