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Caught Red-Handed in a J-Tree Parking Lot: The First Simply Adventure Video

I still owe you a ton of updates from our time in Hueco Tanks and Arizona, but I couldn’t resist sharing this ridiculous video of Niko and I. Before you watch, here’s a backstory on how this little film came to be:

So after a very windy day of climbing at Joshua Tree National Park, Niko and I retreated back to van in a relatively deserted parking lot. As we were packing up, a curious chick came clamoring towards the van with all sorts of questions about who we were, what we were doing, and how we had outfitted our van. After a few quick introductions, we ended up spending over an hour cooped in the van talking about our trip.

This photo by Alexandra Klos (KlosUpPictures.com) perfectly captures the essence of my dirtbaggery.

The chick ended up being this awesome photographer who was visiting two friends in Los Angeles hoping to discover exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She had spent the entire week raving to her two friends about the idea of buying a vehicle to live in while she traveled the country to photograph the outdoors – and totally took our chance encounter as a sign. By the end of our little chat, she was convinced that fate was telling her to just do it.

Stoked on our trip, she asked if she could film a little and take some photos of the van – and this is what she ended up with:

*Warning: I look like a TOTAL dirtbag bum. It ain’t pretty, folks.

Big thanks to Alexandra Klos for putting this sweet video together on the fly, it was definitely a much appreciated ego-boost to hear y’all tell us we were “iconic,” however untrue that may be! If you want to check out more from Klos Up Pictures, visit her Vimeo page, or head over to the Klos Up Pictures website , which is currently under construction, but I’m sure will soon be exploding with incredible photography.

But seriously. I look like such a bum. If it makes anyone feel better, the day after this photo, Niko and I rented a cheap motel room and I totally showered. I promise.

PS: Alexandra, we better see you out on the road living in your own van soon!
You’ve go the spirit and the guts to make it happen, and we hope you follow your dreams!

My new GoPro Hero 2 takes its first adventure to Beer Can Island in Tampa

In preparation for the mysterious #ProjectZ trip with the OmniTen crew, Columbia Sportswear teamed up with GoPro to supply us each with the new Hero 2 HD camera – and naturally, I figured I ought to put my new toy to the test before taking it out to Sedona for an epic adventure.

While tagging along with Niko during a trip to visit family in Tampa, Florida, we made a trip out to the coast for a day spent at one of the neatest beaches I’ve ever experienced. The spot is called “Beer Can Island,” and while it may conjure up images of littered shoreline strewn with discarded aluminum, it’s actually a pristine slice of coastal wonderment unlike any other beach in the area.

Rather than the usual stretches of shadeless Floridian sand that line much of the Gulf Coast, Beer Can Island is home to a sprawling landscape of enormous driftwood pieces, including one upright tree that boasts a little wooden swing – and by swing, I mean a chunky, splintered log tied haphazardly to a suspiciously fraying rope. 

We set up our little beach camp a few yards away from the temptress swing, and it wasn’t long before I was lured towards the idea of swaying above crashing waves and creating my own little breeze on the particularly scorching day.

Initially, I hopped right on the swing with my feet planted on the wooden base, and my fingers clasped around a series of knots along the upper part of the rope. I attempted to swing myself back and forth – but quickly realized I wasn’t going to make any significant movement on my own. Niko lent a hand and sent me soaring through the sky (and a few times directly into the tree beside me).

While playing on the swing, we decided to sample a few of the many settings found on the GoPro Hero 2. We took still shots, video footage, and used a unique feature that takes ten photos in a one second burst.

While reviewing all my footage from the day, I had originally come across a short bit filmed by Niko while we were splashing around in the shallow sea. It started off great, with Niko swooping the camera in and out of the water like a leaping dolphin as he snagged footage of our group meandering in the saltwater. Suddenly, the clip became a no-go as someone decided to pull their pants down while the camera was peeking underwater. I figured it would be inhumane to subject my readers to the pale sight of that soggy behind, so instead, enjoy this clip of me fooling around on the swing. Enjoy!

It ain’t too fancy, I’ll admit that much.

Stay tuned for way cooler clips, photos, and stories as I embark on a wild adventure this week in Sedona!

A peek into my desert-dwelling future with Austin Siadak’s “A Desert Life,” featuring Alf Randell

The cinematography is sharp and superb, the scenery is stunning, and let’s face it: Alf Randell is way too sexy with those big ‘ole turtle spectacles. Sure, he’s old enough to be my dad, but looking at him is like looking into my boyfriend’s future – and I’m pretty pleased with the outlook.

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Check out this sweet urban skiing video from the documentary All.I.Can

A few weeks ago, Hannah, a temporary addition to my Colorado family arrived in Denver just in time for a premiere screening of a Sherpas Cinema production called “All.I.Can” – and it would quickly become the object of her obsession, for good reason. As we sat in a crumbling indie theater, drinking local brews and snatching up free alpine company stickers, we became enthralled by the documentary’s stellar skiing shots, gorgeous footage of nature, and the general spirit of mountainous camaraderie that filled the venue.

The segment I’m sharing with you is from my favorite part of the film. During this clip, skiier JP Auclair ditches the slopes in favor of dominating the streets, car port rooftops, stairwells, and every inch of urban pavement in sight. Not to mention the fact that it’s all set to one of my favorite tunes, “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem. Check it out, and thank me later.

If that wasn’t enough bad ass skiing sweetness for you, check out the behind-the-scenes look at the making of this segment.

Video of the Day: Banjo pluckin’ bluegrass by the Osborne Brothers in 1972

Living in a house with eight mountain men exposes you to a few inevitable things, like good beer, crude sex jokes, and some really groovy music. These boys are particularly musically-inclined, and our household is home to a mandolin, guitars, a keyboard trumpets, and currently, one delightful banjo. Early Denver mornings spent perched on the sagging front porch couch were instantly taken to a new level once a little banjo music joined the day’s agenda.

The boys introduced me this video by the Osborne Brothers, and I had to share it with my readers to hopefully add a little perk into your daily musings. Never mind the fabulous bluegrass melodies and infectious foot-stomping spirit in this video, check out those chops! I don’t know who Ruby is, or what happened to make her so upset, but I’m glad someone pissed her off enough to inspire this song.

The footage was taken at Bluegrass Country Soul, a three-day outdoor festival held in North Carolina. I can’t even begin to imagine the adventures and experiences that came to life during this revolutionary event. Enjoy, folks.

Video of the Week: Riverside Bouldering at Magic Wood

It has been a hot second since I last indulged you in some glorious climbing footage – so when my Tallahassee pal, Douso, sent me this gorgeous video of bouldering in Switzerland, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

The location is a sweet crag called ‘Magic Wood,’ and the scenery is out of this world (certainly out of this country). Upon first viewing, I excitedly thought this was shot in Colorado, but a little Google research revealed that this beautiful spot is way overseas in Switzerland.

Crossing over wooden bridges, stunning lines to climb right next to gushing rivers, funky bugs, and magnificent trees – count me in. Check it out:

Trip to Europe, anyone? And speaking of trips, stay tuned for a very huge announcement to come in the next few days. Big things are happening, folks.

Are you following The Morning Fresh on Twitter? Because you should be. Stay updated with the daily musings of this travel gal, it promises to be entertaining at the least. Follow me, @themorningfresh – you know you want to.

(Belated) 420 Twofer – Mountain Khaki Blogging and a Time Lapse Mountain Video

Oh yes, today’s post is a double whammy of mountainous treats. First on your plate, enjoy a short write-up posted on Mountain Khaki’s ‘Built For The Mountain Life‘ blog about Tally Rock Gym’s March 19 ‘Save the South’ bouldering competition. Check out a snippet of the article, written by yours truly.

RECAP: Tally Rock Gym “Save the South” – “Each year, as the damp Tallahassee winter blooms into a sultry springtime, the Tallahassee Rock Gym in Florida’s panhandle hosts an annual fundraiser bouldering competition to benefit the Southeastern Climbers Coalition. This year’s event, entitled “Save the South,” was a major success for Talahassee’s sole rock-climbing facility.

Thanks to the support of sponsors like Mountain Khakis, the fundraiser collected morethan $1,600 through donations, raffle ticket sales and entry fees to directly benefit the SCC. In addition to raising money for one of Tally Rock Gym’s most beloved organizations, the event presented a great day of bouldering and community bonding for climbers of the panhandle.”

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Additionally, I wanted to post a time lapse video that has gone viral this week. Shot by Terje Sorgjerd, the 3 minute video captures beautiful scenery from a peak in Spain, and shows off wonderful images of the Milky Way. If you need a relaxing break from work, or just want to get amped up on earth, watch this:

The video got me all hot and heavy with anticipation for my (and Niko’s) upcoming road trip to Denver/Moab/Yosemite. I cannot wait to ditch my normal routine and live on the road for the entire month of May. It’s going to be beautiful, and naturally, you’ll get to relive it all on The Morning Fresh!

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