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
116.7 miles (188 km), 14,542' (4432 m) of climbing, 4 canyons, 1 day. This Saturday, my niece, @ademonte16 and I completed the gnarliest road bike century ride I could dream of, starting in Big Cottonwood, then Little Cottonwood, onto Millcreek and finishing with Emigration to Big Mountain. It was a long day in the saddle, full of highs and lows. Anna, a former collegiate swimmer and amazing all-around endurance athlete, was up for the challenge and she crushed it on her weekend trip to visit Utah. I had my personal doubts. The challenge was relatively "off the couch" for me – I had only rode 253 miles so far this year. We paced ourselves well, stayed hydrated and ate a ton, and finished strong. I still can't believe this dream is realized. Huge thanks to everyone who cheered us on and supported us throughout the day, whether it was virtual or in person! Your encouragement carried us through the mental highs and lows that come with a grueling day like this. Photo: @irving_matthew
Throwback Thursday! In this photo, from two years ago, I was experiencing the beginning stages of hypothermia at almost 18,000' on Pisco in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru. I remember not wanting to eat (very unusual for me) and feeling disoriented and argumentative. I eventually warmed up, and was fine, but it was a painful moment, and mentally challenging. On the mountain, I find it relatively easy to deal with discomfort. Off the mountain, in my everyday life, I am learning how to better embrace painful challenges I encounter, and greet them with the same energy and fortitude I have when I'm in the mountains. Throwback was inspired by following @janelle.smiley and @smileysproject recent trip to Peru. Would love to get back there to ski. #bigmtndreams
You don't need to be a professional athlete, celebrity or have a large social media following to have a voice. Democracy depends on informed, active citizens, like you and me, speaking up for what we believe in. Don't ever doubt the power of one voice to make a change. Thank you for everyone who spoke up to #DefendBearsEars and #SaveGrandStaircase (where this picture was taken). Let's keep up the strong work!Photo: @brooke.froelich
Happy National Trails Day! To celebrate, I covered 16 miles (25Km) of beautiful single track trails today, bringing me up to 49.5 miles (80Km) of walking and running this week! I hope you are able to get out there and enjoy your local trails this weekend. Now it's time to stretch out the legs!@KEEN #KEENambassador photo: @tmacphee
Current mood. It's easy to share the highlights of our lives, the day we accomplish a huge goal, set a new PR, or have a big win! Likewise, it's relatively easy to share the low lows- the injuries, the blood and tears, the utter failures. It's a lot harder to talk about the in between times. The days that can best be summed up with a "meh." The difficulties in transitions. These are the days we rarely mention on social media or in society in general. It's easy to project a perfect life, and say everything is "great" when someone asks. It's a lot harder to admit that life is not perfect, and I often struggle to find the silver lining. It can take me a long time to turn a negative situation into a life affirming lesson. In times like these, I try to remember to stay connected, to community, to family and to nature. I'm grateful to all of you and the community here for being a place I can explore these thoughts. Some days, it's about putting one foot in front of the other, and focusing on taking one step at a time. Forward, onward and upward we go, together. Photo: @justinlfricke
My email inbox has been blowing up today with news from environmental non-profits that President Trump is close to withdrawing our country from the Paris Climate Agreement. This would be devastating, not just for our snowpack and glaciers, but for air and water quality too. Renewables employ more people in this country than coal and oil combined! This decision would take our country, and the world, backwards. I don't want to see our country lose its place as a leader in the world. What can we do? Join me in calling the White House immediately in one last effort at 202.456.1111 to urge the president to #KeepParis. Spread the word on social media. And if you are in the Washington, D.C., area tomorrow, June 1, please turn out for a 5 p.m. rally at the White House to protest Trump's decision. Rally details below. And stay tuned for details on possible rallies in other cities around the U.S.https://m.facebook.com/events/321801258240585Photo: experiencing the effects of climate change in the Southern Alps of New Zealand this fall. @rob.lea #ActOnClimate
The very best part of my Grand Canyon trip was spending time with @spicinguplife and @katieboue, one friend I've known for a very long time, and one friend who is newer, both so special to me. The magical energy of a ladies road trip was energizing and transformative. From onsighting all the logistics, to planning a huge tour of Utah and Arizona public lands, these ladies both brought their talents to the table to make a hugely successful trip. I will never forget sharing the freedom of the open road and the desert wind in our hair. I'm grateful for the camaraderie and how we lifted each other up when spirits were low. Thank you Iris and Katie. 🏽🏽🏽🏽♀️🏼♀️🏽♀️Photo: @nbthemountains
Huge thanks to everyone who donated to my Grand Canyon half marathon fundraiser for the National Parks Foundation! In a little over 24 hours, we raised almost $1500. Seeing the Grand Canyon when we first arrived reconfirmed how vital it is to protect these places, and I'm fired up to continue this work together, with your support. The running race was a new and exciting challenge for me, and I'm stoked to continue training for longer distance races ahead. Big hugs and high fives to all of you for continuing to have my back. 🏽 @goparks #grandcanyonultras
3 girls, 1 van, 2 national parks, 3 national monuments, 1 state park and 1 national recreation area later – we are having a blast exploring our country's beautiful Western public lands. Today is the last day to submit comments for Bears Ears! If you haven't already, please submit a comment to the @usinterior in defense of the Antiquities Act and our National Monuments! #defendbearsears link in profile: http://blog.rei.com/stewardship/protect-public-lands/
One of my favorite adventures was a girl's road trip with @brooke.froelich and baby Huck to Peekaboo canyon in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Brooke was a new mom at the time, and she continues to impress me in how she merges motherhood and the outdoors. I loved the feeling of working as a team- we navigated a burly 4×4 road to get to the campsite. We set up our tents, slept under a dark sky, woke up, and hiked into this slot canyon, all while taking care of tiny @huckgaynes (and stopping for Brooke to breastfeed along the way)! Looking back, I love how we embraced each challenge without fear. Believe it or not, fear is a powerful force in my life. The outdoors give me an avenue to explore that dark place. Later today I'm heading out on another girl's road trip with @spicinguplife and @katieboue, and I can't wait for the adventures ahead! #3girls1van PS – our national monuments, like this one, are still under threat – if you haven't yet, leave a comment for the @usinterior on why we need to protect these places – personal stories with specific mention of a monument go a long way: http://blog.rei.com/stewardship/protect-public-lands/#SaveGrandstaircase
Often, when I speak up about an environmental issue on social media, people will tell me “Shut up and ski!” It can feel frustrating to feel that I'm supposed to fit into a little box. I like to have space to roam and evolve – I’m not and never have been "just a skier.” I’m a climber, runner, hiker, endurance athlete, lover of the outdoors, activist, speaker and so much more. You may have started following me because of a sweet pow shot –if you did and are still following, thank you for letting me do me. I don’t like to always follow the rules.On another note, THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to my Grand Canyon half-marathon fundraiser to support the National Parks Foundation. I reached my $1K goal in 24 hours, and I’ve upped it to $1500! The link to donate is in my profile and below. I can't wait to explore the Grand Canyon this weekend and cover some ground!https://runsignup.com/carolinegleichKEEN #KEENambassadorPhoto: @tmacphee
A lot of people have asked me what my next project is after finishing “The Chuting Gallery,” and at first, I didn’t have an answer. There’s a big hole to fill after completing a five year goal, and I wanted to be sure to follow my heart.Even though there’s still snow up high, I love the simplicity and freedom of trail running. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been finding a new spring in my running step, and I decided to sign up for the Grand Canyon Ultra this upcoming weekend to race the half marathon. It’s totally out of my comfort zone, but I’m excited for the adventure!My goal as an athlete is to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy active lifestyle and protect the places we love to play. As part of that, I’m running this race as a charity fundraiser for the National Park Foundation, dedicated to protecting our parks for future generations. My goal is to raise $1,000 by Saturday. Will you help me get there? Every little bit helps! The link to donate is in my profile and below:https://runsignup.com/carolinegleichPhoto: @acpictures #FindYourPark #GoParks
Bears Ears mini series 3/3: Bears Ears holds a special place in my heart because of @liz_daley. I went there after she died to celebrate her life and find healing. Anyone who has ever visited will agree; this land deserves protection. In December, it was set aside as a National Monument by President Obama after five tribes came together in an unprecedented act of leadership. Bears Ears is home to over 100,000 archaeological sites, and the land holds special historical and cultural significance for Native People. Unfortunately, the Trump administration, at the urging of Utah's elected officials, is trying to undo the Monument designation. Undoing or shrinking Bears Ears is wrong, and we need to speak up against this injustice. We have until May 26 to submit comments to the @usinterior. See the link below or in profile to find out how. #DefendBearsEars Photo: @forestwoodward http://pat.ag/SpeakUpSnow
Bears Ears mini-series 2/3: In the autumn following our spring Alaska trip, Liz was killed in an avalanche in Patagonia on a splitboard mountaineering trip. When I received the call, I was devastated. She was such a light in the world, and it was a huge loss for everyone. My connection to Bears Ears and Indian Creek is through Liz. A year after she died, I organized a camping and climbing trip to climb in her memory, and try to find healing in those sandstone cracks. Doing my first trad leads in the Creek was a fitting way to celebrate her life. The loss still feels unbearably painful, and I miss her everyday. #livelikeliz #defendbearsears Photo: @rob.lea
Bears Ears mini series 1/3: Three years ago, in the spring, I went to Alaska with @liz_daley and spent two weeks snow camping on a glacier, hiking and climbing to earn our turns. Liz was a huge inspiration to me. She was one of the first female mountain guides I'd ever met, and she was an example for me of what I wanted to become. On that trip in AK, we talked about many things, including Indian Creek. She raved about the climbing there and encouraged me to take leadership with my climbing, to get strong, "carry the rope" and "get on the sharp end". After that trip, I spent weeks in Southern Utah, climbing desert towers and learning how to lead. #akgirls_way @patagonia_snow photo: @jaybeyerimaging #defendbearsears PS. That shower felt so good!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. Thank you for all your hard work and sacrifice. And to my own mom, thank you for giving me roots and wings, and for instilling a deep appreciation for the outdoors. I love you. Photo: one of the most inspirational moms I know, @brooke.froelich and baby @huckgaynes at sunset.