1. A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

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    Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity. Original Still Photography: Cory Richards/National Geographic Creative Co-Director, Producer: Catherine Yrisarri Co-Director, DP, Editor: Rob Finch Assistant Camera: Jamie Francis Original Music: Elizabeth Lim Sound Design: Chip Sloan, Digital One Additional Footage: Keith Ladzinski, 3 Strings Productions Created by Blue Chalk Media http://bluechalk.com

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    • COLD - TRAILER

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      for the past 26 years 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of pakistan's 8,000 meter peaks in winter. on february 2, 2011, simone moro, denis urubko and cory richards became the first. cory is now the only american to summit any 8,000 meter peak in winter. the journey nearly killed them. cory carried a small camera and filmed the ordeal constantly. this is their story, as seen from the raw, honest perspective of cory's lens. in festivals 2011. buy, download and watch the film here http://www.senderfilms.com/dvds-downloads.php#cold cinematography: cory richards directed and edited: anson fogel written: kelly cordes produced: julie kennedy, david burden, forge motion pictures in association with: the north face, the access fund, petzl

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      • GII Winter Expedition | Dispatch # 4 | The way up to the summit

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        Watch The North Face athletes Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards as they achieve the first winter ascent of GII. Produced by STORY.teller COLLECTIVE Filmed and edited by Cory Richards Music by Green Button Music - greenbuttonmusic.com

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        • TAWOCHE 2K10 dispatches #1

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          It’s 5:45 a.m. and Renan and I are up and throwing the last of the goods into barrels and duffels. What stays? What goes? Where are my shoes? Our days in Kathmandu have been good…a productive and creative time to sink back into Nepali culture before getting on a plane to fly into the mountains. There is no doubt it is time to get out of the city and up into the hills. The flight to Lukla is a time-warp…you get on the plane surrounded by the amenities of modern life and 45 minutes later, after landing on a super sketchy runway that angles steeply uphill, find yourself surrounded only by trails, monasteries and deep gorges. No more car horns and pollution…it’s sick! The motivation and creativity are running thick and Renan and I are busting at the seams to capture our trip and bring everyone back home along…it’s good to be here, but the extended tribe is never far from our thoughts. ~Cory

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          • TAWOCHE 2k10 dispatches #2

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            The good news is the plane didn't crash...and there is no bad news. The lights that dot the hillside outside our window go out one by one...it’s late in Namche. Our floor is less carpet space than duffels overflowing with camera and climbing gear. Namche is the hub of almost all activity in the high Khumbu and yet now in the off season, it’s hard to find a shop open before noon. We’ve been here for two days, breathing the thinner air, adjusting to the cooler days and hanging out with the Tibetan traders below the village. Thamserku, Kwangde, and Kusum Kanguru tower above us in an impressive trifecta of ice and stone...conditions look good and we are stoked. Tomorrow we’ll leave before the sun hits the village and wander up the Thame valley towards Tibet. Our friend Chhewang Nima will come along fort he ride.. You’ve never heard of him...but you should have considering he’s climbed Everest 17 times (yeah, you read that right)! His is just another example of Sherpa modesty and stoicism. The next four days will take us over the Renjo La at roughly 17,400 ft., down to Gokyo, and finally to Phortse where we will stage for our attempt on Tawoche. Three friends, two cameras, one trail....epic.

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            • GII Winter Expedition | Dispatch # 5 | The long way down

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              Watch The North Face athletes Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards on their descent from the summit of GII to Base Camp. Produced by STORY.teller COLLECTIVE Filmed and edited by Cory Richards Music by Green Button Music - greenbuttonmusic.com 

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              • TAWOCHE 2k10 dispatches #5

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                “This is our decision to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun. Yeah it's overwhelming, but what else can we do? Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?” MGMT As we told our sponsors before the climb, we’ve gone rogue like Sarah Palin. We are off the grid… As we wake up battered and depleted, everything points us towards bailing. Only we are too hard headed to concede defeat, not realizing in fact that we are just too stupid to know when to call it. We haven’t had water in a day or so…but who needs hydration anyway? Talking with this degree of cottonmouth makes me sound like I am speaking in tongues…Renan looks at me with confused, puffy eyes. Are we really going up? I am as confused as him…the answer is a surprisingly emphatic ‘yes!’ I dodge rocks as Renan leads through some choss. He short fixes, I jug, dry heave, swing leads, dry heave more, and suck down hard candies like an addict locked in the throes of withdrawals. I can’t wait for the snow, for the water, but we still have hours to go before we get there…if we get there. But the unspoken common ground is that we are down to go up… As are artists, we are locked in a constant struggle between what we want to capture, and the energy our bodies can afford to give. It’s an instinct to reach for the camera, but one that nearly always falls second to the tasks at hand. Often times, I criticize myself for not shooting more…for not nailing the perfect image…but then again, I am fighting just to move. As athletes, we are succeeding, but as creative individuals, we are flailing…it hurts. There are multiple points in any given day, during any given hour, or on any given pitch, where I want more than anything to call it in. I want to yell up at Renan that I’ve had it. I can’t swallow, can’t talk…can barely breath, and all of it makes me want to descend. I know he feels the same because I can see it in his face. But our mouths stay shut, moving upwards steadily as a cohesive unit. No, it doesn’t make any sense…but we’ve never pretended to understand. Life is reduced to a consecutive series of familiar motions. Our arms begin to cramp due to lack of fluid. The glands in our mouths stop producing saliva. We are dried up… All the variables in the equation equal out towards descent. But math was never my strong point…apparently Renan suffers from the same learning disabilities. c & r

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                • TAWOCHE 2k10 dispatches #4

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                  Waking at 3:30 a.m. is the least of my concerns. We haven’t really been sleeping anyway. Our minds are filled with “What Ifs?” and scenarios that leave us wondering if we are struggling against basic fear, or fighting intuition. Alpine climbing is a labor of love…it’s type 10 fun…the kind of fun that doesn’t have to be fun to be fun. In fact, most of the time spent in the actual activity is consumed by the minds’ pursuit of the base desire that has thrust you into the situation to begin with. In short, it is not something that makes a tremendous amount of sense. Following your instincts isn’t really an option because your instincts tell you not to leave the ground. But conversely, not leaving the ground isn’t a viable option either…because fighting your desire to climb leaves you more miserable than the climbing itself. We think about friends we’ve lost in the mountains and wonder if they were feeling the same thing the last morning they crawled from their respective tents. There is a massive question mark that hangs gloomily above the whole situation, and this morning is no different. I light the incense and tuck it into the makeshift Stupa. Over my shoulders, pre-dawn light outlines the horizon…the dark figures of Makalu, Baruntse, and Ama Dablam. The last of the gear is shoved into the packs in silence as our labored breath rises into the light of our headlamps. The only thing left to do is start climbing. Greater fears are boiled down to specific distractions: Will there be water? Will the weather hold? Can we climb fast enough? And before we know it, the sun warms our backs and we are high above the valley floor on new terrain. The fear melts and melds with joy to create a hybrid emotion that feels almost tangible. Like my friend Colin Moorehead says, “Climbing is the truth.” c & r

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                  • Cory Richards: A Tribute to Discomfort

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                    National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards worked with digital media company Blue Chalk to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity. Original Still Photography: Cory Richards Co-Director, Producer: Catherine Yrisarri Co-Director, DP, Editor: Rob Finch Assistant Camera: Jamie Francis Original Music: Elizabeth Lim Sound Design: Chip Sloan, Digital One Additional Footage: Keith Ladzinski, 3 Strings Productions Created by Blue Chalk Media bluechalk.com

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                    • GII Winter Expedition | Dispatch # 3 | The Cold welcome from GII

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                      GII welcome to The North Face athletes includes extreme cold, avalanches and a choice of crevasses. Follow Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards as they approach the slopes of GII on thenorthfacejournal.com Produced by STORY.teller COLLECTIVE Filmed and edited by Cory Richards Music by Green Button Music - greenbuttonmusic.com

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