Life rule: bias towards yes. •
example: when your friends have organized a canyoneering excursion, car drop-offs and permits and everything, you just go. doesn’t matter if you’re sleep deprived, or if you don’t have the right gear, or your camera gear might be destroyed in the swimming sections because you don’t have a dry bag, or if it’s so cold that there’s a chance of hypothermia... you just go. bias towards ‘yes’ when it comes to new experiences. there are always excuses. our minds are deviously good at building an argument against doing something. rationalizing it away, until it’s something that never happens. •
i’ve tried to embody this idea for a decade or more now. reminding myself of it when opportunities arise that might seem just out of the realm of reasonable. public speaking engagements that terrify me, or an expedition somewhere, or a big wall climb before one has big wall climbed, or being asked to do something professionally that i haven’t done before. situations where i have to step into the unknown. turns out everyone is just winging it most of the time anyway. very few people, for very few moments of life, are perfectly prepared. so yea my operating philosophy is to just say yes, or to try to bias towards that in my mind.
@samuelcrossley scrambles up a slot canyon to get the shot. sam’s been a friend for years now, but we just had the opportunity to work together on a shoot for the state of utah’s tourism board. earlier in the day i was ribbing sam as he shot b-roll of a welcome to utah sign for an hour or so — ‘look how far you’ve come sam, from filming @alexhonnold soloing el cap in the most successful doc of all time to filming a sign by the side of the road’. lol. they wanted climbers to capture the wonder of the slot canyons. at first i didn’t really understand why, as you mostly walk through slot canyons. but then sam soloed like 40 feet up to get a sweet overhead video shot of our talent walking through. that’s when it clicked :) — props to sam for being a boss and getting the shot. and to the whole team for a lot of hustle over 3 days of shooting. @andy_bardon@ianvaso@sandrasalvas
Off the beaten path, exploring hidden corridors in zion. foliage turned from fall to summer as we descended lower and lower into the main canyon, painting the walls and ground with wonderful reds, yellows and greens. we swam, down climbed and rappelled through some technical parts, but the real crux of the day was the cold. when we saw an active stream at the top of the canyon, at the beginning of the day, while we walked over frozen mud, we all gulped, fearing potential hypothermia. it turned out to be okay, but mostly because we just kept on moving. pretty exhilarating to explore a large swath of this landscape in a single day.
Had a great time horseback riding in monument valley with @darrenjoliver a few days ago. it was pretty cool to re-discover the equine rhythm of riding. the crisp smell of sage and cold fresh air livening the senses. crimson light bouncing off vermilion rock, casting triumphant shadows across the vast expanse. at dusk, when our horses cast aside our intentions and began to trot back to the stables for dinner, ephemeral shades of purple and blue began to line the horizon. it was a color pallet unlike any i’ve seen. surrealist in nature. i tried to capture it with a camera, but i don’t think i really succeeded. some things are better left to memories and the minds eye i suppose.
the weather forecasted snow, but we went anyway. five days and nine climbs later, we leave happy, sore and content. with only half our clothes still wet from the hail storms :)
here’s one of the few shots i took this week of @bennah and @vande.liz climbing igor unchained on the witch formation. we met ben and liz in nyc, we were all in proper careers, wearing fancy clothes and hustling in the big apple. and now we’re fellow vanlifers. funny, the twists life can take.