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Alpine Photography Workshop for the 2013 Arc’teryx ARC’ademy

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Teaching mountain photography is something I have been very keen on doing, initially through my books (and between us, there may be another one coming up soon) but increasingly in person. It was only a matter of time before I started to offer workshops, but heavy logistics to ensure safety and alternative solution for bad weather had always stopped me. Well, the day has finally come, and I am very happy to announce that I will be running such a workshop for the second edition of the Alpine ARC’ademy, organized by Arc’teryx in Chamonix in mid-June.

We will start with the last Aiguille du Midi bin, around 4pm on Friday, 14th of June, then head to the Cosmiques Hut to have a short class, before heading back out to shoot another ARC’ademy group bivying on the glacier. With some luck, we’ll have a superb sunset on Glacier des Bossons and Mont Blanc. We’ll rise early the next day for sunrise, shoot some easy climbing with Arc’teryx athletes before crossing the Vallée Blanche, an easy but spectacular glacier walk. Finally, we’ll all come down via the Panoramique cablecar from Helbronner, just in time for a beer in Chamonix. All of course with mountain guides for safety.

You can find all the details on the workshop page, and I suggest booking soon if you are interested, as there is a very limited number of spots.

See you there!

Edit: since the original workshop sold out in a couple of hours, we have added another session, immediately after the first one, starting on Saturday 15th at 4pm. Still a few spots available as I write this.

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2013 Patagonian Expedition Race – The Shots

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A few weeks ago, the 2013 Patagonian Expedition Race took place in the southern tip of South America and, like last year, I came to Punta Arenas to photograph the event. With one race already under my belt, I had a better idea of what to expect and how to capture good images, but nothing can prepare you to an environment like Chilean Patagonia. As it turned out, 2013 was the toughest race on record, with only two teams completing the grueling 701km course (and a third finishing a shortened course), out of the 11 that started. The highlight of the course happened on the first day, with a crossing of the Southern Patagonian Icecap (Hielo Continental Sur) on the Tyndall glacier. Though it was supposed to be a mellow 11km affair, it took us through severely crevassed terrain and took NorCal, the team I was following, 28km and 7h to cross. Three other teams had to spend the night on the glacier, during a full-on storm!

After returning from the glacier section over two big days, I shot some mountain biking and one of the few kayak sections near Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine. Logistically, it became then too complicated to try and follow one of the few teams still in the race, so I spent a few days in Punta Arenas and shot the lead team, Adidas-Terrex Prunesco from the UK, as they crossed the finish line, 8 and a half days after starting! A few hours later, I was on a bus headed to the mythical Cerro Torre and Fitzroy range in Argentina, but that is a story for another day.

Here are my favourite shots from the race. Enjoy!

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