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My Bucket List

The following is my bucket list. It’s a list of things to see, to do, and to be before I die. I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to make this list public. I consider this list very personal and for a few years it has set in a dirty, wrinkled notebook that I’ve occasionally added to. Pages are beginning to fall out of the notebook, so instead of converting to a private digital copy, I’ve decided to put this list on my site to share with the world. I believe it’s important to put things out there – both to inspire and also to be held accountable.

Be prepared – this list is long. Some of it might be considered unrealistic. Some things I’m more passionate about than others, and some things may be easily achievable. My greatest fear is leaving this world having not really experienced it. Having a list that I can turn to for inspiration keeps me driven. This list will continue to evolve – both checking off and adding to.

Because this is just a giant list of text, I would love to hear tips on a better way to organize this. Contact me if you have any recommendations. If you have a bucket list I would encourage you to put it online. Share it with the world. Put a link in the comments below so that we can take inspiration from each other.


  • Fly first class
  • Hike the Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
  • Attend a Kentucky Derby
  • Motorcycle from Goa to Kathmandu
  • Explore the Temples of Angkor
  • Live at least 3 months in San Francisco, CA
  • Live at least 3 months in New York City
  • Live at least 3 months in Vancouver, BC
  • Live at least 3 months in Anchorage, AK
  • Live abroad for a period of time
  • Have a straight razor shave from an alley barber in New Delhi
  • Drink tea with a lama
  • Take the next flight out
  • Obtain dual citizenship
  • Spend a night in Everest Base Camp
  • Drive the PCH
  • Drive Highway 1
  • Drive Highway 1 in a convertible
  • Get a second passport
  • Volunteer for a month at an Italian winery
  • Take a gondola through the Venice canals
  • Ride camelback across the Sahara
  • Ride an elephant through any jungle
  • See the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • See the view from the top of One World Trade Center
  • See the view from the top of the Sears (Willis) Tower
  • See the view from the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
  • Ibiza, Spain for New Years Eve
  • See Niagara Falls lit up at night
  • See Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet
  • See Jerusalem’s Old City
  • See The Hagia Sofia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
  • See The abbey of Mont-St-Michel in France
  • Tour the MOMA in New York City
  • See the ancient city of Petra, Jordan
  • Rent a Tuscany villa for the weekend
  • See the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza near Cancun
  • Drive through The Dark Hedges, Antrim, Ireland
  • Attend Holi Festival of Colors in New Delhi
  • Explore the ice caves on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
  • Walk the circumference of Uluru
  • Stand on top of Victoria Falls
  • Stay in the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
  • Explore Benagil Cave in Algarve, Portugal
  • Swim in the Maldives
  • Camp among the Italian Dolomites
  • Attend the floating lantern festival of Loy Kratong in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Stand in the Solvay Hut on the side of the Matterhorn
  • Stand in the valley below the Eiger
  • Work on an archeological site
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Hot air balloon over Bagan, Burma
  • Explore rice fields in the Vietnam Red River Delta
  • Visit Japan during the cherry blossom festival
  • See the aurora borealis over Crater Lake
  • Bathe in the Ganges River as the sun rises
  • See the 7 Wonders of the Modern World
  • Drink wine in Paso Robles
  • Drink wine in Napa Valley
  • Follow the Buddhist pilgrimage from birth, enlightenment, to death
  • Boat from Laos to Vietnam on the Mekong
  • Convince my parents to take an International trip
  • Attend a live sporting event for the 5 major professional sports
  • Ride across Mongolia on horseback
  • Set foot on every continent
  • Prepare a meal for a family in another country
  • Eat real Kobe beef at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, in Los Angeles
  • Ride the London Eye
  • Ride the Santa Monica Ferris Wheel
  • Have a glass of champagne at an Aspen ski lodge
  • See the Cardiff Kook
  • Play guitar for one hour on a street in another country
  • Participate in the Brazilian Carnival Festival
  • Stay in an over-the-water bungalow in Bora Bora
  • Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Germany
  • Golf at Pebble Beach
  • Wake up to fog and snow on Jenny Lake, WY
  • Drive the Amalfi coast near Sorrento, Italy
  • Have an hour long conversation with a local in a foreign country
  • See the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Greece
  • See the Sistine Chapel and Vatican City in Rome, Italy
  • See the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy
  • See the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • See the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines
  • See the Borobudur stuppa in Java, Indonesia
  • See every US National Park
  • Attend Sundance Film Festival
  • Watch a traditional Muy Thai fight in Thailand
  • Attend Telluride Mountainfilm
  • Attend Cannes Film Festival
  • Attend Burning Man
  • Attend the Iditarod
  • Attend Coachella
  • Drive the Pan-American highway including the Darién Gap
  • Attend a World Cup
  • Take a food and wine tour throughout Italy
  • Saint Patricks Day in Dublin


  • Climb an active volcano
  • Climb the tallest mountain in Colorado
  • Climb the tallest mountain in all 50 states
  • Climb the 53 Colorado 14ers
  • Climb the 91 US 14ers
  • Climb Everest
  • Climb the Grand Teton
  • Climb the 7 Summits
  • Climb at Railay Beach, Krabi
  • Create a campfire with no tool
  • Walk on flowing lava in Hawaii
  • Hike The Narrows in winter in Zion National Park
  • Hike the Subway in winter in Zion National Park
  • Camp with no tent under a clear night of stars
  • Camp on a beach in Alaska
  • Hike the Stampede Trail to Magic Bus
  • Surf in Costa Rica
  • Follow any river from mouth to source
  • See the aurora borealis from the summit of Denali
  • Become certified to scuba dive deeper than 30 meters
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Camp on the beach
  • Zipline through a jungle in another country
  • Raft a portion of the Amazon
  • Skydive
  • Hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park
  • Take in the shoreline view of Teahupo’o while straddling a surfboard
  • Hike Lago 69 in Peru
  • Surf in solitude at the end of the world
  • Cage dive with sharks in South Africa
  • Search for Javanese Rhinos in Indonesia
  • Learn to sail
  • Catch a wave at Pipeline
  • SUP Lake Tahoe
  • Call a loved one from the Everest Summit
  • Cliff dive higher than 30 feet
  • Dive in Great Barrier Reef
  • Run with the bulls in Pamplona
  • Go zorbing in New Zealand
  • Catch a wave off Kodiak Island, Alaska
  • Heli-ski
  • Make friends with a penguin in Antarctica
  • Sleep on the side of El Cap
  • Speedfly


  • Watch sea turtles hatch and make their run to the ocean
  • Save a life
  • See the Papal Inauguration in the Vatican
  • Witness the first show at a band’s reuniting tour
  • Experience a double rainbow
  • Watch the sunrise from a peak above 14,000 feet
  • Witness the last show of a band’s farewell tour
  • NYC for New Years Eve
  • Catch a home run ball
  • See a concert in the rain at Red Rocks
  • See a grizzly in the wild
  • See wild horses
  • See a grey wolf in the wild
  • Witness a concert at Wembley
  • Kiss under the Eiffel Tower
  • See the Dali Lama speak
  • Shake hands with a president
  • Build a kid a treehouse
  • Witness a sunset that you won’t shut up about for years
  • Return to a place where initials were carved into a tree years earlier

Photography / Video

  • Publish a photo in Outside Magazine
  • Photograph the Milky Way over the Easter Island Moai
  • Go on a photo expedition with Chris Burkard
  • Capture a unique photo of the Taj Mahal
  • Capture a unique photo at Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Capture a unique photograph at Horseshoe Bend, AZ
  • Photograph a keeper black and white photo of El Capitan
  • Photograph Santorini, Greece at night
  • Document something important
  • Photograph from a boat at Pipe Masters
  • Publish a photo in National Geographic
  • Film and edit a short travel documentary
  • Capture a unique photo of Moraine Lake
  • Photograph the Milky Way over Stonehenge
  • Fly an octocopter through Heaven’s Gate, China
  • Photograph The Racetrack in Death Valley at night
  • Serve as a photo guide in Antarctica
  • Photograph Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii by airplane
  • Photograph something that needs to be made aware to the public for the first time
  • Present a short film on a humanitarian issue at a festival


  • Help at least one person escape extreme poverty
  • Pay for the person behind in the drive through
  • Develop a family secret recipe
  • Build a house/cabin with my own hands
  • Donate more than $1,000 to an important cause
  • Attend a TED conference
  • Inspire someone
  • Take ballroom dancing lessons
  • Complete a Masters Degree
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Play a sport with a current professional athlete
  • Run a 5K
  • Run a 10K
  • Run a marathon
  • Be a mentor
  • Win more than $1K in Las Vegas
  • Tribute someone by releasing a paper lantern
  • Front row seats for a game 7
  • Be able to speak another language conversationally
  • Milk a cow
  • Plant and eat from my own garden
  • Leave any wealth or assets I have when I go to people who really need them
  • Discover my passion
  • Dine with Shamu at SeaWorld
  • Have coffee with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company
  • Sit in the co-pilot’s seat of an airborne 747
  • Live for more than one month without Internet
  • Hit a walk-off homerun in beer league softball
  • Meet all of my neighbors
  • Sell a house for profit
  • Adopt an animal
  • Have a picnic of champagne and lobster on a beach at sunset
  • Stand in a crowded place wearing a FREE HUGS t-shirt
  • Read 10 books in 10 days
  • Marry someone who wants to do half of this stuff together


  • Get a travel article published online
  • Write an eBook
  • Take my blog to over 10,000 subscribers
  • Write over 100 Haikus
  • Get a travel article published in print
  • Write (and play) a song for someone
  • Write and publish a book Justin Vernon style


  • Grow my passive income to greater than $2K a month after taxes
  • Grow my passive income to greater than $4K a month after taxes
  • Live self-sufficiently on passive income
  • Collect people
  • Sell a successful product online
  • Create a product that makes over $50K
  • Create something that makes over $100K

Friend’s Bucketlists


10 Things Photography Has Taught Me About Life

Since I began this hobby two years ago, I have found that I do my best thinking camera in hand. Photographing in beautiful locations leads my mind to philosophize and romanticize. While I’m in no way the next Nietzsche, when I go out to shoot everything becomes clear and the world seems to make the most sense. Here are 10 things I have learned standing in open fields, sandy beaches, and on snowy mountaintops.


1. Patience

Stay with it. Things are ever-changing and the most breathtaking thing could happen a matter of seconds after you decide to give up.

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2. Preparation pays off

A little planning and preparation goes a long way. I check weather forecasts, sun/moon angles, and terrain maps before heading to any location – and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to dig a headlamp out of the pack to hike back to the car after deciding to stay at a location well past an epic sunset.




Top 20 Action/Adventure Photographers on Instagram

Not too long ago, getting a glimpse into the daily lives of well-known photographers was almost unheard of. Now, thanks to social media, fans around the world have access to everything from exciting behind-the-scenes shots of a photography expedition to the more ordinary views of a photographer’s daily life.


Instagram, one of the fastest growing social networks, offers a multi-faceted view of the world through the eye of some of the most interesting and innovative photographers working today.


In addition to the photographers listed here, you can also follow me on Instagram @caseymac.

Jimmy Chin Instagram

Jimmy Chin

Who else should start off this list, but the one and only. Jimmy has shot for The North Face, National Geographic, and runs his own production company with the collaboration of other artists.

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Chris Burkard Instagram

Chris Burkard

Chris is the staff photographer for Surfer Magazine and the overall winner of the 2010 Red Bull Illume photo contest. He shoots primarily cold water surfing photos around the globe.

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Scott Rinckenberger Instagram

Scott Rinckenberger

Scott is Chase Jarvis’ ex-right hand man. He recently made the jump to photographing his own ambitions of skiing and mountaineering full-time in the mountains of Washington.

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Keith Ladzinski Instagram

Keith Ladzinski

Keith is an artificial lighting wizard who shoots primarily rock climbing out of Colorado Springs. His work has been featured in Rock & Ice, ESPN, National Geographic Adventure, Mens Journal, and several other publications.

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Ian Coble Instagram

Ian Coble

Ian is an action and lifestyle photographer from Seattle, Washington. I was first drawn to his backcountry skiing work, but his portraiture and lifestyle work is equally as amazing. His clients include Patagonia, Skiing, and Backcountry Magazines.

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Grayson Schaffer Instagram

Grayson Schaffer

I’ve been following Grayson Schaffer’s work as the Senior Editor of Outside Magazine for quite some time, but it’s his recent photos from Mount Everest that are by far my favorite.

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Jeremy Koreski Instagram

Jeremy Koreski

Jeremy is a Tofino, B.C.-based surf and fishing lifestyle and action photographer. He’s currently working as the photo editor for SBC Surf, but it’s his creative work in the Patagonia catalog that initially caught my eye.

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Hage Photo Instagram

Matt and Agnes Hage

Matt and Agnes are based out of Anchorage, Alaska, but always seem to be on the move in some new exotic location. Like many others on this list, I also initially discovered their work via the Patagonia catalog.

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Craig Kolesky Instagram

Craig Kolesky

Craig is an all-purpose adventure photographer for Red Bull and Oakley based out of Cape Town, South Africa. I’m most inspired by his surfing and mountain biking photographs.

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Cory Richards Instagram

Cory Richards

Cory is a North Face mountaineer and photographer from Boulder. In 2011, he became the first American to summit an 8,000 meter peak in winter, which was documented in the film Cold.

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Renan Ozturk Instagram

Renan Ozturk

Probably considered by most a filmmaker rather than a photographer, but Renan has created some of the best action/adventure films of the last few years. Also working with Jimmy Chin of Camp 4 Collective, his next film is titled House of Cards.

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Dan Barham Instagram

Dan Barham

Dan shoots mountain biking and other outdoor photographs and is based in Vancouver, B.C. As a lot of photographers seem to be these days, he’s also started to create some very beautiful short films.

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Ben Moon Instagram

Ben Moon

Ben resides in Portland, Oregon and shoots rock climbing and other outdoor sports and that are commonplace in the Pacific Northwest. His clients include Patagonia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Black Diamond and many more.

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Re Wikstrom Instagram

Re Wikstrom

Re is a staff photographer for She focuses most of her work on women’s freeskiing. In addition to, Re has shot for the likes of Backcountry magazine, Skiing magazine, and many more.

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Erik Seo Instagram

Erik Seo

Erik is a Park City-based photographer who specializes in skiing photography. He’s shot for such names as Helly Hansen, Under Armour, and Freeskier magazine. When he’s not shooting winter sports, Erik also shoots concerts and and weddings.

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Ryan Struck Instagram

Ryan Struck

Ryan Struck is a Jersey-based photographer with an eye for surf, people, and the stories surrounding them. He seems right at home in the chilly waters of the Atlantic and his photos represent that.

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Andy Mann Instagram

Andy Mann

Andy is a Boulder-based rock climber and photographer who has shot for such clients as PrAna, Rock and Ice magazine, and The New York Times. His portfolio contains shots ranging from rock-climbing and base-jumping to beautiful landscape shots.

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Boone Speed Instagram

Boone Speed

Boone Speed shoots climbing and adventure photography for clients like The North Face, ESPN, and Patagonia. Based in Portland, Oregon, Boone is also a world-class rock climber.

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Chris Park Instagram

Chris Park

Based out of San Diego, Chris Park does, among other things, surf, underwater, and commercial photography and video. A former Associate Press contract photographer, Chris now spends his time working for a variety of clients and surfing.

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Adam Dewolfe Instagram

Adam Dewolfe

Adam is a surfing photographer from Tofino, B.C. He has wonderful surfing shots, but it’s his photos from inside the barrels of crashing waves that initially drew me to his photography. He is also shooting short films surrounding surf culture.

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The Unofficial List of All Google Plus Photographers Lists

Google Plus LogoNow that Google + has hit some sense of mainstream, everyone has their lists of photographers to follow. Everyone has one, me included, so you might be wondering which list has the best, or where can you seek out all the lists. The following is the unofficial list of all Google+ photographer lists. Confused yet? Just click these links.

Generic Google+ User Search

Google Spreadsheet of Every Photographer on G+ (hypothetically)
Add yourself to the above list

Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #1
Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #2
Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #3

Google+ Counters Top Photographers

60 Google+ Photographers to Inspire You

Top 104 Amazing Photographers to Circle on Google Plus

51 of the Best Photographers on Google Plus

Jarek Klimek’s list of 80 Users Google+ Photographers Need To Follow

Jeremy Hall’s list of Utah Photographers

Group As General Photographers List
Group As Analog Photographers List

Find People on Plus List

Recommended Photography Users List

Photographers You Should Follow on Google Plus

30 Awesome Photographers on Google Plus

HDR photographers of Google Plus

The Best Wedding Photographers on Google+

These lists are popping up left and right, so if I left any out I plan to make this a blog post that is continually being edited. Contact me or leave a comment below to get your list added here.


The First 10 Photographers You Should Follow on Google Plus **Updated**

Google Plus LogoGoogle’s new social networking site, Google+, has exploded recently and looks as though it’s going to serve as a legit competitor to Facebook. This presents new opportunities for photographers to market their work, as well as learn and interact with fellow photographers. This list is photographers who are on-board with making Google+ a successful place for networking and sharing. They’re all active in posting links, articles, sharing photos, and even writing articles. Add them to a Photography circle to start a great networking base in Google+.

1. Trey Ratcliff

Trey is widely known for his Stuck in Customs site and as the leader in HDR photography. Regardless of your views on the craft, Trey has brought it into the photography mainstream and has done an excellent job at marketing his work.

2. Colby Brown

Colby is a Denver-based landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer. He recently wrote a blog post debunking the recent Scott Bourne myth that using Google+ means that Google owns your images.

3. Thomas Hawk

Thomas has had a huge Internet following for some time, so it only makes sense that he would be one of the first to migrate to Google+. His portfolio is excellent, but I enjoyed his recent post of Top Ten Google+ Tips for Photographers.



7 ski/snowboard films for 2011 that you must watch

A quick warning that what lies ahead is a quick and easy way to waste away an hour of your Monday afternoon. For whatever reasons, ski/snowboard film companies release all of their movie teasers for their fall movies in the dead heat of summer. While I’m out riding mountain bikes and rock climbing, now I can come back to my computer and dream of riding fresh powder in January. Here’s a preview of 7 of the films that I’m looking forward to watching most this fall.

The Art of Flight (Brain Farm Digital Cinema)

After 2009’s That’s It That’s All, I thought the best of the best had been reached in snowboard films. I was wrong. Travis Rice and crew are back filming with Brain Farm and the trailer looks amazing.



40 Photographers to Follow on Twitter

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last four years, Twitter is taking over the Internet. It’s more than a website to update your friends on what you’re doing, but rather a place to market products, research trends and find interesting content.

Now if you’re one of the one that’s been saying you don’t understand it, take some time to add some of these photographers and you’ll see what kind of information you could be getting.

This is by no means a “Best Photographers on Twitter list,” but rather a list of people that I think post interesting content, both with their personal work, as well as information that new photographers can learn from.

The Essentials

1. Scott Bourne – (@ScottBourne) – Scott is probably best known on Twitter for giving away photo equipment on a regular basis. His photography is also amazing as well.
2. Jeremy Cowart – (@jeremycowart) – Jeremy has shot such people as Tim Tebow, Imogen Heap, and Brandi Carlile. He’s currently working on a photo essay titled “Voices of Haiti” which showcases some of the people affected by the tragic earthquake.
3. David Hobby – (@strobist) – David is the first photographer I visit when I need a reference on lighting a subject.
4. Trey Ratcliff (@TreyRatcliff) – Trey is the king of HDR photography.
5. Chase Jarvis (@chasejarvis) – Chase has an excellent outgoing personality and a huge love for creating things.
6. Michael Zhang (@petapixel) – Sometimes content from several sites on the Internet can all run together, but Michael manages to find new content that is relevant and equally exciting.
7. Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) – Jim is a landscape photographer residing in San Francisco.
8. Scott Kelby (@ScottKelby) – Scott Kelby shoots many things, but it’s his excellent Photoshop tutorial blog that drew me into his work.
9. Art Wolfe (@artwolfe) – Art has truly traveled to the edge of the world to capture some amazing travel photographs.
10. Tom Lowe (@timescapes) – Tom may be a stretch to put on a list of photographers because he shoots mostly timelapse videos, but his videos are mind boggling, and a timelapse video is essentially just several thousand photos, right?