Editor-in-Chief and Founder, The Outdoor Journal
Apoorva is an award-winning entrepreneur, multimedia journalist, photographer and writer; experienced rock climber and mountaineer, snowboarder and paragliding pilot, with over a decade of international media and outdoors experience in France, USA and India. Over his career, he helped launch Maxim magazine’s India edition in 2005; spent four years at the Paris headquarters of the international 24/7 news channel FRANCE 24; and has worked on projects as diverse as scripts with Shekhar Kapur and Gautam Chopra, to managing multimedia editorial projects for the New York-based Studio One Networks.
For many years he was the only international outdoor and adventure journalist of Indian-origin, with clips in The Australian, Gizmodo.com, Outlook Traveller, L’Equipe mag, Triathlete’s World UK, Climbing magazine (USA), Rockclimbing.com, Indian Mountaineer, The Economic Times, Maxim, Men’s Health, Open, Smart Travel Asia (Hong Kong), Extremium (Poland) and others. In the course of duty, he’s trained with the French Army at its elite National Commando Training Centre in Collioure, learned to race a Corvette Z6 at the Phoenix, Arizona-based Bondurant School of Race Driving, braved riots and snowboarded off Kashmir’s Mt. Apherwat, ridden backcountry over Chamonix’s glaciers, gone scuba diving in Corsica, rock climbed from Armenia to Yosemite, and called for helicopter rescue while winter climbing on the Mont Blanc Massif. He holds an Advanced diploma from India’s prestigious Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, and is an experienced snowboarder, with a working knowledge of skiing, paragliding, scuba diving and other sports.
Apoorva is a graduate of the first batch of New Delhi’s Vasant Valley School – the country’s number-1 ranked K-12 institution; has a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and a diploma in French Cinema from l’Institute Catholique de Paris, France. He’s a member of the Himalayan Club and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia and is invited to speak at conferences in India and globally and has served on several committees and panels in the adventure space. He is currently serving as a judge for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Red Bull Illume photography competition.