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Back to Work

I could either talk about it, or do it. So, I did it. I took time off. Given that I make my living making photos of mountain sports, it might seem absurd that I’d want to take a break. But I did. Being a photographer is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is obvious: I work in the mountains making photos, and photos are fun to make. The curse is that I feel …

Introducing Kim Strom

You may have noticed that there has consistently been someone appearing in a lot of our images. She’s also been contributing to this site and posting to our social media. You might even follow her yourself. She’s Kim Strom, and she loves to run in the mountains. We first met Kim at the 2016 Dynafit Speed Transalp. Within 20 minutes of running with her I had a new best friend. An hour later we were …

The Trail Running Athlete Photographer Balance

For twenty years, I’ve been both an athlete and professional photographer. The ten years prior to becoming a photographer, I was a full time athlete, keeping busy as a rock climber and road bike racer. When I became a photographer, my two worlds merged. Then, together with my wife Janine, we made a career out of this lifestyle. My “I” became a “we”. Using our strengths as athletes, we’ve become better photographers, and our photo …

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You did not run there! We ran there!

I recently came across the social media hash tag #youdidnotsleepthere. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a feed of nothing but photos being called out as bullshit. I see this stuff all the time, we all do. It drives me crazy. To see a kayak on a lake in the Alps with views of the Matterhorn is beautiful. But when you know the lake is high in the mountains, and in reality the size …

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Losing Ueli Steck

Ueli Steck

I’ve lost one of my closest friends. Since the moment I heard the news, and watched as it shattered the worlds of so many people, I have been trying to make sense of many things. This man was a friend, a husband, a son, and a hero. It turns out that his influence, globally, was even bigger than what he achieved. Ueli Steck was so much more than a climber. What can we learn from this? Since the …

Me Ski Pretty One Day

A woman ski mountaineering, or skimo training, in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland.

I’m cautious to admit that I don’t love to downhill ski. I don’t though. I’m from the flat plains of middle America where skiing doesn’t fit the topography or the culture. And so, I didn’t grow up a skier. I moved to France with no mountain experience. I didn’t speak the language, couldn’t admire the local cuisine (being vegan), and I certainly didn’t ski. Along with playing pétanque and smoking, skiing seemed to be a …