Remember a few months ago when snow spoiled my plans to climb Mt. Leconte in The Smokies? Well, I decided it was finally time to go back and conquer the mountain! I reserved the hotel, made the 4 and a half hour drive down to Tennessee and prepared to complete the hike the following day, which was Saturday.Read More
This past Saturday I came up with a concept for a new adventure: see how many of Kentucky’s waterfalls I could squeeze into one blitz roadtrip. I started researching some possible destinations and discovered that my home state is just full of waterfalls! I mapped out 7 waterfalls that I felt I could reasonably visit in one day. I did anticipate that I would probably have to skip one or two, however, as this trip included over 9 hours of just driving! In the end, I was able to hit up 5 of the 7 falls.
Not half bad for a single day trip!Read More
There is a lot that goes into landscape and adventure photography (just check out my previous post on backcountry photography). Anything that can help make my life easier is more than welcome. Throughout my journey, I have come across a number of iPhone apps that promise to aid me in my photography (specifically landscape photography). Some of these have delivered, while others have fallen flat on their face. With that in mind, I present to you my 3 favorite iPhone apps that I actually find helpful and use on a regular basis.Read More
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!Read More
This weekend I took a trip down to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The plan was relatively simple; Hike to the summit of Mt. Leconte (via the Alum Cave Trail) and make a video for the Youtube channel in the process. In the days leading up to the trip, I packed my gear, watched the weather, and paid attention to the daily conditions up on Leconte. The weather forecasts were calling for snow.
The prospect of snow excited me, but I was worried about the possibility of Newfound Gap Road being closed due to the snow and ice. Because of this, I came up with several backup plans. One being to do a winter ascent of Mt. Cammerer and the other being to photograph Cade’s Cove and possibly hike to Abram’s Falls. I was, or so I thought, prepared.Read More
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?!Read More
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!Read More
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