Red Bull Illume

Stoked to have made the final 50 images in this years Red Bull illume Photo Contest with this shot of Reggie Crist. It was entered in the Playground category. Have to say the winning image for Playground was pretty epic. A bmx tube ride shot by Tim Korbmacher rider Stefan Lantschner. Cant argue with Tim and Stefan’s win. Check it out Here

Reggie Crist skiing Haines Alaska

I have to give props to Red Bull, although I wouldn’t jump to promote their product, the support they lend to the action sport arena is undeniable. This photo contest is a rare opportunity for action photographers to display their work. For the most part (Action Sports Photography) is relegated to the major sports… Baseball, Basketball, Football etc. So called extreme sports are sometimes considered second class often leaving both the photographers and athletes with limited access to recognition among the general public. This contest is one of the rare opportunities for the world to see some of the top work being produced. Thanks Red Bull!

Also have to thanks the boys at SEABA. Without those guys images like this never happen.

WFR… Time to get Educated

I was invited as an out of state guest to attend a Wilderness First Responders class in Ketchum Idaho last winter. The 10 day commitment had a brutal schedule and initially stoke was hard to come by.  With the last minute addition of a local Salt Lake crew spirits began to rise. The group consisted of friends Carlo Travarelli, Ben Wheeler and Brant Moles. Together the four of use hit the road for Idaho eager to hone our backcountry skills.

The Drive

We were an attentive group, the classroom setting was less than familiar but it wasn’t long before the note taking skills were at full strength.

We had two instructors Melissa Arnot and Thaddeus Josephson. It was amazing how much knowledge these two had. Questions were flying in the classroom as real world scenarios were played out over and over.

Here Melissa shows the class proper technique for immobilizing a patient on a back board

Brothers Zach and Reggie Crist were part of the course along with Tom Wayes and Eric Leidecker among others. With the class consisting of nearly all career skiers it was interesting to hear everyones medical history. In the end consensus was clear, Tom Wayes and Brant Moles were easily the most experienced when it came to injuries in the backcountry.

We were a lively bunch and the needle practice became a class favorite

Zach's not afraid

Brant Moles take one from the Mongoose

Brant Moles takes one from the Mongoose

It wasn’t all classroom work, fortunately we spent a good deal of time outside working on real world scenarios.

The triage scenes were the most exciting. In this set up im suffering from a fractured skull and broken leg, Im laid out unconscious next to my Kayak along the banks of the make believe waterfall. I wasn’t aware that the WFR curriculum included a crash course in acting.

What you cant see is the blood running down my thigh

By day 9 the once attentive group was starting to slip a little. The reality of our 200 question test was starting to loom, we were going to have to power through these last couple days.

More coffee please

Moles finally gives in

The written test was a beast taking nearly 4 hours to complete. Then came the practical, assessing an injured patient. I was teamed up with Carlo for this final test and together we scored a perfect 31 out of 31, nice work Carlo.

In the end it was a life altering experience. I learned an amazing amount over that 10 days and was stoked to have made the commitment. Spending the amount of time I do in the backcountry its nice to be armed with a little more knowledge.