The Ultimate Truck Camping Setup

This post is for those people who bought a pick-up truck with the intention of making it the perfect base camp for all their adventures for years to come. I’m talking climbing, biking, hiking, and of course, camping. Here’s the setup that will work for just about anyone. For the longest time, I was envious of all those dirt-bags at the trailheads with their trucks loaded out in the bed of the truck with a sleeping platform and everything. To me, they had it all. A vehicle that could get them anywhere, a place to lay their head wherever they stopped, …

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Buying a Condo is Nothing like Climbing Mountains

On March 15th, my girlfriend Courtney and I bought a Condo! It’s a huge step in our lives, finally having a permanent home right here in the mountains of Park City. And as it turns out, buying a condo in a mountain town is nothing like climbing mountains. Seems obvious, right? But when my life has been centered around adventures in the mountains for so many years, it was weird to have all my attention on something completely different. Buying a condo, for us, happened shockingly fast. Sometime, last November, Court and I realized it only made sense to look …

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Photo of the Week | Park City Skier Dropping in off Jupiter Peak

Every Friday I will be posting a Photo of the Week. Here I’ll be sharing the details on how I got the shot, where I was, and the backstory that went into it. I hope you find this enjoyable, and helpful in your own photography.

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Getting The Shot: Shooting the Stars

If you’re lucky enough to have witnessed seeing the Milky Way with your own eyes at night, I can bet you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. But capturing that moment in a photo to share with people for the  rest of your life, now that is a different story. How many times have you tried to capture those incredible stars that blanket the night sky with your camera or phone and ended up with either a black screen or a blurry mess of dots? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.  And I wanted to explain how I …

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How to: Train your Adventure Dog

I used to be so envious of all those riders and trail runners, cruising down the trails with their dogs right behind them, off leash, the entire way! I remember thinking to myself, “How do they train their dogs to be able to run like that?  Every dog I know would be off running into the woods at the first sign of a squirrel and never come back!” But I was determined, that one day, once I got a dog of my own, that it’d be the best adventure dog. Fast-forward a few years, my girlfriend, Court, and I have …

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Backpacking & Camping Checklist

There’s nothing worse than after a long day of backpacking into camp, you realize you forgot a stove or fuel to cook your dinner. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to campsites and realized I forgot everything from a sleeping bag and pad to cooking utensils and food itself. To help make this process easier for you (and me) the next time I head into the backcountry, I made this checklist. Download a PDF Version of this List here: Zachary Kenney My name is Zachary Kenney and I’m an adventure filmmaker & photographer.  My passion is to tell stories …

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Guide to Utah’s Geographical Jargon

I grew up a flatlander in New Jersey, where describing a geographical feature would be limited to the following: street, hill, woods, or the beach. Since then, I’ve been exposed to what people would consider real, mountainous terrain in New England. Up there, we’d throw around terms like: Mountain, Summit, Ridge, Lake, and Elevation. All of which are pretty self explanatory and not too hard to follow along with in a conversation. But here in Utah, that list of geographical jargon has grown by 100x. And I’ll be honest most of the time I have no idea how to describe …

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Video Shooting, Editing, & Producing Tips

Having been shooting, editing, and producing videos for the past 5+ years, and I’ve definitely run into my fair share of problems. These issues range from video quality, audio recording and playback, and general story continuity for the final cut of the video. I figured I’d start to write down some of the tips and things I’ve learned along the way to give others a help in avoiding these issues/mistakes/bad practices. Note, I edit on Final Cut Pro 10 (FCPX), but all these tips can be extrapolated for use in Adobe, iMovie, cellphone apps, GoPro editor, etc. Video Video Transitions …

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Tips to Make Better Videos: Telling a Story vs Video-porn

One of the first questions you have to ask before you begin editing any clips, or even before you press record on your camera, is, “What type of video do I want to make?” I don’t mean the infinite cinematic-subcategories that are out there, but just these two types instead: are you going to tell a story to an audience or just make a video-porn/music video style video. Zachary Kenney My name is Zachary Kenney and I’m an adventure filmmaker & photographer.  My passion is to tell stories that will hopefully motivate you to go live a more adventurous life. …

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Backpacking through Europe | How to Plan a Trip

We all have at one point, if not every single day, stared at our cubical walls and day dreamt about backpacking through Europe. You know, the way it’s been portrayed in novels and in cinema. You can picture yourself splitting a bottle of wine in the park at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or wandering through the ruins of ancient Rome. Maybe even partying all night on the beaches of Barcelona or raising your liters of beer for a cheers in Munich. If not find yourself enjoying the vices on the streets of Amsterdam or feeling the …

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