“The truth is, I’m a very uncomfortable person, I’m a very insecure person. I’ve never felt like I really fit it. Some friends might dispute that, but the truth is I’ve always felt like a shape-shifter, like I couldn’t really fit in anywhere. So what I did was I found identity in the mountains because the mountains themselves didn’t require me to be anything else. I could just be myself.”
A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards, was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012 and a National Geographic Fellow in 2015. His photography has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Outside Magazine, Man of the World, and The New York Times.
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2017 SXSW Conference Speaker, Cory Richards – Photo by Alexa Gonzalez Wagner