Great Hiking Trails!

A while back I was car-camping at various spots along the Pacific Crest Trail making large-format portraits of through-hikers. One evening a storm blew in. Lightning crashed down and the sky turned purple and I took a few photos on my trusty old Yashica-mat before dashing into my truck for shelter.

One of those storm photos made its way into this new book Great Hiking Trails of the World, by Karen Berger, published by Rizzoli, celebrating epic hikes around the world.

Great Hiking Trails of the World - a coffee-table portal to various hard-earned heavenly views.

Great Hiking Trails of the World - a coffee-table portal to various hard-earned heavenly views.

If you flip to page 292 you can see that stormy sky I was talking about, moments before the hail hit.

Page 292 of Great Hiking Trails of the World!

Page 292 of Great Hiking Trails of the World!

I have to thank Jack Haskel, who connected me with Rizzoli as they sourced images for the book. Jack is the Trail Information Manager for the Pacific Crest Trail Association. His job as I understand it is to backpack around and tell people about how amazing life on the trail is. (There may be more to it, but when I imagine him going to the "office" I just see trees and dirt.)

I'll part with this self portrait I took in the back of my truck as the hail got truly fierce. I'll not bother to re-scan it or clean it up, so the dust specks and color shifts are here to stay.

Yours Truly, hiding from the hail.

Yours Truly, hiding from the hail.

In sum, the book is beautiful. I recommend it as a holiday gift.

Airgas-Safeway Cycling for Road Bike Action Magazine

Last summer I had the opportunity to work with the Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team (then just "Airgas"). The UCI team is making huge strides, this year bringing Safeway on as a sponsor and signing the legendary Chris Horner. Road Bike Action magazine ran a sweet spread on Griffin Easter, one of the very talented athletes on the team who returns for the 2015 season.

Photo: Ian Tuttle. January 2015 issue of Road Bike Action

Photo: Ian Tuttle. January 2015 issue of Road Bike Action

The magazine is on newsstands now, so get yourself a copy.

As a former bike racer myself, it was exhilarating and a bit surreal to follow in the team car and watch these guys from the "outside," and I look forward to more coverage this season. If you're a fan of sport, follow this team's exploits as they compete all over the world. I promise you won't be disappointed!