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Savannah McCauley

Storytelling through Photography and Cinematography• Surf and Skate• In Water and On Rock• Film and Digital• CA and NY• Expedition work•

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I shot this immediately before dropping my polarizer 100ft down the Arches National Park dome.... what do you say...worth it?

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I don’t post pictures of myself on here ever. This is about my work- but since I took this picture I figured it counts. I took this at the summit of Sahale Glacier in the Northern Cascades National Park. Some may know; some don’t. I quit my job a month ago to join the team of Discover Outdoors to shoot a campaign for them. I’ll be gone for a month, traveling across the Pacific Northwest. I’m so beyond grateful to have the chance to do what I love. Shoot people. Shoot places. Shoot stories that give hope to the exploration of the outdoors. This was taken in whiteout conditions with 50+mph winds after 6 hours of backpacking. Adventure is contagious. Go get it. Do what you love. Make yourself happy. Find a mountain and climb it. It’s worth it I promise.

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CLIMBERS- These amazing women were kick ass mentors to the girls in our group trip to the Gunks. Nothing felt better than supporting each other out on the rock. “YWWC was inspired by @discover.outdoors Women in the outdoors week. We hosted a collaborative climbing session and after seeing the power of women mentoring women we decided to develop a mentorship program for NYC girls.” “The girls were so supportive of each other...they really enjoyed seeing their peers progress and were motivated by each other’s accomplishments.”

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CLIMBERS- One post is certainly not enough for these girls. Mariana, Litszy, Mharuya all amazing girls and even more amazing climbers. @discover.outdoors does some amazing work and helped get these kick ass ladies into climbing and then to their first trip to the Gunks. “Thank you for exposing us to rock climbing which I might not have ever had the chance to explore. I could have never imagined that I would ever fall of (repelling) from so high above but I have done it. That courage to do that was developed from all the support you have given.”

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CLIMBER- Shiyulli I’m pretty sure never stops smiling. It’s why I wanted to bumb a belay off her when we first met. The friendship since has been pretty damn awesome. Started climbing: A little over a year ago Type of climb: Sport lead but learning trad! Most badass moment: none yet! (Inaccurate she’s had plenty) Most challenging part of climbing: “I’m impatient...get me on something and sudddenly I’m hotheaded and it distracts me from being thoughtful and creative about the next move” Best part of climbing: “The friends! Of all the sports I’ve done, none attract a group as chill, supportive, or appreciative of their environment as climbers. I promise it’s a healthy obsession?”

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Surfer- Ally @alllyyyb was kind enough one year ago in September to let me take her photo in the Zeros parking lot. Recently I finally got to shoot her in action on Malibu’s First point. Board: 9’0 Roberts Home break: Robert Moses, Long Island Best wave: County line Worst wipeout: South Bay 8 stitches to the eye Biggest inspiration: “Surfers with the biggest smiles on their faces...and the healing relationship and connection the ocean provides to us all.”

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Surfer- Coertunay @ckanani.surf has been my best friend since we were 5. We learned to surf together at 7 and will forever share our love and respect for the water. Board: Single fin Longboard 100% Home break: Venice and Malibu Best wave: First point Malibu, and Zeros Worst wipeout: County line on a south swell Biggest inspiration: “The feeling of being connected to the ocean... belonging to something bigger than myself and realize how much my body can do...Also getting to see all the other girls out there noseriding and ripping is a huge inspiration.”

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Water women- This coming week I will be focusing on the amazing women I’ve had the joy of capturing in all sports I love. Beautiful, strong, ambitious and talented as hell thank you for letting me work alongside you. @ckanani.surf @alllyyyb @michellenacouzi @discover.outdoors @leibav @indiehoffman @carolyn_j_s @alexiskrauss

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There’s something quite spectacular about the way humans move

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REASONS UNKNOWN- final writings LINK IN BIO A hope of understanding relationship of rock to rock gym.

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REASONS UNKNOWN

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REASONS UNKNOWN “Falling, heights, danger, death, all are incomparable to the real fear that acceptance up here is impossible. The problem will never accept me- not this one, not any one”

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REASONS UNKNOWN

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REASONS UNKNOWN “The relationship of rock to rock gym” Article to follow the transition from climb gym to outdoor climbing.

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And just like that...

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Life is better in that 5mm. RIP to empty spaces and lineups

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For better or for worse

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