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A decade ago I spent two days of a 24 day backpacking trip with @nols through Cedar Mesa sitting alone on the rim of a canyon overlooking the ancient Anasazi Citadel ruin but never got a chance to cross the bridge to see them up close. The experience though was an impactful one that I remembered fondly and earlier this year I finally made it back to explore the site. I found it likely in the same state it’s been in for hundreds of years, but now under Monument protection afte...r becoming part of Bears Ears Nationals Monument. I’d like to think that if I were to return in another decade (or two or three) I’d find these ruins, ones like them and the beautiful canyons that surround them in the same condition but that may be under threat. That’s because today for the first time in over 100 years since Presidents on both sides of the aisle began protecting important lands under the Antiquities Act a President has revoked public lands from public hands, announcing plans to reduce the monument by 85% or 1.3 million acres (as well as the 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50%). This was done despite wide public disapproval of the decision in the state, nationally and with local Native American tribes who consider the land sacred and is likely legally outside the scope of the Presidents powers. While this is discouraging one of the things I learned at the @guenergylabs media summit at Bears Ears this past summer is that organizations like the Conservation Allience and Friends of Cedar Mesa understood that the voices and opinions of the public would likely be overlooked for private interests and minority opposition and are preparing to fight the decision in court. So if you want to continue to visit or protect special lands like these in the US for future generations keep making your voices heard and consider donating to the numerous organizations out there fighting for it. #standwithbearsears #monumentsforall #placesweplay #protectbearsears @ Bears Ears National Monument
The Tarahumara locals set records running this race in JEANS and SANDALS.
If you're an ultrarunner or endurance enthusiast there is no race or experience more unique than traveling to the Copper Canyons in Mexico to run with the Tarahumara at the Ultra Caballo Blanco. This past March I made the 20 hour drive through Mexico with the Mas Locos and Mas Korima for the event. You can check out some photos from the experience in this new gallery for Outside Magazine put together with the help of writer Jay Bouchard.
Photos from volunteering for Adventure Scientists while I was down in Antarctica for the 4Deserts "Last Desert" stage race this past November. If you're traveling to remote corners of the world or are a trail runner in Bozeman, Montana and want to help with their microplasics data sampling give them a follow!
Day 5 of our 2017 Countdown to 30K Likes:
“I think Adventure Scientist has some great programs to utilize adventurers around the globe to help collect data for ...conservation research projects that benefit and help us understand our planet's wildlife and ecosystems,” says Myke Hermsmeyer, a Montana based Endurance Sports/Type 2 Fun Photographer.
Myke sampled for the Worldwide Microplastics Initiative on his trip to Antarctica, where he photographed the 250km 4Deserts stage race in remote locations around Antarctica. Our Global Microplastics Initiative maps and analyzes the spread and proliferation of plastic particles smaller than 5mm that likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk when they enter our waterways.
I prefer shooting races and events in the mountains but shooting commercially in a city has it's own fun challenges (like trying to avoid getting hit by a car lying on an open cobblestone street). Photo from a shoot with Matt Trappe Photography for New Balance in Brooklyn and NYC this past Fall for their 2017 line and new New York City Marathon sponsorship.
These photos left us shivering.
Last month I spent 12 days on an expedition boat in Antarctica shooting the 4Deserts 250km "The Last Desert" stage race. Without access to internet on the boat and quickly jumping into a busy week of work back in the states I never got a chance to share much about the experience but I just helped put together a photo gallery recap for Outside Magazine. Check it out to learn more about what it takes to put on a running event in one of the most beautiful and remote areas of the world.
I've been privileged to witness some incredible feats of athleticism by Jim Walmsley over the last few years and was beyond excited to see him conquer the Grand Canyon yesterday setting records for both the 21 mile Rim-to-Rim and 42 mile Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim. Read more about his run via Outside Magazine. #kingofthecanyon
Simon Mtuy on the cover of UltraRunning Magazine racing up Squaw Valley Ski Resort during the inaugural The Broken Arrow Skyrace this past June. Check out the September issue to see my photo on the cover with more images from the race as well as a few from my 15 hour stint at the Hardrock 100.
Simon Mtuy summiting Squaw Peak via the “Stairway to Heaven” during the Broken Arrow Skyrace. Mtuy is not only an accomplished ultrarunner with 10 Western State...s silver buckles, the Tanzanian is also the founder of Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience where he and his team have been leading clients on adventures up Kilimanjaro, in the Serengeti and on Zanzibar since 1998. [Photo: Myke Hermsmeyer]
There's no better way to experience an amazing country like Sri Lanka than by running across it with friends from around the world. This past winter I had the opportunity to shoot the 155 mile 4 Deserts Roving Race through the island nation covering competitors from around the world carrying all of their own supplies through the countries wild terrain. I put together a photo essay of the adventure in last month's Trail Runner magazine which you can now check out online.
Racing in Sri Lanka involves heat, humidity, dancing, armed guards and elephants
In case you hadn't heard my friend Jim Walmsley had kind of a memorable day racing the Western States 100 this past Saturday. I was along to document Jim's almost record breaking run at the world's oldest and most prestigious 100 miler which sadly ended with a tragic turn. For my photos and a writeup on Jim's race checkout this article from Outside Magazine.
Excited to be joining Trail Runner magazine as an instructor at their annual Trail Runner Photo Camp in a few weeks. July 5-8 I'll be heading to Marble, Colorado (between Crested Butte and Carbondale) to assist Fredrik Marmsater Photography and Trail Runner's Art Director Randy Levensaler as they teach participants how to take better trail photos. If you're interested in improving your outdoor photography with the help of some Salomon Running and Suunto athletes check out more info below.
Make sure to check out this month's Trail Runner magazine for some of my photos in two articles - one on ultrarunning speedster, recent Lake Sonoma 50 miler course record holder and Western States Endurance Run favorite Jim Walmsley (pictured checking out the magazine at the Mountain Pulse Running Adventures Tahoe Ultra Camp) and a photo essay/writeup on the 2016 4 Deserts Sri Lanka "Roving Race," a 155 mile/seven day self-supported running race across the beautiful and remote island nation this past February.
The last week I've had the pleasure of returning to Tahoe to help with the 2nd annual Mountain Pulse Running Adventures Tahoe Ultra Camp with John Fitzgerald, Sean Meissner, Kristina Siladi, new staffers Jim Walmsley and Kendra Dennis and a great group of campers. Check out the Mountain Pulse Running Adventures page for more photos from the camp and stay tuned for more photos from their upcoming camp in the San Juans (on some of the Hardrock 100 course) July 25th-30th.
More info on the camp at www.mountainpulserunning.com
Some course hightlights from the Shedhorn Skimo race at Big Sky Resort where racers covered 18 miles and 9,500' up ridgelines and fixed rope ascents and down icy couloirs. Congrats to Eric Carter - Skier and Meredith June Edwards on their wins and thanks to Big Sky Ski Patrol and the Cosmic Series - Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup for putting on such an awesome race.