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  • #3502572
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Companion forum thread to: Rae Lakes Film (Documentary / Video)

    Chris and Muzzy go to Rae Lakes (film!) during the High Sierra’s most biggest snow season on record! Arg! What about their marriage?

    #3502584
    Thomas Sabido
    BPL Member

    @forgeadventures

    Chris, great film. You really know how to tell a story through film and multi-media. Muzzy is a total stud.

    My wife and I planned/hiked the same trip this Summer and had to make the same adjustment for an east side approach. We had the same itinerary (Kearsarge Lakes, Rae Lakes, Kearsarge Lake). We did not have microspikes, so we turned back about half way up the southern side of Glen Pass when we hit snow, and stayed at Charlotte Lake. Your film brought back great memories. Thank you!

    Tom

    PS We are hiking the JMT in July, 2018.

    #3502697
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    Bravo! Great film- enjoyed immensely- thanks

    #3502701
    Brad Rogers
    BPL Member

    @mocs123

    Locale: Southeast Tennessee

    What time of year?

    Would (will) she go again?

    #3502733
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    Great film! Muzzy, you are not faint of heart; that was a legitimately intimidating pass crossing–especially for your first time out. Kudos; very impressive. Excellent film production; creative and professional. But mostly the views were great and we got a good sense of your adventure.

    #3502742
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks so much guys!  Glad ya liked it.   I admit a big motivator for this particular project was to entertain our kids, hence all the animations and stuff.   Once I finished the edit and watched it start to finish, I wasn’t sure how adults would react and I was a bit nervous about releasing it.  But so far it seems to be well received on BPL, youtube, and there’s even a pretty lengthly thread on the JMT FB group about it! :)  Thanks for being open minded!!

    Yes I was quite proud of Muz.  I think she’d consider going again ONLY if there’s no snow, or heights involved.   She promised me one day the whole family would do the JMT together.  I’m gunna hold her to that!  ;)

    #3502805
    Brian Barnes
    BPL Member

    @brianjbarnes

    Locale: Midwest

    Awesome! You both did great. Loved the video.

    #3502856
    Katherine .
    BPL Member

    @katherine

    Locale: pdx

    Loved it. Want to take my daughter there eventually.

    Do you do this sort of thing professionally?

    #3503041
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks!

    Nope I’m pretty far from professional.  I’ve got a regular day job just like everyone else.  This is just a fun hobby/passion for me.  :)  An expensive hobby actually!  National Park film permit fees are no joke.

    I get the occasional paid gig offer, but I live in the Silicon Valley where the cost of living is expensive.  So I’m pretty sure this will never be my primary source of income, which I’ve made peace with.

    #3503202
    Doug Johnson
    BPL Member

    @djohnson

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    I love this. And my wife and I just watched this and then we talked about going to my favorite place- La Bohn Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It’s my Rae Lakes. It got us talking about a trip, just the two of us. Thank you, Chris and Muzzy- for sharing this experience with us.

    #3503208
    david morgan
    BPL Member

    @davidmorganrn

    That loop is spectacular-from the beginning, you all adapted well! I did the traditional Western Access to the lakes long (2000/2001) ago and LOVED it! A year later I thru hiked the JMT N to S starting the Tuesday after Labor Day. Gorgeous but thank God I made it just North of Silver Dollar Lake to the lowest point on the trail (where the normal descent of the Lakes loop begins) due to a September snowstorm. I believe 3 climbers died on the walls of Yosemite. The next day we sauntered up to upper Rae Lakes, saw the pass, and elected to spend the night resting (and reconsidering-no snow gear-i didn’t even have hiking poles). What an experience! Other than these 2 days, the trip was blissful! and a reminder-a bivy sac is nearly useless for waiting out a storm and have extra fuel-warmth wise and spirit wise, having lots of hot tea to drink makes those snow bound hours go by much more tolerably! That area was very spectacular indeed; and am so glad you shared your experience.

    #3503211
    Steofan M
    BPL Member

    @simaulius

    Locale: Bohemian Alps

    What a fabulous production! My only question is how on earth do I get your marmot and his chirp out of my dreams at night? That rodent keeps popping up everywhere.

    #3503213
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Haha ya mean this little guy?  https://instagram.com/p/Bae8XUhBcDx/

    He took me about 5 minutes to draw and 5 hours to animate.  :)

    #3503273
    Steofan M
    BPL Member

    @simaulius

    Locale: Bohemian Alps

    That’s him!!!

    Great work on the video!

     

    #3503445
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks!

    My next project is about the High Sierra Trail and will be professionally color graded and audio finished.  So look for that May 5, 2018.

    #3507448
    Robb Watts
    BPL Member

    @rwatts

    Locale: Western PA

    Delightful, well done.

    #3507529
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks Robb!  And thanks to everyone else who voted for it for the BPL members choice award!    Very kind of you all.  :)

    #3508114
    Kendall Clement
    BPL Member

    @socalpacker

    Locale: Cebu, Philippines

    Great film! Really enjoyed it. I can’t wait for your next one in 2018.

    #3508207
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks Kendall!  A trailer for the next project will be out in Jan.  :)

    #3510363
    Mark Baker
    BPL Member

    @blewkitty

    You brought out the love of the mountains and the sharing with your wife so well.  Thank you!!

     

    #3551294
    Pamhikes
    Spectator

    @pamhikesfl

    I loved the video!  I’m hoping to go back and take my 14 yr old son next year to Rae Lakes.  We both did the JMT 2016 and loved it so much.  Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed seeing your wife’s prospective, it was so wonderful.

     

    Pam

    #3551344
    Kenneth Keating
    Spectator

    @kkkeating

    Locale: Sacramento, Calif

    Great video, fun to watch, typical of all your videos!  Keep up the good work.

    K

    #3551440
    Adam White
    BPL Member

    @awhite4777

    Locale: On the switchbacks

    That was great–thanks for sharing!

    I think the hand-drawn art added a lot, even for the adult audience–backpacking is something we do for fun; it should be fun; videos about it should be fun.

    I have done a little amateur video editing/creation (including some parallax effects from photos), and I am probably just really bad at it, but it took me FOREVER, to produce something that ultimately, was, pretty terrible, in a technical sense. Huge kudos for an outstanding final product!

    BTW, your maps lacked a little relief =D, if you’re ever interested in it on a future project, I’d be happy to try to generate meshes that could be imported into your rendering software of choice. You could then texture them with whatever you want (like, your neat hand-drawn maps!), and animate them however you like.

    #3551479
    chris smead
    BPL Member

    @hamsterfish

    Locale: San Jose, CA

    Thanks guys!  Wow Adam, we definitely need to chat.  Will private message ya.

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