Friday, November 28, 2014

"Sierra High" Trailer Release

Huge thanks to the big team involved in this production. Two weeks in the High Sierra Backcountry, lugging around hundreds of pounds of gear over sketchy, rough terrain. We hiked something like 80 miles over the course of 10 days, spent a few nights bivying near summits at 12,500' and just plain working our asses off. Easily the most physically-intense shoot I've ever worked on, pushing me well past what I thought I was capable of. Not just keeping up, but staying ahead and filming, while trying to stay creative. Cody Tuttle is a beast and I'm just happy I could keep up with him. Can't wait to start putting the actual film together. Stay tuned!

Check out this link to see the story and photos by Krystle Wright. Track by Luszid

SIERRA HIGH TRAILER - alpine highlining in California's Eastern Sierra from Cody Tuttle on Vimeo.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Slacklust: Coast to Crest

Early Monday morning I set out on the road to circle the state of California with 3 other athletes: Wilson Cutbirth, Heather Larsen, and David Kingston. We're going to explore the magically diverse landscapes that the state has to offer, climbing and highlining along the way. The pristine coastline, majestic redwoods, enormous granite cliffs of the Eastern Sierras and the Dr. Seuss-esque Joshua Tree desert. Over the course of two weeks, we hope to catch a glimpse of every season and every landscape, rolled into one trip. 

The project came to mind in early spring of this year, but took a backseat due to a busy few months. After returning from a 2-week film shoot in the High Sierras, I promised myself that I would make it happen before the year ended. Over the last 6 weeks, I have poured every ounce of my free time into organizing the trip, settling dates, choosing the team members, researching locations and getting sponsors on board for the trip. One-by-one, the details started falling into place, sponsors hopping on board and sending out gear for the team. 

I owe a huge debt of thanks to all of the sponsors. Escape Camper Vans for donating a full-on adventure van for the trip, Five Ten setting us up with fresh kicks, Gregory Packs with a couple bags, Gramicci with new threads, Bulletprufe Jeans, and support from Slackline Industries, SlackTech, Visit California, JayBird headphones and Two Falcons Coffee. I can't wait to get on the road and see all the beautiful land this state has to offer. We could not have done this without all your support!

Follow along on our journey from my Instagram (@dankrauss) and the hashtags, #slacklust and #coasttocrest.