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Mountaineering the Scottish Highlands with @ruairidhmcglynn

To view more photos and videos from Ruairidh’s mountaineering explorations of the Highlands, follow @ruairidhmcglynn on Instagram.

"In early 2013, my brother asked me if I’d like to climb a Munro in Scotland called Schiehallion (which is famous for its distinct conical shape). I took my brother up on his offer,” says Edinburgh Instagrammer Ruairidh McGlynn (@ruairidhmcglynn), of his first mountaineering experiences in the Scottish Highlands. “At 6:00AM on a typically dreich (dull and miserable) day in January, we embarked upon the journey from Edinburgh. The summit was shrouded in cloud so there was disappointment from the seasoned veterans over the lack of view. But to me that didn’t matter because it was about this great journey and story that I’d just captured. From that moment on, I was hooked.”

Ruairidh posted an image from that trip to Instagram. Now, having invested in proper equipment and conquering 40 of the 282 of Scotland’s Munros (mountains of more than 3,000 feet or 914.4 meters), he pushes himself to capture each journey to share it with others. “Instagram is the perfect tool that allows me to convey to others the beauty of the mountains,” he explains, “the journeys that I go on and the things that you can achieve when you put your mind to it. I hope to inspire people to appreciate the outdoors and to embark upon similar adventures (responsibly and safely).”

As for photo tips to share, Ruairidh adds, “Where possible, I always like to include people to give a sense of scale and adventure balanced with dramatic weather and light, which more often than not is never far away in Scotland.”

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Scaling Summits and Snapping Instagrams with @Camp4Collective

There are people in this world who spend their days scaling earth’s largest and most spectacular mountain ranges. Fortunately for those of us unwilling or unable to make a living by ascending hair-raising heights, many of the world’s best mountain climbers are sharing their adventures through Instagram.

Camp4Collective (@camp4collective) is a group of elite climbers and filmmakers who give their Instagram followers an intimate glimpse into their extraordinary lives. To see the world through their lenses, follow these people:

  • Jimmy Chin, award-winning photographer and filmmaker — @jimmy_chin
  • Anson Fogel, filmmaker and cinematographer — @ansonfogel
  • Tim Kemple, director and cinematographer — @timkemple
  • Renan Ozturk, expedition climber, landscape artist and filmmaker — @renan_ozturk
  • Alex Honnold, world-famous free climber and frequent @Camp4Collective collaborator — @alexhonnold