On Saturday, January 10, 2015 about 100 creative photographers, illustrators and artists alike gathered in a sun basked meadow better known as El Capitan Meadows. I overheard many conversations being had and new introductions being made. Many traveled from very far places just to be there while others were traveling from abroad and decided to make this part of their journey and experience. There was a buzz and vibrant energy felt throughout the group as many could sense this was a great opportunity to be a part of…a first.
What happened on January 10th, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, CA was known as the #YNPinstameet. This event was the brainchild of photographer, adventurer and traveler, Chris Burkard and was put together by Wilderness Culture, Trev Lee, Travis Burke Photography, Taylor Michael Burk, and Callum Snape. The event theme was very fluid in that there was no agenda other than to “put down your phones and meet each other,” as said by Chris B. The setting was beautiful and the agenda was simple…what could be better?
What was even better was that rock climbing history was being made in the background! Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen were in the backdrop upon the Dawn Wall on El Capitan looking down upon us all as we looked back up in wonder. At this point in the climb, Kevin Jorgensen would be tackling pitch 15 known as the Dyno pitch on Dawn Wall as Tommy was giving support. History was being made and many amazing photographers were there to capture it and showcase the struggle and beauty to the world.
The outcome of the #YNPinstameet is still being had. Many people met together in the valley for the first time and are now traveling across the country and state together on new adventures and trips with new #instafriends. Go check out the hashtag #YNPinstameet and see for yourself.
“put down your phones and meet each other,”
As I was walking towards my wife and son to join the group, my wife turns around and points me out to my son, Christopher. My son immediately takes off running towards me and what ensues is captured in this photo. The greatest thing about this photo is that I had no idea it was being taken. A minute later, a nice gentleman taps me on the shoulder and explains he has a great photo of me and my son and would like to email it to me. I was very taken back by the sincere gesture and happily handed over my business card. As promised, Lafe Isaacson sent me the photo he took during the #ynpinstameet. This is but a small example of the type of experience and generosity showcased during the first #ynpinstameet. A big “Thank You” to Chris Burkard and team for putting together the event and a special thank you to Lafe for the photo of a special moment.
Below are a few photos using the hashtag #ynpinstameet as of January 13, 2015.