Derek Crowe is a Yukon-based photographer who has chronicled adventure across the circumpolar north since 2000. Derek’s images have been featured in publications such as Outside, Canadian Geographic, Globe and Mail, Boston Herald, London Times, Mountain Bike UK and Pinkbike.com. He has also assisted on National Geographic feature stories.
In 2007, Derek won the prestigious Northern Lights Award in Travel Photography for his coverage of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1600 kilometre endurance event through the rugged wilderness of the Yukon and Alaska. For three years, Derek travelled the entire length of trail by snow machine, bush plane and ski, enduring -40C temperatures and blizzards.
In 2010, Derek was awarded a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest Arctic unsupported snow-kiting expedition. Along with fellow Canadian Devon McDiarmaid and British adventurer Adrian Hayes he travelled for 67 days during the summer of 2009 using the power of the wind to ski from Greenland’s southern Atlantic coast all the way to the Arctic coast, then back across to the west coast.
In 2012, he switched completely to Panasonic’s Lumix system. Frustrated by the size and bulk of conventional DSLR’s he selected Lumix for it’s weight, form factor and image quality.
In 2015, Derek became the first Yukoner in 100 years to travel the length of the gold-rush era overland trail by bicycle from Whitehorse to Dawson City a distance of 700km. Despite temperatures as low as -45c he recorded the journey with a Lumix TS5 for publication in Pinkbike.com, the world largest cycling media outlet. His experiences were also featured on CBC radio “The Story from Here”.
A former pro-elite cyclist, Derek’s love of mountain biking has also spun another career direction: mentoring aboriginal youth building trails for tourism in Carcross, Yukon. His photographs and writing on this subject are featured in the January 2016 issue of Lithographica.