This year has really started off with a bang. Soon after starting GoJAM Media with Jay Schultz, I signed a contract with Trek Bikes to cover their world cup mountain bike teams; Trek World Racing and Trek Factory Racing as they travel world, racing for the top spot on the podium.
First job on the list was the team camps. Trek Factory, the cross country squad was held in Austin Texas, and next was the Downhill Squad, Trek World racing in Santa Barbara, California. Team camps are where the new team members get a chance to get to know each other, test new equipment, and work out a plan for the upcoming season. It’s also where we get images for the upcoming seasons media needs. Rider hero cards, tent walls, and all the imagery for selling bikes.
Capturing the images we need requires a good amount of hiking, crawling under scrub, scrambling up and down scree slopes, and climbing trees. Anything to get the angle and shot. My go to clothing choice for all of this are my Mountain Khakis Original Mountain pants. They have proved durable and offered unmatched protection, even when I have made some rather poor choices in spots to set up; while my ribs picked up a few cactus spikes form getting a tad too close my legs were just fine. In Santa Barbara I hastily over looked some Poison Oak, my arms bearing the telltale itchy little bumps a few days later, but my legs were unscathed. My Mk’s have been a great comfortable pant and afforded my legs all kinds of protection against all the little cuts and scrapes one gets while trudging through the brush. I wouldn’t leave home with out them. Next up was the Sea Otter Classic, and Port Angeles, Washington NW Cup DH races, and while I dished out more of the same abuse, my MK’s haven’t budged. Not a stitch loose, not the slightest hint of weakness showing in the fabric.
While I work in my Original Mountain Pants, there are times when I need to look less like a grubby photographer and a bit more civilized. Often times we will head out for a team dinner and I have to look little less “Pig Pen,” that’s where my MK Oxbow long sleeve comes in. Comfortable, good looking, but not over the top, it fits my style nicely. It’s always in my travel kit, ready for anything more than the typical dine and dash occasion.
So now I’m packing for five weeks in Europe as the World Cup season starts, I’ve got limited room in what I can bring, I need to travel as light as I can to make up for all of my camera gear. One pair of work pants has to do the job, and the pair I choose is Mountain Khakis.