Hi, I’m Stanley.

outdoor adventures, music & photography

Who am I?

I'm a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working towards a major in Computer Science with a minor in Music (concentrating in theory & composition). I'm also a software engineer. In the past, I've interned at Dropbox, Google, Facebook, and Jane Street.

Music keeps me sane… I've played the piano for most of my life, and I love to improvise. Currently trying to learn to learn jazz piano. Sometimes, I arrange or compose music. Other times, I noodle around on my guitar or ukelele.

…but what I love most is exploring the outdoors. I'm addicted. There's nothing more satisfying and liberating than being out in the wilderness, relying on nothing but friends & the contents of my backpack. I recently started a hiking journal. It's mostly to help me keep track of all my experiences & photos, but I hope you guys find it useful too! If not, I hope it at least inspires you to go outside and explore!

I also love to take pictures… mostly in an attempt to capture the indescribable beauty found on our planet. It all started when I took a photography class my senior year of high school. I love the idea of using photos to freeze time, to preserve memories, forever. Photography (especially landscape) really forces you to slow down and soak in your surroundings — it goes hand-in-hand with exploring the outdoors!

I shoot on a Sony A6000 mirrorless with a Sony 35mm f/1.8 prime, (vintage) Minolta 50mm f/1.4 prime, and a Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 prime. The Rokinon is awesome — I've been trying to improve my astrophotography, and its focal length and wide aperture make it so much easier!

All the photos on this website were taken by me. Hope you enjoy them!

Below are a few recent posts from my hiking log! (the rest are here)

An extraordinary trip that included summitting the highest point along the PCT in Washington, grand alpine vistas, two ridge walks, lush forests, two high camps, and two sub-alpine lakes. Three passing NOBO PCT thru-hikers mentioned that this was the most epic and beautiful section they've experienced. I can see why.

The most popular destination in the Desolation Wilderness, and for good reason. A beautiful overnighter to a spectacular alpine lake flanked by the Crystal Range.

My favorite hike to date. An epic hike with a spectacular payoff: unforgettable 360 degree views of Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Canyon and the park's backcountry.

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