The Cleanest Line
Beth Wald

Beth Wald

Beth Wald is a documentary photographer with deep roots in the climbing community – one of the first publications of her photography was in the Chouinard Equipment catalog in the late 1980’s. Since then, her work has expanded to encompass a wide range of subjects, but she remains most interested in visually exploring how we as humans interact with the natural world. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, Outside magazines and many others. She has also partnered with conservation organizations to document environmental and social issues and to produce images, stories and multi-media projects for use in outreach, education and local empowerment.


Anne Gilbert Chase and Brittany Griffith get the beta on Alam Kuh from Iranian climbers Habibi and Sholmaz, friends and partners from Tabriz. During our time at base camp, we got to know Habibi, Sholmaz and many other Iranian climbers, who would come by our camp to welcome us to Iran and the Alborz Mountains, and to talk about climbing, life and politics. We were a fascinating anomaly, but being climbers made us break that down. Photo: Beth Wald

Finding Refuge in Iran

May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019

Fog from the distant Caspian Sea swirled around us as we left the road, crossed a narrow mountain stream on a rickety footbridge of wornwooden planks, passed a pungent corral full of dank, scruffy sheep, and started the steep climb to Alam Kuh base camp in the Alborz mountain range… Read More