You Have to be Insane to do This

Why You Have to be Bit of a Lunatic to be a Backcountry Photographer

The hike in is grueling. You're way behind schedule and you realize that you've severely underestimated the terrain you're trying to traverse. After all, it never looks that bad on the map! To compound the matter, it's freezing. You can't seem to reach a balance between staying warm when the harsh wind cuts through the forest and not sweating like you're standing before a firing squad when you're moving.

The pack you've slung on your back is heavy. You can't help but think, do I really need all this gear?

Finally, after hours of trudging through mud, crossing frigid streams, and pushing your body to its limits, you arrive at your destination. You take the time to find a composition, set up the camera and snap the picture.

Now it dawns on you... you have to get back to the car. You're only halfway done! This is when you make the hard realization: you have to be a bit of a lunatic to be a backcountry photographer!

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Auxier Ridge Sunset

Photographing a Red River Gorge Sunset

I suppose you could say I'm a bit of a spontaneous guy. I tend to come up with ideas at the last minute and just sort of act on them. Some of my best adventures have been the result of coming up with an idea, grabbing a pack and just going. This trip was one of those spur-of-the-moment ideas. The plan was simple, drive to Red River Gorge, hike onto Auxier Ridge, and photograph the sunset. How hard could that be?!

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Kentucky Fog. Photographed in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, by Adam Thompson.

My 5 Favorite Images from 2016

I just got done publishing my 4 goals for 2017 post and it got me thinking about the images I've taken over this past year. With 2016 winding down, I thought it might be appropriate to take a moment and share my 5 favorite images that I took during this past year. In the process, I'll talk a little bit about the background of each image. So, without further ado, here are my 5 favorite images from 2016!

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