Photograph by Noah Wetzel.

Noah Wetzel: BigLife BigShot

Noah Wetzel, a Wisconsin native—turned mountain west adventurer, captures photographs that instantly transport you to ridgelines above the clouds, breathless moments on tacky singletrack, and deep silence beneath the night’s sky.

“I am most passionate about shooting landscape and action imagery,” says Wetzel, “and I am continually inspired through wilderness experiences and rarely seen moments while traveling and exploring new destinations.”

Wetzel moved west in 2005, to attend Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. “It was my love for skiing that motivated me to move west,” says Wetzel. “So after college I moved to Alta, Utah for the winter seasons and have returned to Steamboat Springs every summer.”

Noah’s photography certainly highlights his appreciation for the outdoors and adventure sports. His work has been published in Outside Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Ski Magazine, and many more. When not behind the lens, “you’ll find me skiing, backpacking, mountain-biking, and fly-fishing,” says Wetzel – a man who embodies the BigLife ethos to the uttmost.

BigLife will be featuring Wetzel’s photography throughout the month of November as part of our BigShot photography series. Check out the BigLife Instagram for more of Wetzel’s work. 

Learn more about Wetzel and his photography | Follow Wetzel’s adventures @noahwetzel

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Fall Sunrise at Lower Cataract Lake in the Eagles Nest Wilderness of Colorado.
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Summer sunset above the stunning Gilpin Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness of Colorado. (Near Steamboat Colorado).

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Self Portrait at Havasu Falls in the remote indian village of Havasupai on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
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Mount Superior in a sea of clouds at sunset in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.
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My brother Ben Wetzel cooking dinner while I continue to take more and more photos during a beautiful evening backpacking in the Wind River Range, Wyoming.
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One of my favorite places in the world. First snowfall on Buffalo Pass outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado during peak foliage!
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One of my favorite places in the world. First snowfall on Buffalo Pass outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado during peak foliage!
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Britt Dick (@brittnicdick) enjoys an evening trail-running in the wilderness near Clark, Colorado!

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Willie Nelson (@bucksnorts) gapping a creek in winter wonderland of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.

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Lucy Sackbauer skiing a long tight chute off Fantasy Ridge at Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah
Lucy Sackbauer skiing a long tight chute off Fantasy Ridge at Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah

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They are the travelers. The light-chasers. The rules-be-damned adventurers. They capture an experience. They fix a moment. They bring focus to life in a way that expands and distills. They are magic-makers and they bring paradise to us.

They are the photographers out there living the BigLife and we salute them here.

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