issue no. 2

editor's note
by kyle hentschel

A perfectly planned weekend trip is a mystery me. In a typical scene at my house, it’s 45 minutes past our set departure time, the car is halfway packed, someone is slowly crafting a snack inside and we have yet to get gas, go to the grocery store, pick up new mountain bike tubes and look up directions. When we arrive, it’s never what we expected and we are utterly unprepared: someone forgets a helmet and can’t ride, it’s rainy and we get drenched, we are dehydrated or the map is sitting on our kitchen table back home. And the campsite is probably full or doesn’t actually exist.

We laugh it off and say, “It wouldn’t be a trip with us if we actually had what we needed,” but inside we are all cold and hungry. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, this strange ritual persists and I can’t help but think that it doesn't have to be this way.

In the second issue of O2 Magazine, we feature stories about athletes and explorers who approach the outdoors as prepared, focused, sober and skilled individuals. These are professional surfers who wake up at the crack of dawn for perfect conditions, whitewater kayakers who scout the line for years before attempting it and the leaders of some of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful outdoor brands—to name a few.

In order to create and sustain success, these people research, pack accordingly and leave on time, among other common sense practices. Their collective commitment should serve as inspiration to those of us who still can’t remember to bring a raincoat…in Oregon. Someday I hope we will reach that point, but right now, even the 11-year-old surfers (page) are showing more promise than us.

In the end, I’ve realized that it’s about doing what you love to do outside and reveling in the process. Maybe logistics isn’t our strong suit, but that feeling of flying through the trees on two wheels, free-falling into an icy pool or slicing through the Pacific on a surfboard is all well worth the trouble.

running spirit

Words by Claire Holley & Photos by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Spirit Falls has quite a reputation. Known as one of the smoothest plunges in the Pacific Northwest, the free-fall attracts kayakers from across the country. Various guidebooks attempt to describe the falls, but most settle on the same word: indescribable.

Land of green & gold

Words & Photos by Debra M. Josephson

“Shwe,” meaning golden, is the prefix to the names of many temples and pagodas throughout the country, which are often clad from the ground up in gold and jewels. This sight, set against the lush land and cityscapes landscapes, forms the iconic image of Myanmar.

PNW Outdoor Entrepreneurs

Words by Claire Holley & Photos by Will Saunders

The Pacific Northwest is a region as geographically unique as the people living here.We spoke to the head honchos of three relatively young companies about what has made them so successful and why they love doing what they do.

locals only

Words by Lindsay Rossmiller & Photos by Will Saunders

Few people brave the surfing conditions on the Oregon coast and those who pursue a competitive, professional career can be counted on a couple fingers. Laird Tuel is one. “In Oregon, it’s a mission… It’s not easy,” Tuel says. “If people actually surf, that’s what they do. It’s not a hobby. I don’t know how to explain it.”

Field Notes

Photo by Jarrett Juarez
Location: Near Cape Meares, Oregon

Inspired by the clear sky and full moon, photographer Jarrett Juarez threw his camera gear and surf boards into his van to see what he could create. At around 11:30 PM, he arrived at the coast and began searching for the photo he envisioned—making his way around sea caves and over tidepools to set up the shot.

“The spot I wanted to be was 50 yards from the camera and I had 10 seconds to run across sharp volcanic rock with only the light from the moon and a $10 Walmart headlamp to guide me into position. I ended up shooting for an hour and after about 20 shots, a boot full of sea water and a smidge of hypothermia from the December air—I ended up with this one.”

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length: 23.0 mm
Shutter speed: 20.0 sec  
Aperture: f/2.8  
ISO: 2500