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  2. It’s a funny thing when you get out of school.. everyones asking you where you want to work and what you want to do with your degree.. All I can manage to do is shrug, give them a little grin and tell them I’m off to see the world.

    I’ve found about 10% of people will tell you they did that, and that you’re doing the right thing.

    About 15% of people will tell you that they wish they’d done that.

    And 75% of people get this sad confused look and ask you why your not getting a job or where your getting this money from.

    None of that really bothers me though, I think your perspective comes from what you value in life and I value learning and seeking out new experiences, I know when I’m sitting on my death bed I won’t be thinking about how I should have spent my 20’s locked in an office because I didn’t have the courage to do what I wanted to do.

    A lot of people seem to be under this strange illusion that school is the only place you can learn things but experiencing other cultures is really the only way to truly understand your own culture, which to me is invaluable you can’t teach something like that in school you’ve got to live it. I think traveling is one of the most important things for young people to do, it completely changes your perspective on life, there may not a future in it but there’s a present worth remembering and that’s good enough for me.

    Written after 3 months spent traveling through South East Asia.

    Trip video can be found HERE!

     

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  4. It was 4:30 in the morning, we’d started driving at 8pm and arrived around 1:30. Why wasn’t I asleep yet was all I could think as Chris asked me to point my headlamp out to the valley one more time. I’d stopped shooting 2 hours ago and just wanted to sleep but the little voice inside reminded me to be grateful, after all I was in Yosemite. At about 5:30 we jumped back in the car and headed to the El Cap meadow to sleep outside. Four hours later I poked my head out of my sleeping bag and saw the light beaming down upon the large granite faces for the first time. All of a sudden I wasn’t tired anymore. We spent most of that day hiking up the Yosemite falls trail, four miles up and more switch backs than you can count. The views however make it well worth the trouble. We stripped down buck naked and jumped in the river up top to cool off, the water was so cold it became painful if you left any extremity in it for longer than 10 seconds. After a few moments taking in the view from the top we headed down again. As we got down the sun had just set and we were able to catch a fleeting glimpse of the golden California light hitting half dome. After all that it was time for dinner. After dinner we napped for an hour in the car and then at 9pm prepared to charge 4 more miles up to Glacier point. The moon was almost full and we didn’t even need headlamps as we acceded high above the valley. Three hours and a few boots full of snow later we made it to the top. I was super excited to find a stone building to curl up under considering I’d opted out of brining a tent. In the morning we awoke for the sunrise and shot while the light was good. After the light had lost it’s glow we packed up and headed down. We all had other places to be, after all it was Valentines Day and the thought of spending another night with two other dudes whose farts smelled just as bad as mine wasn’t my first priority.

     

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  7. I work as a Wildland Firefighter up north in Canada and last year I took a trip through the North West Territories with a friend.  Our plan was to get as close to the Nahanni Mountain Range as we could, drawn to its jagged peaks and vast river systems.  Upon arrival, we were bummed to find there was no road access to the range, which left us rather far from our desired location.  We were determined to make the best of it and searched for other options.  We ended up finding a winter road on the map and hoped by traveling in that direction we could at least camp close to the river.  Once at the river, we met a native man waiting for friends so he could boat them back up to his remote community.  After telling him of our goal, he loudly proclaimed he’d be happy to take us up river so we could climb the prominent 1500m peak that hovered over the river, about 20 minutes north by boat. We of course, jumped at the opportunity.  A wild adventure laid waiting for us; we got lost, ran into a bear, and eventually ran out of food and water.  Melted snow and 10-year-old expired rations found in an abandoned fire tower became the fuel for the remainder of our trek.  And after all that, I can’t wait to head back this year.

    Check out the video from the adventure HERE!

     

  8. Nothing like getting away for a night, a quick trip north to Big Sur, CA. 

     

  9. Winter finally strikes in California.

     

  10. Campfires with good people.