Alton Richardson's Adventure Filled Van Life

Alton Richardson

Q: Camera and lens of choice?
A: Sony A7 w/ Canon 16-35. I’m new to the mirrorless game and so far, completely in love.

Q: What do you never leave home without?
A: I live and work out of a van, so I rarely “leave home.” But if I had to pick one item it would be a lighter. If you can start a fire, you can survive. Oh, and coffee!

Q: Craziest thing you’ve ever done in order to get the perfect shot?
A: I once climbed and skied the Dragon’s Tail Couloir in RMNP in FULL ON blizzard conditions, with unconsolidated snow and well over a foot of powder for an advertising shoot for Rab USA. It was my first time backcountry skiing. So that was pretty crazy for me.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be?
A: ANYWHERE?!! Patagonia. Although I am partial to the South this time of year. If you’re reading this during the summer, then RMNP.

Q: Favorite beer or alcohol of choice?
A: I’m a Coor’s guy through and through. But I like Yuengling. Like, I REALLY like it, a lot.

Q: What is the Mountain Standard Time Zone’s best kept secret? 
A: Wyoming constantly surprises me,  and I haven’t even been to the Teton’s yet…  New Mexico seems to have some nice little secrets as well (read: empty parking lots.)

Q: What is your favorite Mountain Standard piece and why?
A: The Hooded Fleece. It is the best hoodie I’ve ever worn hands down, great for out in the wild and out on the town. I regularly fall asleep in it too.

Q: Have any advice for new photographers?
A: Learn how to shoot in bad light and at high noon. If you can do this, you can make pictures all day instead of waiting around and missing opportunities.

Q: Mountains, Rivers, Deserts or Oceans?
A: High desert mountains overlooking rivers, leading to oceans. Ok, mountains…

Q: Favorite activitie(s) that you partake in the Mountain Standard Time Zone?
A: Climbing in all forms, especially long routes; skiing when the conditions are safe, spring is best; and body surfing, which I’m not good at it at all, but it’s fun as hell.

Q: Vehicle of choice for road trips or dream vehicle?
A: Bertha, a 1999 Chevy Express 2500. Outfitted with solar power, fridge, a fold down flat screen and storage for rock and ice climbing gear, ski gear for two people and all the camera gear our hearts desire.

Q: Favorite road trip / camping food?
A: Burritos, specifically of the breakfast variety. I have been partial to ones filled with Nutella and Peanut Butter recently. I call it a Reesesrito.

Q: What kind of product do you want to see Mountain Standard make in the future?
A: PANTS!!!!!! I LOVE pants, totally obsessed. Also a rucksack! 40 liters in size with a back panel access and options to carry skis/photo gear. And a beanie, floppy and/or cuffed. Let’s do this. 

Q: Favorite RIMBY spot (Right in My Backyard)?
A: Rocky Mountain National Park - alpine climbing and bouldering in the summer and fall, and mixed climbing and skiing in the winter and spring. It’s truly an alpine playground! Vail is pretty rad for ice climbing too. But Boulder Canyon will always have my heart in the Boulder area.  

Q: Anything else you’re dying to tell us?
A: I’ve never felt so connected to a brand and so proud to wear the product. I also think it was all made specifically for me, it fits too damn good! 


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