Mountain Gear 9th Annual Red Rock Rendezvous

This coming weekend 3/30-4/1 is the 9th year of one of the greatest introductory climbing festivals in the states.  I have worked with Mountain Gear at this event for the past 9 years.  In the early years I was working with the climbing company 5.10 doing demos, then later on began teaching clinics such as “over coming your fears,” “trad climbing for the chicken hearted” and “high angle photography” which of course happen to be my favorite.  

The past few years I have become the event photographer, giving me the chance to meet amazing people from all over the country, watching them learn more about climbing and watching their excitement grow each moment they are in the red rocks.  The area of red rocks is one of the many areas where I grew up climbing and every time I see it, it brings me back to those great times.  

If you haven’t been to Red Rocks, you need to visit.  This area is so close to the Strip, but has the most remote feel to it.  

Take a look at the Mountain Gear Event page:  Red Rock Rendezvous 

Take a look at past images and info on this great festival.  I’ll get some images from this years event on my blog in a few weeks.  Enjoy your weekend and go have some fun. 

-Eric

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Virginia & Matthew – Delicate Arch Sunrise Wedding, Arches National Park

Arches National Park happens to be one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the world.  It just so happens to be right in my backyard and I get out to enjoy it all the time.  On March 11th Virginia and Matthew decided to have their wedding ceremony under the most iconic arch in the park, Delicate Arch.

We started the hike around 7am, and surprisingly the temperature was not to cold for being a winter morning.  There were a few wispy clouds in the sky that began to glow as the sun crested the La Sal mountains.  After the hour approach, the sun began to hit the arch as the ceremony began.  It was a very small ceremony with the bride and groom each having their families with them.  Wishing Virginia and Matthew the best in the future.

Enjoy these images of this perfect day.

Permits are needed for weddings in Arches, which gives the group a ranger to control the crowds during the ceremony.  If you are interested in a National Park wedding, please contact me at 435.260.9802.   -Eric


Moab Half Marathon New Race for 2012

The Moab Half Marathon just released the news of their new race, the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon.  This organization has been putting on the Canyonlands Half Marathon, The Other Half and the Winter Sun 10K for many years.  I gave the Half Marathon a go a few years ago and was amazed at the energy of the runners.  A great 13.1 mile run down Hwy 128 put us into downtown Moab.  Along the way the view of the sandstone walls along the Colorado River was incredible, the energy of all the participants was awesome, which helped me all the way to the finish line.  I looking forward to the Thelma & Louise marathon.

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The photo shoot for this job was a dawn patrol morning.  The best thing about heading out early is you never know what type of sky you will get and for how long.  As the sunlight bounced across the base of the clouds and began to lighten the sky, we were in position, waiting for the cliffs near Canyonlands to glow.  Mindy and Faye were great models (Thanks!) and were psyched to do the “just one more time” routine.  I mean, what photographer doesn’t… unless you know you stuck it, then they say, “one more time.”  The clouds opened up perfectly which was great, because we didn’t have much time before the sun rose above them.  Shot with a Canon 5D.