Hard Work, Friendship and Community: 2018 Year in Review / by Mahting Putelis

2018 has been one hell of a year. Hard work, friendships and community building have been at the center of it. I want to share some images, most I have taken, that reminds me of the year I have had; with friends and community. This recap is as much a look back as it is a look forward. I have grown, I have learned, and I am excited to jump into 2019 with both an open hand of welcome and a clenched fist ready to fight. Our world needs warriors ready to defend good in the world. We must amplify those around us who do good. We must protect our wild places, animals and clean air and water. Without our wildness, we will starve.

A few years into my work with Project Edge I have come to see my best self. The intersection of adventure, friendship and conversation is my place of serenity. This image of the warrior Julia is my best image of 2018.

A few years into my work with Project Edge I have come to see my best self. The intersection of adventure, friendship and conversation is my place of serenity. This image of the warrior Julia is my best image of 2018.

My travels to Southeast Asia this year taught me that I am not an island. As I watched my wife careen ass over teakettle off a motorbike and into the jungle the world slowed and I had a deep moment of clarity. My loving wife is my best friend and best teammate. Together we are a force for good.

My travels to Southeast Asia this year taught me that I am not an island. As I watched my wife careen ass over teakettle off a motorbike and into the jungle the world slowed and I had a deep moment of clarity. My loving wife is my best friend and best teammate. Together we are a force for good.

This is why I fight. These beautiful children, my nieces, deserve wildness, they deserve to grow into a world that is healthy and sustains them.

This is why I fight. These beautiful children, my nieces, deserve wildness, they deserve to grow into a world that is healthy and sustains them.

Storytelling, Community and Leadership. Backcountry Hunter and Anglers is a community of warriors. They care about our wildness. They understand that by sharing our stories we can affect change. I was excited as this was a first moment of leadership in the battle to do good. It was just a story but…Blauks…stories hold power. Photo by Jonny Robson

Storytelling, Community and Leadership. Backcountry Hunter and Anglers is a community of warriors. They care about our wildness. They understand that by sharing our stories we can affect change. I was excited as this was a first moment of leadership in the battle to do good. It was just a story but…Blauks…stories hold power. Photo by Jonny Robson

I traveled into wildness to capture it, so it may be used for commerce. This idea is at the root of my How?. We must require the Outdoor Recreation Industry to put its money behind the wildness it uses to sell it products and services. Without wildness this entire economy fails.

I traveled into wildness to capture it, so it may be used for commerce. This idea is at the root of my How?. We must require the Outdoor Recreation Industry to put its money behind the wildness it uses to sell it products and services. Without wildness this entire economy fails.

In order to gain perspective we must at times gain a high ground. Sometimes our perspective can be fooled. Is the climber 10ft or 1000ft off the surface of the earth. Does it matter?

In order to gain perspective we must at times gain a high ground. Sometimes our perspective can be fooled. Is the climber 10ft or 1000ft off the surface of the earth. Does it matter?

Sometimes we might not be ready to launch into the world but it might be imperative.

Sometimes we might not be ready to launch into the world but it might be imperative.

To Legendeer is to live fully. Sterling Hundley along with his family of Legendeers is a community I am proud to call friends and warriors. Without art we will not survive our wildness.

To Legendeer is to live fully. Sterling Hundley along with his family of Legendeers is a community I am proud to call friends and warriors. Without art we will not survive our wildness.

This is my favorite adventure photograph of 2018. I have titled it “Living on the edge of the big screen”.

This is my favorite adventure photograph of 2018. I have titled it “Living on the edge of the big screen”.

Adventure. Seeking new adventures with my best friend is a part of my self care. Without it I struggle. With it I am reinvigorated!

Adventure. Seeking new adventures with my best friend is a part of my self care. Without it I struggle. With it I am reinvigorated!

Dance like no one is watching. Dance with your love like it might be the last. By dancing you give everyone else permission to dance and love. Image was captured by Michael Nyffeler

Dance like no one is watching. Dance with your love like it might be the last. By dancing you give everyone else permission to dance and love. Image was captured by Michael Nyffeler

Community. The Wild Gathering. We are building a bigger tent. There is much to do in 2019. Photo by Michael Nyffeler

Community. The Wild Gathering. We are building a bigger tent. There is much to do in 2019. Photo by Michael Nyffeler

I ran 64miles. I simply showed myself what I am capable of. Photo By Erika

I ran 64miles. I simply showed myself what I am capable of. Photo By Erika

My creative process, my work, my daily grind.

My creative process, my work, my daily grind.

Mentors. Deep friendship. Mr. Gibble is the salt of the earth.

Mentors. Deep friendship. Mr. Gibble is the salt of the earth.

The land sustains us!

The land sustains us!

This man is a warrior. His friendship and willingness to fight for good is held in the highest esteem. We need more willing women and men like him.

This man is a warrior. His friendship and willingness to fight for good is held in the highest esteem. We need more willing women and men like him.

Community. The hard work of conservation is best started around a fire with good friends.

Community. The hard work of conservation is best started around a fire with good friends.

Ready for 2019.

Ready for 2019.