Trail thoughts 💭 As I hiked out of the canyon (with massive sausage fingers 🖐🏼🤚🏼) I greeted everyone with a “Hello” “Good Morning” and other peppy, happy, encouraging trail comments. What if we all took our “happy trail” comments to our daily lives and greeted other people with “hello’s” or “good mornings” throughout the day?
Almost 6 years ago we had our first magical day together here. We barely knew each other. I had no idea how much I needed him. He is reaching 7 years of guesstimated age, and that's terrifying to me. I couldn't have asked for a better love in my life, and every single moment spent with him is a blessing. My heart and soul, my mountain buddy, love of my life, kisses on the mountain tops and matching muddy legs. The countless white furs in my car is a gift that keeps on giving, reminding me that it is all my heart has ever needed. Thank you universe for the very special gift of Riley. 💙🌄🐺🌌🐾
Sunset over the Pickets late last summer || with summer now in full swing, I'm crazy excited to take all I've learned in the past year as a photographer, documentarian, and climber and put it to use to expand upon my love and appreciation of the outdoors and the wonderful souls which venture into these places.
Kicking it off with some warm up scrambles in the Tatoosh on Sunday then hitting the alpine to hopefully bag Little Tahoma next weekend. Let's go 🤙
I was fortunate enough to be King of the Hill in King County today as I made a solo ascent of both the West (the true summit) and East Peaks of Mount Daniel. It was a day full of jaw dropping views, ogling ragged ridgelines and summits, coral blue alpine lakes, massive thunderstorms forming over neighboring peaks, epic standing glissades, and complete solitude. I had the entire mountain to myself and I am grateful for every moment of it. The feeling of complete isolation while in the alpine is a treasure to me and I had in a way, forgotten what it felt like. Today will be remembered for a long time to come.
The best outdoor advice I’ve ever been given was that a destination may seem like a goal, but the journey along the trail is the most remarkable part. Find something to appreciate or to learn from each outdoor experience. You’re growing and learning with each experience and step that you take. Acknowledge every moment on the trail whether it’s celebrating victories, overcoming obstacles, or admiring the simplicity of your natural surroundings.
What is the best outdoor best outdoor advice that you’ve given or received?
Surrounded by rhododendrons. This is taken from inside a lil clearing perfect for a private afternoon rest. It’s only access by this tunnel of rhododendrons with mountain views in the background. Bliss.
The unreal colors of Banff! Who has seen this incredible lake in person? — #StayWild
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Mount Shasta 2.0. Only this year we couldn’t summit due to pretty crazy wind. Regardless it was very fun heading up using trailrunner and crampons, and camping at >10,000 ft high #mountshasta#throwback
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
Henry David Thoreau
I wouldn’t feel right without posting a belated Father’s Day photo of my old man. I would’ve done it sooner; however, cell service is hard to find in Utah’s remote deserts.
This photo is from a recent trip we took to central Nevada with our dogs. My Dad has insatiable love of learning and has taken up photography in recent years. He’s darn good too! You can check out his work here if interested: