Training for winter with a 5,000 ft in 5 mile scramble to the top of Walcott Peak. The rocks were wet, loose and extra slippery. It was one of those days where I just put my head down to grind out the hours. I didn't break any PRs, but we had an unforgettable afternoon moving through semi-technical terrain. 8 peaks in 8 days so far on our Canadian Rockies trip! Thankfully @rob.lea had more energy than I did and took some nice photos and video clips. @lekiusa
It was an honor to share stories from the mountains as a keynote speaker at the Banff Venture Forum this week. My call to action to all my fellow risk takers – whether you’re on the mountain or in a business setting – is to navigate risk with transparency, openness and communication. #BVF2017 photo: @rob.lea
One of the most common things I hear when I first meet people who follow me on social media is, "I thought you'd be taller." The truth is, I'm barely over five feet tall. I don't like to dwell on all the ways it can be a disadvantage. Instead, I like to think about how a lower center of gravity makes me more confident in steep terrain (especially on skis!). Today, I was in my element on Lady Macdonald, and the ridge walk did not disappoint. Good training for winter! #bigmtndreams Photo: @rob.lea
I'm drawn to surround myself with friends who have spine, who are unafraid to question the status quo and challenge the world's preconceived notions. Friends like @brooke.froelich, a neuro-biologist, entrepreneur, athlete, Mom and loyal friend. It was a privilege to celebrate your bachelorette (along with @hannahbrie2 @christinedern and @afrost1585) this weekend and I'm so happy for you for the journey ahead!
Cranking out office work this week so I can have more days like this! I'm currently putting the finishing touches on a talk about managing risk and reaching the summit that I'll be presenting as a keynote speaker at the Banff Venture Forum, September 21! I can't wait to share my perspective on the parallels between finding the edge in the mountains and the entrepreneurial world. I'm excited for the conference, and to spend some time scrambling up some peaks in the Canadian Rockies! Let's pray for rain to put those wildfires out! #BVF2017Photo: @rob.lea who can name the peak?
Silence is un-American. As uncomfortable as it can be to speak up about climate change (and the relationship to wildfires and hurricanes), we have to continue raising the alarm. There's a lot to feel depressed about, as smoky haze surrounds us in the West and our President undoes #DACA in the east. I stand with the Dreamers. We will continue the fight to protect the America we know and love, ever vigilant and optimistic. #defendDACA #monumentsforall Photos @meg_haywoodsullivan
My friends over at @nevernotcollective are doing a Kickstarter to make an all female climbing film. The coolest part – it will made by an all female media team. Check out the link below or in my profile to learn more and support them: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nevernotcollective/pretty-strong-all-your-favorite-climbing-chicks-in
I think it's ok to be really terrified of something and do it anyway. I recently did a podcast interview with @wildideasworthliving about climbing mountains, dealing with fear and speaking up to protect the places where we love to play. Check it out via the link below or in my profile: http://www.wildideasworthliving.com/39Photo: @scottrinck
One of my favorite authors, Ed Abbey, once said,"It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it." I moved to Utah from Minnesota when I was 15, with a deep desire to explore the West. In high school, was deeply inspired by environmental literature, including Ed Abbey's "Monkey Wrench Gang" and Chip Ward's "Canaries on the Rim." These books, consumed during my formative years, helped shape me into the person I am today. Wrapping up the Southern California National Monument road trip with @meg_haywoodsullivan, I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to merge adventure and environmental activism. We enjoyed a cool, windless night (perfect sleeping conditions!) near Sand to Snow National Monument last night. @keen #keenambassador
An attack on one national monument is an attack on all of them. San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was designated to increase outdoor access for the people of Los Angeles. The outdoors is a place for all Americans, and we all deserve access to nature. For the past four days, @meg_haywoodsullivan and I have been immersing ourselves in these landscapes to better understand what's at stake, and to re-energize for the fight ahead. @keen #keenambassador
Dinner with a view. When you think of Los Angeles, you don't normally think of mountains. But maybe you should. San Gabriel Mountains National Monument provides 70% of the open space to more than 15 million people who live within a 90 minute drive. It's crucial habitat for wildlife. And the watershed provides one third of LA's drinking water. I highly recommend visiting. We have one more stop on our California monument road trip! Photo: @meg_haywoodsullivan @keen #keenambassador
It's one thing to see a place. It's another to sleep there. At night, Carrizo Plain came alive with wildlife- from the whooo of the owl, to the scurry of the kangaroo rat and the bark of the fox. This California National Monument is still under threat, as the @usinterior has not released any definitive information on whether they plan to shrink the protected landscape or open it up to oil drilling. This place is not just a refuge for humans. National Monument designations are essential for wildlife and plant species too. #defendcarrizoplainPhoto: @meg_haywoodsullivan @keen #keenambassador
On Thursday, Secretary of the @usinterior Ryan Zinke announced recommendations for our National Monuments, and is urging the President to change the boundaries on a handful of our treasured, wild places. The lack of transparency in his recommendation is a concern. @meg_haywoodsullivan and I decided to hit the ground running, and over the next four days, we will have our boots on the ground, exploring four California National Monuments. Stay tuned for more stories and photos from the road! @keen #keenambassador
Moments like these make all the packing and travel worth it. Back home in Utah to do unpack/repack duffel shuffle. Tomorrow, I'm off to California to meet up with fellow #KEENambassador @meg_haywoodsullivan to explore four threatened National Monuments in four days! Stay tuned! @keen Photo: @meg_haywoodsullivan
Our public lands and the trails and tracks within them are the veins of our community. And when the connectivity is disrupted, it hurts humans, wildlife and ecosystems within. Public lands are the bone marrow of who we are as Americans. Hunters, hikers, liberals and conservatives from coast to coast all agree that these lands are part of our heritage and are our gift to future generations. Tomorrow, @usinterior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce his recommendations on whether to shrink or eliminate 21 national monuments containing 8.6 million acres of land. I hope he will listen to the millions of Americans who spoke up and keep these treasured wild places protected as they are. Photo: @alex_taran and I on a ski descent of Mt. Baker captured by @moonmountainman.
I'm so incredibly proud to be an ambassador for @patagonia, a company who has been leading the fight to protect public lands for almost 30 years. They just released their first ever television commercial urging Secretary of the @usinterior Ryan Zinke to protect our public lands. These are unprecedented times, and this is about standing up for places that belong to future generations. Check out the teaser here and check out the link below or in my profile to learn more. http://pat.ag/PublicLandsStandTogetherAnd text 'defend' to 52886 to stay up to date on calls to action!
As summer fades into fall, my mind starts to dream about trips to Bears Ears. You may not know that Bears Ears is the first National Park or Monument collaboratively managed by sovereign tribal nations, who possess 10,000+ years of experience stewarding this sacred cultural landscape. Native American Tribes demonstrated remarkable leadership spearheading the protection of Bears Ears National Monument in my home state of Utah. In response to the unnecessary and short-sighted Monuments review initiated by executive order, millions of Americans stepped up to call on @usinterior Secretary Zinke to honor the healing process of Bears Ears and recommend upholding the 1.35 million acre boundary in full. Tribes, Utahns, and the American public overwhelmingly support the continued protection of Bears Ears National Monument. Secretary Zinke, Bears Ears is America's chance to listen: #StandWithBearsEars!Follow @protectbearsears for #BearsEars updates & ways to take actionPhoto by Marc Toso/ @ancient_sky
I first met Morgan Dixon, one of the founders of @GirlTrek, last fall at @ShiftJH and her work and messaging really struck a chord with me. At the time, I had been working hard on a variety of projects at my home office, and I was feeling isolated and disconnected from the world. I saw a film about her mission – creating a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities – through walking – and it almost brought me to tears. Walking in your neighborhood is such a wonderful way to get outside and feel connected to community. It’s what I do when I’m feeling busy and stressed out and need a break, and it makes me so stoked to see the @girltrek movement grow! Be sure to check out girltrek.org to learn more and give them a follow! Ps – they are holding a self care retreat for Black women this Labor Day weekend in the Rockies. It’s called the #StressProtest – learn more at stressprotest.com!Photo is of Girltrekker @ravishing_beauty_ taken by @morgantreks.
America was founded on the core value that all people are created equal, regardless of religion, sex or skin color. Just like the distinctly American notion of preserving open spaces, we must continue to defend the values that make us who we are. White supremacy and racism are wrong and are counter to our country's ideals. What happened is Charlottesville is painful to try and comprehend, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by the domestic act of terror. The outdoors and the rest of America are for all of us. I want to be an ally and supporter to people of color and other marginalized groups. The first step is to seek out diverse voices and perspectives. I recommend following @outdoorafro, @latinooutdoors, @nativeoutdoors, @girltrek, @protectbearsears, @theventureoutproject and @paradoxsports. This list isn't comprehensive- it's a starting point. I'd love to hear you chime in with other groups we can follow to broaden our exposure!
I love how the outdoors brings us together. Now, more than ever, we need to harness that collective energy to speak up and take action. Read more about why it matters to support a cause and how to take the next step in my recent blog post on the @REI Co-op journal. Link below and in profile. #sponsoredhttp://bit.ly/2fvj8r5Photo: @crossroadstudios
It's no secret that I love my hometown of Salt Lake City, UT. I caught up with @outsidemagazine to share my top picks for the ultimate weekend in my hometown. Check out the link below or in my profile. @keen #keenambassador https://www.outsideonline.com/2199756/48-hours-in-salt-lake-cityPhoto: @acpictures
One of the things I love most about living in Utah is how many sunny days we have! The sunshine here is also great for producing clean energy too. Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain Power is proposing to increase fees on those who chose to chose rooftop solar. Tomorrow, August 9th, the Utah Public Service Commission is holding a hearing to investigate the pros and cons of this net metering program. Join me to protect the future of solar in Utah! Link to event info below and in profile. https://protectourwinters.org/blog/future-solar-utah/Photo: @crossroadstudios @keen #keenambassador
Save the Boundary Waters. Currently, the @u.s.forestservice is doing an environmental review of the Boundary Waters watershed to identify what makes it so unique and sensitive to pollution. Have you ever been to the Boundary Waters? Submit comments via the link below or in my profile by August 11! @savethebwca! Photo:@jimbrandenburg https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/take-action/Comment
It is with great sadness that I attend the last Salt Lake City #ORShow. The event culminated with a march from the Salt Palace to the Utah Capitol to stand up for our public lands. I have been attending this outdoor recreation industry trade show for over 10 years (and close to 20 shows). I love my industry and what it represents, but the OR show leaving hurts Utahns like myself. It don't know how often I will be able to attend future trade shows because of the financial burden of travel and lodging and we will lose our hometown advantage, along with the estimated $40 million the show brings in. We are losing much more in tourism dollars with the negative public perception. I'm disappointed by our Utah elected officials, but I will continue to work with them, to find common ground and be a voice for the interests of outdoor recreation. I hope this can be a catalyst for positive change. #KeepItPublic #defendbearsears #savegrandstaircase #unitedoutside
We all live downstream. I'm grateful that I have the privilege to explore some of the most beautiful, glaciated terrain of the world. From the Cascade volcanoes to the Southern Alps, I feel so alive in these places. I ️glaciers. I hope to instill that same love with you so we can all be advocates for snow, ice and water. #protectourwinters
I love how effortlessly the pre-dawn miles disappear in the dark of an alpine start, and the sense of discovery when you descend the same trail in light. We hiked by all this on our way to climb and ski Mt. Baker. I couldn't believe my eyes!I'm overwhelmed with the beauty of the Cascades, and am considering staying here forever. Grateful to @alex_taran and @moonmountainman for an unforgettable day on Baker.
One of my favorite things in the world is the closeness I feel to my team when I'm climbing a mountain. It's paradoxical that when I come home, I sometimes feel a huge sense of isolation. Sometimes, entire days pass by where I don't see or talk to anyone in real life. Social media can intensify these feelings. The world is at my fingertips, but real human interaction is so far away. Modern society and infrastructure (especially in the American west) further contribute to my growing sense of isolation. I know one post isn't going to change the world, but maybe it's a start. I urge you to pick up the phone and call a friend or family member (don't text- must call or FaceTime) and make time to meet them to catch up. Digital only goes so far! Be a good friend in real life. Big hugs to everyone else who feels lonely in the world.I can't wait until I'm on the mountain again, sharing a rope with a team of great humans! Until then, enjoy this photo from my recent trip to Mt. Rainier by @scottrinck
Chalk on my face, sweaty, dirty and exhausted. These are the moments I live for and the experiences we need to protect for future generations. Bears Ears and 26 other national monuments are under attack. If you haven't yet, give back to protect our wild places by submitting a comment by midnight tonight to the @usinterior via the link in my profile. Thanks again! #MonumentsforAll #defendbearsears #protectpubliclands
We are in the home stretch of the Monument comment period and it's time for one last push. If you haven't already, make sure to leave a comment to tell @usinterior to leave our National Monuments intact! Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks to everyone who has used their words for this important issue. #defendbearsears @patagonia
@KAYAK launched a Travel Search by Emoji feature and is looking for feedback from travelers like you to decide the best emoji and city combinations from all over the world. I’m excited to represent Salt Lake City in the competition for the skiing emoji! If you love Utah’s snow and terrain as much as I do, go to the link in my profile and vote! SLC for ⛷! #ad
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -Wendell PhillipsI love the Fourth of July, and the spirit carries on long after the holiday is over. It's not just fireworks and summer vacation, it's a celebration of a political system where people can define an issue and make up solutions to it. If you love America, get involved in a cause. Volunteer. Sacrifice a Saturday to something you care about. Attend a town hall. Become an active, informed citizen and speak up about issues affecting your community. It's our duty as Americans. I look forward to seeing what you get involved with! Photo: @brentbensonphotography
Climbing through the night to experience sunrise at @mountrainiernps was a spiritual experience, and it made me think how important it is to protect these sacred places and experiences for future generations. Did you know that many national parks were first protected as national monuments? These national treasures are what make America great, and right now, they are under attack. No President has ever tried to revoke a National Monument until now. There is still time for you to speak up and add your voice to defend them– Submit a comment sharing a personal story by visiting the link in my profile or below. You have until July 9. Let me know if you have any questions and thank you for speaking up! http://bit.ly/2MinutesForMonuments#MonumentsforAll #KeepItPublic @SecretaryZinke @Interior@POTUS
One thing I learned from the late @liz_daley that I'll never forget: don't neglect your oral hygiene! She taught me this when we were snow camping in Alaska, and it's a lesson I carry with me, even when I'm waking up at 10 pm to start climbing at 11 pm. Liz was from Tacoma, WA, and I couldn't help but feel her presence while I was in Seattle last week. Driving through the city, I would see a familiar street, and have flashbacks of memories with her there. I couldn't help but think she was smiling down on us, blessing us with perfect weather. She was the clear starry sky and bright sun we climbed and skied beneath, and the memory makes me smile and cry at the same time. I'll never forget her and I strive to #livelikeliz eveyday. Photo: @scottrinck
I'd never climbed or skied with any of the partners I went up Mt. Rainier with. I normally shy away from bigger groups (we had a party of 5) because bigger groups tend to make riskier decisions in the big mountains. This team proved my pre-conceived notions incorrect. We came together, communicating our concerns about hazards on the route before and during the climb and ski descent. Everyone had a skill set to bring to the table. We worked seamlessly as a team. I was especially impressed with @isaiahjboyle, pictured here, who's only been skiing for one year! He's been immersing himself into research about ski mountaineering as he edits an upcoming film project about me that will be coming out this fall with @ducttapethenbeer and @rei. I'm so excited we were able to spend some quality time together on the mountain! The lesson I learned from the experience with the group was not to let my fears run the show. Acknowledge them, give them a space to breath, and then be flexible and adaptive to make the best of a given situation. Grateful to the team! @scottrinck @drewtabke @mkoobtuba for rallying! #bigmtndreams
One of the best ski days of my life, and a life long goal realized – climbing and skiing Mt. Rainier in a day via the Fuhrer Finger. It was my very first time skiing in Washington state and I can't believe how good it was. Almost 10,000' of perfect corn skiing with the best crew! I'm grateful for the splitter weather, and that all the ice falls, loose rock and snow bridges stayed in place to allow us safe passage. Rainier is a gnarly mountain! The best part was the camaraderie and teamwork- huge thanks to @drewtabke @scottrinck @isaiahjboyle and @mkoobtuba for taking it to the next level. #bigmtndreams realized
Human and bicycle powered adventures are my favorite. I loved the challenge of riding my bike up Little Cottonwood Canyon road to ski the last high alpine snow in Main Chute on Mt. Baldy yesterday! The snow was surprisingly good, and we were able to ski *almost* the entire way back to our bikes (there was one patch of dirt we had to walk skis over). With a little creativity, there's always a new spin on classic adventures. Thanks for the inspiration, motivation and for snapping this pic @wallywood!@iamspecialized_wmn @movementskis
What I love about a big endurance challenge is how it strips you of all your defenses. It breaks down the walls we build around our fears and insecurities. What's left is a beautifully raw version of ourselves. I strive to surround myself with people who are fully awake to life and embrace all the pleasures and pain of being human. It's easy to live inside the walls we have carefully constructed. I like to explore what's on the other side, and I'm grateful for the people who are willing to visit this scary and exciting place. The bonds we build there are unbreakable. @anna.demonster and I hug it out at the top of Big Mountain after almost 15,000' of climbing on our bikes last Saturday. Photo: @irving_matthew
Meltdowns happen. It's not about how you meltdown, it's how you recover and bounce back. After riding up and down Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and halfway up Millcreek, I began to have serious doubts about whether I would finish the big ride last weekend. The afternoon sun was getting to us, and I wanted to rip off my jersey and lay down in the shade. Luckily @anna.demonster was there to encourage me with her eternal optimism (or talent at hiding her own self doubt and suffering). So I got back on the bike and continued to pedal forward. More words and photos via the link in my profile! @stravacycling photo: @anna.demonster #strongwomanchallenge