This story originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of our print edition.
“I saw some images and thought to myself, ‘Hey, I can do that, too,’” Schlumpf says of his early days with a 5-megapixel camera, complete with teeny-tiny screen. A few years ago, on a bouldering trip to Italy, he was taken by the utter uniqueness of the place and its one-of-a-kind scenery and saw an image in his mind he wanted to create. He quickly sold that to Prana, which jump-started his career. Meeting up with emerging pro climber Nina Caprez for a few projects on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica only added to the snowball effect; he was able to sell images to her sponsors and the corresponding stories to hungry European climbing mags. His success continues to grow, with recent clients like Millet, Petzl, and Beal.
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