The early bird
Today we’re going to meet Chris Winter, owner of Big Mountain Bike Adventures. The first time I met Chris Winter was in the fall of 2013. We had just arrived in Kathmandu after 40+ hours of travel from our respective home countries and were about to embark on a two-week guided mountain bike trip through Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains. Among other things, we learned we were both creatives blessed with a condition called wanderlust.
During that trip to Nepal, Chris brought along Smith's first edition of their Forefront Helmet. Long story short - Smith needed some images for their launch and I ended up with my first photo published in a major bike magazine - a spread of Chris descending a long staircase above the clouds. It’s an image that brings back good memories for both of us. Since then, I’ve worked with Big Mountain on five continents, documenting some of the most amazing and inspiring places to travel on mountain bikes, and drinking a lot of coffee along the way.
In the episode, Chris shares his eternal optimism about the current state of affairs. He reminds us that things will be that much sweeter when we can travel again.
- Big Mountain Bike Adventures - Chris’ mountain bike tour company, offering unparalleled guided mountain bike trips to really spectacular zones around the world
- I interviewed Chris in 2015 about wanderlust and following your dreams
- Zero Ceiling Foundation - a non-profit that Chris founded in 1997 to empower disadvantaged and at-risk youth.