outdoor adventure

Documentary Filming on Mt. Kilimanjaro for Nadus Films

Documentary Filming on Mt. Kilimanjaro for Nadus Films

This winter was a busy one, and the peak of that season (small pun intended) was an unexpected trip to Africa, to join a group that was going to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro! I would be one of two people filming interviews and b-roll over the course of the hike, plus a few days around town in Tanzania.

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A Quick Trip to Cody, Wyoming for Ice Climbing

A Quick Trip to Cody, Wyoming for Ice Climbing

Back in the fall season, I scored some cheap tickets for a flight to Denver, and made plans to connect with my buddy Jon Jugenheimer for a week of ice climbing in Cody, Wyoming. February 1st came fast, and before i knew it I was waiting at the Denver airport to be picked up, only to drive straight through the night to Wyoming.

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Hiking and Rock Climbing in Grand Teton National Park

Hiking and Rock Climbing in Grand Teton National Park

I had about a week to myself hanging out at the American Alpine Club Climber's Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. I had no fixed plans and no set partner. My only goal was to climb part or all of the Exum Route on the Grand, one of the 50 classic climbs in North America. Here's how it went down.

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Road Trip 2018: Travel and Adventure Photography across Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah

Road Trip 2018: Travel and Adventure Photography across Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah

It seems that every summer Jen and I find ourselves out west for one reason or another, and we've really dialed in the recipe for a great road trip. Start with the centerpiece of the meal, a job or project that's located deep in the American West. Rub liberally on both sides with a few days of rock climbing, add a dash of hiking through classic national park trails, and finish with a pinch of seeing old friends and making new ones, and voila! That right there is tasty road trip.

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Photos of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky

Photos of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky

Stand up paddleboarding is booming in popularity these days, as both casual and avid outdoor enthusiasts seem to enjoy the calm, relatively easy looking way experience some adventure on the water. In response to this growth, companies like Endless Summer Paddle Company are staying busy every weekend with classes and paddle trips. This summer, I worked with ESPC to craft some new photography for their digital marketing and social media.

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Adaptive Rock Climbing at Kentucky's Red River Gorge with Paradox Sports

Adaptive Rock Climbing at Kentucky's Red River Gorge with Paradox Sports

This past weekend saw the return of one of our favorite non-profits to the Bluegrass, Paradox Sports. Paradox runs adaptive adventure programs across the United States, and they hosted a rock climbing clinic at Torrent Falls, where Wilkinson Visual was asked to be a part of the action.

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Michigan Ice Climbing 2018: Pictured Rocks, Grand Island, and Much More

Michigan Ice Climbing 2018: Pictured Rocks, Grand Island, and Much More

If you know me at all, you'll know that every winter season I migrate to the southern shores of Lake Superior in search of ice and adventure. 2018 was no exception, and as is often the case, this year was full of its own unique series of events.

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Being an Adventure Photographer Isn't all Red Bulls and High Fives

Being an Adventure Photographer Isn't all Red Bulls and High Fives

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do. I’m my own boss, set my own schedule, and routinely edit videos or write proposals while wearing pajamas. However, with the advent of social media, and people projecting this image of, “look how awesome my life is” I find it important to take a moment and reflect on the reality of this profession.

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Trip Report: Climbing Classic Colorado Moderate Multipitch Routes

Trip Report: Climbing Classic Colorado Moderate Multipitch Routes

For a week in June, I based myself out of Boulder, Colorado, and sought out classic moderate trad climbs. I made it to Estes Park, Mt. Evans, Eldorado Canyon, Lumpy Ridge, and a few other places in just seven days, completing 33 pitches in total. Here's a brief look at a few of the climbs and areas I visited.

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Kayaking the Two Hearted River and Lake Superior, and the Healing Power of Nature

Kayaking the Two Hearted River and Lake Superior, and the Healing Power of Nature

Amidst a tumultuous couple of months that had been jam-packed with video shoots around the country, in early July I found myself in Michigan for my good friend Jakob's wedding. While enjoying a draft german beer at the reception, compliments of Jakob's new father-in-law, Jen and I chatted up our buddy Scott and after about 10 minutes, we had all but planned out specifics for a kayaking trip on the Two Hearted River. Four weeks later, we were on the water, but only after having made an unexpected trip to the animal hospital...

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Michigan Ice Fest and Teaching an Ice Climbing Photography Clinic

Michigan Ice Fest and Teaching an Ice Climbing Photography Clinic

Wow, Bill Thompson and the crew of Downwind Sports did a stellar job at the 2016 Michigan Ice Fest! There were a number of sponsors in the mix this year, led by the charge of Black Diamond as Title Sponsor. We’ve been attending the event for years and this one certainly raised the bar!

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Behind The Scenes of our Video Production for the Peabody Ice Climbing Club

Behind The Scenes of our Video Production for the Peabody Ice Climbing Club

While written articles and word of mouth have their benefits – in this day and age, videos are a superb way to market a business. With this in mind, and after seeing some of the work Mike had done on the Michigan Ice Film, Garrett reached out to us about creating a video that would help show what Peabody Ice Climbing is all about.

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How We Ended Up in Lexington, Kentucky With All of this Bourbon: Our Year-End Recap of Travel, Adventure and Filmmaking

How We Ended Up in Lexington, Kentucky With All of this Bourbon: Our Year-End Recap of Travel, Adventure and Filmmaking

It’s safe to say that when the ball dropped on the evening of December 31st, 2014, I had no idea that in twelve short months I would be writing a summary of my experiences from my new home base in Lexington. I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible, while exploring the notable jobs and events of the year, as well as the decisions that led my partner Jen and I to a somewhat unlikely destination.

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Video Production for Paradox Sports: Adaptive Rock Climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

Video Production for Paradox Sports: Adaptive Rock Climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

While we don’t exclusively create multimedia for non-profits, outdoor-centric, or locally-focused businesses, we certainly seek them out whenever possible! Paradox Sports fits this bill as a non-profit that (among other things) creates adaptive sport communities and regularly hosts rock climbing clinics where folks with a physical disability are given the tools needed to ascend a vertical rock wall. Paradox has been on our radar for a while, and we finally got the chance to spend a weekend working with the volunteers, staff, and participants of the annual Paradox Rocks event held in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.

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