After @shift_jh, I went to Moab to attend a friend's wedding. Being in @canyonlandsnps reminded me of the ongoing battle for clean air and haze free views in Utah's National Parks. After I spoke at a public hearing in January, the @epagov issued a federal plan requiring the Hunter and Huntington power plants to install modern pollution controls. We thought we could breathe more easily, but soon after, the state of Utah appealed the plan and refused to comply. @rockymountainpower continues to endanger public health and visibility in our national parks. One thing is clear, if we don't stand up and demand clean air, no one will. Let's make sure we elect officials who put clean air as a priority. When I cast my ballot, I'll be sure to vet the environmental report cards for elected officials at the @lcvoters and vote accordingly. It's a great way to make sure you pick the right leaders at a local, state and national level. Check out their website – scorecard.lcv.orgPhoto: @rob.lea
So stoked to receive the 2016 @shift_jh Adventure Athlete Award for my contributions to conservation through human-powered recreation. Shift is an annual conference about adventure and conservation, uniting natural allies around the common goal of protecting the places we play. Hearing from all the diverse voices there made me realize I have so much to learn, from the younger folks, from the older folks, and from those who come from different backgrounds, places and cultures. When we come together to listen and learn, we are stronger, and I can't wait to continue and collaborate on all the work ahead. Thank you to all the folks and organizations who attended for all the inspiration.
I didn't want @meg_haywoodsullivan to take this photo, I didn't want it published. I didn't want the world to see me with a tampon up my nose. But I want to be more honest and tell the truth in the imagery and words I post, to show the high moments as well as the lows. Read more about this moment and our trip in the @natgeoadventure article link in my profile. #deathofaglacier
I'm not prone to nosebleeds, but the drought and heat of the high Sierra takes it out of you. If the drought continues, the Lyell glacier, once Yosemite's largest glacier, will be gone in five years. Check out the story I wrote for @natgeoadventure about @meg_haywoodsullivan and my adventure to retrace the steps of John Muir to see it before it's gone, and raise the alarm about climate change. Link in profile or here: http://on.natgeo.com/2dwVzbB #deathofaglacier
Hey everyone, over the next few days, I'm taking over the @wildernesssociety Insta, sharing some of my favorite photos and memories from the proposed Bear's Ears National Monument area to bring awareness to the need for protection there. As a ski mountaineer, I've traveled all over the world, and this part of Southeastern Utah is one of my favorites. It's near and dear to my heart- make sure you follow @wildernesssociety to learn why. #ProtectBearsEarsNow Photo: @brooke.froelich
This past year, I’ve found my voice through my environmental activism. I’m incredibly honored to be nominated for the @shift_jh Adventure Athlete Award, along with @ktmillerphoto and @pavelcenkl for our efforts to connect conservation and human-powered outdoor recreation. I know there are a thousand other nominees out there who are doing good work to help the cause. The message is spreading, but not fast enough. Keep speaking up and be a voice for the environment in your lives and in the upcoming election. Let’s make sure we elect national, state and local leaders that care about clean air, water and land. Photo: on the summit ridge of Mt. Athabasca @rob.lea
I just finished watching Paul's Boots, a short film by @ducttapethenbeer and @rei, about a pair of boots going on the Appalachian Trail, without their owner's feet in them. It's a touching, sad story about the power of community and trails and the healing forces of nature. If you're drawn to spending time outside in any way, I highly recommend you go to the link in my profile and watch the film. Have the tissues on hand, you're going to need them. #PaulWalksOn
Summit dance party after completing one of the toughest climbs in the US-Empire Pass from Midway. Stats: 4,000' of gain with an average grade of 8%. Several sections of the ride, including the "Midway Death March," have up to a 20% grade. It was steep and painful, but I managed to smile after feeling like I was going to puke for a long time. @rob.lea and I love our #sundaysufferfest! #iamspecialized @iamspecialized_wmn @jaybirdsport
I spent last weekend at #RumbleX in northern Arizona and I'm inspired to take action to protect #GrandCanyonHeritage. Join me in calling on President Obama to protect lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park from new toxic uranium mining and other threats. Follow @grandcanyonheritage to get involved. #monumentsforall Photo: @photographic.explorer
It’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and time to elect officials who will #VoteOurPlanet. I will be at the @PatagoniaDenver store tonight from 6-8 with @protectourwinters to get people registered and to talk about the importance of electing officials who will take swift action on climate change. Make sure you are registered to vote through the link in my profile. #dropinandvote @patagonia Photo: @meg_haywoodsullivan from our recent trip to see the death of the Lyell glacier in Yosemite.
One way to get to know a landscape is to go wander aimlessly through it. I became quite intimate with the flora of the #greatergrandcanyon on this hike, from the bright yellow aspen trees, to the ponderosa pines and especially, the sharp thorns of the honey locust trees. At #rumblex, I developed a deeper appreciation of the rare plants here and the pressing need to protect them. Thanks to botanist Glen Rink and ecologist Larry Stevens for sharing their knowledge with us.
Those of us who enjoy recreating in wild and scenic places have a duty to be good stewards of the land and to protect it for future generations to enjoy. I spent the past weekend at #RumbleX, a gathering of athletes, biologists, tribal leaders and environmentalists, camping and exploring in the proposed Greater #GrandCanyonHeritage National Monument area. It was "activism for preserving movement" and I learned so much more about why we need to protect and connect habitats for wildlife and people to coexist and thrive. I urge you to learn more and support this movement – go to the link in my profile or www.greatergrandcanyon.org!Huge thanks to @grandcanyonheritage for bringing us together. Photo: @joce_taylor
Denver folks! Join me this Tues, Sept. 27 from 6-9 at the @patagoniadenver store for National Voter Registration Day! I'll be there discussing why this is our generation's most important election, and together, we'll enjoy food, drink and live music! You can also take home this limited edition poster. Hope to see you there. Link to more info in profile or below: https://m.facebook.com/events/1040992106021852/#dropinandvote @protectourwinters #voteourplanet
I love my home mountains so much. Yesterday, @rob.lea and I enjoyed a long day traversing up the Cottonwood Ridge from the S. Ridge of Superior to the Salt Lake Twin Peaks. It covers a lot of technical terrain and was perfect training for our upcoming trip to New Zealand!! #skiaoraki16 Photo: @rob.lea
Utah folks – not sure what you're doing tonight but I'll be at the @utavy fundraiser party! Come hang out, enjoy some dinner, raffle and drinks for a good cause! Because friends that skin together, stick together. Link to event info in profile. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/event/23rd-annual-black-diamond-fall-fundraiser-party-1
This was @liz_daley. She was a talented splitboarder and mountain guide with an uncanny sense of humor. She died two years ago in an avalanche in Patagonia. Help us build a climbing wall in Liz's memory! With your $25 donation, you'll be entered to win a custom splitboard set including a super exclusive Liz pro model Karakoram binding! Do it now. Link below and in profile. http://www.lizrocks.com/lizdaleybinding/@lizrockscampaign #akgirls_way #bigmtndreams
As our steep face climb turned into an off-width, I began to regret my choice of wardrobe this morning (shorts), and longed for some long pants to protect my knees from the harsh granite. Guess I'll be wearing some scratches and bruises for the rest of the week instead. Thanks for a fine day on the rock (and for snapping this pic) @jonathon.spitzer! So stoked for #sendtember
#tbt to reaching the 5530m/18,143' summit of Ishinca in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. This photo pretty much sums up high altitude ski mountaineering- it's not all smiling summit selfies (although I have those too). This trip was a huge step for me – it was one of the first international ski mountaineering expeditions that I planned and led. It was also my first return to the Andes after my close friend, @liz_daley perished there nine months earlier. I had to confront many demons on this trip. When I got home, I was physically and emotionally drained. I didn't feel the trip was a success, despite the fact that we climbed and skied from the summits of three monster peaks. It's only now, over a year later, that I can begin to celebrate what we accomplished. Ski alpinism is a funny game. After losing so many friends to the mountains, I begin to question everything. Why do I want to do this? Am I setting a bad example? What's the end game? When will I be satisfied? It's easy to have #bigmtndreams, it's a lot harder to find a healthy balance between risk and reward. Between living on the edge and staying far away from there. Dreaming, planning, training, climbing and skiing are the easy parts, the most difficult is having the courage to walk away when the circumstances aren't quite right. #peruski15 photo: @rob.lea
"It is easier in the wild to feel awe in the presence of a force greater than ourselves, though hard to explain to someone who has never felt the power of the wild why it is so essential to life. Anyone who has felt that power has no quarrel with a deep, lively impulse to preserve it." Words: Vincent Stanley, Ch. 1 of @patagoniabooks "Tools for Grassroots Activists"Photo: @rob.lea
Just because you're small, it doesn't mean you're not strong! (Lessons I'm trying to teach my nephew through climbing and outdoor adventures).Spending time with family this weekend lifted my saddened spirits (especially chasing around my two adorable nephews). It's hard not to smile around a little dude like this. Grateful for the Gleich gang this Labor Day weekend. Hope everyone else had fun times with friends and fam.Thanks for the @sgleich
I didn't know Scott and Kyle personally, but their lives and stories ignited a spark for me and many others that will never die. With sadness and a heavy heart, I'm sharing the following update on the search. My heart goes out to all their friends and families: This update is for Saturday, September 3rd and is provided in order to keep everyone informed of the efforts being made to locate Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson. NOTE: All dates and times referenced are for Pakistan Standard Time. Early on Saturday, September 3rd, two Pakistani military helicopters left Skardu in clear weather. They landed at basecamp on the Choktoi Glacier and picked up climber Thomas Huber (Austria) who would assist as an observer/spotter. An exhaustive and close-proximity initial search of the north face of the Ogre 2 (where Kyle and Scott were last seen on August 22), the northeast ridge (their planned descent route), and the glacial basin between the Ogre 2 and Ogre 1, yielded no sign of the pair. After refueling, the two helicopters made a second sweep of all sides of the mountain, from an even higher altitude, and again found no sign of Kyle and Scott. In light of those extensive yet unsuccessful efforts, the search team and knowledgeable observers in Pakistan, the US, and Europe, assessed that there remained a very slim chance that any evidence of their passage would be revealed in subsequent sweeps of the mountain. Given the time that has elapsed and the nearly continuous stormy weather since they were last seen, and the substantial risks that such high-altitude missions entail, Kyle and Scott’s families have made the extremely difficult decision to end the search efforts. We owe a huge amount of gratitude to the Pakistan government for scrambling all of their available assets and their commitment to finding Scott and Kyle. Their support, and that of Global Rescue, has been invaluable. Additionally Kyle and Scott’s families are deeply grateful for the assistance provided by the Pakistan Embassy in Switzerland the US Embassy in Pakistan, and nume
Glacial silt facial with @meg_haywoodsullivan. I was skeptical, but she insisted it would be good for our complexions. As soon as I started applying the mask, I agreed. The cool mud soothed my skin under the hot afternoon sun high in the Sierras. #DeathOfAGlacier Hope you have plans to get dirty this weekend!
Hoping for a safe return for Kyle Dempster and @adamsonalpinist. These Utah alpinists are overdue from their return of climbing the north face of Pakistan's Ogre II. A gofundme page has been established to help cover the costs of search and rescue- link below and in profile. My heart is with their friends, family and everyone else whose lives they've touched. My stomach has been in knots about this all day. Photo courtesy of Scott's Instagram. https://www.gofundme.com/2mjv38k
High alpine camp. My vision for experiencing the mountains involves being in a place of quiet and solitude and being isolated in a rugged environment. As we turned off the trail and started up the steep talus, we left all the people behind. I loved the feeling that it was just me and my partner @meg_haywoodsullivan en route to the Lyell Glacier. #deathofaglacier @natgeoadventure
Soaking up every last bit of summer. After @meg_haywoodsullivan and I got our overnight permits from the @yosemitenps station, we had a long walk with heavy packs full of camera gear to our first camp, in the heat of the afternoon. A few miles in, I couldn't resist taking a dip in the watering hole. Our goal was to visit the Lyell glacier and tell a story about climate change, but the creeks along the way are inextricably linked to our mission. According to the USGS, glaciers store about 69% of the world's freshwater- what's happening to our glaciers is significant not just to adventurers but to people all around the world. #DeathOfAGlacier #yosemite photo: @meg_haywoodsullivan
"If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go. … This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future."-Terry Tempest Williams This shot in Glacier National Park concludes the @nationalparkservice mini series. Now get out there and #findyourpark to celebrate the #nps100!
This week, I'm heading into the backcountry of Yosemite to retrace John Muirs footsteps, visit a dying glacier (#DeathOfAGlacier) and tell a story about climate change with @meg_haywoodsullivan. It's a special time to be here because it's the 100 year birthday of the National Park Service! To celebrate, I'll be doing a mini series of pictures from the National Parks I've visited this year. First up, overlooking Yosemite high up on Tenaya Peak. #nps100 #findyourpark @nps
Road biking bliss. Learning to embrace the challenge when things get hard, like when your ride is longer than you expected, when you have a gnarly headwind or endless hills. Leaving my bike behind for this week's adventure but I'll be looking forward to getting back on the saddle when I'm home! And taking that mindset with me. #iamspecialized @iamspecialized_wmn Photo: @rob.lea
It's funny how we get to know people on social media without actually meeting them. We follow a little tribe that we relate to- and they start to feel close (but not in a creepy way). Had the privilege of sharing a rope with @pfaff_anna today. Despite the fact that it was our first time climbing together, I found a kindred spirit that shares similar #bigmtndreams. And we had so much fun cragging in AF! photo: @rob.lea
I get so inspired seeing how other mountain athletes are pushing the limits of their sport. @travisrice just dropped the trailer for his new film, #thefourthphase, and it's getting me stoked for snow! Check out thefourthphase.com (link also in profile) to view. @inkwell.media @rbmhfilms @bryaniguchi photo: Tim Zimmerman
Sometimes the beauty of a place is so overwhelming, I get desensitized to it and I don't realize how special it was until I've had some time and distance away from it. Such is the case with my ski mountaineering trip to the Cordillera Blanca last year. I came home exhausted and disappointed, unable to see past my perceived failure. Time has helped me see more clearly. Thanks @stellaa_lunaa for helping me uncover some gems from #peruski15. Photo: @rob.lea #bigmtndreams