...Continued from 'Colorado 2018' - Second half of the snow season and into whitewater season. The first part of 2019 was spent shredding pow, watching dogs and overall enjoying winter in Colorado. The snow was insane and there was more of it than I've ever seen so we got snowed in sometimes but there's something special about a winter wonderland that inspires me. Actually really enjoy the cold and layering up into all my snow gear everyday became just the usual. Really cool time in life with so much personal growth through a great relationship and of course many challenges to overcome mentally and financially. Spent a lot of time reflecting and exploring bigger life goals and what I was doing with all my guiding and wilderness leadership experience. This was also the year I really started getting into film photography and I was inspired by Katie my girlfriend at the time to enjoy the film process and just go shoot among other things. Of course I traveled all through Colorado a bunch with friends in search of great snow and continued the journey as a instructor at A-Basin. I also started working on more abstract photography projects combining my painting and ceramic art along with other textures layered into my photographs (see 'Abstract Photography' portfolio).
The change of seasons came quickly and I made the move out to Eagle County solo to raft guide for another summer. Went through another intense training on the rivers and quickly rose to Trip Leader status and was running trips basically everyday once the summer kicked off. I was working with an awesome team of co-workers and we pushed each other to be better while embracing the river-rat lifestyle. We were getting totally chundered (crushing big rapids) on the daily and was really able to fine-tune my skills as a raft guide and instructor. One of my favorite parts about rafting here was getting to run all sorts of river sections including the Colorado River through the Glenwood Canyon, the Eagle River, the technical Gore Creek, and Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River. The summer nights were delicious and we went to a bunch of free shows that would happen often in Eagle County or just chill in the park with friends. I hung out in Carbondale and Aspen with some of my off-time and prepared for my next move over to New Zealand. It was a kick-ass summer but I was craving a new adventure by the time the season came to a close.
Two of my favorite trips of the summer were climbing the tallest peak in Colorado, Mount Elbert with my friend Allie and camping in Twin Lakes with Callie and Kevin. Thankful to live so close to many dope spots and getting to share quality time there with quality friends that always got my back. I spent my other idol-time developing film at home and taught myself the entire process so I could do it all from my room. Most of the photographs I made during the better part of this year were all on film cameras so check out '35mm Film Portfolio 2019' for all my favorite scans from this year.