Josh Lewis Taking PhotosTaking Photos at 18,000 Feet

I'm Josh Lewis, currently a college student in Lynnwood, Washington working on my ATA. On my free time I like to climb mountains, photograph the places I visit, and design websites. I've been climbing mountains for over 9 years since I was 12 years old. I do a combination of hiking, backpacking, scrambling, and alpine climbing depending on the season and conditions. When it comes to website work one could say I'm a bit obsessed with it, but I can assure you it's for a good cause. I'm more interested in design/user interface aspects of a site but also work on creating ideas that spark innovation such as efficient methods for creating/viewing content. While I've become a bit of a nerd over the years, I promise that I'm still fun as ever. :-) Right now I'm trying to create one of the best mountaineering sites called PeakFun as well as a free online map generator. I have many other projects planned when the time is right. My mountaineering is on hold with my latest injuries from a climbing accident last August.

 

The first mountain I ever did was Mount Pilchuck during winter at sunset. It was a life changing event that brought me to where I am today. My mom and brother joined me for the first few years. As I got older I was finally allowed to meet up with non family people to go on trips. It went smoothly for over a year, got to meet a few of my best friends to this day. Unfortunately 2009 was the roughest year for me where I had a lot of term oil that led me to do some crazy trips. This ended up creating a bit of controversy in the climbing community which by that point I was branded as a liability. Fortunately I was still able to climb and get out of much of those terrible situations. Once I turned 18 years old and graduated high school the gates of adventure opened up wide. I had the greatest summer of my life of nearly non stop alpine trips back to back where I built a ton of experience. Eventually I started up college and did trips here and there (summer was always the best). After learning how to lead on rock I was finally enabled to do more technical climbs and multi pitch alpine. In 2013 I further built up my climbing skills by climbing peaks like Johannesburg, Torment Forbidden Traverse, Burgundy Spire, and the Ptarmigan Traverse in a white out. In 2014 I got to go to Peru and climb Alpamayo (19,500 feet) as well as many other amazing climbs. So I can safely say that I'm an experienced mountain climber.

 

My passion for photography started when I was 14 years old and got to use a moderate quality digital camera for the first time. After years of practice and slowly progressing with better camera equipment I try to capture the amazing landscapes that I visit. Many of the photos posted on this website involved a big under taking in terms of physical effort to get to. From icy mountains to endless traversing of mountain rock, I try to capture the mountain world as best as I can. I've had to take tens of thousands of photos to understand how to properly capture the scenes that I've seen, this took place over the course of many years.

 

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." -Christopher Johnson McCandless

 

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." -Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

"Getting up is optional, getting down is mandatory" -Ed Viesters

Favorite Quotes
In the Dark Shadows of Mount Logan
"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it." -Rosalia de Castro
Crossing a Crevasse on Mount Rainier
"A sense of uncertainty that is potentially fatal is what makes climbing an adventure. Anything less is just working out" -Jim Bridwell
A Moment of Pure Joy
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
Sherman Peak's Summit
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Yours Truly with Little Tahoma
"The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been." -Albert Einstein
A Beautiful Sunrise on Jack Mountain
"I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can." -John Muir