Climbing Photographer Spotlight: Grant Ordelheide

Denver, CO

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This story originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of our print edition.

Rock Climbing Photographers Photos
Rob McKay nears the crux on Camping Under the Influence (5.12-), Indian Creek, Utah. Clipping the anchors is the most difficult part of this 100-foot line.

Ordelheide got his start stealing his dad’s camera on family backpacking trips in the Rocky Mountains, calling it a “byproduct of an obsession with an outdoor lifestyle.” He strove to take better and better pictures, realizing he could make it into a career. Getting caught in storms, hiking all night, unexpected wildlife encounters, and broken camera gear are all part of the fun for Ordelheide, situations he calls “nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary for your average adventure photographer.” At press time, Ordelheide was headed to Nepal for a few months of trekking and climbing, with hopes to beat a record he set in Patagonia: 46 days without a shower. 

Instagram: @grantordelheide

Further reading:
16 Climbing Photographers You Should Know