I wasn’t always the happy adventure-loving woman I am today. I used to feel stagnant, like I was just going through the motions of life. I’d use weekends to unwind and be a couch potato. I #choosemountains because they make my soul feel more alive. I have developed a deeper relationship with my husband, Mother Nature, and most importantly, myself. 🌿 Climbing up and up allows me to think and reflect. After every climb I feel accomplished.
I’m still living for the weekends but for a different kind of escape.
I hope everyone can find what makes them feel alive 💗🏔 #chooseMountainsGiveaway2017
Hiking Diaries post coming soon about hiking Talapus and Olallie Lakes
More early season ice harvesting today. Rad day with @peterkbrandon and @bharasyko. An alpine start set us up to avoid the warming temps.. the fruits of winter were for the taking!!! 😎🤘 ps shout out to @bharasyko on the all blue #stylepoints
Not all journeys are easy. Many of the challenges we undertake will push us to our limits, but with a little focus, determination (and perhaps a bit of trial and error) we can succeed.
Why we #ALPINESTART :
When we designed the AMI logo, we were rather intentional* (read: obsessive) with every element of it. The cairn in the center was meaningful: a cairn indicates direction, represents balance, and requires support... we'll spare you the long metaphorical analysis (you're welcome), but essentially it's complementary to the AMI mission.
Not only was the cairn strategic, but so were the colors. AMI co-founder, Steph Feller (@backcountrypixels), used watercolors to paint the rich blue and purple flowing into radiant orange and pink. It represents the transition from night sky to dawn. More specifically, it represents an alpine start.
The alpine start is an important component of many athletic endeavors. It entails waking up before first light to ensure ample time to complete a challenge. There's something electric yet calming about waking up before the sun and setting out on the trail.
But for us mamas, it's so much more than that. We commit to waking up ungodly early so that we can get our wilderness-fix in before the babes wake. It's sacred time when we're able to focus wholly on ourselves, our bodies, our pace, our goals, our dreams. The alpine start is how many of us manifest our passions.
We see you amazing, inspiring women making a variety of sacrifices to pursue adventure, to pursue adventure as self-care. You are real-life role models to those who matter most: your children. YOU are redefining motherhood and thank you for sharing your experiences with us.
The Greenstone River emptying spring meltwater into the giant lake Wakatipu as the sun rises over the Richardson Mountains near Kinloch. Another alpine start and frosty scramble on grass, rock and ice that paid off.
Stuck indoors these days... Seems like Wisco went from summer to winter overnight.
But adventure is on the horizon! Can't wait for 🦃 day with a side of Southern Sandstone! 📷 by the impeccable @nervousone
This week @photocait will be taking over our Instagram. Cait began hiking in 2012 and really started pushing her limits in 2017 when she joined NEM on many trips around the globe. Cait also operates the @alpinewomencollective with her best friend Sarah. Follow along as she takes us up Mt Rainier in July 2017. This is her fifth post.
"Our push to the summit began at midnight. We crawled out of our tents, made breakfast and put on our gear. The light from our headlamps bounced across the frozen snow as we made our way up the glacier. This was it- the day we had trained for. Safety was our first priority as we carefully put one foot in front of the other, walking in sync with our rope mates."
High altitude mountaineering isn’t all grand vistas and poetic moments staring off into the horizon. It also isn’t all hanging over rock faces wishing to be down and safe. Here’s a glimpse of the slog of all-night hiking where the only thing you can see is the three-foot wide circle in front of you projected by your headlamp as you try to put together thousands of perfect steps while thinking about nothing.
Snowshoe season is upon us and a little bird whispered in my ear that Vancouver will be getting some snowfall this year! Yay to that! ❄️ We just received a shipment of MSR snowshoes to keep you geared up while on the mountains!
📷 - @kkil8
"For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on."
Some mornings you wake up and instead of the fancy areopress, pull out the jetboil and the Trader Joe's instant coffee. I'm so proud of my partner @thecodybradford for the hard work that has gotten him here: awake at 5am getting ready to teach an American Alpine Club clinic at the highball classic in Bishop. .
#highballclassic#bishop#vanlife#tooearly#alpinestart#seekqualifiedinstruction @msr_gear @traderjoes @americanalpine
Lots of gym time with fall outdoor trips coming up, which means lots of focused recovery and rehab.
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Photo by @andrewfeller