Explorer Spotlight: Luan Baruti

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"Get out of your comfort zone and get up early."

Name: Luan Baruti | Age: 18 | Location: Leukerbad, Switzerland (in the heart of the Swiss Alps)

What’s your day job?
I am currently a student at Spiritus Sanctus College, and will soon be studying pharmacy. On weekends I'm helping out renting holiday apartments.

What are your favorite things to do outside?
I love to hike, run, swim and stargaze.

What first drew you to the outdoors?
It wasn't so many years ago when I discovered the beauty of those mountainscapes I grew up in. I am constantly inspired by how those mountains can appear completely different from any point of view, season or time of day. I guess what draws me outside are those peaceful, incredibly silent and uniquely beautiful surroundings.

What’s your favorite hometown adventure? ...and, almost as important, where’s your favorite spot to get a beer after?
I love going to Majing Lake, a small lake only about half an hour from home. It feels so secluded and silent, a great spot for running, hiking and also for stargazing! The best beer is a summit beer. Can't argue with that.

What’s your essential gear that never gets left at home?
My camera with my 50mm lens. But it can be nice to leave it at home once in a while - and to enjoy more!

What’s your favorite trail snack?
Chocolate is pretty neat.

Any go-to soundtracks when you’re hitting the road?
I've been listening to a lot of Alt-J lately, they have beautiful tracks, with random but meaningful lyrics. I guess the same goes for Woodkid. Apart from that, I listen to pretty much anything as long as it's not Nicki Minaj or Justin Bieber.

What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened while you were adventuring? And/or, the funniest?
Sorry - I don't have any horror stories to contribute. Yet.

Who’s your number one adventure partner-in-crime? Who inspires you?
That'll be my best mate Adrian Pirlet. He's the guy that keeps pushing and motivating me. Also, at first I got into photography thanks to him! I get my daily dose of inspiration by browsing through the work of travel and lifestyle photographers, mainly on Instagram. I'm also trying to read more, beginning with "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer of course.

What are your top destinations for adventure travel?
I haven't had the opportunity to travel so much yet - so that'll be any destination in the Swiss Alps.

What’s on the top of your must-do adventure list right now?
I'm stoked to be visiting Yosemite this summer. Can't wait to see the night skies from Glacier Point, far from any light pollution. And especially New Zealand of course. Those amazing landscapes with no signs of civilization make me swoon. I imagine it like kind of an untouched Switzerland. Even though Switzerland is amazing, it can feel crowded sometimes.

Show us your most memorable photo, and tell us about it!
It's hard to choose the most memorable photo, so here's two. Both sunset and sunrise in the alps are just incredible, I could watch the sun glide up or down the peaks for hours. The summit of Torrenthorn, getting hit by the first morning light. (above) The big white mountain is Weisshorn at sunset- the most beautiful peak I've seen so far! (cover)

And last but not least…What’s your personal motto?
Get out of your comfort zone and get up early. Imagine what you could do, where you could be instead of lying in your comfy bed on a sunday morning!

Check out all of Luan's amazing adventures on his Outbound profile.

Published: August 7, 2015

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