April 26, 2017
Did you have any support from family and friends when you made the transition to truck life?
When I first made the decision to transition to truck life, my friends were excited for me! But my parents on the other hand, were not that psyched. I come from a traditional Filipino culture so my parents were really hesitant with my decision to do something so different from what they were used to. Ultimately, they had to come to terms with what I was doing, but they definitely did not approve of it when I first started.
What are some struggles you’ve encountered in truck life?
Some of the struggles that I have encountered in truck life are too long to list! A few that come to mind are definitely weather related. Being that I’m in a truck, I have to cook my meals outside. One big thing I hate is having to cook outside when its sub 10 degrees and snowing… When you’re on the road, you have to save money and you do that by buying and cooking your own meals. But when its freezing outside, many times I have caved in and bought some delicious food instead. Another weather related struggle is when its freezing, and you have to get into a freezing cold sleeping bag. It’s not so bad once you’re in, but the initial step is definitely the hardest part!
Where will your truck take you this year?
This year I plan on going to as many places that my truck can take me! I will definitely be making some visits to Joe’s Valley, Black Mountain, and Tuolumne in the immediate future. But later on in the year, I’d love to visit places like Ten Sleep, Hueco Tanks, Yosemite, and The South!
What is the greatest misconception about Truck Life?
The greatest misconception is that it is not as glamourous and fun as people think it is. Rest days and downtime can definitely take a toll on you especially if you’re by yourself. You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable… really uncomfortable. Rainy days can be a drag, because you’ll be trapped in a small space for hours at a time. If you’re lucky enough to be near a gym or a friend’s house, that could be your saving grace. But if you’re in the middle of nowhere with no Wi-Fi, I hope you have a book or an instrument to play. But the positives definitely outweigh the negatives!
Do you keep a pee jug in your truck for late night emergencies?
YES! This is a must. The worst thing possible is having to get out of your truck when its -7 degrees outside to go pee. This has happened to me before.
What is your favorite meal to cook in the truck?
My favorite meal to cook has got to be a breakfast sandwich of breakfast burrito! I love bacon and eggs.
Do you have any climbing projects that you are currently working?
I have plenty of climbs that I’ve been wanting to complete. Ones that really stand out are definitely Eternia V11, RMNP, Colorado, Whispers of Wisdom V10, RMNP, Colorado, Somewhere in Time V12, Tramway, California. I’d also like to venture into harder sport and trad climbing as well!
How did you get into photographing climbing?
Before I started climbing, I worked full-time as a video editor/producer. So it was more of a natural transition. About 2 years into climbing I started bringing my camera out more to the crags because it was a good way to rest in-between climbing sessions. I thought it was super fun to shoot something I’m so passionate about. I was able to portray climbers and boulders in a way that it inspired me. After a year of just having fun shooting, I decided to quit my job and go on the road full-time to climb and shoot photos!
What are some of the struggles you face photographing climbing?
There are a lot of struggles you face when it comes to climbing photography. The biggest struggle for me is finding someone who is willing to climb to get the perfect shot. I am very picky when it comes to shooting climbing. I want to shoot in the best light possible which is usually not when people want to be climbing. It’s usually between 10am-4pm when people are climbing, which is the worst time to shoot because that produces the harshest light. I generally like to shoot near sunset and sunrise. If I’m lucky, I can shoot all day if it’s overcast outside, which produces soft light. The other struggle is finding people who actually want to pay for your work. A lot of people don’t realize the hard work that photographers have to go through and how much money they’ve invested in their craft. They just assume that if you take a photo, they are entitled to have it for free. So, finding that balance of giving out free work and charging for it has always been a battle.
Do you have a favorite pit stop?
Yes! Burger Barn in Bishop, California! They have amazing burgers, shakes and tater tots! I love tater tots!