In the daily struggle prove your worth and find where you belong there is nothing more humbling than hike in the wilderness to show you you're right where you belong.
You may start on one trail, but it will lead to countless others. That daunting trek up the mountain will be far surpassed by the sense of accomplishment once you're resting at the peak.
And the best part... from that peak you will see countless others begging for you to rise again and heed their call.
To live is not to belong, it is not to be content.
To live is to constantly challenge yourself... If you succeed at that, you will find you fit in in places you'd never dreamed you belong..
NOW vs. THEN
(One week difference between these photos)
Photo 1 📷: @klutzy_climber .
When are we going to wake up and realize our reality? THIS-is the face of climate change. This constant smoke, these insane red tide blooms, the massive winter storms, hurricanes-this is what living in a future with a rapidly deteriorating environment looks like. And yet-what happens? We put on our gas masks, we shovel snow, we bail out and evacuate...attempting to continue everyday routines, until things return back to normal. But what happens when they don't?
These natural disasters are not stopping anytime soon. Each year, California experiences consistently larger, more destructive wildfires. Fire, in the right proportions and propensity is good-forests rely on fire to clear out dead old growth and brush, making way for new-but fires of this density and size-this is not natural. These are not beneficial-this is a result of anthropogenic climate change. This is a result of continued apathy, of denial, of a lack of action- when will we wake up, and realize that this is the constant state of being we are facing?
Bring back our air. Bring back our water. Save our forests. They can survive with out us-but the reverse does not apply. (thank you to all of the USFS, Butte County and Cal State firefighters, and everyone else working tirelessly to contain these fires-thanks for fighting for our forests and our safety)
76 deaths, 1000+ missing, and today makes 9 days. Donald Trump has blamed the state’s environmental laws, he has blamed the state’s forest management. He has mocked firefighters. He has pointed fingers at everyone but the corporation that started this fire and many others including the devastating Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa only a year ago,
He has yet to mention climate change as a factor except when asked if his stance on the matter has changed at all since visiting Paradise, CA to which he replied it has not. 💔
He has yet to declare a national emergency. 💔
He has instead joined forces with Ryan Zinke, the Interior Secretary, in saying that the best solution is to open National Public Lands to clear cutting. The two of them citing that the density of the tree fuels is too great. This is climate capitalism dystopia. 💔
I don’t think I need to point out to you that this isn’t a forest fire, this is a wildland-urban interface fire, caused by climate change and unchecked corporations. No amount of clear cutting could ever save California and I do not have to be a scientist to understand that. 💔
Where are the National Guard, where is the relief? Why is this a business opportunity? Over 1000 people are missing, thousands are homeless, and millions are affected by air quality. 💔
PLEASE step up as a citizen where our president refuses to. Donate to Camp Fire Relief (link in bio), talk to your Representatives about Ocasio-Cortez’s Climate Committee & the New Green Deal and how you need them to support it, talk to them about preserving our National Parks & Forests. Do not let this be something you look back on and wish you had not been silent or inactive about. 💔
Not sure who to contact as your state representative?: www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative .
You would be surprised at the amount of animals that have come up to us. We are still here in Paradise, CA. We have been going through the thousands of homes looking for bodies. They estimated 9,000 homes were lost. So, far 71 people have died and over 1000 are missing. The last 3 pictures are before and after. I didn’t want to put those first, because there are already too many pictures like that. I think the animals that survived are much better first picture. Next week they are predicting rain, which will be a welcome sight, but the heavy rain predicted for next weekend could be even more devastating. Keep these people in your prayers.
The smoke and deadly toxins from the air now travels to nearby cities and brings unhealthy air quality. It’s so bad and making everyone sick. 😷 God bless, California! Please pray for those who are affected and lost their houses in the fire. 🙏🏼 This is so heartbreaking and unreal! Lord, please let it RAIN soon... 😢💔🔥
As we write this, there are more than a dozen wildfires burning in California. 59 people are confirmed dead in the Camp Fire and many more are missing. Hundreds of people have lost their homes, and Pacific Gas & Electric, whose power lines have caused many of the state’s recents fires, could be on the hook for $30 billion in liabilities and might even face bankruptcy. There’s no rain in sight, and as recent headline in the LA Times put it, welcome to the “new abnormal.”
"Some of the best journeys in life are often between the heart, body and mind." --Hikrsoul
Each time I venture out into the wilderness for an adventure, I'm driven by what is in my heart. I find the condition of or impact on my body influences my decisions and what I often want or think I'm capable of doing. It's my mind that weighs out each adventure helping me overcome distractions, limitations and self-deception so I may continue on in my journey despite circumstances that might dictate otherwise.
I have found wisdom in knowing that my experience in nature is not limited to outdoor lessons only. These principles apply at work, at home and in any other endeavor I seek.
Enjoy your weekend my friends and Hey!, enjoy your journey.
PC: @joshsmith000 .
A partially iced over Little Greys River in western Wyoming this week...
I was up cutting a Christmas tree (yes, I know it's early, but I never know how long I can get up the river before it's snowed in, so I'll leave it in my yard until I'm ready for it all you Grinches 😉😁) and I kept getting sidetracked (which is my middle name, by the way) by all the beautiful sights. Like many places, this old friend of a river looks completely new in winter dress...
This particular bend of the Little Greys sees scarce sun and was frozen in a wonderland of ice terraces and tumbling water...
As we write this, there are more than a dozen wildfires burning in California. 59 people are confirmed dead in the Camp Fire and many more are missing. Hundreds of people have lost their homes, and Pacific Gas & Electronic, whose power lines have caused many of the state's recents fires could be on the hook for $30 billion in liabilities and might even face bankruptcy. There's no rain in sight, and as recent head line in LA Times put it welcome to the "new abnormal."
For the last five fire seasons, photojournalist Stuart Palley, @stuartpalley, has been working for the US Forest Service documenting California's burning, particularly at night, when the blazes take on a spectacular beauty. Wildlands firefighters Amanda Monthei @a_monthei, has report on Palley's new book, Terra Flama, and we have a lot more pictures this is a must-see story. Check it out, as with all our pieces,at read-aj.com.
#prayforcalifornia 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😥 #Repost @adventurejournal
As we write this, there are more than a dozen wildfires burning in California. 59 people are confirmed dead in the Camp Fire and many more are missing. Hundreds of people have lost their homes. There’s no rain in sight, and as recent headline in the LA Times put it, welcome to the “new abnormal.”
For the last five fire seasons, photojournalist Stuart Palley, @stuartpalley, has been working for the US Forest Service documenting California’s burning, particularly at night, when the blazes take on a spectacular beauty. Wildlands firefighter Amanda Monthei, @a_monthei, has a report on Palley’s new book, Terra Flama, and we have a lot more pictures—this is a must-see story. Check it out, as with all our pieces, at read-aj.com.
EVACUATING WITH ONLY THE CLOTHES ON YOUR BACK: Last Friday around 2:45am as the Woolsey Fire careened out of the hills and into the flatland subdivisions of Thousand Oaks. Masao Barrows was woken up by his room mate as their yard was catching on fire, and firefighters evacuated him in only his pajamas from his home. Seeing this moment in person was gut-wrenching, as Barrows tried to save his truck, but firefighters simply yelled “GO! Walk down the street away from the fire!” To which Barrows replied “Everything is in this house” (paraphrased from my memory). ____
I thought the house would be a total loss, but when I returned a few days later to check on the house, I ran into Masao returning home from work. Not only was the house still standing, but his truck, a 1980’s Ford Ranger with a burned paint job and melted tail lights, was still running and he was arriving home in it! Masao did lose his entire storage shed of tools, and the house did sustain some fire and smoke damage, but it’s all repairable.
Masao I spoke for a while and he shared his story of what happened after he was evacuated. A Sheriff’s deputy picked him up in a patrol car, and in the backseat with a rescued cat, Masao was dropped off in a strip mall after avoiding being scratched by the panicking feline. Eventually a store owner, who had been evacuated from the fire as well and was spending the night in their shop, took Masao in and gave him a pair of sweatpants.
There are many stories of escape and survival from the Woolsey Fire like this. I mourn the loss of 3 victims on the fire, and am thankful there weren’t more fatalities. In the case of the Camp Fire we are seeing how truly awful a worst case scenario is. The silver lining is seeing a community coming together to grieve and help each other. Neighbor helping neighbor, and somehow trying to process the trauma. The resiliency and better part of human nature generally shine through. It’s powerful to watch.
It’s been another long fire season. Those of us in the fire community aren’t known for being good at reaching out when life’s struggles start to add up and weigh on us. Death, destruction, crumbling relationship, feeling like an absent parent. Poor coping skills compound these stressors until the breaking point is reached. Reach out to one of your brothers or sisters in the community, spread the love and make sure they are squared away. - - #1018supplyco#1018#goat#fire#wildland#wildfire#usfs#calfire#helitack#hotshot
For anyone affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires, some Airbnb hosts are offering free places to stay until November 29th. Additionally, if you have and space for the fire victims you can add your homes to the list. Head to the link in my bio to learn more, stay safe everyone.
I know things are not going well over there and I really want to be out there helping but I can’t yet. I just seen some pictures from the California wild fires and thought they were amazing.
#campfire 🔥 #woolseyfire#fire#calfire#wildfire#usfs
Climate change didn't start the fires. Climate change is an environmental process not a downed PG&E power line, reckless utility company, cigarette cast from a speeding vehicle, or camper who left a fire to smolder, cast a spark and fuel an inferno. But, climate change is at play.
Drought, extreme weather and shifts in ecological communities caused by warm winters and pests like pine beetles are climate induced. Those, coupled with an increase in humans living in the fire prone wild / urban interface paired with unnaturally high fuel loads caused by legacy of fire suppression have set us up for a cocktail of factors ripe for disaster.
These disasters are not caused by a single driver. Multiple converge to affect shifts that, on the surface, may seem linear. Yet, time and again, ecological research tells us that multiple, community shaping drivers are often at play affecting a system uniquely over space and time. This diverse suite of inputs and outputs, relationships deeply rooted and ephemeral, shape the environments we experience, both disastrous and sublime.
While worst case scenarios like the California fires are undoubtedly a tragedy beyond words, these horrible circumstances also stand as a strong reminder that the state of our environment, and those in the crossfire, are a reflection of how we treat, manage and steward nature. A healthy environment fosters a healthy society.
We are integral to this equation. Now, more than ever, the lifestyle decisions we make, the votes we cast and the groundswells we choose to support, will write the future of our planet. These are not partisan issues. This is a quality of life issue.
My heart goes out to everyone affected, and those selfless and heroic humans on the frontlines. California will never be the same.
My dad and sister are driving through Butte County as we speak. They said it’s hellish beyond belief. 🙏🏼
This is a photo I took of @instagnarle, a great human + Redmond smokejumper, in eastern Oregon using a drip torch to fight fire with fire.
Link in profile to donate to The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund