If you want to make Clark Fyans laugh a little, ask him what his “degree” was in.
Before Clark ever set foot in a preschool, he was ripping around the Wasatch on sticks the size of your shinbones. The mountains never let him go, but instead called him to seek education for a purpose he has held true his entire career: saving lives in the mountains. As an aspiring Snow Scientist/ Ski Patroller and EMT, Clark left Utah in 2001 and relocated to Alaska to continue pursuing his a career in the big mountains. He worked on the Alyeska Snow Safety Team and also stared guiding the Seven Summits Circuit, leading guests to the summits of the highest peaks on the continents of North America, South America, Antarctica, and Oceania. During this time, Clark led 19 high-altitude expeditions, with 15 successful summits, claimed the first descents of the ‘Black Rock Couloirs' (19,500') on Denali, and was awarded the 2005 DENALI Pro Mountaineer of the Year Award by the United States National Park Service Mountaineering Rangers.
In 2004, Clark landed a spot on the Helicopter Ski Guides rooster of Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, Alaska. One year later he was promoted to the Lead Guide and Helicopter Operations Manager. He chased winters to South America, where he continued to guide heli-skiing in Chile, in addition to the Canadian Rockies. Photography and film production was always an interest. Working with professional skiers and snowboarders with iconic companies such as Teton Gravity Research, Matchstick Productions, Warren Miller, Quiksilver, DC, Burton, The North Face, Volcom, and GoPro eventually led to leaving his position as a full-time guide in Alaska and signing on as Lead Guide/ Field Producer for Brainfarm Cinema’s/ Red Bull Media House “The Art of Flight". Clark is now based in Venice, California, working as a Producer for Red Bull Media House, and other cinema companies.
Photography quickly became more than hobby as his work began to get published in magazines, advertisements, storefronts, catalogs, and coffee table books. In 2013, Clark submitted one photo to the Red Bull Illume 2013 Action Sports Photography contest. Of nearly 35,000 photos entered worldwide, Clark secured his seat to the Top 50 Finalists Ceremony in Hong Kong.
He spends his downtime playing the guitar, editing photos captured in his travels, or chasing a swell down to his home in Southern Baja, where you might find him having a conversation with a local donkey, Modelo in hand.