Alex Balcer

@alex_balcer

December 15, 2021

Some gem advice and a lot of filler footage

Hi Isaac and Alex, Please do not publish these comments, they are meant for you and I assure you they come from the heart. Overall the workshop, in my opinion, was really geared towards a total novice in the winter backcountry like your friend from San Diego. I wished that would have been mentioned in the intro because I wouldn't have spent money on it. Few things things that really disappoints: 1) leaving radios in the truck (it happened to all of us!) but for a workshop where a check list is provided...and you had a sled which could have gone to get them...this could have been corrected. 2) Packing a minimalist bag I get it, I just broke a pole falling back because my bag was too heavy! But where the heck did that 100-400mm came from? not in the small Canon bag you packed for sure. Again, the sled probably carried it unless Alex brought his kit as well. 3) Too much footage on introducing a novice to the backcountry and making a fire. 4) Storytelling could have been a focus on such as taking inside cabin footage in the morning before bringing camera gear outside. Would have liked to see more on actually taking pictures and the challenges of getting establishing, close up shots...in other words more about winter story telling and overcoming challenges. Anyways, thank you for putting this together and I hope you get the chance to make a second winter story telling video geared towards those who work and live for winter. Drop me a line if you ever come out to Nelson, BC, would love to take you out splitboarding out here in the Kokanees. balcer.alex@gmail.com One last thing: Isaac, just like you I have a young family and far from my twenties. I made a leap of faith not too long ago to pursue photography and have been working for clients ever since. I post close to 600 photos on IG a year for my clients but haven't done so yet for my own account. You're helping me grow the courage to do so. I'll make sure I tag you when I do with a thank you note. Cheers! Alex

Alex Balcer

December 15, 2021

Kyle

March 16, 2021

Solid Intro to Winter Skills!

In the words of Bill and Ted, "Most excellent!!" Isaac's enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication to the outdoors is incredible. Even with a strong level of outdoor/winter experience, I found Isaac's approach to winter adventure informative and educational. He brought forward a well-guided foundation of safety, knowledge, exploration, and adventure--providing endless amounts of stoke, and an excellent guideline for newcomers and experienced professionals alike. For the price, the level of knowledge and skill presented throughout the workshop is solid, and I'm eagerly looking forward to future seasons!

Kyle

March 16, 2021