Chronicling Mini Adventures In My "Backyard."
I began going into the mountains in the summer of 2013. At first, short hikes to mountain lakes to make photographs satisfied my desire to explore new places. On such outings, the peaks of the Sawtooth Range and the Lost River Range worked their way into my imagination. By the spring of 2014, I decided that if I was to photograph such spaces, I would need to venture not only to the foot of mountains, but also onto their high ridges and peaks. In May of that year, I climbed my first mountain since my undergraduate years. I drove to the trailhead of Little Sister one Friday evening after work and climbed as high as I could before dark. Got up the next morning and found my way to the top of the mountain.
Since that first hike to the top of Little Sister in the Lemhi Range, I continue roaming up mountain ridges and gullies to see what can be seen from the top. I enjoy both the physicality of the activity and the notion of exploration involved in the outings. What began as another photography project has evolved into a climbing pastime. I no longer have the expectation of returning with compelling images. Letting go of this expectation, frees me to enjoy the journey, If, by the grace of the "photo gods," I click the shutter at the right time, it's a bonus.
Whether by myself or with like-minded friends each hike or climb is what I like to call mini adventures. Such adventures fulfill the innate desire to explore, to see new places, to walk where few have gone before. Check out the pages here. Visit the provided links of friends. Plan your next mini adventure.
The Latest Climb: Tyler Peak