Images from New Zealand

•June 24, 2010 • 7 Comments
Here are a hand full of photos from my trip to New Zealand.  It was a very fast trip, only three and half days for fun, then it was back to workin Auckland.  Thank you to everyone who helped my trip go smoothly, Andrew, Grant, Steve and Gillian.   I don’t think it would have been nearly as much fun with out your assistance and company.
The forest that surrounds Mangakewa, a limestone sport crag in New Zealand.

A climber on Prokrastination (22, 5.11a) at Mangaokewa, New Zealand.

A native Maori cooking corn in a natural hot pool in Whakarewarewa, near Rotorua, New Zealand.

Natural steam geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Redwoods outside of Rotorua, New Zealand.

My host Steve riding through the Whaka Forest near Rotorua, New Zealand.

My host Steve riding through the Whaka Forest near Rotorua, New Zealand.

My host Steve riding through the Whaka Forest near Rotorua, New Zealand.

A typical scene on the singletrack trails through the Whaka Forest near Rotorua, New Zealand.

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

The Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand.

Vacationing at the Outer Banks

•June 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Kite Boarding at the Outer Banks

Kite Boarding at the Outer Banks

Sunrise at the Outer Banks

Sunrise at the Outer Banks

Sunrise at the Outer Banks

Sunrise at the Outer Banks

Sunrise at the Outer Banks

Sunrise at the Outer Banks

White Rim Trail in a Day, 2010

•May 18, 2010 • 2 Comments

Ericka climbing out of Mineral Bottom for the first climb of the day.

Nathan, Ericka and Nate, still fresh after about 3 hrs of riding.

Looking down from the top of the Shaffer Switchbacks down onto the White Rim.

Ericka and Nathan riding down the Shaffer Switchbacks.

White Rim, near the bottom of Shaffer Switchbacks.

Riding over Musselman Arch. You're not supposed to, but we didn't see the sign. Sorry!

Musselman Arch

Looking off the White Rim

Another shot off the White Rim

Ericka enjoying the beautiful weather about 60 miles into the White Rim

A view from the top of Murphy Hogback

Ericka enjoying the last few yards of the Murphy Hogback climb.

Blooming WIldflowers

Nathan wishing he hadn't already riden 92 miles before climbing out of Potato Bottom.

Nathan giving Slickrock a try the day after White Rim in a Day

Nathan trying to convince his bike to not go back to the car.

A view of La Sal mountains from the Slick Rock trail.

104 miles, approx 12 hours car to car, approx 10 hours of ridding time.  Fun Fun Fun!

San Francisco

•October 14, 2009 • 1 Comment

Sarah and I had a great trip to San Francisco a few weekends ago.  We walked around the city a lot, saw the Golden Gate Bridge, and went over to Muir Woods.  Here are a few photos from the trip.  Enjoy!

Redwood Trees in Muir Woods outside of San Francisco

Redwood Trees in Muir Woods outside of San Francisco

Redwood Trees in Muir Woods outside of San Francisco

Redwood Trees in Muir Woods outside of San Francisco

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

China Town in San Francisco

China Town in San Francisco

Stand on the Grand for Organ Donation

•August 23, 2009 • 1 Comment

“He got a heart!  Greg got a heart!”

Sarah had just checked her work voice mail after returning from climbing the Grand Teton in Wyoming the previous day.  Greg had been waiting for a heart for almost four months while being kept alive by a total artificial heart.  The timing of this news, although happy when ever it comes, could not have been more inspiring.

Sarah and I been asked to join a team of cardiac nurses to climb the Grand Teton in an effort to raise awareness for organ donation.  The team would accompany Kelly Perkins, a heart transplant recipient and avid mountain climber. The purpose of the climb was to inspire others to live healthy lifestyles, to reach their goals and to raise awareness about organ donation.  I was asked to document this accomplishment with photo and video, as Kelly is the first heart transplant recipient to summit the Grand.  What is even more incredible is that Kelly and her husband, Craig, were completing the entire Grand Traverse, which includes climbing not only the Grand Teton, but the six other peaks immediately surrounding it.

Sarah and I met Kelly on Thursday evening at the lower saddle of the Grand, where we would stay for the night at over 11,000 feet. Sarah had brought a photo with her that included the transplant and artificial heart teams at Intermountain Medical Center along with many patients who were waiting for a heart. It was very inspiring to tell Kelly about these individuals — those for whom we were climbing. One of the patients in the photo was Greg, who had been waiting for a heart for almost 4 months. Greg was so sick, he had to stay in the hospital supported by a machine: a Total Artificial Heart. We had been hoping and praying for Greg’s heart for so long. It could have come any day and seemed long overdue.

By miraculous coincidence (is there really such a thing?), Greg got his heart that evening. We don’t know the exact times, but about when we were sitting at the lower saddle with Kelly and Craig, Cardiologists at Intermountain Medical Center received the call. There was a heart for Greg. We just can’t get over the timing.

We feel very fortunate to have shared this climb with Kelly, Craig, the cardiac rehab nurses from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (Tiffany, Heidi, Chelsea, Mary, Chris) and Marion, a cardiac nurse from Utah Valley Hospital and Heidi’s daughter;  and of course the guides from Exum: special thanks to Rod, Eric, Tim, Ben and Kevin.

We hope all of you enjoy the photos, and of course please consider registering to be an organ donor if you haven’t already: www.yesutah.org or http://www.yesidaho.org/.

~Nate and Sarah

The Long Approach to the Lower Saddle with the Stand on the Grand Team.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

The long approach to the Lower Saddle with the Stand on the Grand team. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Checking Kelly Perkins' Blood Pressure at 11,610 feet at the lower Saddle.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Checking Kelly Perkins' blood pressure at 11,610 feet at the Lower Saddle. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Sunset on the Grand Teton as seen from the Lower Saddle.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Sunset on the Grand Teton as seen from the Lower Saddle. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins completing the infamous leap of faith off Wall Street to get onto the Exum Ridge.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins completing the infamous leap of faith off Wall Street to get onto the Exum Ridge. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Chelsea, a cardiac rehab nurse, finishing the Golden Staircase pitch on the Exum Ridge.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Chelsea, a cardiac rehab nurse, finishing the Golden Staircase pitch on the Exum Ridge. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins smears onto the Unsoeld's layback pitch on the Exum Ridge.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins smears onto the Unsoeld's layback pitch on the Exum Ridge. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Sarah, Mary and Chelsea nearing the summit on the Exum Ridge.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Sarah, Mary and Chelsea nearing the summit on the Exum Ridge. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins and the Stand on the Grand team celebrate on the summit.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins and the Stand on the Grand team celebrate on the summit. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins and the Stand on the Grand team make a wish for those waiting for organs on the summit.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kelly Perkins and the Stand on the Grand team make a wish for those waiting for organs on the summit. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip

•August 15, 2009 • 2 Comments

Here are some photos from last weekends trip up Kings Peak.  Although the forecast wasn’t the best, it turned out to be a great weekend with just a bit of cloud cover.  We did get the typical dusting of snow Saturday afternoon, but we didn’t mind.   Enjoy the photos.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Kings Peak Backpacking Trip. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

City of Rocks

•May 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Although it’s been a while, we got out for a three day climbing trip this weekend to Massacre Rocks and City of Rocks in Idaho.  Even with scattered storms, we managed to get three fairly full days of climbing in.  All the climbing photos are of Jess Taverna on Tribal Bounderies and Smoke Signals.

City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Tribal Bounderies at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Tribal Bounderies at City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Tribal Bounderies at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Tribal Bounderies at City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Jess Taverna on Smoke Signal at City of Rocks. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.