Sometimes your foot slips and you just have to try hard. It’s rained the past three days in Edinburgh (*shocker*) and I’m realizing how fortunate I was to climb outside as often as I did living in the Southeast. Drew (@drewerd_) snapped this photo while we hung out at the Blowing Rock Boulders in July. ‘Center 45’ was so nice I did it twice (and admittedly I tried harder than I hoped I’d have to both times).
🇺🇸 Can you guess where this was taken? #Comment and the first good guess get an Idaho postcard. A few clues: this was taken exactly a year ago; we had a very special thanksgiving with friends that included a long road trip from Idaho, a snowy mountain climb, and backpacking adventures down (way down) to a river. This landscape is very far from the first one that comes to mind when you think about this state.⠀
For the first time in years we do not take advantage of a long weekend to #wander and will just stay home and rest so I am interrupting our Polynesian adventures pictures to share pictures of our Thanksgiving 2016 adventures.⠀
🇫🇷Devinez où a été pris cette photo? La première bonne réponse en commentaire reçoit une carte postale de l’Idaho. Quelques indices, ça a été pris exactement il y a un an, nous avons passé un Thanksgiving très spécial avec des amis, au programme un long road trip depuis l’Idaho, une randonnée vers le sommet d’une montagne enneigée et du camping sauvage au bord d’une rivière après une longue descente. Ce paysage n’est pas le premier qui vient à l’esprit lorsque l’on pense à cet état.⠀
Pour la première fois depuis bien longtemps nous ne profitons pas d’un long week-end pour partir en vadrouille, alors j’interromps nos aventures polynésiennes pour partager nos aventures de Thanksgiving 2016.
"Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” -Richard M. Nixon
Happy #WildernessWednesday fellow adventure dogs!! Who is ready to #OptOutside this weekend?? We are getting ready to head up to Seattle for the long weekend and will definitely be avoiding the city and shops! Will you guys go out with us??
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In a world that's always trying to get "somewhere", we think the coolest thing you can do is have the foresight to slow it down from time to time. Not convinced? Just ask @jamieout how it feels.⠀ ⠀ ⠀
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The insanity, the emotions, the 4AM wake-ups, the all-night-drives, the little moments, the non-stop adventure, the endless stretches of open roads, the disconnection from everything but what’s around us, the endless cups of coffee, the new friends, the old friendships, the moments we didn’t know we’d have, the skate sessions, and the memories that I would never give up for any amount of anything.⠀
All worth it for moments like this.⠀
🕴🏻: @montanaradok ⠀
When you get an @msr_gear tent from the folks over at @backcountry ,you naturally want to test it in the northeast’s most extreme conditions. So, up Mt. Washington we went; but a few hurdles got in the way of us setting the tent up on the summit for a coffee break. So we drove back from New Hampshire that night, went to bed, and got up in the dark to get to our favorite mountain (and Vermont’s highest peak) for round two (because that’s what it’s about— you don’t always get a perfectly planned adventure— sometimes the adventure is really in the misadventure). We were up the mountain by mid-morning, and while the winds weren’t 120mph like they were on Washington, they were RIPPING and it was cold and snowy as Vermont comes. •
The verdict? WELL 👏🏼DONE👏🏼MSR👏🏼. This thing is like a bomb shelter— the cold and wind stood no chance. •
Oh, and enjoy that prime view of Bear butt 💁🏼
One year ago my mom called me with a shaking voice to ask where I was. I had just got done having a huge breakfast and was all smiley headed to work for Thanksgiving. The air was a crisp cold and I was comfortable. When she told me that my brother had been shot and he was "gone" I slipped into shock. I drove to my house and made some phone calls. . I decided that I needed to drive to my parents, a few hours away. I got about ten miles outside of town before it slowly settled in. I lost it. I was JUST sitting with him having a beer two days prior. Two days ago. Laughing and joking. Making fun of our other brother and our dumb dad. I wanted to know EVERYTHING and NOTHING all at the same time. You never think you'll get the call. You hear about it, read about it. You have friends that go through it. You never think it could be you. A few days later, I realized I was about to board a plane to lay my brother to rest forever. Getting on that plane meant it as real. It was actually happening.
Another wave of realization hit me like bomb. It was like a movie when the impact is so hard everything around goes silent and you feel as if you're shooting into outer space. Death is complicated, grief is a thousand shades and no one shares the same paint chip. There has been some things in this last year that have strengthened me. Pushed me to the edge and forced me to fly. If I have learned anything this year it's that, as humans we are so blessed. The term “first world problem” is so valid. All we can do, everything single day is spread love. Spread joy. Be grateful. Tell the people in your life how much you care about them. FORGIVE. Cherish the moments you can never get back. And LIVE.. all the way. Wishing I could be with my family more than ever today/this weekend. . But a career in beer means working holidays. . We miss you Byron, I love you!
PC @arianstevens 💪🏼
A couple weeks ago I extolled the experience of traveling alone--something I do a lot of and generally enjoy very much. But there's something about packing up and spending four days with a group of complete strangers trudging through rivers, reeds, sand, and stone--talking, getting to know each other, relying on one another, and creating memories together. So here's to spending more backcountry nights huddled around a candle with strangers trying not to freeze until it's late enough that we can justify climbing into our sleeping bags and going to sleep.
got caught in a storm yesterday off hwy 101. hundreds of sea pickles washed onto shore!! a mix of rain, wind & sand pelted me everywhere, although i didn’t really mind until i turned my face to the wind. i’m still chewin’ on the occasional piece of sand but it was worth it ✨
Trying to soak up the last of Colorado climbing before winter is in full force. Shelf road is becoming my favorite place to climb. Limestone goodness. Got over a huge mental barrier I had and successfully sent my first 5.10b on lead. The last time I tried this grade I fell 30+ feet landing with my back a foot above the ground. Stoked!
#dawnpatrol miles with @yuliaaaa_d this morning! Almost felt like spring out on the trails with the lack of rain and almost 60 degree weather!! 😳
Hey Mother Nature, fall is cool and all, but if you’d be so kind as to send winter back to the PNW, I’d really, really appreciate it 🙏