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Excited to announce the location, date, and name of Fayettechill’s next outdoor festival - 
END OF SUMMER DAZE is going down at Hazel Valley Ranch, LLC on August 22nd - 24th. Like last year’s Summer Solstice, this event will feature mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, downhill longboarding, outdoor yoga, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, music, good eats, and more. We’ve got a lot of friends coming together for this party and will be throwing the weekend shindig with The pAth Outfitters and Native Nectar so you know it will be a good time for all. Tickets will be limited, so set the date on your calendar - tickets will go on sale early June. More on this to come but for now check out the recap of last years festival, Summer Solstice -http://vimeo.com/70894457

Excited to announce the location, date, and name of Fayettechill’s next outdoor festival -

END OF SUMMER DAZE is going down at Hazel Valley Ranch, LLC on August 22nd - 24th. Like last year’s Summer Solstice, this event will feature mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, downhill longboarding, outdoor yoga, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, music, good eats, and more. We’ve got a lot of friends coming together for this party and will be throwing the weekend shindig with The pAth Outfitters and Native Nectar so you know it will be a good time for all. Tickets will be limited, so set the date on your calendar - tickets will go on sale early June. More on this to come but for now check out the recap of last years festival, Summer Solstice -http://vimeo.com/70894457

One of our favorite things here at Fayettechill is to see people discover the Ozarks and take them in in their own unique way. Recently, Zachary Gilbert and his crew of photographers and friends stopped in at the Fayettechill Basecamp to share their stories with us and to pick up some gear along their expedition. We asked Zach some questions about his inspirations and motivations as an outdoor photographer and adventure seeker and here is what we found: 

Tell us about yourself, what got you into photography? 
At the time I was working coffee, and doing freelance design (like every good boy does when he graduates college).  I had just graduated Iowa State with an Advertising degree and was (and still am) figuring out what I wanted to do when I grew up.  Honestly, it was the perfect storm of three things:
1)  One of my best friends and photographer, Logan Clement (www.loganclement.com) check him out!.
2)  Craigslist, the place dreams come true
3)  My “I have to be doing something” attitude on life.
What took you from Iowa to Fayetteville? Once in Fayetteville, how did you hear about / come to visit Fayettechill? 
We traveled five wide in our buddy’s wife’s Chevy Equinox (pun?)  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  The five of us (all photographers/nerds) had been planning a photography based trip for the end of February, and of course we didn’t plan anything until two days before.  Justin Meyer (justinsalemmeyer.com) brought up the Ozarks, that it would be 50 degrees warmer and that pretty much settled it.  My girlfriend Emily said that we had to stop by Fayettechill knowing that we would love it, as well as the awesome baristas at Onyx Coffee Lab (onyxcoffeelab.com)
Describe your lifestyle. What motivates you? 
I live in the great city of Des Moines, IA and  work a full time job as a graphic designer for company Mg Biologics based out of Ames, IA.  Every day I am on the road at 7:10 so I can catch two green lights and a 35 minute commute.  We make custom blended horse plasma, how rowdy cool is that!?  I love my job and have a lot of creative freedom, and on any given day I could be wrangling horses, designing print, building websites, shooting photos, or chatting up equine veterinaries at a trade show.  I like the variety, its the spice ya know?  
I am motivated to work to make money to then do the things I really want to do, like travel and annoy people with my camera.
What is your impression of Fayettechill? What does it mean to you? 
Fayettechill exists so that because some genius people decided that you should look freakin awesome and cool while you adventure.  It means that a bunch of Fayetteville people are out there pushing a great brand because they love where they come from.  If you want some Des Moines swag, check out www.raygunsite.com 
If you could create anything, what would you create?
If I could create anything, I would finally create a hoverboard, because how insanely awesome would that be!  But since I lack the engineering/funding at the moment, I am working on my own travel blog that I am hoping to launch this summer called tuskadventure.com  My goal is to build a photo heavy travel blog that features images, gear, and gives me the coolest reason to road trip with my fiends.  I would then love to transition into lifestyle/commercial photography as my own business.  But for now the horse plasma industry is treating me just fine.
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