Huge turnout at today's @sciencemarchslc, one of 600 sister marches happening nationwide. We flooded the Capitol steps and lawn (maybe 5000 people?). I was honored and humbled to be one of the speakers. Science makes our lives better (and more fun). It saves lives. Science is patriotic. It is a pillar of democracy. Right now, our core values are under threat. It’s time to make America Question/Hypothesize/Predict/Test/ and Analyze again. Because the scientific method is what makes our country great. #marchforscience
Activism opportunities this weekend and next! Tomorrow April 22 – March for Science. April 29 – People's Climate March. Find a march near you: marchforscience.com peoplesclimate.orgI would love to hear your ideas for signs for either 1) March for Science or 2) Climate March or both! Leave them in the comments below. Photo: @acpictures
This; right here, is what it's all about. One of my favorite parts of being a climate activist is going to schools to talk about how climate change is affecting our snow and ice and offering solutions to empower the next generation of climate leaders (watch out, they are fierce). Thanks to @protectourwinters for facilitating these "Hot Planet Cool Athlete" presentations! And thanks @brodyleven for teaming up with me on this one at @rowlandhall1867!#actonclimate #earthdayeveryday
Hi everyone! My post today is inspired by @missholldoll – I wanted to introduce myself to new followers. I am a Salt Lake City, Utah based ski mountaineer, adventure athlete and environmental activist. I strive to use my voice as an athlete to be a force for good in the world, to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy, active lifestyle and protect the places we like to play. I am conscientious about the brands I partner with and am fortunate to make my living working as an ambassador for a number of companies: @patagonia @keen @rei @julbousa @lekiusa @clifbar @movementskis and @prethelmets. I have a passion for human powered adventures and I'm so grateful to share them with you! Thanks for following along! Let me know if you have any questions or if there are topics you'd like to learn more about. Photo: me in my element, rappelling through the crux on the NE Couloir of the Pfeifferhorn. @emiliedrinkwater
Unapologetically imperfect. As a public person, I'm open to scrutiny and criticism. But for the past three years, I've been dealing with someone who has crossed the line many times. I'm working with law enforcement, but the tools to report and deal with it through social media networks are inadequate and frustrating. And I'm sick of being silenced. After I posted some of the comments I received on Facebook, @abc4utah contacted me and I went on the news to talk about it. Check out the link below or in my profile. And if you're a victim of cyber harassment, you don't have to deal with it silently. I'm here to support you and together, we are going to solve this problem. Sometimes you pick a cause and sometimes a cause picks you. I never wanted to be the poster child for cyber harassment, but I want to share my story to change the dialogue about it. http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/pro-skier-fights-back-against-internet-troll/691270066
Deciding to ski all the lines in this crazy little guidebook, "The Chuting Gallery," forced me to bring my skill set to match the level of my ambition, to delve into my fears and climb and ski those lines I'd always stare at and think, someday. This day on the triangle couloir with @acpictures and @jonathon.spitzer was one of my favorites! Photo: @acpictures #bigmtndreams
Yesterday, I finished my project to ski all the lines in “The Chuting Gallery,” a steep skiing guidebook to the Wasatch by @straightchuter. To my knowledge, I am the fourth person and first woman to complete the project.I remember when I first laid eyes on the book. I was 16 years old, I had no backcountry experience. A year before, my half-brother died in an avalanche on one of the lines. This book terrified me. I was drawn it to ways that I cannot fully explain. It took me over a decade to get my skills to the level where I could imagine tackling these objectives. There was so much to learn – avalanche forecasting, trad and ice climbing, not to mention getting my fitness to the level where I still had gas in the tank to ski after hours of steep mountain climbing. Each line provided a distinct challenge.I had to put it all together on Ciochetti’s Ribbon. Surprisingly, this was one of the most difficult lines in the book. As the author writes, it is highly condition dependent. The high snow levels created very steep conditions, and the abnormally warm mid-March temperatures metamorphosed the snow even on the highest north facing aspects. The pro is marginal, and cracks were heavily loaded with snow and ice. It was a full on alpine experience with skis.I cannot stress enough how important it is to have patience with these types of endeavors and to wait for the right days. As a wise man (climber and coach Scott Johnston) once told me, “Alpinism is a dangerous game and the learning process is very slow and risky. One of the most valuable lessons you can learn as an alpinist is when to back off. The mountains will always be there. You can come back to them when you are better prepared but not if you’re dead.” Huge thanks to all my partners and sponsors throughout the project. And to @straightchuter @noah_j_howell and @tetonsandwasatch (the 1-3rd people to do it) for providing inspiration. Stay tuned for a film about it next fall with @ducttapethenbeer and @rei!!! Photo: @rob.lea
I'm very close to finishing my five year project to climb and ski 90+ lines in @straightchuter's "The Chuting Gallery," a steep skiing guidebook to the Wasatch. After skiing the NE couloir of the Pfeifferhorn on Monday with @emiliedrinkwater (pictured here, on our second attempt), I have one more to go! Stoked. I might try and finish this week.
I always had this greater vision for myself. Along the way, people were quick to tell me I wouldn't succeed. "You're too small, you aren't strong enough, you'll die up there." It's hard to drown those voices in my mind. There's still so much implicit bias about what a small woman can do. We have a long way to go for gender equality in the outdoors. But I have hope for the future. My friends at @rei are making a big effort to level the playing field for women in the outdoors. In 2017, they are putting women front and center by investing in stories, films, adventures and creating huge new opportunities for us to shine our brightest. I'm so grateful for their support and excited for the adventures ahead. #ForceofNature #bigmtndreams on the summit of the Pfeifferhorn before linking up the NE and NW couloirs in an epic outing yesterday with @emiliedrinkwater.
"To change everything, we need everyone." -People's Climate Movement This picture is one reason why I plan to participate in the People's Climage March on April 29 in Washington DC. Will you join me? Check out peoplesclimate.org for more info on the D.C. march and the sister marches all over the US. #PeoplesClimate @protectourwinters
I love snow, ice and glaciers. And I've seen firsthand the effects of climate change in Utah and around the world. Receding glaciers caused by climate change are creating more dangerous conditions on climbing routes. It's also affecting us in Utah- current projections show that if we continue burning fossil fuels at current rates, Utah's mountains will be void of snow by 2100. Instead, we will have a future of rain and flooding. And that is not a future I want.That's why I'm horrified by our current administrations actions, signing the "Energy Independence" executive order, dismantling the clean power plan, opening up public lands to coal leasing and removing requirements for agencies to consider climate change when making federal decisions and much more. We can't afford this set back right now. So what can we do? Two things- check out the link in my profile to some steps @protectourwinters recommends. And prepare to march. Mark your calendar for April 29 and join a People's Climate March near you. #PeoplesClimate #protectourwinters
Some days the mountains grant you passage through their corridors. Other days, they give you clear signals to stay away. Today, we turned around on our objective due to wind-loading (creating dangerous avalanche conditions) and poor visibility. But it was an absolute pleasure to share a skintrack and adventure with someone who is a huge inspiration to me, @emiliedrinkwater. She is the 9th American woman to become an internationally certified mountain guide, and she is an all around crusher in all disciplines, with first ascents in Alaska and the Karakoram. Be sure to give her a follow, and keep her in mind if you ever need a mountain guide! #bigmtndreams
Freedom to roam. This weekend, I climbed and skied the East Ridge of Timpanogos with @brodyleven. After a season of skiing routes with numerous technical challenges (ice climbs, mandatory rappels), it felt so good to move unburdened by ropes and tools. We were able to ski almost 6,000' from the top of the ridge to the valley floor! I was grinning from ear to ear. Thanks for the suggestion @matt_galland. #bigmtndreams
It's easy to fall into patterns of stress in the world. Days spent walking quietly through the mountains, far from the constant hum of social media and notifications, remind me there is so much more to life. Check out the video from a recent trip to the Monashees via the link below and in my profile. http://bit.ly/CarolineExpMore@goretexna #GORETEX #ExperienceMore Photo: @colleengphoto @laundromatstudios
There's a special place in my heart for my female partners. It was an absolute treat to spend a few days and nights in the Monashees with @evans_leah, a pro skier and fellow @Patagonia athlete. Tag a friend you'd want to win a backcountry ski trip with and check out the link below and in my profile to enter to win an outdoor experience of your choice! @goretexna #ExperienceMore #GORETEX http://bit.ly/CarolineGTXContest
As I'm preparing to take my first road bike ride of the season, there's an opportunity I'm excited to share with you. @iamspecialized_wmn is launching a new global women's ambassador program – they are looking for 200 women from around the globe! “Our ambition with this program is to create the space and platform for more female role models and leaders to emerge and ultimately become a part of the fabric of the modern cycling culture,” said Vanessa Christie, Women’s Brand Manager at Specialized. For me, cycling has become an important addition to my cross training and recovery. But it's more than just exercise. It's a passion and a lifestyle. For those of you who feel similarly, I encourage you to apply! Link below and in profile. Application deadline is April 5. https://specialized.com/womens-ambassadorPhoto: @rob.lea
"Powder skiing is not fun. It is life, fully lived. Life lived in a blaze of reality."Words by one of my personal heros, Dolores Lachapelle. It was a treat to link up with @evans_leah (fellow pro skier and founder of @girlsdoski) this winter in the Monashees. A few days in a backcountry hut skiing deep pow rekindled my spirit and brought me together with my tribe. See more about our trip (including the full length video) in the link below and in my profile:http://bit.ly/CarolineGTXblog@goretexna #ExperienceMore #GORETEXVideo by @colleengphoto @laundromatstudios
Part of what makes the Wasatch so special is the abundance of wilderness so close to an urban metropolis with over a million people. I'm so disappointed in our Salt Lake County representatives for failing to remember this. Today, they decided not to #savebonanzaflats. But there's still time. If we can raise $1 million by 11pm tonight, we can protect this land- I just donated $100. Will you consider donating to help save this beautiful piece of the Wasatch? Link in profile. Photo: @airandrice
In high consequence terrain, there is no room for error. Right after we threw the rope to drop into this line, a wet sluff came off a cliff right into the steepest part of the couloir above the mandatory rappel. It wasn't huge, but it was large enough to sweep you off your feet. With plenty of remaining snow on the heating rocks (hangfire), we decided to bail on our objective. It was disheartening to turn around after many hours, miles and vertical feet of approaching with heavy packs, but it was the right call. It's good to try hard things and fail often, and it makes the eventual success sweeter. Thanks to everyone who responded to my video inquiry with suggestions on content topics. To help answer your questions, on Monday afternoon, 3/13 at 4:15 MST, I'll be doing a Facebook live to answer your questions about backcountry snow basics! Tune in to learn more about layering and equipment and have your questions answered! Link in profile. Photo: @ktmillerphoto @patagonia @movementskis @lekiusa @julbousa @clifbar @prethelmets
Happy international women's day! How we treat the earth says a lot about who we are as people. Environmental rights are human rights. Justice for the planet is justice for the people. That's how I think about international women's day. Last night, I spoke on a panel about ecofeminism and the overlaps between social justice and environmentalism. It made me think about how interconnected we are with the planet. Let us persist in our efforts, not only for women but for all the two legged and four legged, winged, rooted and flowing spirits. PS – I'm so excited that my friend @ktmillerphoto (pictured here) is coming to visit me and ski with me today! Stay tuned for some exciting adventures ahead.
Bears Ears remains under threat from lawmakers who want to undo this designation in favor of privatization and development. It breaks my heart to think of what’s to lose. We need your help to #defendbearsears. Go to patagonia.com/bearsears (link in profile) to learn more and take action. #LoveOurPlanet #StandWithBearsEars
It's been a winter to remember in the Wasatch. This season, I decided to make the most of it by sticking around home and finishing a project in my backyard that I have been working on for the past five years to climb and ski all the lines in "The Chuting Gallery" (a ski mountaineering guidebook to the Wasatch written by @straightchuter). I am down to the final few. It's been such a good winter that I was able to ski an ice climb. Photo: face shots on the Great White Icicle (GWI), captured by @acpictures.For those of you who are interested, here's what I did on my ski descent of the GWI. After climbing the 4 pitches on lead with skis on my back, I rappelled in (p4), skied from p4 to bulge on p3 on ski belay, rappelled over bulge on p3, skied into p2 on belay, skied off belay mid p2, skied p1 without belay on skiers left of ice bulge. I was able to ski and make turns through quite a bit of it! #bigmtndreams
With spring ski mountaineering season right around the corner, I've been thinking about some of the scary lines I've skied lately. This line from our trip to New Zealand was definitely a scarier one – the pink dotted line shows our descent route down the southeast face of Mt. Dixon, and I'm the dot that's circled. To see my short POV video edit of this, check out the YouTube link below and in my profile: https://youtu.be/CHOGHbDSRkICG tip: when I'm in an exposed position like this and need to keep moving, sometimes I'll sing little songs to myself so I don't freeze up. It helps take my mind off the severity of the situation and allows me to do what I'm trained to do. Photo: @rob.lea #skiaoraki16
Decided to play around with some video footage from our climb of Mt. Dixon in New Zealand's Southern Alps this fall. Here's a little taste. @backcountrymag just published a little write up about this day. Check out the link in my profile to read more! #bigmtndreams #skiaoraki16 With @rob.lea @cody_hughes91 @sethorton and Anna Keeling.
Backcountry skiing is the actualization of a lifelong love affair with snow. Although I don't love every minute of it, like when my hands are frozen or when it's windy and cold and I have a strong urge to urinate, I love how it feels at the end of the day. When I go home, eat a lot (food tastes so good), dry the contents of my pack, and rest, so I can do it all over again tomorrow. February 24 was a day for the books. Thanks for sharing the tour @rob.lea @schirfphoto and Matt!
Why? Why climb up a mountain to ski down? I've struggled with the answer to that for years. At one point I would've said it was for the views, or the sight of the sunrise. But after further contemplation, the best answer I have is the people you share the experience with. When ski mountaineering, you are dependent on your partners and your team. Going out for a long day in the mountains makes you vulnerable to the shared experience. It allows us to let down our walls and let those people into our hearts and minds like few other activities in life can. I'm so grateful to all the partners I've shared a bootpack, skin track or rope with. @acpictures @fitzcahall and @airandrice on a super fun day in Hogum last week! Thank you! 🏽
I didn't always love backcountry skiing. The first few years, it was a love/hate relationship, with admittedly more hate than love. After a few years of struggling, I learned to appreciate the slowed down pace of backcountry skiing and how it helped me reflect on the little things in life that matter most. Read more about it on my latest @goretexna blog post, "The Art of Backcountry Skiing"- link below and in profile: http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/art-backcountry-skiing/Photo: @bowmankf
Last week, @rachel.spitzer and I attended a townhall hosted by @jasoninthehouse. It was a wild experience that left my heart racing. Attending these events is never that fun or easy. But it is incredibly important that we continue to organize and show up in big numbers in the weeks, months and years ahead. One voice can change the world. Will it be yours?Read more about my experience on a recent blog post for @outdooralliance. Link in profile and below: http://www.outdooralliance.org/blog/2017/2/15/trip-report-reflections-on-rep-chaffetzs-town-hall-meeting
Fired up & ready to go!This morning, I was tired. My body ached. I did not want to get out of bed. I managed to get myself together and start up the mountain, but I still wanted to fall asleep on the skin track. But after the sun started to rise, I thought about those words, "fired up, ready to go." And they started to work for me. "I’m starting to get kind of fired up. I’m starting to feel like I’m ready to go. And all those negative thoughts and all those bad memories start drifting away. It just goes to show you how one voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation, it can change the world!” -B.H.O.#bigmtndreams
My friend @hannahbrie2 is a rockstar. After sustaining a knee injury high on Kessler Peak this afternoon, she rode this improvised shovel sled 3000' down the mountain through 18" of powder, while @rob.lea and I tried our best to "groom" her a path out front, all while maintaining her normal, bubbly cheerfulness. Adventures in the mountains don't always go as planned, but when things go awry, I so appreciate partners who maintain a positive attitude and work together to make the best of the situation. We managed to work efficiently and swiftly as a team, and as she said, "it was still a pretty great day with wonderful company." Hannah- you inspire me, and I will strive to channel your grace and poise in everything I do. I don't think I would have held it together the way you did. You're tough as nails!
Snow pit life. For the past six days, I've been digging deep into my study of snow science, honing my avalanche forecasting skills in my @avyinstitute Level 3 course. This course is the highest level of formal avalanche training in the U.S., and gives avalanche professionals real life tools to make decisions in the "wicked environment" we work and play in. I've been studying hard, learning a ton and digging so many snow pits. This picture is a good snapshot of my life for the past week. Learning as much as I can about avalanches is a priority to me, so much that I sacrificed a week of epic powder skiing to hone my skills. It wasn't always easy to be sitting in the classroom on the bluebird powder days, but I'm grateful for all the knowledge I've gained. My favorite part about the journey of avalanche education is that there's always more to learn. I will forever be a student of the mountains, looking for truth in the layers of the snowpack. Tomorrow, I take my final exams. Wish me luck! And stay tuned… I will share some of my takeaways from the course. Photo: @louisarevalo
Love, tolerance, truth, inclusivity, respect – those are the reasons I'm proud to be an American. Diversity is the backbone of our country, without it, we lose our special sauce. I saw a protest sign that sums it up, "love, not hate, makes America great." I will not be silent about defending our American values. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by Trump's executive orders on immigration. This action does not represent most Americans and we will do everything in our power to fight.Photo: celebrating freedom @brentbensonphotography
I always had this vision of what I wanted to become. So I became. It took me four years of learning how to ice climb, following routes and taking a slow progression. This week, I led the great white icicle for my first time. I also skied it for the first (and quite possibly last) time. It was an awesome opportunity to put a lot of technical skills that I've learned to use! Huge thanks to @acpictures and @irving_matthew for partnering up to help me document this, for the support and encouragement and for providing safe belays while I was on lead and on skis. #bigmtndreams photo: @acpictures
Success and longevity as a ski mountaineer is often more defined by the lines you turn around on then the ones you achieve, because in those failures, you learn more then when everything goes to plan. The challenge is to fail gracefully. Read more about my learning experience with this in New Zealand's Southern Alps on the @goretexna blog (link below and in profile). Photo: @rob.lea #skiaoraki16 #bigmtndreams http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/failing-gracefully-tale-mountains/
Exercising my Constitutional right to peacefully assemble again today by attending and speaking at the clean air rally at the Utah State Capitol this afternoon! Thanks to everyone who battled the blizzard to come to these events today. This is just the beginning. We have to keep showing up and making our voices heard for the legislative battles ahead!#holdthelineutah