After reaching the summit of Mount Olive while dealing with subzero temperatures, nasty winds and whiteouts, we agreed that conditions were going to be too dangerous to continue on to finish the Wapta Traverse. Not an easy choice to make after months of planning and excitement but you have to respect the mountains and conditions. At the end of the day we still had a blast and made it out safely, and that’s all that matters!
With the intention of gaining new perspectives, exploring unfamiliar places and escaping the winter weather at home, some friends and I decided to book a last minute flight to El Potrero Chico, a sport-climbing paradise in Mexico. Unfortunately we didn’t have the best weather conditions for the majority of our trip but we made the most of every moment. On the plus side, the taco truck was always open and we took full advantage!
Prepping for the trip, I wanted to be as minimal as possible with gear and was in the market for a new mirrorless camera. An opportunity to partner with Olympus came up and timing couldn't have been better. I ended up bringing the @getolympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III kit along as my only camera because of its lightweight and compact size. I was really happy with the results and look forward to bringing it with me on some upcoming trips where every ounce of weight counts. If you are interested in seeing some more images from this trip I published a new journal entry on my website! #OlympusPartner (42mm, f/5.6, 1/6000 sec, ISO 400)
Wicked day at @ferniealpineresort today, nothing could wipe the smiles off our faces!
The Kootenays are a special place. These little mountain communities are filled with genuine people and remarkable landscapes. Thankful to have spent the weekend back in this region with some great people. @tourismfernie
Finally got to break in my new skis and boots this morning on an early morning skin up @kimberleyalpineresort to catch sunrise and first tracks. Such an awesome little community here in Kimberley, can’t believe I’ve over looked it for so long. Sadly we don’t have much time to explore more but I will definitely be back. #agoodplacetobe@tourismkimberley
A clear night over the bugaboo glacier.
For those interested in learning more about night/astro photography and curious about settings this was shot at 24mm (on a 24-70), f/2.8, ISO 3200 for 20 seconds and edited in Lightroom. If you have any questions feel free to ask below!
Why are they looking at me like I was the one who farted...
Memories from traversing Glacier National Park a couple years ago. It was a tough few days but couldn’t have asked for a better crew to suffer with!
If you’re curious about the trek I have a journal entry on it on my website including an awesome video shot by Greg. @andrewfitts@gregbalkin@ajwells@mountainsmaddy
When winter rolls around I have a tendency to avoid it. However this year I want to become more confident in my abilities to enjoy the season to the fullest and become more active in the sports that coincide with it.
First step was an AST-1 course for backcountry skiing, would highly recommend it!
Of course rule #1 is look good but safety is pretty important too.