The TriOdyssey team knew we were in for an adventure when Aram Melkonian, our designated tour guide and rock climber for the day, told us that it would be a brisk mile hike to our destination.
Our crew grabbed our backpacks full of camera equipment, pelican cases filled with drones, and positive attitudes for our trek into the middle of nowhere. Halfway into the hike, things started getting tricky. The narrow hiking path began to slowly morph into a rock wall, where walking upright was no longer an option. We ended up climbing down boulders and scaling dried river beds, grasping onto our gear for dear life. In a way, it was frighting, good fun.
We hiked down the dried river bed like champs. The team was feeling good, confident, and that's when Aram turned to us and said "Oh yeah, we have to climb down a ladder!" PLOT TWIST. We all looked at each other, telepathically asking one another "how were we going to manage this?"
But hey, TriOdyssey never backs down from an adventure! We created an effective passing system to get up and down rock walls as elegantly as possible. It almost felt like one of those team building exercises hosted by a company retreat. By the end of the day, we had it down to a science. No words were even said. Just subtle gestures, and the silent passing of equipment from one person to the next.
Once we got to Echo Cliffs, the view was remarkably rewarding. We sat at the opening of a cave overlooking a valley of green hills. What an adventure!
We dropped our bags, took in a deep breath of the crisp afternoon breeze, and began to film.