Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The fact that I get to be in so many spectacular locations makes me want to take care of the places that I frequent. I get to see first hand how the location is being treated by it's visitors. I spent this morning checking the condition of every dispersed campsite at the Buttermilks. After a quick evaluation on my motorcycle I went back and cleaned up nearly 20 lbs of other people's trash. It was the least I could do for a place that has given me so much.
Following the path of least resistance - California
Photographer Note: I love looking at a mountain peak and figuring out how to get there without a trail. It puts you into a different state of mind when you're making the route up as you go along. It's also a lot more fun!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Before I go on any trip I "yard sale" my gear for the task at hand. I had been camping in my van, fishing, riding my dirt bike and now was headed into the backcountry for a quick one-nighter high in the snow. After years of travel my system is getting dialed in to where I'm prepared to photograph almost any type of scenario.
Ryan Campagna cooking up a backcountry feast below Matterhorn Peak - California
Photographer Note: The crunch of ice axes and crampons echoed amongst the granite amphitheater as we climbed to basecamp. This is a spectacular place to explore and find solitude. There's nothing better than unzipping your tent door to this kind of backcountry in the morning.