Glencoe - 12 July 2019
Went camping for the first time in a long while and decided to go to Glencoe - a place I've never been but have always wanted to go explore. I was in complete awe from the time I arrived until I left. Photos (no matter how great they are), can never capture the beauty of this magnificent place.
The Massacre of Glencoe (Scottish Gaelic: Mort Ghlinne Comhann)
13 February 1692, approximately 30 clansmen of Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were murdered while they slept by the government forces of the new Protestant king, William III, under Robert Campbell of Clan Campbell. Clan chiefs had been required to sign an oath of allegiance to the new king, whom usurped the throne from the Stuart monarchs, and were given a deadline as to when this oath needed to be singed. Though the chief of Clan MacDonald, MacIain MacDonald, had every intention of signing the oath - a terrible snow storm prevented him from making it in time.
Although the new government knew of the Clan Chief's intentions to sign the oath, they decided to make an example of Clan MacDonald. So, after 12 days of Clan MacDonald feeding and sheltering the men of Robert Campbell, the order was given and the massacre began. Chief MacIain MacDonald was killed, but his two sons escaped with an estimated 300 other MacDonalds. However, more MacDonald casualties were to be had as many died after escaping the mass slaughter due to lack of food and shelter as their homes had been burned to the ground by Robert Campbell and his troops on the orders of William III's government.
I’d gotten back into hiking during the summer of 2015 with an obsessive spirit. After a summer of wandering off trails and getting lost by myself, or with friends, I started thinking about what a video guide series would look like. I’d recently gotten into cinematography - I didn’t have much gear, or experience. *** I started talking a lot to one of my best friends, @ryanstassel about the beginnings of an idea. Brainstorming lead to planning, and planning lead to a couple shoots. We didn’t know what we were doing but we’d decided to see how hard it would be to film Wolverine Peak during the summer of 2016. *** Wolverine Peak is one of the easiest 5000ft+ Peak hikes in the Chugach Front Range. To get to the top you’re going to go around 5 miles one way and around 3k ft up. Had I known the logistics involved in this type of shoot, I’m sure we would’ve picked a different, shorter peak for our first attempt. Hiking Wolverine should reasonably take about 4 hours round trip for younger, in shape folk. However, that first day took us 12 hours just to make it to the top with how often we were stopping to pull out the camera. *** To get everything we needed, without knowing what we were looking for, took us 3 ascents that summer. No matter what hike I post about, Wolverine will always have a special place in my heart. *** This photo of Ryan with gear in hand was taken June of 2016.