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    chris smead
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Companion forum thread to: Alcove (Film) – 4K

    Alcove is a story about a backpacking trip that Chris Smead and Ryan Jordan took during the Spring of 2017. It explores Chris’s perspective on doing something different than what he’s used to – hiking in remote canyons on the Colorado Plateau.

    Mike B
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado

    Inspiring, I love seeing adventures brought to life. This is one part of the state that I have not seen and CO is my home state. Thank you and curse you for making me miss the wide open out doors. It is a true measure of skill when you can bring out the emotions in others with your words, images, and passion. I hope the two of you can do more of these and bring them to the world.

    Curt Peterson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    More of this please. MUCH more content like this. Thank you!

    Matthew / BPL


    Really nice video, fellas.

    Chris, I’ve admired your cinematography and your creative editing in your Sierra videos but I really enjoy the more restrained style in this film. I think it honors the landscape and the journey. Definitely my favorite video of yours. Your music is great as always.

    Spencer Hammer
    BPL Member



    James Marco
    BPL Member


    Locale: Finger Lakes

    Thanks, Guys!

    Michael Boisvert
    BPL Member


    Chris,  you have really progressed as a film maker!   I really enjoyed this video.

    I too, want to see more!


    Mike Boisvert


    Ryan Tucker
    BPL Member


    Best yet.

    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern California


    chris smead
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks guys!

    This was my first project with my new camera, and the style was out of my comfort zone so I was worried about how it would be received. ¬†Glad to see you’re enjoying it! ¬†:)



    Locale: Northeast Oregon

    Loved it Chris and Ryan. Thanks. I am also impressed Chris that you composed the soundtrack. Good luck to you as you pursue such projects.


    A well conceived route, well hiked, and a story very well told.  You really captured the feel of the trip as it unfolded.  Very well done!

    Marcus Bendixen
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado Springs CO

    Really enjoyed it, cheers!

    Brad Rogers
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeast Tennessee

    Very nice!

    Adam Kilpatrick
    BPL Member


    Locale: South Australia

    I need to get less work, and more hiking in.

    The colours and terrain remind me of various places in arid Australia. Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, Finke Gorge, northern Flinders Ranges come to mind. Its time I visit some of these again.

    Paul Magnanti
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado Plateau


    I was there about two weeks before you. Both access roads to the trailheads were closed (happens every March apparently) so I had to come in from the Pollock Bench TH. Ended up walking some of the roads you drove in on I suspect. My footprints and some MTB tracks were the only ones there.

    The Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness is a¬†magical place that I’ve been to a handful of times now. ¬† A little bit of Utah without the drive…


    chris smead
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Paul:  Wow!  Amazing huh?   What route did you take?    It seemed almost impossible to hike from the mouth of Knowles canyon to Mee canyon.   The bushwacking was pretty intense, but totally worth it.

    In 4 days we saw zero backpackers. ¬†We only saw a few rafters on the Colorado river, so it’s amazing to hear from someone else who’s been there. ¬† Did you get to see the Mee canyon alcove?

    chris smead
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks for noticing the soundtrack Rodney! ¬† A fair amount of effort goes into the music for these projects so it’s nice to see someone noticing. ¬†:) ¬† For this project I went for a style that was more minimalistic. ¬†(Ryan’s a minimalist so it seemed appropriate) I kept wanting to add more instruments and had to stop myself.

    I tracked it all in my spare bedroom. ¬†Durand from “Mile, mile and a half” recommended this guy named Kent from Blue ribbon studios for mastering, and I think that made a big difference.


    Brendan Swihart
    BPL Member


    Locale: Fruita CO

    Nice.  Always nice to finish a day with a good thrash.  I did a loop that included Jones several years back and ended up saying screw it and crossed the river (pre-runoff) because travel was nearly impossible between Jones and Knowles.

    Doug Johnson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    I LOVE this. Thank you!

    Eugene Smith
    BPL Member


    Locale: Nuevo Mexico


    Really fine piece of documentation and story telling.  For having never visited the desert, you captured the essence of the landscape and showcased the beauty of the harsh environment well. Dream like.


    Thanks, Chris and Ryan.


    Welcome back, Eugene!  I, for one, have missed your presence.

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    As have I. Good to see you.


    Jeff McWilliams
    BPL Member


    Locale: Midwest

    Another great documentary, Chris.

    My brother creates instrumental/environmental music, so I appreciate the work that you put into not only filming,editing, and post; but the music side as well.

    I look forward to seeing a lot more great work from you in the future!

    Tim Drescher
    BPL Member


    Locale: Gore Range

    Great work Chris. As soon as I saw the thumbnail for your video I immediately thought “Mee”. A couple years back we dropped into Mee Canyon, made the hike out to the mouth, then packrafted down to Knowles. Last year I tried driving to the Knowles Canyon TH after a sneaky spring storm. Almost got my little hatchback stuck in the middle of that road – ended up having to turn around and had to put the pedal to the floor for what felt like miles before getting back to pavement.

    Such a neat area, and a special thanks to you and Jordan for talking about the conservation and designation of this particular piece of land we get to enjoy.

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