Featuring the world's best adventure photographers, athletes, and trips.
Featuring the world's best adventure photographers, athletes, and trips.
Photo @coreyrichproductions | Jim Balog ( @james_balog ), a photography mentor and great friend of mine, once said that you should never be satisfied with the image you’re making. You can interpret those wise words in many ways, but I think he meant that you should never stop pushing yourself. Even if it’s been a long day, don’t put down the camera and head back to camp for dinner before the sun has set and all the light is absolutely gone. The ultimate value in Jim’s advice is that it forces you to stay out there and be in position to witness those rare, transcendental moments that always seem to occur right before or right after some significant transition: from day to night, or fall to winter, or even from a triumphant climber on a summit of Eichorn Pinnacle in Tuolumne, to returning to his regular life back on the ground. At the heart of Jim’s idea is the need for us as photographers—or anyone who is interested in leading a creative life— to push ourselves mentally and physically to capture those moments. Those moments always seems to involve some degree of discomfort, if not downright suffering. Never be satisfied, and never call it a day before the day is done. // TODD SNYDER - EICHORN PINNACLE, TUOLUMNE MEADOWS, YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA 17–35MM LENS / F/5.6 / 1/250 SECOND / FUJI VELVIA FILM // If you LIKE this post, you’ll LOVE my book “STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography.” This book is my most personal work yet … my testament to the importance of FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION. Check out the link in my bio to learn more.
Photo @fred_pompermayer The night is alive on El Capitan in Yosemite. Amazing to watch the tiny dots, which are the heads lamps of the climbers moving up the wall. #elcapitan #yosemiteclimbing
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone ) // Deep beneath the fiery red summit of Mount Etna in Sicily, Europe's highest active volcano, more than 250 lava tubes have been explored in a cold, pitch black subterranean world. Grotta dei Tre Livelli (Cave of the Three Levels ) is a 1150m (3772ft ) lava tube located on Etna's southern flank. Here a cave explorer can be seen climbing up a ladder from the middle passage to the highest level passage.
Photo by @Andy_Best // October fire on the north rim. At night as the winds have calmed down the smoke has rolled back down into the canyon and slithered its way through every crack and crevice. A natural fire working wonders for the ecosystem as a whole. What a powerful sight. Enjoy your day and weekend friends! #LeaveABetterTrace @lone bison
Photo @donaldmiralle // Love the change of color in the Eastern Sierras this time of year 🌲🍂🍁
Photo by @catherineaeppel | There’s something about being surrounded by snow capped peaks that stirs my soul - making me feel simultaneously small yet totally at peace with my place in the world. Whenever I take a deep breathe of that crispy, high-altitude, low-oxygen air, my anxieties slip away and I’m left with a full heart and a feeling of deep serenity.
Photo by @forestwoodward | Hitching the last ride home on an early spring day in the Ruth Gorge of Alaska’s Denali National Park. The skill and knowledge of the bush plane pilots who fly in this part of the world are an integral part of most climbing expeditions in this zone. The pilots’ exceptional skill coupled with a deep knowledge of the Alaska Range and current mountain conditions often serve as both an entry and exit point for exploring new climbs as well as accessing the more classic base camps in the gorge.
Photo @coreyrichproductions | Photography transcends culture, language, and borders. A good picture enchants and captivates. It draws us in and speaks to us in a way we can all understand. Perhaps this is why photography, travel, and adventure are such a natural fit. Years ago, I had the opportunity to join Stephen Koch and Rob Milne on a climbing/snowboarding expedition to Puncak Jaya, a 16,023-foot summit in Indonesia. Stephen was on a quest to become the first person to snowboard down from the Seven Summits— that is, the highest peak on each continent. With Puncak Jaya lacked in epic powder, as shown in this photo, it more than made up for in hilarious experiences that included learning, from our Dani guide, the international sign for “THERE’S A CROCODILE IN THE WATER RIGHT NEXT TO YOU! GET OUT NOW!” For me, photography is that universal language. Capturing images that speak to you, no matter who you are or where you’re from, enriches the whole experience of travel, adventure, and life. // STEPHEN KOCH - IRIAN JAYA, INDONESIA 17–35MM LENS / F/8 / 1/250 SECOND / FUJI VELVIA FILM // If you LIKE this post, you’ll LOVE my book “STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography.” This book is my most personal work yet … my testament to the importance of FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION. Check out the link in my bio to learn more.
Photo by @MartinEdstrom | Wrapping up after a long day's climb in the limestone crags of Malta. A small gem of the Mediterranean, this tiny island has some beautiful and unique climbing routes - always with a tinge of salt in the air. #malta #climbing #climbinggirls #rockclimbing
Photo & Story @Andy_Best // It's both inspiring and overwhelming to sit in my tent late at night reading stories of all that came before me, let alone all the badasses out there today. I mean it's both encouraging, uplifting, but exhausting! I smile while I read, feel empowered and, in my own mind, validation that I'm going down the right path regardless of how hard or how much is accepted by those closest to me. I can look back on my life and understand more and more of why I am the way I am. Why I don't take the common road, and why I choose a life that is in all the ways unconventional. I've told friends closest to me that I've never really felt like I belong. Not in a way where I need validation, but in a way where I belong where most don't. Mostly do to my unique outlook on life. I'm no extreme athlete in search of the highest peak or the farthest corner of the globe, but I belong out here. I don't understand the hustle or the herd mentality. I don't fall in line with needing things to gain approval. This in and of itself has left me cast out in many ways, but it's where I feel the most me. I have said so many times I think I belong high in the mountains as a monk, taking in the meaning of life through the visuals before me concentrating on who I believe I can become. It doesn't resonate with most of the people I know or come across and I think it's been a huge struggle for me. We all like affirmation, but what if the affirmation we seek is indescribable and or unimaginable. Unless! You sit right next to me during a moment that is only attainable at the edge of a cliff under the moonlight like where I sit right now. I don't fit most places, but what I've made peace with is that I belong out here. And everytime I try to change that, my life goes haywire. Here's to all those in search of where they belong. As the satellites rip by high above and as I witness our planet tumbling through space in real time, I encourage all those who are unsure to follow that happiness regardless of the pain of the expected. There are people out here like you. Me, and so many like those I read about. Well your people are cheering you on.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone ) revealing the striking roof inside Sicily's longest lava tube, known as Grotta dei Tre Livelli (Cave of the Three Levels ), showing the movement and orientation of the flow of lava. Located on the southern slopes of Mount Etna, the age of this lavatube is exactly known and can be traced back to when the lava flow occurred in 1792-93.
Photo by @taylorglenn | Nothing like a moonrise behind granite spires. The Hunter’s Moon put on a show a few nights ago in Idaho. #huntersmoon #idaho
Photo by @ChrisBurkard | A cloudy day on the ground turned into a scene that I imagine heaven might look like. The best part of flying for me is seeing similar things in an entirely new way. I had always wondered what the Aluetians would look like and after receiving a grant to do an aerial survey on behalf of conservation efforts this idea because more realistic. There was a great deal of logistics that had to come together to get into the air with my camera and on this day it all came together. The cherry on top was knowing I was doing it to help further conservation work in the area by aerial mapping & volcanic survey. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two. Pictured here are two volcanoes, Pavlof 1 and Pavlof 2
Photo @coreyrichproductions | Achieving big goals—like climbing the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in one day—demands being Specific, Methodical, and Consistent in your approach. In other words, you need to put the SMaC down. Years ago, Jim Collins, who is best known as the best-selling author of Good to Great and other classic business tomes, set a goal of climbing the Nose in a Day (NIAD ) on his 50th birthday. And being the pinnacle of specific, methodical, and consistent, he trained for the 3,000-foot rock climb by working up to doing 3,000 feet of climbing in the gym—which is a lot of laps when a gym wall is only 40 feet tall! The day arrived and Jim showed up to the base of the world’s most famous rock climb prepared and ready. He also had a secret weapon: his partner was none other than Tommy Caldwell ( @tommycaldwell ). No matter how methodical your approach may be, all adventures are never without surprises. That’s what makes them adventures, after all. And, without giving too much away, theirs included a surprise whipper and a blown out shoe. How you deal with those kinds of surprises, however, is perhaps what leads to greatness. Guys like Jim and Tommy are living examples of what that looks like. // JIM COLLINS - THE NOSE, EL CAPITAN, YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA 16–35MM LENS / F/5.6 / 1/250 SECOND / ISO 200 // If you LIKE this post, you’ll LOVE my book “STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography.” This book is my most personal work yet … my testament to the importance of FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION. Check out the link in my bio to learn more.
Photo & Caption by @Andy_Best // It's been cold. It's been dirty. It's been real out here. There are so many ways to explain living on the road, but easy is not one of them. The romance of spending time in gorgeous places sounds like a dream, but often times it's miserable. Now, don't get me wrong, there's so much to be grateful for and I feel lucky to work and travel this way, but being in the elements with a family is tough. We seem to be teetering on the edge of disaster 24/7. We are prepared and travel smart however, which in turn truly makes the good times unforgettable. We have been spending time off-grid with new friends and old. What a way to recharge. I even managed to get talked into climbing in which was a must due to the company of legends I was in. Find what makes you actually happy, not what sounds romantic. Don't follow the herd to boost your sense of self, let the experiences and the people around you do that. In this noisy world of constant access to what works for some, may not work for you. It takes a brave and courageous soul to go out into the unknown to seek out their happiness. To go against the grain. All it takes is one step and a little faith. For more please visit me @andy_best & @lone bison Thank you!
Photo by @max lowe // Solace and silence before the storm sets in as a sunset front pushes days end on Pacific Beach OR. A drive away from Portland but a world away from my own my stop in PB, a part of my drive down HWY 1 from Washington to California gave me a little more insight into this wild and wide country I call home. To see more from his recent adventures down the west coast of the US follow @max lowe
Video by @coryrichards // A behind the scenes look at climber @mattsegal best off-width techniques to gain entry into a previously unexplored "Sky Cave" in Mustang, Nepal. We rappelled down from the valley walls above to squirm and wiggle into crumbling entrances. Almost 10 years later, I'm back in Mustang, Nepal, but instead, on the kingdom's valley floor. #followme @coryrichards and the team @jetbutterflies @abovethecloudstrav @standtallest @climber abiral for real-time footage as we examine how Mustang's traditional ways of living are adjusting to the pressures of modernity. #onassignment for #natgeo #exploration #discovery #Nepal #travel #culture #climbing #adventure #MattCave
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone ) // The Monte Corona (Crown Mountain ) lava tube system on the Spanish Canary island of Lanzarote is one of the world’s classic lava tubes. This lava tube was formed during the eruptions of Monte Corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. Pictured here, an explorer walks by one of the lava tubes classic features running along the lefthand side of the tunnel. Known as a bench, it's effectively a 'tide-mark' left when the lava surface was slightly higher. Where the lava touched the wall it cooled and formed a semi-solid lining that can be anything from an inch to a foot or more thick. When the level dropped, the solidified lining remained to form a bench.
Photo by @lukeshadbolt The past 48 hours have seen some of the best waves to meet the coast of New York in many years. A groomed, long range swell, coupled with strong offshore winds has resulted in many sore shoulders and much contentment among the New York surfing community.
Photo by @donaldmiralle // An underwater view of the mass start of nearly 2,000 triathletes swimming over fish at the start of the swim during the 2012 Ironman World Championships on Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Good luck to all the athletes lining up at the start line for the 41st running of this amazing 140.6 mile journey this morning at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. #followme @donaldmiralle to see more of today’s coverage of one of the World’s most difficult endurance races...
Photo: @mikelibecki Baffin Island, considered the fifth largest island in the world, is home to the largest family of the biggest and steepest granite walls in the world. Here two climbers, Josh Helling and Russell Mitrovich literally walk on water...this is the frozen ocean about three-foot thick ice, with just a few inches of melt water on top, truly a surreal moment. One of the most unique and beautiful places in the planet, and here in June, an incredible time to see the frozen ocean start to melt into open water. This is just after climbing the 4,400 big wall, the Walker Citadel in the Walker Arm of Sam Ford Fjord, East Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic. In my opinion, the magic, power and beauty of the Arctic regions is unmatched. Also, the big wall in the background is the Great Cross Pillar, in the upper left hand corner you can find a perfect cross on the rock face. #nunavut #baffinisland #frozenocean
Photo @forestwoodward | Watching weather move out over the Ruth Gorge of Alaska. Image shot from our base camp on the Route Canal glacier on an early spring climbing trip to Denali National Park. While climbing was our objective, watching the weather and exercising patience was a big part of the trip, eventually allowing us to climb a couple of fine classic lines out of the gorge.
Photo @coreyrichproductions | Miguel Riera, the “father of deep-water soloing,” died this week of lung cancer. He was 56. I met in Miguel in his home island of Mallorca on numerous trips with my friends @chris_sharma , @joshlowell , @mortimer_peter , and @brettlowell Miguel had a wonderful sense of humor, a true passion for adventure, and a deep love of humanity and the people around him. He was also one damn good rock climber who enjoyed moving and flowing over the stone. Life is short, folks, and we never know when our times will come. The best we can do is to suck the marrow out of the bone of life, and live life to the fullest like Miguel. Rest in peace, amigo.
Photo: @christinhealey // Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon was one of those experiences that you never forget. Nearly two weeks on the River, with the canyon walls looming overhead and the ebb and flow of the days being dictated by the rapids and rush of the water, life becomes a little more simple. On a lunch break one day, my mom and I took a side trail to this lookout. Let’s just say it was one of those moments that floats through my daydreams on a regular basis #grandcanyon #arizona
Photo by @coryrichards // As many adventurers know, the outdoors can be the place we go to heal, ponder and grow. It also can be the source from wich stress and anxiety can arise from. For example, my experience of surviving a class IV avalanche left me with PTSD and anxiety that effect me, my life and my climbing to this day. . Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, and I'd like to encourage everyone, especially those involved in sports and adventure, to share their experiences, their resources and questions. Instagram is a platform and community that we can use to better ourselves. . We are having a community discussion on my feed ( @coryrichards ) so please come visit my profile to read and lend your voice to the discussion around mental health on my latest post. The outdoor and adventure community will be better for it! . Pictured here: An image from my 2012 #everest expedition that was cut short due to a panic attack. One of the many ways PTSD has followed me after my G2 Avalanche. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #ptsd #anxiety
Photo @coreyrichproductions | As a teenager, I noticed most kids my age had posters of Michael Jordan and Nirvana hanging on their walls. I had a poster of Heinz Zak's famous photograph of Lynn Hill ( @_linacolina_ ) free-climbing the Great Roof on the Nose. Lynn Hill has always been a role model for female climbers, but she’s also been the North Star for ALL climbers. She showed us that climbing is a sport where all of us—no matter our gender—can reach the highest levels. Years later, that poster of Lynn on the Great Roof came full circle for me when I got a unique opportunity to recreate this iconic position of Lynn pulling the Great Roof alongside @brettlowell , @bigupproductions , and @senderfilms Brett and I had to stop and pinch ourselves—it was so cool. And Lynn was able to climb as comfortably and gracefully on this pitch as she had over twenty years earlier. She’s still got it, boys. // LYNN HILL - THE NOSE, EL CAPITAN, YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA 15MM FISHEYE LENS / F/11 / 1/400 SECOND / ISO 200 // If you LIKE this post, you’ll LOVE my forthcoming book “STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography.” This book is my most personal work yet … my testament to the importance of FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION. Check out the link in my bio to learn more.
Photo by @catherineaeppel | “3, 2, 1… See ya!” The first time I heard those words, my heart skipped a beat. In BASE jumping, those are the words that define that definitive moment of commitment where the athlete jumps. The parachute has been meticulously packed, the conditions have been carefully assessed, and then and there the decision is made to go for it - all in. There is no reserve chute. There is no backup plan. There is only that moment - in all of its beautiful uncertainty and intensity.
Photo by @taylorglenn | A crisp morning paddle out on Jackson Lake. #grandtetonnationalpark #wyoming