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
Putting on your goggles or sunglasses is the last thing you do before heading off. “The First Second” brings you to that special moment, full of emotion and being super present. I can’t wait to share this story with you! Stay tuned for the full video dropping on Wednesday…@julboeyewearna#TheFirstSecond #julboathlete
Putting the Insta back in Instagram today. I love sharing photos in real times. And today- ACL buddies are back in the game! This morning, I went out for my third day of skiing and my first time to the top of the run. I went with @stasia_art, who also tore her ACL last winter (also left knee). We’re both stronger than ever! My knee felt so good and stable!!! Before last winter, tearing my ACL was my worst nightmare. Yet despite the injury, I’ve had one of my best years yet! There have been some ups and downs, but the overall trajectory has been overwhelmingly up. I’m so grateful my sponsors stuck with me. A lot of athlete contracts have clauses that allow the brand to drop athletes if they are unable to perform due to injury. It’s the reality of the profession I’ve chosen. Most of the brands I work with are like family to me (@clifbar even included a pregnancy protection clause in my latest contract!!!) and I’m so grateful they continue to believe in me! Thank you @patagonia_snow, @keen, @clifbar, @fattire, @lekiusa, @julboeyewearna, @gaiaherbs, and @prethelmets.
When it just doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day, I love the simplicity of running (it’s more like a run-walk or ralk for me, but that doesn’t matter). It’s about grabbing the essentials and heading out the door to the nearest trail for a sunset run on a backyard peak. Being out in nature, moving, however slowly, in the elements, is important to my mental health, especially during these fall and winter months. Once I’m outside, my worries seem to disappear. Thanks to the #JaybirdVista headphones, I have even one less thing to worry about since they are the only true wireless headphone that is truly #EarthProof. They are tested in the harshest conditions, so whether it’s dirt, shock or hurricane-force winds, they are good to go. Want to experience them for yourself? I’m doing a giveaway! Tag a friend, follow @jaybirdsport and comment on your ideal #EarthProof adventure. I’ll pick what I think sounds like the coolest adventure and announce the winner on Monday. #sponsored
One of the best ways to improve your skill set as a mountaineer is to learn how to ice climb. It’s a good time to start thinking about signing up for your local ice festival! Ice festivals offer an affordable way to try ice climbing and improve your winter climbing skills. I am so excited to go to the @michiganicefest this winter, talking about activism and sharing some tools to be an informed voter. I’ve always wanted to ice climb in the Midwest and I can’t wait to take some clinics, climb some pitches and hang with some cool people. I hope to see you at Michigan Ice Fest. If you can’t make it there, be sure to find and support an ice festival near you! Check out the link below to find a list of ice festivals in the US this winter:https://furnace-industries.com/news-blog/2016/12/1/ice-climbing-festivals-2017-2018html-tyz73-plpxt#bigmtndreams photo: @zeugswetterphoto
Once you go down the path of development, it’s not easy to go back. And once you contaminate water or the soil, it’s not something you can easily undo. That’s a huge reason to keep these lands protected. I recently had the opportunity to lend my voice to the @wildernesssociety #SaveRoadless campaign. You may not know it but roadless areas make up a third of all national forest lands. In Utah alone, roadless areas are home to 1.2 million miles of backcountry ski terrain, 1,300 climbing routes and 1,100 miles of hiking trails. Roadless areas belong to everyone.That’s why we should all be concerned when one is in jeopardy. The Trump administration is proposing to remove protections from the largest roadless area: the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. It’s the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Some refer to it as America’s Amazon. These old-growth trees are champions of absorbing harmful, climate-warming carbon emissions.#ProtectTheTongass by speaking up for roadless areas via the link below or in my profile: https://bit.ly/34Io0NN@u.s.forestservice @conservationalliance
We named our van Vandolf and we spent 3 weeks sightseeing and ski mountaineering around New Zealand in 2016. Have you ever wanted to try #vanlife (I think we all do)? Now is your chance! Go to:omaze.com/Caroline to enter to win your own Sprinter with $40k worth of customization from @the_vansmith and support one of my favorite non-profits, the @accessfund. @omaze #sponsored
It’s easy for us to overlook the importance of soil. “Soiled, dirty,” they both have negative connotations. But healthy soil is a type of wealth – like gold. It is important to protect from pollution, just like our water and air. In an era where our earth is becoming increasingly polluted and contaminated with everything from microplastics to heavy metals, do you know what you are putting in your body?That’s why I’m stoked about @gaiaherbs, the company that launched the world’s first herb traceability platform called Meet Your Herbs. Everything Gaia Herbs produces is rigorously tested for pesticides, microbes and heavy metals. You can visit meetyourherbs.com and enter the herb ID# found on the back of your product to discover what’s in it. And they grow over 25 herbs on their organic farm without the use of fertilizers, pesticides or GMO seeds. Businesses have a big opportunity to increase the transparency in their products so consumers can make informed choices. I hope more businesses will follow in these footsteps to make it easier for us to know what we’re putting in our body. And take this as a reminder to celebrate soil and remember that healthy soil is not dirt, it's gold. Support companies that are making a difference. Save 25% on your first purchase at gaiaherbs.com Use code: CAROLINE25. Valid through January 31, 2020.Photo: @louisarevalo#sponsored #gaiaherbs #meetyourherbs
I made my first turns after ACL surgery and my first turns of the 19-20 ski season yesterday! I am so stoked to be back on snow! They weren’t the most beautiful ski turns of my life and I didn’t set any record on the uphill but it was a solid start for me. The outing served as a powerful reminder of how important it is for us to make time for play (even as adults) and to do the things that bring us joy. How many of you have been skiing or snowboarding yet this year? #bigmtndreams @clifbar @patagonia_snow @lekiusa @julboeyewearna
I just had a check up with my orthopedic surgeon and I am cleared to go skiing with a few caveats! I must to ease back into it slowly, staying on terrain that I know is free of rocks, stumps or roots. It’s more about the uphill rather than the downhill. If it hurts or feels weird, I’ll take my skis off and walk down. I’ll be ultra conservative.With this recent snow and cold temps in Utah, it’s been hard for me not to get out and explore on my skis. Easing into it now will help me build strength and confidence for later in the season when it’s time to shoot and film and ski bigger lines. I still have a few more sessions of PT and I need to rebuild 1/2 cm of muscle on my left leg, but I’m optimistic I’ll return stronger than ever. I am so incredibly excited to start the 19-20 winter season!!! What a journey this ACL tear has been. I’m so grateful for all the support from my PT, doc, sponsors, my partner @rob.lea and you! #bigmtndreams @patagonia_snow @lekiusa @clifbar @prethelmets @keen #keenambassador
Rappelling off the 46th floor of a skyscraper in San Francisco was one of the wildest experiences of my life! And what made it even better was that we helped raise over $300k for @outwardboundcalifornia that will go towards scholarships to get more folks outside. So stoked I got to be a part of this!Thanks Brian and Karin Baird (my new aunt and uncle since @rob.lea and I got married) for coming to cheer me on and shoot this video. #cityskyline2019
As a ski mountaineer, I’ve rappelled from some pretty crazy places before, like off the bridge at the top of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix (pictured here). Will rapping off the 46th floor of a building in San Francisco take the cake for the wildest rappel? We will find out tomorrow when I step off the edge of a building as a fundraiser for @outwardboundcalifornia.Want to watch? If you’re in San Fran, there is a viewing area at Cityscape Bar & Lounge on the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St. There is also a celebratory happy hour from 5:30-7:30PM in the heart of the beautiful Union Square on Friday, 11/1 at Urban Tavern. Come say hi to @rob.lea and me! The event will also be live-streamed so those out of town can still watch! Tune in and cheer us on via the link below. I’m stoked to be a part of this fundraiser to give more people the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge outdoors. cityskylinechallenge.org/livePhoto: @tom_grant_
We need to decolonize the way we talk about mountains, women and nature. “Conquer, bag…” those terms are all based in a colonial mentality. We don’t conquer mountains. I believe that words matter. How we conceptualize and vocalize our experiences in nature and the outdoors sets a precedent for other aspects of our life. On Everest/Chomolungma/Sagarmatha, I wasn’t conquering. I was surviving. Barely. This photo taken from camp 3 at 27,000’/8230m on a low flow of oxygen shows it. To be honest, parts of the experience were deeply traumatic. I was forced to confront death in a brutal, raw and visceral way. I’m only beginning to process and unpack my emotions around it.Nature isn’t something to exploit for our personal gain. And when I go to the mountains, I do it with the utmost respect. We never conquer, we are merely granted passage. As I’ve learned more about the intersectionality between environmentalism and gender equity, I’ve realized how deeply rooted colonial language is in our society and especially in outdoor sports. So this winter, instead of talking about how hard I slayed a line, I’m going to talk about the passion and love I had for that line. I’m going to do my best to change how I conceptualize and discuss my relationship with mountains and nature, and I hope you’ll join me.I want to thank @ruemapp from @outdoorafro for pointing this out to me, teaching me how our colonialist language can make the outdoors less inclusive. Becoming more aware of our language is an important first step we can take to make the outdoors a welcoming place for everyone.#climbforequality #mountainsareforeveryone
Believe it or not, I am afraid of heights. I think all humans are. I’ve taken steps over a long period of time to work with my fear instead of trying to overcome it. This week, I will have an opportunity to confront my fear of heights in a different way. I’ll be rappelling from the 46th floor of a building in the heart of San Francisco to raise money for youth leadership scholarships with @outwardboundca. These scholarships target low-income traditionally excluded populations, providing two-thirds of the students with a full or partial scholarship to participate. I truly believe in the healing power of being outdoors. I’m so excited I can play a small role in supporting these efforts to change lives through challenge and discovery in wild places. Want to support the fundraiser? Check out the link in my bio or below to make a donation. Stay tuned – I’ll be doing my best to take you along for the adventure!https://obca.rallybound.org/CSC19/Donate#cityskyline2019
When I fly with @rob.lea, he does this really annoying thing when the plane lands. He claps, enthusiastically. He says it’s his astonishment of the miracle of air travel. As we’ve traveled more, I’ve grown to find his cheer a little less annoying and more endearing. His clapping helps me remember it is a privilege to be able to travel. It helps me feel less stressed out and more grateful.I have a theory that our bodies still haven’t adapted to the miracle of air travel. When I’m traveling, whether it’s to see family for holiday or vacation, it takes a toll on my body. I’m an anxious traveler. I get super stressed out before a trip.Here are my tips for staying healthy when traveling:1. Sleep. Try to maintain a sleep schedule where you get 7-10 hours of sleep. I always pack an eye mask and earplugs so I can create a soothing environment for sleep.2. Hydrate. Hydration is essential. I always fill up my reusable water bottle before taking off and I try to drink the whole flight, even if it means making the aisle and middle seat people get up (I’m a window gal).3. Eat. Nothing can worsen stress quite like being hangry. I always pack a bar to tide me over.4. Supplements. I take @gaiaherbs Adrenal Health Daily Support with me when I’m traveling to sustain energy and help me find balance. And when I’m home, in between, I take Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup to support immune health. I’d love to hear your tips for staying healthy while traveling. Share with me in the comments below! #gaiaherbs #gaiaherbspartner #sponsored #adrenalhealth #blackelderberrysyrup #stayhealthy
What I learned from climbing Chomolunga/Everest is that challenge and adversity is never something we overcome. It will never be dissolved or defeated. Instead, it becomes part of us and we must learn how to embrace it. Our great struggle becomes our greatest gift.For the next three nights, I'm presenting my keynote about embracing challenge and sharing stories from the Himalayas on a @KEEN speaking tour in Chicago and Minneapolis. Come say hi and hear how I climbed Everest without an ACL! 10/23: Lincoln Park REI at 6 pm10/24: Bloomington REI at 6 pm10/25: Maple Grove REI at 6 pmCan't make it to one of these stops? Contact me and let's set something up! I'd love to come share my story with your business, school or upcoming conference. #climbforequality
Last season, it was pretty incredible to make my first turns of the season at 22,000/6,700m on the sixth highest peak in the world, Cho Oyu in Tibet.I firmly believe in the transformational power of travel. I am so privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to see the world. It does have an impact, which is why I offset all the carbon from my air travel this year.Carbon offsetting isn’t perfect. However, it’s a way to hold myself accountable for the environmental impact of my chosen path.According to the Washington Post, “carbon offsets offer a way to balance out your pollution by investing in projects that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Such offset projects can vary widely.” According to Peter Miller, a program director for the @nrdc_org, “It ranges from things like planting trees to improve forest management, where a timber company will allow trees to grow longer and increase the amount of carbon sequestered in the forest. It can be capturing of greenhouse gas emissions coming out of a landfill. It could be paying a rice farmer to adopt different practices that reduce the amount of methane coming out of their rice paddies. By developing projects and investing in these projects to reduce emissions of increase sequestration, there’s a benefit to the climate.”I spoke to my friend @katefbowman, who is the renewable energy program manager at @utahcleanenergy. She said, “things to look for with carbon offset programs are: that they are legit (a real project), permanent, and that they go above and beyond business-as-usual. So if they talk about those factors, it’s probably a good place to start.”For some of my work, flying is unavoidable. While offsetting isn’t perfect, it’s a way to negate some of my impact and can be part of an overall carbon emissions reduction strategy.
If you saw someone bleeding, wouldn’t you want to help? Period products are health necessities, not luxury items. Everyday, more than 800 million people are having their period. In the US, two-thirds of low-income women can not afford period products. Happy #NationalPeriodDay. For most of my life, I’ve found it hard to talk about my period. It wasn’t something I could talk about with my three brothers and I felt so uncomfortable talking about it with my mom or my dad. My only sources of information about periods were at school and from a book my half-sister gave me called, “Girl Talk.” When I started my period, I didn’t want to tell anyone. Luckily, my school provided a starter kit of period products so I didn’t have to miss any classes or sit out of sports. Most girls today don’t get free period products in school, but they should be as available as toilet paper and soap. I don’t want other girls to feel the sense of shame and embarrassment I felt so that’s why I’m pushing myself to write this post, to break the taboo around periods.In 35 states, menstrual products are are subject to sales tax because they are considered “non-essential goods.” 1 in 5 teens have struggled to afford period products or were not able to purchase them at all. 84% of young people have missed class or know someone who has missed class due to a lack of access. Only 31% of dads feel comfortable talking to their daughters about periods.We need to work harder to ensure that period products are widely available. We need to destigmatize talking about periods. Share your period related stories with me in the comments below or write your own post to join in the conversation! And follow @periodmovement to learn more. Photos: @meg_haywoodsullivan Luckily, Meg had a tampon when I got this nosebleed deep in the backcountry. When she took these photos, I made her promise not to post the ones with the tampon in my nose. I’ve come a long way.
Unbelievably happy to be home for more than a week! I had this moment the other day where I couldn't remember which cabinet we keep the pans in the kitchen. The days we spent on the road while Rob was riding his bike across America were fun and exciting, but the daily travel and logistics began to wear me out. Home is where I get grounded again and regain my energy to go back into the world and do big things. For the next week, I am so excited to get reacquainted with my kitchen and spent ten nights sleeping in the same bed. I have an alter ego who is very domestic and is a homebody. I call her BC – Basic Caroline. There is no shame in being basic and enjoying the wonderful day to day rhythm of life at home. Photo: @abbihearne
For Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I want to feature Jordan M, aka @nativein_la, a Lakhota athlete and founder of @rising_hearts. The painted handprint on her face represents the voices of her community, silenced by violence and racism. Jordan dedicated her 2019 Boston Marathon and San Jose half marathon races to the missing and murdered Indigenous women. She plans to continue her prayer runs until we see solutions, accountability, and justice.In her own words:“Violence against the Earth is violence against women. The first time I had ever heard of missing and murdered Indigenous womxn being an issue was in 2006, during my Native American Studies political activism courses about the growing number of First Nations Womxn and relatives going missing on the Highway of Tears. #MMIW, the deeper meaning, and hashtags became part of my knowledge in the last several years & it includes our men, elders, 2 spirit LGBTQIA family.There will be no future if those continue to be complicit, ignorant or racist when it comes to protecting our Earth. Many of us are out there on the frontlines, locking bodies down and occupying sacred lands to stop the greed that is bulldozing through to increase fossil fuel development and other extraction methods that rape our Earth. Many of us are speaking out and organizing. Many of us are documenting these tragedies. Many of us are fighting in the courts to protect human rights. Many of us are in the labs or classrooms studying the long-term effects of our human impact and climate change. These extraction methods and greed from governments and corporations are putting profit over our lives and our sacred resources. I want my future children & grandchildren to inherit a thriving, sustainable & livable future & not the problems of today created by 50 years of colonization that is stealing their future.”We must continue to elevate Indigenous voices to create a more sustainable world. #indigenouspeoplesday
A lot of people don’t know that I struggled with substance abuse during my teens and early twenties. I abused alcohol and drugs and went to rehab. I spent a lot of time going to therapy. Those years are a part of my life I never really talk about because they are a time I want to forget. When I was in those dark times, I didn’t think I would live until I was thirty (and yet here I am, at thirty-three).According to the World Health Organization, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among 15-19 year olds, and half of all mental health conditions in adulthood start by 14 years of age.It’s taken me my entire lifetime to learn that it’s ok to talk about what’s bothering me and to be able to speak as openly and candidly about mental health as I do about having a cold or an injury.We don’t need to hide what’s hard. I’ve learned that our greatest struggles can become our greatest gifts. We don’t have to be tough and power through. We should wear our wounds, our scars, and the chips on our shoulders proudly. They don’t need to be hidden.Depression lurks in the back of my mind and I am always terrified it will come back and I won’t know what to do. Whenever life seems to be going well, I have a nagging fear that things will change because I struggle with self-esteem and have this inner narrative that I don’t deserve happiness. I have gone through most of my life, guarded and cautiously optimistic. Maybe that’s why I smile a little too big. Because I’m afraid the happiness won’t last.But talking about these issues and seeking help has given me so many amazing tools to cope, and the more work I do on it, the more tools I seem to have. It’s been a lifelong process. I know I'm a few days late for world #mentalhealthday but I felt it was important to share my struggles so that others can open up too, so we can destigmatize mental health and create a future where mental health care is supported by schools, employers and insurance.Photo: @jaybeyerimaging
Today is National Farmer’s Day and I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the farmers who work tirelessly to provide us with food to eat. Harvest season is one of my favorite times of the year because of the availability of fresh, local organic produce.I also want to give a shout to @gaiaherbs who has a small 350-acre organic farm in North Carolina where they grow a lot of the herbs used in their supplements. On their farm, they practice regenerative agriculture, which is a system of farming that enriches soil, improves watersheds and increases biodiversity. A lot of people don’t know that farming in this way can actually help reverse climate change by capturing carbon in soil and aboveground biomass.I get so excited about regenerative agriculture because it shows that we don’t have to choose between the economy and the environment. Regenerative agriculture can be part of the solution!As you eat today, take a moment to thank a farmer and consider where your food comes from and how your choices can be part of the solution to reverse climate change. Photo: @leecohen_pics #gaiaherbs #gaiaherbspartner #sponsored #reverseclimatechange #regenerativeagriculture #protecttheplanet
Leaf peeping in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. One of my favorite parts of crewing @rob.lea on his bike ride across America was visiting parts of the country I’ve never seen before. If we could do it all over again, I would want to slow down and savor taking the road less traveled. I can’t wait for my turn to have him crew me when I ride my bike across the country.
When someone finishes a big project, try to refrain from asking them “what’s next,” and let them celebrate what they just accomplished. We are going to be celebrating this year until the end of 2020, at least! Of course, we will go on to do more projects, but right now, the only thing on our minds is home and rest.The answer to our “what’s next” is so boring, you will laugh: laundry, food, sleep and maybe shopping for a new light fixture for our kitchen.Asking “what’s next” makes us want to cry. We put everything on the line to make our dream a reality. Our bodies, minds and bank accounts need a moment to recover. “What’s next” makes us feel that what we just did isn’t enough. We already struggle with feelings of inadequacy.Appropriate suitable replacement questions to “what’s next”:How are you going to celebrate? What did you learn? What does recovery look like? What was your favorite part?Thank you for reading my rant on “what’s next.” It’s a question that always gives me anxiety. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.Photo: @taylormboyd
Congratulations @rob.lea! Today, my husband, Rob finished his bike ride across America, touching the Atlantic Ocean. You would think that would be enough but this is also the finish of his self-created Ultimate World Triathlon: biking across America (over 3500 miles), swimming the English Channel and climbing Everest/Chomolungma, all in a six-month stretch of time (and we had a wedding in there). No one has ever done it before. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year! I am so proud of him for setting this ambitious goal and having the courage to see it through. I am also proud of him for using this triathlon to talk about men’s role in advocating for gender equality. We are capable of so much more than we can ever realize. When we dig deep, we can achieve unfathomable goals. Now, we are so excited to celebrate…and sleep.#triforequality #climbforequality #ultimateworldtri #thenbeer @fattire
My dream car is a van. Simplifying my life into a van when I traveled through New Zealand in 2016 was such a rewarding way to travel and explore. If #vanlife is something you’ve ever wanted to try, you can enter for a chance to win your own sprinter van with $40K worth of customization from @the_vansmith and support one of my favorite non-profits, the @accessfund.Learn more: omaze.com/caroline @omaze #sponsored
It won’t be long now. I love the anticipation for winter. ️This is also a reminder that we must keep up the good momentum from the climate strike so we have snowy, cold winters like this for future generations. ️Text CLIMATE to 71333 or go to patagonia.com/actionworks to connect with an environmental non profit near you. ️@patagonia #answerwithaction Video: @rob.lea