I've been climbing for 15 years and have been to some really great climbing destinations. One of my all time favorites is the New River Gorge in West Virginia. It's a 5 hour drive for me and boasts over 1,400 established rock climbs. It's all sandstone and it's wonderful!
Back in the summer of 2002 I lived there and worked as a whitewater photography on the New and Gauley Rivers. I lived in my tent at a climbers campground and spent all my free time climbing. It was one of the coolest summers of my life. I've been there numerous times since, but it's been almost 5 years since my last trip.
This June, I had the pleasure of working in the Gorge as a photographer for Mercersburg Outdoor Education. My good friend and client hired me to photograph a 10 day trip with the Outdoor Ed program from Mercersburg Academy. I was part of a 9 person trip. Six students, two guides and myself. The Mercersburg Outdoor Education program is incredible. They take students all over the world and teach leadership skills that can only really be learned in wilderness situations. These kids are great. Not only are they technically proficient, but they are bright, thoughtful, eager and polite. It was an absolute pleasure for me to be a part of this climbing trip.
I'm currently in the process of designing a book for the program based on this trip. I'll share that here once it's complete, but for now I'd like to share a few of my favorite images from the trip.