Old Growth String Band

Here’s a short video I put together from a few weeks ago at El Burrito.  It’s Old Growth String Band straight out of Columbia, SC.  I messed around with some time-lapse.  I recorded the audio with my Rode Video mic which actually turned out half way decent.  Enjoy the video and come out to Bluegrass @ El Burrito every Thursday night!

Old Growth String Band – Cherokee Trail from Far From Home Productions on Vimeo.

City Yoga

City Yoga

Recently I’ve been having a lot of aches and pains due to rock climbing and sitting in a cube for 40 hours a week.  I know, I’m a fragile, little weakling but that’s just the way I am.  I went to a beginner fundamentals yoga class this morning to work on my flexibility.  I must say it felt really good and it was a great way to start a Saturday morning.  Maybe this is the answer to some of my ailments!

Recent Searches

You might be a climber if...

I just pulled up the weather to check out the forecast for Lake Lure this weekend.  The “Recent Searches” caught my eye.  I thought it was kinda funny…Do these destinations (besides Columbia) seem vaguely familiar?  Where do you find yourself climbing lately?

Get your drive on, get your climb on.

Rotary Club International

Receiving my Rotary pin

Look at that honorable young man receiving his rotary pin!  I’m officially the  newest member of the Rotary International Club.  Of course I was talked into visiting a club by my father, Bobby d.  So far I’ve attended 5 or 6 meetings and I can attest that being a part of Rotary is a great thing.  I’ve met a lot of respectable people in the community.  We have speakers every week from all over the Columbia area.  It is neither a political or religious organization.  It’s a great way to get involved and serve the greater good.

Who is Far From Home?

If you know me you’ve probably realized I may be a little OCD when it comes to certain things.  Editing video is one of them.  As I scroll through my vimeo collection I can’t help but notice the evolution of my videos.  Three or four years ago I started making videos for my website BooneBoulders.com.  It was more about getting psyched with my friends than anything else.  I didn’t have a clue about filming, editing or climbing for that matter.  The only thing that was required for a climbing video was to make sure you’re shirt was off.  Flex those muscles on that V3 you’re cranking!  As time when on I heard about a remier of Dustin Chamber’s “Satisfaction” at the Dragonfly Movie Theater & Pub.  It was at that moment I thought to myself “Damn, if those guys can have people show up to watch a video for the second time, surely I can get some folks to come out for some new footage.”  I had just bought a new HD camcorder and had a ton of footage already stashed on my server.  It was time to get to work  –in Sony Vegas Pro.  I struggled with codecs, compression, aspect ratios, formats and a slow computer.  I remember barely getting the “Back to the Basics” final copy rendered the night before the premier.  I teamed up with Eric Crews (he showed The Obscurist) and “A Night of Bouldering” went in the books as a success (even raised some money for the CCC!).  It also happened to be the night I found out I got a job in South Carolina.  Around the same time I met some really cool people at the core of the climbing community in Boone.   For this I am forever in debt.  These folks showed me the ropes (pun totally intended).  When I started climbing I was a boulder toad to the strictest degree.  “Ropes just aren’t my thing…the is no way you could have this much fun on a rope.”  Wow.  What a gumbyfied loser I was back then.  I started climbing routes and getting really psyched.  Destinations opened up that weren’t in the horizon before.  I began to experience what North Carolina offered as a whole.  My outlook on climbing began to evolve.  I was more psyched on climbing than I’d ever been in my life…

Then I moved.  South Carolina.  Ouch.  No more Grandmother night sessions, no more afternoon Dump routes, no more living close to a plethora of rock, no more.  For me, it was gym climbing and injuries that awaited.  Ouch again.  For the first few months I was crushed.  Soon enough I wrangled my emotions and hit up the local gym.  It didn’t take long before I met a cool climbing partner named Ryan.  The pscych was back!  The gym combined with weekend trips back Boone was enough to keep my climbing appetite in check.  Meanwhile I started meeting more people in Columbia.  I met a dude named Mike Bergen who happened to be a professional photographer.  He started showing me some photography stuff and I was hooked.  My video production skills (if you could call them that) were flipped upside down and turned around.  I invested in a DSLR and the rest is history.

Moving to Columbia has actually been a blessing in disguise.  I’ve had to find the strength to stay motivated like nothing I’ve ever experienced.  It’s so easy to get down, especially when all of your friends are crushing at 2:00PM on a Tuesday, but I have to stay positive.  It’s made me a better climber and a better person in general.  At the moment I have a bum finger but that can’t keep me from filming, can’t keep me from editing.  I find it very rewarding to create videos for organizations I believe in.  I’m not a professional videographer nor a strong climber, actually far from it.  I’m Far From Home Productions and I’m psyched.

ASU Promo/ CORE Showing – November 2nd.  Be there.

Jason Isbell coming back to Columbia!

Columbia Folks: I promise you don’t wanna miss this guy again.  He’s playing at The House 5 Points on October 30th (Saturday).  His albums are good but when you see him live it’s a totally different experience.  My friend Brad told me he was coming to the White Mule a few months ago and I’ve been listening to his albums religiously since.

Jason was the lead guitarist for the Drive-by Truckers until a few years ago.  He decided to go out on his own and he formed the 400 Unit.  Columbia doesn’t get good music that often so take advantage of it!  Below is a song that Jason sang for the DBT’s.  He usually plays this song live 🙂

Speakin’ of the Weekend

Saturday my buddy Mike hooked me with a free ticket to the USC/Alabama game.  It was my first SEC football game and it was quite an experience.  With 80,000+ people the stadium was buzzing with energy.  Best of all, Alabama (#1) got crushed by the gamecocks which was cool to see.  After the game I hightailed it to Lake Lure arriving 12:15am.  Just a few hours later the filming started…

ASU’s climbing team is showing the climbing film CORE at Appalachian State University on November 2nd to raise money for the Rumbling Bald Boulders. On Sunday I met up with Zach Lesch-huei-eoiue-e to shoot a short film for the CCC at Lake Lure. The video I’m working on will highlight some of the classic lines on the 6-acre tract. I have to give a big thank you to Zach & Ehrin for letting me mooch off them the entire weekend. Another thanks goes to the ASU climbing team for driving down to Rumbling Bald and making this video possible. Last but not least, thanks to Mike Bergan for letting me borrow his camera rig.  Click here for more info on the CORE showing.  Be sure to come out!!

Below are a few shots from Sunday.

Amazing Ale

Ginger Brew + Bourbon = The Drink

I had a ginger brew (ginger ale) this evening and I promise once you try it, you won’t ever drink a seagrams again.  You can pick one up at Earthfare and it’s the real deal.  It’s got a ginger root kick that creates a delicious aftertaste.  After you add a little bourbon to the mix you’ve got yourself a real treat!

Going into overtime…

On Thursday and Friday I worked for a combined 31 hours.  I had a big project due so I had to stay until it was done.  Needless to say I was pretty damn tired by the end of the week.  A few friends come down from Boone and we went to the USC vs. Georgia game (I didn’t say we got in the game).  The plan was to scalp some tickets by the stadium but it turns out we weren’t the only people with that brilliant idea.  There were hundreds of people looking for tickets and a handful of scalpers, charging $100+ for tickets.  We bailed and went to the bar.  Saturday night we went to see Kid Rock at Fort Jackson.  It was pretty entertaining and worth going to.  Although I’m not the biggest kid rock fan he cared about the audience and had plenty of energy.   I’m thinking about going to Boone this weekend to test out my finger.  It’s been feeling pretty good lately but it’s not totally healed yet.