In September 2017 I filmed and photographed Merrell ambassador Nicole Brown on her second attempt of the Three Peak Challenge. The objective was to summit the three tallest mountains in Southern California (Mount Baldy, San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto Peak) in just 24 hours, and not only did Nicole complete the 40-mile challenge with time to spare, but her inspirational story was part of Merrell's Create Your Trail campaign.
Nicole and I became very close after that, and our passion for the outdoors and public lands inspired our second big project with Merrell, Dirt Roads and Desert Dreams. In May 2018 we spent six weeks traveling through California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona to explore nearly a dozen lesser-known national monuments, half of which were under review by the federal government to be reduced. We hiked, car camped and backpacked through all kinds of incredible wilderness, but we also spent time connecting with locals to learn about their connection to these landscapes. We produced photo essays and a short video about our experience, which we shared on social media ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to encourage others to vote with the outdoors in mind.