Watching the Olympics makes me remember when I was a child, I always wanted to be a ski racer. I never did ski competitively (although I still dream of wearing a speed suit). The good news is, it’s never too late to be what you might have been. This quote was introduced to me by my dear friend @jessamunion, who also happens to be my massage therapist, yoga teacher and healer. Jessa nudges me to let go of the parts of my story that no longer serve me (that I am broken and unloveable) and to go forward as a whole person. I find each step a little lighter today and I wish everyone in the world could have a Jessa in their life. Photo by the talented outdoor sports photographer @libbe_ellis
25 Miles (40 km) of distance, 10,800 ft (3291 m) of climbing, 4 laps up and down Grandeur Peak. This weekend, I participated in my first ever (and the 8th annual) Run Up for Air (RUFA), started by @derajslc. I’ve been a clean air activist in Utah for almost a decade. Usually, we’re protesting at the Capitol or meeting with legislators. It was a breath of fresh air (pun intended) to merge the passion for the mountains with a strong environmental message. The people of Utah want action on air quality now. It was inspiring to see everyone out there pushing themselves for a good cause!
@kayak has featured Salt Lake City as a wallet-friendly destination on their 2018 Travel Hacker Guide, one of my favorite places to race down a mountain in snow so soft it doesn’t even make a sound when it falls. When you’re there make sure to visit Big Cottonwood Canyon, the perfect place to find that wintry euphoria. Check out Salt Lake City along with other destinations via the link in my profile. #ad #KAYAKTravelHacker
Many of you have asked me, how can I get involved? What can I do to help the environment? I’m so stoked to announce the launch of @patagonia action works. It’s like a dating site to connect people with local grassroots non profits working to save the planet. Sign up. Show up. Take action. Visit the link below and in my profile to get involved. #AnswerWithAction http://pat.ag/PAWnow
Leaving New Mexico energized and inspired after thoughtful discussions with @bcorporation leaders about how business can make the world a better place. The coolest part of B Corps is that they pursue a triple bottom line, measuring success not just by monetary profit but by social and environmental impact as well. It’s a radical notion, and one I can fully get behind! I’m thinking about making my business, Big Mountain Dreams LLC, a B Corp as well. Thank you @skitaos for hosting and @patagonia for the invitation.
@kayak has helped me realize that travel doesn’t always have to be expensive. Whether it’s a day trip to explore a mountain in my backyard or an extended international expedition, I always get excited to travel someplace new. To make it more attainable (especially if you’re traveling to SLC), check out the new 2018 #KAYAKTravelHacker guide via the link in my profile. Find wallet-friendly trips and learn when to find the best price on a flight. #ad
Today, I’m headed to Taos, New Mexico for a B-Corp leadership summit. A B-Corp is a business certification for companies that meet rigorous standards for social and environmental responsibility, accountability and transparency. I’m excited to meet and ski with leaders of companies (like @patagonia) who are committed to using their business as a way to do good for the world, who walk the walk and have certification to prove it. Photo: exploring the snowy ridgelines in Santa Fe, New Mexico by @lesliehittmeier
I #TakeAKnee to support @nfl players who are bringing awareness to policy brutality, racism and power inequality. Those things that we want to ignore and sweep under the rug are actually what we need to be talking about most. It’s never comfortable. But to see injustice and say nothing only perpetuates it further. We can not afford to be silent. To those who say the movement is anti-American, I would argue that non-violence acts of protest are one of the best ways we can celebrate our freedom as Americans. There’s a difference between patriotism and nationalism. We can love our country with a feeling of responsibility for shaping the future of it. #blacklivesmatter
Back in Utah after the @outdoorretailer trade show with a renewed sense of purpose as an athlete and spokesperson in the outdoor business. Moving the tradeshow out of SLC was a powerful move and a wake up call and a realization that its not enough for us to do our sport and business as usual. We have to be willing to put our necks on the line and take a stand for protected public lands and in the fight against climate change. We have a duty to protect our way of life for future generations. We have to make the outdoors more inclusive and use our privilege to be allies and supporters to people of color and other marginalized groups. We’re not perfect, but it’s refreshing to know what we stand for. As outdoors people, we move forward in unity, mobilized and organized for the challenges ahead. My favorite part of the show was hearing all the strong female voices. My call to action (for all of you who are still reading) is to begin to explore how you can be an advocate for women in your day to day life, and call out injustice even if it doesn’t affect you. Thanks for getting to the end of this long-winded post. 🏽 There’s so much on my mind. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Photo: @justinlfricke
I want to challenge stereotypes about what a mountain athlete is and what they look like, to be an example to other women that mountaineering and backcountry skiing are for them, too. Usually, when you think of a mountaineer, you envision a large, broad-shouldered man capable of carrying heavy weight on his back. And brute strength is an important quality, but qualities typically associated with the feminine—compassion, patience, and empathy—are equally important in the mountains, the boardroom and other areas of life. Today, I stand with women everywhere who aim for equal opportunity and equal pay and for recognition and celebration of the feminine. You can be a badass and wear pink (or whatever color you’re drawn to). Today, I didn’t make it to the women’s march but I will bring the spirit with me, everyday and everywhere I go. Photo: marching on the skintrack with @stasia_art, getting some much needed time in nature to clear my mind.#womensmarch2018
Attention Denver folks! Want to come to the first @outdoorretailer event open to the public in over 20 Years? Mark your calendars for next Saturday, January 27, 6:30 pm at the Bellco theater to join us for a “Night of Stoke.” I’m excited to show “Follow Through” on the big screen. Other films/speakers include @stacyabare, @conrad_anker, @tommycaldwell, @greg_hill_ski, @chrisrubens and others! Check the link below or in my profile for tickets.https://goo.gl/NkakfF All tickets benefit@winterwildlandsalliance
Urgent request! I need your help submitting comments to the @epagov on why the Clean Power Plan should stay. Deadline is tomorrow! Go to the link in my profile or below to comment. This is an issue I’ve worked hard on, and we need to let the Administration know we won’t back down and we are demanding clean, renewable energy! In 2014 and 2015 I went to Washington DC with @protectourwinters and we fought hard to drum up support for the Clean Power Plan, having meetings with Senators, Representatives, the @epagov and the @whitehouse. Why? Because the Clean Power Plan sets the first ever limits on carbon emissions from power plants and was the biggest step our country has ever taken to address climate change. We need this, for public health and so future generations can enjoy a beautiful, snowy winter! Go to the link in my profile and submit a comment by tomorrow! http://bit.ly/powcleanpower
One of the biggest challenges in backcountry skiing is adjusting mindset to match conditions. We want to get rad and ski the steeps, and we are frothing after a powder deprived winter, but the snowpack structure does not match our desire. Today, with the avalanche danger rated as high, we made the decision to take advantage of Utah’s fine ski resorts and ride terrain that has already been controlled for avalanches. And the smiles lasted all day! Thanks for embracing the right mindset with me, @carolynstwertka and @louisarevalo.
Happy NYE everyone and happy birthday to me! Yesterday, I ran my 1000th mile for the year, finishing my last big goal of 2017! Running started out as a passion project to mentally cope with some of the emotional distress related to my cyberstalking case. There’s something very therapeutic and soothing about the repetitive nature of the movement. While I began running as a way to escape something negative in my life, it evolved and I found intense happiness in the freedom of movement. I no longer run to escape, but to confront life and it’s challenges. I plan to bring the same attitude of joyfulness and gratitude to my 2018 projects. Thanks to all of you for the ongoing love, support and encouragement. I’m excited to hear about your 2018 #bigmtndreams and how you plan to make those goals a reality. Let’s keep moving forward one step at a time! Photo: @rob.lea
You don’t have to hike up 15,000 vertical feet in a day to help save Bears Ears! You have 36 more hours donate to the Education Center Kickstarter. If you want to see what it’s like to do a 15,000’ day, @clifbar made a really nice video recap! Check out the link in my profile, watch the video and consider a year end donation to the Bears Ears Education Center. #feedyouradventure http://www.clifbar.com/article/bodies-on-the-line-for-bears-ears
Happy winter solstice! What will it take to protect the places we love? It takes you! Today, my friends at @winterwildlandsalliance and I are doing a membership drive with a goal of getting 500 new members! Your membership supports critical work to protect public lands, winter landscapes, quiet recreation experiences as well as a national SnowSchool program that takes 33,000 kids on snow each year and a backcountry film festival! Become a part of this organization by visiting winterwildlands.org/solstice (or click on link in profile). And yay for winter!!
Day three on skis. Still feel a hint of last Saturday’s 15k day in the legs. Mostly, I feel happy to be outside, catching up with a good friend on the skintrack. Time spent slowly walking up a mountain seems to help me get my head straight. Onward and upward! Thanks for the and the company @alex_taran.
I’m grateful to all of you for helping me win the Powder Poll last night at the awards show in Breckenridge. It was a huge honor and a surprise. Thank you for your continued support and to all of you who voted. Seeing how much you believe in me helps me believe in myself. I was happy to spend the night with friends and family, including my aunt and uncle from Minnesota! Huge thanks to my sponsors: @keen @patagonia @rei @julbousa @lekiusa @clifbar @prethelmets @movementskis Photo: @schirfphoto
I recently took my nieces and nephew on a road trip to hike and explore Bears Ears. As I’ve grown older and become more capable as a trip leader, I feel it is my duty to carry on a family tradition of outdoor adventure. Read more about the trip, my family and why I think shared experiences are the best gifts we can give one another in my latest post on the @keen blog: https://www.keenfootwear.com/adventures/blog-article-17840.htmlLink also in profile. @anna.demonster @liz.demonster @elliotmg #KEENambassador Photo: @brooke.froelich
You never really know what you are capable of until you put it all on the line. And when you do it for a good cause and share the experience, there’s no better feeling in the world. It’s magical. Our #100kforBearsEars Vertathon fundraiser was a smashing success. I did my biggest day ever on skis- 15,331’ of vertical and 30 miles, all powered by my own two legs (and lots of @clifbar snacks)! @rob.lea, @brodyleven and @forrestshearer did the same! And the rest of our crew crushed it. But the best part was the money we raised for the Bears Ears education center. Thank you all so much for your support and for believing in me, even when I questioned myself. All your encouragement help power me up the mountain, not just once but 9 times! @tyloted @mikefootemt @derajslc @pennnewhard @steven_gnam @fitzcahall @slukenelson @katieboue @joce_taylor @bethskis @ducttapethenbeer
5 laps up and down the mountain so far. We’re over halfway towards our personal 15,000’ goals and we’re racking up the vert for the team goal of #100kforBearsEars! It’s not too late to pledge if you want to make a donation. Check out the link in my profile. With @forrestshearer @tyloted @brodyleven @mikefootemt @derajslc @pennnewhard @steven_gnam @rob.lea @fitzcahall @slukenelson @ducttapethenbeer @katieboue @joce_taylor
Climb up, ski down #100kforBearsEarsThis Saturday, my friends and I are going to ascend 100,000 vertical feet on foot, skis and snowboards to raise another $100k for the Bears Ears Education Center. Since Monday’s announcement, many people have reached out asking what they can do to help protect our public lands in Utah. While we wait for the courts to determine the fate of our National Monuments, we need to make sure that we are being good stewards of the land. Bears Ears needs an education center to teach folks how to experience the cultural and ecological wonders of the area with respect and as light of a footprint as possible. I’m setting personal goal of 15,000’ of vertical for Saturday. I honestly don’t know if I can do it. It’s going to be hard. I might fail. But after all the news this week, I’m going to give it my all. We have to keep moving forward, organizing and mobilizing and turn our anger into meaningful political action. Will you pledge via the link below or in my profile to support me? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegFHqBp08FBxkbpqTZoiseawWuG5dJhGxdM0hkKbxjXHvYtg/viewform?usp=send_form#standwithbearsears #savegrandstaircase Photo: @scottrinck
Be kind. Stay vigilant. Keep showing up. Tomorrow, Trump is coming to Utah to announce his plans to gut our National Monuments. There is a protest scheduled at the State Capitol, event info in the link in my profile.As angry and upset as we are, I want to send out a quick reminder to everyone to show a basic level of respect and decency to President Trump, Senator Hatch and all our elected officials. Everyone deserves respect. Love will always prevail. A great person once told me, “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” Keep criticism focused on policy, not on the person. I hope to see you there at 10:45 am.
Friends who protest together stick together. Incredible turnout at the Rally Against Trump’s Monument Mistake. The message was loud and clear. We #StandWithBearsEars and will #SaveGrandStaircase. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can be good stewards of Bears Ears, check out the link to the Kickstarter in my profile.
Who’s ready to rally for Bears Ears tomorrow? @brooke.froelich and I are! Here’s a rundown of the schedule of events: At 10 am, there is a sign making event at the @patagoniaslc store. Rally starts at the Utah State Capitol at 1 pm. I always recommend arriving early. Further event details via the link in my profile. Photo: @rob.lea
You don’t have to be drive a hybrid car, live in a net energy home, or have 100k followers to be an activist. What we need is more folks continuing to show up and speak up! Of course the small actions help, but you don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. The America we love is under threat. Silence is not an option. Make a sign, go to a rally (or organize one), write an op-ed or have a local non profit teach you how to lobby. It’s time to #actonclimate #protectpubliclands PS this Saturday, December 2, join us at the Utah State Capitol at 1 pm for a massive rally for Bears Ears! Event info below or via the link in my profile. https://m.facebook.com/events/162299857692025?
Raise your hand if you love Bears Ears!!! Home to over 100,000 archaeological sites and world-class climbing and outdoor recreation, this beloved area is still under threat. While federal funding for the monument is uncertain, we have to step up and contribute in other ways. This #givingtuesday, consider donating to support the creation of a new Bears Ears visitor center to protect the cultural and ecological resources in the area. Link in profile and below: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cedarmesafriends/bears-ears-education-centerPhoto: Josh Ewing
Into the clouds on Mt. Nebo with @rob.lea. Photo: @louisarevalo Who else is excited about the new snow in Utah today and itching to get out on skis/board? Heads up- avalanche conditions are going to be tricky and dangerous this weekend especially where the new snow fell on the existing snowpack, which is now deeply faceted. If i do get out, I’m going to avoid avalanche terrain all together by staying on slopes about 32 degrees or less. Please be careful, friends, and consider staying off upper elevation north facing slopes. I don’t want to hear about any accidents or fatalities. Have fun and be safe! #utavy @utavy
I got my first turns of the season while I was in Tahoe for the @winterwildlandsalliance grassroots advocacy conference! I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with other athletes and activists who have done so much to preserve the human-powered backcountry experience. It motivates and excites me for the advocacy work ahead, and it’s a good reminder that “democracy is not a spectator sport, it’s a participatory event.” We have to keep speaking up and keep showing up! I have to give a shoutout to the other athletes @brodyleven @forrestshearer @jeremyjones @clare_gallagher_runs and @thomaswoodson who attended and spoke on a panel with me! And also to my sponsors who support and encourage my work as an environmental activist! @patagonia @clifbar @keen @rei @julbousa @lekiusa @prethelmets @movementskis
After a quick stop at home, I’m on my way to Tahoe for a @winterwildlandsalliance conference and @tahoebackcountrywomen showing of “Follow Through” tomorrow night! If you’re a lady in Tahoe, come hang! Event starts at 6:30 pm- more info on @tahoebackcountrywomen page! Hope to see you there. #bigmtndreams
Ultimately, the best part of any trip is the people you share it with. Endurance activities can break us mentally and physically, but in those moments, we have to find something else. A trip like this, cycling 330 miles from Maine to Vermont, pulls out the highest expression of the human spirit. I️ believe sport has the power to unite us. I’m incredibly grateful that I️ had the opportunity to do this ride and for the people I️ shared it with: @jjamesjoiner, @jimmypixs, @bryancminto, @meganmcisaac, @rob.lea, @iamspecialized_adv and our support crew of @underground_ian. I️ can’t wait for the next adventure.
330.4 miles. 18,773’ of elevation gain. 32 hours 57 minutes of riding time. 3 states. 6 riders. 1 support vehicle and driver. Our ride across the Northeast from Maine to Vermont has come to an end and I’m happy to report that we achieved our goal. More to come, for now, I must keep eating. Photo: @rob.lea
Current status: biking the Northeast. We’ve pedaled 239 miles so far, starting with sunrise on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park to Bethlehem, New Hampshire over the past four days. Our goal is to finish near Burlington, VT on Monday for 330 total miles. It’s been a wild adventure so far, full of highs and lows (and sore rear ends) shared with an unforgettable crew. I’m hoping my legs hold out for the home stretch! @iamspecialized_adv
I grew up with three half-siblings and three full siblings. I never knew we were a blended family until I got older. When I was six, my older half-sister had a daughter and I became an aunt at a young age. Again, I didn’t think this was unconventional. I was delighted to have more kids to play with! Family can come in many different types and structures. The point of my story is that no matter what your family looks like, the outdoors brings us together. There’s something about getting in the car and going on a trip that forces everyone to get along and have fun. I was delighted to share a trip to Bears Ears, a place near and dear to my heart, with my nieces and nephew, @anna.demonster, @liz.demonster and @elliotmg this weekend. @keen #keenambassador
This weekend, I’m on a family trip with my nieces and nephew. When I was growing up, my older family members would always take me and my siblings on the most exhilirating outdoor adventure trips. And now that I’m getting to be older, I felt it was my duty to keep the tradition alive. I decided to take the crew deep into the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument to show them a real adventure. To go someplace where roads aren’t named and trails have no markers. I wanted them to see that when we work together, we can not only survive, but we can thrive in wild places so they would go home with a sense of independence, self-sufficiency and freedom. After a long day of exploring a canyon far away from cell towers or paved roads, we got back to hear the news that President Trump wants to shrink this monument and Grand Staircase-Escalate, a move that is both unprecedented and illegal. These places are national treasures. Bears Ears is significant not only for Utahns, but for all the people of the world, and if it were located anywhere else, it would have been permanently protected a long time ago. It is our shared human heritage. President Trump, you are not representing the interests of the American people or our values. You are on the wrong side of history. We continue to #standwithbearsears
My blog from our National Monument trip is live on the @keen blog! Check out the link below or in my profile to read about the time @meg_haywoodsullivan and I went to 4 National Monuments in 4 Days! If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure without the crowds, consider planning a road trip to one of America’s 129 National Monuments. #livemonumental #keenambassador https://www.keenfootwear.com/adventures/blog-article-17651.html?fdid=giant-sequoia
It’s getting to be that time of year…time to vote for your favorite skiers in the @powdermagazine #powderawards! I’m honored to be nominated with such a talented group of athletes. Head on over to the link below or in my profile to cast your vote. http://www.powder.com/powder-awards/vote/Photo: @rob.lea