Monday, December 22, 2008

Dead Point Magazine: Issue 3

Check out the latest issue of DPM online for a couple shots I have featured in the Linville Gorge, NC article. You can also pick up a "free" hard copy at your local climbing gym.

If you sign up with the DPM community (kinda like a facebook., but for climbers), you can enter to win a home bouldering gym from DPM & Etch/Climbingholds.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I caught Santa...

staring at himself in-front of the Apple store yesterday.

- image taken with my iphone.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Review of Transition Tight - Men's

Originally submitted at Mountain Gear

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By Action Dan from Louisville, KY on 12/18/2008


4out of 5

Waist: Feels true to size

Inseam: Feels true to length

Pros: Lightweight, Stylish, Durable, Comfortable, Warm, Breathable

Cons: Not Enough Pockets or Features, Needs black color option

Best Uses: Maybe bouldering, Trail running

Describe Yourself: Advanced

Gear Usage: Cold Weather Living, Winter Sports

mainly running and trail running


Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Shadow Sculpture

These are two sculptures I had created around 2004/05'.
I thought it would be a good learning experience for me to shoot them and hone in on my studio skills, because I mostly shoot in the field and not in a controlled environment.

Both of these pieces are my representation of Carl Jung's archetype of "The Shadow."

How I shot the pieces (picture below):

I found a nice piece of glass (cleaned it) and thought that would be perfect for a clean floor which also adds a nice reflection to the sculpture.
I had to rig up how I was going to suspend the glass and all I could find a the time were my stands. They did a good job and if I didn't show you the photo below. No one would have ever known the difference.
I used an on-camera flash with a softbox for fill and a remote flash to completely blowout the background to get that pro-white look. The remote flash also adds some highlights to the edges of the piece.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dayton Pocket Session, TN

Just got back home from a week long trip down to the Chattanooga area. It was more of a actual bouldering trip for myself, but I did get out one day and shoot at Dayton Pocket with Ronnie Jenkins, Nicholas Oklobzija and James Litz.

James ended up sending the project that is to the left of "Riverdance."
James is calling the problem "Stankins."

Here are a couple out-take images from that day.

Ronnie speaks of his days as a janitor to the momentum crowd.

James Litz - Damn YKK zippers

Nicholas Oklobzija brushing Vapor Lock

Ronnie's Kilroy impression with the giant reflector.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

La Sportiva Commercial

Sportiva ended up using a small portion of "The Shield" video that I shot of Jason Kehl last January in their new commercial.
It's right after Beth Rodden's part in the climbing portion of the video.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

National Geographic Adventure: Nov. 08' issue

Probably should have written about this a couple weeks ago, been things have been busy and sometimes I just forget to update what's been published.

You can see an image I shot for National Geographic Adventure in this months (Nov 08') issue, which came out a couple weeks ago. Should be on the Shelves for at least another week or two.

The image was shot for the "Next Weekend Adventure" section featuring Natural Bridge, RRG, KY.
The hiker is a good climbing partner of mine, Stephen Woodward. I only had a two hour gap in which to shoot this image and while driving to the RRG from Louisville the sky had been overcast the entire time. When I got to Miguel's to meet up with Stephen we raced up the trail to get the shot and as soon as we got there the clouds dissipated. I was really wanting an overcast sky so I wouldn't have such harsh cast shadows from the dense foliage, but there weren't any clouds in sight now (at least for the 2 hours I had to shoot), so the image below is the final result.

Published Work

Actual Image

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bonnie Prince Billy & the picket line @ Lisa's Oak St. Lounge

Bonnie Billy and the boys (Oscar, John, Bob and Danny) performed
at an open mic night this past thursday night @ Lisa's Oak st. Lounge in preparation for their benefit show at the Old Tar Distillery to save the Eastern Hemlocks.

I did not shoot any photo's of this event, but here is a snippet of
Bonnie Billy & the picket line covering
Sam Cooke's song, "a change is gonna come."

Monday, November 17, 2008

Alpinist is now Closed

Economic times are hard, unemployment is rising and stocks are falling.

One result:
If you haven't heard Alpinist has closed it's doors.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Climbing tragedy in Red River Gorge, KY Nov.5th, 2008

Yesterday (Nov. 5th, 2008) the climbing community found out
that we lost two of our comrades.
You two will be missed!

Ben Strohmeier & Laura Fletcher, both 18yrs of age,
were found dead at Emerald City Tuesday evening.

My heart goes out to their families.

Climbers never die, they just move on to the next pitch!

Details from the Lexington Herald-Leader about the accident

Details on

A memorial service will take place at the base of Whiteout on Friday, November 7, from 3pm - 5pm, at Emerald City.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My 3 year battle with an injury and the infamous "Redneck" boulder.

A brief overview of the past 3 years...

I was at HP40 back in Fall/Winter 05/06' working on Redneck in the far left image. When I was topping out, a sharp/hot pain shot from my shoulder blade to the base of my skull. I immediately came down from the topout, never truly getting the send.
From that day forward, I had what seemed to be severe whiplash symptoms and the range of motion in my neck was very minimal. Returning home I went to an immediate care center where they gave me all the Western painkillers, anti-inflammatories & muscle relaxers I would need.
A month later when the drugs wore off, all the symptoms returned. Masking the problem never solves the issue.
I saw western doctors for about a year and a half and no one was able to resolve my pain.
1.5-2 years into my injury, I saw a holistic healer , Peter Moscow. Now for the first time since the initial injury I was feeling better. After some time, I also got treatment from neuromuscular therapist, Julie Harper who helped with the physical trauma my soft tissue had received.
In the fall of Nov.07, I was visiting a friend of mine in Albuquerque, NM and he suggested I see his Sports Injury Specialist, Dr. David Peer. Upon seeing him, he looked at my MRI. I had a C5/C6 disc bulge and a pinched nerve in that area which was causing the hot sensation.
I received traction treatment to alleviate the pressure of my disc as well as rehydrate them.
I was now able to climb sporadically on easy problems, like once every two weeks to build back the muscle, tendon, ligament tissue that I had lost in the past 2.5 years.

The middle image was taken in Fall 06' when I thought no one was around. I was still injured at this point and went down to HP40 to hang with old friends and shoot some images. At the point this image was taken, I still thought it was climbing related injury and not from my car accident, so I had gone to make amends with the force that injured me.

The image on the right was taken on Oct.19th, 2008 when I returned to HP40 for a photoshoot and lay to rest my problem demon.
3 years after my initial injury, I finally got to topout "Redneck."

Thank you... Mandy Rhoden for taking the most recent photo.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kings, Daughters & Sons show - Oct. 22nd, 2008

I had been in the southeast for a week climbing and shooting and this is the reason I came home a day early. Joe Manning and this band can lay it down.

They are getting ready to head into the studio to produce their first album, which will most likely be out in Spring 09.

Kings, Daughters & Sons Montage:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Horse Pens 40

A selection of images from HP40

Jay on Skywalker

Mark Osbourne on Slaboliscious boulder

Mandy Rhoden on Lowdown

Brooke "lil sis" Hadden on Lowdown

Mandy Rhoden on Slaboliscious

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rocktoberfest at "The Cove" RRG, KY 2008

Trying to stray from the crowds of the Rocktoberfestival, a small group of us ventured up to a place known as "The Cove."
It was here that Timy Fairfield got the FA of Covert Methods last November.

As the day wore on, more boulderers had the same mentality as we had.
My good friends Nate & Liz of Rock Candy Holds paid us a visit and pulled down on the overhanging sandstone.
Another good friend of mine "Adam Taylor" came by to get on Ghetto Methods & Covert Methods. Adam made the 4th ascent of the Covert.

Covert Methods sends to date:
1. Timy Fairfield
2. Jaime Emerson
3. Mark Osbourne.
4. Adam Taylor

Who says there's no bouldering in the RRG?

Now for some images:

Liz Yokum

Alyssa Hoeper

Nate Yokum "Hobbies Delight"

Mark Osbourne "Covert Methods"

Adam Taylor "Ghetto Methods"

Eric Gifford

Stephen Woodward

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mark Osbourne gets FA of "Black Widow"

The conditions were good for Mark, the light for me was shit.
Even so, I've posted a little 3 segment sequence shot of the First Ascent of "Black Widow" at Cave Run, KY.

Congratulations Mark.
5 year project has been laid to rest!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mondo 2.0: Alley Cat *Montage*

Little Montage of Saturdays alley cat race below.

Around 70 registered riders doubling last years amount.

The secret checkpoint was the last stop, where the first 12 riders to reach this point had to then carry an Extra Large Spinelli's Pizza back to the finshline at The Pink Door.

After the race, the trackstand, footdown, & trick comp ended the evening with much excitement and laughter.

Can't wait til next year. I'll be putting the camera down and racing myself.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

*NEW* Purchase Prints

I'm trying something new. It may only last a little while if I don't end up liking how this works, but alot of people have been asking me about prints of certain images from various trips and/or events. This is my attempt to make it as easy as possible for everyone to order prints.

Purchase Prints by Dan Lubbers Photographs

Check the site every couple days as new images are uploaded

If for some reason this doesn't work out, I'll just remove the purchase site and go back to the way things were. I'm curious of peoples feedback, so please leave comments.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mondo 2.0: Alley Cat - (Sat) Oct. 4th, 2008 - 6pm

The Mondo Crazy Alleycat Race is set for October 4th! Meet at the the Pink Door @6 p.m. Those who enter are given a map of checkpoints to ride to and then race back to the Pink Door for the finish. It's all for fun whether your out for first or just want to cruise.

The manifest are now up: Get your checkpoints here

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fuck Gas presents: Gutterball Bonanza (fri) Oct. 3rd

If your in the Louisville area or in surrounding areas and want to travel, this coming friday is the next "40.oz fun run." Last month about 40 people showed up and we rode from 11am til 4am. This time we are meeting & grilling out at the NEW "On Your Left Cycles" location at 8pm. The ride will end up at Executive West Bowling alley ending with a night of throwing balls at pins.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bouldering @ Linville Gorge, NC

Dave Fulton & Andrew Gearing have been telling me about the bouldering in Linville Gorge for some time now and finally this past weekend I was able to get down there with a good crew of friends.
Our temps; low: 48 | high: 70 | Perfect Clear Skies

This image was taken at about 1am and was lit from the wanning gibbous moon. If one was able to view the photo at about 10 x 8.5, you would see the stars lit in the sky.

We awoke the next morning and headed straight to the boulders for an all day sesh.

Andrew Fulton filtering his water from the spring

After being replenished with H2O, Andrew makes the send.

Ooga Booga mutha-fukers,
as Joey, Jay & Mark clear space for a good landing zone.

Our campsite seen from the riverbed.
Not sure if this is the milky way or not, but beautiful regardless.

Look for bouldering images of this trip on in the near future.

Friday, September 12, 2008

La Sportiva LIVE presents: Jason Kehl in the Climbers Lounge

Jason Kehl tells the story of his victory against one of the most beautiful lines in the south, known as The Shield.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mock Sportiva AD


This AD I created is meant for "humorous" purposes only
and "does not" reflect the views and/or opinions of La Sportiva.

My good friend Mark had a shitload of "Anasazi's" lying
around with blown toes and lost support, and we
thought it would create a funny image.

(We have nothing against "Fiveten" as a company,
it's just those are the shoes we had available)

Now that I've saved my ass from legal issues...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Digging through old Videos

Summers not over and it's still hot & humid in the Southeast. Was going through some old videos earlier and ran across this short segment I put together last year when a group of friends and I went to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.

Word of advice, don't go there to boulder in August.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bouldering @ Muscatatuck, IN

I don't remember the names or grades of any of these problems, so just enjoi
the aesthetic of the climbs.

Eric Gifford

Eric Gifford
Andrew Gearing

Alyssa Hoeper
Greg Martin

Kory Cooper-Fenske