renan_ozturk After the black and white high mountains and deep green of the jungles, we had finally emerged into the vibrant city life of lower Burma. #shinbyuceremony -

@natgeo @thenorthface @camp4collective #MyanmarClimb @taylorfreesolo #REDdragonStill
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renan_ozturk Dark horse alpinist Zack Smith on the summit ridge of the Moose's Tooth after the first ascent of the South Face AKA 'The Swap Donkey Direct'. It was a big piece of the previously unclimbed puzzle to eventually traverse all of the 'teeth' of an iconic Alaska skyline. #sidewaysisthenewup #thetoothtraverse #inthespiritofwashburn [@sanctityofspace film collection @freddiewilkinson @camp4collective @brainfarm] 3d

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renan_ozturk Headed into the spikey Patagonian peaks on our old school @thenorthface #VerticalCarnival expedition. We were on a mission to spread the ashes of @seanleary's lover Roberta (who had died in his arms in a car wreck) within the mountains she loved. Stanely (@seanleary) jumped off the formation on the left in a wingsuit with her ashes in the parachute, flying them into the wind when it opened. #wemissyoustanley @senderfilms @cedarwright @jercollins_com [photo: @timkemple] 4d

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renan_ozturk Somewhere 80 miles into the jungles of northern #Burma on our way to find the eastern edge of the Himalaya. It was not your typical expedition approach... @natgeo @thenorthface @camp4collective #MyanmarClimb ------------------------------------------------- @hilareeoneill @coryrichards @md_jenkins @taylorfreesolo @emilyaharrington 5d

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renan_ozturk Exciting news on the @merufilm front: ------------------------------------------------------- "Happy to announce that @merufilm will be released in theaters this summer....Music Box Films has acquired US theatrical rights to @merufilm and Showtime Network has purchased the US television rights." -

Here @jimmy_chin hanging on a thread on the 2011 mission
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renan_ozturk Some mountains seem to contain all the patterns of nature written into its slopes. You can read them like a book. #AmaDablam [@camp4collective @ansonfogel #REDdragonStill taken from 20k ft on the @gotham_film_works @shotovercamera] 1w

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renan_ozturk The day we arrived at basecamp on the #MyanmarClimb, a few of the younger porter boys disappeared. An hour later, I looked over to see them hundreds of feet up the mountain, taking selfies of each other with ice balls. It was the first time they had ever been that high, or seen snow. They were also directly in an avalanche slide path, so we had to subtly end their party. #jungleboysgonewild @thenorthface @natgeo @camp4collective 1w

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renan_ozturk Feeling quite small below the Trango Towers in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. [2006 'Cats Ear' tower first ascent expedition with @cedarwright - photo by @timkemple] 1w

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renan_ozturk A tattered India ink and 'yosemite' bic pen piece from way back in 2004 from 'Chongo's Office' - the spot in the meadow below Half Dome where the dirtbag climbers hang out. Chongo is to the Yosemite dirtbags what the Dalai Lama is to Bhuddists, a spiritual leader. Although he was never the hardest or fastest climber, his love for Yosemite is as vast as his positive outlook on life. "Life is bitchen, isn't it?" he would often say sitting below the giant pines looking up at this view. After 15+ years living under the rocks, the rangers brought up a ridiculous lawsuit against him as a 'master of counter-surveillance.' Despite all the climber 'monkeys' showing up in court to support him, he was kicked out of his homeland for no apparent reason. Now he lives within the homeless community in Sacramento, hopefully plotting his return... #chongonation #freechongo 2w

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renan_ozturk The little buddy @baloointhewild is growing fast! And so are his paws. Taking bets on his final adult weight (1 year from now). All correct guesses (+/- a half lb) will go into a drawing, and I will mail one of my paintings to the winner. Paw-print signed by Baloo too. 2w

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renan_ozturk Moving across the iconic Moose's Tooth skyline on a early attempt of #TheToothTraverse #nofallzone #mindthecornices #AK [Zack Smith photo @sanctityofspace film collection] 2w

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renan_ozturk Re-living the sketchy jungle bridges while editing on the @thenorthface @natgeo @camp4collective expedition film with @chromewhip. More than once, while trying to walk across these, I had the wet rotten bamboo splinter and break. My leg falling through to my waist as I dangled above the river. Here @coryrichards navigates one of the most slippery crossings. #myanmarclimb 2w

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renan_ozturk Bridger Jacks, Indian Creek. @taylorfreesolo and I took my brother @lilrockmonkey who had never been, for flappin gobis and overhanging fist jams. It was also @baloointhewild's first trip to the desert. A few cactus encounters, but by the end he was pressing mantles over rock steps. As unforgiving as crack climbing feels on our tender hands and feet, it was inspiring running into Jim Donini (71) and Jay Smith who put up a new route and are showing no signs of slowing down. 2w

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renan_ozturk Finally getting a chance to dive into the @thenorthface @natgeo @camp4collective film about our #MyanmarClimb adventure this fall. Lucky to get the opportunity to work with @chromewhip on this one, a talented NYC based editor extraordinaire to help take it as far as possible! -

Photo by @coryrichards looking back at me on the ridge at around 18k ft. We were attempting Hkakabo Razi, the disputed highest point in SE Asia. @taylorfreesolo @hilareeoneill @emilyaharrington @md_jenkins @lilrockmonkey
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renan_ozturk The sacred 'fishtail' peak of the Annapurna Himalaya as seen at 24K feet from the @shotovercamera camera system. It's slopes and summit are believed to be the abode of god Shiva and are off limits to climbing. Everest and many other big peaks in Nepal are also sacred to locals but were never restricted. -

It's funny to think how different the history of climbing as the world knows it would be if Everest and other peaks famous peaks were untouchable. The Tengboche Rimpoche, the 80 yr old spiritual leader of the Sherpas raised this point during our on-camera conversation with @freddiewilkinson @jetbutterflies "We should have made them all off-limits...they are our gods..." #WayOutThere #machapuchare #rimpochesteachings [c4 Aerial DP @ansonfogel #REDdragonStill @thenorthface @carlzeisslenses]
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renan_ozturk This turned out to be one of the colder nights and conditions we've ever shot in. #cuddlingbatteries #negativethirtybelow @camp4collective @thenorthface @timkemple @conrad_anker 3w

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renan_ozturk After a cold bout in Himalayan winter this @yeticycles shot is getting me psyched to ride! - "Trail bikes these days... We spent most of our week in Green River digging a new jump very near to this canyon gap. One morning @shawnneer decided to take a go at it, so I calmly put my shovel down and picked my camera up. What ensued was one of the gnarlier things I've ever seen on a bike... ever! " @joeyschusler words and photo #SwitchInfinity #YetiCycles #SB6c 3w

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renan_ozturk Spent this morning putting some fresh paint on a print. @baloointhewild tried to leave his artistic mark as well... #paintsniffer #pawprints #whiskermarks w/ @taylorfreesolo 3w

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renan_ozturk I never went to photography school, but was always inspired by the pros who were on assignment shooting our @thenorthface expeditions, like @timkemple @jimmy_chin @kephoto. Everyone has their own style. Some choreograph the perfect shot in the perfect light, press the shutter and walk away with an international print ad campaign. Others are shooting constantly, hoping for that 5% of real gritty raw moments. And obviously a lot in between. Normally @timkemple is the master of perfectly composed commercial shots, but on our Nepal trip it was good to see him not take any moment for granted. This day, we had been shooting for hours and were about ready to turn back. I ran down to grab the tent and pack up, looked up, and there he was shooting this final moment of the day. Even the pros have to reinvent themselves and push harder every trip. [@timkemple photo with the @phaseonephoto] 3w

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renan_ozturk The first marks on a big canvas during our 2008 @merufilm @thenorthface expedition. Usually for the initial gesture of the painting I drag it around a mile trek surrounding base-camp to get a 'roaming perspective' of landscape. It's kind of like a pano or stitched photo of all the mountains in the range but one you could never shoot from one particular spot. Once I get this layout down, when all the peaks are visible, then I'm free to work on sections in the dome tent during storms....and always popping out to see if certain formations have emerged to give me more inspiration. It's always a bit intimidating getting going and trying to finish in the field. [photo: @jimmy_chin @merufilm collection] 4w

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