February 28, 2015 by Eric Hanson General, Photography, Travel 8

How I Crapped My Pants 20 Times. Or, Climbing Cotopaxi.

Warning: This gets vulnerable and messy, but it’s an honest account of my climb up Cotopaxi There’s no ifs ands or butts about it, I have woken up this morning with an unfortunately-timed case of the runs. We are heading to climb Cotopaxi, a 19,300 foot beast-of-a-volcano in Ecuador, this is no time for Montezuma’s Revenge. Maybe it will pass, I think as we meet our guide Joaquin and head to Cotopaxi National Park. Climbing Cotopaxi had been a major goal of mine as Eric and I traveled, and I am feeling a little nervous about the climb. I have never experienced climbing anything close to this big. Eric and I have put in our work to acclimatize, recently climbing 15,000+ foot Imbabura and hiking in the National Park the day before at 16,000 feet. I feel ready for the mountain. A burst of hail pelts Joaquin’s vehicle as the three of us sit quietly inside, listening to the steady thump of the hail pounding the vehicle. “Once this passes, we will go up,” Joaquin says. The first task is to get to the Refugio, a climber’s lodge built just below the glacier. We need to ascend to 16,000 feet to […]

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February 24, 2015 by Eric Hanson Photography, Travel 0

This Week in Photographs

Weird, alien-like plant life high up in the mountains. I like what I see. An overlook on the way up Imbabura. Eric climbing the mountain with our guide dog, Oso. Cacti grow even at 14,000 feet. Gnarly rocks, gnarly climbers. Oso, such a good dog. The beautiful Lagos de Mojanda. A sea of clouds envelopes the mountain. A small window to valley, thousands of feet below. The inner workings of Imbabura. Yarina, youngest daughter of the family we lived with. Cascadas de Peguche Makes you wanna stare and wonder for a while. Eerie and beautiful. The twists and turns of a good story. Volcano-like clouds erupting.Water fight during Carnavale Things gettin out of hand.

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February 13, 2015 by Eric Hanson General, Travel 2

A Journey Begins

The hum of the engines surround with blank noise. I’ve slept on and off, thinking about this journey that is only just beginning. There is something wonderful about the beginning of an adventure, the possibilities seem so limitless. Many of my most cherished memories happened through extended travel in foreign countries.

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August 25, 2014 by Eric Hanson General 0

Backpacking TV

Life has been moving extra fast lately. In many ways, I feel like things are shifting. I have spent a long time working on photography and film, writing, and always pursuing an adventurous, fulfilling life. And this work has really begun gaining momentum. Basically, I want to share about some of the things I am fantastically excited about. Two weeks ago I went to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show to work with Backpacker Magazine’s affiliate SNEWS, which is a Business-to-Business industry news outlet.

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May 29, 2014 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 1

Patience and the Creative Process

For the vast majority of artists, it takes years, sometimes decades, for there to be much of a payoff. The craft of an artist is constantly being honed, tweaked, refined, and pursued in order for an artist to be able to produce substance and quality. Guys like Donald Miller and Jeff Goins, regularly talk about work ethic and how that can often be more important than sheer talent. Talent without work ethic can only get you so far, just ask Matt Leinart, or 90% of NFL draft picks. Take a solid work ethic and pair it with a liberal dose of patience, and you’ve got a powerful one-two punch. A meteor shower in Zion National Park It’s easy to get frustrated that success, recognition, or financial rewards don’t come as quickly or as liberally as we would ideally like, especially when its so easy to find a slew of people younger than you that appear to just fall ass-backwards into “success.” Patience is a quality that is often lost on this generation. But it is so valuable. Last year I had a conversation at work with a wise coworker, a therapeutic instructor, that stuck with me. When I asked him what he […]

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