“Over the years, I’ve attached myself to teachers in my own commitment to wilderness backpacking as a spiritual practice. Submitting to these spiritual guides in a penetratingly physical way is a life-changing experience. In wilderness (wherever you find it), there’s always a risk, but the physical challenge is the least part of it. Out on the trail, I find myself longing for an unsettling beauty, for a power I cannot control, for a wonder beyond my grasp.”

― Belden C. Lane, The Great Conversation: Nature and the Care of the Soul

These landscape paintings are based on some of my favorite places to backpack. All the images are from my own photographs, or from the photos of friends who were with me.