I guess it’s Kickstarter season here at Wildsnow. Last week we posted about Doug Sproul’s Rogers Pass guidebook (which earned almost double the original goal, way to go!). Jason Hummel’s Alpine State of Mind Journal is another backcountry skiing related project, but of a slightly different vein.
Jason plans to publish a high-quality softcover journal that has stories from several of his recent trips around the Cascades, with tons of images. It should end up something like a cross between Ski Journal and a coffee table book. We at Wildsnow might do more than our fair share of disparaging printed media as outdated. However, well printed photos can blow away your computer screen — something about reflected rather than backlight, pixels, the feel of a paper book in your hands, and other factors.
There are few (if any) skiers out there with a more in-depth and intimate knowledge of the wet-n-scrappy PNW mountains than Jason. I was lucky enough to befriend Jason a few years ago, and since then we’ve been on several excellent trips together throughout the Cascades. It’ll be pretty cool to see his images arranged alongside stories from various trips.
The project went up on Kickstarter 9 days ago, and has already blazed past the $7,000 fundraising goal. However, more support means more copies make it into skiers’ hands, and also help support Jason. For $30 a hard cover copy along with a digital copy can be yours. Check it out here.
Louie Dawson earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from Western Washington University in 2014. When he’s not skiing Mount Baker or somewhere equally as snowy, he’s thinking about new products to make ski mountaineering more fun and safe.
Thanks WIldsnow! It’s been such a pleasure to see the positive response out there. I plan on publishing one issue per year, and include places from all over the world. This first is about the Cascade Mountains though. It’s my home and what I hold dearest.
Thanks go to all the folks that supported me through here as well. I see about a half dozen people have come from here. Thanks so much. You guys are awesome. You are helping this dream of mine come true.
Glad to hear it is doing so well–I’m looking forward to the publication.
Andy, should be to the printers soon, hopefully a week or two at most from now.
Sweet looking product. I signed up.
As a fellow photographer and friend of Jason’s, I have to say that Jason has a real talent for telling entertaining stories through his images.
He claims that redundant powder shots bore him – and rightly so. Jason’s stories are not about “sick pow days” at the ski hill, they’re about the rewards of ridiculously hard work in the mountains. This means you can expect photos that will make your feet hurt followed by some of the most aesthetic descents anywhere. This niche of his makes “Alpine State of Mind” a perfect format for his stories and photography. Stoked to be a supporter!
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