I’ve always been fascinated with the grandeur of the mountain regions and vacationed there much of my youth. I figured out early in life that’s where I wanted to be. But what I didn’t understand was, what it would take to survive and work at 10,000 feet. Look into this unique lifestyle by following the stories of those who have.
I’ve always had a fascination for the mountains and building my home here. Not only was my father a masonry and general contractor, but my grandfather was building homes in the California foothills which fascinated me at an early age. My father was also an innovator developing new equipment and new techniques to save
Griffith Gunnufson was born in the same town as his mother, Durango, Colorado. A few months later we moved back to Breckenridge where I bought a one bedroom rustic log house and completely remodeled it into a four bedroom house. I worked on the remodel late into the night after my construction day job was
Author receiving Ticket on Vail Pass During my freshman year, two friends from my dormitory, Jack Barr and Bruce Cole, took me under their wings. Jack showed me how to be part of the ski scene. “Jeans are cool and that’s what the good skiers wear. If ya don’t fall, ya don’t need stretch pants.”
https://vimeo.com/78832857 A group from Arvada Rotory Club have flown into Guachochi, Mexico, for several years to bring medical aid and eye care to the community. Each trip seems to generate both adventure and a high sense of satisfaction of giving. I also have a separate back-story while documenting these medical trips. See Survival at Sierra
https://vimeo.com/60596489 Anderson Ranch is the major supporter of the arts on the western slope of Colorado. They have a large campus at the Snowmass Ski Area with programing in all aspects of the arts. Jim Baker answered an ad and took a job in which he thought it entailed maintaining the darkroom. It
https://vimeo.com/60802669 Al Weber opened and operated his photography school in Victor, Colorado in the 80s. Al taught along side Ansel at the Ansel Adams Photography Workshops in Yosemite and brought the big names of fine art photography to the Rockies. We became friends and he supported and mentored me until his death in 2016. He