Scramble with Confidence in KÜHL Z-Cargo Short

A landscape view of Canyonlands National Park, Utah as photographed by Gary Orona

A landscape view of Canyonlands National Park, Utah as photographed by Gary Orona

As a professional filmmaker and photographer I’ve spent half a lifetime in wild outdoor locations searching for magnificent and rarely seen views of the grand spectacle of nature. This year my wife and I opened our first brick-n-mortar physical fine art photography in Green River, Utah which is located in the center of some of the most sublime canyon landscapes on Earth. The gallery has reduced my normal trekking into the wilds a bit, but not much.

The exterior of Gary Orona’s Savage Territory Fine art Photography Gallery in Green River, Utah

The exterior of Gary Orona’s Savage Territory Fine art Photography Gallery in Green River, Utah

I’m still out there nearly every day, hiking, scrambling, climbing, and often running from lightning storms. My tripod is basically a huge lightning rod!

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I’m terribly picky about my outdoor attire since my comfort level in extreme conditions is critical to my success. My wife has categorized my selectiveness in wilderness shorts as notorious at best.

But consider this, if I’m scrambling along the edge of a cliff with an 800 foot death drop I need absolute mobility. If I get hung-up for any reason it could be… well you get the idea. And the terrain I roll around in is rough, sharp, biting. It will rip pedestrian fabrics to shreds!

A photo of filmmaker and photographer Gary Orona while on location in wilderness.

Gary Orona scrambles on cliff’s edge in KÜHL Z- CARGO SHORT and BLAST SS SHIRT

This outing is a prime example of what a typical day hunting in the canyon landscapes near Green River, Utah conjures in terms of challenges and exploration. I am not a fanboy of tight narrow legged shorts. They may look fine strolling around an urban environment playing up those hipster poses, but out here I need room to move and flex!

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Lately I’m really loving the KÜHL Z-Cargo Short. All the little details matter out here. Here’s some of the stuff that actually fits in these spacious shorts!

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The Z-Cargo Shorts are quite flexible and airy, and they’re tough. I don’t get hung up, and my legs can breathe. These things are ultra-critical when in the great unknown hunting for ‘that which has never been photographed before.’

A photo of filmmaker and photographer Gary Orona while on location in wilderness.

A storm roils in the background as Gary scouts out new locations

It’s a tall challenge, and many days I return to my gallery empty handed, having failed to find that spirited, mystical spot for a master photograph. But today is not that day.

After grinding along this canyon rim for more than six miles I found this wonderful tree perched in a perfect spot over the red rock sandstone walls and the stormy backdrop.

A landscape view of Canyonlands National Park, Utah as photographed by Gary Orona

If you’re headed into the big outside, be prepared and consider all of the factors that will make your day memorable. You don’t even need a destination in mind or a goal, simply ‘being‘ in these places is heaven.

Do it with forethought, in good attire and with good gear, and then let the adventure unfold.

I received KÜHL apparel for this review. I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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Gary Orona is a native Californian now living in Green River, Utah amidst the sublime canyon lands of the Colorado Plateau. He is an international, award winning filmmaker and wild landscapes fine art photographer.

He spends approximately 300 days a year trekking into rarely visited, off-grid wilderness in search of photographic locations for his Savage Territory Fine Art Photography Galleries. This year Gary and his wife opened their first brick-n-mortar physical fine art photography at 30 S Broadway, Green River, Utah 84525.

Gary Orona

Gary Orona is a native Californian now living in Green River, Utah amidst the sublime canyon lands of the Colorado Plateau. He is an international, award winning filmmaker and wild landscapes fine art photographer.