Napali Coast

I’m over on the island of Kaua’i, the oldest and funkiest of the Hawaiian archipelago. Teamed up with writer Andrew Findlay, we are covering the Kalalau Trail for Up! Magazine, Westjet’s inflight quarterly.

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Another few days of surfing and assorted photo work then back to Canada…

Posted on 05/30 at 08:35 AM | Comments

Mount Loki

Loki is a prominent peak above Kootenay Lake, in the Purcell Mountains. People name their dogs after it because it has such a cool name- it sounds burly yet familiar. It is, in a way. The huge south face is visible from the Kootenay Lake Ferry, which is where Jeremy Major and myself started our ski tour.

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At 4am the next morning, we were thankful for the American Robin. This bird species is the first to sing in the wee hours, and in the case of the specimen that chanted loudly not a few feet from Jeremy’s bivy sack, it was good timing because we would have slept in otherwise. Over two hours later, we finally headed out from our borrowed snowmobile after airing over a downed tree and scraping over some gravel (sorry Cam, but thanks for the sled).

Four and a half hours after this, we arrived on the 2800m summit. Contouring around, up and through the Portmann Notch, over to the summit ridge and up, up up. Conditions were good. Somewhere below, people frolicked on a beach in 23 degree weather. We were ready to drop into a fabled ski run that was both burly and familiar. Good corn snow -something we rarely ski around here in the Kootenays- was eventually found a few hundred metres below the summit and we took it way down into the valley.

Back at home, tired, I was not only handed a gorgeous but fussy little boy but also a pleasant surprise from Amy, on the counter and very chilled. Thanks babe!!! You’re the best!!!

End of season…

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Posted on 05/11 at 04:11 AM | Comments

On location with dad

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Fittingly, my premiere assignment as a first-time father was for Chariot Carriers for their 2012 catalogue needs. Not only was it a great gig, I was able to glean all sorts of information (solicited and unsolicited) from the parent models who helped with the shoot. Thanks to everyone involved, including Casey who is shown here- posing for the infant sling which currently doesn’t suit his fancy but as they say, he’ll grow into it. A whole new set of problems presents itself…

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Posted on 05/09 at 09:13 PM | Comments

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