“Adventure photographer” doesn’t quite describe Christian Schaffer. After just a few seconds staring at her work you know that in Schaffer’s world, landscapes look more like dreamscapes, and what most call outdoor escapes, she calls life.
Produced by Jonathan Ronzio & Emily Hollz
Fall Adventures // Unlimited Horizons Fall 2018 collection shot on assignment in the Peruvian Andes.
"When it comes to travel, I’ve found that having an open mind is the most valuable asset you can have. Leave space for the unexpected, and embrace the good along with the bad. If you can travel someplace alone at least once. Even if everything goes wrong you will learn things about yourself that you might otherwise never know."
In April 2018, I joined Eddie Bauer on a trip to Peru and into the mountains of the High Andes where we immersed ourselves in the Peruvian culture and landscape. Good times with an incredible & talented team.
Black Diamond Stretch Rainwear Campaign // Pacific Northwest
Black Diamond Equipment: Introducing Black Diamond Stretch Rainwear // A short film about following the path of water into the Pacific Northwest to escape the city and discover the power of nature.
Christian A. Schaffer has always loved to travel, so a career traveling for international business seemed like the right fit — until she discovered adventure photography. She’s now based in the Pacific Northwest but is still an avid traveler for her photography. Her images are often characterized by the soft light of a low sun or a foggy morning. Follow Christian on Instagram for a taste of adventure.
There are people who live their entire lives in pursuit of adventure. No summit is too high, no destination too remote. They live to explore, to discover, to get up and go and keep on going. And we’re so glad they do, because we get to vicariously adventure right along with them…meet Christian Schaffer, Clif Adventurer.
Hitting the Trails: Good-to-know-guidelines for heading outdoors.
"While driving through Yellowstone, I was drawn to the simple curve of this stream winding through these tall lodge pole pines. Of all the iconic sights I saw in the Yellowstone, this random roadside spot was my favorite. A simple reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places."
A trek, a ride, fresh turns or a new ascent — our stoke is not fueled by the main event alone. Sure the hard work you put in to your adventure will always pay off in story cred and memories made, but the time you actually spend planning an adventure or slowing down, connecting and hanging during your adventure can actually be the most rewarding.
As a company founded by women, we've found continuous encouragement in the stories behind the women we're inspired by. These narratives are meant to be celebrated — not just today — but every day. We sat down with a handful of these women — the mothers, photographers, and business owners — to listen to the ways in which they're using photography to capture what matters most.
Christian Schaffer: The tireless trekker
A few years ago, Christian took a year off and traveled alone through the 5 continents. Now based in the US, she immerses herself in wild places, has trekked for 24 days along the John Muir Trail and road tripped for weeks at a time through the national parks. “For me, few things can compare to a night under the stars, surrounded by mountain peaks, trees and good people” she says. I couldn’t agree more!
If you love beautiful mountains and burning a few calories on a good hike, Alberta is the place for you. The Rocky Mountains are one of the best parts of our beautiful province. We have endless amounts of mountains, hike trails, rivers and valleys. Alberta is definitely an outdoor-lovers wonderland.
Christian Schaffer was struck by the power of aerial perspectives at a film festival two years ago. "The incredible potential for story-telling and the creation of dynamic narratives is ultimately what inspired me to invest in a drone," she said. To her, aerial imagery enables viewers to become fully immersed in an experience.
If you haven’t heard, it was recently announced that all Canadian national parks will be free in 2017. What better time to explore the great Canadian outdoors? Parks Canada will be waiving park admission fees for the year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
No one likes to say goodbye to summer. We love fall as well, but nothing beats the bright landscapes, happy people and crowded beaches of one of the best seasons around, summer. Here are some summer drone pics to brighten your day as you stare down the arrival of fall and, gasp…winter right around the corner.
When it comes to aiming for that early morning light, a little bit of preparation can go a long way. I usually capture my best images when I have taken time to scout my location beforehand and dial in on the exact times of sunrise/twilight, as well as weather. Sometimes you may have a particular subject in mind, or you may want to capture just the sunrise itself. Taking time to compose your image beforehand can allow you to get creative when the light peaks.
I could hear the wind as it whipped through our small cluster of tents, and carried what it could from the rim down to the canyon floor. It was 2am, and someone’s phone alarm had just gone off. I was snug in my sleeping bag, more than comfortable in my tent. I peeked out from my little cocoon and looked up at the stars, visible through the mesh fabric. I didn’t have my contacts in, so everything was pronounced. The stars were larger than life, blurry and brilliant with light [...]
From the insightful female-focused gear reviews to the engaging “Women on the Road” series that profiles women in various stages of life on the road, we love how Gale Straub brings together a community of like-minded women. We sat down with Gale to learn more about She Explores and get her perspective on outdoor industry trends and her advice for brands and retailers on creating quality content [...]
How We Travel: Christian Ann Schaffer. We sit down with our favorite adventurers and they tell us how they do it. What’s the best travel advice you have? Travel internationally by yourself at least once. Even if everything goes wrong, you will learn things about yourself that you might otherwise never know. The freedom is indescribable and the opportunity for introspection is priceless. What are the best lessons you’ve learned from traveling? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is [...]
Since the U.S. Department of the Interior is in charge of protecting the lands and wildlife of America, it puts them in unique positions to take some of the most spectacular photos you'll see of the USA. Scroll through the gallery above to see which of the Instagram photos users liked the best, from 50 to 1. And then check out the rest of the Department of the Interior's photos at their Instagram account, @USInterior [...]
Reflections and Photography by Christian Schaffer. I don’t know what day it is. Only that it’s the first day I’ve ever started my own campfire. I’m alone, in La Push, Washington. I stood on the beach today at sunset. Watching people balance cameras while wearing knit hats and flannel shirts – teetering out onto massive logs, silhouetted together against a crimson sky. I saw the same scene I had seen five years before [...]
Five minutes after leaving the airport, I very narrowly escaped a head-on collision. I had never driven on the left side of the road, and recited it as I struggled to negotiate winding roads, torrential rains, and mind-blowing views. I imagined driving in New Zealand might be a challenge, but traveling such long distances on nearly abandoned roads seemed to lull me into a trancelike lullaby, and I feel compelled to admit that on more than one occasion [...]
Ryan Carter wanted an excuse to spend more time with his dog cooper, so he started the company Camping With Dogs. The Nashville, Tennessee entrepreneur's goal is "Inspiring the world to go camping with their dogs!," and his #campingwithdogs Twitter and Instagram have quickly become popular. The Camping With Dogs company successfully promoted and held the first "National Camping With Dogs Day" on September 5th to "celebrate and appreciate our dogs that follow us to the ends of the trail map." [...]
Ruffin’ it never looked so cute. Camping With Dogs is the latest novelty Instagram account to tug at your heartstrings and reignite your wanderlust, featuring hundreds of glorious photos of pups taking on the great outdoors. Perched on a mountaintop, snuggled in a tent or sprawled out beneath the star-studded night sky, these dogs know how to live the good life. Some pups are very ambitious and adventurous, taking on rocky terrain and steep slopes [...]
Each week we choose our favorite images from readers, fans, and travelers who tag their photos with #travelstoke and post them on our Instagram account. These pictures provide a daily dose of inspiration, and challenge us to photograph the world in innovative ways. Here’s this week’s editors’ picks of people finding some serious #travelstoke [...]
Why go through the heartache of leaving your dog in kennels or with a friend when you go away - when you could go together? Instead of man's best friend being left behind during holidays, these Instagram pictures show pets and humans having the time of their lives together on spectacular camping trips. From bounding through breathtaking mountains to cuddling up with their owners by a campfire and even canoeing - the images show the special bond that humans have with pooches.