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Stein Divide

A Berry Smokey Adventure~


For as long as I have been sharing photos and stories online I have heard more “you should” comments that I can count. Phrased one way or another it has become clear that people would like to see my adventures in video. Being that I really enjoy taking photos, and wanted to focus more on writing I ignored these suggestions. Then about a year and a half ago my sponsor SOG Knives asked me to capture video as part of my trip to Haida Gwaii, so I did. The moment I got on the ferry to cross over I began my journey in filming. As the trip went on I had more and more fun capturing my experience and actually believed I was going to do the video thing. That is until the trip ended, and I sat down to sift through the raw video and clean up the clips to send off to SOG. I absolutely couldn’t stand to see or hear myself on video. Everytime I sat down to work on my assigned task I had anxiety attacks and began to fall into depression. On top of the mental barriers I was also trying to learn new software; a stressful combination. After a couple months of failed attempts I more or less gave up on processing the footage.

As time went on this unfinished project sat in the back of my mind, providing a slow drip of stress into my life. The thing is I really want to push through the discomfort of making videos so I kept capturing footage while out on adventures. Finally the tipping point came where my desire to start an ‘adventure vlog’ overcame the anxiety I felt seeing myself on film and I sat down to learn the process and push through to completion.

What follows is my first ever completed video. Unfortunately the anxiety I experienced trying to process the Haida Gwaii footage was so traumatizing I couldn’t face it first out of anxiety I would have more anxiety. Instead I set to work on a more recent adventure in the Stein Divide; a project I felt less invested in.

As you will notice it is a very amateur video with lots of room for improvements. I intend to make authentic videos sharing my adventures with Frank and personal passions. I put zero effort into my appearance for film, and specifically avoided trying to make my trip seem enviable. It is as it was, and as I am when there is no-one to see me. There was no story developed before hand, I just went into the mountains and filmed what came to mind when I was not focused on the physical task of moving through the mountains.

Some ideas I have to improve for future videos:

– invest in a more compact camera to capture the action

– capture more footage of Frank

– capture more artistic nature footage

– include more tips and area information

– find wind noise solution

– improve steadiness

– say ‘um’ less

If you have any helpful comments or suggestions to help me improve please leave them below.

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