Trip Reports

Two Weeks in the Canyons of Utah - April 2010

In April I spent two weeks hiking, camping, and photographing in and around the canyons of southern Utah.  I visited a lot of new places I haven't seen before, including Goblin Valley State Park, San Rafael Swell, Robbers Roost area, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park...

Skiing/Snowboarding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Winter 09-10

I moved up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming during the winter of 2009-2010 to snowboard as much as possible.  Now that my season is wrapping up here, I have compiled this gallery of my favorite skiing and snowboarding photos from the winter, including a few shots of me snowboarding, taken by my friends...

Winter Camping on Hurricane Pass, Tetons - March 2010
This last weekend of March I went winter camping again, this time for two nights up on Hurricane Pass, on the west side of the Tetons. Hurricane Pass is pretty close to Table Mountain where I went camping in January, but it has a very different perspective of the Tetons...
Tetons Aerial Photos
On a chilly winter morning last week this March of 2010, I enjoyed magnificent aerial views of the Teton Range from a window seat on a commercial flight from Jackson, Wyoming to Salt Lake City, Utah.  The airplane took off north from the airport, banked a 180º turn and flew right beside the big peaks of Grand Teton National Park!  Here are a few photos I snapped from the window.
Winter Camping on Table Mountain, Wyoming - January 2010
With a full moon and a partly sunny weather forecast, I decided this last Thursday to do a winter camping trip up on Table Mountain, on the west side of the Teton Range.  The hike in was grueling, having to put in a skin track all by myself up 4,000 vertical feet through deep heavy powder, with a heavy backpack...
Icy Ice Lakes Basin, Colorado - November 2009
The light snowfalls amounts in the San Juan Mountains this November provided a good opportunity for me to do a quick overnight backpacking trip to Ice Lakes Basin.  This spectacular basin is a popular location for summertime hiking, but not many people visit in the snow.
Grand Gulch Loop Hike, Utah - October 2009
Over three days and two nights this October I went on a ~25 mile loop hike from Cedar Mesa in southeastern Utah. I hiked down Todie Canyon, to Grand Gulch, then out Bullet Canyon. Most of the way the hike passes through dramatic canyon scenery with vertical cliffs and dramatic rock formations...
Autumn in the Wasatch, Utah - October 2009
I spent a long weekend in Utah this October, and had a good time photographing the eastern side of the Wasatch Range in the area between Midway and Sundance, in the foothills below Mount Timpanagos.  Though I wasn't there for the prime aspen colors, there were some really colorful oak and maples, and I also lucked out with some cold weather and fresh snowfalls.
Lightning Disco at Blue Lakes - September 2009
On Saturday I hiked up to Blue Lakes for a quick overnight backpacking trip in the Sneffels Range of southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains.  The alpine tundra has turned a beautiful array of autumn colors, and even a few aspens are starting to change...
Six Weeks in Norway - July/August 2009
During the summer of 2009, I devoted six weeks to photographing the amazing mountains and fjords of Norway. During that time I traveled more than 8500 km (5300 miles), from the capital city of Oslo in the south, as far north as Tromsø, far above the Arctic Circle...
Columbine Lake, Colorado - July 2009
With a day to spare and a blue-sky weather forecast, I decided yesterday that Columbine Lake would be the perfect place to go for a quick overnight backpacking trip.  Situated high on the rolling alpine tundra at 12,685 feet in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado, Columbine Lake is always a great dayhike destination but usually not a wise camping option due to the exposure to lightning (it's almost 2 miles to the safety of the nearest forest)...
South Colony Lakes, Colorado - June 2009
This weekend I went camping in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Westcliffe, Colorado.  South Colony Lakes are situated at the foot of three 14ers, making them a perfect basecamp for several days worth of hiking...
Spring Snowboarding in the Tetons - May 2009

This May 2009, I headed up to Jackson, Wyoming to snowboard some big spring lines in the Tetons with a buddy of mine who lives up there.  My timing could not have been better, with solid snow conditions from top to bottom of the peaks, and perfect sunny spring weather...

Winter Camping above Ouray, Colorado - April 2009
Over the last few days, a late season storm has come through the San Juans in Colorado, dumping almost 2 feet of snow.  On Sunday, while still snowing hard outside the weather forecast called for a sunny clear Monday, so I headed out for a spur-of-the-moment winter backpacking trip, hoping to get a photo of the fresh snow smothering Ouray and the Uncompahgre Gorge...
Skiing & Snowboarding Colorado 2009
My favorite shots from our backcountry skiing and snowboarding adventures during the 2009 winter and spring, in the San Juan Mountains, near Ouray, Colorado.
Great Sand Dunes Megaloop - March 2009
For four days this past week, I did a big loop trek around the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado.  The weather was very cold at night, but the days were nice and sunny and not too hot - perfect weather for trekking through the dunes...
Hideout Cabin, San Juans - January 2009
This weekend I joined some friends for a three day weekend up at their backcountry cabin in the San Juan Mountains south of Telluride, Colorado. Situated at about treeline at the foot of numerous high peaks and cirques, the cabin provided a perfect base for snowboarding, skiing, and photography...
South Island of New Zealand - October-December 2008
From October to December 2008, I spent 7 weeks in New Zealand, mostly tramping (hiking) in the mountains of the South Island during their spring season. I traveled from town to town, with no fixed itinerary, staying for about a week at a time in each place to explore the nearby mountains...
Red Mountain - September 2008
Today I drove up Red Mountain Pass (above Ouray, Colorado) to check out the golden aspens, and then ended up hiking up Red Mountain #3 to watch the sunset from up top.
Sunset on Timpanogos - September 2008
This last weekend I was up in Utah and took advantage of a full moon to hike Mount Timpanogos and watch the sunset from the 11,749 foot summit.

Timpanogos, or "Timp" for short, is one of Utah's most famous and beloved mountains, towering 7,000 feet over the city of Provo...
Weminuche Wilderness Loop, Colorado - August 2008

For 7 days in August, I hiked a high loop route through a remote range in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juans south of Silverton, Colorado. The following photos are arranged in chronological order, so you can see the highlights of my trek and read a little about it...

Continental Divide Trail - South San Juans, Colorado
This last week, the first week of August 2008, I hiked the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) through the South San Juan Wilderness with two of my friends. It
Ouray-Uncompahgre Loop - July 2008
This weekend I went on a wonderful 25 mile backpacking loop from Ouray, Colorado. I started at Bear Creek, a few miles up the road from Ouray, hiked up to the rolling green tundra paradise of the Uncompahgre Wilderness, along the Horsethief Trail to the Bridge of Heaven Trail, then back down into Ouray...
Sunrise on Sneffels - June 2008
This June I made two early morning hikes high up in Yankee Boy Basin, a high mountain valley above Ouray, Colorado.

The first hike was up to the ridgeline of Cirque Mountain, where I had a great perspective of sunrise alpenglow hitting Mt...
Skiing & Snowboarding 2008
The 2007-2008 snow season has been an epic one, with record breaking snowfalls in western Colorado. The town of Ouray (where I live) got over 21 feet of snow, more than twice the average, and the most in 60 years of records! The high mountains probably got twice that, if not more...
West Needles Winter Camping - March 2008
Lured by a full moon and a forecast of clear skies, this last weekend I went backpacking for two nights in the West Needle Mountains in the San Juans near Silverton, Colorado. This area is incredibly photogenic; from my campsite on a 12,200 ft ridgeline, I enjoyed broad vistas of the Needle Mountains, the West Needles, and all the peaks of the Molas Pass area...