I had a blast last week being interviewed on camera for a film series spotlighting local adventurers in Crested Butte and what makes our home special. I shared one of my favorite trail run ridges, and Mother Nature waved her power with an approaching storm and rain followed by beaming light through flowing clouds, a glowing sunset, and rainbows. Looking forward to sharing this episode when live! Thanks for the opportunity, Buttery creative team @misterhornado (📸), @galinfoley, and @upstate_willis.
This week kicks-off one of the largest global movements for climate justice in history, Sep 20-27. There are many ways that we can all help the climate crisis from sharing our voice during protest to carpooling or eliminating single-use plastic from our day-to-day lives: a simple, easy, economic behavioral change, IMO. Greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C, reports the Plastic Solutions Fund and Center for International Environmental Law. By 2050, the greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach over 56 gigatons: 10 to 13 percent of the entire remaining carbon budget, states their May 2019 report. Read more in my latest print story for @elevationoutdoors_mag about how the outdoor industry is uniting to decrease single-use plastic, link in profile. 📸 @joshbarringeris, while on assignment mountain running in the Bugaboos with @cmh_heli. This life and world is a spectacular one—let’s protect it.
I had one of the most memorable outdoor adventures of my life last week. When I first learned about Black Canyon of the Gunnison, climbing there was clearly out of my ability, skill, or mental capacity, I thought. I do believe in the power of non-limiting self perception—but the films and conversations I experienced all pointed to chossy, near-impossible faces that are overcommitting and in disarray. Years later, I did it, and not without huge thanks to my climbing partner and guide @lancesll, who led each pitch (yeah, I’m not there, yet!) After a 3 a.m. alarm, I drove across the farmlands for a sunrise approach. A moment’s walk from the North Rim Ranger Station, a surreal, 3,000-foot chasm dropped from the flats. We scrambled, hiked, and soloed down Cruise Gulley to the bottom of Maiden Voyage, a route on Checkerboard Wall. The roar of the Gunnison River is so loud here that you feel adjacent to the water, despite only being halfway down the canyon at pitch one. After three pitches, we skipped the summit block to hike over to a second route, King Me, which we climbed to the top. Altogether, we ascended seven back-to-back 5.9-5.10 rated pitches—nearly 800 feet—on smeary slab, perfect crack, tricky off-width, chimneys, ledges, and vertical face. I enjoyed the variety, and I loved watching the breeze wave the grass on the exposed wall while listening to the birds: not a soul was in sight. Can’t wait to do it again!
Last week, @phillips_photo and I ran around like two wild birds with work deadlines, planning adventures, keeping up our respective homes, and trying to take care of ourselves. It was one of those bottleneck weeks I’m sure you can all relate to. Then this happened. We were squeezing in a few climbs against the waning summer night light, and the colors completely popped. A reminder to enjoy and breath. 📸 @phillips_photo
I love that our backyard is filled with unbelievable public land and water for us to explore—and historic areas like this, Morrow Point Reservoir beneath the Curecanti Needle, feel completely untapped. Thanks for enjoying your first multi-day stand-up paddleboard adventure with me, @phillips_photo ✨ Our cliff jumping and campfire meal was all-time. Can’t wait for the next one!
I am so thrilled to see, Rafting the Wildest River You've Never Heard Of, a first-person story about exploring the Jarbidge-Bruneau, live on Mountain Magazine today. As we worked through edits, our publish date was postponed, due to my hectic travel schedule, and because the team decided they wanted this story to lead the banner. It's an honor to star the front page with my first story in this local publication. Link in profile, or, read it here: http://www.mountainonline.com/rafting-wildest-river-youve-never-heard/ Thank you to the local experts who shared this backyard adventure, which is unlike any other, with me: @farandawayadventures Lead Guides @jake_micz , @reed_s_stokesweiser , @woodrowbarker208, @woodrowbarker208, and boat Driver @codyrichmond.
This moment encapsulates the atmosphere of the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy: new and old friends of all climbing backgrounds and experience levels inclusively learning, inspiring, creating, supporting, and growing. I had an opportunity to join three days of on-the-ground clinics, held last weekend in Squamish, BC, and it was so hard to choose: Classes range on everything from sport lead and trad technique to first ascents and psychology on rock. After all-day sessions, the evening presentations were equally rad with speakers like @_linacolina_ and photographers like @tarakerzhner championing the Squamish Exposed slideshow competition. I’m walking away with more tools for my mountain goals, refreshed motivations, and hope I can make it back next year. Not to mention, how gorgeous is this place?!
The water here is so high, so clear, that you distinctly see the reflection of a spine of snow or the round of earth along the rim. A portion of the lake bottom looks like coral, and the wildflowers lead our eyes. Maybe next time I’ll be willing to swim to the island but this time I only jumped in, topped off with sliced watermelon. Thanks for letting me take you on a mountain date, @phillips_photo—and for jumping in with me ❤️
Partner [LOVES photography] says: BE A MERMAID! 😄 Me [...er]: I’M AN INSIGNIFICANT HUMAN MUSCLE IN THE MOUNTAINS 💪🏻 Captured. 📸 @phillips_photo