⛰ Today is #InternationalMountainDay in a time when the preservation of their ecosystems is most important and in most danger. Though raised on an island, I was more drawn to the heights of mountains than the vastness of the ocean. School taught that the Ko'olau range rock composition would take 20+ years to filter rain and moisture into the delicious drinking water well that supplies O'ahu. Respect and sustainable use of resources that belong to the aina are all that keep our islands a paradise. All it takes is a little awareness of our consumption and dependence on the world 🏝 #MountainsMatter
“Mom, are those people walking to the end of the earth?” A little boy just within earshot asked this question two weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I remember growing up in a town that took 15 minutes to drive through, knowing nothing else beyond its limits. To that boy, we are walking to the edge of all he knows, and I guess that’s all I am really trying to do—walk to the edge of all I know, now.
Happy #internationalmountainday !! I spent the day staring at the beautiful #livingstonrange as I drove to Cardston for a workshop (where I gave my first ever presentation to a crowd of 50 producers). I had alot of time to think about my favorite days of 2018 and they all had a common theme: my favorite people in my favorite place; the mountains.
Happy International Mountain Day! Being in the mountains is a reset for me. It’s where life slows down even though the pace speeds up. It’s where I go to regain structure and clarity. Thanks Mountains for all that you’ve done in my life.
Happy national mountain day! I didn’t get to make it up to one but here’s one of my favorites I got to visit recently along w bad run-on sentences!
This was a very last minute, but intensely soul-filling trip as I have wanted to go to Yosemite for many years now and I finally had the opportunity last month and got to share it with boo thang @victoriaa.wild.
We arrived at a friends house around 7 or 8pm the night before just north of San Francisco, hung out for a bit, went to the gym to stretch since we had been driving all day and then decided to go to REI to get a map and plot out our trip.
Decided on Glacier point as it would be one of the best spots to see half dome and the valley lit up for sunrise (debated on half dome vs. el cap (dawn wall) for a bit) and I decided to just drive through the night to be able to wake up for the sunrise and already be in the park - was absolutely worth it.
This sunrise is up there for me with the Enchantments and Grand Canyon - I don’t know how to put it into words really but I think the 2nd photo in this post encapsulates the feeling haha. I went out to an overhang over the valley to watch part of it and felt so immersed.
We spent the day here and roamed around trying to soak in everything we could ending it with watching the sunset on half dome as well as some buck grazing right next to us - was pretty surreal until a dude went up to them and started taking pictures right in their faces lol - part of me wanted the buck to maim his phone 🙄
It was also surreal to finally see these giant walls in person that I’ve read about and watched some of the worlds best climbers on - to try to fathom what goes through your mind as you ascend thousands of feet.
The @proactiveahw business team enjoying the scenery at Sam’s Point. Sign up as a site member at www.proactiveahw.com and come hike with us! Our next social hike is on Bear Mountain, at Bear Mountain State Park, NY, Sunday 12/16. ⛰
A little throwback to last winter when we went up Washington from Monroe for sunset, and ended up catching some pretty remarkable wind, clouds, and light. No matter how many times you go up Washington, each time, the conditions never fail to be entirely different.
My best advice about living life to the fullest is waking up each day with a growth mindset. It’s realizing that you deserve to be proud of each step you take no matter how big or small. It’s doing what feels right no matter what. Chasing your passion without worrying about how you may be judged or perceived by others. It’s about being natural and your best self in any and all situations.
Gorakshep (16,942 ft) —> EVEREST BASE CAMP (17,600 ft) —> Loboche (16,207 ft)
The views at EBC were better than I expected them to be. Specifically of the Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is one of the most dangerous sections of the Everest climb as the icefall itself can move up to 3 feet per day! One of the neatest parts about base camp was actually walking down to the glacier. If you sat and listened you could hear the cracking and moving of the ice. It was eerie and beautiful all at the same time.
On our way down from EBC there were 2 guys sitting on a rock looking exhausted. We joked about them taking a donkey the last 1/2 mile to base camp unknowing that this was only a bad joke. They shared with us that just 2 days prior in Dingboche, a woman actually died due to altitude sickness. Apparently, she had chosen to take a donkey from Namche to Dingboche despite feeling the initial symptoms of AMS. She got to Dingboche sat down for dinner and couldn’t eat. She went to bed that night and never woke up. Later on we would learn that 3 other people had also died during our trek. 2 due to altitude and 1 due to falling off a cliff.
This trek is not a joke. We wish we would have understood how dangerous the altitude really is. We both came into the trek confident knowing that we climb mountains in Colorado and live at a higher elevation than most people. If we would have known that 3 people had died due to the altitude we probably would have made a decision to turn around rather than push on when Luke got sick.
During the trek back down fatigue set in and we decided to stop early in Loboche. After another baby wipe shower and dinner I was ready for bed. As I laid down something felt off…. My throat started feeling swollen, shivers took over my body, and my head started to feel more pressure than I had felt the entire trip thus far. Something wasn’t right…
I nicknamed the Columbia Gorge the “Cold Hawaii” because of it’s lush foliage and countless waterfalls. Last year when it caught fire I finally understood how much the region had changed. Massive population increases reduced the water table making a temperate rainforest arid enough to catch fire. It’s sad what has happened to this rugged beauty. I visited an old favorite hike yesterday and unintentionally ended up hiking through the burned area. It was a beautiful display of destruction and regrowth with native crawling blackberries and holly as new ground cover. The trees were dead and every one I touched left wet charcoal on my hands. These pictures are beautiful, but were made by human destruction . Every new person that moves to this region will impact the natural beauty that is around. Now I understand Tom McCall’s speech from 1971, “Come visit, pease don’t stay.” #whyihike#rainforest#fire#fog
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