Instagram can be a dangerous procrastination tool but also a huge source of inspiration. There are so many different accounts posting beautiful photos of the wilderness. A quick glance at a photo or two can easily turn into an hour long wanderlust session. From rock climbing in Colorado to trekking through the wild Amazon rainforest, these Instagrammers will inspire you to go on your own excursions and pick up a camera while you’re at it. Aside from the typical U.S. Interior and National Geographic accounts, this is just a brief list of different people you should follow to feed your adventure lust.
Chris Burkard is a leading outdoor photographer. He is based in Coastal California and posts photos of landscape and lifestyle photos of his travels. His photos will definitely fuel your wanderlust. He is one of the top outdoor photographers on Instagram and one you should know.
Christin Healey is a photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s refreshing to find an East Coast Outdoorsy Instagrammer, because so many live out West. Along with her colorful photos of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she posts pictures of her travels across the country. I had the pleasure of meeting Christin last winter, and I can say with confidence she is as authentic and down-to-earth in real life as on her Instagram. And if you love dogs, she has two beautiful pups that she loves to bring on her adventures and feature on her feed.
One of three triplets (check out their joint Instagram: @hopeyoulikefreshair), Kylie is a high-energy, hat-loving outdoors woman. Living out in the mountains always has her capturing lifestyle photos from all sorts of adventures. Her photos provide all the right vibes to inspire you to have a great time no matter where you are. Also, her Snapchats are some of the most entertaining things I’ve seen, definitely go follow it @kylieturley!
Kyle is a designer and photographer from Boulder, Colorado and the lead designer at The Outbound Collective, which, if you don’t know, is one of those sweet sites that help you turn your images into adventures. He is always off hiking, backpacking, or something rad.
Ashlee is one of my favorite Instagrammers. She has a great eye for photography and her edits are beautiful. She genuinely makes me want to go out and explore more. She fishes, climbs, backpacks — somehow able to do it all. Whatever outdoor activity you love, she will inspire you to do more of it.
Joey Schusler is one true outdoorsman. From mountain biking in Belize to shooting videos New Zealand, he’s done it all. As an ambassador for Yeti Cycles, he lives a wild life. His desire to experience diverse and invigorating experiences in far off places is clear from his Instagram — good thing he never leaves for an adventure without his camera.
This is for all you climbers out there. The intense adventures that Alton goes on will make you lust after the climber lifestyle…or be absolutely terrified. He is definitely what you would consider an adrenaline junkie. In addition to the photos of him and his friends scaling mountains and mountain biking, he also films videos that captivate his adventures in a thrilling way.
Growing up in the PNW, it’s no wonder Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast. His photos of the outdoors are able to capture the true vastness and beauty of the world. He posts a variety of photos from all different landscapes and activities. Some of his photos make you question if he really was hanging off the cliff for a photo, or if it’s some Photoshop magic.
Andy Mann is a director and photographer. One of my favorite things about his feed is his ability to capture emotion and wildlife. A lot of the outdoor photographers listed above focus on people and landscapes, but Andy has up close photos of a fever of stingray and photos of him swimming in the middle of a pod [JE1] of sperm whales. His Instagram makes you appreciate the wonders of nature and what it has to offer.