Showing posts with label Cory Richards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cory Richards. Show all posts

Video: After the Avalanche - Corey Richards Talks About Life with PTSD

Last week I shared the powerful story of Cory Richards, a mountaineer and Nat Geo photographer who suffers from PTSD in such a way that has actually brought a cycle of self-destructive behavior to his life. The PTSD manifested itself after he was nearly killed in an avalanche while climbing Gasherbrum II a few years back, and it has made his life a struggle ever since. In this video, we get to see and hear Cory talk about these challenges and the demons he has faced along the way. It is a sobering and honest look at what it is like to live a life of adventure but still not be able to escape the things that are haunting you.

Video: A Tribute to Discomfort with Cory Richards

Earlier today I shared a link to a new article from National Geographic that discusses the challenges that mountaineer and adventure photographer Cory Richards has faced throughout his life. In that story, Richards shares some very personal revelations about the demons that have stalked him over the past few years. In this video, we get a different look at this man, who has created a lasting legacy both on and off the mountain. Here, he talks about the suffering and discomfort that comes along with pursuing your passions in the wilderness. Something that a lot of us can relate to as we go out to explore the world around us.

Himalaya 2017: Everest Summiteer Cory Richards Shares Intimate Challenges of His Life

In the mountaineer world Cory Richards is known as quite a success story. He is an accomplished climber and adventure photographer who has topped out on some of the world's tallest peaks, including Everest. Back in 2011, he was even part of the first team to complete a winter ascent of Gasherbrum II, joining Simone Moro and Denis Urubko on the summit. To all outside appearances, Richards looked like a guy who had the world at his feet, knocking off tall peaks in remote parts of the world and delivering some of the most stunning images of those places. But, as it turns out, he was also battling a lot of demons, which hid just below the surface threatening to bring it all crashing down.

In a new article for National Geographic, Richards opens up about the challenges he has faced in his personal life, revealing that he first ran into trouble as a young teenager who began using drugs and found himself homeless on the street at the age of 13. That would alienate him from his family for a time and send him on a downward spiral that would leave a lasting impression on any young person. But, he would eventually crawl out of that situation and reunite with his family.

Years later, while climbing Gasherbrum II, he would get caught in an avalanche, narrowly avoiding death. Understandably that would lead to Richards developing a case of PTSD that would begin to haunt him on and off the mountain. He started to drink, he battled addiction issues, he got married but struggled to stay faithful. The difficulties continued to mount, even as his career really started to take off. Eventually, it would all come crashing down. He lost his wife, he left the multimedia studio he helped found, he turned away from friends, and it looked like everything would implode.

Then, last year, climber Adrian Ballinger reached out to Richards to see if he would be interested in climbing Everest together. The two men traveled to Nepal and went to work on the highest mountain on the planet, using social media in unique ways to document their climb. On summit day, Ballinger was forced to turn back, but Richards continued upward, reaching the summit alone. It was then that he knew he had to confront the demons that he faced and get his life together.

In the article, Cory shares some very personal stories about his internal battles, how he got to the lowest point in his life, and what it has been like to crawl back out of that spot again. He gives us a stark, honest look at himself with the hopes that his story might help others, even as sharing the truth helps him too. It is an interest read and a cautionary tale for sure.

Check it on in its entirety here.