This is my friend @katieboue. She is one of the most tireless advocates for our outdoor spaces that I know. It was her birthday this week, and all she wants is for people to pledge to #VoteTheOutdoors. @outdoorindustry has developed a Voter’s Guide to help you pick the best politicians to protect public lands – accessed via the link in my profile. I pledge to vote the outdoors, do you? Let’s make Katie’s birthday wishes come true.

As I was preparing for Cho Oyu, I was filled with inspiration when I heard the news that Hanifa Yousoufi became the first female Afghan climber to summit Mount Noshaq, Afghanistan’s tallest peak (7500m/24,580’). The story became even more personal when I found out my friend, mountain guide @emiliedrinkwater, helped support Hanifa in reaching her goal.From Emilie: “It takes determination and strength of character to rise above war, oppression, and Taliban influence to turn yourself into a climber and become the first Afghan woman to reach the summit of the country’s highest peak, Mt Noshaq. Our small, multi-national team was there to support Hanifa Yousoufi during this historic climb, and while this was one of the harder more dangerous things I’ve ever done, I’d trade it for nothing. I left Kabul amid rocket attacks and increasing instability. I’m lucky that I can leave (despite a love and fascination with this country) but for Hanifa and all my Afghan friends, know that I’m thinking of you and hoping for great security (and more climbing!) in your future.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀When I talked to Emilie about why Hanifa wanted to climb the highest peak, she said it was because that’s where she felt most free. It’s something that every outdoors person can relate to. That is why I feel so strongly that we need to make the outdoors more inclusive so everyone has the opportunity to feel that sense of freedom. #MountainsAreForEveryone Happy belated #DayOfTheGirlPhotos by Emilie Drinkwater and Vibs Sefland.

Democracy requires showing up. Here’s a little reminder from @patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard. #MidtermsMatter Is everyone planning to vote? If not, how come? Visit the link in my profile or below for more info:https://www.patagonia.com/midterm-elections-2018.html

First day of Utah skiing (day 3 for me)! Surprisingly good coverage. Stoked to be on skis!Photo: @katefbowman

The truth is, I miss being on Cho Oyu, on my first Himalayan expedition, terribly. The first week of being home has been a challenge. When I’m climbing and skiing a big mountain, I love the focus and clarity I have. At home, I get easily overwhelmed and feel pulled in a million directions. It’s easy to talk about the highs, the proposal, the engagement, the summit! But it isn’t easy to talk about the lows, the big stack of medical bills to pay, the IRS deadline coming up, the slideshow prep, the big feeling of emptiness, of questioning, of rest and recovery. Post expedition/vacation depression is real. So today, for #worldmentalhealthday, let’s continue to break the stigma of talking about mental health. I think a lot of us in the outdoor community struggle with these issues a lot more than we let on, and by coming together and sharing openly and honestly, we can normalize these feelings and create a more resilient and happy community going forward. Sending love to all of you.

Yesterday was Indigenous People’s Day. I know, I’m a day late (my brain is still catching up from my big trip). I wanted to take a moment to highlight some people and organizations who are showing us that Indigenous People are here, and as the original stewards of the land, have a lot to teach us about stewardship and conservation. We must listen to Native voices to create a more resilient environmental movement. I recommend following: @lennecefer @nativesoutdoors @indigenouswomenhike @mmiwhoismissing @nativewomenswilderness and @native_women_running for starters. Photo 1: navajo_in_flight on a classic climbing route on Mt. Lemmon, captured by @lennecefer. Photo 2: @brodyleven and Len on Blanca Peak. Photo 3: Len and I on a hike up Grandeur Peak. I will work on researching what tribal land I am on and try to incorporate more Native mountain names into my future posts!#MountainsAreForEveryone

Skiing Cho Oyu was a dream come true. From the summit, I was about to ski about 80% of the route to camp 1. Around 7500m, I had scouted an alternate route to ski through the yellow band, however, due to avalanche concerns from wind loading that morning, I ended up rappelling the route we ascended instead. Then, I was able to open it up and make smooth turns all the way to camp 2. Below camp 2, some fog rolled in, and I did several more rappels through the icefall. After it cleared, it was smooth skiing until camp 1. I wanted to give a shoutout to @melissaarnot who generously let me borrow her women’s size small 8k m suit for summit day, and to @patagonia, and their “better than new” worn wear philosophy (reducing consumption by using products that already exist). @rob.lea and I were both able to find gently used 8k meter suits (thanks Alan) and it saved us a chunk of change. While it was an expensive expedition that we paid for (almost entirely) out of pocket, I will never regret spending some of our savings on this trip. We made some of our happiest memories and it was an experience we will never forget. #MountainsAreForEveryone #adventuredoneright @alpenglowexpeditions

Huge congratulations to @hilareenelson, @jimwmorrison and team for their visionary ski descent of the Lhotse couloir! Mind-blowing. I can’t wait to hear more. #lhotseski2018

He said yes at 26,906 ft./ 8201m on the summit of Cho Oyu! I knew you were husband material before this trip, but sharing this expedition sealed the deal. @rob.lea you are so patient and kind, especially when you took care of me when I got sick, never complaining about the possibility of abandoning your summit attempt to make sure I was ok. I knew you were a keeper when you emptied my pee bottle and carried down the wag bag we shared. Sharing a month long expedition with your significant other is one of the most intimate experiences. There are highs and lows, and you get to see a person’s true colors. Rob, I’m so happy for our journey ahead!

Tomorrow, we are leaving for our summit bid on Cho Oyu! We had a successful rotation sleeping at camp 1, and getting our first ski turns above 21,000’ /6,400m. After two days rest, we are nervously excited. We will spent a night at c1, a night at c2, and we plan to summit and ski on Sept. 28! @rob.lea and I are feeling ok, and are stoked for what’s ahead. #MountainsAreForEveryone #AdventureDoneRight

Yesterday, I made it to camp 1 at 21,000/6,400m! We touched camp 1 and went back to abc to sleep. Tomorrow, we will head up to sleep at camp 1 and then go higher to prepare for the summit attempt. One week ago, there was no way I imagined I would be back up on the mountain, especially not at these altitudes. I was so sick, all I could think about was going home. Sometimes, those setbacks along the way make the accomplishments even sweeter. There is no such thing as an easy 8000m peak. I’m taking it one day at a time and breaking it into manageable pieces, but hot damn, I am so grateful to be here, surrounded by the most stunning mountains and glaciers I’ve ever seen. #MountainsAreForEveryone #chofosho

Someone I have always been inspired by is fellow @clifbar ambassador @hilareenelson. Right now, she and @jimwmorrison and team are on a neighboring peak, Lhotse, to ski one of the most beautiful unskied couloirs in the world. Follow them on their journey through their handles or hashtag #lhotseski18.Before I went on my first high altitude ski mountaineering trip five years ago, I asked Hilaree about her favorite things to eat at altitude. She told me, @clifbar gels and Pringles. I took her advice and climbed and skied my first 6000m peak. I love gels because they are easy to consume at altitude when you are not producing much saliva, and the sugars are easily absorbed. Thanks for the tip Hilaree! Photo: @nickkalisz

Back up at advanced base camp! If we feel good tomorrow, we might go to touch camp 1. This trip has been one of the most physically and mentally challenging trips of my life. And that’s why we chose it. Thanks for all the kind words and supportive comments. I’m glad to be feeling ok again. #MountainsAreForEveryone #chofosho @keen #keenambassador Photo: @rob.lea

After four days at advanced base camp, my cough got worse and worse. I was losing strength. It became difficult to do simple tasks like walk to the bathroom. I almost stopped peeing all together. My oxygen saturation was low, and after a really rough night, we knew it was time for me to descend. I was so weak, @rob.lea did all the packing while @solitude66 and @topomena organized logistics, and I went on supplemental oxygen. I felt so embarrassed walking out of camp, but sometimes you have to hold your head up high and let go of your pride. We are only human. I even made up an alter ego for my oxygen mask face: baby Darth Vader. It helped me feel more badass in that low moment, and gave me strength for the hike back down to basecamp. When I got down, @adrianballinger reminded me that sometimes, altitude sickness just happens. It has nothing to do with fitness, preparation or experience. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself during this time. I’ve been resting now for a few days at basecamp. Tomorrow, I’m going to go back up to abc. I’m a little scared from what happened, but I’m going to give it another go and take it one step at a time. Huge thanks to Rob and the team for taking such good care of me while I was sick!

Expectations are not always a good thing to have, especially when climbing a big mountain. I came here to the Himalayas to find a challenge, and I am finding it. Adjusting to life at advanced base camp on Cho Oyu at 18,500’/5700m has been extremely difficult for me. I had an expectation that I would perform well on this trip, but I am feeling poorly, with headaches, nausea and a hacking cough. It’s a good reminder to take it one moment at time and not get discouraged. Part of the team went to camp 1 today and I stayed at advanced base camp to rest. Luckily, I am surrounded by a supportive team from @alpenglowexpeditions and we are taking good care of each other. Hopefully my condition will continue to improve with another day or two of rest! #adventuredoneright #chofosho

Couples who march together stay together. Today is the big day! I’ll be marching with you all in spirit to demand action on climate and to advocate for a future of renewable energy.#RiseForClimate #March4POW

Heading to Cho Oyu basecamp today (16,400 ft./5000m). For this trip, I wanted to push myself to bring a different narrative to how we approach mountaineering and use this expedition as an opportunity to talk about inclusivity and allyship. As I’ve grown as an activist, I’ve come to realize that social and environmental issues are related, and that how we treat people is how we treat the planet. I feel it’s more important than ever to speak up about inclusivity and diversity to create a more resilient environmental movement. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting friends I’ve met who have challenged my point of view, helped me grow and who are evolving our perceptions of who belongs in the mountains. Stay tuned for more… #MountainsAreForEveryone

Potola Palace, Lhasa, Tibet. 11,995’/3650m. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world and the holy center of Tibetan Buddhism. Visiting the Potala Palace will go down as one of my top life experiences. Tibet is a place that few Westerners are able to visit. Every moment, I am filled with gratitude to be here, happy and healthy. Walking up and down all the stairs, I am thankful for the nights spent in the @hypoxico tent. Morale is high as we make our way through the Tibetan highlands into the Himalayas and to Cho Oyu base camp over the next few days. My intention for this time is to savor each moment and share as many smiles with the people I meet as possible. @KEEN #keenambassador

After what felt like a marathon day of travel, we made it to Chengdu, China (a city home to around 14 million people, and the capitol of the Sichuan Province), had a little sleep and are awaiting our departure to Lhasa. There are few experiences in life as deeply uncomfortable as being an exhausted foreigner arriving in a country where you do not speak the language. Thank goodness for google translate and for the fine logistical support from @alpenglowexpeditions. There were some minor snafus along the way, but nothing major and morale is high after a few hours at an airport hotel. I’ve done some international trips alone and it’s a different beast (especially with ski luggage). I’m so grateful to have @rob.lea as a travel companion. When Rob and I first met four years ago, I never imagined that we would go on a trip like this together. At that point, I had written off trying to find a life partner who was also a mountaineering partner. I wanted someone who was solid at home- that I could depend on to pick me up at the airport and cook me good meals. It turns out, Rob ticked those boxes and he is a crusher in the mountains. I learned an important lesson- that sometimes, when you stop searching, it’s easier to find what you are looking for. Onward we go. I’m sure there will be many more hiccups along the way, and I’ll continue to be glad to have someone who is so patient and kind and who makes me laugh when I cry, by my side.

Packing day. Tomorrow, we depart. I am nervous and excited for the big challenge ahead. I can’t believe we are so close…Honestly, I tend to get pretty bad pre-trip anxiety. To help ease the stress in my mind, I try to make a mantra and visualization. I try not to get too wrapped up in the worry of the future and just focus on one step at a time. For my mantra on this trip, I’m thinking about all of you- the army of support I have- and how that support will propel me up the mountain. I want to show that mountaineering doesn’t need to be elitist- that #MountainsAreForEveryone. That you don’t need to grow up climbing or skiing competitively. You can figure it out and it’s never too late. I’ll do my best to keep you updated along the way! Thanks for all the support and encouragement. Can’t wait to meet the rest of the team from @alpenglowexpeditions! @KEEN #KEENambassador @clifbar #feedyouradventure Photo: @rob.lea

There are steps we can take every day to be more environmentally friendly. One of the ways I try to lighten my impact on the environment is by prioritizing human-powered recreation, choosing to hike or climb up the mountain as much as possible. It’s about action over apathy and supporting people and organizations who do the same. It’s pretty next level for @AlaskaAir to talk about their commitment to reduce waste by removing straws on each of their flights. What are you doing to lighten your footprint on the planet? Share using the hashtag #StrawlessSkies for a chance to win two Alaska Air vouchers to anywhere Alaska air flies. #sponNo one is perfect, and every human has an impact, but I believe in doing the best we can every day.

Five years ago, I went on my first high altitude ski mountaineering trip to Ecuador to climb and ski the three highest peaks in the country. This picture was taken on the summit plateau of Chimborazo (20,549’/6263m) which is the highest I’ve ever been. It was a challenging summit day, as the mountain was covered in head high penitentes. These ice structures are gnarly to walk through, and it made our time above 20,000’ much more strenuous. I remember how fatiguing it was to do any little thing. It was even hard to talk without getting winded. To prepare for Cho Oyu, I’ve spent the last six weeks sleeping at progressively higher elevations in a @hypoxico altitude training tent. We’ve been sleeping over 17,000’/5181m for the past few nights, all in the comfort of our own home. I’m gratitude for the opportunity to get a head start on acclimatization and I’m eager to see how the tent training pays off. Fingers crossed we have better skiing conditions than this. Despite the snow on Chimborazo, climbing and skiing the snow capped volcanoes in Ecuador was one of my favorite trips of my lifetime. I highly recommend it. #tbt #MountainsAreForEveryone

For many years, I’ve had the dream of taking my ski mountaineering to the Himalayas. Along the way, many people have told me my dreams are impossible and crazy. Yet there are a handful of people who have believed in me, supported me and said let’s figure out how to get you up and down that mountain. One of those people is @adrianballinger. He is one of the most accomplished high altitude ski mountaineers and the founder of @alpenglowexpeditions. He has given me so much beta over the years (for example, spending hours on the phone with me going over logistics before I went to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru- pictured here). When others said I was crazy, he said go for it. Adrian never judged my ability as a ski mountaineer by my size, gender or appearance. I was inspired by his rapid ascent of Cho Oyu with @emilyaharrington a few years ago, their attempt on Makalu and I’m so stoked for the opportunity to go to the Himalayas (in a few days!) with the team from Alpenglow expeditions. Someday, I’ll get to make turns with Emily and Adrian. Until then, be like Adrian and believe in people and their dreams, even if they challenge your perceptions. #AdventureDoneRight #MountainsAreForEveryone #bigmtndreams Photo: @rob.lea

Eating locally produced (and organic) food is one thing I prioritize to lighten my impact on the environment. It’s not only better for the planet, it tastes better too. .A few years ago, one of my big summer projects was to convert my lawn backyard into this garden pictured here. I figured if I was using water, it might as well go to growing food. Ripping up the sod, building the planter boxes, tilling the soil, spreading the compost and mulch and planting the garden was like climbing a huge mountain in the physical effort it took. But once I ate the first cherry tomato from the vine, it was all worth it. .I’m inspired by @AlaskaAir and their commitment to reduce their environmental impact by going straw-less on all their flights. For a chance to win two Alaska Air flight vouchers to a destination of your choosing, post what you are doing to lessen your impact on the planet and tag #StrawlessSkies. #iFlyAlaska #spon.I know planting a garden isn’t going to solve the world’s environmental problems but it was my way of doing my part. Going strawless or planting a garden are two examples of actions we can take to be more responsible inhabitants of the planet.

I don’t think of mountains as something to be conquered. I’m not out to conquer or defeat the places I explore. I don’t think that reaching the summit of a peak makes me superior.Talk about conquering mountains also shows a lack of respect for indigenous cultures, who have stewarded these landscapes for centuries, who view these peaks as sacred (for example, it is disrespectful to stand directly on the summit of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Land of Ngāi Tahu.) For centuries, people who look like me have shown up in wild places and said, “This belongs to me.” I want to do better. I’m not interested in conquering landscapes. I’m interested in a more intimate relationship, immersing myself, learning from a new place and doing my best to leave it better than I found it. I wanted to give a shoutout to my friends Len and Shelma who have helped me think about this in a different way. If you want to learn from them too, follow them at @nativesoutdoors and @heyflashfoxy #MountainsAreForEveryone Photo: @crossroadstudios

I’ve been more encouraged to speak out about sexism and other issues because I really believe that how we treat women and how we treat people says a lot about how we treat the planet. Last weekend, I was honored to share the stage with @leahloves and @seasachi at @theinertia evolve summit to discuss the future of women in surf and the outdoors. See the link below or in my profile to watch the whole discussion. Photo: Aika Lau https://www.theinertia.com/surf/caroline-gleich-leah-dawsons-sexist-cyber-bullying-surf-outdoors-evolve/

Apathy over action. I am not a perfect environmentalist. I’m far from it. Often, I forget my reusable bags. I don’t carpool or bike commute nearly as much as I should. This year, I’ll fly much more than the average American. Does that mean I should give up? Go live in a hole? No, it means I’ll do more. Personal responsibility is important and so is large scale change, from business and government. That’s why I show up and speak up at as many public hearings as I can, putting pressure on our city and state and nation to go renewable and reduce consumption. It’s why I work with brands like @patagonia who are doing everything they can to make clothing last longer, more reparable and out of recycled materials. I don’t let the guilt of imperfection get in the way of taking action, and neither should you. ️Photo: @katieboue

We all have a carbon footprint, but there are ways we can reduce our impact on the earth. This post is inspired by @AlaskaAir and their initiative to go straw-less on their flights to reduce their carbon footprint. One of my favorite ways to reduce my carbon footprint is by participating in community tree plantings. Not only do trees offset carbon, they improve air and water quality and provide habitat for wildlife. Share what you are doing to reduce your carbon footprint using #StrawlessSkies for a chance to win two Alaska Air flight vouchers to a destination of your choosing. #iFlyAlaska #spons

I really do believe that sharing experiences in the outdoors is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another. In all honesty, I had a rough week last week. Thursday was a real low. Preparing for our Cho Oyu trip- the logistics, the training and the @hypoxico tent sleeping -has left me sleep deprived and fatigued. In those low moments, friends and trails are my saving grace. I was grateful for the opportunity to get out with @brooke.froelich (in her third trimester!) and @huck.gaynes for a hike. It completely changed my mood, and I was happy to help carry Huck for part of the way (which was excellent mountaineering training). Sometimes, a little dirt and sunshine can change your outlook on everything. #MountainsAreForEveryone @keen #KEENambassador

Today, I’m heading to LA to speak at @theinertia’s first-ever Evolve summit on a panel about the future of women in surf and outdoors with @leahloves and @seasachi. I’m stoked to be a part of the event! I just wish I could rename the panel “The Future is Female… and Male and Non-Binary.” Its time we call men IN! I’ve been really inspired by @justinbaldoni and his #manenough campaign, and I’ve been thinking about the powerful role that male allies can play. I’m a feminist, yes and I’m a humanist. I’m excited to continue this work to help shape society into a place where people can be free to be their truest selves. #MountainsAreForEveryone

Going to Tibet this fall will be my twelfth international backcountry ski/ski mountaineering expedition in the past nine years. I love seeing the world through the lens of ski mountaineering. In 2014, @brodyleven, @graysonschaffer and I went to Mexico to ski Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft./5636 m) the highest volcano in North America, in a weekend. Headache, nausea and fatigue were our constant companions along the way (shortly after this photo was taken, Grayson started vomiting). The fantasy of being in these places is often prettier than the reality. Luckily, we were able to descend quickly and made it home ok. I wouldn’t recommend this trip, but it was good training for what’s ahead. #MountainsAreForEveryone #Cho18

Skiing at high altitude always feels a little goofy. In less than three weeks, @rob.lea and I leave to ski Cho Oyu. It’s a bit of a grind right now with packing and logistics (it’s hard to find 8000m technical gear in my size!) but we’re cranking it out. I’m nervously anticipating the challenge ahead…Photo: skiing at 18,000’ (5,500m) in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.#MountainsAreForEveryone

A morning ridge scramble with @megan_dingman was a highlight of my week. Climbing a mountain with someone is an intimate, shared experience. Not everyone has compatible chemistry, but when you meet your people, you know it. I first met Megan many years ago when I was a ski coach. She was probably 8 years old, with the determination and grit of someone far older. This summer, we had a chance to reconnect and get out into the mountains. Megan is an adult now and I’m stoked to see she still has the same tenacity, resiliency and strength of character she had when she was a little girl. It’s not everyday you find someone who understands you. When you do, cherish that time together.

A morning ridge scramble with @megan_dingman was a highlight of my week. Climbing a mountain with someone is an intimate, shared experience. Not everyone has compatible chemistry, but when you meet your people, you know it. I first met Megan many years ago when I was a ski coach. She was probably 8 years old, with the determination and grit of someone far older. This summer, we had a chance to reconnect and get out into the mountains. Megan is an adult now and I’m stoked to see she still has the same tenacity, resiliency and strength of character she had when she was a little girl. It’s not everyday you find someone who understands you. When you do, cherish that time together.

One of my biggest heroes is my mom. From a young age, she demonstrated an ethic of caring for people and the environment. #sponsored I recently learned she has donated blood around 100 times. I never realized how important it is to donate blood until I found out more about our family story and a traumatic experience she had when she was growing up. Right now, the @AmericanRedCross is looking for donations and I'm hoping some of you will be inspired by the bravery and courage of my mom. I'll give you a virtual hand to hold while you donate. First, go to my campaign page (link in bio) and sign up to donate. I'll get a notification when you pledge and will send you a comment of support and appreciation! #AHandToHold #SleevesUpSummer

Someone who inspires me as an athlete is my friend @bowmankf. We are both on @Strava, and I always notice her fast times, especially on backcountry ski segments.This winter, I asked Kate to team up with me to compete in the Wasatch Powderkeg skimo team race, which also happened to be national championships. Neither of us had ever done a skimo team race before, but we worked seamlessly as a team, pushing each other when we needed it. The course had 6 climbs with around 8000’ of climbing over 14 miles. We ended up winning the female team race and became 2018 US Ski Mountaineering Female Team National Champions.I’d like to #GiveKudos to Kate for being a fierce competitor and inspiring me to push myself a little harder. I hope we can team up for another race this winter! Photo: @westonshirey

When we make ourselves vulnerable to nature, we open up our hearts to each other. I am still reeling from the excitement of my little brother’s wedding, @w_gleich to his best friend, @brittgold2 this weekend on top of Hidden Peak. Welcome to the family, Brittany! I had the unique honor of officiating their wedding. It was my first time officiating and I loved being of service to the couple to make the ceremony true to who they are. I tried to be focused and present during the short time I had together with my family, so I let the professional photographer do her thang! I’ll probably share one or two more photos when we get the edit. May their love remind us all to celebrate the love and friendship in our own lives! #GoldNGleich

Photo and caption by @sav.cummins: “Rosie the Riveter said ‘we can do it’ to ask women to rise up, and prove to men that we can do whatever men can do. She encouraged women to ‘not be afraid to be themselves’ while fighting for women’s rights during the 1940’s. Rosie was described as masculine, she wore men's clothes and did a mans job, however she wore lipstick to represent her feminine side. This photo of @heather_lightfoot on Split Beaver (5.10b) was inspired by Rosie the Riveter to show our appreciation for the strong, beautiful, non fictional women who are spreading the mantra that ‘we CAN do it.’———————Last week, I was in Squamish taking part in the #squamishexposed event. I was paired up with two climbers and given 48 hours to shoot photos, one day to edit hand in a slide show and present to a crowed. They’re currently running a ‘People’s Choice’ vote with one image from each photographer.” Vote for her image via the link below or in my profile: https://www.mountainlifemedia.ca/2018/07/vote-now-arcteryx-squamish-exposed-peoples-choice/

Switching gears from going fast and light to slow and heavy to prepare for my next big objective. In September, @rob.lea and I are heading to climb and ski Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world. Going to the Himalayas has been a lifelong dream for me, and I’m stoked that we’re finally doing it! Yesterday, we loaded up our packs with 40lbs and hiked up the mountain to build power in the legs for what’s ahead. Stay tuned for more! #ChoFoSho #rapidascent #MountainsAreForEveryoneSpecial shout out to @lekiusa, who makes my poles and gloves. Leki was my first sponsor many years ago, and I’m so grateful for their support. I highly recommend their trekking and ski poles for all of you active mountain people. It saves the knees.

Over 300,000 vertical human/bicycle powered feet ascended so far in 2018 (91,440 m). It’s not a record, yet keeping track keeps me motivated and gets me outside. Because when I’m in these places, I feel I can be the best version of myself. It’s easy to forget that nature is not a place we go. We are nature. I’ve always had to make time outside a priority in my life. Without it, I waste away. The mountains feed my soul. @KEEN #keenambassador Photo: @crossroadstudios

I was mildly hypothermic as I crossed the finish line of the @tusharcrusher after being out in pea sized hail and rain for the last hour and a half of the race. Covering 70 Miles with 10,000’ of climbing, I wouldn’t recommend the Crusher for your first bike race. Despite the challenge, I couldn’t stop smiling. I had so much fun climbing up and down huge mountain passes on my bike, getting splattered in mud and drenched in the rain. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, race organizers and fellow competitors who made this such a memorable day. And thanks to @binghamcyclery and @bingham_cyclery_peak_fasteners for inviting me to participate. And finally to @rob.lea for taking spectating to a whole new level.

12 hours out from the start of my first bike race, the @tusharcrusher. Time for a stretch, a foam roller session and then, early to bed. The butterflies are building… I know tomorrow will be a big challenge. My goal is to greet each hill (and competitor and volunteer) with a smile! @binghamcyclery @bingham_cyclery_peak_fasteners #bigmtndreams #flatbruce

The mountains are where I come alive, and I am so grateful for everyday I get to be outside, exploring and adventuring by foot, skis and bike. This Saturday, I’m competing in my first bike race, the Crusher in the Tushar! It is a tight turnaround two weeks after my first ultramarathon, but cycling has been a way to work through some the niggles in my legs and keep adventuring. Huge thanks to @binghamcyclery and @bingham_cyclery_peak_fasteners for the opportunity to train and compete in this race. Stay tuned for more as I make my way down to Beaver, UT for the start.

These blazing hot Utah days have me dreaming about cooler times and places…would you dunkaroo? Getting the legs submerged was enough for me. 😉 Lofoten, Norway. Video: @rob.lea

Taking a rock rescue class was one of the most important things I did to progress as a ski mountaineer. Gaining a deep understanding of rope systems allowed me to go from being a follower to a leader in the mountains. These courses aren’t regularly offered for non-guide folks which is why I wanted to let you know that my friends at @prival_usa have a course starting this week in Salt Lake City, UT led by IFMGA guide Jesse Williams. Check out the link below or in my profile for more info. And use code caroline5 for a discount! #nonsponsored post Photo: I was stoked to have the confidence to rappel first off the famous Aiguille du Midi bridge to ski the Cunningham couloir in Chamonix by @tom_grant_ http://www.privalusa.com/product/prival-partner-rock-rescue/
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42.5 miles (68 km), 6000 ft. (1828 m) of elevation gain, 88,000 steps, $2,917 raised for the @aclu_nationwide and @together.rising to help reunite immigrant families from 62 donors.Last weekend, I finished my first ultramarathon. I cannot thank you all enough – whether you donated, sent a note of encouragement or marched in your local #familiesbelongtogether rally. It was one of the hardest endurance challenges I’ve ever undertaken. I almost quit at mile 35 when my legs were cramping and my feet were blistered. I felt propelled by your support, and by the help from @rob.lea and the folks at the aid station. Race day reminds me that we are stronger together. Positivity, kindness and compassion win the day. The best part was seeing my parents at the last mile. The road to reuniting immigrant families will be long and challenging. Make sure to keep speaking up, showing up and choosing action over apathy. #twistedforkultra

Happy Fourth of July! Show your love for what makes America great by supporting trails with the @nationalforests Summer of Trails campaign www.crowdrise.com/SummerOfTrails.Photo: @matt_galland

Here are my nieces, nephew and me on a recent trip to Bears Ears. Tomorrow, I’m devoting my first ultramarathon to #familiesbelongtogether because what’s happening to immigrant families at the border breaks my heart. Being with my family is one of the greatest blessings in life. I’m still trying to raise funding to provide legal representation for children separated from their families at the border. Check out the link below or in my profile to donate. Thank you for your support. https://togetherrising.org/our-domestic-work/PS – Who else is marching tomorrow? @keen #BetterTakesAction #KEENambassador

Throwing it back to last summer when I woke up from a dirt nap at 10 pm to climb and ski Mt Rainier, just as the sun was setting. I’m looking forward to another long day on my feet this Saturday when I run my first ultramarathon! What are you doing with these long summer days? #tbt Photo: @scottrinck

I can’t believe we’ve already reached the fundraising goal for my Run to Reunite on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who has donated. Because this cause is so important to me, I’m raising another $1k for @together.rising, a non profit who is working to reunite families that have been separated to provide reunification services and legal advocacy and representation in immigrant court. I believe that #familiesbelongtogether and I’m planning to run 40 miles (64km) for the cause. You can donate via the link below or in my profile: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/TogetherRunPhoto, taken on the course I will race, by @brodyleven! #AnswerWithAction