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He's such a tough little man. He's fearless and ornery and independent. He doesn't need me.
We had a large group of friends over this weekend. There was loud music and boisterous talking. There was dancing and games. There was food and there was drinking. In our tiny little home. It was generally chaotic.
I assumed little man wouldn't be phased by any of it. But I was wrong. Shawn noticed him shaking, huddled on the couch. He was scared and overwhelmed. My poor little man was unhappy and I hadn't even noticed.
I scooped him right up and took him to the back bedroom. I shut the door, turned down the lights and carried him into bed. I covered us with a warm blanket. And then I held him and rubbed him and whispered in his ear that I love him.
I knew he was feeling better when he moved away from me and began chewing vigorously on the blanket, pushing it away and then pouncing after it slid down the bed. 
Sometimes I forget that he's still just a wee little pup. That he does need me.
I'll look after you better next time little man. I'll always take care of you.
He's such a tough little man. He's fearless and ornery and independent. He doesn't need me. We had a large group of friends over this weekend. There was loud music and boisterous talking. There was dancing and games. There was food and there was drinking. In our tiny little home. It was generally chaotic. I assumed little man wouldn't be phased by any of it. But I was wrong. Shawn noticed him shaking, huddled on the couch. He was scared and overwhelmed. My poor little man was unhappy and I hadn't even noticed. I scooped him right up and took him to the back bedroom. I shut the door, turned down the lights and carried him into bed. I covered us with a warm blanket. And then I held him and rubbed him and whispered in his ear that I love him. I knew he was feeling better when he moved away from me and began chewing vigorously on the blanket, pushing it away and then pouncing after it slid down the bed. Sometimes I forget that he's still just a wee little pup. That he does need me. I'll look after you better next time little man. I'll always take care of you.
Conversation with my dad:
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Dad: “So tell me about your ski adventure with Chris?”
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Me: “Well we woke up at 2 a.m., drove to the mountain, skied uphill, and then down 3 times.”
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Dad: “Was it cold?”
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Me: “Eh, it was like 5 degrees out, but, eh, it wasn’t that bad.”
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Dad: “How did you see?”
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Me: “Headlamp.”
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Dad: “Oh a miners light. You probably drank a lot of coffee?”
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Me: “I left it at home like an idiot.”
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Dad: “Okay, so let me get this straight....you were on top of a mountain at 11,000 feet, in the dark with only a miners light, coffee-less, at a time most people are crawling into bed from a Friday night out, it was less than 0 degrees with windchill and you looked around like....ya, this is great.”
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Me: “Bout sums it up.”
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Lots and lots of laughter from both ends.
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It sounds so ridiculous when you say it out loud. 😂
Conversation with my dad: . Dad: “So tell me about your ski adventure with Chris?” . Me: “Well we woke up at 2 a.m., drove to the mountain, skied uphill, and then down 3 times.” . Dad: “Was it cold?” . Me: “Eh, it was like 5 degrees out, but, eh, it wasn’t that bad.” . Dad: “How did you see?” . Me: “Headlamp.” . Dad: “Oh a miners light. You probably drank a lot of coffee?” . Me: “I left it at home like an idiot.” . Dad: “Okay, so let me get this straight....you were on top of a mountain at 11,000 feet, in the dark with only a miners light, coffee-less, at a time most people are crawling into bed from a Friday night out, it was less than 0 degrees with windchill and you looked around like....ya, this is great.” . Me: “Bout sums it up.” . Lots and lots of laughter from both ends. . It sounds so ridiculous when you say it out loud. 😂
However long her life may be, it will not be long enough. I will cherish every moment that we have with her. And she will walk every step of her life right alongside ours.
However long her life may be, it will not be long enough. I will cherish every moment that we have with her. And she will walk every step of her life right alongside ours.
It’s never too late. That became my motto 5 years ago and I can honestly say I’ve lived it. It may be easier to pick things up when your young, but I cashed in my youth making a lot of mistakes and (...eventually) learning from them. I’m not exactly sure how, when, or why society decided you need to have things figured out in your thirties; you should have a college degree, a family, and the activities you’re good at dialed in.
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No. Thank. You. You should never stop learning, you should never stop pushing and you should absolutely take up something you’ve never tried before. You’re never too old and it’s never too late. #learningtoski
It’s never too late. That became my motto 5 years ago and I can honestly say I’ve lived it. It may be easier to pick things up when your young, but I cashed in my youth making a lot of mistakes and (...eventually) learning from them. I’m not exactly sure how, when, or why society decided you need to have things figured out in your thirties; you should have a college degree, a family, and the activities you’re good at dialed in. . No. Thank. You. You should never stop learning, you should never stop pushing and you should absolutely take up something you’ve never tried before. You’re never too old and it’s never too late. #learningtoski 
Ending the week running with my favorite @iliketrails . Always guaranteed to get a PR on something trying to chase him and end up settling for a nice view of his ass 😂 #SWAPteam
Ending the week running with my favorite @iliketrails . Always guaranteed to get a PR on something trying to chase him and end up settling for a nice view of his ass 😂 #SWAPteam 
Today’s the day we drive back home! It’s a bittersweet feeling for sure! I love traveling and being on the road, exploring new places to climb and meeting new people. I made a ton of new life long friends and I’m thankful for them. But there’s something special about being home! Can’t wait to sleep in my bed, see my amazing friends, and get back to everyday life! Also start my training regime back up!
Today’s the day we drive back home! It’s a bittersweet feeling for sure! I love traveling and being on the road, exploring new places to climb and meeting new people. I made a ton of new life long friends and I’m thankful for them. But there’s something special about being home! Can’t wait to sleep in my bed, see my amazing friends, and get back to everyday life! Also start my training regime back up!
Here we are smiling even though it's windy and cold AF... because that's what being in the beautiful outdoors does to you, IT MAKES YOU HAPPY!!
Here we are smiling even though it's windy and cold AF... because that's what being in the beautiful outdoors does to you, IT MAKES YOU HAPPY!!
Women's Wilderness needs to raise $8000 on Colorado Gives Day. Thanks in advance for the support you can offer!⠀
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100% of your donation will go towards helping girls like this learn to be leaders through after school programs such as our new Girls Lead for Life. Help us offer more year-round programming in 2018!⠀
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Schedule a donation in advance TODAY at: https://goo.gl/Sc1ttd⠀
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#WomensWilderness #CoGivesDay #findyourtribe #inspireconfidence #meetthemoment
Women's Wilderness needs to raise $8000 on Colorado Gives Day. Thanks in advance for the support you can offer!⠀ ⠀ 100% of your donation will go towards helping girls like this learn to be leaders through after school programs such as our new Girls Lead for Life. Help us offer more year-round programming in 2018!⠀ ⠀ Schedule a donation in advance TODAY at: https://goo.gl/Sc1ttd⠀ ⠀ #WomensWilderness  #CoGivesDay  #findyourtribe  #inspireconfidence  #meetthemoment 
Check out this cool video @evolv_worldwide created to feature my girls! #womenswilderness
Check out this cool video @evolv_worldwide created to feature my girls! #womenswilderness 
Helped develop a dope after school climbing program for middle school girls through @womenswilderness. We celebrated the end of our first 6 week program with tutus and fun outfits. Today we are starting up again for an 11 week program! Shoutout to our badass instructor team 💪🏽#GirlsLeadforLife #WomensWilderness #BrownGirlsClimb #WomenClimbing
Helped develop a dope after school climbing program for middle school girls through @womenswilderness. We celebrated the end of our first 6 week program with tutus and fun outfits. Today we are starting up again for an 11 week program! Shoutout to our badass instructor team 💪🏽#GirlsLeadforLife  #WomensWilderness  #BrownGirlsClimb  #WomenClimbing 
Happy Friday! 👆Check out this badass pic of the @easternsierracc crew 💪. Support their mission to bring more access to public lands & provide diverse, inclusive development & leadership opportunities, like Women In The Wild (WIW), which all lead to transformational outdoor experiences! 🙌🏼
..... 👉Donations for 2017 help "put 100 boots on the ground & members sleeping under the stars" ✨🌟 - Let's keep it going! ❤️
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🍂Have a great weekend & get outside. 🚵🏻‍♀️. #wildlydiverse 👍🏼
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#forceofnature #publiclands #publicland #hikingadventures #diversityoutdoors #giveback #wildernessconservation #asdt #choosemountains #sustainability #diversitymatters #womenwhohike #outdoorbella #outdooradventurephotos  #optoutside🌲 #optoutside  #escc #wearethewild #outdoorwomen #chaseyourgoat #outdooradventures #radgirlscollective #outdooradventure #theadventuregap #womenswilderness #diversifyoutdoors
Happy Friday! 👆Check out this badass pic of the @easternsierracc crew 💪. Support their mission to bring more access to public lands & provide diverse, inclusive development & leadership opportunities, like Women In The Wild (WIW), which all lead to transformational outdoor experiences! 🙌🏼 ..... 👉Donations for 2017 help "put 100 boots on the ground & members sleeping under the stars" ✨🌟 - Let's keep it going! ❤️ . 🍂Have a great weekend & get outside. 🚵🏻‍♀️. #wildlydiverse  👍🏼 . . . . . #forceofnature  #publiclands  #publicland  #hikingadventures  #diversityoutdoors  #giveback  #wildernessconservation  #asdt  #choosemountains  #sustainability  #diversitymatters  #womenwhohike  #outdoorbella  #outdooradventurephotos  #optoutside 🌲 #optoutside  #escc  #wearethewild  #outdoorwomen  #chaseyourgoat  #outdooradventures  #radgirlscollective  #outdooradventure  #theadventuregap  #womenswilderness  #diversifyoutdoors 
Some days
I am more wolf 
than woman 
And I am still learning 
How to stop apologizing 
For my wild. ~ nikita.gill .
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Winter is basically here! JHMR is opening in a week and Grand Targhee opens today. Get out and get yourself some! ❄️#jacksonsuckstellyourfriends
Some days I am more wolf than woman And I am still learning How to stop apologizing For my wild. ~ nikita.gill . . . . . Winter is basically here! JHMR is opening in a week and Grand Targhee opens today. Get out and get yourself some! ❄️#jacksonsuckstellyourfriends 
New blog post up: But I Can't Run As Far As You. "Your goals are not determined by what other people can do. Your goals are determined by you, what you want and what drives you." Link in bio and let me know what you think!
New blog post up: But I Can't Run As Far As You. "Your goals are not determined by what other people can do. Your goals are determined by you, what you want and what drives you." Link in bio and let me know what you think!
COLORADO GIVES DAY IS DECEMBER 5TH! One-day-of-giving to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado. AND AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR US.⠀
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Our goal is to raise $8000, in order to offer YEAR-ROUND programming.⠀
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This fall we started a new program called Girls Lead for Life, our 5th-7th grade after school climbing program . . . and it is a HIT! Help us keep offering more of this good stuff that transfers to every day life for these girls!⠀
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$25 buys snacks for the entire group for a climbing session⠀
$50 buys a climbing harness for a girl⠀
$100 buys a girl 10 sessions in the climbing gym⠀
$350 sponsors a girl for the entire 11-session series⠀
$500 gets the whole group of girls climbing outdoors for the day⠀
$1000 sponsors three girls for the entire 11-session series⠀
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Please support us so more girls can have access to these programs by donating here: https://goo.gl/Sc1ttd⠀
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#WomensWilderness #CoGivesDay #findyourtribe #inspireconfidence⠀
#meetthemoment
COLORADO GIVES DAY IS DECEMBER 5TH! One-day-of-giving to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado. AND AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR US.⠀ ⠀ Our goal is to raise $8000, in order to offer YEAR-ROUND programming.⠀ ⠀ This fall we started a new program called Girls Lead for Life, our 5th-7th grade after school climbing program . . . and it is a HIT! Help us keep offering more of this good stuff that transfers to every day life for these girls!⠀ ⠀ $25 buys snacks for the entire group for a climbing session⠀ $50 buys a climbing harness for a girl⠀ $100 buys a girl 10 sessions in the climbing gym⠀ $350 sponsors a girl for the entire 11-session series⠀ $500 gets the whole group of girls climbing outdoors for the day⠀ $1000 sponsors three girls for the entire 11-session series⠀ ⠀ Please support us so more girls can have access to these programs by donating here: https://goo.gl/Sc1ttd⠀ ⠀ #WomensWilderness  #CoGivesDay  #findyourtribe  #inspireconfidence ⠀ #meetthemoment 
Though there's a high of 68 today in Boulder, the mountains are opening and it's officially ski season!⠀
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We've got a tip for all those who love the snow from #WomensWilderness team member, Sydney Slouka!⠀
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"Take advantage of being a puffball in all that ski gear. There's no better opportunity where you can flail your body around, lazily flopping it onto the ground and not feel a thing"⠀
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Anyone heading to the mountains for opening weekend?⠀
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#skiing #snowboarding #mountainsarecalling #skiseason #snow #snowday #bouldercolorado #Boulder #colorado #coloradolife #coloradogram #coloradoliving
Though there's a high of 68 today in Boulder, the mountains are opening and it's officially ski season!⠀ ⠀ We've got a tip for all those who love the snow from #WomensWilderness  team member, Sydney Slouka!⠀ ⠀ "Take advantage of being a puffball in all that ski gear. There's no better opportunity where you can flail your body around, lazily flopping it onto the ground and not feel a thing"⠀ ⠀ Anyone heading to the mountains for opening weekend?⠀ ⠀ #skiing  #snowboarding  #mountainsarecalling  #skiseason  #snow  #snowday  #bouldercolorado  #Boulder  #colorado  #coloradolife  #coloradogram  #coloradoliving 
It took ten years of active searching to find something I love deeply and passionately.
You know, the kind of passion that leaves you feeling as though nothing else matters except that moment. That incredible moment that takes your breath away because you are completely enamored by what you are doing right then and there. The kind of passion that leaves you with a feeling of awe and wonder and joy that lasts not only during that moment in that place, but for hours and days afterward.
I found that in whitewater kayaking. But it took me ten long years to find it.
As a young girl, I did competitive gymnastics. It consumed my life and defined who I was. And then I was forced to quit when I was just 14 years old. I was so completely and utterly lost. And so I began a search for something to fill the void. Ten years later, I found it.
I found it after I convinced a co-worker to try a whitewater kayaking class with me. As determined as I was, I was too frightened and too timid to try it by myself. And so, after months and months and months of wanting to try, I finally did. After two days on the river as part of a class, I quite literally pranced from person to person, completely overcome with enthusiasm, asking "are you coming back?" No one planned to come back.
But, by the point, it didn't matter. I was coming back no matter what. I knew after just two days on the water that this was it. This was what I was searching for and this would change the entire course of my life. 
And so began years and years and years of nothing but kayaking. I spent every weekend on the river, resenting time I was forced away from the river. Resenting a family vacation to Hawaii because I wanted to be kayaking. Resenting time spent with friends who did not paddle. Always dreaming of the next river.
Since then, I've found balance and love many different outdoors adventures today. But this is where my passionate love affair with wild places began... On a river.
It took ten years of active searching to find something I love deeply and passionately. You know, the kind of passion that leaves you feeling as though nothing else matters except that moment. That incredible moment that takes your breath away because you are completely enamored by what you are doing right then and there. The kind of passion that leaves you with a feeling of awe and wonder and joy that lasts not only during that moment in that place, but for hours and days afterward. I found that in whitewater kayaking. But it took me ten long years to find it. As a young girl, I did competitive gymnastics. It consumed my life and defined who I was. And then I was forced to quit when I was just 14 years old. I was so completely and utterly lost. And so I began a search for something to fill the void. Ten years later, I found it. I found it after I convinced a co-worker to try a whitewater kayaking class with me. As determined as I was, I was too frightened and too timid to try it by myself. And so, after months and months and months of wanting to try, I finally did. After two days on the river as part of a class, I quite literally pranced from person to person, completely overcome with enthusiasm, asking "are you coming back?" No one planned to come back. But, by the point, it didn't matter. I was coming back no matter what. I knew after just two days on the water that this was it. This was what I was searching for and this would change the entire course of my life. And so began years and years and years of nothing but kayaking. I spent every weekend on the river, resenting time I was forced away from the river. Resenting a family vacation to Hawaii because I wanted to be kayaking. Resenting time spent with friends who did not paddle. Always dreaming of the next river. Since then, I've found balance and love many different outdoors adventures today. But this is where my passionate love affair with wild places began... On a river.
“I would call our work to change the world ‘science fictional behavior’–being concerned with the way our actions and beliefs now, today, will shape the future, tomorrow, and the next generations. We are excited by what we can create, we believe it is possible to create the next world. We believe.” - @adriennemareebrown ✨🔥✨ #queernature #webelongoutside #natureconnection #earthconnection #earthqueer #queerwildernessproject #natureisqueer #queersinnature #queersinthewild #diversifyoutdoors #optoutside #queercommunity #outsidewithpride #rewild #rewilding #queerecology #felizafuera #diversityoutdoors #criticalecology #publiclandisnativeland #forceofnature #rewildyourself #traditionalskills #earthskills #wildernessskills #ancestralskills #survivalskills #rewildyourlife #adriennemareebrown #womenswilderness
“I would call our work to change the world ‘science fictional behavior’–being concerned with the way our actions and beliefs now, today, will shape the future, tomorrow, and the next generations. We are excited by what we can create, we believe it is possible to create the next world. We believe.” - @adriennemareebrown ✨🔥✨ #queernature  #webelongoutside  #natureconnection  #earthconnection  #earthqueer  #queerwildernessproject  #natureisqueer  #queersinnature  #queersinthewild  #diversifyoutdoors  #optoutside  #queercommunity  #outsidewithpride  #rewild  #rewilding  #queerecology  #felizafuera  #diversityoutdoors  #criticalecology  #publiclandisnativeland  #forceofnature  #rewildyourself  #traditionalskills  #earthskills  #wildernessskills  #ancestralskills  #survivalskills  #rewildyourlife  #adriennemareebrown  #womenswilderness 
Sometimes, when I am sitting in a stuffy classroom filled with artificial light, listening to a professor drone on about things I know I will have to spend double digit hours teaching myself in order to be successful come exam day, I get a pang of complete despair accompanied by the burning desire to flee. I stand up, slam my binder shut and run into the mountains just beyond the man made walls that confine me. This happens at least 1,438 times per day. I have no way to stop the urge, for my soul belongs to the rock and dirt. I can only manage a balance and convince myself that my purpose is to serve the rock and dirt to which my soul belongs. .
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#Colorado #ColoradoLive #climb #scramble #trailrunning #dohardthings #OptOutside #choosemountains #runsteepgethigh #dirtbagrunners #liveferal #GoTailwind #brosbeforegmos #FindYourStrong #likeamountaingirl #wildernessbabes #wearethewild #mountaingirls #herwanderfullife #trailandultra #testedtough #adventureculture #trailsisters #goatworthy #womenswilderness #outdoorwomen #radgirlslife #findyouradventure #womenwhohike #aacgram
Sometimes, when I am sitting in a stuffy classroom filled with artificial light, listening to a professor drone on about things I know I will have to spend double digit hours teaching myself in order to be successful come exam day, I get a pang of complete despair accompanied by the burning desire to flee. I stand up, slam my binder shut and run into the mountains just beyond the man made walls that confine me. This happens at least 1,438 times per day. I have no way to stop the urge, for my soul belongs to the rock and dirt. I can only manage a balance and convince myself that my purpose is to serve the rock and dirt to which my soul belongs. . . . . . . #Colorado  #ColoradoLive  #climb  #scramble  #trailrunning  #dohardthings  #OptOutside  #choosemountains  #runsteepgethigh  #dirtbagrunners  #liveferal  #GoTailwind  #brosbeforegmos  #FindYourStrong  #likeamountaingirl  #wildernessbabes  #wearethewild  #mountaingirls  #herwanderfullife  #trailandultra  #testedtough  #adventureculture  #trailsisters  #goatworthy  #womenswilderness  #outdoorwomen  #radgirlslife  #findyouradventure  #womenwhohike  #aacgram 
“I would call our work to change the world ‘science fictional behavior’–being concerned with the way our actions and beliefs now, today, will shape the future, tomorrow, and the next generations. We are excited by what we can create, we believe it is possible to create the next world. We believe.” 🔥 - @adriennemareebrown What does queer futurism look like to you? 🌈🌿#queernature #webelongoutside #natureconnection #earthconnection #earthqueer #queerwildernessproject #natureisqueer #queersinnature #queersinthewild #diversifyoutdoors #optoutside #queercommunity #outsidewithpride #rewild #rewilding #queerecology #felizafuera #diversityoutdoors #criticalecology #publiclandisnativeland #forceofnature #rewildyourself #traditionalskills #frictionfire #bowdrill
“I would call our work to change the world ‘science fictional behavior’–being concerned with the way our actions and beliefs now, today, will shape the future, tomorrow, and the next generations. We are excited by what we can create, we believe it is possible to create the next world. We believe.” 🔥 - @adriennemareebrown What does queer futurism look like to you? 🌈🌿#queernature  #webelongoutside  #natureconnection  #earthconnection  #earthqueer  #queerwildernessproject  #natureisqueer  #queersinnature  #queersinthewild  #diversifyoutdoors  #optoutside  #queercommunity  #outsidewithpride  #rewild  #rewilding  #queerecology  #felizafuera  #diversityoutdoors  #criticalecology  #publiclandisnativeland  #forceofnature  #rewildyourself  #traditionalskills  #frictionfire  #bowdrill 
Hey friends! @dylmaher here checking in from our 3rd session of @womenswilderness 's Mentorship Program. Another incredible day at the crag, and another big step in our climbing careers. Our mentor Carlyn picked the best spot in all of CO on Saturday, North Table, because we had nothin but sun and awesome routes to practice leading, cleaning, and rappelling. Now that most of us have become more comfortable leading climbs and have practiced cleaning anchors, our next step was to safely get off route by rappelling. We started the day off with a lesson on making third-hands for rappel, such as auto-blocks and the prusik, and then moved onto an aided rappel. Although some of us felt most comfortable practicing the act of setting up a rappel on the ground, it was inspiring to see our fellow slay-dy @caitieight31 actually clean a route and rappel from it by the end of the day! Another empowering day outside our comfort zones with @womenswilderness , where we walk away not only knowing more about the world of safe climbing, but knowing more about ourselves as well.
Hey friends! @dylmaher here checking in from our 3rd session of @womenswilderness 's Mentorship Program. Another incredible day at the crag, and another big step in our climbing careers. Our mentor Carlyn picked the best spot in all of CO on Saturday, North Table, because we had nothin but sun and awesome routes to practice leading, cleaning, and rappelling. Now that most of us have become more comfortable leading climbs and have practiced cleaning anchors, our next step was to safely get off route by rappelling. We started the day off with a lesson on making third-hands for rappel, such as auto-blocks and the prusik, and then moved onto an aided rappel. Although some of us felt most comfortable practicing the act of setting up a rappel on the ground, it was inspiring to see our fellow slay-dy @caitieight31 actually clean a route and rappel from it by the end of the day! Another empowering day outside our comfort zones with @womenswilderness , where we walk away not only knowing more about the world of safe climbing, but knowing more about ourselves as well.
We're not in Alaska anymore! 
8,000 miles later we're finally in the desert soaking up some much needed sun.
We're not in Alaska anymore! 8,000 miles later we're finally in the desert soaking up some much needed sun.
People often ask me why I think there’s a need for events like the Women’s Climbing Festival. Honestly it’s hard to answer with words, but if you’ve ever been to one then you’ve felt that feeling, that feeling that can’t be put into words, that feeling that is so magical. I’m thankful for all the ladies, old friends and new ones. Thanks for keeping events like this one magical. And thanks to @thervproject for this sweet photo! Also p.s. made it to Vegas! Hanging out around here for a few days to climb!
People often ask me why I think there’s a need for events like the Women’s Climbing Festival. Honestly it’s hard to answer with words, but if you’ve ever been to one then you’ve felt that feeling, that feeling that can’t be put into words, that feeling that is so magical. I’m thankful for all the ladies, old friends and new ones. Thanks for keeping events like this one magical. And thanks to @thervproject for this sweet photo! Also p.s. made it to Vegas! Hanging out around here for a few days to climb!
Very important and exciting repost from @graceisabellartist - hop on over for a special chance to nab a painting at more then 60% off and support a wonderful cause in the process. Please spread the word!! : 
Hi friends! I wanted to fill you in on something  that's close to my heart and I'm asking for your help (and you get a discounted painting!) @covenantmercies is an organization that provides basic needs to children in dire need such as: basic clothing and hygienic supplies, health care and nutrition, and an education. In many cases, these are orphaned children who lack mentorship, basic care, and skill confidence necessary to enable a child to dream beyond the reaches of poverty and discover their gifts and spark. Building up a child has far reaching ripple effects in the community. Covenant Mercies is an organization that I trust and have seen the difference made in children's lives. Please feel free to ask me any questions! .
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In the meantime, I have sponsored one child and have gone ahead and sponsored another, trusting that I would be able to provide funds through painting sales. I would love to be able to raise money to provide for more children in need! Thus the paintings at a discounted price - just in time for holiday gifts. 100% of proceeds goes towards the children I sponsor. DM or email to purchase
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#utah #southernutah #getoutstayout #goexploring #landscape #landscapepainting #mountainarts #desert #hiking #womenartists #womenswilderness #climbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #gowest #greettheoutdoors #workwithyourhands #blistersandbliss #moab #thedesert #mountains #color #design #drawing
Very important and exciting repost from @graceisabellartist - hop on over for a special chance to nab a painting at more then 60% off and support a wonderful cause in the process. Please spread the word!! : Hi friends! I wanted to fill you in on something that's close to my heart and I'm asking for your help (and you get a discounted painting!) @covenantmercies is an organization that provides basic needs to children in dire need such as: basic clothing and hygienic supplies, health care and nutrition, and an education. In many cases, these are orphaned children who lack mentorship, basic care, and skill confidence necessary to enable a child to dream beyond the reaches of poverty and discover their gifts and spark. Building up a child has far reaching ripple effects in the community. Covenant Mercies is an organization that I trust and have seen the difference made in children's lives. Please feel free to ask me any questions! . . In the meantime, I have sponsored one child and have gone ahead and sponsored another, trusting that I would be able to provide funds through painting sales. I would love to be able to raise money to provide for more children in need! Thus the paintings at a discounted price - just in time for holiday gifts. 100% of proceeds goes towards the children I sponsor. DM or email to purchase . . . #utah  #southernutah  #getoutstayout  #goexploring  #landscape  #landscapepainting  #mountainarts  #desert  #hiking  #womenartists  #womenswilderness  #climbing  #climbing_pictures_of_instagram  #gowest  #greettheoutdoors  #workwithyourhands  #blistersandbliss  #moab  #thedesert  #mountains  #color  #design  #drawing 
Moab II - 6"x8" - Available for over 60% off at $38.00 (shipping included and reason for sale below ) | .
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Hi friends! I wanted to fill you on something  that's close to my heart and I'm asking for your help (and you get a discounted painting!) @covenantmercies is an organization that provides basic needs to children in dire need such as: basic clothing and hygienic supplies, health care and nutrition, and an education. In many cases, these are orphaned children who lack mentorship, basic care, and skill confidence necessary to enable a child to dream beyond the reaches of poverty and discover their gifts and spark. Building up a child has far reaching ripple effects in the community. Covenant Mercies is an organization that I trust and have seen the difference made in children's lives. Please feel free to ask me any questions! .
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In the meantime, I have sponsored one child and have gone ahead and sponsored another, trusting that I would be able to provide funds through painting sales. I would love to be able to raise money to provide for more children in need! Thus the paintings at a discounted price - just in time for holiday gifts. 100% of proceeds goes towards the children I sponsor. DM or email to purchase
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#utah #southernutah #getoutstayout #goexploring #landscape #landscapepainting #mountainarts #desert #hiking #womenartists #womenswilderness #climbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #gowest #greettheoutdoors #workwithyourhands #blistersandbliss #moab #thedesert #mountains #color #design #drawing
Moab II - 6"x8" - Available for over 60% off at $38.00 (shipping included and reason for sale below ) | . . Hi friends! I wanted to fill you on something that's close to my heart and I'm asking for your help (and you get a discounted painting!) @covenantmercies is an organization that provides basic needs to children in dire need such as: basic clothing and hygienic supplies, health care and nutrition, and an education. In many cases, these are orphaned children who lack mentorship, basic care, and skill confidence necessary to enable a child to dream beyond the reaches of poverty and discover their gifts and spark. Building up a child has far reaching ripple effects in the community. Covenant Mercies is an organization that I trust and have seen the difference made in children's lives. Please feel free to ask me any questions! . . In the meantime, I have sponsored one child and have gone ahead and sponsored another, trusting that I would be able to provide funds through painting sales. I would love to be able to raise money to provide for more children in need! Thus the paintings at a discounted price - just in time for holiday gifts. 100% of proceeds goes towards the children I sponsor. DM or email to purchase . . . #utah  #southernutah  #getoutstayout  #goexploring  #landscape  #landscapepainting  #mountainarts  #desert  #hiking  #womenartists  #womenswilderness  #climbing  #climbing_pictures_of_instagram  #gowest  #greettheoutdoors  #workwithyourhands  #blistersandbliss  #moab  #thedesert  #mountains  #color  #design  #drawing 
Working on form is it’s own art! It often brings frustration, joy, flares our inner critic, curiosity and much more. It’s an honor to mentor folks through this process and honor the feelings that are present. Witnessing the dedication folks bring to our skillshares is the most inspiring part of our day. Thank you for your trust in us to go there with you! #queernature #queernatureskillshare #queerwildernessproject #earthqueer #earthskills #earthconnection #natureconnection #womenswilderness #survivalskills #ancestralskills #wildernessskills #bowdrill #firemaking #frictionfire #qpoc #qtpoc #queercommunity #queersinnature #queersinthewild #diversifyoutdoors #optoutside
Working on form is it’s own art! It often brings frustration, joy, flares our inner critic, curiosity and much more. It’s an honor to mentor folks through this process and honor the feelings that are present. Witnessing the dedication folks bring to our skillshares is the most inspiring part of our day. Thank you for your trust in us to go there with you! #queernature  #queernatureskillshare  #queerwildernessproject  #earthqueer  #earthskills  #earthconnection  #natureconnection  #womenswilderness  #survivalskills  #ancestralskills  #wildernessskills  #bowdrill  #firemaking  #frictionfire  #qpoc  #qtpoc  #queercommunity  #queersinnature  #queersinthewild  #diversifyoutdoors  #optoutside 
Sometimes I wonder what these wild places mean to her. Because they mean so much to me and Shawn.
At times it seems as though she intently gazes at the beautiful views right along side us. Her body stills and her breathing slows. As if she enjoys them like we do. As if those views bring her calm and serenity and happiness like they do for us.
Other times I think she most loves wild places because they are a place for her to be wild. Because her soul is meant to be free. Free to run amongst the wild flowers and in the trees. So long that she starts to smell like the earth. Free to run up and down mountains to ease her endless, fiery energy.
Whatever the reason, I know she loves these wild places. And we love to share them with her.
Sometimes I wonder what these wild places mean to her. Because they mean so much to me and Shawn. At times it seems as though she intently gazes at the beautiful views right along side us. Her body stills and her breathing slows. As if she enjoys them like we do. As if those views bring her calm and serenity and happiness like they do for us. Other times I think she most loves wild places because they are a place for her to be wild. Because her soul is meant to be free. Free to run amongst the wild flowers and in the trees. So long that she starts to smell like the earth. Free to run up and down mountains to ease her endless, fiery energy. Whatever the reason, I know she loves these wild places. And we love to share them with her.
Woke up early and started trekking in pitch black at 4am. After a fews hours of smaller and bigger hiking struggles the beautiful sunrise comes out and be spellbound by its ability to touch soul. ~ #sunrisetrek 🌤❤️
Woke up early and started trekking in pitch black at 4am. After a fews hours of smaller and bigger hiking struggles the beautiful sunrise comes out and be spellbound by its ability to touch soul. ~ #sunrisetrek  🌤❤️
It is surprising and a little heartbreaking to me that so few have experienced the wonder of the outdoors. I frequently meet people who have never been on a hike. Who have never been on a river. Who have never gone camping. Not once! Not even a single time in their whole lives.
Continue to share your vibrant passion for the outdoors with those around you! We can inspire those people to understand and be moved by the power and beauty of wild and untouched places.
Because, despite that I frequently meet these people, I also frequently hear them tell me that my passion has made them curious. That they might just try a hike or a camping trip.
Let's help make the whole world feel the importance of the outdoors so that they may forever be valued and preserved!
It is surprising and a little heartbreaking to me that so few have experienced the wonder of the outdoors. I frequently meet people who have never been on a hike. Who have never been on a river. Who have never gone camping. Not once! Not even a single time in their whole lives. Continue to share your vibrant passion for the outdoors with those around you! We can inspire those people to understand and be moved by the power and beauty of wild and untouched places. Because, despite that I frequently meet these people, I also frequently hear them tell me that my passion has made them curious. That they might just try a hike or a camping trip. Let's help make the whole world feel the importance of the outdoors so that they may forever be valued and preserved!
Once upon a time in the Red.
Once upon a time in the Red.
I frequently whisper in Inka’s ear “I love you to the moon and back baby girl.” I tell her while I hold her close in my arms. With my head buried against her soft fur. Smelling her sweet breath and feeling her vibrant soul beneath me. I tell Yeti from afar, because he does not like me close, “I love you to the fence and back little man.”
It’s our little joke.
Except that it’s not a joke. I don’t love Yeti the same way I love my sweet, precious Inka. I feel bad about that. Like maybe there’s something wrong with me.
The truth is, I struggle to bond with little puppies. They’re so completely governed by their needs and wants. They're demanding and I have a hard time seeing their personality beyond their demands. They are too young and fragile to share in the adventures I love so deeply. They do not interact well beyond wanting what they want.
My love for them at the beginning is a love born of service, of motherhood. Their lives are mine to protect and nurture, and so I love them. But that love grows with the strength of bonding as they grow. As I begin to see their personality flourish and their unique soul begin to shine. As we share in adventures together. As we interact beyond basic needs and wants.
I can’t help it.
I frequently whisper in Inka’s ear “I love you to the moon and back baby girl.” I tell her while I hold her close in my arms. With my head buried against her soft fur. Smelling her sweet breath and feeling her vibrant soul beneath me. I tell Yeti from afar, because he does not like me close, “I love you to the fence and back little man.” It’s our little joke. Except that it’s not a joke. I don’t love Yeti the same way I love my sweet, precious Inka. I feel bad about that. Like maybe there’s something wrong with me. The truth is, I struggle to bond with little puppies. They’re so completely governed by their needs and wants. They're demanding and I have a hard time seeing their personality beyond their demands. They are too young and fragile to share in the adventures I love so deeply. They do not interact well beyond wanting what they want. My love for them at the beginning is a love born of service, of motherhood. Their lives are mine to protect and nurture, and so I love them. But that love grows with the strength of bonding as they grow. As I begin to see their personality flourish and their unique soul begin to shine. As we share in adventures together. As we interact beyond basic needs and wants. I can’t help it.
A harvest from today was realizing the false (colonial) narrative of “solo survival” especially as queer folks. That resilience and magic is the spark ⚡️that happens in relation to our human community, ecological community and self. 🔥 That is what weaves a story of resilience, survival and thrival and the dreaming/embodying of our collective liberation. 📷: @je.jag nurturing their coal to life at sunset. #queernature #diversifyoutdoors #queerwildernessproject #queernatureskillshare #queersinthewild #queercommunity #queersinnature #earthqueer #frictionfire #bowdrill #earthskills #ancestralskills #tinderbundle #survivalskills #firemaking #womenswilderness #coloradoqueer #natureconnection #earthconnection #nonbinary #gendernonconforming #genderfluid #genderqueer #gendernonbinary #optoutside #gendervariant #getoutside #rewild #rewilding #wildernessskills
A harvest from today was realizing the false (colonial) narrative of “solo survival” especially as queer folks. That resilience and magic is the spark ⚡️that happens in relation to our human community, ecological community and self. 🔥 That is what weaves a story of resilience, survival and thrival and the dreaming/embodying of our collective liberation. 📷: @je.jag nurturing their coal to life at sunset. #queernature  #diversifyoutdoors  #queerwildernessproject  #queernatureskillshare  #queersinthewild  #queercommunity  #queersinnature  #earthqueer  #frictionfire  #bowdrill  #earthskills  #ancestralskills  #tinderbundle  #survivalskills  #firemaking  #womenswilderness  #coloradoqueer  #natureconnection  #earthconnection  #nonbinary  #gendernonconforming  #genderfluid  #genderqueer  #gendernonbinary  #optoutside  #gendervariant  #getoutside  #rewild  #rewilding  #wildernessskills 
WOW, what a day! 🔥 We spent the whole day on a beautiful farm on the Front Range with nearly a dozen lovely souls for our Friction Fire & Feast Skillshare. 6 hours of learning the bow-drill method of friction fire, and 2 hours of cooking on hot coals, relaxing, and listening to the coyotes and owls sing the sun down. I️n this photo series, @blairstapp one of our dedicated participants has reached that pivotal moment where coal has been nurtured into flame. We were tickled to capture some of the process here, which we’ll call “Tinder Bundle Emotions” when you get your first coal! #queernature #diversifyoutdoors #queerwildernessproject #queernatureskillshare #queersinthewild #queercommunity #queersinnature #earthqueer #frictionfire #bowdrill #earthskills #ancestralskills #tinderbundle #survivalskills #firemaking #womenswilderness #coloradoqueer #natureconnection #earthconnection #natureisqueer #nonbinary #gendernonconforming #genderfluid #genderqueer #gendernonbinary #rewild #rewilding #wildernessskills
WOW, what a day! 🔥 We spent the whole day on a beautiful farm on the Front Range with nearly a dozen lovely souls for our Friction Fire & Feast Skillshare. 6 hours of learning the bow-drill method of friction fire, and 2 hours of cooking on hot coals, relaxing, and listening to the coyotes and owls sing the sun down. I️n this photo series, @blairstapp one of our dedicated participants has reached that pivotal moment where coal has been nurtured into flame. We were tickled to capture some of the process here, which we’ll call “Tinder Bundle Emotions” when you get your first coal! #queernature  #diversifyoutdoors  #queerwildernessproject  #queernatureskillshare  #queersinthewild  #queercommunity  #queersinnature  #earthqueer  #frictionfire  #bowdrill  #earthskills  #ancestralskills  #tinderbundle  #survivalskills  #firemaking  #womenswilderness  #coloradoqueer  #natureconnection  #earthconnection  #natureisqueer  #nonbinary  #gendernonconforming  #genderfluid  #genderqueer  #gendernonbinary  #rewild  #rewilding  #wildernessskills 
I have never seen a Tahoe trail busier than the one we walked today. It seems I am not the only one seeking to take advantage of such a beautiful day. Particularly since this type of day is a very rare and limited thing this time of year...
I have never seen a Tahoe trail busier than the one we walked today. It seems I am not the only one seeking to take advantage of such a beautiful day. Particularly since this type of day is a very rare and limited thing this time of year...
And through this inward journey, as I swim through the dark depths of my spirit, I fall more in love with what I find. Both the shadows and the light. The death of one self allows space for the new. All dying leaves shine brilliant in the sunlight.
And through this inward journey, as I swim through the dark depths of my spirit, I fall more in love with what I find. Both the shadows and the light. The death of one self allows space for the new. All dying leaves shine brilliant in the sunlight.
We couldn’t let this day pass and not get outside. Each and every day that does not bring snow is precious to me. I will not let those days pass without taking full advantage.
We couldn’t let this day pass and not get outside. Each and every day that does not bring snow is precious to me. I will not let those days pass without taking full advantage.
My best friend ❤️🐶❄️
My best friend ❤️🐶❄️
I start to feel a certain kind of wild desperation this time of year. Like I'm running out of time. As if I must be outside at every possible opportunity. So I don't miss any part of my favorite time of year.
Because this might be the last weekend I’m able to enjoy the mountains as I like them best. This may be the last weekend I’m able to hike and wander trails free of snow.
So I do my best to get outside at every opportunity. Because it might be my last. And so the memories and the happiness will last me through the time when my beloved mountains are buried in snow.
I start to feel a certain kind of wild desperation this time of year. Like I'm running out of time. As if I must be outside at every possible opportunity. So I don't miss any part of my favorite time of year. Because this might be the last weekend I’m able to enjoy the mountains as I like them best. This may be the last weekend I’m able to hike and wander trails free of snow. So I do my best to get outside at every opportunity. Because it might be my last. And so the memories and the happiness will last me through the time when my beloved mountains are buried in snow.
Some days, I look at my girls and think about how I wouldn’t want to have to go through teenagehood again. The hormones, the figuring out who you are, the life-forming decisions, the EMOTIONS.
It's like they have way too much life ahead of them.
With most of my friends turning 40 (and some 50), I see a greater sense of peace. There is harmony and less questions. There is detachment and more laughter. Less drama and more perspective. A confidence and a much stronger sense of self. 
We are self-standing. We are lighter.
So, it’s kinda cool to age (minus the saggy arm skin. THAT IS NOT COOL.).
Some days, I look at my girls and think about how I wouldn’t want to have to go through teenagehood again. The hormones, the figuring out who you are, the life-forming decisions, the EMOTIONS. It's like they have way too much life ahead of them. With most of my friends turning 40 (and some 50), I see a greater sense of peace. There is harmony and less questions. There is detachment and more laughter. Less drama and more perspective. A confidence and a much stronger sense of self.  We are self-standing. We are lighter. So, it’s kinda cool to age (minus the saggy arm skin. THAT IS NOT COOL.).
Me and night running don't get along. The race from my work to the trailhead with enough time to run before it gets dark out has been a series of close ones this week. Pretty soon I'll have no choice and I'll just have to suck it up and embrace it... winter is coming and the night is dark and full of terrors. 😭
Me and night running don't get along. The race from my work to the trailhead with enough time to run before it gets dark out has been a series of close ones this week. Pretty soon I'll have no choice and I'll just have to suck it up and embrace it... winter is coming and the night is dark and full of terrors. 😭
A few bruises is a cheap price to pay to ride in such a gorgeous landscape.
A few bruises is a cheap price to pay to ride in such a gorgeous landscape.
When my coach says to run like a kid at recess, I take that very seriously. #nailedit #swapteam
When my coach says to run like a kid at recess, I take that very seriously. #nailedit  #swapteam 
I’ve always L.O.V.E.D. nature and the Wilderness.
Maybe it’s because of my mom slamming on the breaks and screaming in awe (actually screaming) at the moon shining brightly on a crisp Yosemite night.
Maybes it’s because I’ve always felt a sense of calm and adventure whenever I’d smell the pine trees or plunge in a cold body of water for the first time.
I could come up with a million reasons why nature is so close to my heart and how I think communing it helps us all be better people.
But I won’t. What I will talk to you about is @womenswilderness and their amazing mission.
As some of you know, I write for them on a regular basis and truly feel immensely grateful for this opportunity. Why?
Because “we share the gifts of the wilderness with people of all colors, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities, and experience levels.  Our specialty is helping girls and women become their strongest, best selves, while providing solid instruction in wilderness travel and outdoor skills.”
I mean, who would NOT get behind that!?! Anyway, as I’ve alluded to in recent weeks I’m doing a fundraiser with them. I have a BIG goal to raise 2,500$ by the end of December. All proceeds go DIRECTLY towards funding our girls’ programs.
I would LOVE your help with this. You can contribute by donating (link in bio) and/or helping me spread this message (and link to the donation page).
For more info on how YOU CAN WITH ONE SIMPLE GESTURE HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND CHANGE A GIRL’S LIFE, click the link in my bio. 
And, oh yeah, I’ll be running 1 mile for every 10$ that are donated. Get in on it. #womenswilderness #nonprofit
I’ve always L.O.V.E.D. nature and the Wilderness. Maybe it’s because of my mom slamming on the breaks and screaming in awe (actually screaming) at the moon shining brightly on a crisp Yosemite night. Maybes it’s because I’ve always felt a sense of calm and adventure whenever I’d smell the pine trees or plunge in a cold body of water for the first time. I could come up with a million reasons why nature is so close to my heart and how I think communing it helps us all be better people. But I won’t. What I will talk to you about is @womenswilderness and their amazing mission. As some of you know, I write for them on a regular basis and truly feel immensely grateful for this opportunity. Why? Because “we share the gifts of the wilderness with people of all colors, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities, and experience levels. Our specialty is helping girls and women become their strongest, best selves, while providing solid instruction in wilderness travel and outdoor skills.” I mean, who would NOT get behind that!?! Anyway, as I’ve alluded to in recent weeks I’m doing a fundraiser with them. I have a BIG goal to raise 2,500$ by the end of December. All proceeds go DIRECTLY towards funding our girls’ programs. I would LOVE your help with this. You can contribute by donating (link in bio) and/or helping me spread this message (and link to the donation page). For more info on how YOU CAN WITH ONE SIMPLE GESTURE HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND CHANGE A GIRL’S LIFE, click the link in my bio. And, oh yeah, I’ll be running 1 mile for every 10$ that are donated. Get in on it. #womenswilderness  #nonprofit 
Just finished our last climb at the Red and now we are on to climb in Chattanooga! It’s kind of a bittersweet feeling, I got to climb A bunch of amazing routes- but I also didn’t get on some of the things I had my heart set on. I did however get to spend most of my time with the amazing @bribol and get to know her a lot better! She is a very talented Jewerly maker ( note my earrings ) badass climber, and a all around lovely person. I’m so excited she’s coming to climb in Chatt and we get to continue our southern adventures together!
Just finished our last climb at the Red and now we are on to climb in Chattanooga! It’s kind of a bittersweet feeling, I got to climb A bunch of amazing routes- but I also didn’t get on some of the things I had my heart set on. I did however get to spend most of my time with the amazing @bribol and get to know her a lot better! She is a very talented Jewerly maker ( note my earrings ) badass climber, and a all around lovely person. I’m so excited she’s coming to climb in Chatt and we get to continue our southern adventures together!
It's amazing how we all think that making excuses for ourselves will make us feel better about not doing something or achieving a goal. Be proud of what you've done, don't diminish your accomplishments with excuses. If you want to achieve more or better, work your ass off and if you don't succeed, try again! You will never be embarrassed and it is never failure, if you worked and tried your absolute hardest.
It's amazing how we all think that making excuses for ourselves will make us feel better about not doing something or achieving a goal. Be proud of what you've done, don't diminish your accomplishments with excuses. If you want to achieve more or better, work your ass off and if you don't succeed, try again! You will never be embarrassed and it is never failure, if you worked and tried your absolute hardest.
Change of plans: I travelled to my 5 month southern terminus, deep down in Patagonia. From El Chaltén I'm hiking up north. And I got rewarded: it's great, great, great wheather here. Yeah! 
#hikingtrail #patagonia #argentina #hiking #losglaciaresnationalpark #cerrotorre #montane #elchalten #womenwhohike #OutdoorWomen #womenswilderness
...burst like a star: for here there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.
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Tucson. November 2014.
...burst like a star: for here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. [Rainer Maria Rilke] . . Tucson. November 2014.
All smiles after a wonderful weekend biking and climbing with the dream team. It has been a CRAZY few weeks starting a new job, studying for ski patrol medical exams, and submitting law school apps, but new content will be coming soon!
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#prettygood4agirl #dogsofinstagram #cragdog #moab #forceofnature #outdoorwomen #womenswilderness #womenwhoclimb #mtnchicks #womenmtb #sheisable #chooseadventure #myt9 #misadventures 📸: @jessielonge
Friends, this happens once a year: I'm taking commissions for the upcoming Holiday season! Available through December 1st. Hop on over to @graceisabellartist for the details! 🎉 || Although the vast majority of my time goes to making my abstract oil paintings, I still find that I just enjoy being able to send ya'll something that is handcrafted, made with my heart, takes you to a place you love, and that you can't find in a Target. DM with any questions!
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 #colorado #colorfulcolorado #pleinairpainting #climbing #landscape #pines #painting #skiing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #getoutstayout #womenswilderness #boulderart #boulderco #greettheoutdoors #goexploring #findyourpark #landscapepainting #artforsale #womenartists #workwithyourhands #strangetrails #mountainarts #alpine #winter #blistersandbliss #smallbusiness #maroonbells
Friends, this happens once a year: I'm taking commissions for the upcoming Holiday season! Available through December 1st. Hop on over to @graceisabellartist for the details! 🎉 || Although the vast majority of my time goes to making my abstract oil paintings, I still find that I just enjoy being able to send ya'll something that is handcrafted, made with my heart, takes you to a place you love, and that you can't find in a Target. DM with any questions! . . . #colorado  #colorfulcolorado  #pleinairpainting  #climbing  #landscape  #pines  #painting  #skiing  #climbing_pictures_of_instagram  #getoutstayout  #womenswilderness  #boulderart  #boulderco  #greettheoutdoors  #goexploring  #findyourpark  #landscapepainting  #artforsale  #womenartists  #workwithyourhands  #strangetrails  #mountainarts  #alpine  #winter  #blistersandbliss  #smallbusiness  #maroonbells 
Alright friends, we're doing this. I take commissions once a year these days, and now is time. If you're looking to bring a bit of a place you love into your home, are missing a specific location, or you're just looking for a unique and crafted gift for the upcoming holidays, I'll be accepting commissions until December 3rd. I take my time crafting each piece I make, so the sooner you DM or email to talk through your idea the better! .
Maroon Bells, Co - commissioned painting
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 #colorado #colorfulcolorado #pleinairpainting #climbing #landscape #pines #painting #skiing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #getoutstayout #womenswilderness #boulderart #boulderco #greettheoutdoors #goexploring #findyourpark #landscapepainting #artforsale #womenartists #workwithyourhands #strangetrails #mountainarts #alpine #winter #blistersandbliss #smallbusiness #maroonbells
Alright friends, we're doing this. I take commissions once a year these days, and now is time. If you're looking to bring a bit of a place you love into your home, are missing a specific location, or you're just looking for a unique and crafted gift for the upcoming holidays, I'll be accepting commissions until December 3rd. I take my time crafting each piece I make, so the sooner you DM or email to talk through your idea the better! . Maroon Bells, Co - commissioned painting . . . #colorado  #colorfulcolorado  #pleinairpainting  #climbing  #landscape  #pines  #painting  #skiing  #climbing_pictures_of_instagram  #getoutstayout  #womenswilderness  #boulderart  #boulderco  #greettheoutdoors  #goexploring  #findyourpark  #landscapepainting  #artforsale  #womenartists  #workwithyourhands  #strangetrails  #mountainarts  #alpine  #winter  #blistersandbliss  #smallbusiness  #maroonbells 
Have you met our guest instructor for our skillshare on December 3rd? Here’s Jasmyn blowing on a coal to carve out the bowl of her spoon! She’s a fiber artist extraordinaire. 💯 In fact, she knit the hat and cute top she’s wearing! 👏🏽 She’ll be teaching a drop-spindle class with us with drop-spindles she made herself that you’ll take home with you! Whaaaaa?! 🌀🐑🌀 #natureconnection #earthconnection #earthskills #earthqueer #ancestralskills #diversifyoutdoors #queernature #queersinnature #queercommunity #queerwilderness #queersinthewild #queerwildernessproject #womenswilderness #qpoc #qwoc #qtpoc #coalburning #coalburnedspoons #qtpoccolorado #blackgirlmagic #queernatureskillshare #queernatureconnection #queerfiberartist #queerfiber #fiberartists
Have you met our guest instructor for our skillshare on December 3rd? Here’s Jasmyn blowing on a coal to carve out the bowl of her spoon! She’s a fiber artist extraordinaire. 💯 In fact, she knit the hat and cute top she’s wearing! 👏🏽 She’ll be teaching a drop-spindle class with us with drop-spindles she made herself that you’ll take home with you! Whaaaaa?! 🌀🐑🌀 #natureconnection  #earthconnection  #earthskills  #earthqueer  #ancestralskills  #diversifyoutdoors  #queernature  #queersinnature  #queercommunity  #queerwilderness  #queersinthewild  #queerwildernessproject  #womenswilderness  #qpoc  #qwoc  #qtpoc  #coalburning  #coalburnedspoons  #qtpoccolorado  #blackgirlmagic  #queernatureskillshare  #queernatureconnection  #queerfiberartist  #queerfiber  #fiberartists 
This dorky picture is brought to you to announce that I'm now an ambassador for @lilytrotters. Lily Trotters are awesome compression socks that are sweat proof, blister proof and crust proof. In typical gross missshellshock fashion, I wore them for three adventure days...in a row...and they still did not feel disgusting...start your judgements now 😁. Most of all I'm just happy to be a part of another amazing group of uplifting and inspiring women! ❤️ #lilytrotters #beunstoppable #sockflock #unstoppablewomen
This dorky picture is brought to you to announce that I'm now an ambassador for @lilytrotters. Lily Trotters are awesome compression socks that are sweat proof, blister proof and crust proof. In typical gross missshellshock fashion, I wore them for three adventure days...in a row...and they still did not feel disgusting...start your judgements now 😁. Most of all I'm just happy to be a part of another amazing group of uplifting and inspiring women! ❤️ #lilytrotters  #beunstoppable  #sockflock  #unstoppablewomen 
Huge congrats to our #WomensRoleModelMonday Shalane Flanagan​ on becoming the #first U.S. woman since 1977 to win the New York City Marathon!!! You rock Shalane! ⠀
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“This is the moment that I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said on ESPN2. “It’s a moment, though, that I’m just trying to soak up and savor right now because I feel like this is the kind of moment that we dream of to find out our potential and realize how incredible we can be.”⠀
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#running #shalaneflanaganforthewin #shalaneflanagan #nycmarathon #marathonrunner #womenswilderness #running #womenwhorun ⠀
Huge congrats to our #WomensRoleModelMonday  Shalane Flanagan​ on becoming the #first  U.S. woman since 1977 to win the New York City Marathon!!! You rock Shalane! ⠀ ⠀ Check out our Facebook page for a link to the article!⠀ ⠀ “This is the moment that I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said on ESPN2. “It’s a moment, though, that I’m just trying to soak up and savor right now because I feel like this is the kind of moment that we dream of to find out our potential and realize how incredible we can be.”⠀ ⠀ Photo cred: Getty Images⠀ ⠀ #running  #shalaneflanaganforthewin  #shalaneflanagan  #nycmarathon  #marathonrunner  #womenswilderness  #running  #womenwhorun  ⠀
I swear I begin to see little or nothing in audible words,
All merges toward the presentation of the unspoken meanings of the earth
[Walt Whitman]
I swear I begin to see little or nothing in audible words, All merges toward the presentation of the unspoken meanings of the earth [Walt Whitman]
Life is beautiful. Even if only for one second, try to appreciate it every day.
Life is beautiful. Even if only for one second, try to appreciate it every day.
Another amazing day of falling off the biggest jugs ever! I think I’m starting to fall in love with this place!! Naked 12A 📸 @tuckernrufus
Another amazing day of falling off the biggest jugs ever! I think I’m starting to fall in love with this place!! Naked 12A 📸 @tuckernrufus
@queerevolution and their lovely coal burned spoon! We carved the magical biitno’ (Northern Arapaho), so-called Quaking Aspen. What a beautiful Full Moon 🌕 day to craft at the @mccauleyfamilyfarm ✨🌈🔥🥄✨ Using our queer hands to co-create has a particular magic to it.📍Arapaho territory #queernature #earthconnection #queernatureskillshare #queernatureconnection #decolonizenatureconnection #queerwilderness #queerwildernessproject #queersinnature #queercommunity #queersinthewild #earthqueer #coalburning #coalburnedspoons #ancestralskills #survivalskills #earthskills #nonbinary #gendernonbinary #genderfluid #genderqueer #gendervariant #gendernonconforming #queersinthewoods #womenswilderness #quakingaspen #aspen #populustremuloides #natureisqueer #natureconnection
@queerevolution and their lovely coal burned spoon! We carved the magical biitno’ (Northern Arapaho), so-called Quaking Aspen. What a beautiful Full Moon 🌕 day to craft at the @mccauleyfamilyfarm ✨🌈🔥🥄✨ Using our queer hands to co-create has a particular magic to it.📍Arapaho territory #queernature  #earthconnection  #queernatureskillshare  #queernatureconnection  #decolonizenatureconnection  #queerwilderness  #queerwildernessproject  #queersinnature  #queercommunity  #queersinthewild  #earthqueer  #coalburning  #coalburnedspoons  #ancestralskills  #survivalskills  #earthskills  #nonbinary  #gendernonbinary  #genderfluid  #genderqueer  #gendervariant  #gendernonconforming  #queersinthewoods  #womenswilderness  #quakingaspen  #aspen  #populustremuloides  #natureisqueer  #natureconnection 
I am frequently inspired by the photos and the stories I see here on Instagram. When I first began posting less than a year ago, I did not plan to ever share photos of myself.
You see, I don't like to post pictures of myself because I don't like the way I look. I've gained a lot of weight over the last few years and I hate the thought of that being captured on film. I hate the thought of it being recorded and made public.
But, I was very inspired by a post I read a while back. It spoke of the importance of different kinds of people seeing themselves represented in the things they aspire to do. And so, I'm not going to be ashamed of that anymore.
Because maybe there is a woman out there, a woman who weighs more than she wants to, who would like to try a hike or a backpacking trip or a snowshoeing adventure. But maybe she doesn't know if she can do it. And maybe she's never seen someone who looks like her do it so she's afraid to try. Maybe she'll never muster the courage to try any of those things at all.
So I'll put this photo out there, a picture of me doing what I love, despite being overweight. I hope we can all inspire each other to give it a try!
I am frequently inspired by the photos and the stories I see here on Instagram. When I first began posting less than a year ago, I did not plan to ever share photos of myself. You see, I don't like to post pictures of myself because I don't like the way I look. I've gained a lot of weight over the last few years and I hate the thought of that being captured on film. I hate the thought of it being recorded and made public. But, I was very inspired by a post I read a while back. It spoke of the importance of different kinds of people seeing themselves represented in the things they aspire to do. And so, I'm not going to be ashamed of that anymore. Because maybe there is a woman out there, a woman who weighs more than she wants to, who would like to try a hike or a backpacking trip or a snowshoeing adventure. But maybe she doesn't know if she can do it. And maybe she's never seen someone who looks like her do it so she's afraid to try. Maybe she'll never muster the courage to try any of those things at all. So I'll put this photo out there, a picture of me doing what I love, despite being overweight. I hope we can all inspire each other to give it a try!
Things I’ve learned so far at the Red: Bring a stick clip, it will be your best friend. You will fall off the biggest jugs you have ever held. The sun pretty much doesn’t come up until 9am. You can still climb here in the rain. Sandstone is amazing, humidity is not. 📸 @bribol
Things I’ve learned so far at the Red: Bring a stick clip, it will be your best friend. You will fall off the biggest jugs you have ever held. The sun pretty much doesn’t come up until 9am. You can still climb here in the rain. Sandstone is amazing, humidity is not. 📸 @bribol
sometimes plan B is as good as plan A
sometimes plan B is as good as plan A
My first mistake on my run today was a wrong turn, my second mistake was letting a cranky old lady raise my heart rate even though I'll never see her stupid face again, my third mistake was getting frustrated that I wasn't feeling as good as I wanted to be. The first right thing I did today was sit down on this rock, look at my beautiful surroundings, take a deep breath and let all of that shit go.
My first mistake on my run today was a wrong turn, my second mistake was letting a cranky old lady raise my heart rate even though I'll never see her stupid face again, my third mistake was getting frustrated that I wasn't feeling as good as I wanted to be. The first right thing I did today was sit down on this rock, look at my beautiful surroundings, take a deep breath and let all of that shit go.
Coal burning spoon workshop. Queer people gathering in nature. Grateful for #queernature #queernatureskillshare #womenswilderness #colorado
Most of my posts are not “real time.” The words I write are typically inspired by what I’m thinking or feeling that day. But the photos rarely represent the day they are posted.
I aspire to one day live a life where I do something each and every day that is worthy of posting on Instagram, but I am not yet there. And so most of the images I post are from the near or far past. But not today. This photo is from today. This morning, in fact.
We woke early and took our little Yeti to the vet, where he received his final round of vaccinations. And so he is now free to safely go wherever his little heart desires. The weather was rainy and gloomy and windy. But nothing was going to stop us from showing this little man his very first mountain trail...
Most of my posts are not “real time.” The words I write are typically inspired by what I’m thinking or feeling that day. But the photos rarely represent the day they are posted. I aspire to one day live a life where I do something each and every day that is worthy of posting on Instagram, but I am not yet there. And so most of the images I post are from the near or far past. But not today. This photo is from today. This morning, in fact. We woke early and took our little Yeti to the vet, where he received his final round of vaccinations. And so he is now free to safely go wherever his little heart desires. The weather was rainy and gloomy and windy. But nothing was going to stop us from showing this little man his very first mountain trail...
My little family. What more needs be said?
My little family. What more needs be said?
...and so began my passionate love affair with wild places...
...and so began my passionate love affair with wild places...
"Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty" - Aldo Leopold
"Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty" - Aldo Leopold
It's been about a month and a half since I DNF'd my first race due to not making cutoffs after my Plantars Fasciitis kicked in and slowed me down to a limp. I have since unleashed an arsenal of healing remedies on it determined to kick it's ass...and it's been working! I did a quick blog write up on everything I did to heal this very stubborn injury. If you or anyone you know has been struggling with PF, give it a read. Link is in my bio.
It's been about a month and a half since I DNF'd my first race due to not making cutoffs after my Plantars Fasciitis kicked in and slowed me down to a limp. I have since unleashed an arsenal of healing remedies on it determined to kick it's ass...and it's been working! I did a quick blog write up on everything I did to heal this very stubborn injury. If you or anyone you know has been struggling with PF, give it a read. Link is in my bio.
A nice little sunset hike to celebrate 40. Just what I needed to clear my head. What is that place for you?
A nice little sunset hike to celebrate 40. Just what I needed to clear my head. What is that place for you?
I love human-powered adventures above any other kind. And I love for them to be in wild places.
I love using this incredible body of mine to climb mountains and swim in lakes and plod through deep snow. I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from a well-earned view. I love knowing that I’ve used my own body to access places that a car could never reach. A place that someone who is not willing to put in the effort will never, ever get to see.
I enjoy immersing myself in Mother Nature, dancing a delicate dance with her unchanging and immeasurably powerful forces. I enjoy learning to read her moods, prepare accordingly, and experience her forces in the most intimate way. I love the beauty and calm and serenity and learning that comes from spending time in her wild lands.
I love human-powered adventures above any other kind. And I love for them to be in wild places. I love using this incredible body of mine to climb mountains and swim in lakes and plod through deep snow. I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from a well-earned view. I love knowing that I’ve used my own body to access places that a car could never reach. A place that someone who is not willing to put in the effort will never, ever get to see. I enjoy immersing myself in Mother Nature, dancing a delicate dance with her unchanging and immeasurably powerful forces. I enjoy learning to read her moods, prepare accordingly, and experience her forces in the most intimate way. I love the beauty and calm and serenity and learning that comes from spending time in her wild lands.
I've been running without my phone, and hence my music, for the past couple of days. It's a completely different kind of animalistic experience. Your running becomes it's own music. Your feet on the trail are the drums, your breathing is the beat, your strides are the tempo and your thoughts become the lyrics. I've fallen in love with running in a whole new way this week.
I've been running without my phone, and hence my music, for the past couple of days. It's a completely different kind of animalistic experience. Your running becomes it's own music. Your feet on the trail are the drums, your breathing is the beat, your strides are the tempo and your thoughts become the lyrics. I've fallen in love with running in a whole new way this week.
Even the warm ups are steep at the Red! Having the best time ever here! 📸 @bribol
Even the warm ups are steep at the Red! Having the best time ever here! 📸 @bribol
Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the answer. I, however, do not like to eliminate the impossible - Douglas Adams
Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the answer. I, however, do not like to eliminate the impossible - Douglas Adams
Love these colors here in southwest Virginia. 🍂🍁Oh, and Happy Halloween!
Love these colors here in southwest Virginia. 🍂🍁Oh, and Happy Halloween!