Trip Reports

Photo trip reports from some of my outdoor photography adventures. To see more frequent photo reports of my outings, check out my blog at MountainPhotographer.com.

Salt Creek, Canyonlands NP, Utah - November 2017

In early November a friend and I backpacked about 30 miles through Salt Creek and the Peakaboo Trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This canyon is renowned for its numerous Ancient Puebloan ruins and pictographs; in fact I've never seen so many ruins outside of the Cedar Mesa area!

Autumn Aspens on Kebler Pass, Colorado - October 2017

Kebler Pass is easily my favorite place to enjoy the aspens in Colorado, with the largest continuous mature aspen fields in the state and perhaps the world. This October was one of the stranger autumns transitions I've seen in Colorado; the aspens up on Kebler went from mostly green to peak gold in just a couple days, and a few days after that the color faded away...

Car Camping around Green River, Utah - September 2017

After some cold and snowy backpacking trips in the high mountains of Colorado in late September, we escaped to the desert of Utah for dry land and warmer weather. We spent a couple nights relaxing and hiking at one of our favorite spots on a remote plateau high above the Green River, then spent a night at Swaseys Beach just north of the town of Green River...

Highlights from 2 Months of Backpacking in Colorado - August/September 2017

For all of August and September 2017, my wife and I lived out of our truck and tent while traveling around and backpacking in our great state of Colorado. We did over a dozen backpacking trips in various mountain ranges throughout the state, including the Flat Tops, Gore Range, Sawatch Range, San Juans, Sangre de Cristos, and Indian Peaks...

Autumn Backpacking in Northern Colorado - September 2017

In mid-to-late September we went on a bunch of short backpacking and camping trips in various central/north mountain ranges of Colorado, including the Sawatch Range, Gore Range, Indian Peaks, and Rocky Mountain National Park...

Crestone Needle & Humboldt, Sangre de Cristos, Colorado - September 2017

In late August/early September, we spent five days camped at South Colony Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo range in Colorado. Surrounded by three 14ers, including the rugged Crestone Needle towering directly overhead, this basin is supremely awesome -- one of the classic gems of Colorado...

Sunflowers in the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado - August 2017

While hiking to South Zapata Lake the day before, we got a good view of the Great Sand Dunes, and I could see vast fields of sunflowers all around and in the dunes. I took a mental note of where the largest sunflower fields were and the next day we hiked into the dunes towards these areas...

South Zapata Lake, Colorado - August 2017

Photos from a quick one-night backpacking trip to South Zapata Lake on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo Range of Colorado in August.

Quick Tour through the San Juans, Colorado - August 2017

Having lived in Ridgway/Ouray for about a decade, I've thoroughly explored the San Juan Mountains, as is evident in the fact that my San Juans photo collection is larger than all my other Colorado photos combined! When you live near such vast and awesome mountains it's naturally difficult to motivate to drive further afield for mountain adventures...

Hanging Around Huron Peak, Colorado - August 2017

In mid-August we backpacked around the headwaters of the South Fork Clear Creek near Huron Peak in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and Sawatch Range of Colorado. The last time I hiked in this area was back in 2008, but this time we hiked the long way in here from the south from Taylor Park and Texas Creek, via the Continental Divide Trail and a high pass above Lake Ann...

Exploring the Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado - August 2017

In early August we set out into the Holy Cross Wilderness (in the Sawatch Range of Colorado generally between Vail and Leadville) for a 3-night backpack trek. We spent our first night at the super popular Missouri Lakes then explored an off trail route over a high ridgeline to a remote and pristine lake where we spent the second day and night...

Below the Zodiac, Gore Range, Colorado - August 2017

After our backpack trip in the northern Gore Range, we drove over to the east side and backpacked into the Eagles Nest Wilderness again, this time to Willow Lakes. I'd backpacked here before 12 years ago and I was excited to show Claudia this place and hopefully to photographic some nice light too! We spent a couple nights up there, generally relaxing and exploring this beautiful basin...

Mount Powell, Gore Range, Colorado - August 2017

In early August we backpacked into the rugged north end of the Gore Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness for three nights. We hiked the Upper Piney River Trail for while, branched off on a faint boot trail then camped the first night in the high basin below Mount Powell and Kneeknocker Pass...

Flat Tops Wilderness, Colorado - July 2017

In late July we did a quick one-nighter backpack trip in the Flat Tops Wilderness of Colorado, from Trappers Lake up towards Trappers Peak. We camped near one of hundreds of lakes that dot the high alpine plateau and enjoyed a sunset at the top of Trappers Peak...

Over the Dachstein, Austria - July 2017

The final destination of our three-week northern limestone Alps tour was the Dachstein mountain range of Austria. Starting from near the Südwandhütte, above the lovely village of Ramsau on the south side of the range, we hiked for three days around and over the Dachstein to the famous village of Hallstatt on the north side, via the Hofpürglhütte, Adamek-Hütte, and Simony Hütte...

Trek Around Watzmann - Berchtesgaden, Germany - July 2017

Berchtesgaden is a famous Bavarian mountain resort town in southeast Germany. If you look at a map of Germany, the Berchtesgaden area is the little protrusion at the bottom that’s almost totally surrounded by Austria...

Wilder Kaiser, Austria - July 2017

After our trek in the Karwendel we took a bus and train to the town of Kufstein, stocked up on some snacks, and started hiking into the Kaisergebirge, a small but incredibly rugged mountain range that rivals just about anything in the Dolomites as far as sheer jaggedness goes...

Hut Trekking through the Karwendel, Austria - July 2017

Over the course of 5 days in early July, we hiked from west to east below the jagged spine of the Karwendel range in Austria from the villages of Scharnitz to Pertisau, via the Karwendelhaus, Falkenhütte, Eng Alm, and Lamsenjochhaus...

An Evening at Lake Blanche, Wasatch Range, Utah - June 2017

In early June we did a quick overnight backpack hike from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak, in the Twin Peaks Wilderness of the Wasatch Range in Utah. Though the wind was relentless during our stay, we had fun exploring this lovely basin and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset and moonrise above the lake...

Backpacking in Grand Gulch, Bears Ears National Monument, Utah - May 2017

At the end of May we spent three days hiking through the upper portion of Grand Gulch, in Cedar Mesa, Utah. This was the third time I’ve backpacked in Grand Gulch, but the first since the area was designated as part of Bears Ears National Monument by President Obama in 2016...

In, On, and Around the San Rafael Reef, Utah - April 2017

The San Rafael Reef is the jagged uplifted eastern edge of the greater San Rafael Swell, a giant dome-shaped anticline rising to the west of the Green River in central Utah. People who have driven Interstate 70 west of Green River will likely remember the incredible highway route that cuts right through the vertical red walls of the San Rafael Reef...

Enchanted in New Mexico - December 2016

Over the holidays my wife Claudia and I drove down to New Mexico for some desert time and to escape winter for a while. We spent a few days in Santa Fe, camped in the White Sand dunes, hiked in the Organ Mountains, explored the City of Rocks, and I even got to ride the famous ditches of Albuquerque!

Autumn in the Wasatch Range, Utah - September 2016

Here are some photos from yesterday up near Guardsman Pass at the head of the Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of Utah. With a fresh snowfall smothering the golden aspens, along with a mystical foggy atmosphere, the photography conditions were just about as dreamy as can be!

Best of: Road Trip from Colorado to Alaska - June-September 2016

From June-September 2016 we drove over 12,000 miles (19,000+ km), from Colorado to Alaska and back, through Nevada, northern California, Oregon, Washington, the Canadian Rockies, and the Yukon...

90 Days of Camping from Colorado to Alaska and back - June-Sept 2016

In June 2016 my wife Claudia and I took off on a summer-long road trip. Over the next 3 months or so we drove over 12,000 miles (19,000+ km), from Colorado to Nevada, northern California, Oregon, Washington, the Canadian Rockies, Yukon, Alaska, and back...

Mount Robson & Berg Lake, BC, Canada - September 2016

The trek to Berg Lake and Mount Robson is one of the most famous backpacking treks in the Canadian Rockies, and one that was high on our backpacking wish list. But when we drove through Jasper on our way north in July, we were disappointed to discover that the backcountry permits there were 100% reserved...

Backpacking in the Tombstones, Yukon - September 2016

The Tombstone Range is a small but spiky mountain range located in the northern Yukon in Canada, almost up by the Arctic Circle. I have been dreaming of visiting and photographing these remote mountains since I first saw some photos of them almost 20 years ago...

A View of Denali from Kesugi Ridge, Alaska - August 2016

In mid-August after looking at rainy forecasts in Alaska for weeks, there was finally a one-day window of sun in the weather forecast. We high-tailed it towards Denali and went on a quick one-night backpack trip up Kesugi Ridge, in Denali State Park just across the valley from Denali National Park...

Backpacking in Kluane National Park, Yukon - August 2016

After hiking up King's Throne near Kathleen Lake, we were starting to get excited about the possibility of doing a backpacking trip in Kluane National Park. (Pronounced: "clue on ee"). Plus, we still had a pretty good weather forecast in the Haines Junction and Kluane area of southwest Yukon, while all of Alaska still looked rainy...

Salmon and Grizzlies in Hyder, Alaska - August 2016

Three days of driving west and north through British Columbia brought us to the southeast tip of Alaska and the town of Hyder. At this point in the trip we hadn’t really done any planning or research beforehand, so didn’t really know what to expect as we rolled into Stewart and Hyder, two towns straddling the border of BC and Alaska...

Dayhiking in Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies-July 2016

Towards the end of July after our fantastic trek in the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park we ventured on to Banff, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian Rockies are undoubtedly some of the most impressive mountains on the planet, like a mix of the rugged spires of the Dolomites and the wilds of Alaska or Montana...

Backpacking in the Height of the Rockies, Canada - July 2016

In July we drove over the border into British Columbia, Canada and headed east towards the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park in eastern BC. The trek I had in mind is a somewhat obscure one involving several hours of driving along dirt forestry roads to access a seldom traveled trail which eventually fades into a convoluted off-trail routefinding adventure, finally arriving at a spectacular series of high lakes in a rugged glaciated basin...

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Trek, Washington - July 2016

In mid July after having done two backpack trips on the Olympic Peninsula, we were excited to do some more in the Cascades; however, most of the treks we had researched in the central and northern Cascades were still snowbound on the higher passes and lakes...

High Divide Loop, Olympic Peninsula, Washington - July 2016

Mount Olympus is the king of the Olympus Peninsula in Washington; the 7,980 foot peak is laden with thick glaciers and soars above the surrounding rainforest valleys. Some of the finest views to be had of this remote mountain are from the High Divide trail which follows a high ridgeline on the other side of the Hoh River valley -- that is, when the notorious Olympic Peninsula rain stops long enough to see it...

Olympic Peninsula Coastal Trek, Washington - June 2016

At the end of June we did a 4-day backpacking trek up the wild coast of the Olympic Peninsula from Rialto Beach to Sand Point, in Olympic National Park.  This was a fairly demanding hike with many rugged and rocky headlands that could only be passed at low tide, along with the ever present coastal fog and rain...

Heli Bumps in Haines, Alaska - March 2016

The glaciated and snow smothered Takhinsha Mountains near Haines, Alaska are amongst the most impressive mountains on Earth in the eyes of a skiier or snowboarder. In March 2016 I joined three friends for a week-long trip to Haines to go heli snowboarding in this legendary big mountain riding mecca...

Two Weeks in the Utah Desert - October/November 2015

In late October/early November we headed out to Utah for a two-week road trip of car camping, hiking, and backpacking in the deserts of southern Utah. We basically drove a big counter-clockwise loop starting from Green River, heading southwards to Capitol Reef, southeast to Dark Canyon kind of near the north end of Lake Powell, to Natural Bridges National Monument, and finally to Cedar Mesa...

Autumn Colors in Crested Butte, Colorado - Sept/October 2015

In September 2015 we made the move from Ouray to Crested Butte, and have been enjoying hiking the trails and savoring the golden autumn colors around here.  Here's some photos!

Best of Bosnia, Montenegro, and Croatia - July/August 2015

In July and August 2015, we spent a month traveling in the former Yugoslavian countries of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Croatia.  Some highlights include trekking in the Maglic, Durmitor, and Prokletije mountain ranges, rafting the Tara River, and relaxing along the Adriatic Coast...

Along the Adriatic Coast, Montenegro & Croatia - August 2015

After our treks in the mountains of Montenegro, we were feeling pretty trekked-out and looking forward to a more relaxing stretch of travels along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Yes, we knew it would be hot, crowded, touristy, and expensive compared to the mountains, but we wanted to visit there anyways; no trip to Montenegro would be complete without a visit to the coast...

Prokletije Trek, Montenegro and Albania - July 2015

Forming a natural border between Montenegro and Albania is a jagged spine of mountains called the Prokletije in Montenegran and the Bjeshkët e Namuna in Albanian. Both names translate to “cursed mountains”, likely due to their foreboding vertical spires, deep winter snows, and inhospitable ruggedness...

Rafting the Tara River, Montenegro - July 2015

One of the highlights of a trip in Montenegro which is already full of highlights has been rafting down the Tara River. With its crystal clear turquoise spring-fed waters, the Tara is easily the most beautiful river I’ve ever seen...

Durmitor Loop Trek, Montenegro - July 2015

Durmitor National Park is certainly the most famous and beloved mountain range in Montenegro. The mountains here aren’t the biggest or baddest ever, but they have an undeniably wonderful and unique character, like a combination of the rugged might of the Alps with the wild solitude of the Colorado Rockies...

Maglič & Trnovacko Jezero, Bosnia and Montenegro - July 2015

For the first mountain adventure of our Bosnia/Montenegro trip, Claudia and I went backpacking for two nights at Trnovacko Lake along the border of Bosnia and Montenegro. The lake itself is located on the Montenegro side of the border, but is only accessible via Sutjeska National Park on the Bosnian side...

Trek into the Grand Canyon, Arizona - April 2015

Last week we repeated a backpacking trip down into the Grand Canyon which we had done several years ago -- a "lollipop" loop from the north rim down to Thunder River and Tapeats Creek, along the Colorado River, and up Deer Creek...

Wetterhorn Ski Mission, San Juans, Colorado - April 2015

Wetterhorn Peak stands above its surrounding basins like an ancient crumbling volcano. Rising to 14,015 feet, the pyramidal fourteener is not only one of the most photogenic mountains in Colorado, but its steep eastern face holds a classic ski descent that I’ve been wanting to snowboard for years...

Island Hopping in Thailand - December 2014

After two treks in the Himalaya, the thought of relaxing on some Thai beaches sounded pretty appealing. With two travel weeks to spare in December, and just a 3-hour flight from Kathmandu, we quickly planned a getaway to Thailand! We started in Railay and Ao Nang, near the city of Krabi; then worked our way south towards the Trang province, including stays on the islands of Ko Lanta, Ko Kradan, and Ko Muk...

Annapurna Base Camp, Himalaya, Nepal - November 2014

In November after our 20-day trek in the Khumbu/Everest region, we headed to the town of Pokhara to embark on yet another trek in the Himalaya — this time a short but strenuous 7-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp, also referred to as the ABC Trek or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek...

Khumbu Three Pass Trek, Himalaya, Nepal - Oct/Nov 2014

In October and November of this last year, Claudia and I fulfilled lifelong dreams to trek in the mighty Himalaya of Nepal – the world’s biggest mountains. We spent 20 days trekking the so-called “Three Pass Trek” over three high passes and through the four major valleys of the Khumbu/Everest region...

Kathmandu, Nepal - October/November 2014

During our recent travels to Nepal, we spent some time in the capitol city of Kathmandu. Here are a few photos from this crazy and amazing city.

Conundrum Hot Springs, Elk Mountains, Colorado - Sept 2014

There are few things in life finer than soaking in natural hot springs, especially when those hot springs are situated at treeline in an alpine basin surrounded by high peaks and valley vistas! Such is the case at Conundrum Hot Springs, a remote but popular wild hot springs in the Elk Mountains between the towns of Aspen and Crested Butte in Colorado...

Columbine Lake, San Juans, Colorado - September 2014

The lazy melancholy atmosphere of autumn has arrived in the high country… the tundra is golden brown, the air has a crisp edge, and the marmots have either burrowed into their holes or retreated to lower elevations...

Handies Peak, San Juans, Colorado - August 2014

After a wet rainy week stuck inside the house, by Thursday I’d had enough and decided to get out and hike up Handies Peak, a fourteener here in the San Juans which I haven’t hiked before...

Wind Rivers Trek, Wyoming - August 2014

The Wind River Range forms 110 miles of the Continental Divide in central Wyoming. Notable for its plethora of alpine lakes, its soaring granite walls, and some of the largest glaciers in the US Rockies, the Winds are a supremely majestic mountain range and a paradise for backpackers, climbers, and fishermen...

Wildflower Trek, San Juan Mountains, Colorado - July 2014

Earlier this week Claudia and I backpacked for 5 days in the mountains west of Silverton, Colorado, following an improvised route that took us through numerous high alpine basins filled with endless fields of wildflowers...

Backpacking in the Sangre de Cristos, Colorado - June 2014

3 nights of backpacking in the Huerfano Valley near Blanca Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where the snow is mostly gone and summer backpacking season is well underway.

Great Sand Dunes Trek, Colorado - June 2014

The Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado are perhaps the most unique landscape in the Rockies, with 700-foot tall sand dunes nestled at the foot of 13,000-foot mountains. Winds that blow across the vast San Luis Valley carry sand grains which become trapped by the towering Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the streams that flow out of the mountains keep the sand in one place, resulting in the tallest dunes of North America...

2013-14 Winter in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A collection of my favorite photos from the winter season of 2013-2014 in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Spring Skiing in the Tetons, Wyoming - May 2014

This last week I was up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming hunting spring snow in the mighty Teton range. Though the weather was a bit more unsettled than we could have hoped for, we still managed to slay two really nice long lines...

Two Weeks in the Canyons of Utah - April 2014

Photos from two weeks of travel and hiking in the deserts and canyons of southern Utah, including the San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef, Escalante, and Bryce Canyon.

Needles District, Canyonlands, Utah - March 2014

As winter drags on, there are times when no matter how good the snow is, all I can think about is getting out to the desert for some warm weather backpacking. Such was the case last week when Claudia and I drove over to Utah for four days of backpacking in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park south of Moab...

Winter Camping above Ouray, Colorado - February 2014

I headed out yesterday for a night of winter camping up on the “lower” Bridge of Heaven overlooking the town of Ouray, Colorado. I found a ridiculous spot to pitch my tent, right on the point of a precipitous rock outcropping! This airy perch provided a spectacular scene for tent photos, as well as an island of dry rock amongst the snow to cook and relax in ease...

Fowler/Hilliard Ski Hut, Colorado - January 2014

It had been snowing for nearly three weeks straight in the northern mountains of Colorado. Last week I checked the 10th Mtn. Division Huts schedule and to my delight I was able to make last minute reservations for three nights at the Fowler/Hilliard Hut, located on a snowy ridge in the mountains north of Leadville, south of Vail...

Winter Camping at Blue Lakes - October 2013

Hungry for an adventure, on Tuesday I hiked up to Blue Lakes in the Sneffels Range to camp out in the snow. Late autumn can be a good time for winter camping – kind of like “diet” winter camping since there’s less snow to deal with and usually less avalanche danger (*depending, of course)...

Trekking in the Alps - Summer 2013

During the months of July, August, and September of 2013 my wife and I went on a bunch of long treks in the Alps - in Germany, Austria, Italy, and France.  Below is a chronologically-ordered collection of highlights from our travels!

For complete trip reports and lots more photos from each trek, check out my blog here...

Tough Luck in the Pyrenees - September 2013

On the first day of September Claudia and I started walking into the Pyrenees, the great mountain range that forms a natural border between France and Spain. Our plan was to trek along the Pyrenean Haute Route as far eastward through the range as far as we could in the next three weeks, staying in mountain huts and occasional small towns along the way...

Zugspitze, Germany - August 2013

At 2962m (9717 ft), Zugspitze is the tallest mountain in Germany. The white limestone massif of Wetterstein (of which Zugspitze is the summit) rockets out of the green hills below, towering above all surrounding peaks and dominating the landscape in this part of southern Bavaria near the towns of Garmish and Erwald...

Ferrata Trek through the Rosengarten - August 2013

The Rosengarten is a group of mountains in the Dolomites in Italy with a dense cluster of exceptionally jagged peaks. 10 years ago I did two hikes through this range, and since then I’ve longed to return for some better photography and more challenging via ferrata climbing...

Via Ferrate in the Dolomites, Italy - August 2013

Last week we were in the Dolomites in northern Italy hiking and climbing via ferrata routes. The via ferrate are climbing routes with fixed cables and ladders, and by using a climbing harness with two short ropes with locking carabiners, it’s possible to safely climb exposed routes without technical climbing skills...

Lechtal Alps, Austria - July 2013

Our latest adventure in the Alps was an 8-day trek through the Lechtal Alps in Austria, the neighboring range just south of the Allgäuer Alps of our previous trek. In fact on many days of our trek we could look across the valley and see the peaks and ridges which we had just hiked and climbed over the previous week...

Allgäuer Alps, Germany - July 2013

We are in the lovely Bavarian town of Oberstdorf in southern Germany after having trekked for the last 7 days through the Allgäuer Alps, a fantastic mountain range which runs along the border of Germany and Austria...

Wetterhorn Peak - June 2013

Unlike other mountain ranges in Colorado, the San Juans have a volcanic history. Around 35 million years ago this region was home to several dozen stratovolcanoes, similar to those in the present day Pacific Northwest...

Whitehouse Mountain - June 2013

Photos from a quick backpack trip and climb up Whitehouse Mountain in the Sneffels Range of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

An Evening with Sneffels - June 2013

On Saturday we ventured into the Sneffels Range for a quick overnighter backpack trip. Taking advantage of a clear weather forecast, we camped all the way up at 12,900 feet on a high sub-peak of Sneffels...

8 Dayhikes in the Canyons of Utah - April 2013

In mid-April we spent a week or so car camping and day hiking in the canyons of Utah - Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park in particular.  Below are some photo highlights from our hikes!

You can see lots more photos from the canyons of Utah here...

Trans Catalina Trek - April 2013

This April we trekked the Trans Catalina Trail – a 45 mile hike across the entire length of Catalina Island, off the coast of southern California.

Ski Hut Tour - March 2013

Last week we spent four days and three nights on a 10th Mountain Division ski hut tour in the southern Gore Range of Colorado! The first leg of our trip took us to the Jackal Hut, which is perched on a high ridge with expansive views towards Leadville and the highest peaks of Colorado in the Sawatch Range...

Desert Road Trip - October/November 2012

In late October and early November, we spent 3 weeks on a road trip through the deserts and canyons between California and Colorado.  Highlights included camping in Death Valley in California, a backpack trek into the Grand Canyon, hiking through a slot canyon in Page Arizona, visiting the cliff dwelling of Mesa Verde in Colorado, and more!

Here is a collection of my favorite photos from the trip...

Colorado Fall Colors - September 2012

Photos of aspens and autumn color, mostly in the San Juan Mountains.  This fall was a very colorful one, with the aspens showing off much oranger and redder colors than usual.

Camping on Stony Pass - September 2012

Desiring a leisurely change of pace after our recent tiring backpacking treks, Claudia and I decided to go car camping this weekend up on Stony Pass east of Silverton, Colorado. Nearby Stony Pass Peak provided an easily-accessed wonderful vantage point over the rolling tundra of this area and the rugged Grenadier Range in the distance to the south...

The Lime Loop - September 2012

Over Labor Day weekend some friends joined us for a strenuous 3-day loop trek in the Weminuche Wilderness, south of the area we hiked through last week. Our route took us over a high ridgeline with spectacular views of the Needle Mountains on the other side of the valley...

Trekking through the Needle Mountains - August 2012

Last week we went on another 7-day trek through the high peaks of the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. During our backpacking trip we were treated not only to spectacular mountain vistas, but to some pretty cool wildlife encounters too!

Road Trip to Glacier National Park, Montana - July 2012

In July, we spent over two weeks hiking and backpacking in Glacier National Park in Montana.  On the way we hiked and photographed in the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Dunes and Sangres - June 2012

This last weekend we went on a little road trip to the Great Sand Dunes, followed by a couple nights of camping and hiking in the Sangre de Cristos. We arrived at the dunes in the afternoon on Friday and started the hike into the dunes under a sky full of wild ominous clouds, along with sandblasting winds...

Supermoon on Sneffels - May 2012

I’ve been itching for an adventure lately, so early this morning I hiked up Mt. Sneffels in the moonlight again! I left Ouray at 1:30am (ouch!) and started hiking into Yankee Boy Basin at 2:30am...

Coyote Gulch, Escalante, Utah - April 2012

In early April, we headed to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah for another backpacking trip into one of my favorite canyons of all – Coyote Gulch. It’s been about 12 years or so since I’ve been here, but I still remembered how awesome it was...

Andes Adventure - October 2011 - January 2012

From September 2011 to January 2012, my fiance Claudia and I traveled for 15 weeks from the top of northern Chile all the way down to the tip of South America, detouring into Argentina various times along the route...

Weminuche High Loop - August 2011
Last week we did a 7-day loop trek in and around the Needle Mountains, the rugged heart of the Weminuche Wilderness in Colorado
Trekking in the Sawtooths, Idaho - August 2011
For many years I’ve been longing to visit the Sawtooth Range in Idaho, and last week I finally got the chance! We went on a 7-day backpacking trek through the range, starting from Pettit Lake and ending at Redfish Lake, taking a few detours along the way...
Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, Colorado - July 2011
Photos from a 6 day backpacking trek around the Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains near Aspen, Colorado.
A Night in the Great Sand Dunes - June 2011

Photos from a night camping out in the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado.

Epic Spring Ski Season in Western Colorado - May/June 2011

With record-breaking snowfalls in April, continuing well in May, the spring ski season in the San Juans was a memorable one.  May surprised us with several long snow storms that brought mid-winter-esque powder days and smiles all around!

Here is a collection of my favorite ski photos from May and June...

A Winter in the Alps - 2010/11

This gallery is a compilation of my favorite photos taken from a winter in the Alps, from November through April, including mainly Switzerland, but also Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Bernese Oberland Ski Hut Tour - April 2011
Photos from a ski hut tour in the Bernese Oberland mountains of Switzerland. This is the heart of the Swiss Alps, and during the course of 6 days we skied a variety of routes across the largest glacier system in the Alps...
Winter in the Dolomites, Italy - December 2010
Photos from two weeks in the Dolomites of northern Italy, in late November and early December.  I mainly stayed and photographed around the towns of Cortina d' Ampezzo and San Martino di Castrozza.
Early Winter in the Swiss Alps - November 2010
Photos from a November trip through the Alps in Switzerland, where the winter has gotten off to an early start!  During this week-long trip, I posted more photos and words on my blog from each of the three towns I visited: Zermatt, Andermatt, and Engelberg.
Autumn in Freiburg, Germany - November 2010
Photos of colorful autumn colors at the foot of the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany.
Colorado Fall Colors 2010
Photos of colorful aspens in the San Juans and Elk Mountains of Colorado, during the autumn of 2010.
Capitol Peak, Colorado - September 2010
In late September I spent four days doing various hikes around Capitol Peak, a rugged fourteener in the Elk Mountains of Colorado.
Ouray/Uncompahgre Loop, Colorado - August 2010
This last weekend we repeated one of my favorite backpacking routes - a loop hike starting from the Bear Creek trailhead near Ouray, up through the rolling tundra of the Uncompahgre Wilderness, then back down into the town of Ouray via the Bridge of Heaven.
Sunset Atop Mt. Sneffels, Colorado - August 2010
After climbing the southwest ridge route of Mt. Sneffels on an afternoon when the clouds weren't too threatening, we stayed up on the summit to watch and photograph the sunset.  We then descended the normal route in the dark with headlamps and walked back to my truck where cold beers awaited...
Weminuche Wilderness Trek, Colorado - August 2010

During the second of week of this August 2010, Claudia and I went backpacking for 7 days in the Weminuche Wilderness, duplicating the same route that I did solo back in September 2007. 

We had all kinds of crazy weather during the trek, ranging from torrential monsoons to perfect bluebird days...

Blue Lakes, San Juans, Colorado - August 2010
Photos from three days of summer camping at Blue Lakes, in the Sneffels Range of the San Juan Mountains, Colorado.
Wetterhorn Peak, San Juans, Colorado - July 2010
A few days ago I went backpacking to Wetterhorn Basin, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  On one morning I left my tent at 2:00am and climbed Wetterhorn Peak under the light of the full moon, arriving at the summit just as the first dawn light was breaking on the horizon...
Ice Lakes Basin, San Juans, Colorado - July 2010
Photos from an overnight backpacking trip to Ice Lakes Basin, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
Wandering in the Weminuche, Colorado - July 2010
After another fun 4th of July in Ouray, I went on a 5-day backpacking loop in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  I left from the Beartown trailhead, hiked south along the Continental Divide Trail for a couple days until reaching the area of Flint Lakes and Rock Lake...
Trekking in the Cordilleras of Peru - June 2010
In June 2010 I joined an 11 day trek around the remote and rugged Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. The hike passed over a number of 15-16,000 ft. passes, always in the shadows of huge glaciated peaks rising up to 21,000+ feet...
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...
A Month in Patagonia - November-December 2007
From mid-November to mid-December 2007, I spent a month backpacking in Patagonia. During the first few weeks, I was hiking amongst the jagged peaks of the Fitz Roy Range in Parque Nacional los Glaciares near Chaltén, Argentina...
Colorado Fall Colors 2007

Autumn is probably the most spectacular season in the Colorado Rockies, as the vast fields of aspens turn bright yellow and orange under snowcapped mountain peaks. For the last several weeks, I've been searching for grand aspen vistas to photograph, mainly in the West Elk Mountains near Crested Butte, and San Juan Mountains around Telluride and Ouray...

Weminuche Wilderness Trek, Colorado - September 2007

Over a span of 7 days in late August/early September, I hiked alone through a high route in the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juans. The mountains here are perhaps the most rugged and remote in all of Colorado...

Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, Colorado - July 2007
This popular hike in the Elk Mountains near Aspen is referred to as the Four Pass Loop. It is about 25 miles long, and passes over four high mountain passes, circumnavigating the famous Maroon Bells fourteeners...
Spring Riding 2007

Instead of making separate trip reports for each spring backcountry hike and ski/snowboard trip that my friends and I do, I thought I'd just make a page with some of my favorite pictures from various hikes this spring in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado...

Grand Gulch, Utah - November 2006
This November I went on a four-day backpacking trip into the Grand Gulch, a major canyon that cuts through Cedar Mesa in southeast Utah. Like many canyons in this region, Grand Gulch is full of hidden Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs...
Columbine Lake, San Juans, Colorado - September 2006
This weekend I met fellow photographers Momo Vuyisich and his buddy Csaba for an overnight backpacking trip to Columbine Lake, in the San Juans near Silverton. The recent snowfalls, high elevation, and unsettled weather made for a chilly but spectacular trip...
Spring Riding 2006
Here are some photos from springtime backcountry snowboarding in the Front Range, Gore Range, and Sawatch Range of Colorado during the 2006 season.
Mount of the Holy Cross, Colorado - October 2003

Notch Mountain, in the Sawatch Range just south of Vail, Colorado, has a perfect front-and-center view of Mount of the Holy Cross and its east facing cross couloir, made famous in 1873 by legendary wilderness photographer William H...

Washington Cascades - 2001-2002

After graduating college in 2001, I moved to Washington state where I lived in Seattle for the summer, being unemployed and backpacking and exploring the great Cascade range as often as I could. During the winter I lived up near Stevens Pass where I worked at the ski resort and had the best winter of snowboarding in my life!

This was a period of time when I was just beginning to get more into photography...