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Adventure Photographer | Vanlifer | Rock Climber | Prints available | Ambassador for @goalzero, @boulderdenim

http://blog.google/products/maps/blind-kayakers-grand-canyon
Proud of my friends @sandy.russellc @brettlowell @jamesqmartin for creating this beautiful video about five blind veterans experiencing the raw power and grandeur of the Grand Canyon.
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Having rafted the 226 mile stretch of river this spring, I’m incredibly impressed and inspired by the tenacity of these Veterans. •
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#StreetView #VeteransDay
(link in bio to full story http://blog.google/products/maps/blind-kayakers-grand-canyon/)
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Proud of my friends @sandy.russellc @brettlowell @jamesqmartin for creating this beautiful video about five blind veterans experiencing the raw power and grandeur of the grand canyon.


having rafted the 226 mile stretch of river this spring, i’m incredibly impressed and inspired by the tenacity of these veterans. •

#streetview #veteransday (link in bio to full story http://blog.google/products/maps/blind-kayakers-grand-canyon/)
762 24 Yesterday
@mattsegal getting after on some quality limestone here it in Puerto Rico. It’s full days of surf, socializing and climbing here on the island! Not a whole lot of sleep but lots of fun to be had :) @thenorthface #tnfathletesummit #explorepuertorico
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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@mattsegal getting after on some quality limestone here it in puerto rico. it’s full days of surf, socializing and climbing here on the island! not a whole lot of sleep but lots of fun to be had :) @thenorthface #tnfathletesummit #explorepuertorico
1,819 18 5 days ago
Life is a balancing act. Mountain biking by a cliff edge provides the visual metaphor. But balance is the key to everything.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
@tedhesser
Life is a balancing act. mountain biking by a cliff edge provides the visual metaphor. but balance is the key to everything.
3,050 48 2 weeks ago
Life rule: bias towards yes. •
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Example: when your friends have organized a canyoneering excursion, car drop-offs and permits and everything, you just go. Doesn’t matter if you’re sleep deprived, or if you don’t have the right gear, or your camera gear might be destroyed in the swimming sections because you don’t have a dry bag, or if it’s so cold that there’s a chance of hypothermia... you just go. Bias towards ‘yes’ when it comes to new experiences. There are always excuses. Our minds are deviously good at building an argument against doing something. Rationalizing it away, until it’s something that never happens. •
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I’ve tried to embody this idea for a decade or more now. Reminding myself of it when opportunities arise that might seem just out of the realm of reasonable. Public speaking engagements that terrify me, or an expedition somewhere, or a big wall climb before one has big wall climbed, or being asked to do something professionally that I haven’t done before. Situations where I have to step into the unknown. Turns out everyone is just winging it most of the time anyway. Very few people, for very few moments of life, are perfectly prepared. So yea my operating philosophy is to just say yes, or to try to bias towards that in my mind.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
@tedhesser
Life rule: bias towards yes. •

example: when your friends have organized a canyoneering excursion, car drop-offs and permits and everything, you just go. doesn’t matter if you’re sleep deprived, or if you don’t have the right gear, or your camera gear might be destroyed in the swimming sections because you don’t have a dry bag, or if it’s so cold that there’s a chance of hypothermia... you just go. bias towards ‘yes’ when it comes to new experiences. there are always excuses. our minds are deviously good at building an argument against doing something. rationalizing it away, until it’s something that never happens. •

i’ve tried to embody this idea for a decade or more now. reminding myself of it when opportunities arise that might seem just out of the realm of reasonable. public speaking engagements that terrify me, or an expedition somewhere, or a big wall climb before one has big wall climbed, or being asked to do something professionally that i haven’t done before. situations where i have to step into the unknown. turns out everyone is just winging it most of the time anyway. very few people, for very few moments of life, are perfectly prepared. so yea my operating philosophy is to just say yes, or to try to bias towards that in my mind.
2,709 56 3 weeks ago
The best part about the climbing community is that you get to meet, and sometimes even befriend, your hero’s. @alexhonnold monkeying around last year on some limestone.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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The best part about the climbing community is that you get to meet, and sometimes even befriend, your hero’s. @alexhonnold monkeying around last year on some limestone.
4,280 32 3 weeks ago
@samuelcrossley scrambles up a slot canyon to get the shot. Sam’s been a friend for years now, but we just had the opportunity to work together on a shoot for the state of Utah’s tourism board.  Earlier in the day I was ribbing Sam as he shot b-roll of a welcome to Utah sign for an hour or so — ‘look how far you’ve come Sam, from filming @alexhonnold soloing El Cap in the most successful doc of all time to filming a sign by the side of the road’. Lol. They wanted climbers to capture the wonder of the slot canyons. At first I didn’t really understand why, as you mostly walk through slot canyons. But then Sam soloed like 40 feet up to get a sweet overhead video shot of our talent walking through. That’s when it clicked :) — props to Sam for being a boss and getting the shot. And to the whole team for a lot of hustle over 3 days of shooting. @andy_bardon @ianvaso @sandrasalvas
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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@samuelcrossley scrambles up a slot canyon to get the shot. sam’s been a friend for years now, but we just had the opportunity to work together on a shoot for the state of utah’s tourism board. earlier in the day i was ribbing sam as he shot b-roll of a welcome to utah sign for an hour or so — ‘look how far you’ve come sam, from filming @alexhonnold soloing el cap in the most successful doc of all time to filming a sign by the side of the road’. lol. they wanted climbers to capture the wonder of the slot canyons. at first i didn’t really understand why, as you mostly walk through slot canyons. but then sam soloed like 40 feet up to get a sweet overhead video shot of our talent walking through. that’s when it clicked :) — props to sam for being a boss and getting the shot. and to the whole team for a lot of hustle over 3 days of shooting. @andy_bardon @ianvaso @sandrasalvas
2,046 35 3 weeks ago
Fall is the air. 🍂 🦌.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
@tedhesser
Fall is the air. 🍂 🦌.
2,674 56 3 weeks ago
Off the beaten path, exploring hidden corridors in Zion. Foliage turned from fall to summer as we descended lower and lower into the main canyon, painting the walls and ground with wonderful reds, yellows and greens. We swam, down climbed and rappelled through some technical parts, but the real crux of the day was the cold. When we saw an active stream at the top of the Canyon, at the beginning of the day, while we walked over frozen mud, we all gulped, fearing potential hypothermia. It turned out to be okay, but mostly because we just kept on moving. Pretty exhilarating to explore a large swath of this landscape in a single day.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Off the beaten path, exploring hidden corridors in zion. foliage turned from fall to summer as we descended lower and lower into the main canyon, painting the walls and ground with wonderful reds, yellows and greens. we swam, down climbed and rappelled through some technical parts, but the real crux of the day was the cold. when we saw an active stream at the top of the canyon, at the beginning of the day, while we walked over frozen mud, we all gulped, fearing potential hypothermia. it turned out to be okay, but mostly because we just kept on moving. pretty exhilarating to explore a large swath of this landscape in a single day.
2,862 50 4 weeks ago
Had a great time horseback riding in Monument Valley with @darrenjoliver a few days ago. It was pretty cool to re-discover the equine rhythm of riding.  The crisp smell of sage and cold fresh air livening the senses. Crimson light bouncing off vermilion rock, casting triumphant shadows across the vast expanse. At dusk, when our horses cast aside our intentions and began to trot back to the stables for dinner, ephemeral shades of purple and blue began to line the horizon. It was a color pallet unlike any I’ve seen. Surrealist in nature. I tried to capture it with a camera, but I don’t think I really succeeded. Some things are better left to memories and the minds eye I suppose.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Had a great time horseback riding in monument valley with @darrenjoliver a few days ago. it was pretty cool to re-discover the equine rhythm of riding. the crisp smell of sage and cold fresh air livening the senses. crimson light bouncing off vermilion rock, casting triumphant shadows across the vast expanse. at dusk, when our horses cast aside our intentions and began to trot back to the stables for dinner, ephemeral shades of purple and blue began to line the horizon. it was a color pallet unlike any i’ve seen. surrealist in nature. i tried to capture it with a camera, but i don’t think i really succeeded. some things are better left to memories and the minds eye i suppose.
2,629 36 4 weeks ago
Look to the east. That white light on the horizon, that’s our ancestors dancing up a storm. Navajo wisdom. With @brookedurow
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Look to the east. that white light on the horizon, that’s our ancestors dancing up a storm. navajo wisdom. with @brookedurow
2,628 41 4 weeks ago
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Stoked to participate in @goalzero ‘s solar install on Navajo lands. 40 homes in 2 days! Good times were had in the mud and rain, thanks to the positive spirits of a great crew.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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stoked to participate in @goalzero ‘s solar install on navajo lands. 40 homes in 2 days! good times were had in the mud and rain, thanks to the positive spirits of a great crew.
3,133 38 5 weeks ago
Needles Lichen
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The weather forecasted snow, but we went anyway. Five days and nine climbs later, we leave happy, sore and content. With only half our clothes still wet from the hail storms :)
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Here’s one of the few shots I took this week of @bennah and @vande.liz climbing Igor Unchained on the Witch formation. We met Ben and Liz in NYC, we were all in proper careers, wearing fancy clothes and hustling in the big apple. And now we’re fellow vanlifers. Funny, the twists life can take.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Needles lichen

the weather forecasted snow, but we went anyway. five days and nine climbs later, we leave happy, sore and content. with only half our clothes still wet from the hail storms :)

here’s one of the few shots i took this week of @bennah and @vande.liz climbing igor unchained on the witch formation. we met ben and liz in nyc, we were all in proper careers, wearing fancy clothes and hustling in the big apple. and now we’re fellow vanlifers. funny, the twists life can take.
2,128 41 last month