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Menno Boermans

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Menno Boermans (30) studied photo journalism at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam, and has been capturing Amsterdam news for the Dutch newspaper, Het Parool, for many years. Nowadays this Dutchman focuses on “everything that happens in the mountains.”

Serving as Alpinist’s Switzerland Correspondent, Menno has written multiple NewsWires for The magazine published Menno’s work in The Climbing Life department of issues 9, X, 11 and 12, and his iconic photograph of the Glacier de Moiry is Issue 9’s Table of Contents spread. In January, 2007, his work from the Chilean Andes was featured in Alpinist’s The Climbing Life e-newsletter.

Other locations his work has appeared include: National Geographic Magazine, Peak Magazin (German), Montagne (Italian), Vertical (French) and OpPad (Dutch). He also works on assignment, taking photos and making documentaries about every kind of climbing, from rock, ice and alpine to expeditions and ski mountaineering. Recent assignments include work for Mammut, the Swiss Tourism Agency, and Olympus. His images appear on websites, in magazines, books and advertisement campaigns all over the globe.

Menno is not just a photographer and alpinist, he is also a firefighter and rescue worker at the Fire and Rescue department in the Dutch region of Utrecht. Currently he is being trained as a mountain rescuer at the Alpine Rescue Center of Air Zermatt in Switzerland.

Among many other locations, in December, 2005, Menno traveled to Cordon Granito, a remote mountain range in Chili for a rock-climbing trip. In 2001 he took an expedition to Carstensz Piramid in Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), and in 2004 he joined an international expedition to Broad Peak. In April, 2008, he will join a Dutch team on Shishapangma in Tibet.

This month (October, 2007), VERTICAL VISION, a picture book containing the work of Menno and his colleague Melvin Redeker, will go on sale. In this work of photography they capture the all-embracing experience that climbing can represent for humankind, from below sea level to the highest of peaks. Stay tuned to Alpinist for more from VERTICAL VISION.

Download Menno’s high-resolution desktop backgrounds at Wallpaper of the Week. Also visit Menno’s website: