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The Adventure Journals

Ben Tibbetts: Behind the Lens

Chamonix-based Photographer, Mountain Guide and Lowe Alpine Ambassador Ben Tibbetts captures stunning imagery from some of the most inhospitable and inaccessible areas on Earth. Securing the perfect shot does not come easily. Very early starts, extensive planning and research for a single photo and in some cases putting yourself in risky situations. We caught up with Ben at last year’s Kendal Mountain Festival where his latest collection, ‘The Finest Routes on the 4000m Peaks of the Alps’ was on display, to get an insight into the stories behind some of his images.

The Dent du Géant (4,013m)

"This is the Dent du Geant but on the other side to where the normal route goes, so very few people climb up here. It’s not really very well described in any guidebooks so is not a very popular route, there is very little evidence of it getting any regular traffic, but the rock is amazing, the exposure is second to none, the route is interesting, the climbing is fun, it has got everything going for it except that it is a bit tricky to get there."

The Aletschhorn (4,193m), Bernese Alps

"This is an image I had pre-visualised. Using an application called Fatmap which a friend has been creating, I was able to virtually fly myself into the location and get a very accurate idea of what the image might look like."

The Innominata Ridge (4,800m)

"5 minutes before this image was taken the guide Bertrand, who is in front, was lying unconscious about 30 metres down the slope. As I was guiding a client up this route, we came to a large unstable block and I told my client not to touch the rock as they came up past it. Unfortunately she pulled down on it and Bertrand was just below and as he was turning out the way it clocked him pretty squarely on the head."

FATMAP is a 3D mapping toolkit for anyone looking to find new objectives in the outdoors with detailed maps, terrain intelligence & guidebook content.The below fly through shows the Innominata route.

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Ben Tibbetts

As a brand ambassador, Ben provides continuous feedback to our product design team to continually improve our backpacks from his countless hours and experience in the field. This follows our brand’s rich heritage of working with athletes which started with Jeff Lowe testing the innovations of his brother Greg during Lowe Alpine’s early days. You can find out more about the history of Lowe Alpine as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary here.

Ben has recently been testing one of our newest alpine pack, the Alpine Ascent and says: ‘Striking a careful balance between weight, stability and comfort the alpine ascent covers all the bases from burly alpinism, Scottish mixed through to multi day ski tours.'

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More Imagers From "Finest Routes..."

The images below are from Ben's 'Finest Routes...' collection and are the basis of a large format photographic guidebook that he is currently working on.

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