a beautiful Gold Bar Sunday full of stoke + crashpads from 15 fantastic folks, a gnarly highball, and some seriously impressive climbing. e.g. @caya.papaya on Gates of Fire (V5). Didn’t manage to scale many of these glacier pebbles, but the few I did were great to stand on. One even had a rad little patch of grass on top.
I swear we saw Rainier like 15 times yesterday while touring in the crystal backcountry and every. single. time. I was just flabbergasted by her beauty. As @jabegoseph can attest, I probably uttered the phrase “that’s a fucking huge mountain” at least once every time.— • • • • #PNW #Rainier #SkiTouring #UpperLeftUSA #PNWonderland
alright dudes and dudettes, time to put on your #GameFace because it’s #GivingTuesday. There are countless—and I mean COUNTLESS—organizations who are working to protect the places we love and that our planetary, economic, ecological, and social systems *require* to sustain life as we know it. If you are able, consider giving a handful of your dollars or your minutes to the ones closest to your heart. Give, perhaps, to the fierce journalists and poets at @highcountrynews and @orion_magazine, landscape stewards at @accessfund and @americanalpine and @sierraclub and @nature_org, the educators and naturalists at @acesaspen, the policy shredders at @protectourwinters, teachers and thought-leaders and action-makers at @grandcanyontrust, the inspiration-curators at @5pointfilm and @mountainfilm, or to support any of the literal thousands of people working to keep our places. My recent time in Indian Creek and my true belief in the power of education to aid our ecological literacy crisis brought me to send a couple of my dollars to @ducttapethenbeer’s KickStarter campaign to help Friends of Cedar Mesa raise the final $100K needed to buy an old bar in Bluff, Utah by 12/31 and turn it into the Bears Ears Education Center. To learn more and donate, see the link in my bio. Or, you know, go about your day and ignore the fact that only directed action by committed individuals can make any change happen in this world. Oh, and call your damn legislators and tell them to remember to give a shit. 📸: the artistry of @pbmurray (and @wclarkson’s scents)
“There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.” – Ed Abbey, “The Ancient Dust. This Is #BearsEars. This is worth protecting. #bearsears #friendsofindiancreek #indiancreek #creeksgiving @accessfund
All important ideas must include the trees, the mountains, and the rivers – Mary Oliver, from Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way. • been thinking all. day. about those words and the coming days of wilderness turns. my mind wandered today from my miniature computer/desk world to that of wonderful expansive Colorado days with friends that helped drag me through a stormy Seattle Monday. (losing power and making candlelit tacos with @ettaboyle and @jabegoseph was rad though) 📷: @willrussack #mondays
flew back from some great connection and conversation around american public lands conservation in Jackson at @shift_jh and was thrilled to see that the snow decided to hitch a ride (I also managed to crash the drone after shooting this but it survived—amateur hour over here) • #winterisHERE #djiphantom3 #shiftjh