Cory Richards first caught the world’s attention in 2011 when he survived an avalanche while climbing one of the world’s tallest peaks, Gasherbrum II, in winter in the Karakoram of Pakistan. He survived the avalanche and became the first American to climb one of the world’s 14 8,000-meter peaks in winter. A talented photographer, his star also began to rise at National Geographic, where he was given assignment after assignment. Fast forward to 2016 and he and his partner Adrian Ballinger launched Everest No Filter, a Snapchat series showing the real experience of climbing Everest via the North side, in Tibet/China. It went huge. In the second season he made his second summit—this time without supplemental oxygen—and revealed his struggles with mental illness.