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It isn't often that a job requires you to be a first-class photographer, videographer, writer, mountaineer, and skier, but that is exactly what is demanded of Pat and Baiba Morrow, two of Canada's preeminent adventure photojournalists.

Pat's career was launched into the public spotlight when he scaled Mount Everest in 1982. With that success under his belt, he continued a global climbing spree that took him to the highest peak on every continent. By 1986, he had reached the summit of Irian Jaya's Carstensz Pyramid, thus completing the "grand slam of mountaineering," or the Seven Summits, as it is now known.

Baiba's journalistic background developed even more unconventionally. After university, she moved west from Montreal to work in a children's hospital as an occupational therapist. There, in the Rockies, she met and married Pat and, with no formal training in writing or photography, embraced the unpredictable lifestyle of a freelance photojournalist.

Today the Morrows use their home in Canmore, on the edge of Banff National Park, as a launch pad for their global jaunts. Whether traveling to the smoking volcanoes of eastern Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, the arid shores of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, or the Buddhist shrines of the Japan Alps, they are struck by the indomitable spirit of indigenous people. "You meet nomads in Tibet living at altitudes that are almost as high as Canada's highest mountain," says Pat. "I marvel at the way the Tibetans have adapted to the most extreme environments with a minimum of impact on the land."

The Morrows hope that their documentary work will inspire others to expand their horizons. "You can step on a plane and be anywhere on the planet within 48 hours," says Pat. "I like to tell people, 'It's a great world we have out there - you really ought to go and see it for yourself'." Baiba is quick to point out that enjoying the world's treasures also means protecting them. "The people who go out and discover these precious places have a personal stake in seeing that they remain that way. By experiencing a place, you become its guardian."

They also find a spiritual motivation in their journeys. "We're always trying to get back to our roots, to a more basic lifestyle, despite our sometimes hectic schedule," says Baiba. Pat adds, "To me the essence of adventure is not to go in search of geographical discoveries so much as to go to places where you inevitably discover new things about yourself."

The couple have been contributing editors with Equinox - Canada's Magazine of Discovery - since its charter issue in 1982. Between them, they have won eight national magazine photo awards. Pat was the recipient of the 1990 Summit of Excellence at the Banff Festival of Mountain Films, and the prestigious Order of Canada in 1988.

More recently, he has worked as the publicity stills photographer for the Hollywood movies K2, and Seven Years in Tibet starring Brad Pitt (for the climbing scenes). And for seven years, Pat and Baiba were partners in Adventure Network International, to this day the only commercial expediter taking private expeditions to the interior of Antarctica.  Pat and Baiba Morrow have worked in the dynamic field of adventure photography and film-making for the past 22 years.  Their work has been adapted for motivational use by companies such as Ad-Venture Sight & Sound, and One Step Beyond WorldWide, in addition to dozens of magazine and book publishers, and television broadcasters.

They provide stock photography, on-site stills, and video documentation, as well as shooting visual material ahead of time for conference organizers.  For further details on this outstanding mountain meeting resource, please visit the Morrow Photography website at:

 

 

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"f8...and be there."

Pat Morrow was the first man to climb to the highest point on each of the seven continents, and one of the world’s premier adventure photographers.  His intriguing answer to the question “How do you take great photographs?” offers us metaphorical insight into success in the third millennium.   Just as Pat must f-8 his camera to expose the film correctly to the light, so must we f-8 our minds - to expose our minds correctly to the changing world around us.  But we must also be there to meet today’s global challenges, because the way we operated in the past will not be acceptable in the changed business climates of tomorrow.  f-8 ... and be there’ talks to the need for continuous improvement, the maintenance of positive dissatisfaction and the constant rejection of complacency in our unending quest for new opportunity.

- Pat Morrow
Morrow Photography

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