February 26th, 2009

Here’s some shots over the years of me climbing…
The Needles in the Southern Sierra’s Ca. Route: Igor Unchained, 5.9
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Williamson Rock, So. Cal., Route: Wicked Garden (Carpe Diem Start) 5.13a/b
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Williamson Rock, So. Cal., Route: World on Fire 5.12b/c
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Keller Pk, So Cal. Route: Eve of the Ring 5.13a
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And several more from various dates in time and locations…
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February 26th, 2009

You can purchase a copy of my book at outdoor retail and climbing stores such as: REI, Sport Chalet, Adventure 16 and Nomad Ventures.
You can also get a copy directly from the publisher here Fixe Hardware
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November 10th, 2008

Earlier this year the French climbing magazine ‘Escalade’ featured a couple of my climbing images and a short bio. Here’s a link to site.
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It helps if you can read French…

August 19th, 2008

Thought I’d post this to compliment some of the images in the climbing section of the my main site which were taken during this shoot, even though this work was done a while back.
Tamo Shanter is a proposed state park in the Dripping Springs Mountains east of Kearny, Arizona.
Even though it’s not that far from Phoenix or Tuscon, it feels worlds away.
It’s kind of epic to get to the crags, from Kearny it’s around 45 min on quite rough and sometimes very steep jeep roads. After that the approaches (hiking) to the crags vary from 15 – 45 min. So by the time you get to the crag you’ve put in some time. Due to liabilities, including the relatively remote location (we had to carry a satellite phone) we were warned about: deadly Mojave Green rattlesnakes (warning snake photo in this post!), Javelinas (a kind of wild bore), Gila monsters and Africanized Killer Bees… we had to sign medical and hold harmless agreements and I even had to indemnify the current property owners, a mining company, on my insurance policy. So, with all those hazards what did we see? Javalinas, yep, about a dozen around dusk one evening, they strolled by en mass and snorted as if to say, stay away were just passing thru… Also ran into a pretty stout Bee hive, Joe got stung but we doubted they were killer bees, if they were we would have been defenseless, I guess the sat. phone would have been employed. Otherwise we nearly stepped on what I’m pretty sure is a Mojave Green, which fortunately I did get a quick shot of. After that everyone walked around VERY SLOWLY, being very careful where they put their packs and sat down, it was pretty funny actually. All in all everyone got out in one piece and we got some good shots. Although none were taken in ‘magic hour light’, which I was a little bummed about, several were used in advertisements. Here’s some random images from the trip.

5 star accommodation’s


Old truck with stars, I thought was visually interesting, light painted it into the exposure.

Day 1 jeep ride, that’s way steeper than it looks…

A scenic drive into the desert wilderness, not another person is sight but our two jeeps.

Brandi & crew on approach.

Lot’s of big cactus

Don’t step on this guy!
I did a little Internet research and found…
Considered the most dangerous of rattlesnakes in the Mojave Desert (Mojave Rattlesnake,
Crotalus scutulatus, aka Mojave Green). Its venom, which it uses to immobilized its prey and defend itself, attack both the central nervous system with nuerotoxins and the bloodstream with hemotoxins. Unlike many other venomous snake bites which are survivable (but obviously not all), if this guy hits you it’s game over.

After the snake sighting Mark got straight to business sending…

The beauty of the desert landscape.

The crew at sunset day one, tired grungy and ready for dinner.

Early approach on the next day.

Taking a moment to watch the early morning light over the endless desert landscape.

Love desert plant life, like this agave.

Timy approaching the top of the cliff.

Brandi samples a local classic line.

A closer view of the action.

Spent a lot of time in the Jeep.

More awesome desert plantlife.

The overall scene on another day.

Waiting for some actual climbing…

The last day, getting to the cliff.

Sierra, happy to be climbing.

Timy walking the area test piece, .13a if I remember right.

Moonrise on the last day, was our reward.

A couple of Ad’s from this shoot.