Tomorrow marks the start of the 23RD ANNUAL CHEAT RIVER! Here’s a quick collection of photos from the past however many Cheatfests to help get the stoke flowing!
Rain or shine, we’re going to have the best time!
Just had one of my photos pop up on National Geographic Adventure’s Facebook page. It’s the last one in the video.
A few photos from climbing in Colorado last October (trying to get caught up on 7+ years of photos).
Tara’s first time climbing in Colorado started on the First Flat Iron (direct route 5.6R). We simul climbed most of the 1,200′, which is a great way to shave a few hours off long and easier sections of climbs. After playing around Boulder for a day we met up with friends Alex and Brittany, and simul’ed the 3rd Flat Iron in just a couple hours (which helped them break their personal speed record on the 3rd by a decent margin). On this trip, my favorite climb was the Edge of Time (5.9), up by Lily Lake near Estes Park.
Enjoy the views.
Last weekend I finally slowed down long enough to see what all the commotion was about. We picked a good time for a first impression, as their Annual ArtSpring was in full swing when we pulled into town.
I’ve never actually stopped in Thomas before, though I’ve passed through countless times…heading to Whitegrass or Seneca Rocks mostly…
The following are my photo highlights from the day and nights’ events… Feel free to leave any comments toward the photos.
A small collection of short videos I’ve made over the last year +
In May of 2015, I took a sabbatical to adventure around the South Island of New Zealand. I had made no plans or expectations for this trip, keeping each day and night as a surprise waiting to be unwrapped. This short video is a compilation of around 3000 photos I took of the night skies from the different places I camped and explored. I shot these with a Nikon D800, with each frame being a 30 second expose. My camera settings varied slightly from night to night, but in general I shot at 14mm, f2.8, with and ISO of ~3200 +/- . Please comment of message me for any additional questions or photo beta.
In the Alley of the Cheat Narrows, is the Ballroom…an underwater mystery of turbulence and finesse. Prototype squirt boat, by Jim Snyder.
Jam Night at the Brew Pub
another Monday night at Jamie house – the Furr :
Eli Pollard (lead vocals, theremin, guitar)
Francisco Amaya (guitar, backing vocals)
Jarrod Ott (bass)
Liz Pavlovic (drums, vocals)
“The Furr was born out of our members’ united love for a mixture of short, fun, loud rock ditties and improvised dadaist jams. We pay homage to some of our favorite songs by covering them with large blankets. We want to put a lima bean in your fannypack”. –https://thefurr.bandcamp.com/
Jamie Lester sculpting a clay figure of Tara. Music short by New God, titled Firework.
Sculptor: Jamie Lester – http://vandaliabronze.com/
Video/Post: Gabe DeWitt – https://www.1gabe.com
Music: New God – http://new-god.com/
Model: Tara Smith – http://www.tara-earth.com
A short compilation from this years Fasnacht – an attempt to captures some of the spirit that lives in Helvetia, WV.
Tara went on a night dive the other night, and afterwards she dropboxed her video files to me. So, I thought I’d make a little highlight real from her underwater adventure for her to share..
Music is Bloodflood by Aly-J
Friday evening with friends…drawing…painting…making pretty things.
On Friday night (2/21/15) in the sub-zero air, my friends and I skied out to the overlook at Coopers Rock, WV. What I captured was a strange phenomenon, known as Light Pillars. I made a short 20 second video from the photos, and Anna wrote her account of our cross country skiing adventure. I’ve posted it on my blog at https://www.1gabe.com/light-pillars/ . Check it out if you get a chance! …and feel free to share this unique view of West Virginia!!
This is a time lapse video of our Alaska adventure in March, 2014. I used only photos taken with a borrowed GoPro and my D800. The aurora images were captured during some of the last peaking activity of 2014. It’ll be another 11 years until the Aurora’s intensity and predictability will align so well again, at least to warrant another adventure geared specifically for Aurora viewing. Additionally in this video are several Alaska Cabins we stayed in (of Tara and I painting), along with a some time lapse shots of the sun setting, and the moon rising. Music by Emancipator – Eve
see photos from this trip at http://www.wv-art.com/Photography/Locations/Alaska
While camping near Long’s Peak on 6/29/14, I sat my camera outside my tent for several hours to capture the clear view of the stars from the high elevation. I took 15 second photos ever minute for about 4 hours, and then stitched them together in Premier. Sound bits are from Emancipator – First Snow
My second day in Hawaii we head to a locals spot near Hilo for a little uncharted slacklining…
The following are my responses to a recent FOC interview about the upcoming Cheat River Festival…
What was it like growing up in the Cheat River Watershed?
It gives and it takes..and gives.
My entire immediate family comes from the Cheat River Watershed. My Mom (Kathy DeWitt, previously Overbeck), grew up in Albright, where my Grampa Vic was the post master and Grama Betty was a school teacher.
Aside – When my mom was a kid, almost every weekend there was a white water rafter or guide having dinner with her and her family. Vic and Betty Overbeck (my grandparents) welcomed them. Many boaters put in the river across from her house. My mom and aunts would would serve breakfast to the boaters at times at the Fire hall the Albright fire department.
In 1985, the Cheat River destroyed 110 of the 132 houses in Albright.. my mom’s house being one of them.
Fast forward to today, I frequent the Cheat River whenever possible…to swim along the Alley…
…boat down the Cheat Narrows…
…climb above Devils Den…
….hike on the Allegheny Trail…
…or craw through some of the hidden caves…
… the Cheat Canyon is an old and special place on this earth for everyone to enjoy and protect.
What are the three best things about Cheat Fest?
and the People.