Philip Cariaso, Jr.
LOVE ABOVE 10,000 feet
I think I fell in love all over again.
I’m not exactly sure if it was with a “who” or with a “what”. Maybe it was with both? But it
happened, and it started above 10,000 feet of elevation in the mountains. But what
That feeling happened.
You know, that feeling when you first allow love to slowly take over your system after
some sort of connection, interaction, or exchange. All this time I thought I was already in
love with the great outdoors, but for some reason, this experience re-opened my soul,
knocked me out, took me to another level, and had me seeing stars, literally. It felt
different, yet familiar.
Was it just a reminder of some sort, resurfacing its way to the top? Perhaps.
Was it the altitude sickness affecting my brain? I wouldn’t doubt it.
Was it mutual? Hmm...no clue. Unfortunately, I didn’t stick around long enough to ask.
But also, who says falling in love has to be with someone? We are all capable of falling
in love with a new city, a new country, a dog, song, a best friend, a restaurant, our craft,
our home. Love can be anything!
And my heart as of late, has never felt this free in a long time. More wild, open, fluid,
adaptable, and constantly curious.
I may have just fallen in love with this experience I had in the wilderness - which
includes everything and everyone that was involved, intertwined with my childhood
memories coming into the forefront.
Where are you from, and where do you live?
Born in the Philippines, grew up in the Bay Area, relocated to Southern California. Home to me can be wherever, whenever. Even in the middle of the mountains.
How did the love of nature and the outdoors come to you?
My parents. They raised me to appreciate and respect the wilderness at a young age. We discovered new campgrounds every season & every year of my childhood. It took a temporary backseat during college due to competitive & professional dancing but came back full force after a life-changing 2014. After soul searching and navigating my way through America’s Southwest states, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, I made traveling & outdoor recreation a priority. This love has become one of my greatest teachers.
Can you tell us more about the trip to Oregon?
My sisters and I took our Mom for her first time in Oregon to celebrate her birthday. It was a special week. The first half was with family, and after they left, I had a few more extra days off for some solo time to recharge and absorb everything around me at a very slow pace. I always feel alive and very much at home whenever I find myself in the Pacific Northwest.
If you could pick any destination for your next wilderness adventure, where would that be?
Patagonia & the Faroe Islands. I would love to shoot some film there.
How was your experience shooting for Disposable?
Nostalgic. It instantly took me back to my carefree era of the 80s & 90s.
Do you collect?
Postcards from my travels & vinyl records. Plants too – but lately, I’ve been very picky and think twice before making a sudden plant purchase. Although they’ve effectively changed the vibe of my home for the better, I’ve realized my taste leans towards the less-is-more aesthetic.
Tea or coffee?
Tea, iced or hot. I have my occasional moments with coffee.
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
The “aswang” - scared me silly growing up. Filipino folklore is no joke! But I ended up loving horror films as an adult.
Reykjavik, Iceland. Because I miss the magic here.
What are your plans for this weekend?
A combination of putting in work towards my first gallery show that I’m curating, and some nature therapy.
Your idea of happiness?
Quality time with family, friends, and myself. I love & enjoy the simple things.
Your idea of misery?
If not yourself, who would you be?
A lead singer of a band or an international food critic.
Mi madre, teachers, selfless humans.
What is your present state of mind?
Curious, open book, newness.
Bedside table books?
Currently reading “To Shake the Sleeping Self” by Jedidiah Jenkins and indie publications such as “Lost”, “Drift”, “Wilderness”, and “Lagom”.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
Study maps, research my next adventure, soak in some Everyday Oil, watch culinary videos, listen to podcasts, or amp up my diffuser with Palo Santo & Lavender.
Ceilings by Local Natives (on heavy rotation).
Right or left handed?
What is the best dish you can cook?
A vegan pasta dish incorporating Beyond the Meat and a seasonal wine-infused berry or stone fruit pie. I love working on meals that bring people together and meals that start a conversation.
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?
tExploring, yoga, jam sessions, planning the next adventure with friends, shooting with my 35mm Canon AE-1, healthy doses of me-time. I enjoy learning new things and just absorbing. I’m forever a student.
What inspires you?
Mother nature, music, travel, food, craftsmanship, storytellers, and other creative people. Things that stimulate all of my senses.
What do you do for money?
Business development projects and creative projects.
What do you do for pleasure?
Besides outdoor and recreational activities? Ice-cream & massages!