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Climbing the Aiguille Dibona in Écrins National Park France

Great photos influence us to try, buy or experience things, ideas, and places. When Janine found a photo of the Aiguille Dibona and called me over to her computer, I was sure it was somewhere other than Europe. But as luck would have it, it’s in the Écrins National Park outside Grenoble, France, and only a few hours from home. We showed …

The Disappearing Glaciers of Switzerland and the Aarbiwak

A few days ago we headed into a part of the Swiss Alps that has continual comparisons made to the Himalaya. It is one of the more remote corners of the Alps with few reasons to go beyond exploring an entirely alpine world. If a 7-8 hour walk up a long, glacier filled valley sounds good to you – the …

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Climbing the Obergabelhorn Traverse Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland is not lacking in stunning mountains. Arrival to the idyllic, car free, village is met with an overwhelming array of tourists, souvenir shops, hotels and restaurants. From the train station there is little in terms of mountain awe. But, stroll through town to the south end and suddenly things change. There, sitting entirely alone on the skyline, the …

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The Hardergrat Interlaken Switzerland

Hiking the Hardergrat. Interlaken, Swiss Alps

Last week an article came out at National Geographic, The World’s 20 Best Hikes, as chosen by some leading figures in the Outdoor Industry. With our photo as the lead, I checked in for a look. The trails, unlike so many “Best Of” lists, were a welcome mix of classics and lesser known, off the beaten path destinations. A trail, …

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Running Costa Brava Trail Running Tours

We were lucky enough to be the photographers for a recent trip along Catalunya’s Costa Brava – a trail running tour. Or, to be more precise, a tour of the finest gastronomic delights along a magical section of Mediterranean coastline. One guest put it this way, “The running has been pretty easy, it’s the eating that requires endurance”. The trip was …

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Gauligletscher Ski Tour

We just came out of our final ski tour of the year – the gran finale to what was a great winter in the Swiss Alps. Together with our friend and Mountain Guide Alberto De Giuli, we headed into the relatively wild Gauligletscher and the Gaulihütte where we spent a few days ski touring. Just before setting off, spring temperatures …

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Kosovo Backcountry Skiing & Travel Story

Every so often an assignment comes along where a story is presented but a much richer tale gets discovered. This month we were assigned a shoot in Kosovo for Skiing Magazine with our great friend and writer Tim Neville. We immediately understood that there was something more to the story than a ski destination. Tim has spent a good deal …

Skiing the Dolomites Sellaronda

It’s not every ski destination that offers the lift skier a tour. Typically, the alpine skier locks in and proceeds to yo-yo an area. All good, but imagine moving from point A to point B during the yo-yo process. In the Dolomites it is very much possible to lock in, drop in, and travel. Dolomiti Superski Thanks to the Dolomites extensive …

Trail Running Pfunderer Höhenweg

The Pfunderer Höhenweg / Alta Via di Fundres Late in the fall of 2008, we found ourselves looking at one of the best ridgeline trails we had ever seen. We were trail running in the Zillertal Alpen above Bruneck and wanted to see a summit we know locals frequent for post work exercise, the Sambock. Once on top, the trail …

Rodrigues Island Trail Race and Tourism

  “High expectations make for poor travel companions.” – Rob Machado, The Drifter “Where?”, is the standard response when we tell people we went to Rodrigues Island. The tourism office wants to change this, and this is why we, along with 12 other journalists were invited to visit the island, and especially to report on the 3rd annual 37km Rodrigues Trail …

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Cycling Across Switzerland and The Swiss CrissCross

Perhaps the single greatest advantage of being a professional mountain sport photographer is the ability to visualize a project, develop the idea, and then photograph the experience. Our next big project is a perfect example of this – the Swiss CrissCross. It came to us one snowy winter day while discussing 2012 plans, “What if we…?” Road Biking in Switzerland …

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Huayhuash Trek, Peru

It just kept coming into my head. “You can’t always get what you want…” Mick Jagger was along for the ride. For us, this was Peru’s Huayhuash Trek. We knew we were starting out on the trekking shoulder season, but when our guide and donkey driver, Epi, showed up in knee high rubber boots for the eleven day trek, we feared …

LowePro Flipside Sport 15L Pack Review

For the last few weeks, we have been lucky to have had use of Lowepro’s latest pack for adventure sport and travel photographers. It is a joy to get to use new product before it hits the market, test it, and release little teasers via social media. A couple of things I have learned: LowePro is really listening to design …

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Nepal Photography

While traveling and shooting in intense locations, a pre-dawn wake up alarm typically brings about a combined feeling of dread and excitement. Dread to dive into the crazy mix but anxious enthusiasm for what might be found. While neighboring India is almost overwhelmingly intense, Nepal is India-Lite, yet India like as well. The culture is visually rich for image making …

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Kalymnos Greece Climbing

As we are back to climbing this year, there is one phrase that keeps coming up over and over again, “You must climb in Kalymnos, Greece”. With the need for a holiday break from, well, mountain sports, we thought we’d go on climbing holiday. All we ever do is mountain sports, but always with the camera and the necessary focus …

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The European Alps Grand Ski Tours Compared

In the last 10 years, we have skied most all the European grand ski tours, not just once, but twice, if not three times each. Of course there are more, but the big ones, the famous tours, are all under our belt. As a resource for people researching which they would like to do, I thought to rate them and …

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San Vito lo Capo Sicily Climbing

Sicily it seems, is not just for the Mafia anymore. Who would have thought that this island would be home to a utopia like world class sport climbing destination perched above the azzure Mediterranean waters? Compared to other European mainland sport climbing venues, San Vito lo Capo stands out for many reasons. It is dirt cheap. The food is some …

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Vietnam Travel Photography

Travel Photography On the first day of my photography school, I had to stand up in class, introduce myself, and explain what kind of a photographer I dreamt of being. To this, I proudly stated, “I want to shoot for the The National Geographic”. Later, I would learn that three years prior to my own announcement, a Swiss girl named …

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Mountain Biking in the Dolomites Val Gardena

Dolomites Mountain Biking Italy’s Val Gardena, or Gröden in German, is one of Italy’s most famous ski destinations. But it is certainly not just for skiing, and it is only Italy by location – for this is a special valley where the look & feel is much closer to its more Germanic northern neighbors. Here, the Dolomiti are the Dolomiten – …

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Climbing in Paklenica National Park Croatia

Visiting Croatia? Stable weather, friendly locals, good food, inexpensive, easy access, Mediterranean swimming, flawless limestone – lots of bolts, abundant routes, huts… this is Croatia’s Paklenica National Park. A little piece of heaven. Yet while most European climbing destinations are somewhat packed, Paklenica is like a step into the past, mellow and relaxed. Imagine taking part in the Italian film …