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Matthew Hahnel

Visual storyteller based in Seattle. Business: [email protected] Married to @reneeroaming & @sonyalpha

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Renee and I recently returned from a quick trip up to the Canadian Rockies and were treated to some pretty moody weather. Luckily, some places don’t need dramatic fire in the sky to look good 👌 Moraine Lake is a great excuse to ditch the long hike and take the short stroll every once in a while. Although I truly love the images I capture of places that I had to work for, the easy ones are a good way to enjoy some moody conditions without getting wet for miles 😉 #WhyIHike @eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure at Moraine Lake

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With my summer in Washington coming to an end, I’ll look back fondly on moments like this. Sitting back, having time to relax and enjoy the moment in the warm sun on top of a mountain. We spent quite a bit of time around Mount Rainier this summer and loved every minute. Next week I’ll be starting a 5 week road trip in search of fall colors in the Rockies. First stop, Canada 🍂 P.S. this isn’t sponsored, but if you guys need a sleeping bag recommendation, check out @zpacks - I have used their 20 degree bag for a couple of years now and haven’t looked back. They are incredibly light, pack small and I find it perfect for these 3 season adventures in the mountains where it can still get pretty cool overnight. at Mount Rainier

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@reneeroaming and I drove the two and a half hours down to Mount Rainier to catch a quick sunset with @michaelmatti and his Dad last night. We are always a little worried about if we are making the right decision when heading out on these long-drive, one sunset adventures. We are super busy right now and have a lot of other things that need doing, but we took the chance and were rewarded ten fold this time. We arrived to clouds everywhere and fog blocking our views, but half an hour before sunset it began to clear and we were treated to the most insane show on earth 🔥Check out my stories for more if you’re interested ✌🏻 at Mount Rainier

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Who else is excited for some snowfall and cozy winter vibes? At this point, with how terrible this summer has been in Washington and the Western US, I’ll gladly take an extended winter season to soak in some hot tubs and get in some extra snowboarding 🏂 at Washington

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Last week we celebrated @reneeroaming birthday the best way we know how- with a backcountry camping trip. We saw some incredible views, but also a lot of smoke. Luckily, in the morning we got a little less smoke for a short while before it smothered us in again. Hiking hasn’t been easy this summer season which is a huge disappointment, but I’m hoping for some rain before fall starts and to have a fresh, clean-air slate for my favorite time of the year 🍂@eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure #WhyIHike #EBContributor at Washington

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Luckily in Iceland there is no need to photoshop in birds to make your photos pretty. If you take enough photos, you are bound to get one in just the right spot 👌 at Iceland

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Fresh air and freedom... the perfect way to describe driving around one of my favorite places on earth with the top down in the new @mazdausa MX5 Miata. It was an awesome experience getting to take in all of the views of Mount Rainier National Park to the side, front, and back without obstruction from the closed-in frame we would normally have all around us. Definitely had to be careful not to forget the sunscreen though 😉🤙🏻 #FeelAlive #MiataSummer #MX5 #ad at Mount Rainier National Park

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Let’s talk campfires and expand on my post yesterday. First, do not light fires in the backcountry right now in fire prone areas. Legal or not, it’s not worth the risk. You don’t want to be the guy or gal who torched thousands of people’s favorite recreation area and end up with hundreds of thousands in fines. Second, please don’t set up new campfires on fragile alpine environments. These areas will take decades to recover and may never be the same. Third, always check the legality of campfires where you are planning on setting one up before even heading out the door of your house. Look for seasonal restrictions and current fire bans in the area. Fourth, do not destroy live trees/flora to build a fire. Use dead wood that is lying around. If there isn’t any, don’t start a fire. Fifth, if you do light a campfire, leave no trace it existed. Completely extinguish the fire, wait for it to cool down, and then spread the rocks and other objects used to make the fire ring so that it is no longer noticeable. Please be safe guys. With more and more people getting outdoors, we need to be extra vigilant in keeping these amazing places around for years to come. at Wyoming

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Throwback to a great memory from last year in Yosemite National Park. I’ve taken in sunset from this spot on multiple occasions over the last 6 years, and every time I go back I’m blown away. While I am trying more and more to stay away from these popular spots, I’m sure I’ll be back here next time I’m in Yosemite to once again re-live this feeling. While I have your attention. Please, please do not light campfires in fire prone areas this summer. Although it may be technically legal to start a fire where you are, just don’t. It’s not worth the risk. These large fires going on right now are sparked from something, and while that’s often a natural cause, many are caused by poor fire habits of visitors to these areas. You will be warm enough with a jacket I promise 👍 at Yosemite National Park

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Renee and I recently returned from a tiring but epic two and a half weeks in Alaska. We were tested with the weather, experiencing lots of rain and not great conditions for photography. There were fleeting moments of luck though... When we arrived at this gorgeous hut nestled in the Talkeetna Mountains we were in a white-out. This persisted throughout the night and nothing had changed when we rose from our tent the following morning. As luck would have it, as were cooking our morning meal and preparing to leave, the clouds separated for just a short moment. We scrambled, capturing as many images as we could. We watched as incoming clouds made their way up the valley which was a strong sign that it was about to get VERY white again... but things held off long enough for us to experience this moment of beauty that we won’t ever forget. Taken on the @sonyalpha A7R III at 1/160, f6.3, ISO 160 #AlphaCollective at Talkeetna Mountains

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Who else loves the idea of cruising the mountains in a convertible? Renee and I have just returned from a couple of days with @MazdaUSA doing just that in their 2019 MX5 Miata! It was a blast feeling the wind through our hair as we drove from Eugene Oregon, past Bend, Mt Rainier and finally up to Seattle. It was a sad morning today having to give up the keys, but I’m looking forward to sharing some more images from the trip with you guys 🤙🏻 #FeelAlive #MiataSummer #MX5 #ad at Bend, Oregon

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We’re in the middle of summer backpacking season and loving every minute. That being said, after spending almost every summer deep in the mountains, @reneeroaming and I always crave a quick escape to warmer parts of the world as winter begins to sets in. This year, we have partnered with @hopper to head to Tulum, Mexico to celebrate our anniversary, beach style! Hopper is a convenient travel app that helps you find the best deals on flights and accommodation for your next trip. Swipe up on my stories (or click the link in my bio) to download the app and check it out for yourselves🌴✈️ at Mount Rainier National Park

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