These upwardly mobile talents were selected from a field of 150 applicants to participate in Climbing’s photo-mentorship program, taught by pro photographers Irene Yee, Randall Levensaler, David Clifford and Duane Raleigh.
FELIPE TAPIA NORDENFLYCHT is a Chilean adventure photographer based in Colorado. Nordenflycht was born in the Atacama Desert where he learned to connect with the fantastic arid landscape of the second and third regions of Chile. For the past year he has photographed climbing, ultra running, and biking. Nordenflycht is passionate about building a community for BIPOC photographers and athletes. You’ll find him running around or swinging on ropes with his camera between the Rockies and the Andes mountains.
Hansac Hois from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When he isn’t climbing or taking photographs he’s working as a product design/manufacturing engineer. “I got into climbing a couple years ago at my university’s gym and instantly was hooked,” says Ho. “Around the same time, I had picked up my first camera and climbing photography just seemed like a no brainer after I went on my first climbing trip to the New River Gorge.”
Jason Quangrew up up around Palos Verdes Estates, California.“I didn’t know climbing existed until college,” he says. “I got roped into climbing because someone needed a belay partner, and in this case it was my brother.” Quan is an operations manager working in the import/export business. Outside of work, “climbing photography allows me to exercise my creativity and connect with people,” says Quan. “I’m drawn to the dramatic and powerful movements of the athletes, but also to the scale of people in comparison to the outdoors.”
SABRINA CLAROSis “from the stolen Tongva and Kizh land (Los Angeles, California).”She is a freelance outdoor lifestyle photographer creating for people, brands, and nonprofits. “I started climbing in undergrad with the UCI Climbing Team,” she says. “I was already a photographer, so it was natural to take my camera with me on climbing trips! I hope to continue capturing the diversity within climbing and outdoor recreation and highlighting that everyone belongs outdoors.”
For more of Claros’ work: Instagram: @sabrinaclaros_photography and www.sabrinaclaros.com
JENNY WALTERSsays her grandparents, “raised her to invent chipmunk traps and catch crawdads in creek muck, get nicked by briars picking blackberries and search for deer skulls in the woods. I investigated life with escapades and fervor. This quest is ongoing and still leads me to slipping over river rocks and huddling around campfires with s’mores, but now I’m also listening to stories of hurts and hopes and aiming to honor those epics. The result is a deep sense of home and adventure, equal amounts of fear and fondness, all at the same time. With or without a camera, I’ll always be exploring.”
Rodel Querubin is the BIPOC Initiatives Chair for the American Alpine Club, Twin Cities Chapter, and an Arc’teryx Twin Cities Community Ambassador. When he isn’t in the studio or on location as a professional photographer, Querubin spends much of his time passing on his love of climbing and snowboarding, organizing events for the local BIPOC community, and building partnerships and scholarship opportunities. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife Elaine, who he leans on for guidance and inspiration.