Portland Ice Comp 2014

November 8th, 2014

 

The Portland Ice Comp of 2014 was well organized and the competition event started rather quick.  I believe the event is coming of age as this year it was combined with the Portland Alpine Festival put on by the local legendary group known as the Mazamas.  The Mazamas have over a hundred years of history in the area’s climbing Community.

This year, yours truly fell off the 5th hold of the Prelim route.  The hold gave me a bit of a unique twist, I almost recovered by hooking one tool onto the other.  But, I peeled off.  Last year I had a much better performance on the prelim route.  The year before that, well I fell flat on my back from the third hold…with none other than John Frieh holding the belay….still a bit embarrassed about that one.

Huge thanks to the Portland Rock Gym monkeys, mainly Sean, for setting the routes and for the gym itself hosting the unique event.

 

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Sony A7 and Black Diamond

November 4th, 2014

Perhaps you are asking what the Sony A7 has to do with Black Diamond?

Not too much directly, but through the viewfinder of my new camera…

The two melded recently.

If you don’t know what Black Diamond is, well I’ll tell you a little bit.

They are first a climbing gear company that has been a piece of the climbing fabric as long as I can remember.

Secondly, they’ve been utilizing media in a profound and immersive way through their digital catalogs they’ve released in recent years.

You can check out their sweet spot here: Black Diamond Catalogs

In my climbing, I’ve certainly used my fare share of Black Diamond gear and have looked up to their Ambassadors for the sport of climbing.

Perhaps now you’re ready to see how these two drastically different companies came together in my vision.

It was this last month, during my AMR Reach and Treat Academy Finals Exam process. Specifically, during the Navigation segment.

The light was greatly diffused through a dense cloud cover and then through the tree canopy and finally around the outer edges of our covered working area. It actually felt a bit like evening, though it was midday.

My buddy Erik was pulling through some calculations, I decided to take advantage of the moment. The following image pulled through my lens and onto my new Sony A7′s sensor. This ended up being my first image I edited in my newly updated Lightroom processing software.

It has become a current favorite of mine. So without anymore delay, here is where and how the Sony A7 and Black Diamond came together:

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Burnside

November 4th, 2014

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A few days ago on my way home from a night shift I stopped by the Burnside Skatepark.

I was a bit excited to see the photo op that just fell in my lap, a whole crew was at the park with supper bright lights. An artist was at work creating a HeMan themed make over to the parks features.

To top it off, I had my new Sony A7 to shoot the images!

I have to say, I have renewed my interest in promoting my photography. Since the I acquired the A7…huge upgrade from my Canon 40D.

I have officially switched from Canon to Sony.

Thank Sony from being ahead of the game!

If you need board supplies don’t forget to check the company my friends created years ago from a small shop on Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR

Daddies Boardshop

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Summer SolstASS Ultra

July 9th, 2014

Well, this certainly a delayed post.

I got out and photographed the local Summer SolstASS Ultra on Silver Star Mountain during…naturally the Summer Solstice.

I got to meet some Ultra Running local legends early in the morning: Bob Baker and  Joe Yela.

Joe Yela: Summer SolstASS Master Mind.

Joe Yela: Summer SolstASS Master Mind.

Bob Baker

Bob Baker

The views from Ed’s Trail were a real eye opener!

Mount Hood looking over the East Ridge of Silver Star Mountain.

Mount Hood looking over the East Ridge of Silver Star Mountain.

 

This ridge depicted in the above was part of the 50K segment.

Looking North was not a disappointment either:

 

The Sentinals rise in all directions from this place.

The Sentinals rise in all directions from this place.

Here is the final batch of photos from the excellent event under the expanding Ultra Gallery.

 

 

 

Ape Capes 2014

June 26th, 2014

Took my Brother-in-law to the Ape Caves today… Along with a stop at Northwood in Battle Ground after. These are iPhone shots I took. I’ll be processing my other photos later.

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