Climbing, Filtered - A Collection of My Favorite Instagram Climbing Photos

I’m extremely grateful to have a job that takes me to all corners of the Earth and keeps me in the company of amazing athletes/friends. I love what I do and the people I do it with. But one of the best parts of this job is inspiring other people to get out there and explore this planet and to get out into theĀ  mountains. I’ve been snapping climbing photos — and popping them on Instagram — for some time now, enough to feel pretty good about some of what’s been captured.

A ton of the credit goes to the talent in the frame, of which there’s no end: Conrad Anker, Alex Honnold, Mark Synnott, Hazel Findlay and a bunch of other top climbers have slowed down long enough for me to catch them in action. This little collection is my salute to their achievements, for inspiring me to always get after it in climbing and life. Hoping it rubs off a bit on some of you….

In no particular order, here are some of my favorite Instagram climbing shots:

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Here’s Conrad Anker at 20,000 feet ascending a fixed rope on overhanging terrain. Every time I think my respect for Conrad has maxed, he goes through the ceiling again. Meru, Garwhal Himalaya, India.


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The recent issue of National Geographic featured a story I shot on exploratory climbing and deep water soloing on the Musandam Peninsula. Here I got Hazel Findlay going for a swim. Hard to find anyone with her same level of grit and focus. Oman.


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No collection of climbing photos would be complete without one of Alex. Alex is an enigma. Despite being happiest living the “dirtbag” life in a van, he still somehow manages to feature in countless short films, adventure articles and climbing photo galleries throughout the year. Here he is soloing Separate Reality, Yosemite.


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This one is actually a shot of me scrambling around on Mount Owen. Renan Ozturk snapped this one on the GoPro Hero3 when we were playing around in the Tetons during a The North Face shoot.


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I love this shot of Japanese climber Yuri Hirayama “thinking lightly” of himself in Geyikbayiri, Turkey.


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Another one of Conrad Anker, this time in the Bugaboos shooting part of the Northface Unearthed series. This was a rest day, (a Conrad type of rest day) which usually still meant climbing something. This pic is of Conrad on Pigeon Peak above Base Camp “resting”.


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This overhanging big wall route on Mount Kinabalu in Borneo was one of the most outrageously positioned walls I’ve ever been on. That’s Mark Synnott rappelling back to our hanging portaledge camp, basically over the South China Sea.


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3 Responses to “Climbing, Filtered - A Collection of My Favorite Instagram Climbing Photos”

  1. Jeff Robbins Says:

    Been following you since you were a kid with great but unrealized potential. Figured if you survived that period you’d be a force to be reckoned with. Glad you survived those reckless years and happy I was right about your potential although your talents, in both climbing and photography, have exceeded my expectations. You and Renan (and a few others) have essentially created a new art form (luckily the technology kept up and complemented your vision) in extreme photography and videography. The perfect storm of artistic vision, athletic capability and technological advance. Well done.

  2. Carter Says:

    Mr Jimmy,

    Let’s get coffee.

    -Carter

  3. Dave Katz Says:

    An amazing collection of climbing images here. I think my favorite is the wide show of Conrad with the sunburst, but I’m a sucker for blue skies and people jugging ropes :) Cheers Jimmy!

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