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Zeal Creative 

Colton Stiffler 

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Meet Colton Stiffler

Colton was born, and has lived a majority of his life in beautiful Southwest Montana. Currently, he resides in Bozeman, MT where it is easy to feed an addiction of adrenaline, endless adventure, and diverse landscapes through a perpetually changing climate. Photography for him started as a way to journal his life and document personal experiences, and has since developed into an obsession. He is constantly in pursuit of unique experiences and locations, whether he is traveling to exotic destinations across the glove, chasing gravity-fed adventures on snow or dirt, or exploring his backyard in Southwest Montana. If there's one thing that can be guaranteed it's that when you see him, Colton will have a smile on his face and a camera in his hand. "Throughout my life, I've always gravitated towards places and landscapes that make me feel small. As a photographer, I've felt compelled to document and share the beauty of those large places. Ultimately, I hope that my images will serve as a catalyst, and inspire others to leave the comfort of their homes and embark on their own grand adventures."

"I'm stoked on Zeal Optics because of their commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability, while simultaneously building high quality sunglasses with timeless style."

- Colton Stiffler

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9 Days in Patagonia

What is it exactly that comes to mind when you think of Patagonia? For me, I always think of those iconic photographs of the tower of Torres del Paine in Chile, or the Fitz Roy Massif in Argentina.

Overhead view of Nepal with hundreds of colorful buildings

Nepal, I Love You

In the wake of Nepal’s 80 year earthquake, Colton Stiffler documents his travels through a collection of telling images and tales, giving us a snapshot into the lives of those affected by the tragedy.

Group of camping tents at the base of a mountain with small avalanche coming towards it


On April 25th, an earthquake 7.8 in magnitude affected Kathmandu, Nepal and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest, resulting in the most devastating event to ever impact Everest Basecamp Proper and an unprecedented upheaval of the surrounding cities.