A Trail Runs Through It

This is the story about the start of a company. But it’s also the story of the Alps, in a sense. When I started Run the Alps, the first thing I did was gather together some friends and go trail running. We ran quiet trails in little-known valleys. We made notes, took photos, and I imagined sharing these places with guests from around the world. Only, it didn’t happen. At least, not quite that way. …

Tibet Himalaya Trekking Surprise

Arms raised walking through the Himalaya

Traveling in the Tibet Himalaya requires permits and permission, in abundance. What you do needs to be cleared, authorized and in accompaniment of a CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association) liaison officer. The itinerary that gets permitted will apparently never be modified. It is what it is, fixed. So with great disbelief we were set free to be on our own at Shishapangma’s south face basecamp. Maybe the CTMA official didn’t want to spend up to …

Best Outdoor Gear Vasque Inhalers

Part of working for so many different brands is that we often get product we’d normally never seek out on our own. Both Janine and I do almost all of our hiking trips in running shoes, they’re the most comfortable, light, agile, and what we are used to being in. But when we started working for Vasque Footwear this year, we each got a pair of the Inhalers – hiking shoes. For us, “Hiking” shoes …

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The Sony a7II in the Nepal Himalaya

Back in September, I posted about making the switch to Sony after almost 20 years shooting Canon pro cameras. I’d been bombarded with the Sony a7 popping up in my social media and photography news sites and became intrigued to see what the hype was all about. At the same time, I was recognizing that Canon seemed sound asleep. My phone could do more than my cameras. It took only one trip to the camera store to convince me I …

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Trekking in Nepal after the Earthquake

I was so happy to be back in Nepal that I forgot all about the earthquake. But, truth be told, there were no immediate reminders, no toppled buildings or piles of rubble, there was just Kathmandu. We exited the airport to the ever present hordes of taxi drivers and staring eyes, and there amongst it all, our friend Harka waiting with a huge smile on his face. It felt great to be back to this …

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Nepal Sherpa Mountain Culture Photos

When we booked our first trip to Nepal, a friend said, “People like you never go to Nepal just once”. He was right, we’ve been three times in the last three years for four treks and one climbing expedition. As we do our work photographing flashy new outdoor gear, making trekking & climbing images, and telling the westerner’s story of travel in the Himalaya – day to day Nepalese life goes on all around. “No, …