Today was the day I left the desert. Although I’m excited to be back in the familiar mountains of the Pacific Northwest, with so much left to put boot prints on I leave feeling extremely unfulfilled. There’s something so undeniably special about the Southwest. Maybe it’s the freezing cold nights under a million stars, waking up under the beating sun. Fleeting impressions here and gone. Images imprinted in my mind, indescribable with words..
Our first time bouldering outside. Definitely a learning curve, but man, the kids loved it! It made me so aware of how much I have to learn. Ya gotta start somewhere! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
The transition from the gym to outside can be so humbling! Over winter when I’m climbing indoors a lot I’ll think I’m making huge improvements only to be humbled by how much more difficult it is when I make it back outdoors. There’s a lot to learn but it only helps your grow and be stronger!
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Ski season is in full force!! Do you love the winter or begrudgingly deal with it waiting for spring? I used to hate the winter and being cold.. but funny thing winter lasted just as long and my choosing to not like it didn't make it go away. 😂 I decided to embrace the cold and you know what??? I love hiking and playing in the snow now!! I'll admit I'm still not a fan of shoveling and the like but I choose to see the beauty and joy in so called bad weather now!
I had the great privilege of being introduced to the backcountry by this amazing and powerful woman - Laura Green. Thank you for sharing your passion, your positivity and your nerdiness about snow science. You showed me that you can be unapologetically yourself... always. You will be remebered and dearly missed. You are and will always be in my memory as a #forceofnature and #inspiration#earnyourturns
You start where you start.
I'm far from perfect, and a smile and spandex can hide a lot. I have cellulite, stomach rolls, love handles. I bloat, I fall off track, I don't always want to show up.
But I commit to the work because I enjoy it. Because pushing harder today means a better tomorrow.
Each day I choose to do the work, I have to mentally tell myself to stop being so hard on myself, accept my imperfections, know that my workouts are my way I show love to myself, and after the last few years? I know I've found my solution.
I've found my sweet spot between having severe anxiety that used to stop me from doing the work, and boredom from running or trying to piece together my own half-assed workouts and getting nowhere.
This time of year, I'm not giving up! And I'd love to work with you if you're ready to commit to your health! 🎄Holiday Hustle🎄bootcamp is open and this is my last call! No perfection required, but you do have to just start where you start, accept it, and know I've got your back! Let's seek progress imperfectly together. Drop an 🎁 emoji or comment below for info!
For the younger men out there: there will be a day where you will learn to #harness the #power of the rage that keeps #amplifying within you. Like a forest fire which can anhiliate a whole city. Your well managed rage can be your most lethal weapon. A weapon that can challenge the way this world is run, one that can change the course of history.
As a 21st century man, that rage is yours to own. Nobody can take it away from you. Nobody has the right to talk it out of you. Be #mindful all of the fuckery that you witness in your day to day lives, the ignorance you have in #comprehending true human nature, aknowledge the lies that society pushes onto you & the assault that your #masculinity is subjected to by the behalf of modern western society (ie. the renown trademark "toxic masculinity"...what the hell is toxic with us being masculine? Just don't get it! ). Realize that those lies are deployed to keep you ignorant, naive, gullible, #simping ....To play into the paws of the established world order....Those lies are fabricated to keep you contained, threatless. You got hit the bottom of the barrel...the sweet spot, the threshold....to wake-up & finally decide that it is time to make the genuine change to free yourself from your shackles. To fight against your beliefs, to harness your rage by turning it into your blazing fire. Le feu de foret qui peut detruira tout ce qui l'opposera sur son chemin!
Ingest the #redpill
Rock bottom! Then level-up!
#uominiveri ed #indispensabili
The one and only legitimate #disconnectfromthematrix#palestra della sveglia
#crossfit ton reveil
#exercice your awakening
lots of work to be done on the structure of the house!
stiamo il #gioielli
ITS HAPPENING!!!!!!!!! Come spend the weekend with me under the redwoods and by the sea at:
A NatureChola Glamp-Out
I’ve been wanting to host something like this for so long!!!! A time to come together, POC and allies, to be in community in a place that connects us all, the outdoors!
FREE tickets for this event will go live:
Weds. 12/12 at 5pm PST..mark your calendars and set your alarms🚨 because we have limited space!
We will be spending the night in the dreamiest of campsites on the Central Coast. Think Pinterest decor with patio lights and the sickest #diversifytheoutdoors pioneers lineup..*cough *cough
You won’t want to miss out!
Special thanks to @hipcamp for believing in the vision of this and with no hesitations, supporting it! Y’all are best!
Can’t wait to share the weekend with you!
I like to plan out my adventures way too much before they happen. It's actually pretty ridiculous to be honest, but I don’t like surprises and I don’t like being unprepared. I will have a bad day if something throws me for a loop. It is something I am working on by trying to be more spontaneous with adventure and changing plans on the fly if need be.
I recently read an article on the @peakdesign blog by @christianmcld on finding new places and experiences, and the following quotes “Make a half-assed plan - Don’t plan so much. Just wander and wonder…” and “expect nothing” spoke to me (I also came across this article while I was planning aventures for the new year - so the timing was so fitting) (The full article is over at: https://journal.peakdesign.com/nothing-to-see-here)
Yesterday, I wanted to go for a hike in our river valley - I only planned the general area and we went from there deciding where to go and what to do in the moment. We ended up noticing the ice flowing down the river and decided to head on the bridge to check it out. We forgot about our hike and spent a good amount of time watching the ice floating by and occasionally crashing into the cement pillars on the bridge) some pieces of ice were so big that when they hit the pillar you would feel it. It was unbelievable! I didn’t take many photos, but ended up taking a fair amount of video on my dslr (I didn’t even want to try to shoot video and didn’t pack my gopro on purpose)
I am glad I set no expectations, and didn’t plan our day out - as this was a pretty cool experience that I might not have seen if I was dead set on going down another path or doing another activity!
Be open to adventure! You’ll never know what is around the corner!
There are still 21 days left in the year, but I’m pretty sure I’ve peaked already so here are my #TopNine Instagram photos for 2018. 😁 As always, Dave Grohl & nudity are the clear winners. (Would be great to eventually combine those two things into one amazing photo, right?) Alpine lakes, benches, mule deer, and snow are also popular. ❤️ I truly can’t believe this year is almost over. I’ll pontificate more on that later, but for now... Dave Grohl & nudity. #yearinreview
🌊 Advice from a WATERFALL: 🌊
1. Go with the flow.
2. Roar with excitement.
3. Let your cares fall away.
4. Create your own music.
5. Immerse yourself in nature.
6. Stay active.
7. Make a splash!
📷 credits | @danislackline
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With snow in full swing in the Sierras we’ve hung up our backpacking backpacks for awhile and we’re getting ready to dust out our snowshoes and skis. We’ve even gotten an early snowfall in our Southern California mountains that we are eager to explore!
Last week I finally got an MRI and some answers for the ongoing pain and pressure in the front of my knee, completely separate from the area of injury and hardware. Since the bone is fully healed, ortho was finally willing to switch gears and focus on my ligaments.
The results showed bilateral torn meniscus, a torn MCL and the most concerning, a lateral patellofemoral ligament release. Since the ligament attaching my patella to my femur is important to normal function, they recommended an arthroscopy to clean things up, further evaluate and possibly fix it. Given this new information and in the midst of finally returning to work full time after being off for 4 months, I’m opting to wait it out. I just can’t afford to take more time off or go through with another procedure at this time. I’ll be waiting until the year mark to re-evaluate.
This means taking it easy the rest of the year and giving myself more time to heal. I’ll be backing off of some of my weight training to rebuild my quad & focusing on more core, hip and balance exercises as well as cardio. Per physical therapy’s recommendations, I’ll have to back off anything that puts pressure or causes pain in the front of my knee for awhile to give it time to heal.
This injury has been trying in so many ways. The patience required to wait to return to my normal level of athletic functioning is definitely the hardest part. Letting it go when I can’t join in and participate in ski touring outings, hikes or trail runs and head to the gym instead has been challenging. But I’m still counting my blessings and am thankful to be functional. I can walk. I can work. And I can slowly keep working toward my goals and celebrating little victories along the way. I may not be skiing hard this year but I’ll be waiting this thing out and taking care of myself physically and mentally in the meantime. Patience is paramount to returning to my previous (although hopefully better) level of athletic function & skiing next winter. Anyone who shares the mental struggles of ongoing injuries, I feel you. Hang in there, keep pushing forward & find things that keep you smiling 😊
It was time to stop, share a liter with the lifestraw and choke down a bar. We stepped off trail, but couldn't quite find a log that looked appealing to prop on. We wandered off further, and further, until Vince called out, "there's a seat here... Literally" ... We stumbled into this heavily structured camp. Someone had spent a solid amount of time here, building their haven around a strangely perfect stone for sitting. The throne was crafted with care, the fire pit stones laid expertly. Logs were seated into niches within boulders creating a sort of layered stadium seating so that guests may choose their distance from the heat source. A sturdy and full fuel rack was in exact reach. So often the mark a human leaves in the wilderness inspires disgust, but this was magical.
Day 6 | Dingboche to Chukhung | 4730m | 6km, +455m.
This is the only photo I snap today, as for the first time I’m really feeling the altitude. I wouldn’t call it so much a headache as my brain feeling like it’s trying to escape out of my skull. I only pass two other groups today, along with this stone house that has many yaks grazing outside. I’m kneeling close to try to fit both this yak and the mountain behind in the frame, when a very tanned Nepali man comes out of the house and starts yelling at me in Nepalese. Fuck, just get up and keep walking.
I arrive at the lodge two hours later. I’m off the main EBC trek now, and now it’s quiet. Mostly solo travelers, nearly everyone is suffering in their own way. Some from altitude, some sick from the food, some from exhaustion, and other ailments like blisters and sunburns and the biting cold of the long nights.
I meet an Israeli named Tomer and a Brit named Seb and we play cards until the furnace goes out in the dining room and it’s time to wrap up in my sleeping bag for another freezing night. Way above the treeline now, there’s only rock and ice.
Running away from everything like...
Lately I keep asking myself “What did I do to deserve this” “Why me”
“How do I keep going”
“What do I do now”
“I can’t do this”
All of which is normal during grief, so I’ve been told. Although I do believe everything happens for a reason, even when I think there is no reason for something so awful to happen.
But I also have to come to realize that, yes, this is and will be one of the hardest things I will ever have to go through.
During times like this I often have to remind myself to breathe and keep going.
It will get easier
I will get through this
I can do this
I am strong. .
When times get tough just remember:
You are strong
WE ARE STRONG ♥️
I am back from my first snowshoe backpacking trip! I went with a group of newbs so we called it our "winter death trip." We didn't die (sorry), but I did lose two toenails, sensation in four toes, and a whole new wonderful adventure to add to my memories. ❄️
(My photos from the winter death trip aren't super awesome, so while I wait for my buddies' pics here's a shot from my solo fall trip, which also had snow but didn't result in frozen boots and lost toenails.)
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"There may be people who feel no need for nature. They are fortunate, perhaps. But for those of us who feel otherwise, who feel something is missing unless we can hike across land disturbed only by our footsteps or see creatures roaming freely as they have always done, we are sure there should be wilderness." - Mardy Murie
September 12, 2018: the John Day River
Huge shoutout to our ambassador Ali (@luckyalexandra) for organizing a free beacon and avy refresher course over the weekend, thanks to a partnership with Portland Mountain Rescue! Have you brushed up on your skills lately? Now is the perfect time to get out there and practice! Stay safe this season, friends!