The upside of coming back from an injury is that I am so grateful for every single day I get to ski.Next Tuesday, 1/28, I’ll be at @neptunemountaineering in Boulder, CO sharing more about my injury and climbing Everest/Chomolungma without an ACL. Check out the link in my bio to purchase a ticket.
“The time is always right to do what is right. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Happy MLK Jr Day. These are two of my favorite MLK Jr. quotes. As I was out skiing today, I was thinking about how the outdoor community approaches climate change as a matter of protecting snow and outdoor recreation for future generations.It’s time to elevate the conversation. Snow is water and water is life. This is much bigger than skiing and protected public land. Climate change isn't a far away thing that only our children's children are going to have to deal with. It's here now and people are losing their homes and their lives. As privileged people who have the luxury of going outdoors to recreate, we have a moral responsibility to save our planet and all the people on it. It’s time to do everything we can. I hope you’ll join us for the #ClimateRally2020 in Denver on 1/31! See the link in my profile to RSVP.Photo: @marykmcintyre
The best thing a woman can do is trust her intuition and use her voice. This was one of the biggest takeaways from my time mentoring @badgal_brooky as we wandered windy Wasatch ridgelines and shared stories on the skintrack. When women are empowered to speak up in the backcountry, their group is less likely to have an avalanche accident.This lesson extends beyond the mountains – when women lead in government, they enact more progressive climate policies, which also steers society away from disaster. I encourage all the ladies to keep showing up and speaking up, whether it's in the boardroom or the backcountry. Photo: @marykmcintyre @patagonia_snow #climbforequality
Frozen hair, don’t care. It was a chilly Wednesday morning on the skintrack, but it’s hard to complain about a little cold when you get a bluebird, powder day in the backcountry. I’m so excited to be spending this week with Brooklyn Bell, mentoring her on backcountry travel and supporting her leadership in the outdoor and art world. I first met Brooklyn through Instagram a few years ago and we’ve kept in touch. This is our first time hanging in real life and I’m so grateful for her companionship and friendship. I look forward to many more adventures to come. If you don’t already follow Brooklyn, I highly recommend following @badgal_brooky for her art, mountain biking and skiing. Representation matters and I’m stoked to welcome her to our @patagonia ambassador team.
Climate Rally: January 31 from 2-4 pm at the Colorado Capitol in Denver, CO.On the last day of the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, I’m organizing a climate march and rally with @katieboue to stand with youth activists and advance the cause of climate action! Will you join us?As a professional ski mountaineer, I realize that those of us who are able to go outside for recreation are privileged. It is imperative that we recognize our privilege and do everything we can to protect the environment, expand outdoor access and create a community with more representation and inclusion.When the trade show left Salt Lake City and moved to Denver, it was because of Bear’s Ears and Utah’s hostility to public lands. The threats to our public lands are directly related to climate change and social justice. It’s time for the outdoor industry to step up and lead on climate.Clean air, clean water and access to the outdoors is a human right – it shouldn’t be an activity limited to a privileged few. Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income families, who are likelier to live near polluting power plants, congested highways, toxic waste sites, and landfills. And the high asthma rates in their children reflect this reality.Climate change is the biggest social justice issue of our time. And the urgency calls on us to act now.RSVP on our Facebook event – link below and in profile:https://www.facebook.com/events/500339027334769/ #ActOnClimate #ClimateRally2020
When I was growing up in Minnesota, I always had a dream of being a professional skier. I never grew up ski racing or skiing competitively, so it seemed really unlikely to me that I’d ever get anywhere with a ski career. I used to cut out @leecohen_pics photos from @powdermagazine and hang them on my wall. I never thought that someday, I’d get to shoot photos with the legend himself. I moved to Utah when I was 15, and when I graduated from high school, I started pursuing my dream of becoming a professional skier. I didn’t really know what I was doing, especially in the powder, but I’d try and ski as much as I could in between school and work (as a coach, nanny and at an outdoor store) and ski with as many good skiers as possible, following them through the trees, powder and chutes to emulate their form and body position. My next wave of learning how to be a good skier came from Lee. When I first got the opportunity to shoot photos with him in 2006, he would replay the frames so I could learn how my body position was supposed to be and where my hand and pole plant should go. As we were chatting on the skin track today, we reminisced about those early days of my career. There are few people I know who have been in the snow industry as long as Lee. His photos show a love and reverence for snow and light. He’s deeply committed to being a ski bum. I’m grateful for all the days he’s stood outside in the freezing cold, snapping away photos like these (I’m not sure how his cameras survive…) that will hopefully fuel the next generation of big mountain, powder dreams, like this photo from today. @leecohen_pics #bigmtndreams
As a professional ski mountaineer, I realize that participating in outdoor sports is a privilege. It takes a lot of time, money and resources to pursue activities in the outdoors — to buy tickets, equipment, and travel. Many in the outdoor community had the privilege of growing up in families who had the time, resources, and learned skills to venture into the outdoors for the sake of recreation – giving them disproportionate access to the natural world. Additionally, many people live far away from open spaces, public lands, and parks. Many don't even have access to clean air or water. It is imperative that we recognize our privilege and do everything we can to protect the environment, expand outdoor access, and create an environment with more representation and inclusion.Clean air, clean water, and access to the outdoors is a human right – and therefore should not be an activity limited to a privileged few. We know that climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income families, who are statistically significantly likelier to live near polluting power plants, congested highways, toxic waste sites, and landfills. And the disproportionately high asthma rates in their children reflect this reality. An NAACP study found that African American communities breathe in air that is 40% more polluted than in other communities. The facts couldn't be clearer: climate change is the biggest social justice issue of our time. And the urgency calls on us to act now. All of us.That’s why, on January 31 in Denver, I’m organizing a march and rally with @katieboue + @outdooradvocacy for ALL of us to stand with youth activists and advance the cause of climate action. The time to act is now. Will you join us?Rsvp and show your support on our Facebook event – link below and in profile:https://facebook.com/events/s/climate-rally-2020/500339027334769/?ti=icl
When it’s snowing in Utah, there is no place I’d rather be than in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon. These canyons captured my heart from a young age and I’ve spent hundreds of days exploring every nook and cranny. Thankfully, I can work from my home office in the morning and still get out in the afternoon to ski fresh powder and catch a sunset like this. There aren’t many places in the world that offer the same convenience and accessibility. How do you balance work and skiing? @skicity #skicity #ad
Today marks 7 months since I had ACL replacement surgery. To my fellow knee injury buddies, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned in my recovery so far. Here are my top twelve:1. It’s ok to have moments of wallowing in self despair. Being depressed because you’re unable to do what you love is completely understandable. It takes time to find the silver lining with injuries. Or maybe you never find it. For those struggling, I see you. You’re not alone. It’s going to be ok.2. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t.3. Remember all the ways it could be worse.4. If you’ve torn your ACL, find a physical therapist that you love because you’ve going to be spending a lot of time together. Cherish each day of having a personal trainer and have fun with it! Grateful for you @smmurnin!5. Don’t compare yourself to your pre-injury state. Don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on doing the best you can everyday. (still struggle with this, not just with knee stuff)6. Celebrate the little and big successes in your recovery.7. Injuries create space for new growth and opportunities to do things you wouldn’t expect. Enjoy the unexpected. 8. Stay connected to people by taking group fitness classes when you’re ready. Swim if you can’t weight bear (get a pull buoy so you just use your arms, not your legs). Also, follow @theaclclub.9. I found reformer Pilates to be an awesome way to strengthen, stretch and re-learn when I was injured. 10. Try dry needling, kinesio tape and other recovery tools like @ntrecovery legs.11. Try CBD for pain/discomfort and turmeric for swelling. For me, @gaiaherbs hemp products were a life-saver.12. Try to get a little bit of sunshine each day, even if you’re on crutches. For me, the vitamin D is imperative to my mood.I’d love to hear your tips! Share in the comments below! @keen #keenambassador
One of the best parts of my holiday season was skiing with my family, especially my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6). This year, I felt a deeper longing to spend time with my family. Maybe it was those cold, scary nights on Everest/Chomolungma that make me want to hold my loved ones a little closer now. Experiences like that change you. They put priorities into place. Whatever the motivation, I loved our days at the ski resort and I was especially stoked when I took the whole crew skiing uphill and towed the kids in the sled behind me. Here’s to more family outdoor adventures in 2020…Photo: Stephen Gleich
2019 was a big year. We bought a house. We started a foundation. I tore my ACL. I reached the highest point in the world. I had knee surgery. I crewed @rob.lea on his English Channel swim. I hiked up to the highest peak in the UK 6 weeks after knee surgery. We got married. I rode my bike almost a thousand miles with Rob and crewed him on his ride across America. I testified to the Senate about how climate change is affecting the mountains. I marched for climate. I shared my story with hundreds of people in real life in the many keynotes and talks I did. I took my nieces and nephews camping and taught them how to climb and ski.But perhaps what I’m most proud of in 2019 is learning how to love myself. I know that sounds cliché, but hear me out. I used to approach skiing and mountaineering as an escape and a form of self punishment. I would always try to go a little harder and push myself to hurt a little more. It was like a drug, a way of punishing my body and escaping my inner demons.It taken me a long time to work through that and come to a place where I approach what I do from a place of self love. To be able to stop when it hurts, to rest when I need it. To say no to those things that don’t serve me. Where it’s not about disciplining my body but it’s about passion and love, for the places I’m in, for my partners and for myself. Here’s to more of that in 2020. Whatever we do in 2020, let’s do it from a place of love.
Twirling into 2020 like…(channeling my inner @pattiegonia)Thank you for the birthday wishes yesterday! I am so grateful for all the love and support. I met my husband through the Instagram community and I love how this platform brings us all together. I’ll never forget 2019. I am confident the best is yet come and I can’t wait to share my adventures and follow all of yours.Happy New Years to you!
Twirling into 2020 like…(channeling my inner @pattiegonia)Thank you for the birthday wishes yesterday! I am so grateful for all the love and support. I met my husband through the Instagram community and I love how this platform brings us all together. I’ll never forget 2019. I am confident the best is yet come and I can’t wait to share my adventures and follow all of yours.Happy New Years to you!
Happy New Year’s Eve to you and happy birthday to me!My birthday wish is that everyone will realize the power we have to create the world we want to see and speak up on the issues that matter. I want to thank you for your support in disrupting implicit bias and creating a more equitable world. If you haven’t already, post and pledge to #climbforequality! Pledge to vote. And stay tuned for more info on a big action around climate change on January 31! #actonclimate Photo: taking in the views from the roof of the world, camp 2 at 25,000’/ 7,620m on Everest/Chomolungma. Tearing my ACL seven weeks before Everest was one of my lowest lows. It’s still hard for me to believe I was able to complete the climb without my ACL. It was such an incredible year where I had to confront my worst fears while accomplishing my biggest goals. I can’t wait for what’s ahead.
“One can never be bored by powder skiing because it is a special gift of the relationship between earth and sky. It only comes in sufficient amounts in particular places, at certain times on this earth; it lasts only a limited amount of time before sun and wind changes it. People devote their whole lives to it for the pleasure of being so purely played by gravity and snow.” -Dolores LaChapelle @clifbar #CraftedwithPurpose
After skiing with the family, we snuck out for a lap in the backcountry amidst the freshly coated Christmas trees. I’ve spent a bunch of time this week teaching my nieces and nephews how to ski. My hope is that their memories of the time we spent together in nature will last long after they outgrow their toys. Time spent together outside is the best gift we can give each other. Photo: @rob.lea
Everyday, I’m so glad he said yes. To all the ladies who are thinking about popping the question this engagement season, do it! There is nothing wrong with proposing to your man, for speaking up and asking for what you want. Only the insecure person is emasculated by a woman who speaks up and asks for what she wants. I can’t wait to celebrate our first Christmas as a married couple. Love you always @rob.lea. Photo: @erinorthcutt #climbforequality
I moved to Utah with my family when I was 15. My first season, I skied in a rain jacket and sunglasses. I didn’t have goggles. I never had a new pair of skis until a sponsor gave them to me. I learned how to ski when I was a kiddo, but I never raced or skied competitively growing up. I did take a few lessons and I cherished every one of them. Snow sports can be incredibly difficult to get in to, especially as an adult. That’s one of the things I really appreciated about our stay at @clubmedalpedhuez. Their packages are a relatively affordable way to go skiing. It can seem so overwhelming to go for a day of skiing, much less a ski vacation, sometimes I question whether it’s worth it. But at the end of the day, it’s experiences like these that we cherish more than any thing. Happy mini-moon, @rob.lea. Here’s to our first few months of marriage.
When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, I used to struggle with overwhelming sadness during the winter months. I remember when I first learned about Seasonal Affective Depression, I felt a wave of relief. I finally had language to describe what I had been feeling. I also learned that skiing was a treatment. Skiing and mountaineering have become a way of coping with depression. It’s a way of finding light in the darkness of my mind. It’s a way to survive the dark winter months. I thought I’d share this today on the winter solstice. After today, every day will get a little bit brighter. happy winter solstice to all my friends in the Northern Hemisphere. I’m so grateful to have a space here where I can talk about this stuff. Thanks for your kindness and compassion. Photo: taking in the sunset from camp 3 at 27,000’ on Everest/Chomolungma, a moment from 2019 that I’ll never forget!
Being on a ski trip doesn’t mean you can neglect your oral hygiene. It can be easy to forget about brushing properly when your priorities are elsewhere and you’re focused on getting out the door and on to the mountain. That’s why I am so excited about the new @OralB GENIUS X to use every day and on my ski trips and expeditions. It comes with a travel case that charges both the brush and a USB device. The AI technology recognizes brushing patterns to offer personalized feedback on the areas that require additional attention, so you can brush in the best way to improve your oral-health. It also helps you brush for the right amount of time, with the right amount of pressure, in the right areas of your mouth.This holiday season, consider giving the gift of oral-hygiene via the link in my stories. You can also grab this awesome new brush on sale now ahead of the holidays!#OralBHolidayDeals #RoundCleansBetter #ad
I’ve been extremely fortunate that my skiing and climbing has taken me all over the world, opening my mind and my heart up to new people, places and perspectives I otherwise might not have experienced. It’s what truly makes me come alive. It’s instilled in me a fierce desire to not only protect these places where I play, but this planet that’s home to all of us.It also comes with guilt. Guilt associated with the footprint my travels have that are unfortunately a consequence of doing what I love.It’s no secret we live in an imperfect society and I, as is everyone, am an imperfect human. I am part of the problem. But I am also part of the solution. Which is why, despite this sometimes crippling guilt, I won’t hold myself back from speaking up and driving awareness and action on issues I care about.With that said, I’m excited to share that @protectourwinters has a new carbon offset program. While, again, it’s not perfect, as in our carbon-based society it’s impossible to be, it is progress. And a great option I plan to embrace in my own travels going forward. Because what makes us come alive is exactly what the world needs right now.————Hit the link below or in my bio to learn more about POW’s program.https://carbon.protectourwinters.org/calculatePhoto @acpictures
Are there ways we can act more consciously as holiday consumers? I recently caught up with Alison Czeczuga, the social impact and sustainability manager at @gaiaherbs. We discussed how supporting certified B Corps is an easy way to be a more conscious consumer. Certified B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. This is a certification that Gaia Herbs has achieved. You can find a directory of B-Corps at bcorporation.net, or look for the logo on packaging – it's a B with a circle around it. We also discussed some ideas for gift giving:* Give experiences rather than things (pictured here- a day out skiing with friends and family is the ultimate gift in my opinion)* Give plant cuttings from succulents and cacti. * Make donations instead of gifts.* Consider giving gently used items.* Give less but make it higher quality. Consider the life cycle of the product – pay more for recyclability and repairability.* Shop local, shop women led and POC owned brands What are your tips? Would love to hear! #sponsored #gaiaherbspartner #gaiaherbs #BCorporation #consciousconsumer
Want to see what it’s like to ski Europe’s longest groomed trail in 2 mins? Check out this time lapse/follow cam! Today, we went back up to ski the Sarenne run from the top of Pic Blanc. It has a 6500 ft (1980m) vertical drop over 10 miles (16km). We deviated from the piste at the top to find some powder and take some photos, but then we joined back up. It was a good test for my new ACL, and I’m stoked I was able to ski so long! Eat, sleep, ski is all we’ve done since we got to @clubmedalpedhuez. It’s been so much fun to explore a new mountain. The Alps give me life! Follow cam: @rob.lea
One of the biggest highlights of my 2019 was meeting @mrapinoe, @gloriasteinem and @hollylawrencetri at the the @clifbar HQ.I have always been so inspired Gloria Steinem and the US Women's Soccer team and their fight for equal pay. When @clifbar and LUNA bar heard that each player on the women's team earned $31,250 less than the men, they were shocked and vowed to do something about it. In February 2019, LUNA Bar gave each of the women named to the 2019 World Cup team the $31,250 difference to make their rooster bonus equal to the men's, totaling $718,750.This holiday season, reward companies who are working towards gender equality. You can learn more by checking out the app Gender Fair. Everyone can play a role in advocating for gender equality.#SomedayIsNow #ClimbForEquality #TriForEquality
“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues…”— The Lorax, Dr. SeussConsidered by some as “America’s Amazon,” the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world and the largest national forest in the US. Its old-growth trees, some of which are 400-500 years old, play a key role in sequestering carbon emissions by absorbing 8% of all carbon captured by National Forest lands in our country.These same trees are currently threatened by a dangerous piece of legislation on the table by our current administration that would remove their protections and open them up to logging. Clear-cut a forest like this, and all that carbon they’ve been sequestering for hundreds of years will be released back into the atmosphere.Now, more than ever, we need to keep these forests and roadless areas untouched, as they are truly the lungs of the planet. Now is our chance to speak up for them. Please join me in signing the petition in my bio calling for their continued protection by no later than TOMORROW. Let’s not allow another one of our national treasures be destroyed by short-sided greed. Photo: not the Tongass, but a beautiful forest in the Canadian Rockies. @u.s.forestservice @wildernesssociety @outdooralliance #AnswerWithAction
After our wedding, we jumped straight into the bike portion of Rob’s Ultimate World Tri and we never got to take a real honeymoon. When @clubmedalpedhuez invited us to check out their newly renovated resort, we thought, why not take a mini-moon? I can think of few places more romantic than the Alps over the holidays. Today, our luggage showed up after a 20-hour delay and we skied one of the longest runs in Europe, about 6,000’ vertical!It’s hard to comprehend the scale of the Alps. There are few runs in North America that are this long. The views from the top and the excitement of the speed on the downhill burned off the jet leg and the knee felt good and strong today! Can’t wait to continue exploring tomorrow.
Asking my mom to be the officiant at our wedding had significance to me in so many ways. First, it was a celebration of our mother-daughter relationship that has grown with strength through the years! She knows me so well, and her open endorsement of my marriage was an important acknowledgement. Her example of partnership with my dad for more than 40 years is a representation of the power of marriage. Secondly, it was a tribute to the times that embrace women in positions of power that previously had been deemed only for men. I grew up Catholic. Seeing the restrictions set on women in what they could do or not do sent a strong signal to me as a young person about a woman’s place. Thirdly, it was so much fun to write the ceremony together! We were creative, imaginative and put together a meaningful ceremony to launch an important transition in my life! We were inspired by many different traditions and incorporated them into the ceremony. It was spiritual with a lot of humor, exactly the tone we wanted to set for our wedding. I am so grateful she took on the extra work of officiating. I couldn’t have imagined anyone else marrying us. I would highly recommend other people who are looking for an officiant to consider a family member! It is such a fun way to bond! Photo: @erinorthcutt
Today’s training: .75 miles up the snowy road towing Huck in the trailer. This workout is an incredible way to target hips and glutes. There are few gym exercises that give this same kind of burn. Seriously, though, I have mad respect for all the parents out there. Getting outdoors with kids is like training for a Himalayan expedition! If you don’t already follow @brooke.froelich, check her out. She’s one of my best friends and it’s been so inspiring to see her navigate motherhood and the outdoors. Serious #momgoals! Love ya Brooke! I’m so glad we’ve stayed close and find creative ways to get outdoors together.
Happy International Mountain Day! Mountains are a life force. They provide 70% of the world’s freshwater to 1.1 billion people living downstream. This photo shows one of my favorite mountain moments that I’ll never forget, sunrise on Everest/Chomolungma at nearly 8600m/28,215”.Unfortunately, the glaciers that provide reliable water to millions of people are melting rapidly. In the Himalayas, air temperature has already risen by nearly two degrees Farenheit since the start of the 20th century.We need to stand with youth leaders worldwide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale. It’s time to require polluters to pay for their emissions by setting an economy-wide price on carbon. We need to move toward achieving net zero emissions. We have to protect our precious mountain environments and our public lands from fossil fuel extraction. We have a responsibility to future generations to leave the ma healthy, viable planet.There is still time. We know what to do. Let’s do it. #MountainsMatter
Getting back into skiing this year after ACL surgery has been challenging. I’m just over six months out and some days, it feels like I’m taking two steps forward one step back. It’s been a slow process and my knee still feels like it’s 70%. It gives me a ton of appreciation for the times in my life I’ve been in peak fitness. And it makes skiing interesting again. I’m learning so many new ways to use my leg everyday. It excites and tires me. My brain is making new connections. My balance and proprioception are challenged. I’m working my way back up slowly and conservatively and taking it one day at a time. And constantly telling my muscles and knee how strong and awesome they are! Your body hears what you say to it and your cells and tissue react. What story are you telling your body? Photo: @rob.lea
Climb up the mountain, ski down. I love the uphill experience, the gentle rhythm of moving through the mountains and being in the elements. It reminds me that I'm not separate from the earth but a part of it. And wind, snow and humidity are no match for my #JaybirdVista headphones. They can handle whatever I throw at them. Thanks to @jaybirdsport for powering this magical early season adventure. #EarthProof
You know those days you just want to stay in a warm bubble bath all day? I have a lot of those.*Obviously, some moments are more gram-worthy than others. But sometimes, I just need to slow down and take a day or night off, away from the busy-ness of the holiday season.*Social media always shows how we go, but it doesn’t show how we rest. I believe we must continue to prioritize our own wellness and that of others.*That’s why I recommend giving @gaiaherbs wellness gifts for the holidays. A few of my favorites are the Full Spectrum Hemp Extra, which I personally use for stress management, Black Elderberry Syrup for immune support and Golden Milk and Tumeric Supreme to help reduce inflammation.*Working with @gaiaherbs has been so helpful for my knee recovery and I’m so grateful for their partnership.*As a way to say happy holidays, we are doing a giveaway of these four products! *TO ENTER: Follow @gaiaherbs and share your favorite ways to rest and restore in the comments below. I’ll pick a favorite on Monday! *And since not everyone can win, I also want to offer a special discount for Gaia Herbs. Save 25% on your first purchase at gaiaherbs.com Use code: CAROLINE25. Valid through January 31, 2020.*Entry closes Sunday 12AM PST 12/8/19. The winner will be announced on Monday, 12/9/19.*Must be 18 years or older to qualify. This is not an international giveaway and is not associated with Instagram. Open to U.S. residents only.*#sponsored#gaiaherbspartner#gaiaherbs#blackelderberry#hemp #turmeric #goldenmilk#winterwellness
Checking in with my bridesmaids on their dress color choices from Everest base camp was something I’ll never forget. Thank goodness we had LTE there so we could pull off this mismatched but cohesive bridesmaids dress look. Planning my wedding was so much fun! It was something I had been dreaming of for so long. It happened at the perfect time in my life. It took me a long time to accept and love the part of myself that loves to wear dresses and twirl around in chiffon. It took me a long time to accept that I can be a feminist and want to be a bride and a wife. Gender equality is all about honoring the best parts of everyone. I love these strong, brave and beautiful women! And strong is the new pretty! #climbforequality Photo: @erinorthcutt
This was one moment from 2019 that I’ll never forget. I wanted to soak in every last moment of this sunset at Camp 2 on Everest/Chomolungma (25,000’/7620m), but my fingers could only handle a few moments of the cold before I had to zip up the tent and warm back up. Sharing that moment with my now husband, @rob.lea, was the greatest gift in the world. You’re officially off the hook for a Christmas present this year, Rob. #bigmtndreams #climbforequality
When @rob.lea set out to do his Ultimate World Triathlon, he wanted to start a conversation about something bigger than sport. Gender equality came very naturally because of the time he’s spent with me. To the people who say, just climb, swim and bike, we say say, why wouldn’t you try and do everything you can to uplift others and make the world a better place? Head on over to the @fattire IGTV via the link below or in profile to watch the entire short film. https://www.instagram.com/tv/B5p59rJlfKE/?igshid=27z2e9hjz7n2#ClimbForEquality #TriForEquality #UltimateWorldTri#HeForShe #ThenBeer
I love working with @clifbar because of their ongoing commitment to people and the planet. This Giving Tuesday, they are donating 100% of the net profits of the Sierra Trail Mix Clif Bars to second responder efforts in areas impacted by natural disasters. Learn more and purchase a box today for a great stocking stuffer that is delicious and does good for the world by visiting the link below and in my profile: https://www.clifbar.com/hub/clif-responder-fund#MakeItGood #GivingTuesday
I love seeing people set ambitious goals and having the courage and bravery to see them through. This year, @rob.lea became the first known person to climb Everest, swim the English Channel and ride his bike across America- all in a six month timeframe. Tomorrow, @fattire is releasing a short video about Rob’s Ultimate World Triathlon. Be sure to check out the whole short on their IGTV!#TriForEquality#ClimbForEquality #ThenBeer
Stop buying things people don’t want use that money to save the planet by making a donation in their name (thanks for inspiring this caption, @ajabarber).The best gift you can give someone right now is a donation to an environmental non-profit through @patagonia Action Works. Patagonia will match all donations to environmental groups up to $10,000,000 from now until December 31! That’s right. $10 million. Make a donation in someone’s name. There’s no better time to give. Go to patagonia.com/actionworks to donate now and help save the planet. The earth needs you. A few of my favorite orgs to give to:@healutah, @utahcleanenergy, @protectbearsears, @treeutah, @winterwildlandsalliance, @protectourwinters, @outdooralliance, @outdoorafro and @latinooutdoors. There are so many good ones! Find your local non-profits and get involved. #AnswerWithAction
One of the projects I’m most proud of is the @julboeyewearna family series goggle I designed with @simon.charriere. We met in Chamonix and Simon sketched while I skied. The Valle Blanche was in perfect, bluebird, powder conditions. We took our inspiration back to the @julbo_eyewear headquarters in France, where they have been making eyewear for over a century. It would mean the world to me if you would consider these goggles in your holiday shopping. Help us get good sell-through so we can do another collaboration. Check out the link below or in my profile to purchase and use code WNTR2519 for 25% off! Thank you so much for all your support! https://www.julbo.com/en_us/goggles/elara-caroline-gleich#216=78&318=4631 Photos: @qiglesisphoto #julboathlete #bigmtndreams
Thanksgiving reminder: You can love something or someone, disagree with them on an issue and still have a meaningful relationship. Just because you don’t agree on an issue doesn’t mean you have to completely shut someone or something out of your life. You can respectfully disagree, try to understand the other person’s point of view and look for places where your interests and values do overlap. Sometimes, you can find a successful outcome.Of course, sometimes you reach an impasse, and that’s ok too. You can have an unsuccessful negotiation and still be friends.A good example of this is my relationship with @altaskiarea. I love backcountry skiing. I’m on the board of the @wasatchbackcountryalliance to protect that experience for future generations. I also love skiing at Alta, especially with my family. While I don’t agree with their idea about developing Grizzly Gulch, I still have a ton of love and passion for the place and the people who work there.When we come to the table from a place of kindness and understanding, we are more likely to make the kinds of changes we want to see. It’s a good reminder for how to approach interactions with friends and family over the holidays.Caveat: There are also situations or behaviors that become so toxic, the only option is retreat. I’m not advocating for people to stay in those types of harmful situations. Be able to recognize those situations and take care of yourself when you need to. Trust your instincts, and feel free to respectfully disagree with me. I’m here to continue learning and growing. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!Photo: @louisarevalo
I am so excited to let you know that the @julboeyewearna goggle I designed with @simon.charriere is available for purchase!!! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of making a custom goggle! Seeing this come to market is a lifelong dream come true. The inspiration for the design comes from my big mountain dreams, seeing the colors of sunrise in my home mountain range in the Wasatch to the French Alps in Chamonix.It would mean the world to me if you would support this product launch by purchasing for yourself or for a holiday gift! Check out the link below or in my profile to purchase and use code WNTR2519 for 25% off! Julbo is a family owned eyewear company that has been making mountain eyewear since 1888 (over 130 years)! Their eyewear comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. I’m proud to be an ambassador for such a long-standing and awesome brand! Let me know if you have any questions. https://www.julbo.com/en_us/goggles/elara-caroline-gleich#216=78&318=4631 Photos: @louisarevalo
I’ve been thinking about international men’s day all week and unpacking some of my thoughts and emotions around it. For a long time, I felt I needed to adopt to the norms of masculinity in order to survive in a family with three immediate brothers and then, in a male-dominated industry as an adult. I always felt I had to be tough, I could never cry and I thought I could show no emotion. I wore that armor for most of my life.It culminated in a moment on an expedition when I called Rob a sexist slur because he didn’t want to go up the mountain with me. I felt I had to put him down to be a strong leader. I was so committed to the outcome, I didn’t want to abandon our goal even though the conditions weren’t right for our objective.I’m so glad he spoke up and refused to go, because a few days later, a team of experienced mountaineers were killed in an avalanche on the route we were going to climb. His intuition and willingness to speak up kept us alive.As I reflect on this moment, I deeply regret the name-calling. I also realize how far I’ve come. I have learned that I don’t need to play by the boys rules to be successful. Leadership isn’t bullying, dominance or putting others down. That kind of toxic leadership behavior is outdated, yet still so prevalent in the world.I have learned that I can be compassionate, empathetic and a strong leader while embracing my femininity. I don’t need to become someone else.Unpacking masculinity on men’s day also unpacked part of my experience and gave me a path to healing. I’ve come to realize the best thing I can do is realize I am enough and I deserve to be where I’m at. It’s taken me my whole life to learn that being myself is the best gift I can give the world. Love you @rob.lea!
To follow up on my previous National Period Day post, I want to continue to destigmatize talking about periods by talking about how high-altitude / international travel affects your period and how products like Always 3-in-1 Liners can help. When I was climbing Everest/Chomolungma this past spring, I was pretty freaked out when my period lasted nine straight days. Normally, it is only four-five days long. Luckily, we had a female high-altitude doctor, and when I asked her, she told me that periods go “cray cray” at higher altitudes. I’m so grateful I was able to talk to her about it and she knew what was going on! It put my mind at ease.For situations like these, I love packing @Always_brand 3-in-1 Liners. Whether you are climbing a mountain, backpacking or in a big city, Always Liners provide protection from bladder leaks, irregular periods and discharge so you can climb with confidence.For many years of my life, I felt so ashamed to talk about these issues. I’ve found it liberating to be able to discuss periods openly and honestly. And I don’t want women of any age to feel that shame. It’s important to have these discussions to normalize conversations about women’s health. Thanks for supporting me in continuing to normalize period discussions! #ad
With the busy holiday season coming up, I find it’s super helpful to take care of myself and set up a good routine of self-care. That means staying hydrated, staying healthy and doing what I can to support my immunity. I’m excited to share super simple mocktail recipe using @gaiaherbs Black Elderberry Syrup. Combine 1tsp Elderberry syrup with soda water and mix! The organic black elderberries provide a powerful dose of antioxidants to support your immune system and it’s a quick and delicious way to treat yourself. What are your favorite self-care tips for the holidays? Save 25% on your first purchase at gaiaherbs.com Use code: CAROLINE25. Valid through January 31, 2020. #sponsored #gaiaherbspartner #gaiaherbs #blackelderberrysyrup #elderberry #immunehealth
Happy International Men’s Day. You might be wondering, do men need a day? And to that I say, absolutely yes. Lifting up women also means lifting up men. Redefining femininity means addressing masculinity. Just like a woman can be strong and girly, a man can also be emotional and manly. You can be a man and love deeply and cry freely. You can be a strong man and go to the doctor and ask for help. You can say I love you to another man and not be gay. If we want to create a better world for women, let’s bring men along for the ride. Creating a more just an equitable world where people can be the best versions of themselves includes calling in men. Let’s celebrate positive masculinity! If you want to learn more, I highly recommend listening to The Lonely American Man on the Hidden Brain podcast (link below and in bio).Tag a man who portrays positive masculinity below! A few of my favorite: @rob.lea, @josebilingue, @mynameisbam, @fitzcahall, @mariorigby, @vasu.sojitra, @forestwoodward, @renan_ozturk, @noyekim, and charles_post.#internationalmensday Photo: @vertizonphoto https://open.spotify.com/episode/1O1ue5DwsQWsrYSNx4bVab?si=1W3n22LsSoCIu68JdE8a5Q