National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter joins climbers Matt Segal and Cedar Wright on their journey to climb the ancient limestone karsts of China, an otherworldly dreamscape rarely experienced by Western climbers.
Carsten Peter, a World Press Photo award winner and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, specializes in going to extremes: scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a camel, caving in Borneo. He is always living on the edge with his camera, searching for where nature is still pure and where his survival will depend on his wits and his skills as a technical climber, paraglider, caver, diver, and canyoneer.
He is enthusiastically obsessed with devising innovative photographic techniques to capture never-before-seen images from some of the scariest environments on the planet. His many adventures include braving toxic caverns and acid waterfalls to shoot within the deepest ice shafts on earth, rappelling into active volcanoes with turbulent lava lakes and superheated thermal caves, and breaking altitude records while flying his motorized paraglider.
In addition to his World Press award -- for his coverage of tornadoes while stormchasing in the American West -- he has received an Emmy Award for his videography from inside an active volcano in the South Pacific.
With humble beginnings in southern Florida, America's most impoverished rock setting, Matt began what would become a productive affair with climbing. Working his way through the competitive scene, Matt began to earn a name for himself due to his natural talents on the wall as well as his outspoken nature off it. In a trade-off between his native beaches and the American Rockies, Matt made the move to Boulder, Colorado. There he began the transition from comp killing youth to budding rock talent.
Matt found his true calling in climbing and proceeded to focus his time on pushing the limits of single pitch traditional climbing. In this arena, Matt continues to extend the boundaries, both for him and the sport, finding a balance between the progression of his ethics, spirituality and the sport he loves so much.
Cedar Wright is a Professional Climber and Filmmaker living in Boulder Colorado. As a member of The North Face Team, Cedar has traveled the world establishing adventurous and daring first ascents, often documenting these exploits through his writing and cinematography.
Cedar is a National Geographic Explorer, a Contributing Editor at Climbing Magazine, and has won numerous awards for his films, including the popular Sufferfest franchise, which he also stars in along with good his friend Alex Honnold. Cedar is a humble and approachable person known for his goofy sense of humor, and infectious lust for life, and is always game for an outrageous adventure.
While studying English and Creative Writing in Northern California, Cedar fell in love with rock climbing, and soon after graduation he moved into his truck (he now lives in a house) and began following his climbing dreams full time. For over 5 years Cedar was a member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team, and when he wasn't hanging out of a helicopter he was climbing his ass off. He got pretty good at it.
Today, Cedar is one of the most recognized professional climbers in the United States, and continues push himself as a climber and creative. Cedar has climbed El Capitan free in a day, established traditional 5.13 first ascents in Yosemite and Indian Creek, and pioneered difficult new Alpine Rock Routes in places like Pakistan, the Bugaboos, and Alaska. He continues to be a driven, passionate and prolific climber and story teller.