Cory Richards – Adventurer – Explorer – Photographer

Cory Richards

A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. Through his work in some of the planet’s most remote places, he has carved a niche as a leading editorial and expedition photographer. Cory’s camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of Asia, Africa, Pakistan, and the South Pacific—all in the attempt to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration, but the beauty inherent in our modern society. Cory’s photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

In his latest collaboration with National Geographic entitled “The Final Challenge”, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and crew will be accompanied on The Final Challenge by acclaimed explorer and photographer Cory Richards. The National Geographic team will document the journey with daily updates broadcast from the spectacular, far-flung locations he and the crew encounter.

 

Viewers can follow the Rolls-Royce Cullinan’s Final Challenge on www.nationalgeographic.com/rollsroycecullinan and on Rolls-Royce social media accounts as well as www.Rolls-RoyceMotorCars.com.

Photo credits: Hal Serudin

Quote from Cory’s FB page: “Honestly, couldn’t be more psyched on the bathroom remodel. #coceptualsaturdays thanks @bookofkyle for pressing the button”.

In a interview with the talented GQ journalist Luke Darby published in February 2016 we learnt that every expedition has not been a success…

“Mountain climbing is like NASCAR, at least from the spectator’s point of view. There’s a great deal of technical expertise required to do both well, but the nuances go unappreciated by your average viewer. People usually only tune in when there’s a disaster.

Cory Richards’ last attempt to climb a mountain wasn’t a disaster, but it also wasn’t successful. “We failed on a climb in Myanmar,” he says. “We were trying to measure the highest point in Southeast Asia and there are three disputed peaks in that zone. We were going to climb all three and couldn’t make it over one.”

Short on food after 41 days, the team called it quits. Richards, a mountaineer, National Geographic photographer, and the first American to scale an 8,000-foot peak in winter, is breezy with his f-bombs and no-nonsense about how shitty it is to get up and down a mountain.

“When you’re in that extreme survival environment, you have to eat whatever you can. People have experimented with eating onions and lard, that was an old Russian thing where they would just eat Crisco and onions at high altitude.”

“You take the whole trip and say, we’re going to be in Myanmar for two months, and of those two months we’re going to be in the jungle or on the mountain for X weeks, so that’s X number of days and we’ll be consuming X number of calories and this is what’s available for food there, so we’ll take this with us. It’s a really complex and exhausting process to figure out exactly the calorie count that we need.”

Even if you have enough food to make the trip, burning over 5,000 calories a day, there’s no way to make up that deficit with that much activity at that altitude. Eating that high up is difficult. Some textures become unappealing, your body is nauseated, and as you get higher your priorities shift from efficient, fueling food to anything that you can stand to eat. You lose intramuscular fat, then muscle, then finally subcutaneous fat. Most people come down from a successful mountain climb looking like they nearly died, or at least very skinny-fat.

Despite millennia of humans and mountains coexisting, we seem to have very little idea of how we’re actually supposed to eat when we’re in places that we have no sane reason to be in. According to Richards, a diet that works for one climber doesn’t always work for another, and every climber has to struggle to figure out what foods work for them. “When you’re in that extreme survival environment, you have to eat whatever you can. People have experimented with eating onions and lard, that was an old Russian thing where they would just eat Crisco and onions at high altitude.”

Cory is a worthy front cover for HOMME Magazine as we support the launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

We wish Cory and the National Geographic team all the very best on this exciting adventure.

 

 

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