Donkey Label is rooted in the midwest but is high performance cycling clothing for riding anywhere. This July while in Aspen Colorado for another assignment, I added a half-day shoot for Donkey Label. A few months before the trip, I connected with Iain of Aspen Cycling Tours via some mutual friends on Instagram. He coaches cyclists and leads private tours on all of the amazing mountain roads around the Aspen area. I didn't want to miss out on the fun, so I packed my own bike to have along on the trip and planned a shoot where I'd be riding with the "models", capturing a ride that any cyclist visiting the area would love.Read More
It can be fun to throw yourself into something new, and while taking a short vacation to Colorado I was offered a chance to go on a guided fly fishing trip and couldn't say no. Colorado was just an incredible location to give it a real try for the first time.Read More
Its finally time for the last post from my trip to Colorado. On our last day in the mountains, we decide to shift pace a little bit and go for a horseback ride. Early in the week on our way to one of the hot springs, Jackie spotted a ranch offering trail rides. With no fresh snow in the forecast for our final day, we called the day before and signed up for a two hour trail ride. I hadn't been on a horse since I was probably in 3rd grade, but decided to go just for the experience. It was a blast, the three of us had a private guided tour from the ranch on the flat valley floor, down across a creek and up onto the lower hillsides of the nearby mountain. For me its easy to sometime forget Colorado is part of the old west, but much of the area around Salida in the Arkansas River Valley is still ranch land. Having watched True Grit not long ago, I couldn't help but have my mind wander to the time when everyone had to rely on horses to travel through the area. While it was a bright sunny day for our ride, it was cold and windy, and I could only imagine how hard it would have been to spend hours slowly crossing the vast landscape of the area.
My trip to Colorado last month was primarily to go downhill skiing, but we took a day off to try something different. We were staying with my friend Teddy's Uncle Rob who lives in Salida for a month each winter. Everyday he is out in the mountains downhill skiing, cross country skiing, show-shoeing, mountain biking or hiking. Rob encouraged us to Rent cross-country skis and join him for a morning ski trip. In the mountains about an hour away, we parked at the end of a small gravel road at St Elmo, an old mining ghost town. From there we followed a snowmobile trail before turning off onto a small hiking trail. It was lucky there had been some traffic on the trail through the winter, leaving only 10 inches of soft fresh snow on top of a well packed trail. If you left the trail you would immediately sink waist deep into the soft snow, even with the floatation of the skis. The adventure was lot of fun and very different from the xc skiing I've done around golf courses in Minnesota.
Our great fortunes for fresh snow in Colorado also meant we had a few blustery, snowy afternoons as the new snow fell. The cold snow, and blowing winds combined to form some epic beard-icicles in the bushy mountain-beards of many of the skiers on the mountain. While Teddy Wolff, a fellow Carleton alumnus and photographer, does not live in the mountains, but instead in urban DC, he was sporting a big mountain-beard that collected some epic icicles in the snow.