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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 amazing arid landscapes of Chile’s second and third regions. Over the past year he has photographed rock climbing, ultra running and cycling. Nordenflycht is passionate about building a community for BIPOC photographers and athletes. You’ll see him running between the Rocky Mountains and the Andes or swinging from ropes with his camera.

Other works by Nordenflycht: or follow @felipesh on Instagram

Brittany Goris manages the first female ascent of Yasha Hai (5.13a), Vedauwoo, Wyoming (Photo: Felipe Tapia Nordenflycht)

Nicola Martinez climbs the roof of 4×4 (5.11), Indian Creek, Moab, Utah.

Hansac Ho is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When he’s not climbing or taking photos, he works as a product designer/manufacturing engineer. “I started rock climbing at my university gym a few years ago and I was hooked right away,” says Ho. “I picked up my first camera around the same time and climbing photography just seemed like a breeze after I did my first climbing trip to New River Gorge.”

Other works by Ho:

Climbers above water at New River Gorge.
Is there a better way to start the climbing summer than with deep water soloing? “I knew Donovan Bender was going to do a one-armed lockoff in the middle of this rooftop in Summersville Lake, West Virginia,” says Ho, “so I made it so Julia Duffy was in the bottom corner as the foreground Element. This photo was what I envisioned as summer climbing: hanging out at the lake with friends and climbing an awesome rock.” (Photo: Hansac Ho)

Female climbers rock climbing at Red River Gorge, Kentucky.
“I captured that moment where Julia Duffy threw a heel hook for the crux sequence of Proper Soul (5.14a) on The Endless Wall in New River Gorge, West Virginia,” says Ho. “It was amazing having her there to watch her tackle this beast of a route.” Duffy recently finished third in lead and eighth in bouldering at the USA Climbing Youth Nationals. Keep an eye out for their future exploits. (Photo: Hansac Ho)

“I positioned myself in the corner of this boulder because I wanted to capture a spectator’s foot position and face,” says Ho, and “how the angle of the sun reflected the light onto Peyton Sickles’ face as he leaned against the ripples of the Fighting Tsunami (V8), Moores Wall, North Carolina.” Fellow climber Phillip Teasley testing the Beta. (Photo: Hansac Ho)

Jason Quan grew up near Palos Verdes Estates, California. “I didn’t know rock climbing existed until college,” he says. “I was roped up for climbing because someone needed a belay partner, and in this case it was my brother.” Quan is an operations manager who works in the import/export business. Outside of work, “climbing photography allows me to be creative and connect with people,” says Quan. “I’m drawn to the dramatic and powerful movements of athletes, but also to the size of humans compared to nature.”

Other works by Quan: Instagram @jasonwquan

Rock climbers abseiling at Stoney Point, California.
Abseiling Vicious (5.12a TR), Stoney Point Park, Chatsworth, California. “My friend Jeramy Ov (he/she) and I practiced anchoring and rappelling,” says Quan. “Inspired by Jimmy Chin, I wanted to highlight the final step in the climbing process – the rappelling.” (Photo: Jason Quan)

Woman winding up climbing rope.
After a long day of climbing with Climb The Gap, a group from The Stronghold Climbing Gym for everone, as well as BIPOC and queer climbers from the Tongva country now known as Los Angeles, Quan “got this shot of my friend Lydia Mok (she /she) coils the rope with extra momentum under the guidance of my mentor and friend Irene Yee. (Photo: Jason Quan)

Rock climbers rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park.
Upper Right Ski Track (5.3), Joshua Tree National Park, California. “Joshua Tree is legendary for trad climbing, and we wanted to start the day with a warm-up at one of the park’s most iconic features: Intersection Rock,” says Quan. “My friend Son Tran (she/she) led the route to highlight the beautiful diagonal crack and the fact that even though this climb is a 5.3 it still looks awesome. Even easier climbs have their appeal for me if you change your perspective.” (Photo: Jason Quan)

SABRINA CLAROS hails “from the stolen Tongva and Kizh land (Los Angeles, California)”. She is a freelance outdoor lifestyle photographer working for people, brands and non-profit organizations. “I started climbing in undergrad with the UCI Climbing Team,” she says. “I was already a photographer, so it was natural for me to take my camera with me on climbing tours! I hope to continue capturing the diversity of climbing and outdoor recreation and emphasizing that everyone belongs outside.”

Other works by Claros: Instagram: @sabrinaclaros_photography and

Climbers on a crag in California.
Bao-Son Tran on finger (5.9), New Jack City, Lucerne Valley, California. “I chose this location because I wanted the sun to partially illuminate the landscape while emphasizing the climb and the climber,” says Claros. “I edited the image as a composite, blending the pre-dawn sky with the post-dawn foreground to create a dreamy, surreal scene.” (Photo: Sabrina Claros)

Female rock climber climbing at Stoney Point, Callifornia at night.
Lydia Mok and the Pump Traverse (V1), Stoney Point, Chatsworth, California. “In addition to the headlamp, I used a small flash and a handheld LED light. The backlight flash helps separate the climber from the dark background by creating a highlight, and the LED helps to illuminate darker areas a bit so details can be seen.” (Photo: Sabrina Claros)

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JENNY WALTERS says her grandparents, “raised them to invent chipmunk traps and catch crayfish in the mud of streams, get stung by brambles and look for deer skulls in the woods. I explored life with escapades and fervor. That quest continues and still leads me to slide across river rocks and huddle around campfires with s’mores, but now I also hear tales of hurt and hope and try to honor those epics. The result is a deep sense of home and adventure, fear and affection at the same time. With or without a camera, I will always explore.”

Other works by Walters: or Instagram @roarkfitness

Female rock climber on rock in Colorado.
Jamie McCrocklin is pleased with Reefer Madness (5.10b) at Wake and Bake Boulder, Ten Sleep Canyon, Wyoming, originally Apsaalooké (Crow), Eastern Shoshone, Cheyenne and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ territories. “Four friends including Jamie (she/her) and two dogs rocked Lee Creek until they finally braved the rapids and built a causeway with logs from the forest to keep everyone safe and giggled at our gimmicks on this stunning rock formation. says Walters. (Photo: Jenny Walters)

Female climber on the ascent at Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
Shara Zaia becomes a Titan of her own on Great White Behemoth, (5.12b), Superratic Pillar, Valhalla area, Ten Sleep. “It’s very important to me to elevate the voices and stories of underrepresented climbers,” says Walters. “Shara (she/she) has noticed that she has never seen another Assyrian climber on the cliff, and being a queer person myself, I also understand the feeling of not being welcome, not belonging or not yourself being able to “see” in the magazines, advertisements and features. I hope that continues to change and I hope to be a part of it.” (Photo: Jenny Walters)

Female climber ascending Red Rocks, Nevada.
Rachel Melville jumps on Geronimo (5.6) in Jackrabbit Buttress, Red Rocks, Las Vegas, Nevada, originally Nüwuwu (Chemehuevi), Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute), and Newe (Western Shoshone) land. “The sun was going down and a storm was brewing, but you can see Rachel’s (she/her) cheeky grin, even with her tongue out, happy to know we’re almost at the top of this fun romp.” (Photo: Jennifer Walters)

Toboggan Querubin is Chair of the BIPOC Initiatives of the American Alpine Club, Twin Cities Chapter, and Ambassador for the Arc’teryx Twin Cities Community. When not in the studio or on location as a professional photographer, Querubin spends much of his time sharing his love of climbing and snowboarding, organizing events for the local BIPOC community, and building partnerships and grant opportunities. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife, Elaine, for whom he draws inspiration.

For more of Querubin’s work: Instagram: @rodel.querubin

Climbers on the snow ridge at Mount Baker.
A Minnesota BIPOC Expedition on Kulshan/Mt. Baker, Washington. “I was struck by the opportunity to show the scale of the mountain,” says Querubin. “Climbing the Roman wall to the summit was the most difficult part of the climb for this mostly brand new mountaineering team.” (Photo: Toboggan Querubin)

Ice climber climbing ice on Lake Michigan.
Madhav Singh, one of eight winners of the American Alpine Club-Twin Cities BIPOC Ice Climbing Scholarship, swings at Bridalveil Falls at the Michigan Ice Fest. “The waterfall offers a unique climbing experience right above Lake Superior,” says Querubin. “Besides capturing provocative climbing images, I want to diversify access to and participation in climbing and representation in the climbing images consumed. Many people I introduce to rock climbing for the first time often have no idea that the sport is an option for them or a welcoming place for them. I hope I can help change that.” (Photo: Rodel Querubin)

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