Hope everyone enjoyed some time over the weekend with those lovely Mamas who brought us into the world... including Big Mama Earth of course.
Life, the Earth, freedom, family, your religion, my desert home. What's important to you? Maybe I'm getting older and sentimental. I hope you fight for what you value. I hope we can respect those who fight for their values, like Native Americans fighting for Bears Ears National Monument, or a minority fighting for their rights, or for their ancestral home.
Here's a great little pack that I haven't mentioned yet but deserves some praise. It's the Equinox Parula which is an ultralight, stuffable American made backpack that can be had for under $50. I took this on my trek to Everest a couple months ago as a super light day pack that I could stuff into my main ULA Ohm 2.0 backpacking pack. Unlike many of the tiny stuffsack like backpacks this one actually has good padded shoulder straps and a waist strap. I enjoy supporting the little cottage industries who make great equipment.
What's the answer? Trees are the answer. #HappyArborDay This shot was taken at the beginning of Spring a few years back in Jiuzhaigou National Park where brilliant turquoise water flows between rugged, densely forested mountains.
Celebrating the Mother of all our celebrations, Earth. Happy Earth Day! Keeping Earth foremost in mind is at the heart of the buy local movement and American Gear Guide's mission to support sustainable and ethical business practices.
Spring storms over the La Sal Mountains.
Spring showers make for peaceful moments. One of my favorite smells on Earth is the rich mix of Pinyon, Juniper, and Sage Brush after a storm... It's also a lot easier to find water to filter.
Here you can see Cooper's extreme daily training regimen to become the 1st dog to summit Mt. Everest and the oldest at 12 yrs old. He doesn't even break a sweat, in fact he can't even sweat. #AprilFools
Home away from home. This is my Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent (made in Seattle, WA) which won our Best Buy Award. At under 3 lb it outperforms tents made overseas that cost nearly twice as much. The blue sleeping bag inside is my Western Mountaineering Ultralite (made in San Jose, CA) sitting on top of a Therm-a-Rest XLite Pad (made in Seattle).