Searching for an Image - Hiking With Barry


Some people are just naturally photogenic.



It doesn't seem to matter what they are wearing or which direction they happen to be facing.  And then, there's the rest of us that by no stretch of the wildest imagination will ever be considered photogenic and it may simply be important to accept and learn to live with that irrefutable truth.

For many decades, a personal practice has been to frame images representing the best memories in life and mount them on the walls.  Every day begins with reminders of wonderful, even ethereal, experiences in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.  Reviewing those incredible experiences and memories is always a good way to start the day.  The obvious prerequisite is to create outstanding memories, consistently and continually.  

The image recalls the entire vision and summons the sights, sounds and details of that particular moment.  Among this formidable collection there is one photograph captured with a film camera, on September 4, 2004, by a friend and hiking companion.  The photograph returns memories of this special day in a special place.




The photograph was captured at an all-time favorite mountain on the lower summit of Forget-Me Not-Mountain in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.  The true summit is easily accessible by a spectacular walk to the other end of the 'U', and is six feet higher at 2,335 m (7,660 ft.)  Forget-Me Not Mountain is a small mountain which everyone capable of wading through fast, cold water and gaining about 914 m (~3,000 ft.) of aggressive elevation should do.  The mountains behind are Banded Peak, Outlaw, Cornwall and Glasgow

On October 1, 2013, it is a privilege to be hiking with Jen and Greg.  The photo featured below is captured by Jennifer on our hike to the summit of Pocaterra Ridge with a return through Rockfall Valley.  This particular photo recalls special memories of a unique mission and will be placed on the wall as a reminder of great company on a blustery, snow-swept day in challenging conditions through unanticipated terrain.  The photograph also represents the profound personal relationship with nature created over several decades of wilderness adventure.  The challenging days are typically those which become the most indelibly memorable.  Here is this recent photograph, taken with a smart phone, which has become one of my all-time favorites.




This quintessential photograph serves as a reminder of the value of a relationship with nature and the framed version on the wall serves as a reminder of good friends who share a passion for the wilderness.


Collect experiences, not things; for that is what will truly nourish you.   Grey Wolf


Adventures are not a matter of life and death.  They are more important than that.  Anon


Wilderness is not just a place.  It is also a state of being.  G. May


Do not allow your inner child to die.  The rest of you may not be far behind.  B. Taylor