Featuring the world's best adventure photographers, athletes, and trips.
Featuring the world's best adventure photographers, athletes, and trips.
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
Photo: @inwaterwetrust | Lombok After hours driving, a nights sleep on a overcrowded ferry from Bali to Lombok we arrived at this almost miraculous wave called Desert Point. So perfect and so long, it attracts hundreds of surfers from across the globe every time it breaks. I'm not the type of guy that enjoys crowded places so I swam down almost to the end of the beach where it's not as popular, the perfection is not that reliable and, as the name says, the wave doesn't stop growing. @kippcaddy1 and I planned to get exactly this shot, the biggest inside out (when the photographer is deeper in the barrel than the surfer ) we could find. But on the last second (which saved a few layers of his skin ) he decided to straighten out and head back to the beach. Nonetheless this is one of my favorite photos and I still remenber the adrenaline, fear and pain involved to accomplish this shot. Tag someone who needs to see this!🧠👀👁🗣 #surftrip #surfing #surfer #bigwaves #bigwavesurfing
Photo by @donaldmiralle // The locals swimming in formation on the Big Island of Hawaii today 🐬🐬🐬
Photo by @chrisburkard | Ansel Adams is a hero to many, myself included. His photographic work has always been an inspiration for me, but so has the environmental aspect of his career. In 1983, Ansel was asked, “what’s the most critical fight right now?” He responded, “To save the entire environment: wilderness protection, proper use of the parks, breakdown of the Federal operation of the parks in favor of private interests, acquiring new park and wilderness land…” Thirty six years later, this fight is still just as relevant and I think I would answer the same in an interview today. After a week in the incredible backcountry of Yosemite this has been on my mind a little more than usual. Let’s continue to fight for those wild places and make sure they remain for the next generation to explore and enjoy
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone ) // The Grotta Cassone is a very straight 246 m-long tunnel that formed within a lava flow beneath the southern flank of Mount Etna in Sicily. The striking dark black basaltic rocks are over 8m high in some places and up to 10m wide, whilst the lava that has solidified on the floor has a corded, rippled texture. Many similar lava tubes have been discovered on Mount Etna as a result of road construction on the volcano.
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey ) | Sunset on Denali -"the High One" in the Koyukon Athabaskan language. This image shows Pioneer Ridge from the road near Wonder Lake. Denali is the tallest land-based mountain on Earth—with a vertical rise of about 18,000 feet, as well as the highest peak in North America—with a summit of 20,310 feet. Like most big peaks in the world "The High One" is bigger than life, a kind of transcendent thing, beyond time. I consider Denali to be one of our great American Cathedrals. #DenaliNationalPark, #Alaska. For more from Denali follow @argonautphoto
Photo by @christianpondella | Not all window seats are equal, a spectacular flight with views of the Kichatna Mountains in Denali National Park, and a lifetime of adventures.
Photo @coreyrichproductions | Believe it or not, rock-paper-scissors—aka roshambo—is one of the most important things for a climber to know. I can’t tell you how many scary leads I’ve avoided with a well-tossed “rock” or “scissors.” Back in the day, on a trip to Indian Creek with my good friend Justin Bastien ( @justinbastien ), a few perfectly played “papers” meant that not only Justin would have to drive to Utah from California, but that I would also get to sleep in the bed of his truck while he would have to sleep on the camping mat on the frigid cold desert floor. On our first morning, I woke up to see a beautiful dusting of snow on Justin’s sleeping bag. With catlike stealth, I crawled out of the truck, knowing I had only one shot to capture this peaceful scene. The click of my shutter would wake Justin, and cause the snow on his sleeping bag to be disturbed. Within a split second of taking this frame, Justin’s eyes opened, his arm shot out of his sleeping bag, and he punched me in the quadriceps, giving me one of the worst charley horses of my life. “Leave me alone,” he grumbled. “I’m tryin’ ta sleep.” The moment was gone. The snow had slid off his sleeping bag in the scuffle I like this photo because it really encapsulates the transitory spirit of being on the road and living outdoors. The beauty of being in a sleeping bag, outside in the dirt, is the implication that you’re at some cool location with a full day’s adventure awaiting you come dawn. It’s a lifestyle I love. // JUSTIN BASTIEN - INDIAN CREEK, UTAH 17–35MM LENS / F/2.8 / 1/60 SECOND / FUJI VELVIA FILM // 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 @shonephoto (Robbie Shone ) // Whilst the thick fog swirls around outside on Mount Etna, an explorer admires a frozen lake in the misty subsurface of Grotta del Gelo, a lava tube that formed following the cooling of a lava flow during an eruption that began in July 1614 and lasted for over ten years. Grotta del Gelo is unusual, as finding lava tubes with ice inside is a rarity.
Photo by @coryrichards / I'm currently enroute to Mustang, Nepal for an assignment with @natgeo magazine. Driving these long winding roads brings me back to my first #everest trip with @conrad_anker #followme @coryrichards for more #adventure and #mountains and real-time updates from our assignment in Nepal. Pictured here: Conrad acclimitizing on our 2012 #expedition
Photo by @Andy_Best // The high mountain air has gotten cooler than the water season. What an amazing transformation which makes for slow mornings crawling out of the tent. Ende, our daughter is usually the first one up and wants to climb down to talk with the mountains. I taught her that an echo is the mountain and trees way of saying they like her. The talking mountains. She loves it! @lone bison @andy_best @ericabest_
Photo by @taylorglenn | The transition of seasons is pretty spectacular out here in the Tetons. #wyoming #winteriscoming