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Climbing Yosemite

As professional photographers and climbers (and so much more), Chris Burkard and Ted Hesser don’t always have the option of packing light– which is why their respective vans are customized with work in mind as much as play. We follow these pros on a caravan road trip into Yosemite Valley for a 2-day Black Diamond shoot. This behind the scenes perspective reveals the logistical challenges of nature photography, the risks of lead climbing, the brutality of offwidth climbing and the pressure to deliver the perfect shot.

Also, check out on YouTube ​@Chris Burkard Studio and @Black Diamond Equipment to see Ted’s finished work!

Follow us, @bealiveoutside and these dudes on Instagram for more – @tedhesser @chrisburkard @brannelson @austin_siadak


This hat has just the right amount of everything. We have yet to find a human that doesn’t look good top dressed in the 1884. It just works. Maybe that’s why grandpa rocked it for all those years?