A few moments captured while flying from Mexico City via LAX and home to Vancouver.

Behind The Scenes | 40th Annual Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival

Thanks to The Camera Store for sponsoring me for this project and putting a Fuji X100T in my hands. I couldn't have documented this iconic event in mountain film without this camera and their help. A more in depth review of my time with the X100T can be found here. The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival is currently on a world tour at a venue near you.

A Furry Little Kitty In My Brain

My brother Viktor recently underwent brain surgery in Vancouver to remove a tumour that was causing seizures and generally just being a pest in that old skull of his. Thankfully, post-surgery, my bro and our family can breathe a sigh of relief as all systems seem to be working just fine, but at the time we didn't really know if all would be right. Big shout out to one of Canada's best brain doctors , Brian Toyota, for expertly and compassionately guiding my brother and our family through the entire process.

In Conversation: Joanne Siderius

What is a naturalist? I recently sat down with the West Kootenay EcoSociety's Senior Naturalist and Biologist Joanne Siderius to ask her what being a naturalist means to her. Her description is one of love for the outdoors and the importance of sharing joy and educating others on the conservation of our natural world.

L.A. Story

I spent a few weeks in Los Angeles over December and was constantly absorbed in the different visuals everywhere around me; I guess it's when we're somewhere different than our everyday surroundings that things can look so interesting. Here are a few of the details that I brought home with me. Full gallery here

Live Metal Studio | Dew Tour

Keith Berens and Live Metal Studio have executed some of the action sports world's most prestigious awards. From Travis Rice and Gigi Rüf at the Red Bull Ultranatural to Mark McMorris at the Dew Tour, these athletes have all held unique creations from this humble mountain workshop located in Nelson, British Columbia. In this short film Berens and his crew design and forge the newest awards for the 2013 Dew Tour. Watch the action live at www.dewtour.com till December 15th.

UPDATE | Knowledge Network's Shorts Competition

I'm currently two days away from pitching my short film project to the Knowledge Network and have been hard at work this last month researching and gathering information pertaining to my project.

In the mound of information I came across 93 year old "Buddy" Devito of Fruitvale, B.C., whom I interviewed and photographed for the preliminary part of my project. Mr. Devito has a story to tell and I hope to be the one to help tell it. Stay tuned.

 

Francesco "Buddy" Devito. Fruitvale, B.C.

Twins

Following up on this post from January, I wanted to give these gifts to my friends Anisa & Trevor to celebrate their new twin girls.

Last Ride of The Year

The white stuff is adding up fast and I think it's time to hang up the bike for the year. This was the third "last bike of the season" that I've done lately and I have the feeling that it's going to be the one that sticks. Bike, you've been awesome and carried my ass down some great trails this year. Enjoy your hibernation. I'll miss you, but it looks like snowboard and I have a little love affair brewing for the next five months or so. No hard feelings.

Nelson, B.C. |  Rider: Viktor Olynyk

Reader's Digest, June 2012

Great Canadian Burgers! I had the pleasure to be published in the June edition of Reader's Digest Canada in conjunction with an excerpt from Charlotte Gill's tree planting memoir Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.  Winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Gill writes beautifully about a life in the clearcut. I began my tree planting career with her in the interior of B.C. when she was already a wily veteran;  it's nice to come full circle and work together again.

You can catch Charlotte Gill presenting her book at the Banff Film & Book Festival on November 1st.