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    Heather Johnson
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I'm super disappointed I'm too early for prime fall foliage but I can't complain when the weather is this nice. #wisconsin #scenicwisconsin #getoutside #optoutside #hike #hiking #nature #explorewisconsin #devilslake #sweating #feelslikesummer
Everyone is posting photos of the new snow and first turns of the year today. While it makes me a little sad I'm currently out of state , I am super excited to get back to the increased snow pack. For now, I'll just hang on to last Monday's turns... In the bottom left, @mtngrlinak looks back at our lines on Pastoral Peak. #earnyourturns #skiing #ski #backcountry #backcountryskiing #getoutside #optoutside #alaska #livetheaklife #glacier #coreshots
The answer is "Yes. You are required to hum the Jurassic Park theme song while hiking through this." Don't worry, It's not the raptors that will get you. But rather the big, slimey, white-ish tube like plants that are hidden in the tall grasses that will. #slipperyAF #earnyourturns #hiking #skiing #skiingwithdogs #hikingwithdogs #alaska #thealaskalife #explorealaska #getoutside #somanybruises #mostdangerouspartoftheday
Not only did we bushwhack through some "mountain shit pits" and took our skis for a walk, but we also got some decent turns on the bottom section of Pastoral's Glacier today. #alaska #earnyourturns #backcountry #ski #skiing #outdoorwomen #dontknowuntilyougo #neverstopexploring #getoutside #explorealaska #26monthsinarow
And just like that, we found winter. An unknown hiker takes in the view of the south fork on this lovely October day. #alaska #thealaskalife #akrunners #nature #landscape #hike #hiking #optoutside #crushmountains #wondermore #getoutstayout
There's a perk to getting crushed by your friends in the mountains. Being a little slower provides a few more photo opportunities like last nights sunset. #thealaskalife #nature #naturealaska #hikingwithdogs #optoutside #waitingforwinter #neverstopexploring  #dogsofinstagram #wildernessculture #akrunners #alaska #akmountainrunners
"If you could keep your dog from trying to play with me, that'd be great." #thealaskalife #alaska #explorealaska #nature #wildlife #moose #neverfails #wildernessculture #hiking #annoyed #adventure #toocloseforcomfort
Today is one of those days where you just want to be let in the tent and curl up in your favorite zero bag. #tbt #explorealaska #camping #campingwithdogs #getoutside #liveyouradventure #thealaskalife #alaska #backpacking #hike #hiking #mountains #husky #dogsofinstagram #nature
On the search for snow, this weekends sunshine kept our spirits high. I've had some miserable days up Crow Pass but this this day was far from that. Beers, cupcakes,sunshine , and plenty of laughs made it a great day. I'll be holding on to the nice weather as this weeks outlook looks a lot like wind and more rain. #earnyourturns #backcountry #ski #skiing #optoutside #hike #hiking #alaska #neverstopexploring #adventure #thealaskalife #waitingforwinter #desperationskiing
On the search for snow, this weekends sunshine kept our spirits high. I've had some miserable days up Crow Pass but this this day was far from that. Beers, cupcakes,sunshine , and plenty of laughs made it a great day. I'll be holding on to the nice weather as this weeks outlook looks a lot like wind and more rain. #earnyourturns  #backcountry  #ski  #skiing  #optoutside  #hike  #hiking  #alaska  #neverstopexploring  #adventure  #thealaskalife  #waitingforwinter  #desperationskiing 
Noli chases a lap down the glacier. This crazy pup tripped over a crevasse a little earlier in the day and tumbled over a second. #fearless #thealaskalife #alaska #earnyourturns #backcountry #ski #skiing #snowboarding #shwakmagazine #skiingwithdogs #goldenretriever #nature #neverstopexploring
On the middle left, Matt navigates his way up Jewel Glacier for another lap. September turns were more on ice than maybe snow but skiing is skiing! #earnyourturns #backcountry #alaska #thealaskalife #livetheaklife #getoutside #ski #skiing #explorealaska #neverstopexploring
Thank you to everyone who made 29 great. Here's to the dirty thirty! #tbt to a year ago, celebrating with fresh turns on Jewel. Fingers crossed we can track down some snow this weekend. #outdoorwomen #earnyourturns #backcountry #skiing #alaska #thealaskalife #getoutside #dirtythirty #earnyourbeer #womenwhohike #adventure
RIP Eklutna Dam. The dam is now 2/3 the way removed and will never be climbed again. It's bittersweet as the dam was often a fun way to end a day in the canyon but the removal is a major component to restoring the salmon population in the river and lake. #alaska #iceclimbing #climbing #iceisnice #optoutside #liveyouradventure #getoutside #nature #healthyrivers #salmon #wildernessculture
32 degrees when I left the house this morning! Minus the ice I stepped on and slipped down the stairs, I'm pretty happy with the crisp air. #winning #alaska #winteriscoming #earnyourturns #ski #skiing #backcountry #powder #nature #getoutside #goatworthy
Monday's are like hiking miles to ski with no snow in sight. But you're only 80%?sure there will actually be anything to get turns on. Friday's are when you finally get a glimpse of the "snow" you've been looking for and it appears skiable. Is it Friday yet? #caseofthemondays #alaska #earnyourturns #backcountry #outdoorwomen #hike #hiking #neverstopexploring #waitingforwinter #getoutside #goatworthy #liveyouradventure
Deni looking into the valley wondering where all the snow is. An exact year ago, this ridge had a foot of snow on it and Hatchers ended up with a pretty thin season coverage. It's hard not think if the same fate is destined for this year. #staypositive #waitingforwinter #nature #naturealaska #hike #hiking #hikingwithdogs #husky #dogsofinstagram #alaska #neverstopexploring #snowdance