Mountain Equipment is proud to announce that we've brought Ben Sanford to the team as a Mountain Equipment athlete and ambassador!
He now joins the ranks with some of the local boulder and sport climbing crushers right through to the experience of Chris Burke and Andrew Lock. Ben adds a great perspective to the team not only with his photography but also in that he crosses from rock climbing to alpine and mountaineering as well as canyoning.
Ben Sanford is a 20 year old climber and adventure photographer based in the Blue Mountains NSW. He's one of our industry's most promising up and coming photographers and we are super excited to get him on board! By the age of 20 he'd already climbed the SW Ridge of Mount Aspiring and the West Ridge of Malte Brun in good style amongst other New Zealand alpine routes. On top of this he also very active in the Blue Mountains climbing and canyoning scenes and has captured some of Australia's best climbers in action and some of the area's most stunning canyons in all their glory.
Ben's reputation as an adventure photographer has already got a strong foundation with features in National Geographic Adventure, Rock and Ice, Climber Magazine, Vertical Life, The Climber and photography publications D-Photo and Capture magazines. On top of this he has been awarded the following:
- New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer Of The Year 2017
- Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2017 – Sport Category (Capture Mag)
- Youth Champion for the NZAC Photographic Competition 2017 + Two Honours
What we at Mountain Equipment love about Ben is that, although he'll tell you he's a photographer, even without that his alpine climbing and rock climbing is super solid as is his canyoning and general outdoor skills. We're excited to see what the next few years holds for this guy. Ben's also got a number of trips planned for the second half of the year including returning to New Zealand in a few weeks for some more alpine climbing. We look forward to not only featuring some of his work but also sharing the stories of his climbing and canyoning trips over the next while.
For some great inspiration make sure you check out Ben's photography website -
As well as his social pages -