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The award-win­ning pho­to­graphs of Cory Richards, a Na­tion­alGeo­graphic lens­man and The North Face ath­lete, have one thing in com­mon: They speak of en­durance in the face of suf­fer­ing. That the tri­umph of hu­man spirit over ad­ver­sity should ap­peal to the 32-year- old is of lit­tle sur­prise. In 2011, while on his way to be­com­ing the first Amer­i­can to scale the treach­er­ous Gasher­brum II in win­ter, Richards and his team were buried by a class-four avalanche – one deemed large enough to de­stroy sev­eral build­ings. The ad­ven­turer re­counts the vul­ner­a­bil­ity he felt at hav­ing to con­front one of the most de­struc­tive forces in na­ture half­way up the 8,034m moun­tain in Pak­istan, and what fuelled his love of ex­plor­ing some of the world’s most in­hos­pitable places.

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