A few months ago, my two best friends Conner, Adonijah and myself decided to venture into Barnhardt Canyon for a weekend of climbing. Just South of Payson the weather was windy and cool with sparse clouds passing over the canyon. After a short 4 mile trail to our jagged camping ledge, the hike offered exquisite geology sights throughout. At some points you can see how these enormous Quartzite, Sandstone and Shale mountains collided and created the landscape1.7 billion years earlier. Alternating layers of stone curving back and forth like a low frequency sound wave. It's incredible to and impossible to comprehend what these cliffs have endured over such a grand length of time for a mere human.
Geology and Geological time has always greatly interested me. Often I find myself aiming my lens towards rocks while hiking, capturing visual data, beautiful minerals reflecting light during a striking orange sunset. This route was no different and offered plenty images to photograph: Waterfalls to climb alongside, geological sights and a wide view of surrounding Mazatzal Wilderness. Enveloped in the central Arizona beauty I photographed much of our climbing.
Adonijah's thoughts best describe the climbing experience. “The worth found in climbing happens in such short spurts of time. It happens when a rope is laid out at the feet of someone, who’s eyes bounce rapidly over the rocks above them in quiet anticipation for the climb ahead. It happens in the moment that exhausted arms and longing mind, reach out as one for that move that tests every bit of strength and endurance. In strength and success, the joy of climbing is attained. But also in falling and failure, the joy is there none the less.”