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One week ago, many of us who value public lands were devastated to learn that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat’l Monuments would be shrunk and stripped of its protections. Many of you have heard from myself, @Im_NicoleMarie on this issue. But today, I feel that it is important we hear from someone else. A native woman. A woman who this land means a lot to. So, I hope you all take a few minutes to read about Jaylyn, @NativeWomensWilderness and what these lands mean to her and her heritage.
"You could say I'm a kid straight from the Rez. I grew up on the Navajo Reservation. I was adopted by an incredible woman who taught me how to love and explore the land. The land was our playground, the sticks were your swords, the canyons were your maze, and the cliffs were your wonder.
I was taught that I could do anything I wanted and what I really wanted was to climb mountains. But I had no one to look up to, so I grew up with the idea that only white women could climb mountains. I then began to scale the cliffs in my back yard. I then became a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. And then I became the brown woman who climbed mountains.
Currently at @nativewomenswilderness we have started a movement called, ‘Whose Land Are We Exploring On?’ Right now it is an important time to ask this question. Did you know that Bears Ears is a sacred site to five major tribes, all of which have ancestral ties to the land for thousands of years. One of these tribes makes an annual pilgrimage to pick berries that only grow within the monument, for sacred traditions. For me, Bears Ears brings about nonverbal feelings for me. How do you explain the feeling you have with the land of your ancestors, that DEEP feeling?
The past week has been devastating to me. I also feel in some ways feel traumatized. It is 2017 and yet our lands and rights are still being taken away from us? This is our land and another note to historical trauma and colonization where once again our land is being segregated and split up.
Through NWW we are exploring what these lands mean to us, the land that we love. Please join us while we share with you the ancestral history behind the lands you explore."
One week ago, many of us who value public lands were devastated to learn that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat’l Monuments would be shrunk and stripped of its protections. Many of you have heard from myself, @Im_NicoleMarie on this issue. But today, I feel that it is important we hear from someone else. A native woman. A woman who this land means a lot to. So, I hope you all take a few minutes to read about Jaylyn, @NativeWomensWilderness and what these lands mean to her and her heritage. "You could say I'm a kid straight from the Rez. I grew up on the Navajo Reservation. I was adopted by an incredible woman who taught me how to love and explore the land. The land was our playground, the sticks were your swords, the canyons were your maze, and the cliffs were your wonder. I was taught that I could do anything I wanted and what I really wanted was to climb mountains. But I had no one to look up to, so I grew up with the idea that only white women could climb mountains. I then began to scale the cliffs in my back yard. I then became a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. And then I became the brown woman who climbed mountains. Currently at @nativewomenswilderness we have started a movement called, ‘Whose Land Are We Exploring On?’ Right now it is an important time to ask this question. Did you know that Bears Ears is a sacred site to five major tribes, all of which have ancestral ties to the land for thousands of years. One of these tribes makes an annual pilgrimage to pick berries that only grow within the monument, for sacred traditions. For me, Bears Ears brings about nonverbal feelings for me. How do you explain the feeling you have with the land of your ancestors, that DEEP feeling? The past week has been devastating to me. I also feel in some ways feel traumatized. It is 2017 and yet our lands and rights are still being taken away from us? This is our land and another note to historical trauma and colonization where once again our land is being segregated and split up. Through NWW we are exploring what these lands mean to us, the land that we love. Please join us while we share with you the ancestral history behind the lands you explore."
For fifteen years in a row, Steve Ramras and friends have celebrated New Year's Day in the icy slot canyons of Bears Ears National Monument. It’s a tradition so absurd, Ram calls it “the Bad Idea That Caught On.” Swimming and rappelling and freezing your ass off through the depths of the Black Hole when you could just as easily be home watching football or skiing or any other number of infinitely more comfortable things just seems… Stupid. 
But when you’ve shared a New Year’s Day Black Hole with someone you’ve never met before, this crazy thing happens - you are suddenly fast friends for life.  That’s precisely the thing that FreezeFest and public lands in general can do better than almost anything else I can think of. A place where adventure and exploration and creativity come together to create a community. 
We’ve heard over and over this week from our politicians that the reduction of Bears Ears boundaries has nothing to do with an oil or mineral giveaway.  But on Friday, the Washington Post reported that a Uranium firm “launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument,” a long with a letter from the firm that detailed how Bears Ears would negatively impact their bottom line. 
For perspective, the Black Hole is only 3 miles from the Happy Jack Mine, it’s drainage just a few hundred yards above White Canyon.  The Happy Jack mine was one of the most lucrative mines during the 1950s, when San Juan County’s economy boomed. 
When the demand for uranium dried up in the 70s, much of San Juan County’s economy evaporated with it. 
Unfortunately, the environmental damage caused by uranium mines lasts a helluva lot longer than a few years of economic prosperity. Today, there are nearly 500 abandoned uranium mines littered across the Navajo Nation, almost none of which have been remedied.  One of the main reasons why the original boundaries of Bears Ears, co-managed with the tribes, is necessary.
For fifteen years in a row, Steve Ramras and friends have celebrated New Year's Day in the icy slot canyons of Bears Ears National Monument. It’s a tradition so absurd, Ram calls it “the Bad Idea That Caught On.” Swimming and rappelling and freezing your ass off through the depths of the Black Hole when you could just as easily be home watching football or skiing or any other number of infinitely more comfortable things just seems… Stupid. But when you’ve shared a New Year’s Day Black Hole with someone you’ve never met before, this crazy thing happens - you are suddenly fast friends for life.  That’s precisely the thing that FreezeFest and public lands in general can do better than almost anything else I can think of. A place where adventure and exploration and creativity come together to create a community. We’ve heard over and over this week from our politicians that the reduction of Bears Ears boundaries has nothing to do with an oil or mineral giveaway.  But on Friday, the Washington Post reported that a Uranium firm “launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument,” a long with a letter from the firm that detailed how Bears Ears would negatively impact their bottom line. For perspective, the Black Hole is only 3 miles from the Happy Jack Mine, it’s drainage just a few hundred yards above White Canyon.  The Happy Jack mine was one of the most lucrative mines during the 1950s, when San Juan County’s economy boomed. When the demand for uranium dried up in the 70s, much of San Juan County’s economy evaporated with it. Unfortunately, the environmental damage caused by uranium mines lasts a helluva lot longer than a few years of economic prosperity. Today, there are nearly 500 abandoned uranium mines littered across the Navajo Nation, almost none of which have been remedied.  One of the main reasons why the original boundaries of Bears Ears, co-managed with the tribes, is necessary.
“Remnants”
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{Click the link in my profile or search “Alan Brock” on YouTube for my latest video.}
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This scene had better light about 15 minutes before I clicked the shutter.  How do I know this?  Because I sat there watching it fade.  And why was I watching it instead of photographing it?  I was sitting on a pile of rocks frantically changing out my Velvia film holders.  I have a dream that one day they’ll make some sort of device where you can store hundreds, maybe even thousands, of images from a camera.  Probably won’t ever be invented... Anyway, I almost didn’t take the shot, but then I decided to go for it since I would never be back here.  I am strangely drawn to this image.  It’s not in the best light, but I’ve got enough slot canyon shots in screaming orange.  This is much more subdued and the desert varnish almost makes it look like beams of light from a sunset.  Maybe I’m too attached to the shot though.  Would love to hear your honest thoughts on it!!
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Taken on 4x5 @fujifilm_profilm Velvia 50 with the @intrepidcameraco on mine and @lowerylandscapes trip just east of nowhere.
“Remnants” • {Click the link in my profile or search “Alan Brock” on YouTube for my latest video.} • This scene had better light about 15 minutes before I clicked the shutter. How do I know this? Because I sat there watching it fade. And why was I watching it instead of photographing it? I was sitting on a pile of rocks frantically changing out my Velvia film holders. I have a dream that one day they’ll make some sort of device where you can store hundreds, maybe even thousands, of images from a camera. Probably won’t ever be invented... Anyway, I almost didn’t take the shot, but then I decided to go for it since I would never be back here. I am strangely drawn to this image. It’s not in the best light, but I’ve got enough slot canyon shots in screaming orange. This is much more subdued and the desert varnish almost makes it look like beams of light from a sunset. Maybe I’m too attached to the shot though. Would love to hear your honest thoughts on it!! • Taken on 4x5 @fujifilm_profilm Velvia 50 with the @intrepidcameraco on mine and @lowerylandscapes trip just east of nowhere.
“Sometimes all the elements come together to make a beautiful scene.” Thanks for posting this for me Jason! 😊@blindsight_photography 
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Feature selected by Kenna @sunkissedskin._  #werutah
“Sometimes all the elements come together to make a beautiful scene.” Thanks for posting this for me Jason! 😊@blindsight_photography _________________________________ Feature selected by Kenna @sunkissedskin._ #werutah 
Another beautiful sunset over Utah Lake. This one is from last month which seemed to produce an amazing sunset every night. Now we get to enjoy the great inversion with no snow...
Another beautiful sunset over Utah Lake. This one is from last month which seemed to produce an amazing sunset every night. Now we get to enjoy the great inversion with no snow...
Working that 1 to 8 
so I can gobble groomers at @altaskiarea. 
The fresh tune from @altaperuvian CANNOT be beat. Edges are fun!
Working that 1 to 8 so I can gobble groomers at @altaskiarea. The fresh tune from @altaperuvian CANNOT be beat. Edges are fun!
Last year we rented snowshoes from @rei in Seattle and went up to Mount Rainier for hike. A snow storm moved in and dropped visibility to a few feet and covered our tracks. I was a bit nervous due to the conditions, but we were well prepared for the conditions and had a blast!
Last year we rented snowshoes from @rei in Seattle and went up to Mount Rainier for hike. A snow storm moved in and dropped visibility to a few feet and covered our tracks. I was a bit nervous due to the conditions, but we were well prepared for the conditions and had a blast!
I thought my feed needed a little break from Arizona photos so here’s one from my trip to Alaska in early May! This photo was taken from our second camp in the Northwestern Fjord of @kenaifjordsnps. Oh, to be at that camp again, surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and wildlife, while the nearest human was likely miles away 🙌
I thought my feed needed a little break from Arizona photos so here’s one from my trip to Alaska in early May! This photo was taken from our second camp in the Northwestern Fjord of @kenaifjordsnps. Oh, to be at that camp again, surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and wildlife, while the nearest human was likely miles away 🙌
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great drewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. (John Muir)
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#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemiteatnight #usinterior #explorecalifornia #stars #nightsky #night #astrophotography #nightimages #nightshooters #longexposure #visitcalifornia #nikond750 #landscapephotography #ourwild #mypubliclands #letsgosomewhere #goexplore #nikonartists #peopleinnature #night_excl #ic_longexposure #longexposureoftheday #pictureourparks #idratherbeoutside
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great drewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. (John Muir) . . . #yosemite  #yosemitenationalpark  #yosemiteatnight  #usinterior  #explorecalifornia  #stars  #nightsky  #night  #astrophotography  #nightimages  #nightshooters  #longexposure  #visitcalifornia  #nikond750  #landscapephotography  #ourwild  #mypubliclands  #letsgosomewhere  #goexplore  #nikonartists  #peopleinnature  #night_excl  #ic_longexposure  #longexposureoftheday  #pictureourparks  #idratherbeoutside 
Sunday’s are for wandering around the woods and staring at cool stuff 🤩
Sunday’s are for wandering around the woods and staring at cool stuff 🤩
Working that 1 to 8 
so I can gobble groomers at @altaskiarea. 
The fresh tune from @altaperuvian CANNOT be beat. Edges are fun!
Working that 1 to 8 so I can gobble groomers at @altaskiarea. The fresh tune from @altaperuvian CANNOT be beat. Edges are fun!
Little throwback to this amazing place 🌵

#utah #explorethefifty #nps #protectourpubliclands #usinterior #mypubliclands #utahisrad #ourplanetdaily
I don’t know much but I’m pretty sure this is a dormant dragon.
I don’t know much but I’m pretty sure this is a dormant dragon.
Last year we rented snowshoes from @rei in Seattle and went up to Mount Rainier for hike. A snow storm moved in and dropped visibility to a few feet and covered our tracks. I was a bit nervous due to the conditions, but we were well prepared for the conditions and had a blast!
Last year we rented snowshoes from @rei in Seattle and went up to Mount Rainier for hike. A snow storm moved in and dropped visibility to a few feet and covered our tracks. I was a bit nervous due to the conditions, but we were well prepared for the conditions and had a blast!
Just posted a couple new journal entries on the ol’ website. 🌲❄️🎉 This pic is in there. It’s one of my favorites from this past weekend. #linkinbio #cloud #puff #pisgah #nationalforest
Slamming down some time on the stair stepper today in the gym reminded me of the good times that were had in Utah a few months ago. From thunderstorms to encounters with wildlife, that was an incredible three days! Sometimes living in the high desert I forget I’m only 5 hours away from some awesome landscapes Utah has to offer. #FindYourPark •
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#canonbringit#mycanonstory#teamcanon#iflyalaska#visitutah#angelslanding#zionnationalpark#takemoreadventures#roamtheplanet#mypubliclands#abc7eyewitness#artofvisuals#bevisuallyinspired
Slamming down some time on the stair stepper today in the gym reminded me of the good times that were had in Utah a few months ago. From thunderstorms to encounters with wildlife, that was an incredible three days! Sometimes living in the high desert I forget I’m only 5 hours away from some awesome landscapes Utah has to offer. #FindYourPark  • • • • • • • • • • #canonbringit #mycanonstory #teamcanon #iflyalaska #visitutah #angelslanding #zionnationalpark #takemoreadventures #roamtheplanet #mypubliclands #abc7eyewitness #artofvisuals #bevisuallyinspired 
“Remnants”
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{Click the link in my profile or search “Alan Brock” on YouTube for my latest video.}
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This scene had better light about 15 minutes before I clicked the shutter.  How do I know this?  Because I sat there watching it fade.  And why was I watching it instead of photographing it?  I was sitting on a pile of rocks frantically changing out my Velvia film holders.  I have a dream that one day they’ll make some sort of device where you can store hundreds, maybe even thousands, of images from a camera.  Probably won’t ever be invented... Anyway, I almost didn’t take the shot, but then I decided to go for it since I would never be back here.  I am strangely drawn to this image.  It’s not in the best light, but I’ve got enough slot canyon shots in screaming orange.  This is much more subdued and the desert varnish almost makes it look like beams of light from a sunset.  Maybe I’m too attached to the shot though.  Would love to hear your honest thoughts on it!!
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Taken on 4x5 @fujifilm_profilm Velvia 50 with the @intrepidcameraco on mine and @lowerylandscapes trip just east of nowhere.
“Remnants” • {Click the link in my profile or search “Alan Brock” on YouTube for my latest video.} • This scene had better light about 15 minutes before I clicked the shutter. How do I know this? Because I sat there watching it fade. And why was I watching it instead of photographing it? I was sitting on a pile of rocks frantically changing out my Velvia film holders. I have a dream that one day they’ll make some sort of device where you can store hundreds, maybe even thousands, of images from a camera. Probably won’t ever be invented... Anyway, I almost didn’t take the shot, but then I decided to go for it since I would never be back here. I am strangely drawn to this image. It’s not in the best light, but I’ve got enough slot canyon shots in screaming orange. This is much more subdued and the desert varnish almost makes it look like beams of light from a sunset. Maybe I’m too attached to the shot though. Would love to hear your honest thoughts on it!! • Taken on 4x5 @fujifilm_profilm Velvia 50 with the @intrepidcameraco on mine and @lowerylandscapes trip just east of nowhere.
Caught a gorgeous sunset out during an evening hike. Pacifica is tucked away along Hwy 1 and I’ve seen changes happen to this little seaside enclave over the past 17 years.  Still beautiful and the locals keep their coast clean and thriving.  Watched a few Harbor seals frolic in the waves from the cliffs. It was a perfect way to end my day 😘  Have a great evening!

#optoutside #lifeisbeautiful #nature #californiacoast #california #ocean #sea #seascape #photography #waves #sunset #conservation #nature #skyporn #clouds #cloudporn #Pacifica #publiclands #mypubliclands #hike
Caught a gorgeous sunset out during an evening hike. Pacifica is tucked away along Hwy 1 and I’ve seen changes happen to this little seaside enclave over the past 17 years. Still beautiful and the locals keep their coast clean and thriving. Watched a few Harbor seals frolic in the waves from the cliffs. It was a perfect way to end my day 😘 Have a great evening! #optoutside  #lifeisbeautiful  #nature  #californiacoast  #california  #ocean  #sea  #seascape  #photography  #waves  #sunset  #conservation  #nature  #skyporn  #clouds  #cloudporn  #Pacifica  #publiclands  #mypubliclands  #hike 
We missed being within close proximity to the water...
And this place has really good vibes ☮ 💗☀️🏄‍♀️
We missed being within close proximity to the water... And this place has really good vibes ☮ 💗☀️🏄‍♀️
Our very own @casynova doing her public speaking presentation at Bakersfiekd College about Kern River Conservancy and our work on the Kern River.
Great job Casandra, you rocked it!
Our very own @casynova doing her public speaking presentation at Bakersfiekd College about Kern River Conservancy and our work on the Kern River. Great job Casandra, you rocked it!
North of Durango, south of what we were looking for. #mypubliclands
North of Durango, south of what we were looking for. #mypubliclands 
Wisdom from the great Edward Abbey on the fight for our public lands: .
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"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards."
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#vanlife #sheadventures #sheexplores #wanderlust #adventureculture #wildernessculture #desertrats #rei1440project #getoutside
Wisdom from the great Edward Abbey on the fight for our public lands: . . "One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards." . . . . . . . . . . . #vanlife  #sheadventures  #sheexplores  #wanderlust  #adventureculture  #wildernessculture  #desertrats  #rei1440project  #getoutside 
Life is Grand! Ran S. Kaibab trail to Bright Angel trail 16.5miles 
#7milesdown9milesup #running #runninggirl #trailrunner #grandcanyon #nps #grandcanyonnps #publiclands #protectourpubliclands #ilovepubliclands #mypubliclands
Happy International Mountain Day! This was from the fun, snowy June ascent up Mt. Whitney. So snowy, in fact, that instead of its infamous 99 switchbacks, we took a straight chute up to the ridgeline (and enjoyed an awesomely long and fast glissade down). Those little dots near the center are people making their way up to 13,645’ Trail Crest, which is about 2 miles away from the summit.
Happy International Mountain Day! This was from the fun, snowy June ascent up Mt. Whitney. So snowy, in fact, that instead of its infamous 99 switchbacks, we took a straight chute up to the ridgeline (and enjoyed an awesomely long and fast glissade down). Those little dots near the center are people making their way up to 13,645’ Trail Crest, which is about 2 miles away from the summit.
Smokeshow.
Smokeshow.
Camping along the Pacific Coast on the Olympic Peninsula was by far one of my all-time favorite camping sites. Well, it was....until Mother Nature unleashed so much hail that the tent almost collapsed, followed by 6 hours of constant heavy rain. Sometimes you just can’t win with the weather.
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#Washington #OlympicNP #findyourpark #usinterior #mypubliclands #optoutside #beach #astrophotography #secondbeach #olympic #pacific #pacificcoast #nighttime #camping #hiking #backpacking #nature #campfire #marmot #west #ocean #nightsky
Camping along the Pacific Coast on the Olympic Peninsula was by far one of my all-time favorite camping sites. Well, it was....until Mother Nature unleashed so much hail that the tent almost collapsed, followed by 6 hours of constant heavy rain. Sometimes you just can’t win with the weather. . . . . . #Washington  #OlympicNP  #findyourpark  #usinterior  #mypubliclands  #optoutside  #beach  #astrophotography  #secondbeach  #olympic  #pacific  #pacificcoast  #nighttime  #camping  #hiking  #backpacking  #nature  #campfire  #marmot  #west  #ocean  #nightsky 
Another beautiful sunset over Utah Lake. This one is from last month which seemed to produce an amazing sunset every night. Now we get to enjoy the great inversion with no snow...
Another beautiful sunset over Utah Lake. This one is from last month which seemed to produce an amazing sunset every night. Now we get to enjoy the great inversion with no snow...
One week ago, many of us who value public lands were devastated to learn that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat’l Monuments would be shrunk and stripped of its protections. Many of you have heard from myself, @Im_NicoleMarie on this issue. But today, I feel that it is important we hear from someone else. A native woman. A woman who this land means a lot to. So, I hope you all take a few minutes to read about Jaylyn, @NativeWomensWilderness and what these lands mean to her and her heritage.
"You could say I'm a kid straight from the Rez. I grew up on the Navajo Reservation. I was adopted by an incredible woman who taught me how to love and explore the land. The land was our playground, the sticks were your swords, the canyons were your maze, and the cliffs were your wonder.
I was taught that I could do anything I wanted and what I really wanted was to climb mountains. But I had no one to look up to, so I grew up with the idea that only white women could climb mountains. I then began to scale the cliffs in my back yard. I then became a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. And then I became the brown woman who climbed mountains.
Currently at @nativewomenswilderness we have started a movement called, ‘Whose Land Are We Exploring On?’ Right now it is an important time to ask this question. Did you know that Bears Ears is a sacred site to five major tribes, all of which have ancestral ties to the land for thousands of years. One of these tribes makes an annual pilgrimage to pick berries that only grow within the monument, for sacred traditions. For me, Bears Ears brings about nonverbal feelings for me. How do you explain the feeling you have with the land of your ancestors, that DEEP feeling?
The past week has been devastating to me. I also feel in some ways feel traumatized. It is 2017 and yet our lands and rights are still being taken away from us? This is our land and another note to historical trauma and colonization where once again our land is being segregated and split up.
Through NWW we are exploring what these lands mean to us, the land that we love. Please join us while we share with you the ancestral history behind the lands you explore."
One week ago, many of us who value public lands were devastated to learn that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat’l Monuments would be shrunk and stripped of its protections. Many of you have heard from myself, @Im_NicoleMarie on this issue. But today, I feel that it is important we hear from someone else. A native woman. A woman who this land means a lot to. So, I hope you all take a few minutes to read about Jaylyn, @NativeWomensWilderness and what these lands mean to her and her heritage. "You could say I'm a kid straight from the Rez. I grew up on the Navajo Reservation. I was adopted by an incredible woman who taught me how to love and explore the land. The land was our playground, the sticks were your swords, the canyons were your maze, and the cliffs were your wonder. I was taught that I could do anything I wanted and what I really wanted was to climb mountains. But I had no one to look up to, so I grew up with the idea that only white women could climb mountains. I then began to scale the cliffs in my back yard. I then became a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. And then I became the brown woman who climbed mountains. Currently at @nativewomenswilderness we have started a movement called, ‘Whose Land Are We Exploring On?’ Right now it is an important time to ask this question. Did you know that Bears Ears is a sacred site to five major tribes, all of which have ancestral ties to the land for thousands of years. One of these tribes makes an annual pilgrimage to pick berries that only grow within the monument, for sacred traditions. For me, Bears Ears brings about nonverbal feelings for me. How do you explain the feeling you have with the land of your ancestors, that DEEP feeling? The past week has been devastating to me. I also feel in some ways feel traumatized. It is 2017 and yet our lands and rights are still being taken away from us? This is our land and another note to historical trauma and colonization where once again our land is being segregated and split up. Through NWW we are exploring what these lands mean to us, the land that we love. Please join us while we share with you the ancestral history behind the lands you explore."
Miiiight have a new favorite arch. This guy here, Druid Arch, was way impressive with just how big it is. Close to 450ft. high if I remember right. #werutah #beautahful #utahisrad #lifeelevated #utahdotcom #visitutah #weareutah #igsouthwest #exploreutah #mypubliclands #adventure 
#canyonlandsnationalpark #canyonlands #wowutah  #utahgram #trekking.adventures  #utahunique #onlyinutah #americasbestidea #nationalpark #nationalparkservice #nps  #findyourpark #mighty5 #hiking #arch #westbysouthwest #wildernessnation #welove_hiking_ig #youtah
Miiiight have a new favorite arch. This guy here, Druid Arch, was way impressive with just how big it is. Close to 450ft. high if I remember right. #werutah  #beautahful  #utahisrad  #lifeelevated  #utahdotcom  #visitutah  #weareutah  #igsouthwest  #exploreutah  #mypubliclands  #adventure  #canyonlandsnationalpark  #canyonlands  #wowutah  #utahgram  #trekking .adventures #utahunique  #onlyinutah  #americasbestidea  #nationalpark  #nationalparkservice  #nps  #findyourpark  #mighty5  #hiking  #arch  #westbysouthwest  #wildernessnation  #welove_hiking_ig  #youtah 
5,312 miles and 94 days later, we have biked from San Francisco, California to Columbia, South Carolina! We are done, and safe to say VERY EXCITED!!!! 🙌🍾🚳
5,312 miles and 94 days later, we have biked from San Francisco, California to Columbia, South Carolina! We are done, and safe to say VERY EXCITED!!!! 🙌🍾🚳
Good light is worth chasing. I always think I love the long golden rays of afternoon best, until I have a bright blue morning light this. What’s your favorite time of day?
Good light is worth chasing. I always think I love the long golden rays of afternoon best, until I have a bright blue morning light this. What’s your favorite time of day?
I'm sort of fond of this desaturated flat look. It's an accurate representation of the current state of things in the San Juans. Please mama nature bring the goods our way. The lenticular cloud streaming off Mears Peak was pretty cool to watch develop. 
Think❄. Better yet🙏🏼❄
I'm sort of fond of this desaturated flat look. It's an accurate representation of the current state of things in the San Juans. Please mama nature bring the goods our way. The lenticular cloud streaming off Mears Peak was pretty cool to watch develop. Think❄. Better yet🙏🏼❄
I designed an #enduro course so 4 descents could end at this intersection.  I sat here for 5 hours on Saturday with a cup of coffee watching people enjoy  #mountainbikes. That's all i wanted for Christmas. #6packenduro 
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#jlofrommo #mtb #mtblife #mountainbiker #mountainbike #rideyourbike #fromwhereiride #enduro #soendurobro #soenduro #travel #exploreeverything #exploremore #explore #oztrails #ozarks #mypubliclands #outsideisfree #thegreatoutdoors #getoutstayout #mtbmonday
I designed an #enduro  course so 4 descents could end at this intersection. I sat here for 5 hours on Saturday with a cup of coffee watching people enjoy #mountainbikes . That's all i wanted for Christmas. #6packenduro  º º º #jlofrommo  #mtb  #mtblife  #mountainbiker  #mountainbike  #rideyourbike  #fromwhereiride  #enduro  #soendurobro  #soenduro  #travel  #exploreeverything  #exploremore  #explore  #oztrails  #ozarks  #mypubliclands  #outsideisfree  #thegreatoutdoors  #getoutstayout  #mtbmonday 
So much history here. Feels very powerful! #liveyouradventure #monumentsforall #mypubliclands #hikingadventures
Held the snowshoes I rented in one hand while we walked through the woods to find our Christmas tree because there wasn’t enough snow! But still enough to catch the light and dampen the sound in that winter wonderland kinda way ✨⛄️🌲🏔
#december #winter #wyoming #winterwonderland #snow #cold #thatswy #publicland #mypubliclands #nationalforest #medicinebow #snowyrange #lodgepole #mountains #forest #getoutside #playoutside #sunshine #pines #trees
Held the snowshoes I rented in one hand while we walked through the woods to find our Christmas tree because there wasn’t enough snow! But still enough to catch the light and dampen the sound in that winter wonderland kinda way ✨⛄️🌲🏔 #december  #winter  #wyoming  #winterwonderland  #snow  #cold  #thatswy  #publicland  #mypubliclands  #nationalforest  #medicinebow  #snowyrange  #lodgepole  #mountains  #forest  #getoutside  #playoutside  #sunshine  #pines  #trees 
Backcountry skiing out of the Bay Area takes a little more planning than in Idaho. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make last minute spontaneous decisions to shoot up to the Sierras for a day in the high country. Found some corn, crust, and even some hidden patches of powder with @jules_rd and Luna on a beautiful bluebird day! #cityliving #firstsemesterdown #getoutside #alwaysworthit #mypubliclands
Backcountry skiing out of the Bay Area takes a little more planning than in Idaho. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make last minute spontaneous decisions to shoot up to the Sierras for a day in the high country. Found some corn, crust, and even some hidden patches of powder with @jules_rd and Luna on a beautiful bluebird day! #cityliving  #firstsemesterdown  #getoutside  #alwaysworthit  #mypubliclands 
“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!” 🎵🎶
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#ohbeautiful #purplemountainmajesties #purplemountains #america #highdesert #california #californiadesert #eastside #hwy395 #sierranevada #sierras #desertatdusk #dusk #desertduskpalette #desertdusk #roadtrip #iphonephotography #naturalcalifornia #mypubliclands
@elisabethontheroad -  Filed under: Awesome people in awesome places. And you know someone is a gem when you hike up and down San Gorgonio in the middle of the night with them and you're even better friends after the fact. Thanks for the laughs, smiles and hydration tablets. Looking forward to some mountain time later this week.
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#teamcanon #canon_photos #tlpicks #itsamazingoutthere  #travelandlife #travelawesome #traveldeeper #travelstoke #roam #mountaingirls #exploretocreate #wearethewild #forceofnature #optoutside #natgeoinspires #yourshotphotographer #camp4pix #uniladadventure #wildernessculture #destinationearth #womenwhohike #passionpassport #earthpix #nakedplanet #earthfocus #earthofficial #lonelyplanet #livebravely #mypubliclands
@elisabethontheroad - Filed under: Awesome people in awesome places. And you know someone is a gem when you hike up and down San Gorgonio in the middle of the night with them and you're even better friends after the fact. Thanks for the laughs, smiles and hydration tablets. Looking forward to some mountain time later this week. • • • • • #teamcanon  #canon_photos  #tlpicks  #itsamazingoutthere  #travelandlife  #travelawesome  #traveldeeper  #travelstoke  #roam  #mountaingirls  #exploretocreate  #wearethewild  #forceofnature  #optoutside  #natgeoinspires  #yourshotphotographer  #camp4pix  #uniladadventure  #wildernessculture  #destinationearth  #womenwhohike  #passionpassport  #earthpix  #nakedplanet  #earthfocus  #earthofficial  #lonelyplanet  #livebravely  #mypubliclands 
What are snow tornadoes called? Snownado?  Keep it Wild, Yellowstone!
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#renegadeimages #wyoming #wyomingphotographer #yellowstone #nature #neature #snow #mountains #mypubliclands #nikon
A wild Maddie cruises up Scarface. You wouldn’t know it’s winter in the desert until the sun goes down and everything freezes but the tequila.
A wild Maddie cruises up Scarface. You wouldn’t know it’s winter in the desert until the sun goes down and everything freezes but the tequila.
Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me.
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49/52 Hike Challenge \\ 201/365 Mile Challenge.
#mtnchicks #mtnchicksdoitbetter #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #hikearizona #hikeaz #visitarizona #visitphoenix #userymountainpark #valleyofthesun #mypubliclands #windcave #arizona #hikerbabes #westbysouthwest #oharizona #womenwhohikeaz #52hikechallenge2017 #365milechallenge #hikevibes
In these times of unbelievable news headlines I often wonder where the truth of the matter lies. The news drew from me a visceral reaction, the knowledge that if this turns out to be a standing reality, many would miss out on some of the most beautiful places in the world. One truth I know is the beauty of these public lands. Many of the most powerful moments of my life were spent among the canyons of Escalante, Zion, Capitol Reef, and other protected land in the same region. For the next 5 days I will share a photo from this region to support the full protection of Escalante NM and Bears Ears NM.
In these times of unbelievable news headlines I often wonder where the truth of the matter lies. The news drew from me a visceral reaction, the knowledge that if this turns out to be a standing reality, many would miss out on some of the most beautiful places in the world. One truth I know is the beauty of these public lands. Many of the most powerful moments of my life were spent among the canyons of Escalante, Zion, Capitol Reef, and other protected land in the same region. For the next 5 days I will share a photo from this region to support the full protection of Escalante NM and Bears Ears NM.
For fifteen years in a row, Steve Ramras and friends have celebrated New Year's Day in the icy slot canyons of Bears Ears National Monument. It’s a tradition so absurd, Ram calls it “the Bad Idea That Caught On.” Swimming and rappelling and freezing your ass off through the depths of the Black Hole when you could just as easily be home watching football or skiing or any other number of infinitely more comfortable things just seems… Stupid. 
But when you’ve shared a New Year’s Day Black Hole with someone you’ve never met before, this crazy thing happens - you are suddenly fast friends for life.  That’s precisely the thing that FreezeFest and public lands in general can do better than almost anything else I can think of. A place where adventure and exploration and creativity come together to create a community. 
We’ve heard over and over this week from our politicians that the reduction of Bears Ears boundaries has nothing to do with an oil or mineral giveaway.  But on Friday, the Washington Post reported that a Uranium firm “launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument,” a long with a letter from the firm that detailed how Bears Ears would negatively impact their bottom line. 
For perspective, the Black Hole is only 3 miles from the Happy Jack Mine, it’s drainage just a few hundred yards above White Canyon.  The Happy Jack mine was one of the most lucrative mines during the 1950s, when San Juan County’s economy boomed. 
When the demand for uranium dried up in the 70s, much of San Juan County’s economy evaporated with it. 
Unfortunately, the environmental damage caused by uranium mines lasts a helluva lot longer than a few years of economic prosperity. Today, there are nearly 500 abandoned uranium mines littered across the Navajo Nation, almost none of which have been remedied.  One of the main reasons why the original boundaries of Bears Ears, co-managed with the tribes, is necessary.
For fifteen years in a row, Steve Ramras and friends have celebrated New Year's Day in the icy slot canyons of Bears Ears National Monument. It’s a tradition so absurd, Ram calls it “the Bad Idea That Caught On.” Swimming and rappelling and freezing your ass off through the depths of the Black Hole when you could just as easily be home watching football or skiing or any other number of infinitely more comfortable things just seems… Stupid. But when you’ve shared a New Year’s Day Black Hole with someone you’ve never met before, this crazy thing happens - you are suddenly fast friends for life.  That’s precisely the thing that FreezeFest and public lands in general can do better than almost anything else I can think of. A place where adventure and exploration and creativity come together to create a community. We’ve heard over and over this week from our politicians that the reduction of Bears Ears boundaries has nothing to do with an oil or mineral giveaway.  But on Friday, the Washington Post reported that a Uranium firm “launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument,” a long with a letter from the firm that detailed how Bears Ears would negatively impact their bottom line. For perspective, the Black Hole is only 3 miles from the Happy Jack Mine, it’s drainage just a few hundred yards above White Canyon.  The Happy Jack mine was one of the most lucrative mines during the 1950s, when San Juan County’s economy boomed. When the demand for uranium dried up in the 70s, much of San Juan County’s economy evaporated with it. Unfortunately, the environmental damage caused by uranium mines lasts a helluva lot longer than a few years of economic prosperity. Today, there are nearly 500 abandoned uranium mines littered across the Navajo Nation, almost none of which have been remedied.  One of the main reasons why the original boundaries of Bears Ears, co-managed with the tribes, is necessary.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” Another unique #landscape in the American Southwest. And another #nationalmonument that the Trump administration has set their sites on. 
#goldbutte #nevada #mypubliclands #pictureline #earthpix #earthexperience #wildernessculture #NV #igsouthwest #nature_perfection #optoutside #neverstopexploring #usinterior #natgeo #sonya7rii #sonyimages #landscape_captures #ic_landscapes #rsa_nature #resist #divine_deserts
I visited Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with my family in June 2013. We followed the cairns through an arid landscape to a creek-side oasis and 126-foot waterfall. (Lower Calf Creek Trail). This trip was during a very turbulent time in my life. Hiking with my family in dramatic and stunning southern Utah was a huge part of my healing. Nature has always given me this gift. Peace. Calm. Restoration. Strength. Forty-five’s administration just announced the biggest reversal of national monument protections in our country’s history. These public lands set aside by past presidents belong to all of us. The current administration is stealing them back for extractive industries like coal, oil and uranium. I’ve spoken up and you can too. Tell Trump to take his tiny hands off our public lands. Link to sign on to @nature_org’s petition is in the bio.
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#nationalmonument #grandstaircase #grandstaircaseescalante #publiclands #protectpubliclands #publicland #publiclandsproud #handsoffourpubliclands #ourwild #keepitwild #mypubliclands
I visited Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with my family in June 2013. We followed the cairns through an arid landscape to a creek-side oasis and 126-foot waterfall. (Lower Calf Creek Trail). This trip was during a very turbulent time in my life. Hiking with my family in dramatic and stunning southern Utah was a huge part of my healing. Nature has always given me this gift. Peace. Calm. Restoration. Strength. Forty-five’s administration just announced the biggest reversal of national monument protections in our country’s history. These public lands set aside by past presidents belong to all of us. The current administration is stealing them back for extractive industries like coal, oil and uranium. I’ve spoken up and you can too. Tell Trump to take his tiny hands off our public lands. Link to sign on to @nature_org’s petition is in the bio. . . . #nationalmonument  #grandstaircase  #grandstaircaseescalante  #publiclands  #protectpubliclands  #publicland  #publiclandsproud  #handsoffourpubliclands  #ourwild  #keepitwild  #mypubliclands 
Lost in a sea of green...
Lost in a sea of green...
Where the Yellowstone goes. - Morning fog rises about the longest undammed river in the lower 48. The Yellowstone River flows 700 miles from the Yellowstone Lake to the Missouri River. -
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#yellowstonepledge #yellowstonenps #yellowstone #wyo #mypubliclands #protectpubliclands #earthpix #itsamazingoutthere #exploremore #exploretocreate #travelstoke #natgeoinspires #nakedplanet #neverstopexploring #naturephotography #instagood #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #wellhiked #welltraveled #getoutside #getoutthere #wildandfree #seetheworld #livewild
Where the Yellowstone goes. - Morning fog rises about the longest undammed river in the lower 48. The Yellowstone River flows 700 miles from the Yellowstone Lake to the Missouri River. - . . . #yellowstonepledge  #yellowstonenps  #yellowstone  #wyo  #mypubliclands  #protectpubliclands  #earthpix  #itsamazingoutthere  #exploremore  #exploretocreate  #travelstoke  #natgeoinspires  #nakedplanet  #neverstopexploring  #naturephotography  #instagood  #lifeofadventure  #wanderlust  #wellhiked  #welltraveled  #getoutside  #getoutthere  #wildandfree  #seetheworld  #livewild 
“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes should be sparkling.”
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I found this quote on Pinterest and I’m not sure who wrote it but I like it!! .
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Finally got a new post up about camping in Grand Staircase.  With everything going on I wasn’t sure I was going to write anything about it.  But this place was life changing, and it deserves to be protected.  If you ever have a chance to visit it, I have some pretty great camping suggestions so check it out!  Link in my bio. 
#sweatydirtyhappy 
#mypubliclands
“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes should be sparkling.” . I found this quote on Pinterest and I’m not sure who wrote it but I like it!! . . Finally got a new post up about camping in Grand Staircase. With everything going on I wasn’t sure I was going to write anything about it. But this place was life changing, and it deserves to be protected. If you ever have a chance to visit it, I have some pretty great camping suggestions so check it out! Link in my bio. #sweatydirtyhappy  #mypubliclands 
The deserts of Utah are extremely diverse, it is a shame that Trump care about the environmental problems he  will cause in southern Utah . #mypubliclands #protectpubliclands #exploremore #exploreutah #ig_vision #ig_bliss #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest #weventureout #wildernessculture #wildernessnation #optoutside #outdoorproject #outside_project #getoutstayout #hikingadventures #naturephotography #travelphotography #archesnationalpark #nps