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    Season Recap- Chasing Epic in Pictures

    Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to start a business (Chasing Epic) that allows me to travel all over the western US, both with customers and to scout locations. Instead of making this a self-serving post about Chasing Epic, I wanted to share some of my favorite shots from the past year.

    January- St. George





    February- Sedona and Canon City, CO









    April- St. George, UT







    May- Fruita and Grand Junction







    June- Angel Fire, NM







    July- Crested Butte and Gunnison, CO









    August- Park City, UT and Eagle, CO









    September- Crested Butte, CO









    October- St. George, UT







    November- Sedona and St. George










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    awesome shots, Steve!

    So, how is the new business going?
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    awesome shots, Steve!

    So, how is the new business going?
    Overall it's going really well. I'll end up the year with about 100 customers, which was more or less my goal for the first year of operation. If things go the way I think they will, next year I should double that number comfortably. I've learned a bunch over the last 8+ months of trips, and I'll be making a few changes for next year's experience and business model, but nothing too earth-shattering.

    It's been a fun ride so far, there's not much I would change overall.

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    You're winning at life right now. Glad to hear the business is going well.
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    ^^^

    +1

    It's a cliche, but it's fair to say that's living the dream right there.
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    If, that is, the dream has to involve work.
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
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    Thanks for the post. Those are some great pics. I'm glad your startup is working out and that the giant leap into unknown territory was successful.
    If you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it tubeless, I will. I got spare time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    If, that is, the dream has to involve work.
    It's been a ton of work, and there are definitely some things that are tough to deal with... but yeah, I'm 100% happy so far that it's turned out this well.

    I have a few other ideas to complete my idea of "living the dream", but I can't quite convince my wife to leave the Boulder area just yet.

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    Niiiiiice!

    Where are all those pictures of me and you on White Ranch?

    Definitely jealous of all those "work trips" you've been on. Looks like you've been up to good things. Nice work dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lev View Post
    Niiiiiice!

    Where are all those pictures of me and you on White Ranch?
    You mean that ride where I forgot to bring my camera? Yeah....

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    Well done sir...
    Better to be king for a day than schmuck for a lifetime.

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    Yup, looks like you're crushing it. Props dude!

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    Nice Steve! Wish you the best of luck with growing the business. Dan

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    Nice images Steve, excellent first year it would appear.
    It's great to see this become a success for you, wish in the best for you moving forward.
    Alpental Indiginous

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    Bad ass! Way to see a business op that most of us would be completely blind to. 100 customers! Damn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymoney View Post
    Bad ass! Way to see a business op that most of us would be completely blind to. 100 customers! Damn.
    I can't take total credit, as there are already companies with similar business models that offer great products... Western Spirit, Rim Tours, Sacred Rides, etc. I just tweaked it a little bit to appeal to a different kind of mountain biker, which is what I've always wanted to do in the first place. Working in the adventure travel space for a couple of years (as a photographer) has helped me see what works and what doesn't.

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    Nice shots! Hartman Rocks often gets overlooked

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    Sweet shots! They almost makes me wish it was summer again...almost. Good luck in year 2 and beyond!

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    It looks like you are showing a bunch of people a positive experience. Psyched it is working out for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada1 View Post
    It looks like you are showing a bunch of people a positive experience. Psyched it is working out for you!
    Yep, we've had some pretty kick-ass rides throughout the year.... it's all about having a good time. It's only going to get better as I get things dialed in, too!

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    Stoked on the photos! Glad you're doing well.

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    Hack job....






    easy come easy go

    Nice work. Looks like fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grskier View Post
    Hack job....
    Fake it til you make it.

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    Wow.. so sweet... very well done! best of luck going forward!
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