Chris's Adventure Biography
Chris Brinlee, Jr. is a Storyteller. Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle, so in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more.
Since then, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Eastern Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.
Chris strives to #CelebrateDiscomfort—a theme at the core of each adventure, and each story he tells.
Chris specializes in bringing stories to life for brands through creative direction, photography, writing, and video and as a contributor for publications such as The Red Bulletin, IndefinitelyWild, Outside, Huckberry, and Gizmodo—his words, photos, and videos have inspired millions; while his strong presence on social media provide daily doses of inspiration.
First Traverse, Winter, of the Endless Chain Ridge
In March 2017, my partner Christian Lanley and I set out to tackle the first documented traverse of The Endless Chain Ridge in Alberta’s Canadian Rockies. We climbed its southernmost contiguous segment—seven miles of mostly technical, unbroken ridgeline—in winter conditions. The adventure turned out to be more than we bargained for after we set off and were caught in an avalanche on descent after completing our traverse. Though we made it out alive and physically-unscathed, the experience came at a very great existential cost.
Fastpacking the Dolomites
After the experience in Alberta, my desires shifted; what I really sought was pure mountain movement. So, I headed into the Italian Dolomites with my best friend from college, Orey Spear (who I went on my first-ever backpacking trip with in 2014) and we covered 100-miles of the rugged Alta Via No. 2 carrying only 6L running vests: which would prove to be the ultimate test of minimalism.
High-Altitude Peak Scrambling in Nepal
Still seeking pure mountain movement, I turned to Nepal—setting out to discover a seldom-sought middle ground: high altitude scrambling peaks in the Khumbu. Most people who venture to the region of the world’s highest peaks either stick to the lowlands, or climb big, expeditionary peaks. The former only skims the surface; the latter has a barrier of entry that is steep. We would be Searching for Scale—exploring a space that few pay attention to.
Alpine Climbing in New Zealand’s Southern Alps
In January, I’m heading to New Zealand’s south island, with my sights set on the rugged Southern Alps. These peaks, which reach more than 12,000’—from the sea—will become my new alpine training ground as I set my sights on the Himalaya. Spring 2018.
Seeking First Ascents in Kyrgyzstan
In January 2015, while sitting at a coworking space in Bangkok after a trip to Nepal, I took a proverbial spin of the globe using Google Maps. It landed on Kyrgyzstan; I’ve had my sights on the country ever since—and all of my training has been dedicated to exploring that place. It’s a country where nomadic eagle hunters still roam the plains, and rugged 5,000m peaks are still waiting to be climbed. Summer 2018.