This story originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of our print edition.
Kahler moved to Colorado from Arkansas in January 2007 and was immediately captured by the mountains and their beautiful landscapes. It sparked his interest in photography and rekindled his love for climbing, which he had quit a few years earlier. But it wasn’t until 2010 that he started to merge these pursuits by taking his camera out on climbing trips with friends throughout the U.S. “Eventually I started climbing with more well-known climbers, and it just took off from there.” Kahler says his dream assignment is a trip around the world with all of his friends. After shooting in places like South Africa, Australia, and Switzerland, he hasn’t got far to go. Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten are a few of his recent clients.
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