I got my first taste of ice climbing on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the @michiganicefest last week. ⁣⁣The first day, we went to do a climb called Dairyland. We rappelled into the steep ice as the winds howled. The jagged ice crashed into the shore below me. The cold mist cut me to my bones. I may have become mildly hypothermic. ⁣⁣The only way out was up. It was a struggle. It’s humbling to come back to my Midwestern roots to practice a skill I learned out West. I made it up, after putting the scream into screaming barfies. ⁣⁣I was talking to Nikki and Jason afterward, and Jason asked us why we like climbing. Nikki said for the focus. I got me thinking more. ⁣⁣For a few short hours today, I didn’t worry about the testimony I need to prepare for the Natural Resources Committee in DC in less than two weeks, about packages that need to be returned, about taxes, or bills.⁣⁣I thought about survival and getting myself up and off that frozen waterfall. And that is a beautiful thing. ⁣⁣I feel grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in nature. I am grateful the lesson that I’m not above nature but a part of it. Im grateful to @nikkik_smith and @adventurewidely for being patient partners. I’m grateful to forever be a student of the mountains. And I’m grateful for a short memory because I would absolutely do it all again.

There aren’t many people that I want to share a tent with for 40 days and nights. @rob.lea, you’re at the top of my list. Happy Valentine’s Day!⁣⁣I picked this photo for today to show what I love most about our partnership. We love each other when we haven’t brushed our teeth in five days, when our feet are swollen and blistered, when our hair is matted with sweat from being on the move for eighteen hours from the summit of Everest/Chomolungma on our way to advanced base camp. We never stop loving and caring for each other, when we’re at our best or at our worst.⁣⁣It’s not easy to find a man who is handsome, has good personal hygiene (besides that one time you forgot to pack the shared toothbrush, I forgive you), and likes to be adventurous in the outdoors. I love ya, Rob. Let’s keep living every day like its Valentine’s Day.

I just remembered that yesterday was our six-month wedding anniversary! Happy six-months, @rob.lea. I can’t wait for the next six months and the rest of our lives together. Photo: @erinorthcutt #carolineandrob2019

If everyone in the outdoor community voted, it would help ensure that our elected officials are environmental champions. In 2016, 40% of people who told POW that they would vote didn’t vote at all. We can’t let this happen again.⁣⁣⁣⁣I’m heading to the @michiganicefest this week to climb and to speak at two events on Friday. I’ll be doing a talk at 10am about activism and adventure and I’ll be speaking on panel at 6pm with @grahamzimmerman, @conrad_anker and @nerd_in_nature about climate change.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣We want to get ice climbers excited about voting, activism and adventure.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣I’m curious to learn more about your voting habits.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣If you don’t vote, how come? What would change your mind?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣If you pledged to vote but didn’t, what got in the way?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣If you do vote, thank you! What made you decide to be a voter?⁣⁣⁣⁣I’m excited to hear your responses!⁣⁣⁣⁣Photo: @berndzeugswetter ⁣#AnswerWithAction

When I was in my early twenties, I spent six months living in LA pursing a dream of becoming an actor and a model. After a few months of going to auditions, I got tired of type-casting. It seemed like there were no roles for a petite yet sturdy-built, young, blonde woman. I was too small to be a model, too young looking to play a wife, and not shapely enough to play the girl next door.⁣⁣I wanted to play a strong heroine, but I couldn’t find any complex roles to audition for. I played an extra as a surfer girl for a kid’s show. ⁣⁣I grew weary of living in LA and of the roles and expectations for women in film there. I moved back to Utah to focus on my skiing and realized I could write my own story of personal achievement through a feminine lens in my photos, videos and writing.⁣⁣This photo shows my knee scar eight weeks after surgery. Climbing Everest without my ACL was a moment in my life where I felt like I finally was able to step into the role I always wanted to play. Being able to share my story with you on social media has allowed me to write the script I always dreamt of. I’m grateful for you and your support, and for how our society has changed in the last ten years since I lived in LA. But we still have a lot of work to do to create a world that is inclusive where people are free to be the best, complex and nuanced versions of themselves.⁣⁣Tomorrow, I am re-launching my Everest/Chomolungma #ClimbForEquality video and will be releasing a behind the scenes video series a week after that.⁣⁣ Stay tuned for more to come…⁣⁣Photo: @thehearnes

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to collaborate with so many talented photographers, videographers and writers. It’s always fun to see a photo in print, especially from last season where my days of shooting were cut short because of my knee injury. Thanks to @louisarevalo for snapping this one and @theskijournal for running the double page spread.

Home. It’s my haven to catch my breath, restore and renovate. And while my stretches of time at home are short these days, I’m excited to continue working on projects to renew and modernize our house.⁣⁣With every decision we make, we keep the environment in mind to increase our home's energy efficiency and to lower our overall carbon footprint. One of the most recent upgrades we made was installing motorized blinds with @parkcityblindanddesign.⁣In the winter, we can keep our heating bills down (and our spirits up) by letting the sunlight pour into our living room. And, in the summer, our new blinds will make it more comfortable to continue living without air conditioning or a swamp cooler. ⁣⁣In our bedroom, the blackout blinds help ensure a good night’s sleep. We have them programmed with an app to automatically rise when our alarm goes off to help the wake-up process. And we love the sleek, minimal profile of the blinds to preserve our views.⁣⁣I’m really excited about this upgrade, and I can’t wait to continue working on home improvement projects as time and budget allows! We dream of adding solar panels to offset our electrical energy usage. Summer project maybe?

Thanks for the good times, Taos and @bcorporation. This winter, I’ve been inspired to do everything I can to take action on climate and support women’s leadership in the mountains and beyond. I’m off to LA for @firedrillfriday with @JaneFonda, tomorrow at 11 am at LA City Hall. I’m excited to connect with old friends and new.#firedrillfriday Photos by @taylormboyd, Michael Hawkins and me.

Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced the final plans to open up Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante to drilling, mining and grazing. Much of the land that was once protected will be auctioned off to the highest bidder for development. ⁣⁣Seeing the undoing of Bears Ears has opened my eyes to the intersectionality of public lands, climate and social justice. When the administration undid Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, it wasn’t just the largest reduction of protected public land in our country’s history. It’s the erasure of Indigenous voices and leadership. And it sets a horrible precedent for the future of protected public lands in America. ⁣⁣When our land is assaulted like this, it leaves a trauma that will have long-lasting effects for future generations. It hurts our air, our water and our people. Once you make that cut, it isn’t easy to close the wound.⁣⁣We must urge the federal government to reconsider and let the courts decide on the legality of the land reduction. I wish I had more answers and a more concrete call to action besides to get out and vote. ⁣⁣I’m genuinely curious to hear from others: What can we do to protect the cultural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase? How can we make sure Indigenous voices are heard and recognized? And how do we keep fossil fuels in the ground? #protectbearsears #savegrandstaircase Photo: @rob.lea

I’m a day late, but I wanted to take a moment to recognize that yesterday was National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It’s an annual day of observance to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.I wanted to give a special shout out to @carla.perez.ec today. She is the first South American woman to climb Everest and K2 without oxygen, and I had the privilege of working with her as one of our guides on Everest. This is a photo of us climbing together on the final steps towards the summit of the world’s highest peak.Despite the gains for women in many areas of society, there is still an absence of women in leadership positions, at the top of mountains and in the workplace.Climbing with Carla was very motivating for me. It reinforced the idea that you can honor the feminine and be a strong leader while maintaining qualities of compassion and empathy. We need to elevate the status of the feminine – and of girls, women and mothers in society today. #ClimbForEquality #NGWSDphoto by @rob.lea

Being here in Taos at the @bcorporation leadership summit gives me hope for our future. I get to see firsthand how these companies are tackling big issues of inequality and environmental justice with courage and transparency. There is a deep caring for people and the planet. ⁣⁣Do you know what a @bcorporation is? ⁣⁣They are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.⁣⁣Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking on a panel for the B-inspired festival with fellow environmental leaders and pro athletes, @forrestshearer and @kjerstibuaas at 1 pm. Come check it out. This kind of work fills me with joy. I can’t wait to continue. ⁣⁣Shoutout to the b corps I work with: @patagonia @fattire @newbelgium @gaiaherbs @allgoodbrand. I’m grateful for your support and leadership.

I’m grateful to the speakers we heard from at Friday’s climate rally for their tireless leadership on climate. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for showing up and sharing your stories. ⁣⁣If you don’t already follow them, be sure to:⁣⁣1. @quannah.rose (and her mom, @iron.jody) defender and protector of the Arctic refuge and climate activist⁣2. Esperanza Garcia, youth activist and poet⁣3. @marlowbaines, Earth Guardian Co-Youth Director, lead organizer CO Climate Strikes (and a skier since age 2)⁣4. @go_barefoot, fisherwomxn, water protector, writer and founder of @on.the.land ⁣5. @forrest_in_the_forrest , rock climber, mountaineer, outdoor enthusiast and community manager⁣6. @clare_gallagher_runs, ultra trail runner and climate activist⁣7. @climateactivist, 13-year-old youth climate activist ⁣8. @madhvi4ee, 8-year-old founder of Madhvi4EcoEthics, Plastic Pollution Coalition International Youth Ambassador⁣9. @nonookeiht_bee3eisei, artist, actress, dancer and former Miss Native American USA⁣10. @katieboue, founder of @outdooradvocacy and me, ski mountaineer and chief disruptor at @bigmountaindreamsfoundation ⁣Not pictured: @jeremyjones, founder of @protectourwinters andMicah “Big Wind” Lott, Northern Arapaho Tribal Member and activist.⁣The outdoor industry still has a ways to go to work on diversity, equity and justice, but I’m glad I could play a small part in creating a space that felt inclusive and representative.⁣How we treat people is how we treat the planet. My experiences climbing and skiing mountains have taught me that I’m not separate from nature but a part of it. And if nature is a mother, we must continue to elevate the status of all women, girls and mothers in society today. Every voice matters, and we need all hands on deck. Whether it was your first march or you’ve marched dozens of times, let’s keep the momentum going forward. Activism inspires activism and I hope we can all dig deep because we are capable of doing so much more than we could ever imagine. If you’re a climate activist that comes from a place of privilege, I recommend learning more about allyship. Photos: @ianvaso #climaterally2020

I’m so happy to be back home in Utah, even if it is only for a few days. When it’s snowing in the Cottonwood canyons, there’s no place I’d rather be. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Here’s a quick reminder to use public transit, ride share apps or carpool when you’re visiting Alta, Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton. Not only does it save money, it’s better for the environment.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Looks like there’s a big storm on the horizon! Can’t wait to ski some Wasatch powder tomorrow. ⁣⁣#skicity @skicity #sponsored

I was up until 2:30 am vomiting, with diarrhea the night before the climate rally. I don’t know what it was – whether it was nerves or something I ate. I tried to remain calm but, truthfully, I was freaking out because I had invested a ton of time and energy into planning the march and rally, and I was worried that I would be too ill to lead.⁣⁣Does anyone else get diarrhea before doing something scary?⁣⁣I remember I had it the night before I climbed and skied Mt. Rainier/Tahoma. Maybe this is all TMI, but it’s the truth.⁣⁣The point is, diarrhea sucks, and I care about doing everything I can to act on climate change a lot. I care about this work more than any mountain I’ve climbed or skied.⁣⁣My partner, @rob.lea, had to run out and grab me some medicine and he fed me electrolyte drink. I finally fell asleep, long after my desired bedtime.⁣⁣I wasn’t sure how it was going to go the next day, but YOU showed up. And somehow, I held it together. Hundreds of us marched through the halls of OR and down the streets of Denver to hear from an amazing line-up of speakers at the Colorado Capitol. YOU showed you care. I’m inspired by everyone who was there, and I know there were others who would have been there if they could.⁣⁣Activism inspires activism – it has a snowball effect. My hope is that everyone will dig deep and continue the momentum from Friday in their city, state and country.⁣⁣I woke up this morning, tired and achy, physically and mentally exhausted. My throat is hoarse and my voice croaks from hours of chanting in the streets.⁣⁣And now that it’s over, I can fall asleep with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I did everything I could for this rally. I feel at peace knowing that our passion to take action on climate will continue to endure.⁣⁣More to come, but for now, sleep. #climaterally2020 Photos: @ksenia_k_photography#

Today, we rally. #ClimateRally2020

What would we do without snow? Current climate projections indicate that many U.S. ski seasons will be cut in half by 2050, with my hometown of Park City losing all of its snowpack by 2100. It’s estimated that a single inch of snowfall is worth $2.8 million to the state of Utah. ⁣⁣Being worried about losing snow is understandable, but it’s time we broaden our worldview. People around the world are losing their homes and their lives because of climate change. This isn’t about what might happen in the future. It’s happening now. Wildfires are raging, earthquakes are worsening, entire species are going extinct. We need to look beyond how this impacts us and our community and leverage our collective voice for those who are being impacted now.⁣⁣Clean air, clean water and access to the outdoors are human rights. It’s time for us to wake up and speak up for the people in the world who are losing their homes and their lives because of climate. It’s time for us to elevate Indigenous voices who have been stewards of the land for time immemorial. It’s time for our leaders to wake up to the biggest crisis of our time and end our dependence on fossil fuels. ⁣⁣Our climate rally in Denver is tomorrow. We need everyone to show up and speak up. I can’t wait to hear from our amazing speakers tomorrow. If you can’t make it, stay tuned for a toolkit and more ways to get involved. ⁣⁣#ClimateRally2020Photo: @rob.lea

I’ve been a climate activist since I first learned about global warming in middle school. I gave a speech in high school and urged my fellow students to hold fossil fuel companies and government accountable. I became a climate activist because I care very deeply about people and the planet. And because I want to make my mom proud. ⁣⁣My activism was first inspired by my mom, who works tirelessly as a dermatologist. She goes to work every day to take care of other people and has always encouraged me to dream big. ⁣⁣Seeing her leadership at a young age, I was inspired to serve others in my own way. In elementary school, she helped me write a petition to my religious school to allow girls the option of wearing pants instead of skirts. A few years later, they changed the rules and we were able to wear pants in the winter. ⁣⁣This year, I wanted to continue to push myself and my leadership skills on climate and gender equality. Our climate rally on Friday is one of my greatest challenges to date and I’m so grateful for all the interest so far. I'm hopeful for a big turnout in Denver on 1/31 to support the leadership of the youth and mobilize the outdoor industry on climate activism. I want to dispel the notion that we have to choose the planet over profit. Doing what’s best for the planet is what’s best for profits! And I am excited to pass the mic to an awesome line up of speakers like @go_barefoot, @climateactivist, @jeremyjones, @katieboue, @nonookeiht_bee3eisei, @clare_gallagher_runs, @marlowbaines and @madhvi4ee. RSVP to the March and rally via the link in my profile. I can’t wait to see your lovely faces there!#climaterally2020

It's not always easy to stay active and get outside while I’m hyper-focused on a work project (like planning this climate rally right now). I know I need to get a little fresh air and vitamin D (especially since I struggle with Seasonal Affective Depression), but I don’t always have time to go for a backcountry ski tour or have the energy to get up before dawn to ski and then put in a full day of work at the computer.⁣⁣That’s why I've always wanted to learn how to skate ski. It’s low impact, it looks like so much fun and there’s a place to do it seven minutes from my house. Like running, it’s an efficient way to train and log a good workout in an hour or less. For me, I always choose to be on snow, however I can, because to me, there’s no better feeling in the world than gliding on skis.⁣⁣I got outfitted with my first skate ski set up thanks to @backcountry, and I went for the first time yesterday! It was humbling and refreshing to be a beginner skier again. It made my muscles work in new ways and it pushed me out of my comfort zone.⁣⁣That’s one of the things I love most about the world of skiing and snow – it turns out, there are many ways to move through the mountains on skis and there’s always a new aspect of the sport to explore.⁣⁣I struggled, I overheated, and I was very thirsty in less than an hour of skate skiing. It’s a whole new world to explore of layering and hydration! ⁣⁣I have a lot more to learn, but it was a good start! Head to my stories to watch the action and check out some of the gear that I used. And use code CAROLINE15 for 15% off your first purchase on backcountry.com. #sponsored

In my happy place this morning. ⁣⁣It’s never easy to get up for sunrise, but moments like these (plus fun times with friends) make it all worth it. See my story for more from today. ⁣⁣@patagonia_snow @lekiusa @clifbar @gopro

I’m stoked to announce a new partnership with @elanskis! They are one of the longest standing ski brands in the world, having been in business for 75 years. They are the last company to fully produce skis in the Alps. And their headquarters in Slovenia, against the backdrop of the Julian Alps, is one of the most beautiful places in the world and an inspiring backdrop for ski creation and innovation. Their long term goal to lessen their environmental footprint aligns with my activism. I’m excited about bringing my decade and a half of experience in the snow sports industry to the table to see what we can create and what mountains we can climb and ski together. See the link in my bio to read more! #alwaysgoodtimes #wstudio Photo: @leecohen_pics

I’m learning that it’s OK to be terrified of failure and do something anyway.⁣⁣I’ve been so inspired by the brave leadership of the youth climate activists who started a global movement of civil disobedience on Fridays.⁣⁣Seeing the fires in Australia and other major consequences of climate change has led me to question my own climate activism and how I can do more to engage my industry and community. Over the holidays, I had a lightbulb moment. I realized the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, one of the largest gatherings of the outdoor industry in North America, was taking place on a Friday. How about organizing a climate rally on January 31, the final day of the show, to mobilize my industry, support the leadership of the youth activists, and rally for climate action?⁣⁣I called my friend @katieboue to get her opinion. She’s been a longtime buddy in activism with me – we’re marched and lobbied together and she’s very good at environmental messaging.⁣⁣She loved the idea and agreed to work on it together. I applied for a rally permit at the Colorado Capitol that afternoon. I wasn’t sure I’d get the permit, but on December 31, my birthday, the permit was approved.⁣⁣Now, the pit in my stomach started to grow. I’ve done some hard things in my life. How much harder could this be?⁣⁣Turns out, planning a mass demonstration is hard and scary, like climbing a big mountain. I’m pushing way past my comfort zone and I’m terrified I’m going to be a failure. But I’m doing it anyway.⁣⁣I’ve sent over hundreds of emails to non-profits, youth activists, brands and government. I’m coordinating speakers. My mind keeps telling me I’m going to fail as my imposter syndrome rages on.⁣⁣Then I ask myself, so what if I do? So what if only ten people march? The important thing is that we show up and speak up. ⁣⁣I believe in the power of our community and I’m so grateful for your support. I can’t wait to see your lovely faces in Denver on January 31 at the #ClimateRally2020. For those of you who can’t make it, we will be launching a toolkit with the @outdooradvocacy project. Stay tuned for more…

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

It’s been a storm cycle to remember in the Wasatch. It’s one of the few places I’ve been where it can be sunny and snowing at the same time. ⁣⁣Each Salt Lake resort and canyon has its own personality. Which one is your favorite? ⁣⁣@skicity #skicity #ad

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

Merry Christmas! We woke up to a White Christmas at home in Utah and are so excited to spend our first holiday as Mr. and Mrs. with family, friends and on skis. Happy holidays from our family to yours! Photo: @leecohen_pics

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. Seuss⁣⁣Considered 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. ⁣

Sending it into the weekend… #flashbackfriday photo: @brentbensonphotography@lekiusa