Jim Harris, is an absolute bad ass, there’s really no other way to put it. He is an accomplished adventure photographer, athlete, and artist - and probably the most positive guy you’ll ever meet. His work has been featured in Powder Magazine, National Geographic, and in the catalogues of many prominent outdoor brands. 

Our conversation weaved in and out of topics like: recognizing opportunity when it knocks, finding your niche, embracing uncertainty, the curse of student loans, mental visualization, the importance of mentorship, and the state of the adventure photographer/journalist industry. Oh and we talked about one other really big thing.

Three years ago, while snow kiting in preparation for a ski expedition in the Patagonia region of Chile, Jim was

unexpectedly launched into the air and remembers thinking, “Shit, I hope I don’t break my ankle, that will ruin the trip." He actually woke up paralyzed. 

The diagnosis wasn’t good - He had no feeling from the sternum down. After a long, hard, and scary road - his grit, determination, and optimism literally healed him. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the whole story in his own words.


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