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Own Your Path

Episode 4


Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker, he has traveled on assignment to over 70 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Audubon, Stern, GEO and companies like Patagonia, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy and more.

After a decade working abroad and completing a Knight fellowship for journalism at Stanford University, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over four years documenting his backyard river — the Colorado. This journey culminated in a coffee table book: “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict”, and a series of short films “Chasing Water”, “I AM RED” and “Delta Dawn”. He now focuses his lenses and energies on watershed issues and related stories around the world to raise awareness about freshwater challenges. He also recently joined the board of Protect Our Winters.

When not lost on assignment or doing public speaking, you can find McBride exploring the creeks and mountains in the Rocky Mountains, or practicing mandolin on his back porch in Colorado.

You can see samples of Pete’s work at:

Music Credits

Always This Late"

Q & A

Q: What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
A: I have been working on climate change for close to 20 years. The snowsports community--which is passionate, environmentally conscious, newsworthy, and sometimes famous--can be an influential part of a broader social movement on climate change that creates the political will for action. Pushing on this, and being part of a solution to a great problem, that's really exciting to me.

Q: Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
A: My absolute favorite thing is to go backpacking with my family, and on any given weekend I'll be outside with them, if not camping the hiking, climbing, running rivers, or just walking around the neighborhood.

Q: What would be impossible for you to give up?
A: Reading and writing. I read constantly and widely--novels, nonfiction, magazines like the New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone (for climate and political reporting), everything. And I'm regularly blown away by new ideas and great writing. It keeps the ideas flowing, and when I have good ideas, I write about them. Couldn't give that up.

Q: How old were you when you learned to ski/ride?
A: I grew up in the city and didn't learn to ski until high school. I was probably 16, and I wouldn't call what I did "skiing," but I made it happen by force of will, riding a bus four hours on the weekend to Hunter Mountain or Sugarbush. I only really learned how to ski in Aspen.

Q: Which of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains is your favorite?
A: Highlands. I love the bowl, the family feeling, the fact that I know everyone on the slopes. Plus there's history: the Highlander pass used to be what I could afford, so I've always skied there.

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