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Published in Backpacker

Backpacker magazine is running my photo of Angels Landing Zion National Park in its newest issue. With a nationwide circulation of 362,000, it is the largest audience I've ever been published to. If you're at a bookstore or airport newsstand, be sure to check it out.

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Here's an article that shows a video of the trail that we were on. In many parts it was wide enough for just one body, with a 1000-foot dropoff below. Officially, the National Park Service recognizes 5 fatalities from falls on this trail.

A Few Memorable European Moments

My 2 months in Europe are over, and I'm starting to go over all the photos and videos I took abroad. There is probably close to 100gb to review, and a lot of experiences I just couldn't get on camera. But the ones I did get are really fun. Here are some of the best moments from my backpacking.

London, England

Cheering for the hometown hero, Andy Murray, at Wimbledon

Meeting USC's Olympic athletes

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Amsterdam, Netherlands Rented a bike and rode through the fields in the countryside

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Prague, Czech Republic Saw a Czech punk show at an industrial dive bar, with an Australian and some fun Chileans

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Krakow, Poland Made some awesome Polish friends and saw Snoop Dogg in concert

Slovakia Rode in an ex-soldier's personal tank. Riding in this crazy guy's tank was the most fun I have ever had almost dying.

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Budapest, Hungary Shot a shotgun and an AK-47 in a Hungarian strip club / firing range. They have those in Hungary. It's like Walmart, but with shotguns and strippers.

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Lots to pick from. I shot 6 guns in total, including a Glock and a revolver.

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Belgrade, Serbia The best pub crawl in Europe, which includes a stop in some guy’s flat at his homemade bar, and this dance party on a boat.

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I'm truly exhausted after this trip. It was the longest and most extensive travel I have ever done. Some numbers, for perspective:

  • I visited 17 cities across 11 countries
  • Used 10 different currencies
  • Stayed in a room with 1 bed
  • Stayed in a room with 26 beds
  • Had McDonald's twice
  • Missed 1 bus
  • Learned "Give me a beer" in at least 7 languages
  • Called home once (SORRY MOM)
  • and NEVER had a night of sleep longer than 7 hours. I estimate that I traveled around 15,000 miles, there and back.

My travels are nowhere near over, though. Through September and October, I'll be in New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tucson, and back home to San Francisco. Big plans for next summer as well, but those will be secret for now!

Safe travels guys, and more updates to come soon!

Halfway point

I'm halfway through my time in Europe, when the real fun begins. After a weekend in Amsterdam, I finished my studies at Cambridge last week, and I've spent the last few days in London, seeing the sights, watching the Olympics, meeting other travelers, and taking pictures. Here are a couple teaser shots from the trip so far. The first is from my time in Holland. I rented a bike and traveled from town to town through the farm roads. I saw a lot of the Dutch countryside, including lots of cows, and sometimes had to carry my bike over canals. I had lunch in a old schoolhouse converted into a restaurant. Below, the waterside town of Durgerdam.

The second is from today's Olympic events at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Over the next month I'll be making my way through the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. I fly from Istanbul back to Los Angeles the night before fall semester begins. I'll be traveling by bus and staying in hostels pretty much the whole way, and the plan is to travel with a single pack: camera gear, laptop, and 4 changes of clothes. Making it fit into a 45-liter bag is an Olympic sport every time, but traveling light is worth the trouble.

Lastly, I've gotten a lot of questions about what I'm shooting with on the trip. I'm shooting everything with a Canon 5D Mk II, a 16-35mm 2.8, and a 70-200mm 2.8. Cheers from Europe!