Matt Standal

Photojournalist, reporter, writer, skier and former professional scuba diving instructor

Posts by Matt Standal

The Longest Day of the Year on Mount Baker

IFMGA Guide Forest McBrian demonstrates modern ice axe techniques for glacier travel with Mt. Baker in the background. “You’ll be roping up from here,” said our instructor, gesturing to the mound of glittering, melted snow that stretched onward for a quarter mile. “Beyond this, it’s actual glaciated terrain.” I looked at my partner Jeff –
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Visiting Alaska’s Volcanic Desert

A portrait of me standing on the ash plain inside the Valley of 10,000 Smokes – Photo: Jack Steward The twin-engine Otter rumbled through the low clouds, banking a huge turn before touching down on the ash flat. Exhausted, and fearing a major delay due to bad weather, our camera crew let out a collective
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Walking on Waterfalls in Jasper National Park

I’m about to disappear under a huge boulder to get in position for filming the “Turbo Washer” in Jasper National Park, Canada – Photo: Tommy Steward Staring into a mist of freezing water flowing down a 10-meter chute, I asked the obvious question: “I haven’t rappelled in a while … can’t you just lower me
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Why I put Skis in my Canoe to Climb this Mountain

Canoeing a glacial lake to begin our climb of Mt. Moran was just part of this amazing journey. Being new to technical mountaineering, I decided to make my first project a glacier climb and ski descent in the beautiful Teton range. My subject was 12,600′ Mt. Moran, one of the biggest and isolated peaks in
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Why I Drove 800 miles to Canada for an Avalanche Class

My CAA Ops 1 class stops for a photo at the end of a long and snowy week in BC Two bighorn rams stood peacefully in the icy roadway while semi trucks and Subarus swerved around them. Welcome to British Columbia in November. I was driving in third gear down Kootenai pass in a snowstorm,
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Exploring America’s National Parks for a Living

Exploring America’s protected wildlands is both a dream job and a challenge. Just ask my fellow crew members on ABC’s Rock the Park, produced by Tremendous Entertainment in Minneapolis. We’ve been lucky enough to visit secret waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest, tromp through giant cave formations in New Mexico, traverse remote Alaskan glaciers, and explore abandoned
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Searching the USA for Tiny Homes

Exploring tiny spaces with a small video camera can produce big results. That’s the winning recipe for “Tiny House Hunting” on the FYI Network. Imagine you’re inside a 300 square-foot apartment in an up-and-coming Boston neighborhood. Sure there’s not much space, but the price tag isn’t bad either. Maybe it’s just the place for a young
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Japan’s First Heli and Cat Op Takes Flight

UPDATE: The Hokkaido Backcountry Club has been awarded “World’s Best Heli Ski Operator” at the 2016 World Ski Awards in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Nov. 19, 2016 Deep inside a secret government facility in Tokyo is a master list of things that shouldn’t happen in the pristine wilderness of Japan. Things like being excessively loud and boisterous, ignoring
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Hokkaido Backcountry Project accepted to Whistler Film Fest

I’m proud to say that my Kickstarter-funded film “The Hokkaido Backcountry Project” has been accepted to the Whistler Film Festival, and will premiere Thursday, Dec. 3, alongside Mike Douglas’ amazing film Eclipse. So much credit goes to the professional guides, skiers, and wonderful local people of Niseko, Japan for helping me tell the story of the history of
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Greg Hill, Niseko, Japan

Sneak Preview – Editing the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

Sick of summer yet? If you’re in the northern hemisphere, chances are you’re thinking about biking, boats and fresh cut grass right now. Not me. I’ve been editing video and creating sneak previews of the Hokkaido Backcountry Project Kickstarter final cut. The first video was taken in February during an awesome, snowy, photo shoot with the
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