The US Army Core of Engineers is expected to release its decision on whether to permit the controversial Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska sometime over the next few months. More than 10 years ago, I teamed up with my friend and writer Dan Duane (@danduane) for a story on the Pebble Mine’s proposed development for Men’s Journal. As part of our reporting, we rafted down the Chilikadrotna River to immerse ourselves in this wilderness that was at stake over this development. I’ve been following the news coming out and seen some of the concerns that the comments submitted about the effects of an open pit mine near one of the world’s mot precious wild salmon resources aren’t be addressed. It’s hard to know what’s going to happen, but let’s hope that decision makers recognize just how valuable this wilderness exists as it is. @oberlatz
It had been three months since I had been on a plane, which might be a record for me. My first plane ride during the era of covid-19 was not without some trepidation, however. But I wanted to hop down to Las Vegas, not to hit up a trade show but instead to head into the high desert wilderness to check out a newly developed wall with a great group of climbers.
Here in this photo are the newly married Ryan Deegan (@flyinglikepan) and Leici Hendrix (@leici_lady). Ryan happens to be a pilot for Southwest Airlines, and so it was interesting to hear him share all of the new precautions that airlines are taking to keep us safe and stem the spread of this virus. It re-affirmed my travel experience of having two whole rows to myself, with planes only 1/3 full, and no lines anywhere in the airports. Crazy times!
In this picture, Ryan’s cruising “White Noise,” a nice, long 5.12c by @jonathansiegrist—one of the best of the grade he’s ever climbed, he says. And sure enough, thanks in part to the airlines’ precautions, I was able to complete this quick getaway without getting sick.
Thanks to the local crew of Vegas climbers for showing me around. This is really special scene, and it’s no surprise that so many great climbers live here.
Shot on the @NikonUSA#Z7
16 days ago
A taste of European limestone somewhere in the backcountry of Nevada. With travel restrictions around the world, climbers are exploring untapped corners of their own backyards and finding some pretty extraordinary crags. Recently, I had a great time hanging out with my friends Alex Honnold (@alexhonnold), Jonathan Siegrist (@jonathansiegrist), Sanni McCandless (@sannimccandless), and Shaina Savoy (@shainasavoy) at their new cliff. Here’s J-Star crushing kneebars on a steep rig overhanging the Nevada desert. It was also good to spend some time in a harness before I had to go under the knife for a hernia surgery. Over the next six weeks of recovery, I’m sure I’ll be spending plenty of time pouring through more photos from this mini adventure. \\
18 days ago
It’s amazing how all things come full circle. In the late 1990s, I got hired out of college to shoot several of the Eco-Challenge adventure races, including the last one that aired. It was an incredible, life-changing experience for me at the time. And last fall, the band got back together for the World’s Toughest Race, a new show hosted by @BearGrylls and coming August 14 on @PrimeVideo.
We at @NovusSelect assembled an incredibly talented and tough-as-nails group of photographers to brave challenging conditions and capture exceptional stills (and some video) over a month-long production last September. In this carousel, you can see my portrait of Bear Grylls, an image of four adventure racers crossing a river captured by my lifelong friend and Novus partner @WynnRuji, and finally a teaser for the show @ToughRaceTV.
HUGE thanks to: @BearGrylls@markburnett13@lisalhennessy@kev_hodder and the whole team at Amazon Prime.
Make sure you mark your calendars to watch #WorldsToughestRace, a 671km expedition over mountains, jungles, rivers, oceans, and swamp.