Monday, September 14, 2009

Admiralty Island 5% Chance to Live

This is my buddy Nick and I in an outhouse moments after a NEAR DEATH kayaking experience.

On the return trip from Admiralty Island (home to the highest concentration of grizzly bears in the world) we suddenly started getting hammered by 6 ft swells in Stevens Passage after some near roll's we made it to shore and could easily portage our way to the seemingly much safer Gastineau Channel.

After a bite to eat and some rest we jumped in our kayaks for the last 4 miles of our 15 mile journey home. Then about one mile into Gastineau. SPLASH! Nick is in the water!!! A 4 ft wave had rolled him and he was in 48 degree water! I immediately start turning around and with the first pass I had to make a tough decision, grab his paddle which was floating away or grab Nicks favorite Bass Pro Shop hat also floating away. I grabbed the paddle however I still get crap about not saving the hat to. By the second pass I reach him and try to stabilize him. After many failed attempts to get in the kayak and pump enough water out to float over the still 3 to 4ft waves, I grab the pump and managed to get 3/4 of the water out. At this point Nick was in the water for about 10 minutes starting to go into Hypothermia and still needed to kayak 50 yards to shore with out rolling again.

We managed to come ashore near some summer cabins (that you can only access by boat) and of course they where all locked. We found shelter from the rain in an Outhouse where Nick fogged by Hypothermia needed some convincing that it was a good idea to change out of his wet wool clothes and into dry ones. Then I fired up the Jetboil and we sat and sipped hot water for the next few hours thinking about how dumb we where and how we almost died. I'm not going to lie, there may have been a few "I love you man's". After some time had passed and the waters calmed down Nick unfazed by the experience jumped right back in the kayak and paddled the three miles back to Juneau. I've never seen anyone paddle so fast in my life.

Come to find out there was a small craft advisory out that day, that of course we didn't know about. And the next day we heard that a 28ft boat sank and one person died of hypothermia in the hospital. Its amazing the kind of perspective a life or death situation brings to your life. Like how the small things just don't matter.

Remember to keep your loved ones close, and do what makes you happy not what makes you rich.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Aerial Photography

Here are some shots from a float plane tour from Wings of Alaska.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Alaska's summers nights never get completely dark, so in Juneau they set off fire works at the stroke of midnight the night of the 3rd. I backpacked up Mt Roberts to see a great fireworks display. I've never been higher then the fireworks before.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Canon photography in the parks photo contest

Last year I was lucky enough to get to the finals in the Canon photography in the parks photo contest. I didn't win but being featured in their ad is cool.

A fellow photographer (Ryan Rombough) sent me this. Thanks Bro!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Herbert Glacier Backpack

This was an amazing backpacking trip out to the Herbert Glacier.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Perseverance Trail

Perseverance Trail is an fantastic hike, run, and bike ride that starts right in downtown Juneau. This is Ebner falls about half a mile in.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Mendenhall Glacier

This photo doesn't do this massive ice cube justice. Try and picture 80 feet in your head, now look at the seemingly small face of the Glacier that is 80 feet.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lighthouses between Skagway and Juneau

Sentinel Island Lighthouse

Eldred Rock Lighthouse

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Alaska Marine Highway

You can't actually drive all the way to Juneau, you have to drive you car on the Alaska Marine Highway. This ferry "the Malaspina" can fit 6 lanes of cars in its belly.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Gold Rush Rail Road

This old gold rush rail road is at the end of the Chilkoot Trail in BC.

Also another HDR

Friday, June 12, 2009

I've seen more bears then squirrels

Here's a black bear that was just hanging on the side of the road.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cassiar Highway

This 874 km (543 mi) stretch of road is one of the most amazing drives anyone will ever do. It compares to Yellowstone in the amount of wild life you'll see (14 bears, 3 caribou, 1 wolf) and it compares to the drive thru the Colorado Rockies and there amazing mountains. This place makes me want to get a motorcycle.

I meet some guys jumping off their VW Bus into this hot spring fed lake. Part of my job as a Adventure Photographer is to convince friends to do crazy stuff. I arrived as the last one was jumping but convinced all four to jump again. All you have to do is swing around a big camera.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Seven Grooms for Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters Mountain Range, BC

My view from last nights camp site.
Kinaskan Lake, BC

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Rock Climbers Paradise

Squamish, BC

This was shot at dusk, it looks more like a painting then a photo. Nothing but a little contrast and Saturation in Camera Raw.

The number one thing you can do to improve your photography is to get your flash OFF camera!

These are some friends I made while camping last night in Squamish.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Park Creek, Mt Baker National Forest

Park Creek, Mt Baker National Forest

Mosquito's!!! I may have West Nile.

This was taken 15 feet from my campsite. Snow melt turns this Creek in to a river.
This was a 20 second exposure.

Mt Olympus from Hurricane Ridge, Olympic NP

The view of Mt Olympus from Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.

Driving up 5000 feet is the only way you can see the mountain rage in Olympic NP.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Olympic National Park

Here are a few photos from Olympic National Park.

The first is of Hoh Rain Forest. I used HDR (High Dynamic Range) to create a fantasy like image. HDR is a combination of many different exposures of the same photo combined so you can see details in the highlights and the shadows. I'll explain in more detail when I'm not on the road.