Chasing Rivers with Adventure Photographer Pete McBride

Colorado based Pete McBride, has been on some amazing adventures. As a self-taught, award-winning adventure photographer, filmmaker, writer, and speaker, he’s been to over 65 countries to cover stories for National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Sports Illustrated and many more.

Over the recent years, Pete has dove deep into the complexity, the beauty, and risks to our water sources. What started as a project in his backyard, has grown into an incredible body of work that not only tells us an important story, but sends us a warning that change is necessary.

What we love about Pete’s work is his personal journey. His photojournalistic style carries us along with him to discover the highs and lows of a troubled water system. Rafting, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and even hiking (dry) rivers, Pete weaves beautiful imagery into a tapestry of experience & authentic adventure. His dedication inspires us to not just explore our world, but to know it, experience it, get involved, and to do what we can to make a difference.

For this week’s staff pick, we invite you to watch Pete’s recent talk at National Geographic Live. Part one is linked above, and part two is below. Following that, we’ve linked a few of our favorite adventure films he’s created on the topic.

You can see Pete’s talk Chasing Rivers with National Geographic Live in 2015. Check your local listing to see if he’s coming to your town.

National Geographic Live – Part II

 Chasing Water

Photographer Pete McBride asks: Is the Colorado River more than just the plumbing for our western states? He journeys from the river-irrigated fields of his family ranch in Colorado to the Sea of Cortez to find out.

I Am Red

A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River’s Most Endangered River for 2013.

Delta Dawn

See it in local mountain film festivals & the 2015 Banff Mountain Film World Tour.

The Colorado River ran to the Sea for six million years but stopped nearly two decades ago. In the spring of 2014, something changed. An experimental pulse of water flooded this river of sand and a team paddled the crest to see if they could be the first to navigate this forgotten delta and once again kiss the sea.


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