renan_ozturk Some pre-departure gear shots are messier than others. Pulling an all nighter to get out the door to Nepal today for a new @natgeo expedition adventure. Lots of cutting edge toys to play with and at the same time not distract us from the heart of the story of the #lasthoneyhunter with @ben_knight @jetbutterflies @m_synnott ~

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renan_ozturk If you missed the @natgeochannel Explorer TV show on our #MyanmarClimb expedition that just aired it's also free online! See link in profile... ~

We were depleted. I pointed a dirty and scratched lens (first generation @sonyalpha A7s with a Sony/Zeiss 24-70) into the sun as @coryrichards raced the sunlight back to our high camp. The unthinkable happened as most of our climbing gear was dropped off the mountain and we chopped a rope in half on rappel, the unraveling when you push to the brink and leave nothing left for the way down. In a lot of ways it was a 'walk of shame' crawling back home with our tails between our legs in every way...but in the end an unforgettable adventure with @hilareeoneill @taylorfreesolo @authormarkjenkins @emilyaharrington ~

Big thanks to @drewness17 and his team who really gave a clearer understanding of the stakes of this endeavor. What started out as a scientific mission to determine the highest peak in SE Asia became a deeper story of humans pushed to the edge...each with deeply personal motivations and fears. @thenorthface @natgeo @camp4collective @sadiequarrier #walkofshame #pointofnoreturn #natgeoexplorer
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renan_ozturk The TV version of the @natgeo @thenorthface Burma expedition premieres @natgeochannel very soon...tune in at 8/7c! I don't have TV but figured I'd plug it again. ~

Pictured here: This was our morning activity when in remote Burma jungle villages. Search for the sunrise facing latticed bamboo huts that might produce epic light rays...then awkwardly try to invite ourselves in and become invisible to document the magic of the morning routines. #myanmarclimb @coryrichards @taylorfreesolo @emilyaharrington @hilareeoneill @authormarkjenkins @sonyalpha @camp4collective #fomas #godrays
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renan_ozturk Psyched to see "Point of No Return" the hour long TV cut of our #MyanmarClimb expedition which premieres tonight @natgeochannel at 8/7c as part of the Explorer show. @drewness17 and his team really gave a clearer understanding of the stakes of this emotional endeavor. What started out as a scientific mission to determine the highest peak in SE Asia became a deeper story of humans pushed to the edge...each with deeply personal motivations and fears. ~

Here @coryrichards deals with a rope cluster**ck on the descent. @hilareeoneill @authormarkjenkins @emilyaharrington @taylorfreesolo @thenorthface @reddigitalcinema @sonyalpha
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  •   kerrygiffen @renan_ozturk I watched your program tonight, Point of no Return, it was really good!! It was on Natgeo at 5:00 Arizona time. 3d
  •   yakamores Woooow 3d
  •   stevenmathis Watched this last night, excellent!! Crazy intense with the climb on top of the isolated location. Great camera work as always!! 2d
  •   bhizzzle @amandapeanutt nice! 23h

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renan_ozturk A proud Yak returning home from Everest base camp after dropping off a massive load. As I've said before, if all else fails being a pro Yak herder in the Himalaya would be peaceful career to persue. #nepaliLoveyou #tashidelek #camp4pix 5d

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renan_ozturk One of my favorite Nepal shots from last year wasn't an epic aerial. It was this moment with Pang-gyen Repa in the Langtang Himalya. She left Tibet in 1959 for political oppression and created a new life with the Tamang tribe in the central Nepal Himalaya. At night she sleeps in a pig-pile with her granddaughters and by day she works in the high village with more productivity of someone half her age moving firewood and up-keeping the trekking lodge. At night, around the yak dung stove, she sang us ancient songs of the Himalaya. And even though we don't speak Tibetian her expressions told us more than any language could convey. #nepaliLoveyou ~

Shot on @reddigitalcinema @carlzeisslenses #otus55 (at 1.4) @camp4collective @struck
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  •   kburke00 Brilliant Renan, no words when there is a soul connection! I know the feeling from being with the Monpas (original indigenous in Bhutan)... 7d
  •   perthperson Fantastic 7d
  •   jackiekgarces Tashi delek @renan_ozturk , thank you for another beautiful image. 6d
  •   saadetgaf O şarkilardan dinlemek isterdim.. 13h

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renan_ozturk I had always dreamed of moving over ridges high in the Nepalese Himalaya. And now 20 years later with Mingma Sherpa in the middle of it all... ~

A year ago today, an earthquake altered the lives of many of the people of Nepal. Today, her beauty and the soul of her people remain.‪#‎NepalILoveYou‬ is a movement to encourage you all to share your stories, images and love for Nepal, and to encourage us all to visit. This week we will be featuring stories, images and short videos celebrating Nepal - and hope you will all do the same. The new website is a place for all of us to share, learn and engage - please spread the word, starting here:

http://www.nepaliloveyou.com/

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renan_ozturk On the anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, I know that words don't even begin to describe how much work there is left to do for the communities to rebuild. But what we believe to be more important for the international community to do is not just support the relief efforts, but to LOVE Nepal and continue to visit! The landscapes and Himalayan mountains are iconic but it's the people I am drawn to most and they are the reason I will continue to go for the rest of my life. Like my dear friend Karma Tsering, one of the oldest Sherpa in the Khumbu and someone I've known for a decade from my many expeditions and vision quests there. Please think of Nepal, and if you can, visit her. #nepaliLoveyou @khumbuclimbingcenter @thenorthface @camp4collective @struck @shotovercamera @carlzeisslenses 1w

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renan_ozturk Tonight at 9/8c on @discoverychannel, we are the sharing #SherpaFilm! It lets everyone look behind the veil of the Everest industry through the eyes of the Sherpa people. ~

Video: A hard fought timelapse shot from the 'sherpa graveyard' at the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier. We were camped higher up the valley but I ended up running back down on a night mission to get the chance to shoot Ama Dablam from such an iconic spot. #camp4vids #toillapse #NepaliLoveYou
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  •   perthperson Thanks for your great photography 1w
  •   tracergirl Just finished watching the film "Sherpa". What an intimate view into the devastating tragedy in 2014 & the effect it had on the real hero's of Everest climbing, the Sherpa community. I was saddened & surprised by the lack of genuine respect & remorse of the climbing "clients" who showed very little consideration or concern for anyone else but themselves. It sadly is just a business to the operators & the Nepalese government. Thank you to Renan & the other collaborators on this film, it tells an important story of a humble, genuine, hardworking community that deserves to be heard. 1w
  •   imstephrivera I watched the Sherpa film and I have so much respect for all the Sherpa people and their families. I really wished they got treated right and it honestly made me feel so sad watching it. It makes me angry how the government does nothing and only cares about money.But thank you for letting us see the reality and for creating such an amazing film. 1w

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renan_ozturk Just wanted to say Happy Earth Day! @yosemitenps #NatGeoEarthDay #nps100 #FindYourPark 2w

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renan_ozturk Giving a talk tonight with @taylorfreesolo for @5pointfilm festival about The Coldest Crossing Iceland story. ~

@outsidemagazine actually just released an online article about it called "is social media screwing over explorers?" I think it somewhat missed the point. Honestly, it's great that ambitious young explorers who aren't necessarily the world's elite athletes can be supported on their ventures because they are inspiring storytellers. It levels the playing field. I'm proud of The Coldest Crossing boys for following a dream and making it happen despite not being Bear Grylls or Ueli Steck. Mistakes were made, as they are teenagers still figuring it all out, but they tried and got their dreams off the ground! As to the meat of the article about the adventure industry in general and why brands are supporting media-savy explorers over elite athletes.. that seems to have been a hot topic lately with articles criticizing good storytellers with less athletic skill who tend gain more sponsorship. Thoughts?
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  •   gunes_feyzaa Türk bayraklı fotoğrafını bekliyoruz renancım :) 😎 @renan_ozturk 2w
  •   nik_ska Well, to be honest, this Coldest Crossing felt like fake since the beginning. You know this feeling you have but you can't really describe? I admire the story of 'Crossing the Ditch", two guys aimed for impossible and spent years preparing. These kids – well, the just love posting on Instagram and somehow got money and support. This was a trip made for likes and social media, with no clear goal, with not enough time and effort invested into preparing. It's cool you've been there though, at least some great footage is left. 2w
  •   chus314 One day the real cool adventurer will be the one who attempts his dream without any publicity...And shares it when finished. Social fanfare before and during the activity kills the spirit of humility, and what's worse: many people (not all) do it just for fame and / or money. For show off people, wilderness is just another arena to exhibit their ego. In this sense, "technology killed the adventure" as Chouinard said. If you want to do something, do it and tell it afterwards, be a professional or an amateur. 2w
  •   erisolympic Take a look at my account, I edited your photo and gave you credits :). You are gorgeous! 7d

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renan_ozturk For those who haven't seen the #SherpaFilm, the Sherpa perspective on Everest, it's airing this Sat the 23rd on @discoverychannel 9/8C. ~

Video: This time of year a sea of clouds rushes up the Everest (Khumbu) valley every afternoon, blanketing everything below. I always loved sailing growing up but never could have imagined I'd experience an 'ocean' at the roof of the world! #timelapsepirate
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renan_ozturk 3am Las Vegas, drunk gambling. His drink falling to the floor. #NAB #humanity 2w
  •   heistkev At first I thought that cup was the wormhole from Donnie Darko. 2w
  •   marklrussell Can't be much less effective than sober gambling. Lol 2w
  •   timpeare Absolute pleasure to meet you at the Red booth with Canyon! 2w
  •   delaine_40 Like it!! Miss!! 2w

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renan_ozturk The concept of wilderness is sometimes better felt than explained. Flying into the AK range is when it hits me the hardest. Psyched to have some momentum infused back onto our @sanctityofspace passion project the last few weeks. Looking forward to getting this one out in the open! #thanksforwaiting #featuredoc #inthespiritofwashburn #sanctityofspace @freddiewilkinson @austin_siadak @taylorfreesolo 2w

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renan_ozturk @alexhonnold running a quick rope-less lap on the Rostrum in @yosemitenps. The heart of the climbing season is upon us, hope to make it to the valley some point soon! ~

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renan_ozturk Cheap relationship counciling in the Arctic. ~ "Did you forget the transmitter cord?!"... "No! It's in your pocket I told you three times. My fingers are frozen tho can we launch already?"... "We can't launch without the cord! And f#*k now the batteries died because you took too long."... "I'm just trying to survive! I can't feel my legs let alone my feet. Oh shoot...did we format the card?" - -

@taylorfreesolo and I co-operating the @freeflysystems #alta8, in -20 degree temps, in the dark. Because @chrisburkard is an animal that doesn't sleep, neither did we, for 2 weeks... [ by @burkgnar @sweatpantsmedia @camp4collective]
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renan_ozturk For all SLC folks: Tonight, 6:30pm, at the public library there is a @utahfilmcenter free public screening of our feature doc SHERPA, the story of the Sherpa perspective of Everest as told through a tragic year that killed 16 Sherpas and other Nepali workers. ~

Happy to share this important story with the community and join Apa Sherpa (who is tied with the record for most Everest ascents at 21) and @davidcmorton for a Q&A afterwards. A sneak peak before the @discoverychannel April 23rd TV premiere. ~

Video from SHERPA, the view from 21K overlooking the bustle of Everest Basecamp with the summit also visible above. It was just days after the tragedy... #Nepaliloveyou #sherpafilm
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renan_ozturk It's not pretty. The mid-day light is so bright that he can hardly open his eyes. Travis Erickson, 5th generation cowboy pictured in the crippling mid-day AZ heat. But there is something about this moment that speaks to this hardened cow catcher. Looking back at these stills it was a reminder to shoot not only in the best light and set up scenarios but those moments in between when people are just being themselves. 3w

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renan_ozturk Putting the @radiantimages #OZO 360° 3D VR rig through it's paces. Normally shooting this type of Virtual Reality you can't work in the precipitation of snow or rain because drops on the lens throws off the stitching in the 360° world. But with temps dropping to -20° F we were able to roll the camera even in the middle of the white out storm because it was to cold/windy for anything to stick to the glass. There are were other complications but nothing that shut us down.... #ridersonthestorm #nerd4life @yeti @rudy.le @irish_goodbye @irving_matthew @unscriptedlives 3w

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renan_ozturk Heartache on the home front today, as @taylorfreesolo and I made the hard call to pull The Coldest Crossing film out of the festival circuit this year. We had followed and documented a young team as they attempted to cross Iceland in winter, uncovering a story of teenage youth, dreams and ambition, and the state of modern adventure with all the media backlash surrounding their rescues. The reality for us is that we can't create time out of thin air, and it's been incredibly hard to find the time to edit the film while we juggle over a dozen other ongoing projects - personal, commercial, and everything in between. It's always a risk to take something on that you might not be able to finish, some people would even say a rule never to do so unless all the funding and support is in place ahead of time. But I believe following your instincts as a content creator and artist is equally important, especially for the unique stories that approach the same old subjects with a new lens. Looking forward to picking this story up again in the summer when we come up for air. In the mean time, see you at @5pointfilm for a few rough clips and work-in-progress talk!!
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  •   bettygutz Look forward to seeing film when ready!! 4w
  •   rawmeyn Oh man i needed this right now! 4w
  •   misskhaosland Following your instincts can lead you to unexpected rewards, far beyond what rationality could consider advantageous. The realm of black swans and magic unicorns is wating for you, my dear friends. Good luck! 4w
  •   christinexploring Wow 2w

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