Bali is a place full of stories spun by foreigners who were the “first” to discover “Bali.” When I first arrived (in Kuta, mind you…), I was pretty turned off by this over-the-top find-yourself consumerism. The further we trekked from the airport, however, the more I grew to appreciate that many folks really do discover their own little slice of paradise. Continue reading How We Discovered Our Bali
Happy Monday! This week’s Rogue Images were made by me on Usa Beach in Okinawa Japan during a perfect climbing/ surfing/ spearfishing/ beach cruising weekend. All participants were successfully able to: fire up | get dirty | scare yourself | bleed. Enjoy. -JW
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Fuji-san is a big deal. It’s the highest point on all of Japan’s islands. It’s on the ¥1000 note. It’s the subject of countless photos, paintings, woodblock prints, poems… blog posts.
富士山 may well be the world’s most climbed mountain- 250-300k people climb it every year. The vast majority of these attempt it during the “official climbing season” of July and August. At times, especially during Obon week, people have to wait in queues just to get to the next station. Continue reading 富士山 (Fuji San) in Pure Form
In 2011 I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Nepal. I traveled with a Canon Powershot G10 which is an amazing little monster, and great for travelers. There were times, however, when I just didn’t have the focal range that I craved. Some shots were burned only to my mind because of the inherent limitations of a point-and-shoot camera. (Check out the gallery at Rogue Images.)
This year, when I learned that I would make the journey one more time, I immediately began searching for a new toy. Mirrorless system cameras like the Sony NEX or Olympus Pen lines really caught my eye due to their large, high quality sensors and compact body size. For my money though, the technology is not quite there. I wanted interchangeable lenses, great video capability, and most importantly, the ability to perform anywhere I perform. Continue reading 10 Tips to Help Your Camera Kit Thrive Where You Do
Okinawa outdoors-men and women: A call for volunteers! Check it out!
On the small island of Okinawa, Japan there is an active community of climbers consisting of US service members and local Japanese nationals. A favorite climb/boulder hangout is Gushichan beach on the South end of the island. Not only is this beach home to hundreds of potential bouldering problems and even a few sport routes, it is one of many significant WWII historical sites on the island. This beach is subject to busloads of tourists, typhoons, and multiple ocean currents. Inevitably, it ends up trashed. Continue reading Gushi Beach Cleanup and Boulder Bash!
Living on a sub-tropical island has given me plenty of opportunity to explore the ocean. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, so this environment is still pretty new to me. There is definitely an argument for those “seaside types,” though.
Recently, I entered some of the photos I took over the past year in the 5th Annual Tsunami Scuba Underwater Photo Contest. The other contestants at the awards banquet were stoked on my rendition of a box jellyfish, and it was voted People’s Choice! I have to say I walked out with the best prize in the house. An overnight stay at the YYY Club Ie Resort including dinner and breakfast, and a guided dive excursion for two! Yes please. Big thanks to Ryan Stahl and everyone at Tsunami Scuba for putting on the shindig.
So here it is. The prize photo (It’s the portrait-oriented jellyfish pic). Along with a few of my other favorites from the last few months. Cheers. -THRIVE
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“What the hell was that noise?” -the foggy thought my brain conjures up after being jarred awake inside a cramped net hammock suspended 30” above the jungle floor. It’s not the screeching, hacking, screaming sounds emitted by myriad birds high in the canopy that worries me, nor is it the incessant hum from the cloud of malaria vectors bouncing off the netting, inches from my skin. The sound that wakes me so abruptly is the soft crunching of jungle duff very near my humble shelter site. Horrific images of man-eating jungle cats stalk through my psyche. I am forced to recall a lesson learned earlier in the day: Everything in the jungle is trying to kill you… Luckily, my imagination is much more active than the jungle cat on this night. I am relieved as one of my comrades mumbles something through my bug net as he stumbles back from nature’s call. Needless to say, my first night in the jungle is not a restful one. Continue reading So, You Want to be John Rambo? Part I
There are a select few. You know who you are. The core that never has to “catch up” not matter how long it has been since they were in the same hemisphere. Small talk is shelved. True progress is achieved. It’s not that we don’t care what the others have been doing. It’s that we seem to be more interested in what we are doing.
Such was the case recently as Lady Luck dropped Chuck Wagon and I on the same geo-coords for one hot minute in Wyoming. Grandiose plans of a multi-day adventure in the Wind River Range dwindled to a single morning hike by the time everything shook out. Still, even the simplest idea can surprise you in the end. Continue reading The core: They never miss a beat…