Mike Poleto
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2020.  Surgery, COVID, moved, new job.  Lots of change this year but at the end of the day, still gotta live that mantra- Lucky to be alive, and driven to make others laugh!

📷: @hughcarey406 
#September #2020
2020. Surgery, COVID, moved, new job. Lots of change this year but at the end of the day, still gotta live that mantra- Lucky to be alive, and driven to make others laugh! 📷: @hughcarey406 #September #2020
New leg who dis. (8 pitches for 8 months post op)
📸: @killa.bee3 

#autumn #fall #climbing #rockclimbing #tradisrad #nationalpark #nationalparks
New leg who dis. (8 pitches for 8 months post op) 📸: @killa.bee3 #autumn #fall #climbing #rockclimbing #tradisrad #nationalpark #nationalparks
Been working hard for 6 months to get back to this.  This winter will still be a slow start and humbling, but regarding getting airborne again, and to quote Wayne Campbell, “She will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine”.

#partyon #skiing #backcountryskiing #winter
Been working hard for 6 months to get back to this. This winter will still be a slow start and humbling, but regarding getting airborne again, and to quote Wayne Campbell, “She will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine”. #partyon #skiing #backcountryskiing #winter
LOVED biking in Dallas, Texas.  Who knew the mountains were so big and the people were so outdoorsy? 
#mountains #biking #mountainbiking #blueskies #texas #everythingisbiggerintexas
LOVED biking in Dallas, Texas. Who knew the mountains were so big and the people were so outdoorsy? #mountains #biking #mountainbiking #blueskies #texas #everythingisbiggerintexas
Tonight it’s finally appropriate to announce a major life change- a move to Carbondale, CO and a new job at @cripplecreekbc .  This spring was extremely odd- on Feb 15th I underwent surgery to repair a fully torn ACL, and both meniscuses in my left knee.  That same week, I accepted a new position at Cripple Creek, and COVID abruptly shut the country down. 

5 months later, after moving during the shutdown with @killa.bee3, Hobart, and Ranger to Carbondale, I am still left counting my blessings to have an amazing job at an amazing company while millions of people in this country are still struggling to put food on the table and wondering about their children’s futures without school.  I am beyond blessed. 

I walked outside our flagship store tonight to find this amazing sight.  Hopefully a sign of good things to come for Cripple Creek BC but more importantly I hope this is a sign that the tide will finally swing in the direction of the Americans who need so desperately a fighting chance to succeed. 

Be kind to strangers.  Help someone who is down.  Listen to people who need to be heard.  There is no American Dream if we all don’t have a chance at it.
Tonight it’s finally appropriate to announce a major life change- a move to Carbondale, CO and a new job at @cripplecreekbc . This spring was extremely odd- on Feb 15th I underwent surgery to repair a fully torn ACL, and both meniscuses in my left knee. That same week, I accepted a new position at Cripple Creek, and COVID abruptly shut the country down. 5 months later, after moving during the shutdown with @killa.bee3, Hobart, and Ranger to Carbondale, I am still left counting my blessings to have an amazing job at an amazing company while millions of people in this country are still struggling to put food on the table and wondering about their children’s futures without school. I am beyond blessed. I walked outside our flagship store tonight to find this amazing sight. Hopefully a sign of good things to come for Cripple Creek BC but more importantly I hope this is a sign that the tide will finally swing in the direction of the Americans who need so desperately a fighting chance to succeed. Be kind to strangers. Help someone who is down. Listen to people who need to be heard. There is no American Dream if we all don’t have a chance at it.
“HEY gotta go.  I heard they’re giving out N64s for free at City Market!” And by “giving out N64s at City Market”, I mean “I’m in desperate need to make a backcountry BM” 🤷🏽‍♂️ 💩 📷: @alex_neuschaefer_photo 
#transitionbikes #pitviper #partyinthewoods #mountainbiking
“HEY gotta go. I heard they’re giving out N64s for free at City Market!” And by “giving out N64s at City Market”, I mean “I’m in desperate need to make a backcountry BM” 🤷🏽‍♂️ 💩 📷: @alex_neuschaefer_photo #transitionbikes #pitviper #partyinthewoods #mountainbiking
Exposure is exhilarating.  Hundreds of feet above the ground is where my mind feels at home. (And yes, I threw a knot on the belay because technically this top belay isn’t hands free 😉)
#summer #climbing #exposure #rockclimbing
Exposure is exhilarating. Hundreds of feet above the ground is where my mind feels at home. (And yes, I threw a knot on the belay because technically this top belay isn’t hands free 😉) #summer #climbing #exposure #rockclimbing
I learned how to mountain bike at camp as a 12 year old with @oirebitxela .  Then we taught the mountain biking class as counselors.  Here we are, 20 years later, still mountain biking together, having both independently found ourselves in Colorado.  I am so thankful to have gotten those opportunities as a kid to get into this sport.  When I learned that @lakegeorgecamp had suspended this summer’s activities, I was heartbroken to say the least- for the kids, counselors, and a few of my friends who run the place now.  A missed opportunity for many kids to learn new skills.  Maybe 2020 is the summer of “it is what you make it”. 2021 will be the best summer yet, I know it!  Sending good vibes back home to Lake George, NY.
Photo #1 - 2019 with @beerandlollipops 
Photo #2 - 2004
Photo #3 - 2004 with special race announcer @robrezin 
Photo #4 - 2004 Teaching in front of old Baxter Field
#summercamp #mountainbiking #friends #lakegeorge
I learned how to mountain bike at camp as a 12 year old with @oirebitxela . Then we taught the mountain biking class as counselors. Here we are, 20 years later, still mountain biking together, having both independently found ourselves in Colorado. I am so thankful to have gotten those opportunities as a kid to get into this sport. When I learned that @lakegeorgecamp had suspended this summer’s activities, I was heartbroken to say the least- for the kids, counselors, and a few of my friends who run the place now. A missed opportunity for many kids to learn new skills. Maybe 2020 is the summer of “it is what you make it”. 2021 will be the best summer yet, I know it! Sending good vibes back home to Lake George, NY. Photo #1 - 2019 with @beerandlollipops Photo #2 - 2004 Photo #3 - 2004 with special race announcer @robrezin Photo #4 - 2004 Teaching in front of old Baxter Field #summercamp #mountainbiking #friends #lakegeorge
Going through my “yikes” vault this fine Sunday.  40 degrees turns into 45 in a debris field turns into 55 degree choke and a small loose wet slide pushed my tails right into the crux choke point.  Wait for it..... “Yikes” rating 8/10⭐️ #rmuoutdoors #spring #corn #sunday #sundayfunday #yikes
Going through my “yikes” vault this fine Sunday. 40 degrees turns into 45 in a debris field turns into 55 degree choke and a small loose wet slide pushed my tails right into the crux choke point. Wait for it..... “Yikes” rating 8/10⭐️ #rmuoutdoors #spring #corn #sunday #sundayfunday #yikes
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I’d kill to be back up in the alpine setting a boot pack for @bryanfino13 and @scottbellow.  Until it snows and my knee gets better, I’ll have to wait patiently.  #shotsfired 😂 
#rmuoutdoors #rmudeep #powder #mountains #sunday #sundayfunday
I’d kill to be back up in the alpine setting a boot pack for @bryanfino13 and @scottbellow. Until it snows and my knee gets better, I’ll have to wait patiently. #shotsfired 😂 #rmuoutdoors #rmudeep #powder #mountains #sunday #sundayfunday
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