Gooseberry Mesa

Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail (NRT) is located in southern Utah’s red rock country. At an elevation of 5,200 feet, views from the mesa rims are spectacular. Rising to the north are the massive sandstone sentinels of Zion National Park. Spread out below the west rim is a panorama of colorful desert mesas and water carved canyons.

Located on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Gooseberry Mesa NRT was developed in the late 1990’s through cooperative efforts. In 2006, the trail received National Recreation Trail status. The Gooseberry Mesa NRT is designed for technical mountain biking. Singletrack and slickrock wind across the mesa top in a series of interconnected trails bisected by a dirt road. Due to the challenging terrain, this trail system is recommended for mountain bikers and hikers; it is not suitable for equestrians. More info: http://tinyurl.com/hyboh7e

My spontaneous trip was motivated by my newly acquired Garmin Virb Ultra 30 POV camera as a replacement for the Olympus TG-Tracker I lost surfing in the Hamptons.  Truth be told, the Tracker was such a sub-par tool, I was happy to see it gone with the excuse to replace it promptly.  I looked at the GoPro, Shimano, and Sony but for my purposes the geo data collection and voice commands won me over to the Garmin side.  The data overlays are cool but with Garmin’s video software, it takes forever to render in high quality.  The video below I exported to their lowest resolution and then YouTube will compress it even more.   But, on my computer, the 4K makes for some stellar video. I am quite please.  The rest of the still images were shot with a Sony a6000.

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I have been shooting for $$ since 2000 opening my shop with a Nikon D1.  I am primarily interested in shooting adventure lifestyle and travel with a host of my  day-to-day clients being within the industrial sector.

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