Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker, he has traveled on assignment to over 75 countries for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy, and many more.
After a decade documenting remote expeditions from Everest to Antarctica as a photojournalist, McBride decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart—his backyard river, the Colorado. Four years and 1500 river-miles later, McBride produced an acclaimed book, The Colorado River, Flowing Through Conflict, three award-winning documentaries and co-hosted a PBS TV program. Other watersheds soon called including a source-to-sea look at India’s sacred Ganges River. Upon completing the journey, The National Geographic Society named McBride a “Freshwater Hero.” Others, have called him the “Lorax of Rivers.”
His latest project, replaced rafting with walking—a lot of walking. Over the last year, McBride hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park—over 700 miles without a trail. Moving on foot between the river and rim “was a remarkable blister builder,” but it had a purpose to highlight the challenges our national parks are facing as increased development pressures are poised to change the Canyon’s iconic landscape. After completing the journey, he and his hiking companion, author Kevin Fedarko, were listed by National Geographic as “Adventurers of the Year.”
When not lost on assignment or grumbling about his blisters, you can find McBride exploring the Rocky Mountains, practicing mandolin on his back porch in Colorado…or dancing.
In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding adventure this year: to transect the length of the canyon on foot. This trek is not the pair’s first adventure together, but it may be the toughest.
Proof that passion, hard work, and guts matter more than the cost of your gear or where you went to school, Pete McBride, named a “freshwater hero” by National Geographic for his work photographing and filming great rivers, has worked in over 70 countries, photographing from the cockpit of a WWI-vintage biplane and the underside of an iceberg. Join McBride as he shares images and film clips from his unforgettable journeys from source to sea, down two of the world’s greatest rivers: the Colorado and the Ganges.