Monday, December 8, 2014

A Moab Thanksgiving

I spent Thanksgiving with a couple friends in Moab, Utah climbing some stellar desert cracks. Perfect weather for four days of climbing!  

We had the best campsite! 
I’ve been trying to capture a Milky Way shot, somehow I’ve never done that. I think the moon was too bright this night. 
Along with Climbers, Moab was full of base jumpers and slack liners.

This is my view from my tent in the morning!

The Owl in Arches National Park. This was my first desert tower. Fun 5.8 climb! 
Self portrait from the summit of the Owl
Vincent leading the Owl

The view from the top of the Owl over Arches National Park
Vincent and Stefanie watching for the beta on the Devil's Golf Ball before deciding to climb it
Vincent pulling through the C1 section on the Devil’s Golf Ball
We checked out The Windows for sunset

Vincent loving the perfect handcrack of The Naked and the Dead 5.10R. The top opens up into an awkward but stable offwidth. 

Moving into the offwidth

The last day we moved to Wall Street and climbed the best 5.9 crack climb I’ve lead, Flakes of Wrath. Five Stars and you can belay from your car!
The variation to the left is stellar too, but the crack dissipates into V3-4 face climbing with no protection. 

Stefanie snapped a shot of me leading Flakes of Wrath

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Print Shop! Just in Time for Christmas!

After many years of intending to do so, I have created a Print Shop for my art. You can now purchase prints directly from a website that allows you to pick the size, what it is printed on, and where it is shipped. Can't figure out what to get Grandma for Christmas? Get her a canvas print!

Click here to see the Print Shop:

Prints are available on archival paper, canvas gallery wraps, acrylic gallery standouts, metal prints, matted and framed, as greeting cards, and phone cases.

Many of the photos on this new website have never been published or seen outside of my archives. They don't really have a place on my portfolio website. I'm excited to give you the opportunity to print them for your walls. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

From now until January 1st, get 20% off  your order (does not apply to printing cost)!
Type in this code at checkout: JAVVDP

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park

I’ve wanted to go to the Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park since I moved to Boulder 3 years ago (almost), but hadn’t had the opportunity. This past September my aunt, father, and sister were hiking a section of the Continental Divide Trail in Southern Colorado. My mother came from Indiana to watch my sister’s boys while the other adults were out on the trail. Mother insisted on seeing me since I was only six hours away. 

I was happy to finally see this beautiful spectacle. They’re the tallest sand dunes in North America. And they’re awesome. 


Note: All of these images are available for sale on my new Print Shop website,

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The Dunes cover 30 square miles and are stacked up against the Sangre de Cristo mountains. 


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Grains of Sand 


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Steam rises off of a lake in the San Luis Valley

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Panorama of the dunes as seen from the road entering the park. 


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The evening sun casts long shadows across Great Sand Dunes National Park, accentuating the sensual curves of the dunes.


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On the drive home up 285 I was watching a storm come through his valley near Buena Vista and had to stop to capture it. 


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

It's Snowing in Boulder!

Winter has finally arrived and hopefully it's here. I'm in full on winter mode. Ice climbing Sunday, skiing and snowboarding Thursday, and I shot mixed climbing in Vail yesterday! So psyched for this season!

Driving to Golden as the sun came up Thursday, the Flatirons were on grand display.

On the way home the conditions were a bit less sunny.

I've lived in Boulder now for almost 3 years. I drive past this tree multiple times a month and I've wanted to photograph since I saw it the first time. I finally didn't have to be back in Boulder for anything specific and took the time to stop. So glad I did!

And I stopped at the pull-off to photograph the Flatirons again.

I love having my Sony A6000 with me, I'm definitely more apt to use it since I carry it more often than my 5dMkiii.

If you're interested any of these are available for print. I will be announcing my new Print Shop soon, but in the meantime, I will fill you in by email. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Early Ice - Lincoln Falls

I got out on Sunday with two friends to swing my axes into some ice for the first time this season! It was a perfect day. I was a bit nervous because the forecast in Boulder was 74ยบ and sunny, but up at 12,000 or so feet, Lincoln Falls was in great shape (despite what one commenter on MountainProject said, "There's No Ice").

Janette leading the WI4- section of Scottish Gully

From a distance Sickle on a Stick  (WI5) looked pretty thin, but the pillar was in good condition. Jeanette snapped this photo of me dropping off a large chunk of ice on the lead. 

Janette topping out on Sickle on a Stick. 
It was great getting into winter mode just as winter struck. Now it's snowing and cold in Boulder! Psyched for winter this year!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Flying to Reno with My Dad


Last New Years my dad came to Boulder to pick me up in his Vans RV10 that he'd spent the previous 8 years building in our garage. We were going to visit my sister who had just moved to Reno, NV. (My dad picked the call sign, N110SC. I like to think it stands for N110ScottClark, but it could be Steve Clark, Sandy Clark, or Sarah Clark. There's a lot of SC)

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We flew just north of Longs Peak and the Diamond in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Everything is super close when you fly. Made me want to invest in a helicopter. There were so many untouched bowls on the back side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Winterpark was 15 minutes away, Steamboat Springs only about 35 minutes.
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Steamboat Springs from above
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This is what the Inversion in Salt Lake looks like when flying through it. 
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Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake
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Lake Tahoe in January with very little snow. We rented snowshoes and did not need them at all. 
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A twisted tree near Reno, NV
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My sister hiking with my nephew, Sebastian
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On the flight back, the mountains with a light covering of snow. 
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Bingham Canyon Mine, a copper mine just outside of Salt Lake City, is a massive scar in the mountainside. It’s over half mile deep and 2.5 miles wide.
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The beautiful Wasatch Range 
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A crazy geological feature in Eastern Utah
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A lenticular cloud above the Indian Peaks in Central Colorado which typically equates to crazy wind patterns.
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We cruised over Rollinsville Pass with a massive tailwind, but surprisingly almost no turbulence. But just like waiting for the bass to drop in a dubstep song, on the other side of the pass the lift disappeared out from under us, and we dropped suddenly with the most violent turbulence I’ve ever felt. It was good to know that the thousands of rivets my dad had placed by hand held together, and we landed safely in Boulder a few moments later.
I always loved growing up flying with my dad. It had been a few years since I’d gotten that opportunity. I would love to get my license sometime in the future. It provides a different perspective for photography that you really cannot get any other way. Except for in a helicopter…which is really what I want. Starting a Buy Scott a Helicopter fund right now. Let me know if you’d like to contribute!