What Goes Up

Posted by on Apr 1, 2009 in Ski, Wasatch | 3 Comments

Skinning up to Cardiff Pass

Like climbing a long dirt road, or a steady singletrack on a bike, skinning up a mountain can be extremely rewarding. The rhythmic consistency, the sustained effort and the ongoing burn in the legs and lungs all combine to create a physical sense of euphoria and exercise induced clarity.

A Rocky Mountain high.

Of course, the reward for the effort is not only the flood of endorphins, or the view from a high ridge line, but also the butterfly stomach of the descent. That thrill of speed and control and trees whipping nearby as you fall off the mountain in a fit of irrational glee.

And no matter the difficulty of the climb, or the exhaustion of the body, at the bottom there is always a desire to climb back up and do it all over again.

Jonathan enjoying the fruits of his labor.


  1. Ed
    April 1, 2009

    I like what you’re doing with these recent pictures, very nice.

  2. Grizzly Adam
    April 2, 2009

    Ed, thanks. It was a fairly simple effect:

    1. Adjust levels and curves to taste.
    2. Apply a B&W adjustment layer
    3. Tint the B&W layer with a sepia tone
    4. Set the blending mode of the B&W adjustment layer to Color Dodge
    5. Add color burns and dodges to shadows and lights
    6. Add a gradient and or vignette if desired.

  3. Ed
    April 3, 2009

    Adam – thanks very much but I use LR2 not full blown PS. I may be able to figure something out though.


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