Adventureby Jonathon Reed

American Southwest

Fall 2016

12,000 km. 44 days. 12 national parks. 3 bucket list items. 2 travellers. Crossing the Great Plains to the San Juan Mountains of the southern Rockies, across the Colorado Plateau to the Sierra Nevada of California. There are a lot of things this trip could be; the beginning of a career in adventure-based videography, a wake-up call for my sleeping passion for outdoor rock climbing, a taste of challenge to slake my thirst for adventure.

“There’s a certain exhilaration in an open map. It’s in the memories. Road lines bring to mind highway sunsets and interstate wind, topo bench marks make me think of mountain landscapes, and so on. And it’s in the potential—a map can take you anywhere.” — A post on my blog, 9 February 2016

Evidently I could wax eloquent about wanderlust and my love for the wilderness. We both could. But I’ll save that for journalling in the canyons of the Utah desert or underneath Yosemite’s sequoia trees. So I’ll leave it at that.

I set up this webpage to create a structure for experimental documentation in practice for As the Raven Flies, a duo cross-Canada bike tour in 2017 for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Depending on satellites and batteries, the plan is to post photos on Instagram and 500px, write trip reports on Exposure and embed elements on this page. Once a marker on the map above turns red, you can click it for links and photos from that location.

Sunset above Green River by Jonathon Reed on

First sunset on the south rim of Yosemite by Jonathon Reed on

Alone with Half Dome and the sun by Jonathon Reed on

Sunrise from the summit of Half Dome by Jonathon Reed on

Taking in the sunrise from the North Rim by Jonathon Reed on