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Behind the Scenes of a Backcountry Photoshoot

The warm fuzzy feelings from the finished photos don't always reflect the reality of the night out!

By: Nate Luebbe + Save to a List

So I'm one of the lucky few who get to put "backcountry photographer" on my resume. While I fully acknowledge how dang cool it is to earn my income from hiking and camping, the reality means long, cold nights by myself.

For a recent project photographing a 4-season tent I hiked in to Lake Isabelle in Colorado in the dead of winter. Spending the night at 12,000 feet above sea level in mid-December was absurdly cold, and so windy I literally worried if my tent would survive.

Some experiences are almost beyond words, so I put together a small behind the scenes video to show just how wild a job like this can be. 

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