issue no. 1
By Kyle Hentschel
To survive as restless people, we need movement. We need our lives to spin around in colorful arrays of sights and sounds because when things remain stagnate, they deteriorate. Life, especially for college students and young professionals, is about change and improvisation. It should involve new people, new surroundings, new mindsets and a mold that is perpetually re-shaping.
New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, says, “college needs to be an expansive adventure, yanking students toward unfamiliar horizons and untested identities rather than indulging and flattering who and where they already are.” Oregon Outdoor, a magazine we like to call O2, is a medium for showcasing those who have harnessed this thought.
The stories and photographs you will discover throughout this first issue represent a beautiful convergence of talented storytellers and outdoor enthusiasts who take risks, break through comfort zones and ambitiously approach the unknown; this project being one of those uncharted endeavors.
So as you—adrenaline junky, world traveler, mindful nature-walker, aspiring photographer—are transported to destinations across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, note how none of this is a result of standing still and passively letting life happen. It is not a result of fair-weather photography or ease of access. O2 Magazine is a new exploration of the outdoor experience produced by, about and formatted for those willing to challenge the boundaries of what’s expected. Whether it is by board, bike, rope or paddle, take the trail and let these pages inspire your next adventure.
Words & Photos by Scott Pontoni
The weather looked promising as we started our trek up to the lookout on a warm, sunny afternoon in March. Eight hours later, we were still trekking. It was dark, cold and the wind whipped the heavily falling snow. But we trudged on, exhausted and lost. The only reassurance came when our headlamps revealed another marker pole navigating us to our destination.
Words & Photos by Casey Minter
Our initial plan was to hike the western half of the trail, pulling out at Echo Lake after about 90 miles. We gave ourselves five days for this, which meant we’d only have to hike about 18 miles a day. Compared to our previous hikes, that wasn’t bad. Or at least I thought. You see, in the end, this isn’t simply a story about a summer backpacking trip. It’s a story of tradition.
By Amos Horn
Flying just below the radar, Sandra Lahnsteiner has quietly worked her way up in the freeski industry by dominating giant lines and creating some of the best female action on film. Her most recent venture, Pure, is the second film she produced with her production company Shades of Winter and has solidified her spot in the industry as both an athlete and a filmmaker.
Words & Photos by Teja Kritika
Exploring the mountains of Patagonia had always been a childhood dream of mine. I would marvel at imagery of the vast snowcapped mountain ranges, glacial lakes, and stormy seas. Upon landing in Argentina, I knew I’d made it to where I needed to be. After years of imagining what it would be like and months of planning, I had arrived in Patagonia.