The story behind the photo: In the early 80’s Dad decided he needed a big dose of adventure. He wanted to shoot remote mountain landscapes, wild animals and rock climbers. While he’d grown up on a farm, Dad knew he’d need some serious survival skills as well as someone who could direct him to the best photographic spots. Enter Todd Skinner.
Dad saw Todd’s ad in a newspaper and hired him. Todd and his family ran “The Skinner Brothers Wilderness Camp” near Pinedale, WY. But Todd’s passion was rock climbing, especially free climbing. In the climbing world, Todd would become a rock star. His climbs would be documented by National Geographic, Life magazine, USA Today and Climbing.
Dad met Todd before he became famous. In fact, the money Dad paid for his pack trip would help fund some of Todd’s earlier climbs. Dad learned a great deal during his weeklong trip to resupply the family’s wilderness camp. He shot this photo one evening as Todd hobbled the horses for the night.