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I am a ski mountaineer, adventure photographer and filmmaker. I spent my teenage years in Enterprise, Oregon, and was lucky enough to have the Wallowa Mountain Range as my backyard playground. Those mountains changed my life in countless ways. The time I spent skiing and exploring there galvanized my love and commitment to wild places.

After college, I moved to Truckee, California to intern for Douglas Stoup and Ice Axe Expeditions. Later, I kicked off my expedition media career developing live expedition storytelling for SeaLegacy, sharing stories from the North Pole, Cuba and Antarctica. After working as a mountain guide on Aconcagua, I went on to shoot several expedition short films from Roam’s “The Line” on Mt. Everest to “The Big One” on Denali. That fall I notched a first winter ascent of 6000 meter Tupungato with Rafael Pease, then attempted a ski descent of Corcovado in southern Patagonia. When COVID 19 hit, I got creative and produced a four part series on a ski / bike ride from Tahoe to Rainier. In 2021 I shot and co-directed a segment for Warren Miller about the first adaptive ski descent of Denali. In the meantime, I spent over two years working on National Geographic’s Emmy Award winning show “Life Below Zero” as a camera operator. In fall of 2021, I became the Executive Producer at Triage Creative in Boulder, Colorado.

Throughout his career, I have been a strong advocate for environmental causes and nonprofit organizations including Tompkins Conservation, Sea Legacy, Protect Our Winters, Do Good Sh*t and Ice Legacy. I am sponsored by Zodiac Watches, Volkl/Dalbello/ Marker, Mammut and Revo.

Cory Richards and Esteban Topo Mena attempting to climb a new route on Mt. Everest via the north side.

““Life is our resume. It is our story to tell, and the choices we make write the chapters. Can we live in a way where we look forward
to looking back?””

Erich Roepke climbing Denali during the 2021 season - photograph by Ted Hesser.

Denali 2021 / Photo by Ted Hesser