issue no. 1

Editor's Note
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.

warner mountain

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.

trail of tradition

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.

Freeskiing females

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.

At the end of the earth

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.

Field Notes

The sun slowly melts an ice cave in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Central Oregon. Its roof contours are shaped by hundreds of dropping points caused by the late summer heat. When Will Saunders and a group of backpackers stumbled upon the cave, they stopped to rest their legs and wind funneled down the icy tunnel to cool them of.

Despite the danger of collapse, especially this late in the season, Saunders crouched down inside to capture this image.

Will Saunders is an outdoor adventure and travel photographer from Sisters, Oregon.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 16-35 mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 1000