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Fasnacht 2016

Fasnacht is the pre-lenten burning of Old Man Winter. It occurs on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and is likened to Mardi Gras, with its roots in the Swiss Winterfest, but with it’s own West Virginia flare. 

When I first arrived in Helvetia 4 years ago, I felt like I’d just traveled back in time a few hundred years, to a small village in the Swiss Alps.

The community is very friendly, as I find in many rural West Virginia towns, and I soon felt accepted by them all (and by accepted I mean, I was treated like family).
Fasnacht Helvetia, WVFasnacht Helvetia, WV

But, to say that Helvetia isn’t up with the times would be a complete farce. Just ask Clara Lehmann & Jonathan Lacocque about they’re company Coat of Arms. Coat of Arms is an original post-production service, including editing, color, motion graphics, visual effects, illustration, scoring, and sound design for film, television, and the web. Out of Helvetia, they’re managing projects all over the world. Check out their amazing work after you finish browsing photos!


Fasnacht Helvetia, WV
Fasnacht Helvetia, WV

Unless you have access to Jonathan and Clara’s home wifi, you won’t be asking Siri anything because she can’t hear you over the mountains protecting the town from the buzzing cell phone enabled world. Read more

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Alpine Club Reciprocity

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Instagram Takeover for AAC

I’m Feeling super stoked to be featured by one of the predominant climbing/outdoor organizations I follow (and proud member of). This week I got invited to takeover the American Alpine Club’s Instagram account.

Today is day 4 of the Instagram takeover, and I’m searching for something fresh to post… I went cross country skiing last night out to Coopers Rock, and I think one of those photos might be today’s bid for attention…we’ll see. I haven’t decided yet.

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A few days before I started the takeover, I ran some data query’s via the Instagram API on AAC’s account. Without digging too hard, I found a few nuggets of data that have really helped me maximize my outreach this week on the AACgram. I plan to write a how-to post on conducting your own Instagram Analytics using Excel and the Instagram API…so stay tuned for that in the next week or so.

Below are my photos thus far, Featured by American Alpine Club on their Instagram.

(update)- I did use the night skiing picture yesterday.