October 30, 2013 by Eric Hanson Photography 0

Fall of the Virgin (River)

A late fall day brings rain, wind, and cold temperatures. Despite the blustery weather, the day proved to be beautiful and atmospheric. The Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah.  

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Shut Down? Climbers Still Climb

Government shutdown got you down? Not these guys. Four climbers ascend the route known as Tricks of the Trade in Zion National Park. The route is one of the most difficult climbs in Zion, and follows a crack in Isaac Peak. Issac is a landmark familiar with Zion tourists. Millions of people see the peak every year and know it as part of the Court of the Patriarchs, a series of three peaks bearing biblical names; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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October 2, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 0

Launch Your Dream

How many of us like to sing in front of a crowd of people? Only a small percentage choose to do it. The rest of us would rather not. We’d rather not be judged, or humiliated. We’d rather not put ourselves out there, because we’d rather not give others a golden opportunity to think less of us. Starting any creative endeavor can feel like getting on stage in front of a crowd, singing your heart out, only to hear David Hasslehoff tell you he’s seen more talent in lumps of plastic. We look at others who have already started successful things, and wish we could be like them, that we could start something that a hundred thousand people clamor over.

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October 1, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 0

Live a Good Story

Every great story has an inciting incident. An inciting incident is a door we pass through from which there is no returning. In The Hobbit, everything changes for Bilbo when he allows the first dwarf to enter his home. Everything in his world changes after that. In The Sandlot, the crux of the story changes once the kid takes his dad’s Babe Ruth signed baseball. Then when someone hits the ball over the fence and into the junkyard, the whole gang has to work together to get the ball back from “The Beast.” In Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he talks about the idea of story, such as a book or a film, and how we can use elements of story to help us live the kinds of stories we love reading or watching. In his book he writes about the importance of “inciting incidents,” and how they propel a character into the meat of a good story.

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September 24, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 1

Reconciling Risk

How likely is it that I will survive this? Will I get injured? Stuck? Will I fall? Get caught in a flash flood? Get hypothermia? Is this worth the risk? As someone who works in the wilderness and spends a huge portion of my time engaging in outdoor activities, I am constantly calculating risks, weighing them against the rewards of an activity. It is the nature of being an outdoorsman. The wilderness is a domain outside of our control. What might be a pleasant stroll one day could be a life-threatening experience the next. The fact that the wilderness is outside our control is exactly why it is so alluring. The wilderness is wild.

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