Renan Ozturk@renan_ozturk

@thenorthface climber // @natgeo @sonyalpha photojournalist // @camp4collective commercial director // landscape painter at heart 😊

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New video link in profile. Very proud of @taylorfreesolo’s sensitivity in directing the final episode of @thenorthface MENTOR short film series. This one focuses on the important topic of diversity in the outdoors through the lens of @ruemapp the founder of @outdoorafro. I learned a lot watching the team make this and I hope you have time to check it out! ~

@pat.patrol @johnnyvalentine @clubhouseslc


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Unexpected adventures above LA with the constantly innovative madman @curtismorgan! ~ “Breathing in a bit of fresh air in the mountains while a blanket of smoke covers Los Angeles. I’ve always dreamed of designing a practical / mobile drone lighting kit that actually works. Until recently technology has held me back. I wanted something small yet powerful, visually pleasing and lightweight. After a couple months of tinkering with different drones and new LED solutions I custom built a panel that plugs right into the inspire and just works. Super excited for all of the possibilities here. Thanks to my man @renan_ozturk for trusting this to hover over him for an extended period of time :) Nerd life.” - photo by @curtismorgan with @djiglobal @sonyalpha @danorst @thehurricane @mtwilsonobservatory @blake_estes_13 🔥


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Through the moon. Good times in LA with @taylorfreesolo and a band of wild earthlings and astronauts. To be honest I was a little intimidated to attend taylor’s space themed b-day party with @nasa_jpl engineers, climate change policy experts, Hollywood writers and other high IQ highly creative humanoids. But I flew in at the last minute to celebrate with her and it was an adventure of an evening, tapping into deep space telescopes and having mind-opening conversations that carried on through the night. Taylor’s love for people and aliens, for the earth and howling at the moon, brought us all together. Thx all for the memorable night under the stars! Photo by @curtismorgan, celebration with @themightyupsetter @emilymkrtichian @prospektmiraorg @lksanchez32 @conpulsiv @yoesbeforebros @rksugla @thoreninthe_sea @abazrr @christine_geb @ebschiller @gibsonpics @jesseboykins3rd @aidanle @baloointhewild @united_environment @damondavis @stllegend @mrsanjayr @onebananna @bigcitymike303 @juanny__tsunami @cynthiamartinezmeh @eilenebeniquez @jaquentee


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5 blind kayakers sending the Grand Canyon with style and friendship. Awesome new work in honor of Veterans Day day from my friends @sandy.russellc @brettlowell @senderfilms @jamesqmartin @teamriverrunner @timmyoneill ~

See @brettlowell to find the full short film!


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Getting our hands dirty community building. Thanks @thenorthface for bringing the tribe of pro climbers, riders and runners together down in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 this past week. It was great to visit @discoverpuertorico and give some love to their economy post hurricane as well as a spend day planting 500+ indigenous tree as a group. And of course a bit of rambunctious burning of the midnight oil getting feeding off the collective passion for wild places. It all ended with a beautiful ceremony of appreciation for @conrad_anker, who has crafted this community for the last 26 years as team captain, as he passed the torch to @hilareenelson with the symbolic old school ‘A5’ big wall bag sewn by the late great Dan Osman. [last photo by @tedhesser] #gratitude #neverstopexploring #tnfathletesummit


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Huge congrats to @syrp_ for the launch of the #genie2 timelapse and motion control setup. ~

@bugsstagram and the #syrp_ team is a New Zealand based camera company which began with blood sweat and tears in a garage that is now a leader in the lightweight TL, slider and MC gear I’ve used around the globe. @taylorfreesolo got the privilege pleasure of testing this new iteration of the Genie mini robot in NZ. Can’t wait to go back and dive deeper into these landscapes/human stories! See @syrp_ for more on this awesome new tech and a gear giveaway going on!


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Can a landscape change you? This place did for me, driving me into a life of climbing to art. It’s been a good reset to spend the last few weeks reconnecting with it and gaining a greater understanding of the complicated issues it faces in the coming years from the perspective of the locals on the Dugout Ranch. This isn’t the place it used to be - the new age climbing traffic is insane. It will take a lot of combined forces from ranchers, natives and the different sides of the outdoor industry to come up with a plan that looks as far as 50-100 years into the future...we will get there. For now the simple tip I can give (besides voting tmr!) is to buy some ‘wag bags’ and pack out your human waste. Digging holes doesn’t cut it in here, there are too many humans! Looking forward to sharing more as we continue to sift through footage... @shotsfromabove @adorama @reddigitalcinema @thenorthface_climb @jamesqmartin #canyonlandsresearchcenter @protectbearsears #bearsearsheals2018 #bearsearsnationalmonument #mokifamily #indiancreek #bridgerjacks


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“This year was the worst drought since the 1800’s...We are comparing behavior patterns between Red Angus and the Criollo - Looking to see if we can justify a lighter animal to the cattle industry, that we can produce as much with smaller animals. The Rarámuri Criollo are descendants of cattle brought to the Americas by the Spanish Explorers, have been isolated for 500 years in the Canyon del Cobre. Today, we are GPS tagging them to see the patterns in movement compared to our angus breeds” - Kristen Redd, the field station manager of the @nature_org @nature_utah Canyonlands Research Center located here on the dugout ranch. She went on to describe some of the other science programs going on such as - methodology to regrow the biocrust (fungus/algae symbiosis that gives nutrients and structure to this ecosystem), drone research that will help in mapping topsoil and foliage coverage and extensive native grass studies for topsoil stability. That is the legacy that @kristenredd and her husband @m_attredd (director of the Research center/runs the entire dugout ranch) are striving to uphold here in Indian Creek along with Matt’s mom Heidi who sold the ranch to @nature_org with this intention - Not for it to become subdivisions, a golf course or other monstrosities. With up to 500+ climbers coming here each day on busy weekends there are a lot of complicated considerations still at play, but after getting to know the Redd Family I have confidence they will be a solid anchor as we move into future. @jamesqmartin @baloointhewild @m_attredd @kristenredd @taylorfreesolo @sonyalpha @adorama @protectbearsears #canyonlandsresearchcenter #bearsearsnationalmonument @thenorthface_climb @shotsfromabove


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One of the things I love about climbing is the community and inclusiveness within it. This is where it all started for me and I was taken in by the tribe, and the place I come back to in order to check in and grow. This past trip was all about giving that back to others with new experiences in the trike flying Dugout Ranch legends Matt and Heidi Redd, as well as new desert crack climbers @shotsfromabove @a.j._crankshaw @parkcitydesignbuild. In the spirit of our lost friends Micah, Dean, Bean, Stanley, Johnny, Hayden we rage on, burning every moment of each day with wonder and gratitude. ~

@protectbearsears @adorama @taylorfreesolo @sonyalpha @thenorthface @jamesqmartin @baloointhewild @thecameradivision @jessgrambau #bearsearsnationalmonument


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So proud of my buddy @pedromcbride for all the work he is doing shedding light on state of affairs in The Grand Canyon. Check his feed for info on this new book with insanely startling imagery like this! ~ “Balancing Act: A day of traffic on the flank of America’s most iconic national park. I created this merged image to show what loving a place to death visually looks like. In eight hours on an average Tuesday, my camera captured 263 helicopter flights and some 40 boat rides on the southwest boundary of Grand Canyon. This wave of industrial tourism creates financial stability for the neighboring tribal community but raises questions of safety, noise, and park protection.” #grandcanyon #betweenriverandrim in bookstores now. #nature #helicopters #traffic #noise #sonyalpha #photomerge #petemcbride


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➡️Scroll, the last clip makes me tear up every time... ~

The other day we had a very special guest fly for the first time in @shotsfromabove’s trike. Please meet Indian Creek legend Heidi Redd. At 77 she has spent a solid lifetime ranching in this part of Bears Ears National Monument. As a NYT article put it “she is living out a cowgirls dream in a technicolor landscape’. Heidi is connected to the Dugout Ranch, a 250,000+ acre swath of land that is now the climbing mecca of Indian Creek, in such a deep intimate way that it’s hard to comprehend. Locals like Heidi have their own names and relationships with the rock formations different from the climbers or Native American Indians. For example the Bridger Jack towers are ‘The Moki Family’ to her and the Redd Family. ~ “I feel like I’m going to Mars” she said as we put her in an Everest suit 3 sizes too big for the flight. She connected with Chris the pilot right away and jumped at the opportunity to fly. They took off mid-morning and Heidi gave Chris instructions as to what she wanted to see. Mostly they circled the Moki Family. Upon landing I helped her take off her helmet, the fresh tears were apparent. The experience had hit deeply home for her and she talked about the raven spirit, something I’d expect more from a native elder not a hardened cow-girl. ~

The next morning on the Dugout Ranch and TNC Canyonlands Research Center we ran into Heidi again. She had just finished rounding up cattle as part of a climate adaptation study and was off to Monument Valley to help the tribes get tribal members elected into local government. At 77 there are no signs of slowing down, only adaptation and celebration. Even this past year at @mountainfilm I heard stories of her dancing atop the bars, shutting them down in the wee hours of the morning. ~

Not sure what this past mission to Bears Ears was going to reveal, glad we kept it open and pushed hard for the sake of giving new experiences to a myriad of friends old and new.


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Shenanigans in the Utah desert, my ultimate happy place for a quick escape. @taylorfreesolo trying out @shotsfromabove one-wheel, picked up quite a bit of speed with Baloo mushing. #protectbearsears


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