Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Gunks

While home tried to climb as much as possible. Unfortunately I only got to spend one of those days up in the Shawangunks, or Gunks, outside of New Paltz, NY. The exposed cliff faces rise dramatically out of the trees just an hour north of New York City. The first routes were put up back in the 30's and the cliffs have continued to be a world famous trad climbing destination in the Northeast. I only had one friend to climb with, so we didn't get to take too many photos. Here is Garrett at the top of the second pitch of Classic(5.7)

Tyler Gates
Good Life Photography

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bridge Jumping

Anyone who grew up in a rural area, outside of the desert of course, knows the simple joy of bridge jumping. I'm not sure what it is, but there is nothing like hurdling yourself off of a bridge into a muddy river, just to swim to the side, run (or more likely slip and slide your way) up the muddy bank, just to do it all over again. This was especially true for my friends and I after a long day of climbing in a 90 degree, 100% humidity Pennsylvania summer day. We showed up to a classic bridge for jumping in Hunterdon County, NJ, just to find a bunch of people who had the same idea.

Tyler Gates
Good Life Photography

It's been awhile

For anyone who checks this regularly, I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post. I've spend the past few weeks back in the Northeast. I was seeing family and friends, as well as working on a photo shoot, and getting outdoors as much as I could. I managed to climb, surf, sail, bike, and swim. I actually took a bit of a break from photography while I was home, focusing instead on figuring out what my future is looking like. I did however snap a few shots, and I have a few unscanned rolls of film around the apartment. So expect some more updates coming soon.

Thanks for sticking around and checking out my blog. I think the fall should have some good trips in store for me, and in turn I'll have some great blog entries to look forward to.

-Tyler Gates
Good Life Photography