I used to measure my growth by climbing up onto Aunt Margie’s kitchen table and standing subtley on my tippy toes to see how close my head was to touching her lamp, which hung a few feet over me. ⠀ ⠀ Nowadays I measure my growth a bit differently. ⠀ I find myself climbing up onto ridges and summits and difficult social situations and perceived failure and standing on my tippy toes, much less subtley, to see how close my head is to everything below me, not above me. ⠀ ⠀ So far, so good. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @kammitchellphoto
Deep fried red snapper to finish off the day and an amazing tarpon fly fishing trip! Amazing we found a place serving this just outside the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. #findyourbackcountry
🔸I #choosemountains because they offer me a place of solitude, relaxation and endless wonder. They are a place to unwind and simultaneously energize. I draw inspiration from those massive mountain peaks, dense forests and alpine lakes. Whether it's hiking, camping, offroading, trail running, or snowboarding, you'll find me out there with my pup. . . //photo+words : @eyoungstrom_life . . chosen by: @chief_mischief_maker #choosemountainswomen @choosemountainswomen choosemountains.com for features, tag us✌🏼
Look very closely and you *might* spot the trail blaze guiding this crazy rock scramble of a trail run! I think this is the least loved trail I’ve ever been on, and it has so much potential. But then again, because it’s a mess only the most intrepid venture onto it, which means lots of glorious solitude. So maybe it’s better to let it be loved by a very few because the masses find it impassable...
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see...” Edward Abbey 🤟🏼 . Grateful for the places my little feet can carry me in my own little slice of paradise. #ogdenisawesome
Moab ❤️. It’s my second time here, visiting Moab, and it’s becoming another one of those home away from home places… that feels like home. I know my way around town, and I know how to get to and reach the outskirts of town, Castle Valley probably being my favorite. But this trip was about more than just landscapes. On this trip, I got to know a few of the locals, and I now have what I think is a classic Moab story… I flew into the Moab airport this time and the only camping gear I had was a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, and a Jetboil. I’ve learned over the years how to get by with little. But one thing I realized I needed before heading deep into the desert was a cooler. Seriously, how was I gonna keep my beer cold? I drove around and called around asking “do you rent coolers?” and when the answer was no I asked “do you know anyone who rents coolers?” Just before giving up I opened up my Yelp app and typed in ‘gear rental.’ A place popped up with an address. I went there, walked in and asked… “do you guys rent coolers?” Of course (again) the answer was no. Just as I turned to leave, considering this a failed mission, a guy sitting next the door said… “You can use my cooler. I’m not going anywhere this weekend and don’t need it. How long do you need it for?” I used this guy’s cooler for five days. When I brought it back it even had some beer in it, still cold. This story may not be about the most epic sunset spot or having scored the best campsite in town, but to me, these are the stories that make a place. So, thank you Moab… and thank you Patrick. - 📷: the wildly talented @wildginaa
Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island is a place that photos just don't do justice. The mountains rise thousands of feet straight up from the sea and there are waterfalls everywhere you look. Arielle Shipe visited at the tail end of a New Zealand winter, so all the peaks were capped with snow and it was cold enough for her to wear her Backcountry Murdock 850 Down Jacket. "This was a favorite layer of mine last winter and getting the chance to wear it again is getting me so excited for this upcoming winter!" #findyourbackcountry Photo: @arielleshipe
Happy to be walking on snow again 😌 #pnwlife#washingtonexplored#exploremore #optoutside#pnwonderland#hikewashington#keepitwild#pnwcollection#washington#findyourbackcountry#letsgosomewhere#keepitwild#peoplewhohike#choosemountains#bestofthenorthwest#theoutbound#letskeepitwild#pow#protectourwinters#pnwparadise#upperleftusa
. Thankful for this province we call home, the health to explore these mountains, and the man who explores them with me. . Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! 🍂 . . @hellobc @oleoriginals @explorecanada .
Avant, je détestais l'automne. Quand j'étais plus jeune, j'aurai voulu que les saisons ne se résument qu'à l'été et l'hiver. Je détestais les jours qui raccourcissent, l'air qui se vivifie et la pluie qui tombe. Depuis que j'ai décidé de regarder les choses autrement, j'adore voir arriver l'automne. La brume qui enveloppe la forêt, la pluie qui la réveille. Le goût des champignons, de la gelée de pommes sauvages, l'odeur des châtaignes grillées... On se régale des petites recettes qu'on réalise avec ce qu'on trouve dehors. Je guette l'arrivée des couleurs chaudes sur les arbres sublimées par les premières neiges qui saupoudrent les sommets... Je m'impatiente à l'idée de découvrir le tableau qu'elle nous réserve. Elle met du temps à arriver, cette année, l'automne. Mais le festival promet d'être fabuleux, comme toujours. Et chez toi, alors, c'est comment l'automne en ce moment ? J'irai bien voir dans le Mercantour si les mélèzes sont déjà jaunes ! #petitbivouac ↟↟↟↟↟↟ Before, I hated automn. When I was younger, I wanted the seasons to be summed up only with summer and winter. I hated the days that were shortening, the cold air and the rain. Since I decided to look at things differently, I love to see arrive this season. The mist that envelops the forest, the rain that wakes it up. The taste of mushrooms, jelly of wild apples, the smell of roasted chestnuts ... We enjoy small recipes that we can make with what we find outside. I'm waiting for the colors on the trees sublimated by the first snows that sprinkle the summits ... I can't wait for discovering the painting. This automn is slow to arrive. But the festival promises to be fabulous, as always. And then at your home, how is autumn right now? I'd like to go and see in the Mercantour if the larches are already yellow! △▽△▽△▽△▽△▽△▽△▽△▽△ #wearethewild#getoutandexplore#liveoutdoors#ourwild#optoutside#leavenotrace
Courmayeur, Italy This was the lake at the bottom of the mountain I descended on Day 3 of the TMB. It was my first night in Italy- which greeted me with stunning views, an incredible sunset, generous people, and the most amazing pizza I’ve ever had.
The place where I find peace and the present moment. The wall that towers over me with incredible intimidation and continually shoves me out of my comfort zone. This special place always reminds me what it feels like to be fully alive and to embrace the refinement process. I’m so glad I got to share the spot that catapulted my love for sport climbing with my ride or die.
// We went on a little adventure the other day to find fall colors, and it's safe to say that the drive did not disappoint. I think Delilah looks gorgeous in this season. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ✦ @smartwool #gofarfeelgood
“And into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”― John Muir . . . . . . #momentwide#momentcamera#akutrekkingfootwear#goatworthy#hikingvibes#californiahiking#trekkingtoes#idhikethat#hikingvibes#peakbagging#peakbagger#peoplewhoadventure#kings_outdoors#findyourbackcountry#takemebackpacking#wildernesstones#hmgtribe#mountainstories#trailchat#easternsierra#johnmuirwilderness#inyonationalforest#hikersofinstagram#hikertrash#kearsargepass#ultralightbackpacking#zpacks#ultralightgear
Went larch hunting this weekend with 500 of my closest friends 🙃 it was so nice to see so many people out and about enjoying the changing season! But for those who are heading out into snowy mountain conditions for their first time, here’s 2 tips that will help keep you comfortable and safe! 1) Traction! Snow trails get nice and packed down from foot traffic passing over it, but this is a double edged sword since it also makes the path much more slippery than what you may think walking in snow is typically like! Micro-spikes are absolutely clutch here since they grip the icy snow. Hiking poles are also a big help in keeping your balance and catching you when you inevitably slip. These slippery conditions are also at their worst in the morning because the prior days boot-path has frozen overnight. 2) Jackets! This may seem like a no brainer, but not all jackets are created equal in the mountains. There are two types that you should ideally have, a protection layer and an insulation layer. The protection layer is typically something like Gore-Tex which shields you from cold wind and rain, and the insulation layer is what keeps you warm, like a down puffy jacket. You can find jackets that are both insulated and have that shell protective layer, but having them as two separate jackets has a lot of benefits, such as only wearing the protective shell when you aren’t cold, but want some protection from that chilly wind. Also remember that weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, and this is ESPECIALLY true this time of year when the weather is less predictable than in the summer. Now go get out there and enjoy this super special time of year! ❄️🍂
I love change. I love unpredictability, I love adventure and excitement. Consistency is tedious in my eyes, I try to experience everything and all things in the little time we have in life. Which also leads to me always questioning whether I’ll get to do the things I want to most. #findyourbackcountry
I’ve been quiet on here for the past few days, but I’ve been working on getting everything in order for the next chapter of my life. I won’t go into details; but I, after a couple years of telling myself that I’ll make my passion & dreams priority, am finally going and fully investing in myself, and for the rest of my life. I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t nervous. I’d be lying to you if I said there wasn’t a part of me that was scared. I’d be lying to you if I said that I didn’t think I was good enough. But.. you know what? I am nervous because I care. I am scared because I am building my life around the things I love. I didn’t think I was good enough because I never was, but I am now. I took some time last night to reflect and to sit on the last few years of my life and what I’ve learned, and how I will be able to continue to grow from here, and came to the realization that I am capable of achieving anything I want in my life, it just comes down to how bad I want it. I am super ecstatic to see how these next few years play out, and am so fortunate to have such supportive friends & family around me. Cheers to the next chapter. No looking back, just looking forward. #neverstopexploring#timetoplay
🔸I #choosemountains because they have shown me – over and over – what it looks like to move through tears of deep fear and still find my way to the top. They have taught me to move through life as I move through them – with a rhythm built on my breath, with trust in the outcome, even with fear alongside me, poking violently through my skin. I choose mountains to be reminded of these lessons and to remind myself that the world is simultaneously so much smaller and larger than we ordinarily believe. I choose mountains to feel my own strength as I surpass a million moments when I almost want to quit. I choose mountains for the simple joy of standing, staring out at a vast, jagged landscape with my best friend Muna by my side. I choose mountains because it helps me choose myself, one step at a time. . . //photo+words : @n.awesomecow . . chosen by: @chief_mischief_maker #choosemountainswomen @choosemountainswomen choosemountains.com for features, tag us✌🏼
The Weekend View • • • Sometimes, the weekend involves adventures that leave you exhausted and feeling accomplished. Other times, it involves a long drive and relaxing with a cold beer and a view. Lately, I’ve certainly preferred the latter.
Harper and I are at 26/39 towards the Catskills 3500’🌲Dakota’s just here to chase chipmunks🐿 It’s always a good day in the Catskills with my favorite four-legged and two-legged trail companions🐾🥾 #catskill3500#hikingwithdogs#mountainmonday