The culmination of training, travel and mental preparation comes to a head as the team attempts to summit during a tight weather window. After scaling near-vertical walls and enduring a sleepless night at thirty below zero temps, they are faced with a difficult decision – turn back or risk their lives to reach the top of the world.
“There is a line that exists that I cross when I start climbing and it is a line of surrender, its a line of acknowledgment, its a line of willingness to accept the outcome”- @CoryRichards
Ben Thouard, award winning photographer, let his journey take him all the way to Tahiti, where he quickly made Teahupo’o’s famous wave his backyard and his favorite place to shoot. He spends endless hours under water watching the waves come to life, living fully in the moment, as he trains his eye on the Surface.
Their goal was simple, at least on paper: paddle from Alaska to Mexico, only using their hands. No paddles, oars, or motors; they would lie prone on their boards and stroke with their arms, moving forward, slowly. Seven months and two thousand miles later they completed the journey, after a few close calls, a couple broken boards, and new sense of self. “As far as expeditions go, its got to be up there as one of the most difficult trips of any kind” – Jimmy Chin