Ben Adams is a photographer, splitboarder and overall outdoor junkie. Through his experience-focused photography, he shows us what the outdoors can bring. Need a digital escape route to the mountains? Make sure to check out his Instagram page and be inspired!
At Cortazu, we’re proud to say Ben has been using our gear during his outdoor trips and adventures. Let’s get to know Ben a little bit better by asking him some questions about himself, his hometown and why he’s working with Cortazu!
Hi Ben, tell us a little bit about yourself
I'm from the UK but since 2007 I have progressively been working towards making the Alps my home. After spending a number of winters chasing the snow in France, Austria, Canada and New Zealand, I made a full time time move to Chamonix, France in 2017. Snowboarding was always my main driving force and still is my favourite way to explore and spend time in the mountains. But, when you live in the Alps the summers can be pretty long so to soothe the pain of waiting for winter, hiking, alpine camping and film photography have been pretty good at filling the gap!
What attracts you to traveling and photography an the outdoors?
Since moving to Chamonix I've been lucky enough to dedicate a bit more time to photography, in particular film photography. If I wasn't shooting film out here I probably wouldn't shoot half as much. I've particularly fallen in love with the medium as it gives me a chance to switch off. The kind of thing I like shooting is the stuff you'll see here is all from adventures in and around the Chamonix Valley, where photography isn't the primary objective and just part of the journey. Although, I do definitely but some time aside for chasing Alpine sunrises and sunsets when I know the conditions will be good.
What's your best travel memory?
So many, but if I had to name one it would be the year I spent out in British Columbia. As much as it pains me to say, we just don't get the volume of snow that they get over there. This resulted in countless back country powder days in some of the best conditions I've ever experienced.
Inspire us. What are your favorite destinations?
Chamonix has got to be one of the most dramatic valleys in Europe and is also placed right on the border of Italy and Switzerland making it great for accessing most of the Alps. The town of Chamonix itself is quite big, almost like a mini city vibe, full of like minded people, yet you have instant access to some of the tallest, jagged, most extreme mountains, all situated directly beneath Mont Blanc. If you enjoy the outdoors there's something for everybody here. The ease of access is completely unparalleled which sounds cliche but it's a pretty fair description. Some of my fondest memories are those after having spent a day in the office, rushing home to pack the camping bag and catching the last lift up the mountain for a night wild camping watching the alpen glow work it's way up those iconic peaks.
Why do you think you match with Cortazu so well?
Firstly, the quality of the products is amazing. When you spend a lot of time in harsh environments, having kit that you can rely on is a must. Secondly, living in the mountains in the mountains I get to see the environmental impact we have first hand. You only need to spend a day at the Mer de Glace to make you feel a little more aware about your own environmental impact. So I love the fact that Cortazu are so environmentally conscious and trying to implement change for a more sustainable future.
What are your favorite Cortazu items?
It's hard to decide, I have the hard shell and insulated mid layer. They pair so well together it's almost impossible to pick one!
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