A Chronicle of Two Creatives

6 Tips to Summit Mt St Helens (w/ Video)

Route: Monitor Ridge via Climber’s Bivouac Trailhead Facts: The Native name for the mountain is Lawetlat’la. Distance: ~9.5 Miles Elevation gain: 4600 ft Road to trailhead: Rocky but passable by all vehicles Date hiked: August 6th, 2022 Permit: Required (available

Hiking Near Palm Springs – Ladder Canyon

In October of 2021, Maura and I took our first real vacation since the beginning of the pandemic. Graciously invited to sip poolside cocktails in Palm Springs for a few days by our old neighbors, we excitedly counted down the

Finding Solitude on WA’s Most Beautiful Rail Trail

I have a good friend who’s a Canadian immigrant and ironically knows US history and politics better than almost anyone I know. One thing that strikes me about him is his belief that I should be proud to be an

Video: How to Expose Both Sides of 35mm Film

  A few days ago, @girlwithagraycat reached out and asked me how I made these recently posted images. Feeling creatively inspired, I created my first ever tutorial video that (hopefully) encourages more analog photographers to try exposing both sides of

Trail Report: Mount Rose Summit in Winter

Planning weekend hikes in the Winter can be exhausting. “What roads are closed? What trails are impassible? Do we need route-finding abilities in the fresh snow? How snowy is it at XYZ?” It’s frustrating, and we rely heavily on user-submitted

Analogifying Your Digital Camera

In the summer of 2018, when I first got the idea for this article, I remember I had just spent over $200 on film processing. Shooting film is much more rewarding to me than shooting digital, obviously, but I honestly

Pizza So Good It’s Illegal

“Doing cool stuff illegally is definitely part of my history.” That’s what Zack Roach tells me in his back yard, on a Monday evening. Pittsburgh’s humid summer is in full swing, and we’re sitting in backyard chairs from a mismatched,

Trail Report: Moody Conditions on Beckler Peak

When we moved to Seattle from Pennsylvania this past February, we were largely ignorant of how different hiking is in the Pacific Northwest. There aren’t a ton of variables back East – you kinda just say you’re going somewhere and

Effective Exploration (Part 2): Moab and Beyond

Continued from Part 1. March 26, 2017 After the previous day’s dehydration and vomit debacle, I got some fitful, sub-par sleep in my car, parked at one of the many BLM campgrounds outside Moab, UT. I had a bike rental

Day-Hiking the Dolly Sods

Breakfast for us has always been serious business, and this morning was no different. Maura cracked a few eggs at our secluded car-camping site near Seneca Rocks, and we ate a hearty breakfast from a big Coleman camping stove. Usually