renan_ozturk Photo @merufilm @jimmy_chin // Day 19 on the Meru aka 'The Shark's Fin' after leaving the ground with 8 days of food. For over an hour @conrad_anker tunneled through a cornice above, blasting me with ice and snow... It might always mark my high point for pain threshold. Somehow Jimmy was protected by a rock just beside me and snapped a few pics during the deluge. #alpineshower -

If you haven't seen it, check out @conrad_anker on the cover of this months @outsidemagazine for more info on the @merufilm and the impending release in theaters this summer!
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renan_ozturk Sisyphus - the character in Greek mythology condemned to eternally push a boulder up hill only to have it roll back down again. I've thought about this a lot especially after @krakauernotwriting shared his powerful short called 'The Sisyphean Paradox' which talks about Camus's re-interpretation of the myth. In Camus's version Sisyphus isn't doomed but has found joy in the suffering- "His fate belongs to him. His rock is his thing…. He knows himself to be the master of his days…" -

@jaredleto and @alexhonnold playing out the Sisyphean paradigm in Tuolumne #GreatWideOpen
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renan_ozturk The #GreatWideOpen of Taft point. We sat at @deanpotter memorial and absorbed the energy of this powerful place. An abnormally large raven swooped onto the tree behind us and squawked loudly for what seemed like ten minutes straight. Dean's vision to play in and protect wide open spaces was like none other. -

@tommycaldwell and @jaredleto descended off the point to climb a sunset pitch. Jared also got a crash course in Jumaring on free hanging lines 3K feet above the valley floor. -

@camp4collective @taylorfreesolo @bchendrix @robertgreenwood_ @baddie_maddie @shayhem @onebananna @angenieuxlenses #OptimoStyle
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renan_ozturk Taking in the last light on the top of Royal Arches after @jaredleto first day and climb in Yosemite. Hoping to have him fall in love with this place as much as I have over the years. Not even the night time descent down the chossy North Dome gully dampened his enthusiasm. #GreatWideOpen @yosemitenps @taylorfreesolo @bchendrix @robertgreenwood_ @onebananna @shayhem @baddie_maddie @camp4collective 7d

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renan_ozturk Wind blown and wide awake, the volcanic heat rising into one of the greatest expanses of wild land in America. Yellowstone is like no other. @taylorfreesolo holds onto her hat, as our team keeps up with Director @jaredleto for the #GreatWideOpen film. Been incredible so far to be a part of this committed and curious exploration into the National Parks, the places that inspire. @camp4collective @bchendrix @onebanana @sheybutton @robertgreenwood_ 1w

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renan_ozturk There are no rules in the #GreatWideOpen, except to have fun and respect the life of everything around you. @jaredleto going deep on his 10th run on a little sheer basalt wall we found in Yellowstone. This was after a full and fulfilling day exploring wolf restoration issues and turning over every stone looking for the beauty in the unexpected. @robertgreenwood_ @bchendrix @shayhem @onebananna @taylorfreesolo @camp4collective #GreatWideOpen 2w

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renan_ozturk Climber, filmmaker, musician and all around monkey @cedarwright walking the plank in the Trango Towers of Pakistan...sending it before the ice screw anchors melt out. It was part of our #AlaskaStan expedition where we did a first free ascent on the Eye Tooth in the Ruth Gorge, and then the first ascent of the SW Cat Ear Spire here in the Trangos. We also lost the plot weathering storms in a tiny 2-man tent for too long! @thenorthface @timkemple #magoo #neverstopexploring 2w

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renan_ozturk A land before time and before @gopro...[photo by @kephoto -- This was also during the @natgeo @mreverest7x @thenorthface 'Caves Of Mustang' expedition (see previous post). It was one of my first big expeditions shooting video, as opposed to just landscape painting. This particular cliff-cave complex we rappelled into had three skeletons of human remains in the upper chamber. They too laughed at my archaic helmet rig. #NEPALiLOVEYOU] 2w

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renan_ozturk I sat amazed having just discovered an ancient library of 10,000 pre-Bhuddist manuscripts. We were in a cliff cave chamber in the remote Mustang, Nepal, a hidden kingdom on the Tibetan Plateau. -

This was one of my earliest expeditions but also most memorable, riding through the high desert on horses and employing high-level choss climbing techniques to ascend the crumbling sand drip mudcastle formations with a team of scientists. A veritable Indiana Jones style adventure. -

This particular cave was the top chamber - 300 feet off the ground - and required a techy traverse to access. Of the 10,000 manuscripts we needed to find one page that could unlock the whole library and a window into the past. @kephoto @mreverest7x and I carefully wrapped them in my unstretched art canvas, put them in a haul bag, and sent them to ground for inspection. -

Memories like this only in Nepal! #NEPALiLOVEYOU [Photo by @kephoto // @natgeo @thenorthface Caves Of Mustang expedition collection]
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renan_ozturk @uelisteck the #SwissMachine, dry tooling and showing (but not showing off) his incredible versatility in the mountains. Spending time with Ueli has reminded me of why I love climbing. He is just happy, nonchalant on any terrain at any time, and simply enjoying himself. #lifesplayground #REDdragonSTILL 3w

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renan_ozturk There is a tram here in Chamonix that drops you off on that spire, the top of Aiguille du Midi. It feels like being deposited on a Himalayan summit. It is also the keystone that defines this place for its alpinism, because of the access it provides. #mordor 3w

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renan_ozturk It's not always glitter and gold. Sometimes it's the #poormanscineflex. Up high on Mont Blanc, I also realized I was still wearing the #poormanssnowpants. These very pants I took up Meru in 2011, Alaska in 2012, Bugaboos and Antarctica in 2013, Everest in 2014, and most recently Hkakabo Razi in Burma. They have 72 patches thanks to @taylorfreesolo, maybe 73 now. [@joshlowell @bigupclimbing photo. #MOVI @freeflysystems @candidethovex @thenorthface #pascalisabadasspilot] 3w

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renan_ozturk Top of the morning from the top of Europe! Mesmerizing layers this morning from the summit of Mont Blanc looking out all the way to the Matterhorn. #luckyweatherwindows #alpinestarts #heavypacks #camp4pix @jongriffithphotography @korra_pesce @senderfilms @uelisteck 4w

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renan_ozturk It's great to be back in #chamomix with so many friends old and new. Been burning the candle at both ends and not always sure how to describe the experience with words, but wanted to share this moment w/ our guide @korra_pesce. Here he is, swimming in a sea of clouds, enjoying every moment. 4w

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renan_ozturk Early morning balancing act during
@mountainfilm, trying to dig deep before re-entering festival circus below. Here we are, splattered in mud and topped with snow. All the better for it. @yeticycles #SB5c w/ @thomaswoodson [photo by @joeyschusler] #mfilm15
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renan_ozturk The #NEPALiLOVEYOU story continues... I was moved the other day while listening on the phone-- @prettylights accounting his recent experience: "I was in Kathmandu when the recent catastrophic earthquake happened... What I saw and experienced there, before AND after the quake, has changed my life in ways previously unimaginable. Nepal must be rebuilt and needs our help, share photos/stories with the hash tag #NEPALilOVEYOU" -

Music by @prettylights Video by @camp4collective @shotovercamera @fstopgear @ansonfogel @phaseonephoto @pilotbibekkhadka #khumbu
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renan_ozturk The long road home with @taylorfreesolo @freddiewilkinson @baloointhewild, after one of the best @mountainfilm festivals yet. The wild weather brought everyone together, taking in such an array of inspiring films. I'm seriously considering quitting my job to become a cowboy after seeing Audience Choice award winner @unbrandedthefilm. And so blown away to have received the Cinematography award for Down To Nothing with @taylorfreesolo and the Charlie Fowler climbing film award for @merufilm with @jimmy_chin @mochinyc and @conrad_anker. Much love to everyone we got to reconnect with!! 1mon

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renan_ozturk "What does it take to succeed on a big Alaskan climb?" asked @freddiewilkinson. - "Unbased optimism," replied Jack Tackle, a master practitioner of Alaskan alpinism. -

And from his idyllic scene here in Castle Valley it seems like he has more than just high stakes climbing figured out if life. Thanks for the gourmet yurt cooked dinner, night under the stars, and heartfelt interview for our @sanctityofspace film! #inthespiritofeashburn #roadtomountainfilm @mountainfilm
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