"You're stronger than you think," said @rob.lea to me as we left the car on our journey to the highest point in Utah. I honestly didn't know if we would be able to pull this one off (I admit, I packed a small emergency bivy bag just in case). On a big endurance day, my energy comes in waves. But positive thinking leads to positive action and this mantra of strength kept my spirits high. Photo: After hours of skinning on flats, it was refreshing to start boot packing up a steep couloir. Rob breaking trail in the harsh Uinta sun. #bigmtndreams

Kings Peak, on skis! Yesterday, I completed a goal of mine to climb and ski the highest peak in Utah in a single push. It was over a marathon distance (29 miles) and the perfect way to celebrate @rob.lea's birthday. Not nearly the sufferfest I expected. Training pays off! #bigmtndreams

I'mlearning how to find balance in life and training, balance between hard days and easy days, between pouring my heart and energy into a project and then re-cooperating to plan the next, and literally finding my balance with each footstep on exposed ridge traverses with skis on the back (like this one pictured here with @rob.lea) photo: @acpictures #bigmtndreams

Stoked for a fresh coat of paint and a return to winter in the Wasatch so I can do more of this! Photo: booting up the Sliver couloir last week, : @rob.lea

Enjoy the present moment. Living it up today at @altaskiarea. Photo: @rob.lea #bigmtndreams

Happy spring! Spring is the best for steep skiing. While the number of ski lines that are in condition may be limited this spring in the Wasatch, I'm not giving up. The rocks add an exciting technical challenge, on the up and the down. Still fun to be had in the mountains. Photo: @rob.lea #bigmtndreams #ActOnClimate @protectourwinters

#tbt to yesterday- one of the most character-building approaches and exits of my life. Some vertical feet are gained more easily than others. Feral+Caroline bushwhacking equals nickname Feraline! #bigmtndreams #carolinescouloirproject photo: @rob.lea

Part of the appeal of ski mountaineering is the challenge of the climb. The ski lines in Hogum Fork truly embody this- there's no easy way to reach them. Which makes the reward that much sweeter. I love this corner of the Wasatch! #bigmtndreams #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport Photo: @rob.lea

Corn farming on Box Elder Peak. Photo: @rob.lea #chutinggallery #bigmtndreams

The Wasatch never ceases to inspire. Here's a shot from yesterday's summit. Can anyone name the peak this photo was taken from? #bigmtndreams #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

Sunday is a good day for a sufferfest. I was so happy to go for a long walk in the Wasatch today. Even though it's a warm, low snow year, there's still fun to be had (with a good attitude and bit of perseverance). #ActOnClimate @protectourwinters photo: @rob.lea

I'm so excited for springtime, and grateful to have a few weeks at home to catch up and pursue personal ski mountaineering projects! And it was great to catch up with @brookegaynes and Oliver on a recovery run! Woohoo for springtime! #stoked #bigmtndreams

Here's the flyer for today's event at Western State! Come check out the event if you're around Gunnison, CO. #backcountrybasecamp #bigmtndreams #chamonixoxo

I'm always curious how people first get into outdoor pursuits. Often, it seems like a friend or family member is a big influencer. What was your earliest mountain memory that got you hooked? Mine was backpacking in the Wind River Range with my brothers and dad when I was ten. Huge thanks to @majkaburhardt for taking the time to mentor me on ice! #wintermixedchix photo: @berndzeugswetter

Today in the Wasatch. Happy to be home for a hot second. This Thursday, March 12, I will be visiting Western State in Colorado for beacon drills and a talk about my Cham trip as part of @backcountrymag Basecamp at Crested Butte. Come say hi! Beacon drill at 4:30 and presentation at 6! #chamonixoxo #bigmtndreams photo: @rob.lea

One of the biggest lessons I've learned is that sometimes you have to accept failure. This day, even following @majkaburhardt's WI6 lead was too much for me. Sure it was hard on my ego, but I'm realistic. It takes many years to hone all the skills to become successful. I'm grateful to have the chance to continue progressing my skill set, putting in the long hours and hard work it takes to get better. #bigmtndreams #wintermixedchix photo: @berndzeugswetter

There's a reason so many of the world's best climbers and skiers are from the NE. It's an amazing training ground for alpinism. Back home in sunny Utah now recovering from an intense trip! Huge thanks to @majkaburhardt @berndzeugswetter and @mountainsense for all your guidance and mentorship on the ice and for showing me your backyard lines! I can't wait to visit again! #wintermixedchix #climblikeagirl @patagonia

#Internationalwomensday was created by working women campaigning for change. It's one thing to bring awareness and celebrate women's achievements. It's another thing to take actions that result in meaningful change. Current realities:Women continue to earn less than men in almost every occupation. In the mountains, female mountain guides are a rare sight. There are about 100 @amga1979 certified mountain guides in the US, only 6 are women. Today, I put my money where my mouth is and made a donation to @liz_daley's scholarship fund to help support future opportunities for female mountain guides (link in profile). I urge you to do more than raise awareness. Do something. Mentor a young woman, research the issues and support a charity. Celebrate the gains but remember, we've still got work to do. Let's change the world for the better!#NotThere #NoCeiling #LivelikeLiz #MakeItHappen #climblikeagirl #heforshe Photo: @jaybeyerimaging

Let my people go skiing and snowboarding! Field day with @patagoniabtv store employees at @stowemt!

Sometimes, it is necessary to delve into what scares you the most. As a professional skier, I've spent years chasing the softest, fluffiest snow. Rocks and ice are a powder skier's worst nightmare. As I've progressed as a ski mountaineer, I've been forced to make friends with these elements. Thanks @majkaburhardt for leading me into a place of deep fear and satiating my desire to feel vulnerable and alive. I'm more comfortable on ice (especially the steep kind) than I've ever been before. This climb is called Promenade. We looked up the meaning of the word:

Finding the #linesofmydreams in New Hampshire! The East delivers. @majkaburhardt trading her crampons for skis on the steep descent of the Green Chasm Gulley on Mt Webster. Today was the culmination of our 6-day #wintermixedchix ski and ice climbing trip. @patagonia #bigmtndreams

It was incredibly inspiring to watch @majkaburhardt lead the first female ascent of Within Reason (WI6) in the Hanging Gardens today (while belaying inside the cave, where I snapped this pic). When you witness an athletic achievement like this, it opens your mind to what is possible! Congrats Majka on the send! #climblikeagirl #wintermixedchix

Ski to climb and climb to ski. The line between disciplines is beginning to blur. The idea to do this trip came after the @patagonia global ambassador summit, where 74 athletes from all disciplines came together to collaborate. I'm so grateful to have to opportunity to further my ice climbing skills by following @majkaburhardt on her backyard NH lines! #wintermixedchix photo: @berndzeugswetter

It's good to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself. Continuing to expand my ice climbing skills and turn my weakness into my strength. Thanks @majkaburhardt for showing me your backyard lines. #wintermixedchix @patagonia #poweryourpassion #bigmtndreams

Today, I was delighted to both ski and climb on Mt. Washington! I got my first taste of the dangerously erratic weather this peak is famous for. Sunny in the am, stormy in the pm- Huntington Ravine was fun to explore and we enjoyed the hero afternoon ice on Pinnacle! So grateful to @majkaburhardt for mentoring me on my ice skills! Photo: @mountainsense #wintermixedchix #skitoclimb

Day two at @majkaburhardt boot camp-In our hunt for the most aesthetic ice, we climbed Promenade, a steep, intimidatingly sustained ice route at Lake Willoughby in Vermont. It was by far the hardest ice I've ever climbed. Just when I thought I couldn't keep going, I dug a little deeper to find more energy. Majka is a she beast! Gnarliest lead ever. I'm so grateful to @berndzeugswetter, @mountainsense and @majkaburhardt for giving me great feedback and coaching on my steep ice technique. #wintermixedchix @patagonia

First day ice climbing in New Hampshire! It was inspiring to watch @majkaburhardt send Widow Watch (and attempt to follow her bold lead)! Feeling the burn but excited for more NEice! #wintermixedchix

How early would you wake up to chase something you love? It's been a week of pre-dawn wake-ups in the Wasatch, chasing light and searching for soft snow. Now, I'm on my way to the next adventure – ice and mixed climbing and ski touring in snowy New Hampshire with @majkaburhardt! Hope all those pull-ups pay off! #wintermixed photo: @rob.lea

With a few days at home on a break between trips, I've had a chance to visit a few of my favorite Wasatch lines. Here's a new-to-me variation of Little Pine chute. Huge thanks to @hopturnharry for showing me this one. #bigmtndreams @rob.lea

I love looking at the world from a ridge top. Me in my happy place today. Photo @rob.lea #bigmtndreams #poweryourpassion

Stoked for a return to winter in the Wasatch! It was a magical Sunday funday in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Now I'm ready for a nap. #bigmtndreams

Our #akgirls_way edit is now live! I'm so grateful for the time I got to spend with Liz, especially on this trip, snow camping on the glacier and hiking and climbing to our lines. It's been really hard for me to come to terms with her death, but I'm learning to accept that death is an essential part of life, and to find the beauty in that. To accept that, I too, am going to die. This video reminds me to cherish every moment and find aliveness everyday. Check out the video (link in profile) and let me know what you think! #find_away #livelikeliz @liz_daley @_jt_photo @jaybeyerimaging

I always like to make my workouts a little more challenging. Today, I added training weight in an unexpected way when @brookegaynes and I took her newborn @huckgaynes on his first ski tour at @altaskiarea! He loved it- actually, he slept peacefully the entire time, soothed to sleep by the gentle movement of skinning uphill on skis. I'm not sure if I want to become a mom someday or not, but it's reassuring to know that you can still get out with a baby onboard! #bigmtndreams

So incredibly honored and stoked to be on the cover of March's @backcountrymag! Huge thanks to @tessweaver for pitching and writing the story on me and to @jaybeyerimaging for taking the picture. And to all my sponsors and everyone else who has supported me and my #bigmtndreams! @patagonia @zealoptics @jaybirdsport @nordicausa @lekiusa @prethelmets @goalzero @clifbarcompany @petzl_official @delormegps @bigagnes_ @elementalherbs #livelikeliz

In the past week, we ran, climbed, skied, paddled and surfed our way through Oregon on a winter road trip adventure across the state. It was an amazing experience taking over the @traveloregon Instagram! A huge thanks for the opportunity and everyone who helped along the way. After a few weeks of travel, I'm stoked to be home, to dry out the gear and rest up for the next adventure. #traveloregon #skioregon #bigmtndreams @rob.lea

In 24 hours, we went from skiing off the summit of Mt. Hood to surfing on the Oregon coast. It's been a whirlwind of a trip, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Valentine's Day! @rob.lea #traveloregon

Magical light on Mt. Hood today. #skioregon @rob.lea

Smith Rock has been on my bucket list ever since I learned how to climb. It's a climber's Mecca, with thousands of routes of all levels. I'm so glad I got to cruise a few pitches today! Huge thanks to Jim Ablao from Chockstone Climbing for helping me maximize my time! So stoked! #traveloregon #bigmtndreams

Skied off the summit of Mt. Bachelor today. Being up here in the PNW reminds me of @liz_daley. It's a bittersweet feeling- to remember the joy we shared in the mountains while still feeling a sharp tinge of pain from the recent loss. To keep her spirit alive, we are creating a #livelikeliz fund to support women and their outdoor aspirations. Check out the link in my profile and consider contributing so that Liz's spirit can live on. #traveloregon #bigmtndreams

I felt naked skiing without my backpack today. As much as I love the human powered ski touring experience, it felt great to get a bump from the lifts today at @mtbachelor. #mtbachelorstoked #skioregon @findmeoutside

Beautiful ski tour today at Crater Lake. Next stop, Bend and Mt. Bachelor! #traveloregon #skioregon @rob.lea

We found winter! I was so excited when we first encountered snow line. Little did I know how wintery it would be at Crater Lake. Let it snow! #traveloregon @rob.lea

One of the benefits of trail running in the rain=rainbows! It was one of those kind of days- rainbows everywhere! Delighted to be in Oregon this week for a @traveloregon instagram takeover. #traveloregon @rob.lea

And the real packing shot.

And the real packing shot.

Fake packing shot, check. T-minus 18 hours until the real adventure begins- so excited for this week's @traveloregon Instagram takeover! @rob.lea

Post ski tour stoke with @krinster and @mitchellcaitlinj! Such a lovely morning walking in the mountains with fun people. @rob.lea #skidavida

I'm back in the USA and already gearing up for the next adventure. Next week, I'm excited to go explore the many wonders of Oregon, from summit to sea. Follow along as I take over the @skioregon Instagram account. Photo: topping out on the last line I skied in Slovenia. @sonilmose

The Julian Alps have captured my heart. What is it about skiing and climbing that is so romantic? I love the blue shutters on this refugio and the fantasy of waking up here to ski the #linesofmydreams. #Sloveniandreams

Good morning from the Julian Alps. My time exploring these mountains is coming to an end, but this morning's ski tour was a high note to finish the trip with. #Sloveniandreams