Like the mountains, life provides a series of challenges. Sometimes you just have to focus on putting one foot in front of another, knowing that you have the mental toughness to overcome adversity. Thinking back to this bitterly cold morning on #PeruSki15, waiting for the warmth of the sun. Photo @rob.lea #LiveLifeProof @LifeProof #bigmtndreams

My weekend adventures with @rob.lea. What adventures did you get up to? One of the highlights of my weekend was seeing @merufilm at the Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City. It was so inspiring and made me so stoked to climb, but the most important thing I took away from the film is about friendship – that sharing the adventure with friends is one of the most gratifying things in life. If you haven't seen this film yet, check it out! #bigmtndreams Photo: @brodyleven

I’ve never been afraid to get a little dirt under my fingernails. Carrot harvest, summer 2015. Photo @alyssalarson_mt #LiveLifeProof @LifeProof #sponsor project #foodnotlawn

Yesterday, we climbed Sasquatch, a super classic 5.9 finger crack. We heard thunder right before I started up this pitch, but didn't feel a raindrop until we were packing up our packs. Sometimes you roll the dice and win. I'm always happy to climb the classic LCC trad lines with @rob.lea. Photo: @johnevansphoto #splitterofmydreams

"Traditional climbing, or trad climbing, is a style of rock climbing in which a climber place all gear to protect against falls, and removes it when a passage is complete. Important features of trad climbing are a strong focus on exploration, and a strict dedication to leaving nature unblemished by avoiding older means of protection such as pitons, which damage the rock."From Wikipedia. If you don't know, now you know. Photo @johnevansphoto A fun night on Sasquatch with @rob.lea #splitterofmydreams

Attention Utahns, did you know that Rocky Mountain Power, our biggest utility provider, gets almost all of our power from aging coal plants, and they plan to continue with that for the next 20 years? If you want more renewables, today is the last day to comment on their 20 year plan! Let's let them know we want more renewables and less coal. Go to:healutah.org/MoreCleanEnergy (link also in profile) @healutah @protectourwinters #ActOnClimate Photo: @brentbensonphotography

Be a free-range human. Happy weekend adventuring everyone. #LiveLifeProof @LifeProof #sp photo: @alyssalarson_mt

"The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life. It's so easy to make it complex. What's important is leading an examined life." -Yvon Chouinard @patagonia #wornwear #sp Photo: @alisonvagnini

Good morning from the Uintas! I love it when I can start my day with a sunrise trail run. Photo: @rob.lea

You know those people in life who inspire you to do something you've always wanted to do but never felt confidant enough to pursue? Well @liz_daley was my inspiration. She told me to get out on the sharp end of the rope and become a strong trad leader. I spent the next 6 months climbing and leading pitch after pitch, hundreds over the summer and fall months. I called her when I led Sasquatch, or other notable routes, just to let her know. The truth is, I always wanted to become a strong leader, a mountain hardwoman, like she was, I just needed a nudge of confidence to help me see that in myself. Even though we won't get to climb together again, I'll always feel her warmth, her radiating presence, with me giving me that nod of confidence, especially on the #splitterofmydreams that we both loved. I can't describe the stoke I felt at this moment. #livelikeliz Photo: @rob.lea Pass it on and tag a friend who's inspired you in the comments below! I'd love to hear your stories of inspiration!

A wise climbing mentor once told me, "A weighted foot never slips" (I think it was Kitty Calhoun at a @patagonia ambassador summit). Good advice for those inevitable granite friction moves. It was so fun to get out for some trad climbing on the #splitterofmydreams in Little Cottonwood Canyon today! Not to mention, I had the best crew ever with @rob.lea (pictured here), @trent_meisenheimer and @brodyleven. Thanks dudes for the encouragement to get back on the sharp end. Stoked. #bigmtndreams

"Bravery is a choice, not a trait. Make bold, unique decisions in the face of self-doubt and fear." -Todd Henry, the Accidental Creative. Photo: @alyssalarson_mt #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

Girl time is good for the soul. I love the men in my life but there's something special about the bond between gals in the outdoors. Lovely to catch up with the talented athlete/photog @alyssalarson_mt on a favorite hike today. #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

I still don't consider myself much of a runner but lately, I've been doing quite a bit of trail running as part of my mountain training. And actually, I've been enjoying these outings. They aren't the steep, rocky ridge scrambles of my dreams, but effective training is all about mixing it up. So I'm doing just that. If you're interested in seeing more of my training, check out my Snapchat. I've been trying to post more raw, in the moment stories there that will give you a glimpse of my day to day life. As always, feel free to ask me any questions! #trainingforthenewalpinism #bigmtndreams photo: @rob.lea

Sweet powder dreams. Starting to feel a slight chill to the night air… Photo: @louisarevalo #bigmtndreams

Live the life you love. Visualizing my #bigmtndreams and finding a way to make them realities at #orshow. If you're at @outdoorretailer today, stop by the @jaybirdsport booth from 2:30-4:30 and say hi! #poweryourpassion Photo:Cameron Baird

Great to get out for a little jaunt in the hills before #orshow today with @alisonvagnini. It's one of the best things about living in SLC, the mountains are so easy to access! #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport photo: @alisonvagnini

Having lost so many friends to skiing and climbing, I often ask myself why? Why do I still want to do this? And there's no simple answer. But often, it comes down to moments like these. A simple ski turn at sunrise. The warm sunlight after a cold night. The magnificent glow of light on snow. It's magical. And it keeps me going. Sweet dreams and good night everyone! Photo @jaybeyerimaging #bigmtndreams #livelikeliz

Truth: I'm not on a summit everyday. This photo is not happening right now. I'm learning to find a balance of work and play and finding that the most rewarding things in life require a lot of hard work. This week, I'm stoked to spend some time indoors catching up with folks at the @outdoorretailer trade show. If you're around, I'll be at the @julbousa booth on Thursday from 4:30-5:30 and the @jaybirdsport booth Friday from 2:30-4:30! Come say hi!

Protecting the environment is hugely important to me. I've seen, firsthand, the effects of climate change on glaciers worldwide and on our winters here in Utah. But the battle isn't just to preserve our way of life as skiers and snowboarders and mountaineers, it's about human health, cleaning up our air quality and creating a future we want to live in! Today, President Obama is announcing the Clean Power Plan, the boldest and most aggressive action ever taken by the U.S. to address climate change. I wholeheartedly support this brave move, on a national level but more importantly on a state level. It will go a long way to cleaning up Utah's air quality- for those of you who are from Utah, let's urge Governor Herbert to support this too! #ActOnClimate #CleanPowDerPlan @protectourwinters Photo: @rob.lea

Waterfall and wildflower weekend trail vibes. May the good times flow…! Photo: @rob.lea Bonus points if you can name the location!

Some people chase the endless winter but not me. I love the hot summer days to make me crave winter. It's a time for hard work, training, planning, organizing… And for me, the anticipation makes the reward that much sweeter. Shredding through the icing on the cake – photo: @leecohen_pics

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stats to change the world."-Harriet Tubman Reaching for the stars on the summit ridge of Mt. Hood. @rob.lea

Suns out Guns out (ok not really in this pic)! Find out how pro skiers @sierraquitiquit, @steepskiing, @christinalusti, @mikaelashiffrin, @lynseydyer and I eat and train in the off-season in this article on Skinet.com (link below and in profile):http://www.skinet.com/ski/article/suns-out-guns-out-pro-skiers-summer-trainingPhoto: swinging leads up the East face of Mt. Whitney last summer @jeffbeckstrand #bigmtndreams

Night gardening is so hot right now. Another great use of my @petzl_official headlamp. Thanks Petzl. Project #foodnotlawn going strong. Photo @rob.lea

There’s always something new to see in Southern Utah. I love finding out what's around the next corner. Sometimes, you just have to get outside your comfort zone and look at something in a different way. Visit LandRoverUSA.com/Undiscovered to our video from this road trip. Photo: @forestwoodward #undiscovered @landroverusa #discoverysport #sponsored

Had me a little date with the Devil today and found my happy place. Devil's Castle traverse at @altaskiarea. Photo @rob.lea

One of the things I love most about mountain climbing is the bond we share with partners. I met @sonilmose last winter in Italy, and we shared a base camp in Peru this spring. After I went back to the USA, Enrico crushed it and deserves a shout out. High fives, my pink-haired friend, for your accomplishment – climbing and skiing Artesonraju and Tocllaraju, solo! I hope we meet for another climb/ski adventure in this world soon! #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams @patagonia_snow

Sometimes you learn more from the mountains you don’t summit than the ones you do. Tocllaraju taught me the importance of backing off, and while I still feel disappointed that I didn’t climb and ski this line, I know I can always go back. #PeruSki15 @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sp

Take a break for nature. Sunlight fuels productivity! Working by a sunny window is best, but if that's not possible, try going for a pre-work or midday walk or run. Here's a shot from my morning run. (Believe it or not, I spent quite a bit of time in my home office in the off-season.)

When the going gets tough, keep on truckin'. #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsportPhoto: @tmacphee

Play in the dirt. Give the garden some love. That's what I'm doing this weekend… Photo: @kristopherorr

I recently went on a road trip to discover the constellations and planets of the dark night sky. So stoked we waited out the weather for this stellar view! Photo: @forestwoodward See our whole adventure at LandRoverUSA.com/Undiscovered Photo: @forestwoodward #undiscovered #sponsored #discoverysport @landroverusa

Embrace messy hair. #strongisthenewpretty #tbt to Indian Creek road trip. Photo: @forestwoodward #LiveLifeProof @LifeProof #sponsor

Starting to have those ski dreams… 159 more days til winter. Photo @jaybeyerimaging

I love my home mountains, the Wasatch, winter, spring, summer and fall! Running the DirtyBird this weekend at @snowbird was a good reminder that there's no bad time to visit the Cottonwood Canyons. @jaybirdsport #poweryourpassion @sueminneci

Celebrate the wild and beautiful! This post is to celebrate #sharkweek – since the rock fin behind me looks a little like a shark fin. It's my first time ever watching Shark Week and I've been enjoying learning more about these charismatic creatures of the sea while I'm taking some time off training to rest and relax. #savesharks photo: @rob.lea #PeruSki15

Gardening, one of my favorite summer pastimes. A few years ago, I decided to rip out all the grass in my backyard and convert the space into a giant fruit and vegetable garden. I also built a drip irrigation system on a timer so the plants could get water while I traveled. Now, in its fourth year, project #foodnotlawn continues to deliver a wealth of yummy edible organic vegetables. #tbt to this harvest basket. Photo: @kristopherorr

Keep your eyes on the prize and the big goals in mind. What are your wildest #bigmtndreams? photo: @alyssalarson_mt @julbousa @patagonia #sponsored

What #bigmtndreams are made of…Skiing Pisco Oeste (5752 m/18,871') in the Cordillera Blanca. #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

Thinking back to Indian Creek. While I love to travel the world, it's hard to beat a road trip to explore a new corner of my extended backyard. I am so stoked to call Utah home. Check out LandRoverUSA.com/Undiscovered to see the video from our adventure. Thanks for the wheels @landroverusa #undiscovered #discoverysport #sponsor

Happy 4th of July everyone! Have fun and be safe this weekend. …I'm stoked to be home in Utah and to take a week or two off of training to relax and have a bit of summer fun!

Happy Thursday! I'm back home in Utah after a great trip to Chicago and excited for the 4th of July weekend! What adventures do you have planned? #tbt to this beautiful red, white and blue sunrise on Ishinca #PeruSki15 photo @rob.lea #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

Here's a shot from the @greensportsalliance panel I spoke on with fellow athletes @brendanbrazier and @gerglong, moderated by @sarahspain. It was such an honor to speak on this panel and share our insights into how athletes can engage fans to create more sustainable communities. I spoke about some of the work I've done with @protectourwinters and other non-profits. I hope our discussion inspired others at the Summit to want to step outside their comfort zone and take a stand for climate change and environmental responsibility. #greensports

I've been loving my time in #Chicago! Thank you for all the suggestions of places to eat and things to do! In between meetings for the @greensportsalliance summit, I explored the city using the new Divvy bike sharing program! Such a fun way to get around! Photo @rob.lea

The reality of ski mountaineering in Peru is that it’s a long way to get to snow. That, and it rains a lot, or at least it did on our trip. So often, the photos we pick to post on social media show only the glory moments, the best light, the best smile and the best snow. I know I’m guilty of that. But with this post, I wanted to show the truth, hiking in the rain with an awkward, heavy pack with many miles left to go. @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sponsor #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea

A little summit selfie taken at almost 19,000'. Tomorrow, I am going to #Chicago to share my stories of environmental activism with other athletes and industry professionals at the 2015 @greensportsalliance Summit. I would love to hear your recommendations for fun things to do and good places to eat in Chicago! I'm looking forward to exploring the city in between conference sessions. #ActOnClimate #livelikeliz #PeruSki15

Today, I'm dreaming of colder places. I am grateful to have stood here- one those special places on earth where snow, ice and rock collide. I'm back home now in Salt Lake City, Utah, adjusting to the heat and long days, feeling a little bit like a polar bear running out of sea ice. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams #saveourseaice

After several big back to back days in Peru, I was lagging. I decided that jamming out to a little music at basecamp would help get me stoked. What songs get you stoked when you need a little pick-me-up? @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sponsor

The reality of ski mountaineering in Peru. Snow line is really far away. And it's only getting farther away as climate change accelerates melting. According to one study, over 22% of the surface area of Peru's glaciers has vanished in the last 30 years alone. I can't help feel a little sad to see these beautiful tropical glaciers vanish before our eyes. Maybe we can turn it around. #ActOnClimate @protectourwinters #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea