Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Jump Canyon Video (Andy's Cut) (Aug 2016)

If you look a few posts back you'll see photos and videos from my trip to Jump Canyon.  I've gotten my olde laptop (Lappy) to cooperate well enough to let me edit a version of it myself!  Enjoy!

More adventures to come!

Friday, September 02, 2016

There and Back Again, a Stranger's Tale

I have been spending a little time in LA learning and upgrading my skills.  Here's why:
1) My chiropractic/massage therapy business isn't making me enough money to eat so I'm having to borrow food money.
2) My elbow hurts.  I couldn't do bodywork full-time.  And even if I could it is my opinion that many chiropractors (especially the ones that hire others) do not practice with a high regard for their patients.  They practice based on their weirdy belief systems.  The average chiropractic visit is 12 minutes.  I spend 60-90+ minutes with each person and choose to be comprehensive because it's the right thing to do.
3) I'm not good at marketing, networking or advertising.  I suck at it.  I have no budget and no idea how to make it better.  So... I'm over it.  My mobile chiropractic/massage business - Expedition Chiropractic - will now be just a side project.

I am transitioning back into the entertainment industry.  I used to work in production and have decent experience doing that.  Now, however, I want to work in post-production.  I am looking to become an assistant editor.  In addition to that I'm learning and re-learning some VFX programs, color correct and color theory, etc.  I like project-based work because it will allow me to travel between the jobs and offer new challenges each time, both technical and creative.  As a former Mac Genius of 4 years for Apple and with passion for film I think this is a better choice for my future.  Also, the money is way better (at 36 I'm tired of being flat broke, borrowing food money and having to live in the truck mandatorily).
Learning the industry-standard workflows of being an assistant editor and getting up-to-date on the Avid.
I'm getting up to speed quickly and working hard to make this change happen.  I love technology and entertainment so hoping this works out.

Here are some photos from Echo Park (because I went there):

Let's hope it really is "magic town"

Pacific Crest Trail, Class of 2014 (1,018 miles)

After finishing chiropractic school in April 2014 I was ready to be done with humanity, the world and everything in it.  There was only one place left for me on the planet - the wilderness.  I had been planning and thinking about the PCT for a few years and it was time.
At the Southern Terminus of the PCT, mile 0.  Behind me is the border fence - not more than some aluminum siding, but heavily patrolled by US Border Patrol agents.
Here are just some of the highlight photos.  There are many stories and memories, all to be shared over a coffee, meal or beer.  Enjoy these select photos (not necessarily in trip chronological order):

San Gorgonio, SoCal's highest peak at almost 11,500'.

My sleep setup and all my gear.  This is how I slept.

Devils Postpile National Monument

June Lake area

These are from my last day on trail before stopping at Sonora Pass due to injury:

Here I am at the end, 170 pounds (lightest I've been since I was 15 years old):

It was a great adventure and I will definitely finish the whole trail.  If you're thinking about it let's talk.  You should do it but you should buy better, lighter gear first.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jump Canyon, Southern Sierras

Warning: Don't do this unless you have highly technical skill and experience.  People are quite often injured here and there are many rescues.  Seriously: don't do it.  My friends and I are highly skilled and badass and even we fuck up sometimes.  The party behind us had a member get badly hurt.  That being said - we do this stuff because we're good at it, we're cautious and it's all kinds of fun!

The first day we did a little climbing:

Dan has a helmet on for standing safety, Ryan playing Fallout Shelter and me doing my Billy Idol impression.

Ryan climbing

Jump Canyon is typically done in two parts.  Well, honestly nobody does the upper section.  We did.
Upper Jump Canyon (3C III R; swift water).  There were a lot of blackberries growing naturally by the side of the river so there were lots of tasty snacks.  There was also a lot of bear shit (Clif Bars).  I did a small jump and hit my knees really hard.  Big mistake.  I was in a lot of pain for a while and downed 1,600mg of vitamin I (ibuprofen).

Ryan's head as he rappels into a waterfall.
Same canyon as above but photo taken from the bottom.  I hang my pack below my harness because 1) the space to get into that rappel was too narrow and I didn't fit with the pack on, and 2) when I rappel into a deep pool it's easier to swim away without a pack restricting my shoulders.

Dan's video of Upper Jump Canyon:

Upper Jump Canyon had a ton of long pools to swim through, which is tough with a lot of gear.  By the end of the 5 hours it took us we were all pretty beat.  So we took a rest day to regroup for the highlight (and one of the great canyons of North America): Lower Jump!

Lower Jump Canyon (4C IV R; swift water):  This thing is amazing!  Multiple jumps over 30' (10m), long rappels, climbing, down-climbing, swift water safety techniques and so much powerful water!

Looking back up-canyon to see several 25' jumps we'd just done.

This was the party behind us.  One of their group jumped off a bad spot perhaps 15 minutes after this photo was taken.  He hurt his leg badly.  Thankfully we weren't there to see it.

Here I am rappelling into some fast-moving water!

Dan's videos of Lower Jump Canyon:

An added bonus to our trip was our campsite mates (I slept in a hammock):

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA

To celebrate my uncle's 70th birthday I came to San Diego.  We went to the San Diego Museum of Art and went to Cabrillo National Monument.  Juan Cabrillo (the guy in the statue) was a Spanish explorer who was first to travel these areas in the 1500s.

Happy 70th Birthday, Uncle Rick!  In 2007 he talked me into running my first marathon and is responsible for turning that hobby into a monster!  He's my dad's older brother and someone a admire for his amazing accomplishments in life (long list).

Check out Cabrillo NM, right at the end of Point Loma in SD!

Mt. Baldy Run

A few weeks ago I had a fun time running about 18 miles up, down and around Mt. Baldy, the closest 10,000' peak to LA.  It's a great spot to get onto a mountain: stat!  From the beach you can be up to the parking area at 6,200' in 45 minutes!  The trails are beautiful, there's a waterfall that you can rappel down (San Antonio Falls, 3BIII) and there's a hut you can get food and beer half way up!