Fires throughout the western side of the country lit the sunsets up about a month back. I headed out to Valmont by myself hoping that there would be an opportunity to shoot someone with the sun low in the sky. @spdrolet delivered exactly what I was looking for (at Valmont Bike Park)
After finishing up in Zion, we drove directly towards a storm we didn’t know existed. Our plans for Capitol Reef changed quickly as we passed Bryce Canyon to see some pretty ominous clouds looming over to the East. We reassessed and decided our best bet would be heading back to Moab for some mountain biking. Crisis averted
We slept near Green River and both took our first trip to Dead Horse Point State Park the following morning. We toured the 14 mile loop surrounding the park. Super flowly, fun single track fills the park and panoramic views of the valley below are sprinkled throughout the ride. It’s a great trail for bikers of any experience level to ride due to most of the technical sections being easily avoidable. This lets the more experienced riders stay engaged while the less experienced still get to enjoy themselves and ride the full trail.
With our time in the desert coming to an end, we finished up our last day by following Professor Creek back into its’ canyon. This creek is another gem of Moab for those hot afternoons that are unavoidable in the desert. The creek starts as being very open and as you get further in the canyon, the walls come together, towering high on both sides after a few miles and closing into only 8 or 9 feet wide. This was a wrap on the trip and we made our way back to home in Boulder.
Zion National Park was next on the ever changing list. We arrived late and found some BLM land near the park with the idea of getting an early start to do Angel’s Landing before the crowds arrived. We awoke in the morning to find some ominous clouds hanging over the park. When we arrived in the park, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the rain had kept many of the visitors off the trails. We proceeded up Angels Landing in the rain and shared the summit with only one other party. We spent the rest of our day exploring some of the other trails around the park. Before heading out the following day, we stopped to check out Red Hollows Canyon, a small, nontechnical slot canyon located just East of the park.
Our next stop was in Sedona, Arizona. We found a solid spot on some BLM land tucked just West of the town of Sedona. Lilah figured out her love for backcountry cooking and we enjoyed a few (lot) of cold IPA’s. Before heading out of town I got a quick ride in Chuckwagon - Mescal, which is a super fun mountain biking loop close to town. We finished our time in Sedona with a hike up to Bear Peak, which rewards you with outstanding views of the nearby rock formations.
The conservation of public land in the United States is currently under
serious threat. Some of the most historic, beautiful and memorable
places in our country reside on these lands. Deserts, canyons and
forests are all in danger along with the ecosystems that live among
them. It is our generations responsibility to stand up for what we
believe in and halt the destruction of these places that we can never
get back once they are gone. This short piece I worked on is my small
contribution to helping raise awareness for advocating the protection of
the secret places we hold so close.
The beginning of a two week road trip through some of my favorite places in the country. Out of Boulder we cruised to Moab for some mountain biking, cliffside yoga and beer drinking. Really happy this place exists so close to home. From here, off to Arizona.
Boot packed up Eldora for first time last weekend with Carson to get some snowboarding in after the surprise storm we got. Searched out some fresh lines without the lifts or the crowd on a full on blue bird day. There’s something about the ascent up that you can’t quite gather from taking a lift.
Sunrise above Boulder last week. Chris Schroeder and I woke up early to shoot some photographs for a couple of his sponsors. Chris is a local triathlete from Boulder, Colorado and currently training for his upcoming season. I am now in the planning stages of a video project with Chris that I’m excited to get started on and share with you guys in the not so far future.
Boulder’s best PNW impression. Lilah and I went out yesterday so I could test some new gear out. Ended up with some shots I liked and this is the final product. Enjoy, friends.