I had the pleasure of climbing and skiing the Grand Teton on March 25, 2014 with George Hein and Zahan Billimoria, shooting George’s ski mountaineering story for The North Face. The adventure of a lifetime, this trip up the iconic mountain once again marks a milestone in my career as a skier, climber and photographer. It’s also my second time up there with Zahan, a true wild man, who took me up the Grand on my first trip to the summit back in August 2010…
A week ago I climbed and skied the Grand Teton with George Hein and Zahan Billimoria as the on-slope videographer for the final episode of The North Face Mountain Athletics ski mountaineering series.Â An epic day, to say the least – here’s a still of George about to drop into the middle section of the Ford Couloir:
More to come soon…
Dominating the skyline from the top of the tram, it’s a mountain that endures relentless winter storms as the gate keeper of Jackson Hole’s wild, adventurous backyard. Jagged limestone barriers guard the approach, pocked with fossilized remnants of past lives on the bottom of an ancient sea floor. The steep, snowy slopes above perpetually loom in the dark corners of the mind, demanding respect but always calling out with the most alluring of siren songs. On a map of the Tetons it’s just Point 10,799, but to any Jackson skier, it’s Cody Peak…
Kim Havell – havelltravels.com
Andrew Whiteford – andrewwhiteford.net
Blue Sky Black Death – Farewell to the Former World – bsbd.bandcamp.com
Low Earth Orbit #01 :: The R&D Reel – vimeo.com/85404557
This fall, I set out on a road trip across the West – of no set length or itinerary – to test a new, smaller helicopter/camera setup. The original dream for Tiny Jackson (vimeo.com/21864555) was to shoot the whole thing from a helicopter, but in the real world that’d just be impractical and stupidly wasteful. So for two years now, I’ve been experimenting with different combinations of gear to find something that fits my needs – a small, light setup that will operate in any location, at any altitude, at a moment’s notice. Episode 01 is a collection of testing process highlights – some from this summer, some from 5 weeks on the road this fall, and some from the mountains so far this winter…
This fall, Snow King Resort was purchased by a company called Benchmark Hospitality International, which is unremarkable in my everyday life, except that they also publish Mosaic Magazine, an annual in-room publication for a selection of Benchmark’s resorts nationwide. The premiere issue of Mosaic features my images in a 14-page photo essay about shooting in the Yellowstone-Teton region. I’m somewhat misquoted on more than one occasion, but that’s ok since the photos look great in their sparse, minimal layout:
Here’s the online version too.
Here’s a great short on the making of the wonderful JP Auclair Street Segment from All.I.Can.
And here’s the segment, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so: