"This particular week in Jasper shooting with @roz.huber & @dustin was a trip to remember. The sun was just starting to come up, so we pulled over and took advantage of the empty road, sun and majestic mountains. When in doubt, lunge it out. A red Omni-Heat Turbodown (that we fondly called “The Red Robe”) kept Roz toasty between these chilly scenes." Photo: @dahul (IG) Athabasca Glacier, Alberta | #TestedTough
"I always anxiously await the first snowfall in the Cascade Mountains. Dusting off the snowshoes and hitting the trails is a day to be celebrated. It has become an annual ritual to start in the dark and make it to the best vantage point by sunrise. This was one of those days with perfect bluebird skies. On the way down I stumbled across this magical postcard-worthy scene. The morning light was just starting to illuminate Table Mountain." Photo: @outside_roaming (IG) Mount Baker, Washington | #TestedTough
"This is madness," I mutter under my breath. What were we thinking? For now the beautiful scenery serves as some sort of distraction from the discomfort, but soon the only light will come from the pale beams of our headlamps reflecting off the frozen track we follow. What then? I shut down my mind and sink into the rhythm of each step. I struggle and sweat up endless hills not knowing how far away the cabin is, with its promise of warmth, or if it even really exists. Tough but oh, so very worth it.' Photo: @exploreofcourse (IG) Knuckleheads, BC | #TestedTough
'The two things I love most are exploring the BC wilderness and capturing what I find with my film camera. On this particular day, we took advantage of a fresh layer of powder to snow shoe around Chilliwack Lake. It's beautiful places like this that inspire me to wakeup before sunrise, get out the door, and take my camera wherever the trail leads.' Photo: @katgrabowski (IG) Chilliwack Lake, BC | #TestedTough
"When the first snow storm of the year hit, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to photograph the event. I got together with a few friends of mine and we set our sights on finding Falls Creek Falls. The closer we got to the trailhead, the more we realized that we most likely will be doing a little more walking than we originally expected. What was originally intended to be a 3 mile walk to a waterfall quickly turned in to a 9 mile trek through the snow. It was also a race against time. In the end, we were lucky to find the waterfall and make it home just as the storm was picking up. Looking back on this journey, the adventure itself will be more memorable than the destination."
"I suffer from a chronic heart condition and I was told to stop doing a lot of the activities that I hold near and dear to my heart, so instead of sitting at home and crying about it I've tried to live healthier to maintain my lifestyle. I chose @spelloftheyukon as my Instagram persona because of the poem by Robert Service, I related heavily to breaking hearts by leaving home and exploring, I've lived across the country and travelled a lot and I can't imagine sacrificing that for anyone or anything. @deusant is my favourite person to explore with, there's something about her energy and equal hatred for Ontario winters that inspire me in ways I can never thank her enough for. She drags me out of this gloomy place and we drive for as long as it takes to stumble into something that makes me take a step back and go, 'it can't all be bad'.
"There are those places that you see in photographs that just drive you to need to see them in person. This canyon in Iceland is one of those for me. It induces that rare feeling of wanting to sit still and take in all the beauty while at the same time run around frantically with a face filling grin trying to explore as much as you can."
"Finding a balance between avalanche safety and striking shots is vital. We went to this cliff band in the backcountry near Vail, CO during a stable snowpack period (below treeline) to find something @jakesthekidd wanted to jump off. The spot was ideal for a safe descent and we snagged this shot on the way down."