Some days you just have to get out in the mountains and enjoy what nature has to offer. Close to home, close to Yosemite, but not a soul on the trail all day. I feel very lucky to be living this life. I enjoying tracking it all from miles, to vertical, to hours of sleep with my @corosglobal#vertix
Last June we skied down, this June we climbed up, maybe we should link these lines together? @hilareenelson#exploreperfection
13 days ago
My friend and teammate @coreewoltering is busy running almost 1200 miles right now trying to break the #FKT on the #iceagetrail
He’s running about 50 miles a day. Everyday. He’s badass. I’m super proud to cheer him on speedo and all.
We all have a long way road ahead to make some progress. Maybe you could give @coreewoltering a follow and cheer him on. He’s got a lotta miles to go in the days ahead. We’re with ya Coree, you got this!
25 days ago
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word” from MLK in 1964!! as he accepts the Nobel prize. .
We have lots of work to move the needle forward. I personally have hope and conviction that progress will be made through a seemingly challenging course ahead.
If you’ve made it this far I’ll add another challenge. Join the #outdoorstate today!
@protectourwinters is putting forth the idea that 50 million of us live in the outdoor state and our collective voice is strong. Tonight @hilareenelson and I join the jaw dropping, badass, totally inspiring @jessiediggins to talk about advocacy and standing up for what you believe in. Her analogy of brick 🧱 by brick is a salient one for many issues at hand. She didn’t win a gold medal by just her heroic effort but also by a constant effort to do better, try harder, and focus on what was achievable now.
@thenorthface sponsored this chat and I’m flattered to be involved with these women.
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a month ago
Felt like I needed a reminder of one of my better days this winter. Just good ole couloir skiing in one of the best lines anywhere.
The big 🍊 @blizzardskis Rustler 11’s seem to love these conditions.
As things open up it’s time for bike rides and runs and hopefully climbing 🧗♂️ soon.
While we find our way back outside this spring and summer I’ll remember my favorite activity, train for another season and hope for winter conditions in tight steep mountain bliss. Keep it under control with exposure ahead as we explore our brave new world.
2 months ago
So we turned around. When you’re a ski mountaineer the point is to ski down. Instead we down climbed. With skis on our backs, front points of crampons and two axes we faced the slope and down climbed for hours and hours. 5000 vertical feet all while the powder lay beside us taunting our minds w each struggled movement. In the end we skied the last bit. @hilareenelson was so tired she was pretty excited to step into skis and ski this pitch where we didn’t see any avalanche risk.
A truly vast landscape. “A skiers paradise” as @conrad_anker called it. 📷 @jimmychin@thenorthface#neverstopexploring@garrettmadison1@tedhesser
3 months ago
As we moved higher towards the summit the snow just got deeper. Knee deep snow in Antarctica doesn’t exist and we were not only struggling physically we were also really on edge about slide conditions. @hilareenelson turned back for camp early as she was just too sick with a bad cold to safely keep going. @garrettmadison1 turned around after he started a slide that clearly tipped his comfort scale.
@conrad_anker pushed to the last place we felt safe within the rocks before we would need to expose ourselves to the main couloir. @jimmychin took his skis off and decided the only way forward for him was an alpine rock climb without skis.
We had lots of conversation points and the video shows some of the discussion. “The run of your life, but you wouldn’t want it to be the last run” 📷 @jimmychin@thenorthface#neverstopexploring
3 months ago
Tyree Summit push day 1
With this amazing base camp established on the Patton glacier we rested and devoured butter like never before in the cold Antarctic daylight. With time running out before our required departure we moved up to a high camp on the mountain.
Our climb was not in the couloir but instead to the right in the rocks where we found safety from large avalanche risk. Settlements and shooting cracks had driven us to steer clear of the open and we hunkered down for one cold night in our single wall #futurelight tent.
We chiseled ancient ice to get the tent dialed, Enjoyed some dehydrated food, and slept for a few hours in the land of never setting sun.
Perhaps 3 inches is a normal annual snowfall in this desert environment and we were knee deep in soft snow. This year was not normal and nothing like @conrad_anker previous climb of Tyree 22 years ago.
Three people to a tent @jimmychin@hilareenelson and I were sardines full of anticipation and anxiety for what tomorrow will bring. Temps hovered in the -25 and below range along with a wind and a couple inches of snow overnight.
3 months ago
Earth Day 2020 🌍
Pictures of a few of my favorite outdoor places that unite us in our Outdoor State. It’s starts with our future. 50 years and look where we have come. Some wins and some failures with clean rivers and a burning dependence on the past.
My life is largely made up of time stitched together by the outdoors and I’m blessed with these beautiful people and places 🙏. It’s a world worth protecting and celebrating. Today is the Earth’s day along w @andresmarin22 Birthday 🥳 get outside where you can!
So in line with this anniversary @protectourwinters is launching an #outdoorstate concept to unify a voice for the earth. Those of us runners, climbers, cyclists, surfers, snow riders, and park walkers are unified in our love of outdoors. We make up a massive state in numbers and should be able to make a real difference in voting our conscience.
To emphasize The Outdoor State, @protectourwinters created a seven week series: The Outdoor State Of Mind. Every Tuesday and Thursday we are hosting talks with a variety of our community and Alliance members to educate and inform the POW community on ways to take action and engage in our work.
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3 months ago
Antarctica 2020; motivation for these times upon us: “Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
#williamearnesthenley#neverstopexploring -30 Frozen finger capture by the master of his craft 📷 🧗♂️ ⛷ @jimmychin
3 months ago
Vinson Jan 13th 2020
After a few days of waiting for clear weather so could fly in we landed at Vinson base camp where we got the team together and made a plan for a one day push immediately the next day.
@jimmychin cooks a mean grilled cheese and sets the tone for our cooking show in tents.
We start up the central ice stream at 8am and find really good snow for skiing in the first 1000 feet above the schrund. Really good!
But fairly early on there is a large settlement in the snowpack and shooting cracks go out around us. The team pauses with a deep exhale just like the snowpack. Our path turns to the safety of the rocks and we limit our exposure by climbing through “cul-de-sacs” as we termed them for the day. Perfect weather down low let’s us grovel through the breakable snow for hours upon hours.
Eventually after the summit we decide that skiing the intended line is not a safe idea today and we ski down the normal route. 19.5 hours and nearly 10,000’ of vertical we slide back into base camp. Hot climbing in just a base layer meets full on -20+ high wind summit conditions during our 19 mile round robin. We made a tough decision to not ski the ice stream and that was validated clearly with an avalanche on the normal route. High anxiety was the mood of the day that finished at 3:30 am with Michel from @antarcticlogistics serving us pasta bolognese in camp. 🤓 🍝 It never gets dark so skiing in the middle of the night is fine.
Then a Summit celebration after a mondo day that felt harder than Everest without acclimatization at 16,000’. A couple hours of sleep and we were off at 10am for Tyree.
@conrad_anker@jimmychin@hilareenelson and I will share some stories live tomorrow on @youtube@thenorthface#neverstopexploring
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3 months ago
For me these days we mourn our lost loved ones seem to build with anxiety and arrive with memories. I choose to think about the incredible humans we lost a year ago via inspirational memories. @davidlama_official@jessroskelley@hansjoergauer
Never have I seen someone move with such grace and agility like David. His technique, tenacity, focus were just ahead of his time. 7 or so hours into a tour to ski something he had not yet done he told me about a friends hut we could go to. When we arrived they we out skiing with everything locked up 🔒so we would need to ski another few k out of the mountains for a snack.
He didn’t take no for an answer and searched the surrounding area until he found the cold ones buried in the snow :) While we sat on that bench they came back to find us drinking their beer and were very pleased with their pal David for figuring it out.
My heart goes out to all three of these guys families and loved ones. I miss Jess, I miss David, I’m miss Hansjorg. They were taken too soon and I can only assume it’s related to all three of their superior excellence as human beings.
3 months ago
Stories from Antarctica 🇦🇶 Here we are topping out on the central ice stream on #vinson and @conrad_anker pays homage to this beautiful mountain. He made the first and only other ascent of this line in 1998 solo. We’re back climbing in a single push for the second ascent only this time @conrad_anker has skis on his back for our anticipated shred back down.
In the video “21 years later and I’m still getting humbled. But that’s what we come here for, to be humbled.” Reverence might best describe how Rad goes about his mountain pursuits. I’m throwing him a high five and although he appeases my stoke he bows to the mountain. We were humbled on this mini expedition for sure.
We are proud to have lived to ski another day and we will share some of the funny and scary moments as best we can here in the coming days.
Saturday at noon Denver time we’re going live on @thenorthface@youtube channel with our attempts to ski the two biggest peaks on the continent with
@hilareenelson@jimmychin@conrad_anker 📷 from @jimmychin 🙏 @antarcticlogistics
3 months ago
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