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Scouting Big Agnes Peak

 

We routinely drag our friends into the wilderness in search of new locations for upcoming shoots or when we could use some sherpas to carry extra gear. Sometime things work out and we find amazing things, sometimes it really doesn’t and we end up soaked but stoked to be out anyhow. In looking for a new location to shoot some mountain Aerial Dance stuff we went back to a place that has some special meaning to me as it was my extended back yard growing up.

The Zirkel Wilderness area is 159,935 acres of pristine wilderness just outside of Steamboat Springs, CO. It’s the site of the high point of Routt County (Mt. Zirkel) and one of my favaorite places in the lower 48.

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Standing on top of Big Agnes peak scouting the ridge.

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One of my favorite things about the Zirkel Widlerness is the amount of water (and fish). Creeks and lakes everywhere!

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Happy trail dog.

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Unhappy trail dog.

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Cupping With Queen City Coffee Collective

After spending 3 months shooting Siglo: A Century In The Soil and months before that, visiting roasters and learning more about coffee, it’s so rewarding to see Tito Sujuy’s name on the side of a coffee bag. Tito is a young farmer in Yepocapa Guatemala who we filmed and ultimately was a key guide and companion during our entire stay. Thanks to Scott at Queen City Coffee Collective for applying your skills to make this happen and Yepocapa Coffee for getting the beans here in the first place!

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This one is for you Tito!

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Devon Barker Stills & Motion - Catamaran Sailing - Carribean

On The High Seas – Guatemala to Florida

We didn’t have much of a plan on how to actually get back from Guatemala. We had three months on our Visas and knew we’d have to get back to the states via bus, plane or as it turns out…sail! We had a few days to kill before meeting up with our friends who own the catamaran “Adonai” so we jumped on the bus from Yepo to the Caribbean coast and did some exploring.

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The best turtle hunters in all of Rio Dulce! The water taxis in the background run up and down the lake all day running expats to their homes and boats.

 

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We’ve been to many hot springs in our travels but this is the first hot waterfall we’ve ever been too. This one is going to be hard to top!

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In search of Topado in Livingston, Guatemala. Topado is a sea food dish that usually consists of salt water fish, mussels, prawns and plaintain stewed in a coconut based broth. After passing an older gentleman on the street who handed us a paper menu, we had to give his restaurant a try. Turns out it was a just a couple tables and when we were told we could eat outside we found that we had our own little private wharf to enjoy sunset and a Gallo : )

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Never know what you’ll find creeping around in the jungle. #freelensing

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Beautiful morning to be setting sail.

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Navigating downt the Rio Dulce towards the Carribean.

 

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As we made out way down Rio Dulce, all I can imagine is the Spanish trying to bring galleons up this narrow river with nothing but oars for power.

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The days activities have always got to include fishing! Mahi for everyone!

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Kaydee and I took the early morning shift (my favorite) which means we always got to catch the sun coming up over the horizon.

 

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Sails up and calm seas.

 

Devon Barker Stills & Motion - Catamaran Sailing - Carribean

When you have an abundance of beautiful purples reflecting off the atmosphere and in turn the texture of the ocean you just can’t help but ask the wife to model for a moment ; )

 

Devon Barker Stills & Motion - Petate Weaving - Yepocapa, Guatemala

The Art of Petate Weaving

Petate weaving is a craft that extends back to the early Mayan period and is a staple in the Yepocapa economy. Tul is harvested once a year and is then dried, sorted by length and split before being woven into bedrolls, mats, baskets and other everyday utensils.

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Tul, the wetland grass used for Petate weaving is harvested once a year so that the individual blades are similar in height. But, before the Tul can be cut and stripped for weaving it must be dried and sorted by hand. Time for a Tul sorting party!

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Tul sorting consists of a few things: sorting by height, sorting by diameter and lastly tying everything into organized bundles. The height difference is only a matter of inches so each person must choose pieces that match perfectly with everyone else.

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The Tul is bound into bundles of similar length and size to make transport easier, but also to get an idea of what size Petate Mats can be woven from this harvest.

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The dried, sorted, and split Tul is woven into Petate sleeping mats, baskets, rugs or wall hangings that start life as a pattern in shades of green.

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It’s only takes a couple days to weave an average size Petate mat, but it’s taken generations to refine the skills to pull it all together.