National Geographic Photographer / Director @3stringsproductions / 7 Continents Explorer / Thankful
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Day 10 on our Greenland expedition and it's already been one hell of an adventure. Of the 10, we've spent 6 of these days stuck in sea ice, gently imprisoned on our little boat out at sea with our Icelandic captain Siggi at the wheel. It didn't stop us from seeing polar bear, seals, climbing icebergs, catching fish, diving and watching insane sunrises and sunsets. Greenland is magic. With extremely slow progress we finally broke free last night and are less then 10 miles from what will soon be base camp. The visual capture has been unreal, 8k footage and photos I can't wait to share! This may be the last post until mid August, satellite internet is tricky in the deep mountain valleys. Huge thank you to @dell for making this possible! Additional thank you to @reddigitalcinema@mountainhardwear@arcteryx@goalzero@alpinestartfoods for additional support on this epic adventure. Big shout out to the team here, my good friends @mikelibecki@ethan_pringle@andy_mann@connor_seybert for slugging this one out with laughter!
This quick clip here is of my friend @ethan_pringle from a short film we made back in 2012 simply called "3 Days With Ethan Pringle" - Ethan is without a doubt among the most talented all around rock climbers on the planet not to mention a hilarious dude. He can pull down hard in every category, from hard trad ascents like the Cobra Crack (5.14b) in Squamish Canada, climbing north America's hardest sport route (jumbo love 5.15b) big wall first ascents in China, Greenland and Yemen, and bouldering v15, Ethan is a master. I've traveled all over the world with him and I'm so excited to be on route to Greenland for yet another adventure together with an all star team. We just landed in Iceland and the team psyche is high! Tomorrow we push on into greenland for our 40 day expedition of exploration, climbing and a lot of laughs - the unknown adventure awaits! All orchestrated and led by one of the most well traveled explorers and first ascentionists in the world today, @mikelibecki. Team Greenland 2017 / @ethan_pringle@mikelibecki@andy_mann @connor_seybert@3stringsproductions@dell@mountainhardwear@reddigitalcinema
Good to be back in #Iceland, I wish it was longer than 24 hours! Unfortunately I won't be seeing views like this. I shot this back in 2015, almost 2 years ago to the day from a small plane with @chrisburkard & @volcanopilot . Converging braided rivers in the south east highlands, a product of glacial run off.
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It's crazy how time flies, over a year and a half ago @mikelibecki was telling me about our next planned expedition- a 40 day climbing and exploration mission to south east #greenland. I just boarded my first flight, on route with @andy_mann and @connor_seybert to rendezvous with Mike and @ethan_pringle in Reykjavik Iceland. From here we'll join forces and head to beautiful Greenland as an A team! This photo here is from my last trip with Mike and Ethan to Greenland, taken right outside of our tents in base camp near the foot of the #gnarWall tower. Mike and Ethan climbed this beast on the trip, taking the proudest line right up the center of the 3,000+ beast in less then 48 hours nabbing the first ascent. Looking forward to what's sure to be a trip of a lifetime but as always, will miss my beautiful wife @danahrichardson, family, friends and life in Colorado. One thing is for certain, I'll be bringing home stories to share for years to come and am grateful for the experience! Big thank you @dell@mountainhardwear@reddigitalcinema@arcteryx@mountainsmith for the support and making this happen, more soon!
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A couple years ago while on a climbing trip in the Verdon my friend @mattsegal told me about an idea he had to start a coffee company. Being no stranger to expeditions and bad coffee, Matt's idea was to found a brand that placed an emphasis on quality and taste. 3 years later it's exciting to see his and biz partner @ahanifin's dream come to fruition with @alpinestartfoods . I'm also honored to be a brand ambassador on the team! If you'd like to try it #AlpineStart is available at REI, Whole Foods, Amazon and other locations. I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon to #greenland for a 40 day climbing expedition, coffee is a big part of my morning and I'm psyched to be going light, fast and convenient with @alpinestartfoods
Happy 4th of July everyone! There are many places in the world dear to my heart, I love traveling and seeing the many incredible cultures, meeting new people and experiencing the beauty of our planet, but as they say, there's no place like home! Here in the US, today is a day we celebrate what we have and the sacrifices given by so many to have our freedom. I'm grateful for my life, where I live, and these sacrifices. 🏻 #independenceday
Great day in @rockynps on a photo safari with my dad @dougladzinski - we had some good sightings and a lot of laughs! I look forward to these moments with my dad and was happy to get one more in before heading out to Greenland for a 40 day expedition. Let's get back at it when I get home dad! #rockymountainnationalpark#coyote
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As much as I love the mountains there is a special beauty you can only find in the desert. Living in colorado I feel like I get the best of both worlds. Here is 60 seconds of isolation, beginning in western Colorado in the #NorthernBasinDesert, rolling into the #MojaveDesert of southern Utah and ending in the #SonoranDesert of California. Hope you enjoy! @3stringsproductions
I love photographing birds in general, but owls to me are always extra special. There's something stoic about these voracious predators, they have a calm and collected air. The #GreatGreyOwl is a beast, also known as the #PhantomOfTheNorth, they're widely distributed across the eastern and western expanse of the Northern Hemisphere and incredible to see in flight. 🦉
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New growth mingling into old growth, the tree's in #Sequoianationalpark are classified as a #nationalTreasure. These giants are endemic to the #sierramountains of California and begin growing around 6,000ft elevation relying on colder temperatures and a lot of water. Many are 3,000+ years old, tower as high as 250+ feet tall with a base of around 30 feet in diameter. If you ever get a chance this is a park worth seeing with your own eyes and walking among these trees. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo
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A baby #WhiteRhino, adorably grazing at sunrise in the dry African #savanna. It's small little keratin horn is already beginning to develop, a key feature for defense and foraging. Rhino's are living relics, they have been roaming the earth for millions of years, survived ice ages and prehistoric times when predators like giant hyena and crocodile roamed the earth. Through all of this, their biggest threat in this long history of survival is poaching by man. Let's hope that we can continue to make better decisions when it comes to the senseless rhino horn trade so species like this can continue on. @danahrichardson@jacadatravel
#Montana is without a doubt one of my favorite states to visit and to shoot photos in. The wide open places, beautiful mountains and endless landscapes keep me coming back. I shot this photo a couple years ago while #onassignment for @natgeotravel. I spotted these horses while driving down a quite country road and asked the property owner if I could photograph them. He couldn't have been any kinder, telling me to stay as long as I'd like. These 2 horses were nice enough to line up for me briefly for this shot
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A #leopardSeal stealthily on the hunt for prey in the icy waters of #Antarctica. It's an isolated time of year when these seals can easily catch fledgling penguins heading out to sea for the first time, switching from there normal diet of krill. Like most marine animals on the #antarcticapeninsula krill is the primary source of food. In recent years krill fishing has become a heavy industry for humans, used primarily for omega 3 supplements. The issue at hand is that krill feed nearly an entire ecosystem almost exclusively, meaning that we are walking a delicate line by pulling out millions of tons per year. The situation is further complicated by receding sea ice, which is where krill feed on bacteria. Melting ice directly contributes to ocean sea rise, less food for krill and increased temperatures globally. It's a sticky situation with a lot of unanswered questions. Now, more than ever, we look to the leadership of #CCAMLR, the council responsible for managing the marine living resources in the waters surrounding Antarctica, to make the right decisions on how Antarcticas oceans are fished responsibly. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy@paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@craigwelch@ianvaso@shanemoorefilms@pattersonimages#CCMLAR2018
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A #greathornowl waiting for the last kiss of sun to set before a night of hunting. These nocturnal birds are about as efficient as they get when it comes to hunting and always amazing to see. Photographed in #evergladesnationalpark#florida
A #cliffswallow catching nymphs right off the surface of the water. Love these lil birds, fun to watch and impossibly hard to track when you're trying to photograph them, especially through a 600mm lens! #bouldersafari
Happy Father's Day to the greatest dad ever @dougladzinski - Thanks for raising me in Colorado, giving me a love and appreciation for the outdoors and adventure, showing me how to use my camera, for being an example of what it means to be a hard worker in life, have humility and treat others with respect. I couldn't have asked for a more incredible father and role model, love you dad!
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Counting down the days to Greenland with @mikelibecki@ethan_pringle@andy_mann so PSYCHED for this expedition! This footage here is a a few scrapped together clips from my last trip with Mike and Ethan to China/Kyrgyzstan back in 2013. I've been all over the world with these guys and can't wait for the laughs, suffering, adventure, first ascents and mayhem that's ahead!!! 🏻 @3stringsproductions@seybertinator