Well that went by pretty damn quick… It feels like just yesterday I was putting my touring skins on the wrong way and falling over on the skin track for the first time. This year was the catalyst for some of the best memories I’ve ever made. I’ll go out on a limb here and even say that this has been the best year of my existence (so far). This is mostly due to the overwhelming amount of amazing friends made, walls climbed, lines skied, and trails run. Oh and how can I forget the numerous times I got left in the dust during these pursuits by my inspiring and insanely driven friends? Good work friends, I’ll catch up to you next year.
This past January, I started my second semester as a sophomore at The University of Colorado as an environmental studies major with a minor in geography and journalism. Going on from that, I just finished my junior year fall semester as of a few weeks ago. Ended up writing a senior thesis a year early so that I can hopefully get more days skiing, climbing, and running trails than of class my senior year at CU. If you’re interested in the effects of climate change on Arctic energy and transportation development, feel free to shoot me a line and I’ll email you the paper. This is also the first year that I made the transition into skiing uphill to access all of the amazing backcountry skiing that Colorado has to offer. I’d say that has to be one of the better decisions I’ve made so far. Also discovered that running doesn’t suck if you run trails and lots of mountains.
This was by far the most exciting year for the whole photography thing. I met tons of wonderful people through the lens of my picture making box. From photographing some wild places, to getting a few shots published in magazines, and to gaining a dream client or two, I’d give this year two thumbs-up.
Having said that, I’m particularly stoked for this coming year.
Enough ranting, here are some of my favorite photos & events (January → December).
Lets start with some of my first experiences ski touring
When the snow wasn't great, some spring climbing was in order.
Then a stint in Idaho for a week of touring, getting smelly in a yurt, and drinking plenty of costco whiskey
On to photos from spring to end of summer
Some photos from my first real multi day commercial shoot
And fall semester of my junior year.