VIDEO: Rise of the Full Moon

Photo of the Year, 'Eclipse' gets spoofed

It was a ridiculous idea from the start. Travel to the edge of the earth to see one of the planet’s rarest events—a total full moon in Little Cottonwood Canyon… wait, is this starting to sound familiar? Inspired by the Salomon Freeski TV team’s expedition to realize photographer Reuben Krabbe’s grand vision to photograph a skier during a rare solar eclipse on the arctic island of Svalbard, photographer Jay Dash went after his own dream this week in remote Solitude, Utah. Persistence, preparation, and a positive attitude was a guarantee of nothing as he and the Grit Visual team awaited their chance—an opportunity that last just three days only once a month, twelve times a year, every year. The fate of the expedition’s goal would rest entirely in the hands of the weather gods—and Dash’s capable, but frozen fingers. With only 700-plus more chances to capture a skier in front of the illusive, bright white, very full moon, the stakes were never lower.

To get stoked/amped for your own ultra-rare, rugged, max-extreme quest, read the story of the adventure that inspired it all: Sliver, An unlikely journey to capture a rare celestial event.