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Arch Raiders

By Adrian Zupp

Shooting the arches was one of the most physically demanding outings the guys have had during the entire season of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” Uma tells us why.

AZ: Let’s talk about the Arches shoot. Had you ever been there before?

MT: No and it was amazing.

AZ: What stood out for you?

MT: Just the way the world forms itself. Those things sitting out in the middle of nowhere! Steven’s Arch: That thing’s insane! When you’re a kid and you go to places with your parents, you don’t truly appreciate what’s around you. Now it’s like a totally different perspective. And I get to go with the guy who just loves photographing it so the whole energy just floats around.

AZ: And you’re traveling with a bloke who knows the ropes.

MT: Oh yeah. He’s been to all these places many times.

AZ: Steven’s Arch was the highlight?

MT: I liked Steven’s Arch and I liked Dead Horse Point. But Steven’s Arch [Utah] is just incredible. It’s huge!

AZ: Were there any particular challenges with this shoot?

MT: Oh yeah! When we went to Steven’s Arch, that was a 12-mile hike: six miles in and six miles out. That was intense.

And people’s camera batteries were going down because it was so damn cold when we got there that morning.

AZ: So how did you deal with the battery problem?

MT: We had to send a guy back into town, which took him four hours, to get a couple more batteries and an inverter [a charger you can use in your car]. But it’s all experience from my point of view. I always learn something.

AZ: How would you look back on this shoot?

MT: Just how extremely tough it was. It was such a tough day that when it was over we just wanted to get to dinner and our beds. We were physically just so worn out. It was probably one of the most intense days that we had. We’d just flown in there; we had to start at 5am; which means you have to get up at around 4; get all your gear in the vehicles; drive two hours to the place; hike twelve miles with all the gear… Yeah, it was intense.

AZ: Would you do it again?

MT: If Pete wanted to, yeah. Because if he’s excited for something, it makes it real easy. The other thing is, after that day I was like “If I can make it through this day, everything else will be a breeze. And that’s how it’s turned out.”

AZ: What can I say, you’re a trooper! I’ll catch you next week to discuss the next episode.

MT: You know where to find me.

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 4:00 am



  1. We were there once when it was over 100* and needless to say not much hiking was done that day….just to HOT. Thanks!

    Comment by SHELLEY MCLEAN-ABELL on April 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

  2. You are just amazing keeping up with him. I bet your passion transcends across your life. Your girlfriend is a lucky woman!

    Comment by LS on April 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

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