Picture of MAXIM athlete Edwin Téran


Combining his love for climbing and photography for great shots

Edwin Teran is a professional photographer focused on documenting the achievements of some of the world’s best climbers. His pursuit of climbing photography has taken him to over 15 countries and throughout the United States, leading to projects with many of the top brands in the climbing industry and publications both online and in print.

Birthday: August 26, 1985
Home town: Quito, Ecuador
Current home: Boulder, CO
Favorite MAXIM rope: Airliner

"Climbing is my life"

“MAXIM ropes just handle so well. They seem to withstand the wear and tear of hard sport climbing without sacrificing how well they feel.” 

Edwin Terán

Get to know Edwin ...

Tell us how and when you got into climbing? 
I tried climbing for the first time in 2007 while studying abroad in Thailand.  A friend from my program talked me into joining her on a weekend trip to Railey.  I top-roped a route by the beach on the first day and was immediately hooked. Pretty easy to fall in love with climbing when you try it out for the first time in such a paradise!

What are you doing when you are not climbing? 
If I’m not out rock climbing, chances are I’m dangling from a rope pointing my camera at another climber.  Photography has been a huge part of life, even before discovering climbing, and I spend a lot of time on this craft. 

What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
Hard to say, the soundtrack changes a lot throughout the year.  Perhaps the only constant is Nicola Cruz, an Ecuadorian DJ/producer that combines traditional andean instruments and bird songs with electronic beats.  His tracks have a mystical, almost shamanic feel that I really like.

What stokes you the most? 
Life! Living life to the absolute fullest.  We have such a limited amount of time in these bodies and there’s just so much to do.  I get stoked when I’m around people that are making the most of what they’ve got.  People pushing themselves, people that are passionate about something, people that don’t walk a conventional path.  Living with intensity, and intention is important to me and I get fired up when I’m around people that are doing the same.

Career Highlights

Transworld Depravity

Country/City:Red River Gorge, KY
Grade: 5.14a
Length: 100ft.

One of the best routes of the grade in the country.  The final exam at the Madness Cave.


Country/City: Maple Canyon, UT
Grade: 5.14a
Length: 90ft.

Linkup of Wyoming Sheep Shagger (5.13d) into The Great Feast (5.13c).  You do the crux of both routes and take a badass line out the steep belly of the cave.

La femme blanche

Country/City: Céüse, France
Grade: 8a+/5.13c
Lenght: 100ft.

A Patrick Edlinger masterpiece. Technical, runout, and scary. I came face to face with my weaknesses.  This one is most definitely not about the grade.

© Jan Novak Photography, Edwin Téran, Michael Lim

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