Ending the day with new photos of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and wilderness within the stunning desert landscape – by Bob Wick, BLM.  The grey limestone of the La Madre Peaks Wilderness contrasts beautifully with the red sandstone in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, most often associated with the conservation area.  

About the area, Bob says: “Its amazing to be in a wilderness setting looking at the Las Vegas Strip just 10 miles away as the crow flies (see Las Vegas Night).”  

Gasherbrum IV, Karakoram, Pakistan.

If there’s a mountain harder to climb than K2, it’s considered to be Gasherbrum IV. The peak is 7925m and an extremely technical climb. Its sheer rock faces are relentless and the objective dangers are many. On top of that, it’s located in a part of the world where the weather is very unstable. The impressive mountain is the first of the “big ones” you can see when walking in towards the Baltoro area. It’s located at the intersection where the Baltoro glacier splits and Gasherbum IV is really looming over everything around. There are two main attack routes. One is directly from relatively low altitude from the Baltoro glacier and the other one is from the huge glacier fields close to camp one of Gasherbrum I, II and III. Contrary to general belief Gasherbrum doesn’t mean “shining wall”. The name comes from the Balti words rgasha, which means beautiful and brum which means mountain. The other five peaks are close by and three (I, II, III) of them are slightly higher at 8068m, 8032m and 7952m respectively. Gasherbrum IV is ranked as number 17 on the list of the world’s highest mountains. The first westerners to see the peak from the upper reaches of the Gasherbrum glacier was famous explorer Francis Younghusband and his party when they in 1889 explored the area.



Getting stoked for the fall Joe’s Valley bouldering season…. here is an old video I made of myself and others climbing there a few years back. 

Selfie Culture.
We got up early, at dawn because it would be cooler.

We walked 45 minutes from the hotel door to the base of Lion Rock; by the time we got there we were soaked by sweat in the humid air.

After class climbing it, we saw a man on the neighboring peak combing his hair before a@selfie session.


#hongkong #selfie #lionrock #climbing (at Lion Rock Peak)

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I really don’t like using Adobe Illustrator, but this project is really fun…

Here are my final pattern design icons (which had to describe us in some wayyyy…I have a lot of rock climbing, music, and other art-related elements going on here) Eventually we are required to upload our patterns as products on Society6 (they may be edited slightly before then)…so if anyone is interested you can waste your precious monies there. ;D hah


Clouds roll over a hiking party on the edge of Mt. Fuji, with the landscape of Japan in the backgroun.