Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Bugaboos - Land of Cheap Thrills and Expensive Beer

Bugaboo Spire as seen from the top of McTech Arete

Well, the title of this post might be a bit of a misnomer.  After all, climbing photography is not exactly 'cheap' in any sense of the word.  If I added up the dollar amount of all the photo gear with all of the climbing and rigging gear needed to pull off a shoot in the high country, well let's just say I wouldn't have to shop at thrift stores nearly as much.  Lucky for me, you can't truly pin a dollar sign to your passions.  The pursuit of creating beautiful imagery in high places is absolutely priceless to me.  And I wouldn't trade my job for anything.  So when I had the opportunity to go on assignment in the Bugaboos for Feathered Friends,  I jumped at the chance.   

(But, I think I was spot on about the 'expensive beer' part.  $13 dollars for a six-pack of IPA?  Come on guys, really?)

Let's just get down to it, shall we?  The Bugaboos might just be the most amazing place I have ever seen...ever.  And I've been around.  Add to the fact that it is a climber's paradise, and I can safely say that I am now officially hooked on the place.  Easy glacier approaches dashed with splitter granite spires truly make this remarkable landscape something to behold.  While the weather isn't quite on par with what one may encounter in Patagonia, it is still known to get a bit gnar up in the hills.  Tread carefully and carry Gore-Tex.

Kaare Iverson reviewing beta for the next route

Kaare coils a rope on the summit of McTech Arete

Cruiser glacier approaches

Snow Patch Spire at sunrise

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Access Fund - Vertical Times

Needless to say that I was both thrilled and honored to not only get a write-up in Access Fund's Vertical Times, but to also make the cover.    I've been an avid supporter of the Access Fund for many years.  As a climber, it's almost bad karma not to be!  Every day, The Access Fund works with federal, state and local officials; local climbing organizations; and land managers to develop and guide climbing management policies for public and private lands.  In essence, they are the guardians of the crag.  If you are interested in learning more, or would like to sign up for a membership, visit their website.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Saturday Night at Seattle Bouldering Project

I was asked to cover Seattle Bouldering Project's BoulderPoint Competition/Grand Re-opening Party this past Saturday.  And I would be lying if said that I didn't have an absolute blast doing it.  In addition to the costumed participants and top-notch food trucks, there was free beer.  A lot of free beer.  The SBP crew never fails to deliver. 

Brian Gladd, the brave man in the pink pants.
Kurtis finds sandwich nirvana.

 To see the rest of the images from this awesome event, visit SBP's page:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Shark Harvest - Illegal Shark Fishing in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

As an individual who has a deep respect and fascination for the high seas and all that dwell beneath its surface, I was quite astonished that I felt no emotion while witnessing the carnage. Really, it surprised the hell out of me. Emotions simply did not register as hundreds upon hundreds of juvenile hammerhead sharks were carted off into trucks. I've been studying ocean life, sharks in particular, for a vast majority of my life. I memorized scientific names and breeding habits of aquatic life like most kids memorized the stats of their favorite ball payers. At the age of nine, I begged my mom to drive me halfway down the eastern seaboard just so I could attend a lecture presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau. So when the bloody carcasses of thresher sharks were stock piled along the beach in Puerto Lopez and I didn't shed a tear, I became very concerned.

Perhaps the three straight weeks of dysentery finally took its toll. Or maybe it was the shifty glares of a sun-baked, knife wielding fishermen who at any minute could decide that they didn't appreciate the fact that I was photographing their public, yet illegal activities. After all, it would be easy to simply make this gringo disappear. Yeah, that could have been the catalyst kick in my 'just stay cool' survival mechanism.

What ever the reason was, when I finally began my edits nearly four weeks later, I found the emotional well was no longer dry. Several times I had to get up and walk away from my work, simply because I couldn't see my screen through the tears. I literally felt my heart break with every edit. The images of these once majestic animals, laying bloodied on the beach finally hit home. Shock was replaced by a deep sorrow.

It is a fact that fish populations are rapidly depleting. In a world where an average catch is a mere fraction of what it once was, selling shark fins on the black market is a surefire way to make a profit in the fishing industry. At $300 per pair, shark fins can bring in enough money to provide for a fisherman's family for well over a week. But the fact of the matter is that sharks are literally being fished to extinction. On average, sharks can take anywhere from 5-18 years to reach sexual maturity. Sadly, a great number of these animals are being harvested before they even come close to a reproductive age. And once they're gone, they're gone forever.

The Ecuadorian government recognized this crisis by stepping up and banning shark fishing as a whole. In 2007; however, the law was modified to make all “targeted” shark fishing prohibited. This loophole states that any fisherman who accidentally ensnares a shark can lawfully keep the animal. This loophole, combined with a meagre one dollar fine for every intentionally caught (adult) shark, leaves little incentive for fisherman to release their catch.