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finding skiing in the desert

The Alps under high pressure, we can’t breath in Chamonix. Skiing can still be fun , sometime finding pockets of ancestral cold powder, some fun days out here and there with good company…

mont blanc

mont blanc

flo tomei

flo tomei

rosanna.hughes

rosanna.hughes

aiguille du midi

aiguille du midi

aiguille du midi

aiguille du midi

somewhere in italy

somewhere in italy

giulia monego

giulia monego

giulia monego-Davide de masi

giulia monego-Davide de masi

giulia monego

giulia monego

giulia monego-davide capozzi

giulia monego-davide capozzi

At the top of a powder face , binding broke. Luckily the snowboarder Davide Capozzi comes to the rescue with a spare toe binding in his pocket and a screwdriver . pretty unusual-random. saved the day.
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davide capozzi-davide de masi

davide capozzi-davide de masi

giulia monego-davide capozzi

giulia monego-davide capozzi

giulia monego

giulia monego

dry-chamonix

It is currently very dry in chamonix and the Alps in general. Although the high mountains are skiable, anything under 2500M is grass. It is of course not necessarily due to the global warming trend but if you add it to the arctic being 20c warmer than it should be.Over 61 millions americans voted trump and believe global warming is a chinese hoax-we should keep drilling everywhere-keep using as much fossil fuel as possible and fuck the research for better energy sources. This is worrisome . Meanwhile in chamonix , we breath the most polluted air in France, we have no snow in december. Oh well!

chamonix, france, mont blanc

chamonix in december

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aiguille du midi-refuge vallot

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the lost coast

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the lost coast

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North Cal

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US-101

In my 20 years in the US west coast i have never been up the 101 freeway past eureka. I took advantage of a 10 days vacation to go on road trip from eureka to port angeles at the end of the 101. From there I took the 20 east and the scenic north cascade freeway . Then the 5 freeway fast down back to California. In 1500 miles I encountered only one city-portland, absolute amazing wilderness, whales, many sunsets , full moon and the bird. It was a spectacular road trip. I have a few shots taken on the way…Next is carry on to Canada …

twisp, washington, 101, 20, USA, west,

the view from michael “bird”shaffer house, in twisp

twisp, washington, 101, 20, USA, west,

the bird house

twisp, washington, 101, 20, USA, west,

shower around twisp

twisp, washington, 101, 20, USA, west,

winthrop

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north cascade road

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rainier from port townsend

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chris riding in the woods by garberville

chris riding in the woods by garberville

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leavenworth

twisp, washington, 101, 20, USA, west,

twisp

twisp, washington, 101, 20, USA, west,

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michael shaffer . our shower

michael shaffer . our shower

rainier from port townsend

rainier from port townsend

Namibia

To get away from it all i opted to volunteer and work toward conservation , rehabilitation and research at the N/a’an ku sê foundation in Namibia. Go on their site at http://naankuse.com , they describe their mission and goal, very impressive. I was introduced to it via the great projects who specialize in volunteering trips around the world
I spent a little time at the sanctuary a 3200 hectare property sanctuary for animals in need of rescue, rehabilitation and sometimes relocation. Food prep, animal walk, game count , set up camera trap, animal feed, are a few of the the thing to do there.

Then i went to the very scenic and impressive Kanaan Desert location , 33000 hectares to establish there an unfenced wildlife reserve, which is based on scientific and sustainable management practices and which provides refuge for a suite of endangered species such as cheetah and hyena. The work there are taking down fences, game count, camera trap management, data processing, locate hyaenas , cheetahs or leopard tracks, poop or marking in order to define a pattern , install a camera trap and connect the dots…the project there is mostly on assessing the population of spotted hyaenas outside of game park.

after that i went to the neuras conservation and wine estate, 14,500 hectare. A sort of oasis in the desert with a vineyard , the longest canyon in the world. The work there was mostly like at kanaan, walk a lot and figure out the hyaenas. Study that hasn’t been done since the 90’s…how many hyaenas outside of game park?

It was an amazing and fulfilling time with amazing people, animals and scenics. A much better option, i think, than expensive safaris or backpacking in that region. It is also sending a positive sign to the tourist industry in regions where there is still wild life and must be protected.
My experience in namibia with locals as well as participating in conservation was far more enriching than any backpacking trip i did anywhere in the world. Tourism and backpacking is to me so passè and overrated . Participating is much better than just being a consumer…the great projects organizations has many trips around the world where you can participate and mix it up with locals as well as learn and have an over all good time. Visit them…

namibia, africa, naankuse, wild, cedric bernardini

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namibia, africa, naankuse, wild, cedric bernardini

zebras

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pool

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river

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river

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dead vlei

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dead vlei

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dead vlei

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dead vlei

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dead vlei

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viyard

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namibia highway

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pizza night

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braai

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braai

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namibia, africa, naankuse, wild, cedric bernardini, kanaan

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sandboard

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breakfast

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oryx

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oryx

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spring box

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springbox

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oryx

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oryx

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ostrich

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oryx

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vervet monkey

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vervet monkey

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samira was brought in young, people kept her as pet and fed her veggies and dog food. cheetahs are strictly carnivores …she was malnourished. she is now the oldest cheetah with the loudest purr

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wild dog

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this is gobelina....brought to the sanctuary as a part of 5 lions . gobelina and male had to be separated , they were fighting. then a honey badger cut meatballs balls. Meat ball died of infection.

this is gobelina….brought to the sanctuary as a part of 5 lions . gobelina and male had to be separated , they were fighting. then a honey badger cut meatballs balls. Meat ball died of infection.

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leopard

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jackal

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gobelina....part of 5 lions . 2 males 3 females. gobelina and meatball own enclosure . meatball attacked by a honey badger who cut off his balls. died from infection.

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