Riding it Out

|| Mountain bikers Ben Thomas and Steve Sramek look out over the hills of Brian Head, Utah. This was my first trip to Brian Head, and a wet one to say the least. This photograph was shot mid-ride on the Bunker Creek, the bottom of which we soon discovered chalk full of mud and cow paddies. Bunker Creek is a longer, multi-hour ride which requires shuttling with two vehicles from top to bottom. Brian Head is packed with riding options, some a little loose and rocky, others loamy or potentially buffed by group after group of riders. By the end of the trip we had ridden for three days, run into rain storms, countless mechanicals and flats, sheep herders, and wide skies full of stars at night. I look forward to going back. ||

Into the Morning

|| Early mornings in the Wasatch Mountains can either be crowded or they can be solitary. Before the light breaks it’s not uncommon to see a parade of headlamps headed up the forks of Big Cottonwood and into Grizzly Gulch in Little Cottonwood. On this particular morning Dave Kelly and I had started from the parking lot at the mouth of Grizzly and begun our climb in the dark. As we gained the ridge I stopped for a few photos of Alta and turned around just before Dave disappeared over the peak of the skin track. Touring with Dave isn’t really touring WITH Dave, it’s more like chasing the Energizer bunny. He just goes, and goes, and goes … and goes. ||

Snowliage

|| Fall’s colors can be quick to fade some years, and quick to accumulate snow other years. The trees in Park City, Utah seem to hold their color longer than most, so I grabbed my camera when I heard that it was going to snow at high altitude. All it took was a little bit of exploration on some of the dirt roads in Summit Park and this little stand of trees presented itself. With a backdrop of evergreens for contrast, I couldn’t have asked for a more appealing setup. ||

Deep & Dark

|| Lynsey Dyer, Elyse Saugsted, filmer Austin Balls, and I visited Brighton after a two-day snowstorm here in Utah. Big Cottonwood canyon had already been hit hard by the powder hounds, but we managed to catch a break with the right light, a little snow flying, and a few untouched stashes. Here Lynsey hammers a turn and finds a 2% afternoon snack hiding below. This photograph, along with a few others on my site, were shot during the filming for Red Bull and Grete Eliassen’s movie Say My Name. ||