Director | "Into the Canyon"
Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer and public speaker, he has traveled on assignment to more than 75 countries for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Google, The Nature Conservancy, USAID and many more.
After a decade documenting remote expeditions from Everest to Antarctica, McBride decided to focus his cameras closer to home on subject closer to his heart—his backyard river, the Colorado. Four years and 1500 river-miles later, McBride produced an acclaimed book, three award-winning documentaries and co-hosted a PBS TV program. Other watersheds soon called, including a source-to-sea look at India’s sacred Ganges River. Upon completing the journey, The National Geographic Society named McBride a “Freshwater Hero.”
His latest project replaced rafting with walking—a lot of it. Over the course of a year, McBride hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park—over 750 miles without a trail. After completing the journey, National Geographic named him and his hiking companion, writer Kevin Fedarko, “Adventurers of the Year.” McBride has since released a Rizzoli book on the project and a feature-length documentary titled Into the Grand Canyon, for National Geographic Channel.