Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Found a few shots from the past that I somewhat forgot about till I was cleaning up a drive today...
I had a few days of shooting for Option Snowboards just before they put out their last catalog. Here are a few of Pat McCarthy and crew from that shoot.

Sad to see a once strong Canadian Brand not producing any longer.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mt.Hood on a bus

Had a last minute trip to shoot an exciting new product at Mt.Hood this past week. More to come later on the brand/product..

We took a bus from Vancouver. I have not been on a bus for a trip for a very long time. It was nice to see so much and relax without having to drive.

Oregon is a pretty sweet State.

US truck stop gas stations are amazing..

Mt.Hood was raining one day and Blue and hot the next. It was pretty good times...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Photographer Awards Nomination

A swiss mag called Whiteout has a contest/ photo awards project. I was nominated, and would be stoked to get your votes!
Check all the photos from all the guys involved and vote!
Thank you

"Click the "VOTE FOR ME" "

Monday, May 03, 2010

A little spot up the road..

I went for a drive yesterday. I don't know why, but I always think better when I am driving.. no distractions from life, especially if where you drive also has no cell reception. It happened to be raining, so my plan to find a calm spot and snap a few images turned into looking for enough tree cover to get the camera out.

There is a perfect place I know just up the road... Years of hard work, Color, Creativity, and words of thought... they all are part of this little spot.

I might not get to keep coming back to this escape much longer so I decided to take a few photos, and think about the future.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Family addition. Meet Eli Wayne Patterson!!

- Eli Wayne Patterson was born @ 9:07 am on Sunday March 28th at the Lions Gate Hospital in Vancouver BC, 8 pounds 8 ounces!
Right from first light ( well, after a bit of suction, and a wipe down) he seemed to really want to take a good look at the world! we feel really blessed and happy!

..............and lastly... here is when I think little Eli thought he had enough of me taking his photo....


Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Addition Countdown......

Sometime soon my wife and I are expecting our first child.....
The countdown to due day has come, and passed a few days back...

Now we wait..... Boy or Girl ? - we do not know....

Everyone has an opinion on what we are having...

Soon enough we will have an answer!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Early Mornings = Long Days

This past week we had beautiful weather for 4 days in a row. With "Spring" here, the days are very, very long up in the alpine. The light hits some of the zones starting at 6:30am, and you can stay out shooting till 7 or a bit later to get sunset glows.

After a few days like that, the poor weather is a welcome change. Not to mention it brings more snow up high to play in on the next sunny break!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oldies but Goodies Part 1....

I started to clean out a few old hard drives today. It used to be that I would throw away all my slides that did not make the "A" cut. Now I have so many digital files they are hard to track. I have gotten better at cataloging and archiving my images in the past few years, but looking back makes me wonder how many I just passed over.

There are so many images that you never get to see printed each year. I think now with the ease of websites I will try to get out as many of the oldies I like as I can for the riders who were involved, their friends and family to enjoy and everyone else who is interested.

Don't expect them to come every day... I'm not that dedicated!


















Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A different perspective on the Big Iron Shootout...

The following is a forward I had in my inbox this morning. It puts a great perspective on how the media takes what they want to cause fear, and to portray whatever they feel is the best "STORY"..



It’s time to honor the heros.
Written by Susie Rainsberry
March 15, 2010

It’s been several days now since the tragic avalanche at Turbo Hill. The latest reports are that two are deceased and three are still hospitalized. The media is also reporting that there were 200 snowmobilers at Turbo at the time of the slide. The avalanche is reported to have been up to 150 meters wide and 10 meters deep. That, my friends, is a BIG avalanche!

I’d like to put some perspective on this – a snowmobiler’s perspective. Apparently no one in the media is a snowmobiler or is concerned about taking the time to gather the facts – not just the bad, but the good as well. And there is good to be heard in this story. If you ask a snowmobiler – they’d be able to tell you what that is. But either the media isn’t asking, or has heard it and doesn’t feel that the facts are newsworthy.

However, I feel these facts are the MOST newsworthy topic of this entire tragedy.

Saturday afternoon, following the close of the events for the annual Big Iron Shootout, a large group of snowmobilers headed to Turbo Bowl to make a run at the hill. As the riders lined up at the bottom of the hill, the mass of spectators parked their sleds and prepared to enjoy the show. As one of the sleds turned out towards the top, the hillside gave way. Thundering down the mountain it came – taking sleds and riders with it. This powerful act of nature happens in a split second. There is no time to react.

The time to react is as soon as it stops. And react – with speed and knowledge – in the midst of chaos – is what those sledders did. There were no typical first responders to this catastrophe in the immediate moments following the avalanche. Only snowmobilers. Those same snowmobilers that the media is painting with a broad stroke as crazy, ignorant, thrill-seekers.

As a back country snowmobiler myself, I can tell you that ignorant is not a word that I would use to describe those survivors. I would call them heroes! And justly so. In the midst of what may have been the most terrifying minutes of their lives, they turned their avalanche beacons to search, they got out their probes and their shovels and they started rescue protocols IMMEDIATELY – likely while in a state of shock. They dug out those that were buried, they triaged the injured, they administered first aid, they built fires to keep them warm until the helicopters arrived. These people were heroic!! Without their quick and educated responses, many more people would have died.

I am angered that the media is so eager to report this story that they are being so disgraceful to the victims and survivors. These people need support and compassion. They do not need to be stereotyped and degraded in the media or by anyone else. Shame on you!! Didn’t your mother teach you better manners than that?

I’m not done though – there is way more information about snowmobilers in respect to the Big Iron Shootout and Revelstoke that the media hasn’t covered yet. While they gleefully report that this is an unsanctioned (I’ll get to that in a moment) event drew 200 sledders (despite the grave warnings from the avalanche center), what they aren’t telling you is that there are likely double that number of snowmobilers who DIDN’T attend this year’s event – because of the conditions. Snowmobilers who DID heed the warnings.

As I was reading the snowmobiling forums and Facebook on Saturday evening, the same story continued to repeat itself – people concerned about friends who generally attend the BIS, those friends checking in and saying they didn’t go this year, or they were in the area but avoided Turbo Bowl because of the warnings and the conditions they were already aware of. You see, back country snowmobilers are often in the back country two or more days a week and already have first hand insight to the conditions.

Regarding the word being used in almost every story – unsanctioned. It is true that there is no sanctioning organization for this event. Not the town of Revelstoke nor the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club. However, just because it’s not sanctioned does not mean that it is illegal.

Snowmobilers often gather in large groups to ride with friends who are generally dispersed all over Canada and the United States. I personally rode with a group of 30 riders at an “unsanctioned” event in Wyoming. Oops! I also rode at another “unsanctioned” event, ummm, better make that two, here in Oregon. Rest assured, I am not a criminal nor are any of the snowmobilers that I know.

The internet keeps the snowmobiling community connected. There are 1,000s of unsanctioned events that simply start by someone saying, “hey – who wants to ride this weekend?” Next thing ya know, word spreads about how much fun everyone had and it snowballs from there (pun intended). They grow into these annual events…”same date next year?”

So, here’s what happens next – the date is set. Motel rooms are reserved. Trucks and sleds are fueled. Vacation time is requested. Then individuals, families and social groups all head into a remote mountain town. They buy. They buy. They buy a lot!! They spend money – because they can.

It is with great sadness that I have to dispel the myth that mountain snowmobilers are a bunch of rednecks. All you really need to do is add up the costs to outfit an individual – much less an entire family – with a sled and the proper safety gear. Since this article is really targeted at those individuals who are not mountain sledders, I will point out that everything – got that?…EVERYTHING, on your person and on your sled is part and parcel of your survival gear. From your gloves, to your coat, to the sunglasses in your backpack. Trying to save a dime in buying a coat is really not advised, when that coat may be the only thing protecting you from the elements if you have to stay overnight. With all that said, here’s a run down of estimated costs of the primary accessories needed to sled in the back country.

• Sled $6,000-$14,000 USD
• Clothes (including base, mid and outer layers – top & bottom) $800-$1,200 USD
• Boots/gloves/helmet $245-$800 USD
• Backpack (non-avy) $60-$120 USD
• Backpack (avy) $1,000-$1,200 USD
• Body armor (tek vest, knee pads, etc) $60-$300 USD
• Beacon, probe, shovel $250-$400 USD

This doesn’t include a lot of items, such as matches, radios, compass, fire starter, flashlight, and the list goes on, and the costs add up. It would be GREATLY appreciated if the media would STOP perpetuating the myths that sledders are ignorant, beer-swilling, couch-potatoes. Because it’s simply not true.

The fact is that mountain sledders do not fit a stereotypical mold. They come from all areas of the business world…from CEOs to millworkers. They have families and they are single. They are old and they are young. They are world-class athletes and they are physically handicapped. They survive corporate down-sizing, cancer, divorces, etc….just like everyone else.

The thing that binds us together is our great love for the back country in the winter. We are modern day adventurers. We want to get out there – in the mountains. We want to explore and play and wonder at the beauty. We love the snow! When it covers the trees, when it flies up in our faces, when it gives us a playground of vast proportions. That is when we are in heaven. That is when our souls glow.

We are not anything that the media will have tried to make us out to be in the last couple of days. We are so much more. It’s truly a pity that the media isn’t interested in shining any light on the truth.

The truth is - the Turbo Bowl avy survivors are HEROS. We in the snowmobiling communities – far and wide – are praying for the full recovery of those injured, in body and in spirit. And finally, with great compassion and sympathy we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who perished.

I wrote this and I am Susie Rainsberry, Oregon resident, back-country snowmobiler. I provide free and complete liberty for others to share and disperse this message. The time has come to stop the slandering of good individuals just because they ride snowmobiles.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Where did winter go?

After a few weeks in Japan, coming home to the coast of BC in "Summer" like conditions was a bit difficult. Crazy warm conditions have been causing havoc with avy conditions across BC, and nobody seems to be getting any snow.

Today, things in Squamish seem to be changing - woke up to rain, and a bit cooler... hopefully meaning that we will see some snowfall coming up high.

I've been in my office editing images from Japan all day...

Fun times, Fun times...

Japan is crazy. Amazing sites, great food, huge cities, huge snowfall, Japanimation hairdoos, Harajuku Sundays, and strange plastic figurines in vending machines....

ok... so some of the food is a bit suspect........

Friday, February 26, 2010

Japan-o-rama part 2

The crew at Black Diamond Lodge in Niseko have been awsome, and we have been getting shots daily just driving around and taking short walks off the highway! We did however decide to go do a day of riding up on mountain on the Niseko United resorts. The snow was fun, and the Apres' at the huge all you can eat Buffet in the Hilton hotel in Hirafu was outstanding.

With some warm weather hitting Niseko we geared up and drove North to a resort that I cannot mention right now.....

We arrived late to the Gondola... 2:30 pm to be square.. and there were a whole 5 other cars in the parking lot. ( Considering at least 2-3 were for employees.... you can imagine how many people were on mountain.

Stepping off the gondola, we rode knee deep blower powder through steep trees.....Yes, thats right... UNTRACKED, BLOWER at 2:30 in the afternoon... AND THE MOUNTAIN TO OURSELVES!!!!

The little town is celebrating a sort of "ice festival" with huge sculptures built in the river valley just below town, It was an amazing site, after 3 of the best runs of our trip.

Today was the crews last riding day, we are just now in Sapporo for an evening, then off for 3 days of excitment and tourist activities in Tokyo!

Are the Olympics almost over???

We have all decided that the last little resort Gem will need a bit more attention on our next visit to Japan....