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Chris Brinlee Jr
Storyteller | #CelebrateDiscomfort

Chris Brinlee, Jr.

is a Storyteller.

Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle, so in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more.

Since then, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Eastern Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.

Chris is a champion of experiences that challenge himself and others to #CelebrateDiscomfort. These adventures are catalysts for personal growth; the lessons learned from these experiences enable people to tackle the challenges of life, head-on. 

Chris specializes in bringing stories to life for brands through creative direction, photography, writing, and video; as a contributor for publications such as The Red BulletinIndefinitelyWildOutsideHuckberry, and Gizmodo—his words, photos, and videos have inspired millions, while his strong presence on social media provide daily doses of inspiration.

Home Base: Lyons, Colorado | Age: 29 | Favorite Transport: Motorcycle



“Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.”

― Simon Sinek


Stepping Out: A Celebration of Discomfort

In March 2017, Chris and his partner Christian Lanley set out on a campaign to #CelebrateDiscomfort through a series of epic adventures in Alberta. How far did they go? Find out. 


Pole 2 Pole: An Expedition to Antarctica

In November 2016, Chris flew approximately 11,000 miles over the course of four days from an assignment in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Cape Town, South Africa, where he rendezvoused with Mike Horn to embark on what would be a seven week sailing journey to the world's southernmost continent.


Ze Alps

Upon arriving in Chamonix, one will immediately come to realize why that particular village is the birthplace of Alpinism. Chamonix is a place where language is not defined vocalized communication, but rather by a mutual understanding of what each person seeks: a connection with the mountains.

It would make sense then, that an epic campaign through the European Alps should begin there; and that partnerships be forged there.


Edge of the Earth: Discovering the Remote Reaches of Eastern Greenland

There are few wild place left in the world. Eastern Greenland is one of them. In August 2017, Chris and his friend Andrew Yasso set out in search of adventure - paddling 100 miles through a remote fjord system in search of climbable rock and first ascents.





Sometimes, people tell stories about Chris, too.

The Escape: Chris Brinlee, Jr.

\\\ Cotopaxi

Quitting the 9-to-5 for a Life of Adventure

\\\ Dispatch Radio

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Tips for Protecting Camera Gear

\\\ Carryology

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Pack Like a Pro: Adventure Photographer Chris Brinlee, Jr.

\\\ Gear Institute

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Paragliding Big Sur

\\\ Weather Channel


Adventure IG Accounts That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Day Job

\\\ The Red Bulletin

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Chris Brinlee, Jr. Quit the Cubicle & Never Looked Back

\\\ The Manual

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Packing List: Nepal Photography Trip

\\\ Carryology

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Around the World with a Backpack and a Badass Beard

\\\ Adventure Journal

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Mike Horn, Explorer Without Limits

\\\ The Red Bulletin

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All the Gear You Need to Become an Instagram Star

\\\ Outside Online

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Chris Brinlee, Jr: Professional Adventurer

\\\ Switchback Kids

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Rise of the Beard Garden

\\\ Daily Mail

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These partners help make the magic happen.











Travel Alberta

Farmers Insurance

Mike Horn x Mercedes

Visit Rapid City


Oru Kayak





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Have a story you'd like Chris to tell? Want to meet up abroad? Have questions about adventure travel? He'd love to hear from you.

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