First Turns of the Season…

It’s late October in Vermont, a time when Old Man Winter starts to come around again after several months away. And while the Old Man might not be settling in for the winter season just yet, it sure is fun to grab the skis again, head up into the hills, and slide around on the nice coat of early season snow he recently laid down for us. – Brian

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As the Snow Flies…Our Slideshow Season Kicks Off!

Our annual Wild People, Wild Places Slideshow Series kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 4 at The Mountain Goat in Hanover, NH (home of Dartmouth College), with our latest show: 2 Wheels, 2 Planks: Pedal-Powered Skiing in Arctic Norway. The show features our adventures in Arctic Norway this past spring, 2010, which were reported on through a series of posts on AdventureSkier, here.

The schedule for the season is coming together now, and will feature at least 10 shows throughout the northeast. Once again, we’ve got some great raffle prizes this year, including 2 pairs of BD skis, a TripleMajor Ski Pass (Mad River Glen, Bolton, Jay Peak), apparel from OR, gear from Garmont and Life Link, and much more… See poster below, and more info/press release below that… Pass it on. And feel free to contact us if you’d like to host a show in your area. Thanks!
– Brian and Emily

Wild People, Wild Places 2010-11
SHOW# 1: 2 WHEELS, 2 PLANKS – Pedal Powered Skiing in Arctic Norway
A multi-media show by Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
WHEN: Thursday, Nov 4, 2010 @ 7pm
WHERE: The Mountain Goat (outdoor store) – Main St in Hanover, NH
COST: $5 Admission (On sale now at the Mountain Goat) Includes RAFFLE Ticket
INFO: info(at)

Hanover, NH – On Thurs,Nov. 4 at 7pm, Vermont-based photographers and adventurers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson will bring their latest show, “Two Wheels, Two Planks – Pedal Powered Skiing in Arctic Norway” to The Mountain Goat on Main St. in Hanover, NH. The show features the couple’s recent bike-powered skiing exploration of Norway’s Arctic Alps, and will benefit Girls Move Mountains. It is part of the duo’s ongoing Wild People, Wild Place Slideshow Series, which features ten shows throughout the upcoming winter season.

“We dreamt of a bike-powered skiing adventure for many years, “ says Johnson, who along with her husband, Mohr, and two close friends, headed to Norway this past spring on assignment for WEND and Adventure Cyclist magazines. “And it was a dream come true. The combination of cycling, camping and backcountry skiing gave us great freedom to explore.”

The show will feature a mix of photos and video, run approximately one hour and be followed by big raffle of outdoor gear – proceeds from which will benefit the VT-based organization, Girls Move Mountains, which nurtures girls’ innate capacity for confidence, courage, and leadership through adventure-based experiential education.. Admission is $5 and includes one raffle ticket. Mohr and Johnson co-own Ember Photography ( and are regular contributors to Backcountry Magazine, Patagonia, Vermont Life and many others. Much of their work focuses on the enjoyment and protection of wild lands in the northeast, the Arctic and in the southern Andes.

ABOUT: The Wild People, Wild Places project is an ongoing series of exhibits and slideshows designed to inspire the public to enjoy and protect the very places featured. Through their shows, Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson share stories and images from their backcountry skiing, paddling, backpacking and adventure cycling throughout the Northeast, the Arctic, the southern Andes, Europe and North America. Mohr and Johnson photograph for a wide variety of editorial, fine art, wedding and commercial clients. Their work is widely published. For more information, please contact the photographers by phone or email, or visit their websites: and

Iceland Photo in Outside Magazine

We’re happy to report that one of our favorite images was recently selected for publication in the “Exposure” section of Outside Magazine’s June 2010 issue (page 10) – which is on newstands now. It’s an image that Emily and I captured while searching for an underground hot spring in the Myvatn geothermal area in north central Iceland last spring. Emily crawled down into this fissure to sniff out the spring, and we enjoyed some incredible time in its soothing, hot waters before heading out for an early evening ski tour on a nearby volcano. (Look below for an image taken inside the underground hot spring.)

Says Amy Silverman, Outside’s Associate Photo Editor, “When I’m looking for images that work for the Exposure section, one of the most popular sections of the magazine, I don’t know exactly what will work until I see it and it clicks. Brian and Emily sent me some of their work from Iceland and, when I saw the image we ended up using, I knew immediately that it would make a great Exposure. It was the shot that made me stop and say, “Wow! That’s amazing!!” It’s a beautiful photo but more than that it’s something you rarely see.”

There’s also a great story, penned by Patrick Symmes, in Outside’s June issue about the controversy surrounding the proposed damming of Chilean Patagonia’s Rio Baker Valley – a region which we have explored on our bikes, feet and skis over the years.  Here’s a page on our website dedicated to our experiences in Patagonia’s Rio Baker region….LINK.

Moonset in the Mountains

We are in the midst of an incredible 10+ day streak of clear, sunny skies and cool, starry nights here in Vermont. These are perfect conditions for witness beautiful moonsets. Here’s an image we captured last year at this time… while there was still fog in the valley, and the rays from the rising sun had just begun to make it over the mountain side behind us – a rare combo. We call this one, “Camel’s Hump Moon”, and it’s available framed and behind glass in various sizes, or as a larger format canvas print. If you are interested, you can view our print options and pricing info here.

Enjoy the moon!


Backcountry, VT Sports, Vermont Life

We are lucky here in Vermont to have a great selection of locally-produced publications. Working with them is especially fun in that it often motivates us to focus on what around us, close to home. Be it surfing the Mad River, running Vermont’s highest ridgelines or skiing the forgotten backcountry of Hedgehog Knoll, you’ll often get a taste of what we are up to when you pick up one of these fine Vermont publications. Stay tuned to the portfolio section of our website, too, to view a regularly updated archive of the work we publish.

Below are a few recent clips from a recent issue of Backcountry Magazine, Vermont Sports and the summer 09 issue of Vermont Life (on newstands now). Vermont Sports is a monthly publication covering outdoor sports and adventure in Vermont, and is free at most fine outdoor, ski and bike shops across the state. Backcountry is based in Jeffersonville, VT. Subscriptions are a great way to support these publications.

The Mountains Take a Friend

We bouldered together, ran some trails, stared at the clouds and enjoyed a few local brews… I didn’t spend much time with Jonny Copp when our paths crossed in the Rockies back in the 90s, but it was enough to be forever inspired by his incredible zest for the mountains, mountain people and mountain adventure. Last week, Jonny Copp and his climbing partner Micah Dash, and photographer Wade Davis, were reported missing in the Chinese Himalaya. Over the weekend, Copp’s body was discovered at 4000m below Mount Edgar. The search effort continues for Dash and Davis.

In his day to day life, and through his stories, his photography and the Adventure Film Festival that he launched and directed, Copp energized and illuminated the world around him.

Thank you Jonny. May you forever rest in peace.

Copp’s friends and family at the Adventure Film office are posting regular updates while coordinating the search and rescue effort. Here is a link to a recent story in the Boulder Daily Camera about the missing climbers.

Brian Mohr
Moretown, VT