Matt + Agnes 's Adventure Biography
For the past 10-years, Matt and Agnes Hage have spent nearly every day side-by-side. Together, they produce photo and video shoots for top outdoor brands around the world. Matt grew up in Alaska and Agnes hails from Chicago. The two met at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where Matt studied photojournalism and Agnes earned a degree in engineering. The two share a passion for wild places, preferably deep and high in the mountains. They have climbed to the highest peak in the Andes and in 2009 were engaged on the summit of Alaska’s Denali. They sealed the deal the following spring on Hawaii’s Big Island. The duo have traveled extensively, logging multiple forays to New Zealand, Japan, Patagonia, Nepal and India. In 2016 they celebrated the birth of their son, Dusty, and have been quick to incorporate him into adventures that are usually an equal mix work and personal. The family currently splits their time between their home in Anchorage, Alaska and on the road in their 27-foot Airstream.
We split our time between our home in Anchorage, Alaska and on the road in our 27-foot Airstream.
Moving through the mountains with a pack on our back, on or off trail, is mostly what we do. We are also avid skiers, climbers and fly fishers.
We just took Dusty to his first state high point: the 12,633 ft summit of Humphreys Peak above Flagstaff Arizona. We were in the area visiting friends and realized the favorable late fall conditions. The 10-milie hike took all day (he likes to get out of the ‘kid carrier’ and explore) and the winds we’re ragging on the summit ridge. In true Hage fashion, we got back to the truck right at dark.
Old Ghost Road
Early last year, we shot a week-long bike-packing trip on New Zealand’s South Island. The recently completed Old Ghost Road is an 85-km long mountain bike track that utilizes a series of huts as shelters. It has quickly become one of the world’s premiere multi-day technical rides.
Recently we traveled to the region of Kashmir, on the border of India and Pakistan, to document one of the wildest lift-served ski areas on he planet. The gondola at Gulmarg is one of the world’s highest at 13,780 ft. The two-stage lift gives skiers access to serious big mountain terrain on the edge of the Karakoram Mountains. The week we spent photographing at Gulmarg was one of the strangest and most dangerous places we’ve ever skied.
We’re going to hunker down in our home state of Alaska for the first part of 2018 and introduce our little boy to winter (our favorite season in AK). There will be day trips skiing in our local mountain ranges as well as nights spent around the wood stove in public use cabins. We hope conditions will be right to take the snow bikes out for tours around the local glaciers and frozen lakes.
Later in the spring, we’re planning to return to New Zealand for a couple hut-to-hut treks through their Southern Alps. We love finding off the beaten path ‘locals only’ adventures down there and the unique character of the Kiwi’s mountain huts. You know you’ve fond the right adventure in New Zealand when the DOC officer hands you the phone number of a local character to get up to date info on a mountain route.
We’ll continue basing from our Airstream through the summer, finding places to hike, bike, swim and fish around the western states. Right now it looks like we’ll be spending a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest.
Matt + Agnes 's Favorite Climbing Meals
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Matt + Agnes 's meal preparation hacks
One of our most common ‘hacks’ is to pack tortillas, cheese, tomato and salsa to make backcountry tacos with Backpacker’s Pantry Louisiana Red Beans and Rice. That has become a favorite.