Many of the hardest and most historical boulder problems and rock climbs in the world tend also to be the most aesthetic features on boulders and cliffs. Chris Sharma’s discovery of Witness the Fitness was certainly no exception to this rule. The challenge in shooting this image was dealing with the low light in the cave; I used a silver reflector to reflect daylight back into the cave. The inverted nature of the climb, the clean, dark background, and the energy and power required to pull the extremely long crux sequence, combined with Chris’s focus, make this a very special image. Today, Witness the Fitness is arguably one of the hardest boulder problems in the world.
About the shot
Almost two decades ago, I planted both feet firmly in the world of falling snow, moving water and massive stone. As extreme sports entered the American mainstream, I was there to tell the stories of athletes like rock-climbing legend Chris Sharma, kayaking pioneer Eric Jackson and world-champion surfer Lisa Anderson.
Soon, editors at National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated regularly turned to me to bring them startling, memorable images and unforgettable stories of those who pushed the limits.
As my career evolved, I dove into the world of filmmaking, and soon found myself combining my love of still photography with motion storytelling and small-footprint productions in some of the wildest locations on earth. Now, we continue to work with some of the biggest companies in the world, who regularly turn to us to help them craft their biggest advertising campaigns and corporate stories with that same extreme passion and authenticity that we find in adventure sports.
For any passionate person who loves what he does, the line between work and play is hazy indeed. When not on assignment, I'm at home in Lake Tahoe because no matter when I open my front door, I step out to three-feet of freshly fallen snow, miles of pristine trails, towering granite walls and countless adventures just waiting to become tomorrow’s stories.