News: BLM White Mountains Artist-in-Residence

I’m excited to announce that I have been selected as this year’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Artist-in-Residence (AiR) in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, just north of Fairbanks, Alaska. I will have the opportunity to spend a week in the remote cabins to complete a special photography and documentary project. More information is available at:

BLM White Mountains Recreation Area

The White Mountains National Recreation Area offers more than 240 miles of maintained winter trails and 12 public recreation cabins surrounded by jagged limestone mountains and cliffs, high mountain passes, and broad, rounded valleys. Imagine having the opportunity to enjoy the solitude, allowing your creativity to take flight. You’ll find crisp, clean air, dazzling views, and shimmering northern lights against a star-studded sky.

Location of the White Mountains National Recreation Area, Alaska.

BLM Artist-in-Residence Program

The BLM Artist-in-Residence Program (AiR) is founded on the belief that, because artists look closely at the way the world works, notice things that others may have missed, challenge ideas, and create in a variety of forms, they can provide new ways to look at and appreciate public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Artists see beauty and value in the natural places that are promised to future generations of Americans by the management practices of the BLM. Artists can help us to share the scenic beauty and unique stories of BLM-managed land with the public through the world of art. AiR provides artistic and educational opportunities that promote deeper understanding and dialogue about the natural, cultural, and historic resources on public lands.


Report: 1st Failed Unsupported Ozark Highlands Trail FKT Attempt

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017, I started for an unsupported fastest known time (FKT) attempt of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) in northwest Arkansas. The announcement can be found here.

I failed.

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News: 165-mi Ozark Highlands Trail Unsupported FKT Attempt

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017, I will make an unsupported fastest known time (FKT) attempt of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) in northwest Arkansas. The plan is to start at the Lake Fort Smith State Park (West end) and to finish at the Woolum campground (East end). The tentative start time is 7pm CT.

I figured this would be a decent long run to prepare me for the next few races. Yet, malicious tongues say that it’s more likely going to end my season prematurely.

Unsupported means I will have no external support of any kind. Thus, I will be carrying all my gear and food (except water) from the beginning to the end. Also, I will be doing this solo.

Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) main route (165-mi). West end: Lake Ford Smith State Park. East end: Woolum.


Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) elevation profile.

According to the FKT Board, the current records are as following:

Name Category Style Time Date
Jenny Foster Women Supported 2d 14h 25m Jan 2009
Steve Kirk & Greg Eason Men Supported 2d 16h 34m Mar 2004
Trey and Dylan1 Men Unsupported 4d 13h 53m Aug 2016

1Note that technically, Trey and Dylan’s record does not count as unsupported because they were a team of two. Unsupported means solo.


You can track my progress at the following address:

What could possibly go wrong?

  • Covered in ticks → Lyme disease → Facial palsy → Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord → Death
  • Navigation errors → Getting lost → Starvation → Death
  • Overgrown trails → Getting lost → Starvation → Death
  • Lack of surface water → Dehydration → Disorientation → Death
  • Rain → Wet  → Cold  → Hypothermia → Death
  • Freezing temperatures at night → Cold  → Hypothermia → Death
  • Ice storm → Hit by branch → Death
  • Running out of food → Starvation → Death
  • Running out of batteries → Getting lost → Starvation → Death


I will carry about 200 calories of fuel per hour. My main source will be Trailbutter because it has an outstanding energy-to-weight ratio. And I hope the “Ozark Original” flavor will bring me luck!

Traibutter’s “Ozark Original” will keep me going. And no, I won’t carry the guidebook and the maps. #BeTrailReady #FueledByTrailButter

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Support and Acknowledgments

This 2-year project would not have been possible without the generous material, mental, and moral support of:

ONDA La Sportiva Tailwind Nutrition Trackleaders Trailbutter
Renee Patrick Kam Pierce Rachel Stansbury Janessa Taylor Ursina Teuscher

#LaSportivaNA #ForYourMountain #LaSportiva #TailwindNutrition #GoTailwind #betrailready #fueledbytrailbutter

My worst shots of 2016

Most serious professional photographers seem to publish their best shots of the year at this time. Since I’m neither serious nor a professional, I’ve compiled a list of my worst shots (with respect to artistic expression, composition, and post-processing) that I published online during 2016. In hindsight, I’m embarrassed that I published these.

“The problem with comprehension is, it often comes too late.”
― Rasmenia Massoud