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Where I draw creative inspiration from

Posted on February 3rd, 2020

*List out any books, websites, forums or meet-ups that you draw creative inspiration from. These don’t necessarily need to be design related.

I answered this question recently. I thought it was a good question so I copy/pasted both the question and my immediate response:

Herding Tigers, Creativity Inc, Tribal Leadership, HBR, Hidden Brain, 99% Invisible, Story Conference, backpacking in mountains, traveling and walking a new city, cooking and/or eating tasty food, etc.

New Zealand Highlights

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

I spent the past week driving through New Zealand with three of my friends. It was an incredible journey both with the chance to fellowship with my travel mates and certainly an amazing treat to experience such a beautiful country!

Here are a few of my favorite images I captured. The first set are from our first two days on the North Island; the second collection is from the remainder of our trip through as much as we had time for in the South Island. I have the rest of my images up on my Facebook page. If you're interested in prints of any of these (or any other of my photography) please do contact me.

Packing list for New Zealand

Posted on February 8th, 2016

I've put some thought into what I want to take. Overall, I plan to be pretty minimalistic.
    • day pack - 40L - I can fit everything I take in here!
    • rain shell (good to have as an outer layer in frigid situations)
    • compressable puff jacket (great on its own and acts like a winter coat with the shell over it)
    • quarter zip long sleeve (thin, athletic, durable, etc. - it's a favorite of mine)
    • button up shirt (SPF 50)
    • 2-3 t-shirts (for backpacking trips, I only take 2, but I might want an extra for not being nasty when we go into towns or whatever. I'll also likely buy a shirt or two somewhere along the way)
    • travel pants - convertible to shorts
    • (maybe) athletic pants and/or shorts
    • swimsuit (mine wear like a good pair of shorts with decent stretch, pockets, current style, and they dry really fast)
    • 6-8 pairs of socks / underwear
    • sneakers - even if we hike, this is all I use. I stopped using boots for backpacking several years ago!
    • stuff sack (especially great for dirty laundry)
    • toiletry kit (with basic first aid, sunscreen, and ibuprofen)
    • (maybe) hat with brim
    • (maybe) winter hat and gloves
    • camera
    • tripod
    • camera extras - batteries, charger, memory cards, filters, remote shutter release, alan key for tripod, headlamp, notebook, etc.
    • iPad
    • chargers, and cables
    • kindle
    • journal, pen
    • IEM headphones
    • phone (even though it’ll be off the whole time I’m out of country, I’ll still need it for coordinating travel to and from the airport; and it’ll function as my backup camera)
    • sunglasses
    • water bottle
    • thermal camping mug with lid
    • day pack - 18L - super light weight and good for keeping under the seat on the plane. A great thing about this is that it can flip inside out and act as a stuff sack.
    • wallet
    • passport
Things I wonder about that we decided to take:
    • sleeping bag
    • sleeping mat
    • snacks and Via instant coffee packets

Things I wonder about that we decided to leave behind
    • tent (I have a 3-4 man backpacking tent that fits me and my boys well)
    • water filter (although it sounds like everywhere we’re going has a pump with safe drinking water)
    • tie-line
    • backpacking pack
I lean toward the first list unless we need to plan to sleep outside...

Travel Light

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Last week I took a three day trip to Chicago for the Story Conference. As per normal, I choose to travel light. A few people commented on my setup so I figured I’d take a photo and share about the contents I carried on my back.
  • Arc'teryx Axios 25 Daypack - I love this backpack. I have had it for 4 years and could not be more happy with my choice to purchase it. Ask me more about this and perhaps I can dedicate a post to it…
  • One pair of pants is all you need, otherwise a complete change of clothes for each day. Additionally a pullover for chilly mornings.
  • Toiletry bag is a nice little bag from REI. Tootbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, aftershave lotion, hair wax, q-tips, bandaids, etc. My lip balm I always keep in the pen pocket for easy access.
  • I carry my Moleskine journal with me.To write in this, I use my Uni-ball 207 black .38 tip pen. I rarely ever use paper; but for the discipline of journaling I enjoy my good pen on Moleskine. I also write longhand notes to people from time to time. My wife got one from this trip.
  • I have my iPad Air. I take all my conference notes in GoodNotes with my Adonit Jot Pro.
  • My Moo business cards were in the easy access hip belt pocket.
  • Attached to the inside clip, I had my card case (swag from Story2010) for collecting business cards and receipts.
  • Attached there as well is my key fob for returning to my car on the way home.
  • In that same outside pocket, I keep my headphones and sunglasses.
  • Buried deep in the bag were my charging plugs/cables. I also have the Jackery portable charger. I was on Twitter all through the sessions and was tethering often; therefore this was a great safety net to make sure my phone stayed alive.
  • My Fugi XE-2 is a fun addition. I love using this mirrorless camera! Not able to be seen is its case which I used to prop up the backpack. I have a great portable tripod, but choose not to take it on this trip. I knew I’d be struggling for time to use it and therefore made the choice for a slightly lighter pack.
  • Finally, my Contigo Thermos. I have owned this for 7or8 some years. It’s so durable. It doesn’t spill. It keeps coffee hot through to the afternoon. When I’m done with coffee, I use it as my water bottle.
Everything I need; nothing I don’t. Travel light; enjoy the journey.

Upgrading My Camera (Selling My Lens)

Posted on July 19th, 2013

So, I'm wanting to get a new camera before going on my backpacking trip to Glacier later this summer. My 20D has given me enough warnings that it's lived past its lifespan and I don't want to have it decide to give up on me the second day on the trail.

Ideally, I want a full size sensor - I'm thinking 5D older gen - though I'm actually contemplating the idea of going mirror-less.

However, to make such a purchase happen, I need to sell my lens (and ideally flash too - I only use them for wedding photography, and really don't do that gig these days) to justify the expense. I think it's the right move. Landscape photography is my primary passion and the wedding lens isn't right for that task...

First, if you know anyone who might be interested in a great lens, please send them my way. Also, I welcome any suggestions you think I ought to consider; so please comment.

The Continued Blog of my Trail Journal (4 months after)

Posted on December 31st, 2011

August 31, 2011

I’m not going to write for long - because I’m fatigued, full, and actually a little bit frightened. Matt and Mark just turned in for the night and [honestly] it gets a little creepy in the silence of the dark night in the wild backcountry. The fire helps, but let’s be honest: There are a lot of unidentifiable sounds out here.

I want to make sure I don’t forget to write about the magnificent meals Mark prepared for us today. Denver Omelet with Hash Browns, Hot Applesauce, Grilled Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin, coffee … Homemade Jerkey, cheese, Goldfish Crackers, Fruit Roll-up, GORP, dried apricots … Cream of Chicken Soup, Wild Rice with Herbs, fresh trout, and Apple Cobbler! (with coffee of course) All brought in on our backs (except the trout I suppose - though we did bring the fishing equipment) along with the two grills (to cook fish on and hold the pots over the fire).

This is not car camping! It’s better!!

Four months ago, my best friend Matt and I went on our annual backpacking trip. This year we...

Posted on December 29th, 2011

Four months ago, my best friend Matt and I went on our annual backpacking trip. This year we returned to the Sierra Nevadas. This trip was a real treat for us for multiple reasons. First, Matt lives in Chattanooga so seeing each other in any context is a blessing. On top of that, we had the privilege of spending the week with our friend Mark who lives in California (on the East side of the majestic mountain range). Finally, did I mention that we were in the Sierras! Any time spend in nature is great, but this is one of the best backcountry destinations one can imagine.

We did the Big Five and Little Five Lakes loop starting from the west side of the range at Mineral King in Sequoia National Park. For reference,,-118.532481&z=13&t=p&hl=en-US

The following is from my daily trail journal:

August 28, 2011

It is great to be back in the Sierras again. Tonight is the first of our week-long loop. I am sharing a tent with Mark and Matt is solo in the other tent. It’s wild to think that just yesterday, Matt and I were eating In-N-Out outside the airport in LA. Tonight we’re camped above Lower Franklin Lake at more than two miles above sea level!

We hiked a good six miles; and gained a good 2500’ of elevation today. Our reward is a beautiful country to smell and see. Unbelievable flowers along almost the entire journey today. Spectacular waterfalls along the creek that we followed for most of the day. The subtle, reverberant white noise of a waterfall across the lake and the creek in the far distance. The sunset was amazing in both beauty and duration. And even now, the stars are gorgeous on this moonless eve.

Here’s a photo I took at our camp that night. For more photos, visit my Google+ gallery.

Check out some highlights from our backpacking trip to the Smokey Mountains last...

Posted on October 30th, 2010

Check out some highlights from our backpacking trip to the Smokey Mountains last weekend:

Eric G Wolfe

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