Adventure

Spray Park Wildflower Photo Shoot

Spray Park Wildflower Photoshoot

Join me on a quick backpacking trip up to Spray Park in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park to photograph Rainier reflected in tranquil ponds and meadows in peak wildflower bloom. The mosquitoes are atrocious, but calm weather and warm evening light made for perfect reflections of Mount Rainer in subalpine ponds at […]


Skagit Island Sea Kayak Camping

Skagit Island sea kayak camping

Join me for a paddle to Skagit Island to photograph the beautiful Pacific madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii) that grow along its rocky shoreline. We load our sea kayak with overnight camping gear, make the quick paddle across Skagit Bay, set up camp and explore the 0.9 mile island around Skagit Island. In addition to photographing […]


Grande Ronde River – 4 Days by Packraft

Grande Ronde River

Join us on a 4-day packrafting trip down the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers in NE Oregon and SE Washington. The Grande Ronde is a National Wild and Scenic River, administered by the BLM, Oregon Parks and Recreation and the US Forest Service. Four of us paddled Alpacka packrafts. We put-in on the Wallowa River […]


John Day River – 5 Days by Packraft & Canoe

Floating John Day River by packraft and canoe

The John Day River in central Oregon made for a great 5-day paddle with friends last week. The John Day is a national Wild and Scenic River, an Oregon Scenic Waterway, and is the second longest free-flowing river in the continental United States. Three of us paddled Alpacka packrafts, and one a Clipper canoe. We […]


Skyline Divide Trail – Washington North Cascades

Magenta paintbrush and other alpine meadow wildflowers blooming on Skyline Divide, North Cascade mountains, Washington State, USA

If you the to do some hiking in Washington State’s North Cascade mountains, consider the Skyline Divide trail.  This classic ridge hike is accessed from a 4400 foot altitude trailhead that quickly gets  you up into flower-filled sub-alpine meadows.  Mount Baker’s north face dominates the view to the south, while Mount Shuksan fills the eastern […]


Powell Forest Canoe Route

Powll Forest Canoe Route

Join us on a 6-day family canoe camping trip on the Powell Forest Canoe Route, on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Our journey covers 32.2 km of paddling and 10.3 km of portaging on this classic West Coast canoeing adventure. We paddle 9 lakes, get doused by rain, portage through some mossy old-growth […]


Seaplane Hanger, Petersburg, Alaska

Seaplane at dock hanger, Petersburg, Alaska

“What if i fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” — Erin Hanson


Camping on Sermilik Fjord, East Greenland

Camper's feet and view out door of tent onto icebergs on Sermilik Fjord near settlement of Tiniteqilaq, East Greenland

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” — Cesare Pavese


Wasenegg Ridge, Swiss Alps

Woman and girl hiking on Wasenegg ridge on Schilthorn mountain, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in background, Switzerland

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” — John Muir


Seal Launching into the Kananaskis River, Alberta, Canada

Male whitewater kayaker seal launches into the Kananaskis River just upstream from Widow Maker rapid, Kananaskis County, Alberta, Canada

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s fatal.” — Paolo Coelho


Snowshoeing in the North Cascades, Washington

Snowshoeing in the North Cascades, Mt Baker in Background, Washington Cascade Mountains

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” — Aristotle


Girl hiking Schilthorn mountain, Switzerland

Girl hiking trail on trail from Grauseeli to Wasenegg ridge on Schilthorn mountain with the Lauterbrunnen Wall in background, Switzerland

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” — Karen Ravn


Snowshoeing Mount Baker National Recreation Area, Washington

Women snowshoeing, Washington Cascade Mountains

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Scrambling in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State

Man scrambling along lichen covered ridge, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” — Sir Richard Burton


Sea Kayaking among icebergs, Sermilik Fjord, East Greenland

Sea kayakers paddling among icebergs on Sermilik Fjord near settlement of Tiniteqilaq, East Greenland

“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do.” — Colin Wright


Paddling among icebergs, Sermilik Fjord, East Greenland

Sea kayakers paddling among icebergs on Sermilik Fjord near settlement of Tiniteqilaq, East Greenland

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell


Mountain Bike Stoppy, Banff, Canada

Mountain biker performing a stoppy, Banff, Alberta, Canada

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein


Rock Climber, Banff, Canada

Male climber on rock face against blue sky, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

“Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go.” –T.S. Eliot


Diving in, Kananaskis River, Alberta

Andrew Jobe dives into a hole in a whitewater kayak on the Kananaskis River, Kananaskis County, Alberta, Canada

“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” — Lao Tzu


Winter Hike in the Cascade Mountains

Man hiking along snowy ridge, Silver Peak, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey


Greenland Sea Kayaking Adventure

Sea kayakers paddling on Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, Ammassalik Island, East Greenland

As an avid sea kayaker, Greenland has been a paddling dream destination of mine for several years.  And as an outdoor photographer, I’m always seeking out giant open landscapes in beautiful light.  Hours of low-angle Greenlandic arctic light is hard to beat. My big Greenland kayaking dreams came true this summer with a 10 day […]


Mount Rigi

Red cog rail train car on summit of Mount Rigi, Switzerland, Europe

Enjoying a fine day in Switzerland with a cog train ride up Mount Rigi for spectacular views of the Swiss Alps, and then a steep scramble down it’s north side on the Bänderenweg route …  


Camera Bags Part 4: Lowepro TLZ1 Toploader for Long Backcountry Shooting

lowpro-tlz1-toploader

For long backpacking trips or more technically oriented outdoor adventure where weight is critical, I’ll use the Lowepro TLZ 1 Toploader supported by a Lowepro TLZ Chest Harness.  This system puts a Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS right on my chest ready for immediate access, even while still wearing a full-size backpack. […]


Walking Through a Land of Rock and Ice

Mother and daughter hikers hiking on First Burroughs Mountain with Emmons Glacier ice in background, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

The heavily crevassed Emmons Glacier dwarfs two hikers on First Burroughs Mountain in Mount Rainier National Park.