Facts...vs Knowing by Mahting Putelis

I have never really been a facts kinda guy. In this day and age that seems like an idiotic statement given the number of people who simply disregard all kinds of facts and science. That being said I don't disregard facts I just don't store them well. I store a knowing. I'm more of a doing kinda guy. So if there are facts that I need to know in order to achieve a given task, I will know them. For instance, I need to know how hoar frost affects the stability of a snowpack so that I can climb a mountain safely in avalanche conditions. I, however, do not need to know the name of the peak or the names of the surrounding peaks, who climbed them first and when. But I appreciate those folks who somehow just store an infinite amount of knowledge in their heads. 

Knowledge Keeper!

Knowledge Keeper!

On my current travels, into mountainous terrain, I have stopped off in Hailey, Idaho. I have been able to reconnect with an old college roommate, climbing partner, and knowledge keeper, Paddy. We got out into the Boulder mountains to do some skiing and content creation. He continued to amaze me with his store of facts. Every ridgeline, sub-peak, peak, and mountain range that we could see, he had facts to share. For as long as I've known Paddy, he's known the facts. In college, we spent countless hours in classes together, on rock walls, on mountainsides, and he would regale all of us with mountaineering history. The richness of his storytellin was fuelled by the copious reading he's always done. 

These days he will inform you about any piece of gear you need when you walk into Backwoods Mountain Sports, in Ketchum ID. He also spends much of his time informing, coaching and generally educating the up and coming Nordic skiers of the valley. His willingness to share his knowledge is not lost on his community. You can see it in every interaction he has with a local. Everyone is genuinely excited to run into Paddy! 

I too was excited to spend time with this good friend!

This image is as much about the skier as it is about the powder dragon. Lets just say Paddy slayed the dragon. 

This image is as much about the skier as it is about the powder dragon. Lets just say Paddy slayed the dragon. 

This is what I call BLOWER!

This is what I call BLOWER!

Forged by Passion and Kindness by Mahting Putelis

The lone tree forged from rock, wind, and drought is admirable. Yet it knows no admiration. Nature simply is. And we get to take and live into the story we create from knowing it. And so there are people who live by the rhythms and characteristics of nature. They work hard, they are passionate, and they sow kindness wherever they travel to whomever they encounter.  

Forged by Wyoming

Forged by Wyoming

When you meet these lone tree people in the wild you admired them, you revolve around them, and you wish them the best. You wish them to find each other. 

Kindness grows in the seeds you sow!

Kindness grows in the seeds you sow!

I've known Colin since I started my time at Prescott College. He's been an amazing person on my life's periphery every since. I was able to work with him and his partner Nancy in Jackson Hole. We shot some great images for a client of mine. I hope that when you see the work in the coming months you will remember, see past the cool clothes, and think wow, those two, are something amazing! If you ever need guides to take you safely into the wild of Wyoming look them up at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. 

A man, of many myths, working on legend status. 

A man, of many myths, working on legend status. 

Mentors - Step Up Step Out by Mahting Putelis

Up before the sun, I'm hurdling the Elephant (the name of my van) down I-25 towards the Donut Shop. That may be the best way to drag me out of bed before the sun is up, DONUTS. I arrive at an almost empty parking lot, but the Open sign is flashing. With a giant breakfast burrito down my gullet and a 4 pack of donuts for the blind, I am ready to tackle the day. One by one, women clad in camo pour into the donut shop.

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Bound for the Olympics - Building COMMUNITY by Mahting Putelis

Hunter Hess is a skier who is known for taking flight more than the moments he's on the snow. As a freestyle half pipe skier his acrobatics are astonishing.  Hailing from Bend, Oregon he started his ski season training in Colorado. He is an olympic hopeful and as such Bend Magazine wanted to capture him for the cover of the January issue.

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The First... by Mahting Putelis

There are three focal points I have set my sights on for the foreseeable future. 

1. Transformation - I want to engage humanity on a large scale to create positive change in the world. Starting small with one on one portrait shoots to writing books to influencing public lands policy, challenging people to transform to be the best versions of themselves.  

2. Conservation - Without wild places and animals I cannot be the best version of myself. And so I will fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves. 

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