The Alaskan Bushplane’ or Supercub has long been the traditional form of transportation in the 49th State and maintains its status as the only permitted means of mechanized access amongst the Wrangell St Elias range. When equipped with skis and the right pilot, it’s capable of traveling to the furthest reaches of this wild landscape, at least for those willing to fly in one. Fortunately for Michelle Parker and Lucy Sackbauer, they’re flying with the Claus family, a 3rd generation family of pilots with long time roots in Alaska. Kitted with a pair of skis and skins, the two fly amongst this massive range, in search of steep couloirs and first descents.
A decade ago Bryan Smith bought his first camera at WalMart and started calling himself a filmmaker. While his imagery barely cracked amateur status on that first expedition, his passion and persistence would carry him through the ranks of the industry in the span of just 10 years. His first film, 49 Megawatts, documented a community’s struggle with a hydroelectric project on the Ashlu River and eventually led him to the hallways of National Geographic. He received an Expedition Council grant to lead a team of kayakers into the wilds of Kamchatka and went on to direct The Man Who Can Fly for the National Geographic Channel. After several years as a freelance director of photography for National Geographic, Bryan founded Reel Water Productions. A boutique production company based in Squamish, British Columbia specializing in documentary, expedition and commercial content.
As a former Olympic rower, Cam’s commitment to a life of activity runs deep. Since retiring from sport, his passion has shifted to cinematography. His ability to document captivating stories of adventure and adversity have brought him to the furthest reaches of the globe, while working with some of the most iconic athletes and individuals in the outdoor industry. His ability to shoot in the most challenging environments, combined with his creative approach to editing has established a relationship with some of the most recognized brands in the outdoor industry.
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