It’s sure fun having @alexhonnold in town. Big days seem be the only mode we know when getting together to climb. 5 mountains, 20 miles and around 10k of vert. That is what a training day looks like for Alex. I hope body holds up to a few weeks of this. 📸Topping our Mt Alice. Towards the end of our Wednesday jaunt. What a glorious way to get more familiar with my back yard.
3 days ago
I’ve been working in getting faster in the mountains lately. Curious about combining the disciplines of mountain running and climbing. With this mentality climbs that used to be punishing full day endeavors are now just morning jaunts. And if I have a full day I get to link a bunch of features. Thanks being a great adventure buddy @adam_stack.
14 days ago
My friend and mentor Ken Yeager has become the de facto care taker of all things climbing in Yosemite. He started the Yosemite Facelift and has spent many years assembling a incredible collection of several thusand artifacts and hundreds of photographs. Everything from stove leg pitons from the first ascent of El Cap to Jim Bridwell vest from that famous photo after being the first to climb the nose in a day. This stuff has been tucked away for years but is now ready for public viewing in the first musium-gallery dedicated to the art of Yosemite climbing history.
To get this museum off the ground and bridge the gap we created by Covid 19 Ken has decided to sell high quality prints a few of the most famous Photos. I have a couple of hanging in my house and they are truly some of my most prized possessions. This is a rare opportunity to commemorate and support the history of climbing in this incredible place. Go to the link in my bio to visit the Kickstarter page. Or if you want to just support the effort you can make a donation to YCA @yageryca@yosguns@pictures_of_fidelman#yosemiteclimbing#yosemitenationalpark#stonemasters#yosemitevalley#jimbridwell#photography#climbingphotography#yosemitephotography#glendenny#elcapitan#yosemitefacelift#stonenudes#yosemiteclimbingassociationmuseumandgallery
21 days ago
It’s great to engage in activism. But all the best change makers I know also sped a tremendous amount of time basking in the wonder of the people and places they are fighting to protect. This weekend I forgot about my phone, the internet, and perused only joy. A glorious scramble through the mountains above my home with one of best friends and frequent tickle fights with my kids.
Now its back to the work of doing my part to ensure that the privilege and Joy I have experience remains or becomes accessible for everyone. Today I am sending a letter to my congressional representatives urging them to vote for the Great American Outdoors Act. Link in my profile to learn more and learn how to send a letter yourself. Please Join me. 📸 and good times with @adam_stack
a month ago
A Few years ago I chose to put my energy behind environmental causes. Not because I valued nature over people, but because I figured if our planet is not healthy, all humans would suffer. I’ve tried to become an activist for clean air and water, carbon reduction, and saving our last wild places. The last few weeks have challenged my views on environmentalism and made me think deeply about my privilege and racism. Injustices towards black lives and racism are threats to the future of humanity, as are environmental threats. We should constantly be reevaluating our flaws, biases and impacts and working to do better. The Black Lives Matter movement has shown that activism works. Speaking your mind and joining together can make rapid change. Bills are passing that would have been a pipe dream a few weeks ago. Can we seize this moment of passion, let empathy rise above and correct the wrongs of the past?
That’s why I am super fired up about what’s happening in DC this week. Last September I testified in front of a Senate committee on the climate crisis. This week I’ll be returning to DC (virtually) with @protectourwinters and 60 outdoor athletes, business shredders, and scientists. Our plan has been to talk climate. I am hoping to look for opportunities to bring Intersectional Environmentalism into the conversation. Environmental degradation effects marginalized communities at a disproportionate rate. If we want to figure out how to save the planet, maybe we should start with the protection of our BIPOC community. Go to the link in my bio to learn how you can join the effort.
I grew up feeling that humanity was heading in a good direction. Poverty, equality, justice, and environmental degradation were being addressed and slowly improving because of ingenuity of the human mind. We were headed towards an increasingly Utopian future.
Right now, I don’t feel that way. I’m heartbroken and disappointed. The only way I can think of to turn us back around is to harness the pain and let it create action. I’m proud of all those that are speaking out and creating this culture of change. To me this is an act of love. So is advocating for climate policy. So is not traveling and wearing a mask. And today, love for our fellow humans is about social justice. “There comes a time when Silence is Betrayal” Mt Luther king Jr.
Thanks @conrad_anker for bringing this quote to my attention. And thanks @jer.collins for continually using your art to say the things that can be hard to articulate in words.
a month ago
I’m starting a weekly post here called Route-Finding that will dig into topics that are top of mind.
Time to reflect has always been a valuable resource for me. Long drives through the night, being pinned down due to bad weather on expeditions, injuries. This is where I gain clarity, find focus, and ultimately discover the source of my motivations. All of my biggest ideas have been somewhat motivated by a healthy dose of adversity. Generally, this process of ruminating is a private one. But this time, since we are all experiencing adversity together, I have decided to share my introspection. My hope is that revealing my process will help others to discover theirs. I’m going to share one post a week in the form of a live conversation, slideshow, or a discussion of a piece that has moved me. Occasionally, it might just be to muse on whatever is occupying my mind at that time. I hope you’ll consider following along. #routefinding
2 months ago
I think of all humans possessed that paradox of sympathy, compassion, and strength that moms have (especially this one) we would weather any pandemic with grace. Happy Mother’s Day! I know I’m a day late again. I’ve made a habit of not picking up my phone on days when I really want to be with loved ones.
2 months ago
Happy Earth Day! Go hug a tree, or better yet, be more like #ingridwilde and kiss the trees. And even better-save the trees and our planet. How?? We need to vote people into office who will stop the destruction and listen to Mother Nature and not to big money trying to buy them out. We are in it together! If you want more info on what you can do join me tonight at 5pm mtn time as I chat with @jeremyjones about the Outdoor State! Text OUTDOOR STATE to 65351. #everydayisearthday 📸 @beccajcaldwell
3 months ago
For some reason I’ve been reminiscing lately about this time in 2014 when @alexhonnold and I climbed the entire skyline of the Chalten Massif (The Fitz Traverse). An experience that reminded me that joy and laughter can coincide with fear and uncertainty. In fact, when you put all those things together it can make for the richest experiences in life.⠀ Go to the link I’m my bio to watch this really fun film on the Patagonia website. I’ll be doing a live q&a on @patagonia_climb tomorrow (Apr 12) at 5pm pst. If you have a great question submit it to that channel ahead of time and I’ll do my best to answer it live.
3 months ago
Happy birthday to this incredible 7 year old! Seeing you grow into the kid you are has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Our quarantined days have moments of fear and uncertainty, but have mostly been filled with laughter and love. This time will be memorable for many reasons but I think I will remember it for the close time together with your sister, your mom and you. I love you buddy. 📸 @beccajcaldwell#woohoofitz
3 months ago
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