A Tribute to the Unsung Hero of the Omnigames: David Creech

David Creech wasn’t able to compete in the Columbia Sportswear Omnigames in Utah because of his knee injury, but he assumed a new role that truly contributed to defining the trip: Dave became the best photographer out of all our Omniten crew. He usurped every single one of us when it came to turning our Park City competition into still frames packed with action.

Documenting your journey is always difficult when you’re deeply focused on the adventure. We were all constantly on our phones, wearing our GoPros, and snapping cameras – but it still didn’t seem like enough. Dave gave us all a gift by taking beautiful photographs of our crew playing in the snow, preparing for the games, and goofing off.

Here’s just a small taste of the wonderful images shot and edited by David Creech of WildernessDave.com:

The dogs were ready to rock 'n roll during the Omnigames.  (Photo: David Creech)My Omnigames partner Derek Lorange and I, saddled up for the dogsled ride.  (Photo: David Creech)Casey of #TeamBeard looking handsome in the middle of a snowstorm at the Omnigames. (Photo: David Creech)Seth from #TeamBeard stokes a fire during the hot cocoa challenge at the Omnigames.While we were aiming arrows at targets in a snowstorm, Dave was steady aiming his lens at our foreheads furrowed in concentration. He captured our moments of thought when we didn’t realize anyone was looking, and photographed cheerful portraits of the teams as they soaked up every moment of the adventure.

He didn’t just take shots of us being pulled by dogsleds, navigating obstacles high in the air, and bonding with our teammates – he created images that illustrated our moments of triumph, personal challenge, celebration, and love. He made magic with his camera alongside the professional Columbia Sportswear photographers, and kept us all waiting with bated breath when he began uploading the final images.

Erika Wiggins aims her bow during the archery portion of the Omnigames.  (Photo: David Creech)Three of the Omniten ladies goofing off in the snow at Garff Ranch during the Omnigames.  (Photo: David Creech)One of my favorite parts of the Omniten trip: the ropes course at Utah Olympic Park.  (Photo: David Creech)Dave, thank you.

I think everyone will agree with me that your photography is beyond impressive. You made us all look good and seem impossibly badass – even if some of us missed the target, or didn’t spark a fire. Your beautiful photos let us all relive the Omnigames experience, and we owe you so much for the moments you captured. We’re all so lucky to have you as part of the Omniten family. The best part? On top of taking stunning photos, you’re also just a wonderful person to spend time with.

Omniten ladies showing off our pink Columbia Sportswear ski pants during the Omnigames.Crushing the notoriously tricky ropes obstacle during the Omnigames.  (Photo: David Creech)

Even I manage to look pretty badass when Dave Creech is behind the lens!  (Photo: David Creech)For more adventure photography, check out Creech’s website: WildernessDave.com
You can also show him some love on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Want more from Columbia Sportswear’s Omnigames event? Follow the #omniten hahstag on Twitter, and keep an eye on my Instagram and here on the blog for my perspective on the experience during the #7DaysofOmniten! I’ll also be sharing the best stories from my fellow Omniten crew as they dive into their own retellings of our weekend in Park City, Utah.

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10 thoughts on “A Tribute to the Unsung Hero of the Omnigames: David Creech

  1. 3Up Beth says:

    I’m not great at capturing things as they happen. Possibly it’s because I don’t have a smart phone and I get distracted by the awesomeness happening around me. I always feel like I lose a little something when watching events through a camera lens. (So how did I become a blogger again?) Looking back on memories via photos is one of my favorite things to do though and all of you guys are coming through for me but most *especially* Dave!

    Three cheers for you on writing this Katie and even more for Dave for all these photos (and letting me chill at his house instead of the PHX airport/bus station for hours).

    • Katie Boué says:

      Haha, sitting in my van writing blog posts while I’d much rather be out climbing has me asking the same question! 😉 Dave really did some through for all of us. I regretted not bringing my DSLR as soon as Columbia mentioned the final storytelling challenge, but Dave gave me a great gift with all of his wonderful photos that he is so generously letting us all share. He’s the best.

  2. Wilderness Dave says:

    This was pretty unexpected, Katie. I hope that you guys can put these images to use to tell your stories and launch yourselves to Jordan. It was pretty epic just to capture all the action and adventure…and a lot of fun. I may be looking into a new career!

  3. Sarah Z says:

    Wow! It’s a bummer Dave didn’t get to compete, but what a gift to have someone slightly closer to the action able to document in such a way. Great job, all of you!

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