Peter Waterman

Washington, DC, since 2005

I am a photographer, adventure rider, parkour instructor, avid reader, technology enthusiast, and explorer.

I grew up in the Philippines and Colombia, returning to the US for college. As an adult I've traveled across most of North America, South America, Europe, significant parts of Asia, and made it into every ocean except the Antarctic.

Computers have been a part of my life since I was a kid playing games and programming on my big brother's Commodore 64. The internet and UNIX systems came into play for me in 1994 and I received my first paycheck for working with computers and the internet in 1995. I was working overnight at IBM for Y2K!

I took my first digital photo with an Olympus C-830L on July 24, 1999 and have taken over 125k digital photos with 40+ digital cameras since. Some of these photos have been published in magazines with advertisements and articles, a few in books, and there was a time when many adventure stores had one of my pictures hanging in them.

Two wheels became my preferred method of transportation in 2003 and since 2008 I've taken motorcycles coast to coast and north to south in the US multiple times. I took three wheels across most of Peru and Bolivia then across India with The Adventurists. I bought my own mototaxi in Peru and did a huge loop across most of Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. I rode a 100cc scooter from DC across Canada, up to Deadhorse Alaska, and back down across the US - I've completed about two-thirds of the Pan-American Highway but still have Central America on my to-do list.

Sometimes a normal vehicle makes more sense than a motorcycle. I've driven across large portions of the US and Canada more times than I can count, driven through every state, and am two-thirds of the way to visiting every US National Park. Our National Forests don't get quite the same hype as our NPs but that hasn't stopped me from camping in over thirty of them. I've spent over 300 nights sleeping outdoors in the last decade (mostly in a tent)!

I started training Parkour in 2009 and became an American Parkour Certified Instructor in 2013 and started teaching regular classes at the American Parkour Academy. Parkour and movement is obviously a big outlet for my creativity and the mindset required to physically and mentally overcome obstacles is relevant in all aspects of my life.