Parker explains how we yanked Ryan’s boat up and over a steep bank and a bunch of downed trees on an Olympic Peninsula river this weekend.
Video shot entirely on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 using the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 and the Panasonic 7-14 f/4.
Last March I had the opportunity to travel Fairy Meadow and the Bill Putnam Hut in British Columbia, Canada for some backcountry skiing. The hut is located deep in the Adamant Range on the other side of Rogers Pass, and is only accessible via helicopter. And since heli rides are expensive, we only paid for two: one to drop off us, and one to pick us up 7 days later. On these flights we took everything we would need for a week of skiing, principally ski gear, food and booze. Doug, Megan, Gus and I shared the hut with 16 Canadians who we didn’t know prior to this adventure, but after a good amount of time bonding on the slopes and in the sauna, we became fast friends. Our week was essentially perfect: great snow, blue skies, delicious food and wonderful company. We took down some monster objectives, and played around in the trees searching for pillow lines to surf. The absence of electricity, let alone any sort of connectivity, helped us all focus on one of the most important aspects of life: shredding the gnar.
I am working on down selecting and editing about 1,300 photos from my epic trip to the Bill Putnam Hut at Fairy Meadow in British Columbia. Until I unleash all the glory that was a week long backcountry ski odyssey, I’ve put together a quick video with some highlights. Make sure you cruise over to the Vimeo site to watch in full HD.
P.S. The video is also on YouTube.
The Greatest Snow on Earth. That is what license plates all over the state of Utah claim, and after several days in the Wasatch, I am inclined to agree. On New Year’s Eve of 2012, Anne and I joined a cadre of backcountry skiers and ventured into the White Pine Lake zone out of Little Cottonwood Canyon. We enjoyed crisp pow and blue skies—I think I’ll be back soon.
Reaching the summit of Mount Baker was one of my first conquests in the Pacific Northwest. I came to Seattle in 2006 as an intern, and climbed to the top of Grants Peak that summer. For the last several years I’ve had Mount Baker on my hit list again, although this time with a slightly different mission in mind. I want to ski from the top.
You know you have cool friends when one of them asks if you are interested in photographing his wedding on a glacier. I never for a minute thought he was joking—it made perfect sense to me. Russ and I were backcountry skiing last November when he first mentioned his and Kala’s plans to get married in the wilderness. Both Kala and Russ have bagged dozens of peaks, routes, climbs, scrambles, skis, ridges, saddles and anything else on a mountain in the Pacific Northwest. I did not doubt Russ and Kala’s resolve to have a wedding perched on the side of a mountain; but once I ventured onto the Sulphide glacier with them and two dozen guests and the weather turned, I began to wonder if it would really happen.
This year on America’s birthday, Keith, Lucas, Jon and I got several helpings of corn courtesy of Naches Peak near Chinook Pass. The weather looked promising, and we hatched a plan to assault the nearly 6400′ mountain during the morning of July 4th. We departed Seattle shortly after 6, and were parked and skinning up by 9 AM. We approached from the west and made our way up the ridge. The early morning surface conditions were icy, but not so much so that crampons were required. After several hundred feet, snow coverage became a little patchy. We blistered through the final push to the summit along the edge of the ridge with skis on our backs.