It's blood pumping to be the first to lean back and test the first rappel of the day, on a single strand, over an overhung edge that blocked view of the route below. To stop midway and untangle the rope from a rock it had caught on, while my sweating, shaking rope hand held the lock position as tightly as it could. To descend into the unknown (but well-researched). As a photographer, that's exactly what I've signed up for. The joy and beauty of going first is that I get to capture my crew as they rap down a dried waterfall to begin a glorious descent through Birch Hollow Canyon.
#TBT to carrying mi pequeño feo about the mountains because he’s too small and lazy and knows I have a weak heart. I’ve met some real sweet pups in the past few months but none of them annoy me like he does. P.s @stephalcock I miss you too..
Cheers to another magical day in #CostaRica with @lilahellerretreats!! We are so honored to be sharing this journey with these inspiring yogis. Thank you for the good vibes and open hearts you brought with you to Costa Rica this week 🙏💖 #truetravel#truenature
One more outdoor inspo from the lovely @minayounglee ! 💕
...you will learn that obstacles & problems are merely opportunities in your life. overcome them is what is going to make you absolutely happy. fight against your fear is what is gonna make you succeed in life. at that point you will understand the meaning of being a winner!! [from a note written by an old friend in the first page of a book he graciously gifted me with] // in case you needed to hear it too 💞 pc:@jacksonian7 #merrelloutside
Looks like fun right ?!! Well... there’s a FREE DEMO DAY!!!! Tomorrow! Friday Feb 22ond 12-3pm at Riverbend Golf course!!! Adult and KID Cross Country skis & Snowshoes available!! Put on by Valhalla Pure Outfitters @vporeddeer this is a great chance for beginners and anyone without there own gear to have a fun day in the predicted to be warm winter day!! #getoutside#crosscountryskiing ❄️❄️❄️ #sheadventures#live4snow 🏔
There are numerous studies showing a relationship between outdoor activity and positive health outcomes! And it's not just for physical benefits. Being outside has been linked to improvements with stress management, cognitive function and emotional regulation.
Snag this piece on sale in the shop! For short laidback treks with friends or a picnic in the park, The Rambler Backpack Cooler is a stylish way to pack in all your goodies. This backpack from @barebonesliving has comfortable adjustable straps, an anti-microbial lining and can hold up to 20 12 oz cans! It even features a little bottle opener on the zipper, just in case you forget yours.
This time last year I was climbing in Moab and experiencing a completely new place. Last week, I did the same thing, only I was skiing. As I look back at this picture, I think of the excitement and wonder I felt over being someplace completely new, doing something I enjoy tremendously. I don't have any pictures to share, but the same feeling of excitement over the unknown was stirred inside of me during our trip to Wyoming. When I moved to leavenworth to become a raft guide? The same feeling of wonder and excitement. Learning how to ski and work at a resort? New and exciting. Now, with about a month- month and a half until raft season starts up again, I think about what my plans are. My mind darts back and forth over new and exciting possibilities. I instantly start to feel suffocated when I think about spending another summer in leavenworth, rafting the Wenatchee; the same company, the same people, the same gig. My soul starts to squirm and I feel like taking off. More than once I've been close to packing up my car and just taking off again. When the desire to move hits me, it doesn't take long to realize I need to set things in motion. Many ignore the pull and tell themselves they have to adult, so one day they can live free. I say screw that. I'm going to live right now. Not in 15 years. Not in 20. I won't rely on a retirement plan and I won't rely on all the days I spent adulting, paying me back with a full life of adventure. It's time to move around again. To walk new streets and swim new rivers! ⠀
"I need to move around a bit. To shuffle my surroundings. To wake up in cities I don't know my way around & have conversations in languages I cannot entirely comprehend. There is always this tremendous longing in my heart to be lost, to be someplace else, to be far far away from all of this." - Beau Taplin ✨
All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered. —Kenneth Grahame
In 2007, I spent nearly six weeks in Nepal. It was my first big international trip and it forever changed me and how I view the world. For years I thought I had lost all my photos from that trip, and thanks to the help of a friend I was just able to recover them.
Regardless, there has always been one moment that has been vividly emblazoned on my memory from that trip. While flying from Pokhara to Jomsom (~10k ft) to begin a 10-day trek, we broke through the cloud deck and found ourselves dwarfed by the massive Annapurnas, staring us in the face through the windows of our tiny 10-seat plane. I have never felt so small, humble, and in genuine awe of the world in which I live. I cried (big surprise). Perhaps this was the beginning of my deep love for the mountains and the awe I feel every time I see and experience their majesty. It seems likely.
If you ever have the chance to visit Nepal, please do. It is so rich in beauty, history, culture, vibrancy, and awe-inspiring nature. I can’t wait until I finally get to return.
I shared a bunch of old phone photos in my stories today, and had to re-share this one. I love this place more than anywhere I’ve been so far. The Tetons are such a magical place to explore. #shotoniphone ❤️📷 @garrettreid_
Sleeping at the airports can be hard especially when temperature drops below +10° and a metal chair becomes your bed.
However, the adventures have taught me how to use all facilities of the airports to the max.
1) always try to find a dark place under the camera (so many psycho these days)
2) get upstairs (remember the law of physics - warm air gets up)
3) use the WC for disabled people, so you can normally prepare yourself for sweet dreams (not even once I took a "shower" like that)
4) good to have a sleeping bag, otherwise put all warm clothes you have on the " king bed" (kidneys and head☝️)
5) always touch your bag with one hand during sleep. The probability that you wake up, if someone would want to grab your possessions, is quite high.
6) stop complaining and enjoy the night in a new city❤️
Have any of you ever seen a show at Red Rocks? It is definitely on my bucket list! .
Growing up in Alaska I have seen many mountains but never like this! The colors and shapes just blew me away 😍
I love that the Coloradans turned a beautiful sight into a music venue to attract tourists from around the world! It’s too bad Bassnectar won’t be invited back because his bass broke some of the rocks 😂
It’s snowing in Oregon! I’m not going to lie, I thought winter was over but I’m preparing to suit up and get outside this weekend anyway!
It’s so important to me as a person that works from home to get out and connect with nature. To pull myself away from screens and emails and creating and just become grounded and present. Time outside brings me clarity and increases my vibration so that I can be even more helpful to the ladies on my team, who are my priority. I know that a lot of us are also feeling the emotional weight of the tragic events in Florida, and the best thing we can do for ourselves is let that energy diffuse back into the universe by getting outdoors and releasing it. We must observe what is happening in the world around us and learn and grow from it. We must work every day to become better human beings. We must become sources of happiness and light for those that are overwhelmed by darkness.
If you’d like to have a spot in my Wellness Bootcamp that I’m running next month, send me a DM or fill out the form in my bio. I look forward to connecting with you. ♥️
Last night I was out driving, on my way to see my friends new puppy. But the roads were covered in a thin layer of ice from all the spring freeze thaw that’s been going on, and I happened to be in the wrong place in the wrong time and ended up in a 6 car collision. Luckily, no one was hurt, but it’s a reminder to always be a safe driver, give lots of stopping distance, put on your winter tires and always be appropriately dressed for the weather, because you never know when you’ll end up in an accident and have to stand outside for a few hours. Stay safe on the road! ⛑
Sending out good vibes 💛
Cloaking myself in these words of wisdom, like they are a safety blanket:
“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”