If you’re reading this, it probably means you check out my blog every now and then, and it probably means that you knew that I was in Hueco Tanks for the month of February. I am just now finally finding the time to post my images from the trip. To be honest, I think I was more into climbing on this trip than I really was into shooting. There were a couple of days that I went out with the intent of photographing, but most of my energy was put towards climbing. I love this place, and I love that I have the opportunity to be able to stay out there for at least a month every year. It’s because I have an awesome wife! Thanks to everyone who took the time to climb for me for photos, thanks to all the spotters that spotted me on my projects, thanks to Hueco Tanks TPWD Rangers, thanks to Hueco Rock Ranch, special thanks to Gleather for a place to crash, thanks to Trevor for the death metal and all of the lights, but most of all, thanks to you!!!
I had met Brian intermittently as we both live in Texas, and are both in the climbing scene here, and the community here is pretty tight. But I really got to meet and hang out with him last November when we were both going through guide training at Hueco Tanks. After the training class was over, I had to head back to Austin for work, but I knew that Brian was staying out at Hueco for the entire season. Of course I was super jealous and I knew that he was going to be crushing by the end of his season there. Climbing news travels super fast and I had heard that in just ONE week, he put to rest four of his v13 projects (Coeur de Leon, Diabolque, Full Throtttle and Nagual). This seemed pretty newsworthy so the next thing you know, I am talking to DPM about lining up a shoot so we can get an interview with him as well as learn his training techniques so we can all be redic swoule like Brian. We set out one day on a tour together and I took photos of him on two of his current projects, both of which he is very close on. The recently established Yellow Diamonds, and the notorious Slashface. The next morning we agreed to meet up early and fire off a few more images of him on one of the 4 routes he had already sent Diabolique and finished up doing a couple of portraits for the piece. This guy is super humble, easy to talk with, and has tons of psych on climbing. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Brian in the future. Here is a link to the Dead Point article, and here are some of my favs from the set.