@rudy.le earning his Alaska remote glacier shooting merit badge through -20°F temps and a whiteout snowstorm. As the lead 'tech ninja' for everything in our lives Rudy is the most talented camera and computer tech I've ever had the pleasure to work with. His ability to function for days on end with little sleep in serious mtn environments is a level of dedication few possess. If you ever need a DIT, AC, colorist in resolve, certified drone pilot, server build, dog whisperer, fixed wing pilot hit him up! ~
Happy Birthday Rudy! #gratitude#techninja#nerd4life#frostbite#OZO
A proud tradition mixed with an uncertain future. This juxtaposition was painfully evident within every portrait of Domingo, a Chilean Gaucho of Patagonia. ~
Climbing on Cerro Colorado revealed not only incredible route potential but more insight into the complex Patagonia conservation story. To get to the cliff we enlisted the help of Domingo, a Gaucho whose family owns the surrounding land at the base. He grew up herding sheep here - “when I was 11 my father had me spend 3 months living up at the base of the rocks to tend the sheep living in the cave previously occupied by the Tehuelche Native tribes”. Laying on his sheep skin mat he looked incredulously at us, our drones and junk-show of climbing/camera gear. I don’t speak spanish, so I gathered a few tidbits of info from @andresbozzolo but overall I sensed the conflict going on inside of him. Due to the conservation work this place is on the verge of becoming a National Park and it became illegal to kill foxes and puma, and with those populations surging and killing the flock it became impossible to keep the family sheep tradition alive. ~
The future of this place is probably some kind of advanced sustainable eco-tourism (like @tompkins_conservation has done in Parque Patagonia), something Domingo can’t quite grasp yet. I’m sure in the moment he hoped it didn’t mean more gringos like me taking his photo. His culture even though it’s non-native and originated from the spanish in the 1600’s has evolved into something beautiful, something of its own.
It’s a similar struggle all over the planet. How do we move forward and do the right thing for these wild places while educating and helping those who already have the deepest connection to the land?
We didn’t see Domingo again since the horses went down the hill before we finished climbing. We hiked away as he lounged with his nephew on the soft grass by a natural spring. “I had a way of whistling to the dogs and could control the entire herd. My nephew never learned to whistle, he has a cell phone and other work...” ~
With @chrisburkard@jamesqmartin@_ryanhill_@uavantage@zacharialorenz Eduardo @djiglobal
Another tidbit from the @shotsfromabove short film we just released (see Link in profile for the full film). ~
As much we admire the explorers traveling to the ends of the Earth on large scale Expeditons it’s the everyday man (or women) exploring their own backyard that often inspire the most. Guys like Chris Dahl-Bredine, who built an experimental aircraft in his garage in order to bring a new perspective to his life & creative vision. There isn’t much glamour in this type of exploration. No sponsors footing the bill. Just hard work, cold mornings & sometimes a bit of duct tape. Part cowboy, part photographer, part mechanic, Chris' work blends a blue collar work ethic with a special eye for landscapes and the interconnectedness of it all. ~
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Making an effort to find a few moments of adventure and perspective during the next few weeks while in the city working on the @sanctityofspace film. ~
In the spirit of this aerial based feature doc I film met up with the folks at @flynyon . I first flew with them a few years back and it’s impressive to see how they have expanded their operations to be able to bring photography based doors off heli flights over the city to anyone in a safe reliable way.
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I’m not really into holidays especially commercial-based ones but seeing and reading about everyone else’s expressions of love does make me think about my own. Words and lists wouldn’t really begin to describe what I think is mostly indescribable but in some ways love is a force or energy that helps draw us into our best selves. It also supports the freedom, exploration and discomfort it takes to expand beyond ourselves. Grateful to have this woman as my partner in those experiences. 💛 @taylorfreesolo
☝️Link to full video in bio ~ Remembering the good times when I took @taylorfreesolo on her first expedition, and first trip to Asia, now over 4 years ago. We had just started dating. She just finished her masters degree in Environmental studies and I was launching into expedition filmmaking in a more serious way, and we tested the waters as a storytelling team by trekking 300 miles and making a film together in Myanmar. It ended up being one of the hardest expeditions ever but also the most deeply rewarding. I knew if we could survive that we could survive anything. Part of the fun was when I broke the @reddigitalcinema Monitor and was forced to shoot “blind” without being able to see focus and exposure, and carry the laptop to plug-in the card to the computer to see how I well I guessed the framing and focus and aperture for each shot. We learned about how even when you can’t see what you’re shooting you can still make it happen... ~
@natgeo@thenorthface@camp4collective#myanmarclimb expedition collection with @coryrichards@hilareenelson@emilyaharrington@authormarkjenkins
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Video and words by @landonbassett // Landon took this video of spindrift snow and ice raking down the one the largest walls on earth, during our time this summer in Alaska’s Great Ruth Gorge. Landon is one of those creatives, one of those good humans who sees the forest through the trees...a while back he sent us these words of wisdom and support: “we have been building stories about remote places, ridiculous unclimbed granite, weeks of type-3 fun and gratuitous amounts of pow skiing. But when we take a step back and think about what not only drives us to these places, but what drives our personalities and motivates our lives, we consistently bump into the same core belief:
We believe that humans with the drive to explore make better citizens of the world.
And we mean this not with personal delusions of grandeur…that somehow taking a backcountry ski vacation or running an ultra gives us claim to being a better person, but in the sense that the spirit of acting on our curiosity has driven humans to progress. We are a tribe that believes in encouraging this spirit, not just in sport, but in community, conservation, science and creativity.” #creative#support#strength
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