One of the great benefits of this job is the time I spend outdoors, on adventures or simply in the woods. A few days ago my climbing partner, Eddie Gianelloni, and I headed to Mizugakiyama for a mixed trip of spring climbing and promotional work. Eddie is an ambassador for Mountain Khakis and needed to write a review of their new Equatorial Pant so we took off to make some images of him in action.
Here in Japan we have suffered through something close to eleven dreary, rain-soaked weekends in a row. As a direct result, the only climbing we have accomplished is on gym plastic, and it was sublime to escape into the mountains. For one brief day the glory of spring in Japan was on full display. We spent the entire day cleaning problems, crushing them and photographing Eddie in his new equatorials. A truly simple and wonderful day in the woods, on the rock and behind the camera. I have such gratitude for days like these.
The title of this post is "... with Pleasure" so don't think I did not lace up and put down some problems of my own. While unintended, I am also wearing a pair of Mountain Khakis in this picture. Unlike Eddie I am not sponsored by the company, but he is an effective ambassador and insisted I try the Alpine Utility Pant. Now, not to make a shameless plug but they are hands down my favorite shooting pants... soft, rugged, reinforced knees, double pockets and totally photographer proof. They will definitely be replacing my old 5.11's.