We had the good fortune of connecting with Hayden Boyle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hayden, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My interest in photography originated for my love of the backcountry. Backpacking, hiking, climbing, you name it – getting out there and exploring is what it’s all about. Photography has given me the chance to create value through the pursuit of my passion. Summiting a high peak for sunrise is a great accomplishment in itself, but being able to properly execute an image from that experience not only helps me relive it, but allows me to share that feeling with others. The constant dedication and search for that shared feeling was the fuel for me to embark on my biggest journey and project yet: Sunrise, sunset, and nightscape images from the summit of Colorado’s 14ers.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I get most excited about pursuing big objectives that seem to be just out of reach. My current project – High Alpine Landscape Photography: Sunrise, sunset, and nightscape images from the summit of Colorado’s 14ers, is the perfect example:
Colorado is home to the majority of the highest, most demanding and beautiful mountains in the lower 48. In total, Colorado claims 58 (ranked + unranked) peaks over 14,000 feet (14ers). To summit any of these mountains requires patience, fitness, education and dedication for safe travel. The summit views are grandiose at any time of the day, but to truly represent the outstanding beauty they have to offer, I have set out to photograph sunrise, sunset, or nightscape images from the summit of each – individually. The traditional alpine start well extends its boundaries into the day before, many times starting as early as 10:30 p.m. The daunting nights fade to a blissful presence while climbing under the stars – a humbling and dramatic dance with the alpine – accompanied by an overwhelming sense of passion and endurance to chase the most beautiful, fleeting moments from the 58 highest points in Colorado.
There have been many, many lessons learned from this project so far. Whether it be technical climbing experience, learning how to deal with no sleep, how to get in shape for the mountains, what have you, there are an immense amount of lessons to learn. The beautiful thing about projects like these are that they teach you how to overcome obstacles that one may face in everyday life, or through starting their new business. Every new endeavor comes with major learning curves and hurdles, and learning to overcome them is where the valuable growth happens.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would have to take a friend visiting to one of the more attainable, yet challenging 14ers that Colorado has to offer. Handies Peak is always my go to! Although still high altitude and a BIG hike, the views are absolutely outstanding. After the hike, I would visit Michael Underwood’s Gallery in Lake City, and grab some brews at Lake City Brewing Company. An all around great weekend!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Finding a consistently reliable, passionate and relatable climbing partner is essential to good outcomes while pursuing big objectives in the alpine. Jason Weiss (@alpinejphotography) has been through the thick and thin of many sunrise summits, and has proved to persevere through the early starts, long days and lack of sleep. Finding people who are truly passionate about what they do provides inspiration to continue when you feel like taking a break. Major thanks to Jason and all of those that continue to get after it! In addition, big sources of inspiration and top notch photographers / climbers include Jack Brauer, Glen Randall and Jon Kedrowski.