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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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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January 12, 2014 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 2

BACKPACKER Magazine Gear Tester

I’ve long held the belief that if you pursue what you are passionate about, good things will happen. I’ve always loved the outdoors, hiking and exploring, photography and writing. And those things have always had their own intrinsic reward. Simply getting out and being in nature, photographing a sunset or a slot canyon, has been rewarding enough by itself that if I spent my life on that, I would be happy and feel like I had a life well spent. Finding what you love doing might just be your most important job here on earth. If you love what you do, regardless of your bank account, you are a rich man. So to have an opportunity like what just presented itself, well, it just feels like an extra special blessing on top of all the other things I am grateful for. I recently received some exciting news. BACKPACKER Magazine has selected me to be one of their four new gear testers for 2014. I will also be working with them at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Hundreds of outdoor companies will be represented at the Outdoor Retailer show. I will be there reporting on what’s […]

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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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