If nature is a mother, it is in our best interest to elevate the status of women, girls and mothers. We need to listen to women’s voices and support and follow women’s leadership. ⁣⁣There is a growing body of work showing the link between climate deniers and misogynists. Climate skeptics see humans as separate from nature. They believe nature is there for humans to use and exploit. We must recognize the interconnectedness of people and environment and realize we are nature, not above it. Nature isn’t something to conquer and neither are women. ⁣⁣I applaud the leadership of youth activists who have embraced this intersectionality in their climate activism. ⁣⁣To make sure our government hears the demands from the youth activists, text CLIMATE to 71333 to tel Congress that there is no room in government for climate deniers.#climbforequality #actonclimate

Tomorrow, we march, supporting the leadership of youth climate activists around the world.

I’ll say it again: you can drive, fly, ride a helicopter or snowmobile, work for the fossil fuel industry and still be a climate activist. Yes, continue to take action to reduce your carbon footprint, but realize we need broad, systemic change. The most important thing you can do is become a climate activist and join the #globalclimatestrike this Friday. ⁣In the past decade of my climate activism, I’ve been called a hypocritical ecoterrorist, a glacier killer, Little Miss Polluter, a dipsh*t, an egotistical stupid little girl and told to STFU for saying we need to act. At times, I allowed that name-calling and abuse to silence me. But I won’t be silent any longer. Don’t let those voices of dissent silence you, either. ⁣⁣Scientists and young people are right, the time for climate action was 30 years ago, but we have time if we act now. ⁣Photo: standing in front of what’s left of the Franz Josef glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere in New Zealand, by @rob.lea To find a climate strike near you, go to patagonia.com/climatestrike

There is no room in government for climate deniers. This Friday, 9/20, I am striking with youth leaders and activists to protest the government’s inaction on climate change. Will you stand in solidarity with the youth and strike for the future of our planet? Find a strike near you: patagonia.com/climatestrike or text CLIMATE to 7133. #answerwithactionPhoto: supporting the youth activists last Friday in DC with @tommycaldwell and @slukenelson.

It’s hard to know the best way to get involved to help the unprecedented threats to our environment. If you want to learn how to take your skills for adventure and translate them into activism, come to my talk at @patagoniadc tonight from 7-9! If you can’t make it and want to get involved, check out @patagonia action works to connect with a grassroots non-profit near you to take action on the most pressing issues facing the world today. Patagonia.com/actionworks#answerwithaction Photo: @rob.lea

We have to elevate the voices of women and Indigenous people when it comes to acting on climate. One of my favorite parts of my trip to Washington DC was meeting @quannah.rose, a member of the Gwich’in tribe and an advocate for protection of the Arctic Refuge. Yesterday, the House passed a bill to protect the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas drilling! Taking action on climate is doing what’s best for the health of people and the planet. ⁣⁣Thank you to the Gwich’in people for their leadership and all the work of environmental activists and athletes who have worked diligently on this issue. We have to keep the pressure on and the momentum going. #protectthearctic⁣#standwiththegwichinPhoto 2 by @austin_siadak

I’m stoked to be in Washington, DC meeting with lawmakers and representatives to share stories of how climate change is affecting the snowsports industry and build support for climate change action.⁣⁣As much as we try to make this look fun on social media, this is hard and stressful work. We meet with reps on both sides of the aisle and focus on solutions that can garner bipartisan support.⁣⁣To help deal with the stress, I’ve been taking @gaiaherbs Adrenal Health Daily Support to support the healthy function of my adrenals and maintain a sense of well-being. I am learning more about the power of plants and herbs to nourish my body.⁣⁣#sponsored #gaiaherbspartner #gaiaherbs #adrenals #adrenalhealth

This is our future if we don’t act on climate. Diminishing snowpack and warming winters are melting away my livelihood. But it’s more impacting more than sport. Human life depends on the water from snowfall and glaciers. When the snow goes away and the glaciers run dry, what will we do for water?That is why I'm in DC all week to talk about climate change and protecting public lands with @pow_action_fund. There are multiple opportunities if you want to come say hi or see me speak! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Tomorrow, 9/12, 11:30-1pm: I'm speaking to a Senate Democrats Special Committee on Climate Change hosted by Senator Brian Schatz, D-HI, at the US Capitol Building, SVC 202-203. This is open to the public or you can watch online: http://www.facebook.com/USSenateDemocrats/⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Tomorrow night 5-7 pm: There is a Protect Our Winters Reception and Capitol Hill Staffers Meet and Greet at the Liaison Washington Capitol Hotel Roof Deck at 415 New Jersey Ave.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Saturday, 9/14 7-9 pm: I'm presenting my talk on Activism & Adventure at @patagoniadc. Come learn stories of how to become an activist and enjoy a @fattire with me!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Hope to see you there!⁣#answerwithaction

We had an exciting first day of meetings in DC starting with @tinasmithmn and I'm here all week to talk about climate change and protecting public lands with @pow_action_fund. There are multiple opportunities if you want to come say hi or see me speak! ⁣⁣⁣⁣Tomorrow, 9/12, 11:30-1pm: I'm speaking to a Senate Democrats Special Committee on Climate Change hosted by Senator Brian Schatz, D-HI, at the US Capitol Building, SVC 202-203. This is open to the public or you can watch online: http://www.facebook.com/USSenateDemocrats/⁣⁣⁣⁣Tomorrow night 5-7 pm: There is a Protect Our Winters Reception and Capitol Hill Staffers Meet and Greet at the Liaison Washington Capitol Hotel Roof Deck at 415 New Jersey Ave.⁣⁣⁣⁣Saturday, 9/14 7-9 pm: I'm presenting my talk on Activism & Adventure at @patagoniadc. Come learn stories of how to become an activist and enjoy a @fattire with me!⁣⁣⁣⁣Hope to see you there!#answerwithaction

I dream of bringing children into this world someday. But I’m scared we won’t have a healthy planet for them to live on. That’s why I’m going to Washington DC tomorrow to advocate for climate change action with @protectourwinters. Because what’s good for the planet is good for human health too. Until I have my own kids, I love being an aunt to my nieces and nephews!#actonclimate for the future generation.

In 2012, I visited the Abaco Islands for a friends wedding. Seeing the news of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian, my heart goes out to the people in the Bahamas. I’ve made a donation to Team Rubicon to help with some of the relief, and I urge you to consider donating as well via the link below or in my profile. We must act on climate to prevent worsening hurricanes in the future. That is why I’m going to Washington, DC next week with a group from @protectourwinters to encourage lawmakers to support large-scale systemic changes to reduce carbon emissions. https://teamrubiconusa.org

Reality: in a budget motel room getting @rob.lea rehydrated while applying ointment to some painful saddle sores from a lot of miles on the bike this week. There are many different ways you can express your love. But you don’t want to see that ugly truth so I leave you with this lovely photo taken by @thehearnes. #climbforequality #triforequality

What I love about being on a bike is that when you’re riding, it’s the only thing you’re doing. You can’t be scrolling. You have to keep your eyes on the road and do one task only. I love the singular focus of it. ⁣⁣Today was a better day. We stayed at the cutest B and B, Ruby Creek Lodge, in Cusick , WA. It was decorated with ducks and birds and reminded me of my childhood. The owners, two women from Minnesota, were so kind and made us the best huckleberry French toast for breakfast. When we told them about the plan for the day, they offered to drive our car to the next town so I could do a 40 mile ride with @rob.lea instead of the 10-15 mile out and backs rides I’ve been doing so I can get back to the car and drive it to the next spot. ⁣⁣Rob has made it to Idaho and completed almost 500 miles in 6 days with a lot of climbing! I’ve rode almost 200 miles! We loved our trip through Washington but we are excited to cross state lines and enter Idaho. I only have a few more days and I’m already dreading saying goodbye. ⁣⁣#climbforequality #triforequality

Happy National Wildlife Day! Today is a day we focus on endangered species, preservation and conservation efforts around the world.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣•⁣It’s easy to focus on the bigger animals, but let’s not forget the important insects – the pollinators. Without pollinators, like butterflies and bees, a lot of our favorite foods would cease to exist, as pollinators spread pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plants. Working with @gaiaherbs, I’m stoked by their commitment to protecting them and growing 100% organic as one of the biggest threats to pollinators is the use of pesticides. So today, to celebrate #nationalwildlife day, go on a wildlife walk and take time to appreciate the insects, especially the pollinators.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣•⁣#sponsored #gaiaherbspartner #gaiaherbs #protectthepollinators #pollinators #nationalwildlifeday #connectingplantsandpeople⁣⁣⁣

It’s been a bit of a challenging day. The long few first days have caught up with Rob and he is exhausted. We are both beginning to realize how long and difficult his ride across the USA will be. I think are also feeling some cumulative fatigue from the events of the last year. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣I have a few more days with him then I’m heading back to Utah, then onto Washington DC to do some climate lobbying with @protectourwinters (I am so excited!). I feel guilty leaving Rob, but that was always the plan. What we’ve learned about love is that you can’t abandon yourself in the relationship. As brutal as it sounds to leave him on the side of the road, it would be equally brutal for me to give up an opportunity that means so much. True love is honoring yourself and each other, setting boundaries and figuring out compromises that work. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Originally, when I was going to leave, Rob was going to go on self supported, hence the reason he has the bags on his bike. But he is quickly realizing that if he wants to stick to any semblance of his time plan, he will need a support vehicle. His mom graciously offered to come up and take over for a chunk of time until I can come rejoin him. I’m glad we found a solution and I hope he can recover from the first five days! He’s got a lot of miles ahead. Let’s continue giving him support and encouragement. ⁣⁣Photo: a moment of celebrating partnership on the Devil’s Castle traverse in winter captured by @acpictures

The hardest part about crewing on the start of this adventure is worrying about @rob.lea on the road when I’m not with him. I worry that I’ll come around a corner to a scene of a few cars and him splattered across the pavement, or he will go over a guardrail into oblivion. I fear that this part of his Ultimate World Triathlon is the most dangerous. He almost took a bad spill over a guardrail this morning, somehow pulled it together but his ankle hit the guard rail hard. And later, he almost got taken out by a truck with trailer. ⁣⁣What helps me deal with my fear is thinking about when my mom officiated our wedding. She shared a quote that she loves about parenting: ⁣"There are two lasting things we give our children. One is roots and the other is wings."⁣It’s the same with your significant other. I can give him the support, the “roots” each day I’m here with food, water and love and then, I trust him to fly with those wings. #climbforequality #triforequality Photo: a moment of playing tourist today at the Diablo Lake overlook in the North Cascades.

This morning, my husband @rob.lea started his bike ride across America. If I’m honest, there’s a part of me that is jealous that I can’t do the whole ride with him because my knee isn’t in shape yet (I feel like the worst wife for writing that). I was really hoping it would recover sooner, but too much mileage still puts some pain and strain on my kneecap and new ACL. I’m trying to channel that jealous green monster into stoke for him and for myself, that I was able to ride 30 miles today (my longest ride since knee surgery)!⁣⁣I find that when things make me jealous, it’s usually because there’s something missing in my own life and it’s a good idea to check in and see what is missing. I’m still trying to figure out my next big goal or project. And that’s ok to take some time doing to make sure it really speaks to me and I’m not just rushing into it to answer the most dreaded question, “what’s next.” I know it’s human curiosity to ask whats next, but sometimes, I don’t feel it lets us appreciate the goals we’ve achieved. Sometimes I need to a minute to reflect and regroup. And the best projects take years, not months, to come together.⁣⁣Anyway, riding today felt awesome and the best part of the day was meeting the dozen people who came for Rob’s send off in Anacortes at 9 am. It warmed my heart to meet you, and it made us feel so happy and welcome in Washington. It’s wonderful to be able to join Rob for the next 9 days, and I can’t wait to keep telling this story. If you want to track him, we will have a link coming soon! Thanks for your patience. #climbforequality #triforequality⁣⁣Photos:⁣1. Rob at his starting point in Anacortes. ⁣2. Things got wild on a sunset shoot last night with @vertizonphoto. Pro images coming soon!⁣3. Morning send-off at the beach! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the warm welcome and good bye. ⁣4. Some enjoyable bike paths on the way out of town. ⁣5. Taking a dip in the river while enjoy a @fattire. Great for leg recovery. ⁣

Six months ago, I took this fall and tore my ACL. It happened exactly one day after making a final non refundable payment to climb Everest/Chomolungma. It’s still hard for me to watch. For the first two weeks after the fall, the sequence of events in this video kept playing in my head over and over. I was so scared to talk about it because I feared losing sponsors and opportunities. It kept me up at night. ⁣•⁣But hiding it didn’t help. Writing about it and sharing my story and hearing from you made it less bad. I’ve found that showing what happened has help me overcome the trauma. ⁣•⁣I’ve learned it’s not about how you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up. I was able to rehabilitate my knee and climb Everest without an ACL. @rylo just released a new edit of the short film about my journey with new Everest footage that you can see via the link below or in my profile. I’m finding a huge sense of redemption with this new ending. ⁣•⁣I’m not going to lie and say this has been easy. I had ACL reconstruction surgery four days after getting home from Everest and right now, I’m almost three months out. ⁣•⁣Healing this is just like doing any other big hard task. There are good days and there are not as good days. Emotions and energy ebb and flow. If you don’t like how it’s going, sleep and it will usually feel better in the morning. ⁣•⁣#climbforequality #storiesthatmove⁣•⁣https://vimeo.com/356275108

Protecting public lands is fighting climate change. The CORE Act will protect 400,000 acres of public land in CO, establishing new wilderness areas and safeguarding existing outdoor recreation opportunities. Check out this short video with my fellow @patagonia ambassador @clare_gallagher_runs and @protectourwinters to learn more. ⁣⁣More than one fifth (20%) of our country’s emissions come from our public lands. The CORE Act puts 200,000 acres in Colorado out of consideration for oil and gas development. ⁣⁣This is a federal vote and we need all our elected officials to step up to protect public lands. Text COREACT to 52886 to contact your reps and ask them to vote for the CORE Act! Or visit this link: https://protectourwinters.org/our-work/support-core-act/⁣#COREAct

Behind the excitement in @rob.lea’s eyes is fear. We are leaving right now for Anacortes, WA where Rob will start his ride across the country on Friday, August 30. This is the final leg of his self-created #ultimateworldtri and #triforequality. ⁣⁣⁣As far as the route goes, he will generally be sticking to what’s called the northern tier route. Rob will start by riding through the North Cascades then head for Glacier National Park. After that, it’s due east to Fargo followed by Minneapolis and a stop in my hometown, Rochester, MN, before he heads to Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Hyannis Port and then the ferry to Nantucket. ⁣I will accompany him for the first week or so before I head back to Utah to do a talk at the University of Utah September 9, and then head to Washington DC to lobby with @protectourwinters. I will also be doing a talk at @patagoniadc September 14. ⁣⁣It should take him until the end of September. It’s approximately 4200 miles/6760 km which means he will have to average over 130 miles/209 km a day. ⁣⁣⁣That’s a daunting task because he’s barely had time to ride at all this summer between Everest, his English Channel crossing and our wedding! This is not going to be a gimme. ⁣⁣Stay tuned for tracking info!⁣ Go Rob! ⁣

If there’s one piece of camping equipment I can’t live without, it’s my pee bottle. This pee bottle came with me on so many adventures, from bike packing across the Northeast to the top of the world’s highest peaks. It bit the dust on Everest (it froze and I had to break it- don’t worry, I packed it out), and I need to replace it. I knew @rob.lea was husband material when he would empty my pee bottle in the morning. He earned the nickname the “pee fairy.” I highly recommend a pee canteen for all my fellow adventurers out there! Not sponsored- just a helpful tip for fall camping season. Photo: @jjamesjoiner @keen #keenambassador

Every day, consumers have a responsibility to vote with their dollars and support businesses that are using their power to do good for people and the planet. I take my role as an athlete ambassador seriously, and I’m conscientious about the brands that I work with. ⁣⁣@gaiaherbs goes the extra step in everything they do. The hemp used in their full spectrum extracts is grown on American farms, and they donate a portion of the proceeds from their Hemp sales to support hemp farmers. It’s tested for purity and the results are all traceable through Gaia’s Meet Your Herbs program.⁣⁣As consumers, we have a responsibility to do our homework and support businesses that do the right thing without being told.⁣ ⁣#sponsored #gaiaherbspartner #gaiaherbs #hemp

Today is #WomensEqualityDay, which acknowledges the day that women gained the right to vote (less than a century ago, which is crazy). ⁣⁣While I am grateful for the gains we've made for women's rights, we still have a lot of work to do. Only 11% of Everest summiteers are women, 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs (in fact, there is a higher percentage of men named James than there are female CEOs), and 12% of Republican Senators (according to @nytimes). Research shows that girls' self-esteem peaks at age nine. ⁣⁣I'm grateful for the support of the men in my life who allow me to be a leader and to be the best version of myself. I'm grateful for the women mentors in my life in the mountains. They say you can't be what you can't see, and because of role models like @Liz_daley, @hilareenelson, @kitdski and @melissaarnot, I've been able to imagine myself on the highest peaks. Finally, I'm thankful for the brands that support me that have women in leadership positions at the highest levels – @fattire, @patagonia, @gaiaherbs, @lekiusa, and @allgoodbrand. ⁣Together, we continue to #ClimbForEquality. I'm hopeful, optimistic and excited to continue this work with you to elevate the status of women, girls, and mothers in our society. Photo: @graysonschaffer #livelikeliz #EqualityCantWait

It takes all the same skills to become an activist as it does to be an adventurer. You have to have grit and resiliency. You have to maintain a positive attitude and never give up, despite setbacks and challenges. ⁣⁣But the motivation for activism is different. Adventures are largely selfish pursuits. Activism comes down to allyship. Are you an ally to people and the planet? Or are you a bystander? It’s as simple as speaking up and doing something when you see something that concerns you. ⁣⁣This topic is near and dear to my heart and I’m so excited to be sharing lessons I’ve learned in a talk at @rokcclimb in Kansas City tomorrow, August 24 at 7pm. Stop by and enjoy a @fattire with me! ⁣⁣Photo: @rob.lea⁣#climbforequality #climbersforclimate

I want to see more coverage of women’s cycling. Despite the gains for women in some areas of society, there is a massive disparity in women’s pay in sports. One sport where there is a particular lack of opportunity and coverage for women is in cycling.⁣⁣The average budget for a UCI men’s World Tour cycling team is $16 million. The average for a women’s team is $200,000. Over half of pro women riders have to work a second job. While bikes exist in my small size, they are difficult to find. A high-end road bike in my size is made in such limited quantities, I have to special order them.⁣⁣Today is the start of the @coloradoclassicpro, the only women’s standalone pro cycling race in the Western hemisphere, and one of the most important women’s races in the world. Want to see more coverage of women’s cycling? Support this race by tuning in to their livestream or signing the “We Ride” pledge via the link below or in my profile:⁣⁣https://www.coloradoclassic.com/pledge⁣⁣Together, #weride. Photos: @isaacmphoto #climbforequality #triforequality

⁣Action alert! Comments needed now through August 26! Speak up to protect our voice in the management of public lands. Right now, the @u.s.forestservice is considering some devastating changes to how it implements the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA. The agency is proposing to create loopholes that would fast-track logging, road building, and other development on public lands and eliminate public participation on the vast majority of Forest Service projects.⁣⁣NEPA’s been around since the 1970s to add to the transparency in decisions made by governmental agencies. It gives the public a voice. It requires agencies like the Forest Service to alert the public and evaluate the potential impacts on environment, recreation and more when considering whether to approve a project or make changes in how public lands are managed.⁣⁣Due to budget and staffing cuts, staff turnover and inconsistencies in how NEPA is utilized, the Forest Service is not the most efficient when undertaking a NEPA analysis. Instead of solving these inefficiencies, the agency is proposing to gut NEPA, which would fast-track industrial and extractive development. Now is your time to weigh in so the public isn’t kept in the dark on 98% of Forest Service projects. The Forest Service is accepting public comments on these proposed revisions until August 26. Thank you @winterwildlandsalliance for putting this information together and making it very easy for people to comment.⁣⁣Check out the link below or in my profile to make your voice heard and keep transparency in decisions made about public lands.⁣⁣https://winterwildlands.org/USFS-NEPA-Revisions#keepwinterwild @wasatchbackcountryalliance

Soaking in the last few days of summer. Sometimes we do enjoy going to the beach! ⁣⁣This summer has been a little different for me as my goal has been rehabbing my knee, not training for an ultramarathon, ultra bike ride, or progressing as an alpine climber. While there are times I feel tings of jealousy seeing other people accomplish their goals, it’s been nice to have a little break from structured, outdoor training. ⁣⁣With this injury, I’ve been focused on gratitude for everything I do have and maintaining a really positive attitude. I won’t lie, I’ve had to “mute” a few of my friends on Instagram so I don’t feel too much FOMO. Right now, that’s part of taking care of myself. And it doesn’t diminish how much I love those people or appreciate what they do. ⁣⁣This summer has been good reminder that there is beauty in every moment outside, and to soak it all in! @keen #keenambassador ⁣⁣Photo: Scottish sunset vibes captured by @rob.lea ⁣⁣

“Close your eyes and visualize someone you love so much or a moment where you felt the most joy.”⁣⁣@kpspeaks_ led us in an exercise where we were asked to do just that in my public speaking class last week. When I closed my eyes, I saw my partner, @rob.lea, on our wedding day. I saw my friends and family all around me.⁣⁣A few days later, I got our wedding video trailer back from @whitelocketfilms. And it was everything I saw in that moment of visualization. I’m so excited to share a little slice of our wedding day with you. May it serve as a reminder to continue to celebrate love every day. ⁣⁣#carolineandrob2019

I’m delighted that our wedding was featured in the @nytimes vows section! Thanks to my sister @jendemonte for giving them the suggestion. They are going to write a correction this Sunday to make it known that “he said yes.”⁣⁣#carolineandrob2019 ⁣⁣Online article via link below or in profile:⁣https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/10/fashion/weddings/theyd-climb-the-highest-mountain-but-not-necessarily-for-each-other.html⁣

PWD: post-wedding depression. As my friends and family leave, and the flowers from my bouquet start to dry, I find myself feeling one of the biggest letdowns of my life. I start crying whenever I look at the ring box or other details from the wedding. It seems so weird to be struck with this sadness after such an unbelievably happy life event. I’m delighted about my marriage and my future with @rob.lea, but the stressful lead up to the wedding- and all the events this year- has taken me on some of the highest highs and lowest lows. I poured my heart and soul into planning my wedding. And it was everything I dreamed of and more. ⁣⁣Depression after big life events isn’t something we normally talk about. I want to continue to break the stigma of discussing mental health issues by sharing my own struggles with bouts of depression. I’m learning to navigate these ups and downs with exercise, self-compassion, acceptance and by staying busy. I give myself space to cry. And while talking about it, I’ve learned that so many other people have dealt with the same thing, and that makes me feel a little better. Thanks to those who love all parts of me- the happy Carolina and the sad one and everything in between. #carolineandrob2019Photo: @erinorthcutt

08.10.19 – we got married! ⁣⁣When a historic landslide covered Little Cottonwood Canyon road on Thursday night, it threatened to shut our wedding down. I realized everything in the last year had prepared me for this. Of course, I had a moment of grieving for the possible loss of 8 months of planning, but I quickly remembered that our wedding wasn't about where we got married. For us, it was about the people and an opportunity to share our love with our large family and friend group. I realized it wouldn't matter if we moved the wedding to the backyard or if some details fell apart. I knew that the adversity would bring us together, and that the universe would still provide for the wedding of my dreams. ⁣⁣With everything else we had going on this year, a fully torn ACL weeks before Everest/Chomolungma, a summit of the highest peak in the world during a short weather window, a major knee surgery, Rob's English Channel crossing and upcoming ride across America, it seemed crazy to add a wedding. But we couldn't wait any longer to marry each other. In the end, the canyon road reopened in time for our friends and family to make it to the summit of Hidden Peak for an unforgettable celebration at 11,000'. It was everything I could have dreamed of and more. I loved every second of the wedding weekend. Smiles and laughs and hugs so big, you never wanted them to end. I will forever relish the outpouring of love, the support of our community and the bonds of our family. I am so happy to gain the most wonderful in-laws and to be part of the Lea family. We're so excited to go forward as Mr and Mrs., husband and wife. ⁣⁣When people ask us what's next, we say marriage will be our greatest adventure yet. It will challenge us, and take grit, resilience and consistent nurturing. I'm confident we are up for the challenge. ⁣ ⁣Photo: My grandma smiling at us through the moon captured by @erin.northcutt #carolineandrob2019

Today is our day! I am so fricking excited to marry my best friend! It’s been a whirlwind of emotion leading up to this, but we are ready. In a few hours, we will be husband and wife! #carolineandrob2019 Photo: @thehearnes

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”⁣Dr. Seuss ⁣⁣Just a few more days to go until @rob.lea and I are getting hitched and I couldn’t be more excited!!!! #carolineandrob2019

“Skiing will always be my first love. As long as you understand that, we can go forward with this marriage.”⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Too aggressive for my wedding vows? Want to make sure he understands what he’s getting into. #bigmountaindreams ⁣Photo: skiing in the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, by @rob.lea ⁣⁣@patagonia_snow @lekiusa @julboeyewearna @clifbar

My mom worked full-time when I was growing up, so when she was on work trips, my grandma would come and stay with us. I loved spending time with my grandma. Sometimes my mom joked that her personality skipped a generation and ended up with me. We were cut from the same cloth. We loved crafting, doing projects, repairing jewelry, cooking and we both had green thumbs. One year, I got a strange package from her. She sent me a spider plant baby cut from her main plant in the mail. I planted it, and it grew and blossomed, creating many more spider plant babies that I potted and care for.⁣⁣When my grandmother died, I was devastated. The first thought I had was a huge sadness that she would not get to see me get married. She never got to meet @rob.lea but I know she would have loved him. She always thought I’d end up with someone “tall, dark and handsome.” Even more fitting is that my grandma was also married to a Robert and my Rob shares the same initials with my grandfather – RJL.⁣⁣This spider plant we are holding is what has grown from that first baby plant my Grandma sent me. At home, the spider plant is “Grandma,” and it is my way of keeping the memory of my grandmother alive. At my wedding, we plan to have a few spider plants as a way of bringing my Grandma and to keep the memory of my grandmother alive. I hope this little story helps you think of the memories of your own grandparents, whether they are with us or not. And I am so excited to gain a grandma, grandma Joyce, in marriage! Photo: @thehearnes

Human-caused climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. I believe businesses have huge power and responsibility to take care of the planet, create positive environmental change and fight climate change.⁣⁣I’m so excited to be working with @gaiaherbs because of our shared commitment to environmental efforts. One of the most interesting ways Gaia Herbs is fighting climate change is through regenerative farming. Conventional agricultural practices such as mono-cropping, deep tilling and overuse of pesticides have killed the microorganisms in our soil. Regenerative farming helps to re-builds soil’s biodiversity and carbon count, enabling the soil to act as a carbon sink and trap C02, putting carbon back into the ground. ⁣⁣As David Brower said, “There is no business to be done on a dead planet.” I hope other businesses will follow suit and see that taking care of the soil can be good for the bottom line too.⁣⁣#sponsored #gaiaherbspartner #gaiaherbs #regenerativefarming #healthysoil #fightingclimatechange #protectingtheplanetPhoto: @alyssanistler

Here’s the real reason we didn’t have a winter or spring wedding. ⁣⁣#TBT to the first time I put on a wedding dress for an @altaskiarea ad in 2010. ⁣⁣I was a young and upcoming athlete when the Alta marketing manager at the time, Connie Marshall, asked me to be in this ad. How women are portrayed in ads matters. I loved that she chose to feature one of the female athletes instead of centering it around the male story and point of view, which snowsports marketing so often caters to. Featuring women in ads like this is important to keep women in sports after they get married, which is when we tend to see a dip in women’s participation. ⁣⁣Thanks Connie. And wear sunscreen! I like @allgoodbrand

I want you to know that you’ve restored my faith in @instagram and the power of the community here. I was nervous to share yesterday’s post and I am so grateful for all the positivity, optimism and hope. To be honest, I've met some of my favorite people here including my fiancé @rob.lea!⁣⁣Here’s the story: My friend @brooke.froelich and I were eating dinner at a restaurant downtown (he was sitting outside at a restaurant next door). There was a beautiful sunset happening, and Brooke and I stepped into the middle of the street to take a picture. A few minutes later, Brooke posted it on her IG and Rob commented, “Just saw you take that picture, look to your 6 o’clock. #creeper”⁣⁣I was horrified because I had been dealing with a scary cyberstalker situation, but Brooke encouraged me to come with her to say hi. That night was a lunar eclipse, and Brooke mentioned to Rob and his friends that I was looking for someone to watch it with. Rob said, “I’m going to a Jazz game.” It was a short, awkward interaction and we parted ways.⁣⁣Later that night, he emailed me to watch the lunar eclipse, but it was too late for me to respond. Plus, I wanted to vet him. I looked him up online and saw we had a mutual friend. I asked her if he was OK, and she said, “yes he’s a really good guy!” Later that week, we went on our first date. And I thought, this could work. I appreciated his honesty about being a creeper! Honesty goes a long way. 4.5 years later, we’re about to get married. ⁣⁣It isn’t easy to meet someone in today’s day in age. I had been searching for my companion for a long time. It’s wonderful when you find your people and you take digital connections into real life. So thank you for giving me that sense of community and that feeling that I’ve found my people. Photo: @thehearnes

We need to stop shaming individuals for not being perfect environmentalists and start using that energy to hold corporations and government accountable for their impacts on the environment.⁣⁣⁣⁣Shame, guilt and fear are not helpful emotions to change behavior and policy.⁣⁣⁣⁣You don’t need to drive an electric car, have solar panels on your home and travel exclusively by bicycle to be a climate activist. You don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan. Those are all great things to do, but if you can’t do those things, don’t let it hinder you from having a bigger voice and advocate for large-scale policy change.⁣⁣⁣⁣I urge you to stop shaming or calling out individuals. It has a silencing effect, which is one of the most devastating things when someone tries to speak about climate and the environment.⁣⁣⁣⁣For instance, instead of shaming someone for using single use plastic, let’s take the same amount of time to make a phone call to one business and ask them to switch to compostable take away containers.⁣⁣⁣⁣Instead of shaming someone for taking a flight, why don’t we call airlines and ask them to do more to offset their emissions?⁣⁣⁣⁣And instead of feeling guilty or shameful, let’s speak up and use our voice to speak truth to power.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣.⁣#ActOnClimate #AnswerWithAction @protectourwinters @patagonia_snow #BetterTakesAction @keen #KEENambassador #climbforequality #climbersforclimate #everest2019 #keepgrizzlywild @wasatchbackcountryalliance #bigmountaindreams #bigmtndreams #ambassadorfortheplanet #julboathlete

Only 145 days until winter… @patagonia_snow @lekiusa Photo: @jaybeyerimaging

GIVEAWAY!⁣When I’m in the mountains, proper eyewear is just as important as any safety device. Snow blindness is a real concern, especially when you’re above 8000m. Julbo Eyewear is one of the oldest companies in the outdoor industry. They have been making eyewear for alpine environments since the late 1800s. As I got more into mountaineering, I wanted to partner with a brand that made the best quality eyewear for harsh, alpine environments. ⁣⁣On Everest, I wore my Julbo Cham glacier glasses, and we are giving away a pair of them! Follow @carolinegleich + @julboeyewearna and tag a friend who you like to go to the mountains with. We will announce the winner on Monday! ⁣⁣*Winner must be in the US or Canada. ⁣#julbo #julboathlete

Nine years ago, I spent my summer doing an internship for Ted Wilson, the environmental advisor to Utah Governor Gary Herbert. I was getting ready to graduate from college and trying to decide whether to go to grad school or pursue my career as an adventure athlete/ski mountaineer working in the outdoor industry. I had a deep desire to make an impact on the world and do whatever I could to protect the environment and advocate for social causes.⁣•⁣I learned so much working for Ted about how to bring people together to find common ground over controversial issues. At the end of the summer, I attended the Outdoor Retailer show, and realized that my calling was as an athlete, at least for the time being. I may go into politics someday.⁣•⁣Government is one way to create positive change for environmental issues, but I also believe businesses have a huge power. I realized my next step was to create an impact by partnering with brands that were committed to social and environmental responsibility.⁣•⁣I’m glad I trusted my intuition to pursue the path I have. This story is why I’m so excited to be working with @fattire, helping to spread the word about their latest campaign to protect public lands. This summer, they are donating up to $250k to environmental organizations. This is huge! I would be so stoked for you to learn more about this campaign by checking out the link below or in my profile, and sharing the videos on Facebook and Twitter!⁣•⁣Publiclandsforall.com⁣•⁣#FindingCommonGround⁣•⁣@backcountryhunters @accessfund @treadlightlyteam @trustforpublicland @americanwhitewater @nationalwildlife

⁣Just a few more weeks until I get to marry my best friend! What a journey it has been getting to this point. I think that marriage will be our greatest adventure yet.⁣•⁣I used to think that I would find my Prince Charming and he would sweep me off my feet. Movies, TV shows and popular culture do a lot of damage to our perceptions about love and romance. ⁣•⁣I don’t think that there is “the one” anymore. There isn’t one person who will come sweep us off our feet and change our life. The only person who can change your life and make your dreams come true is you. Only once you take care of yourself and do the hard work can you find someone who will enhance your life and share a deep companionship.⁣•⁣@rob.lea and I have been together for almost five years. In 2017, we broke up for a few months. During that time apart, we realized we add a lot to each other’s lives and we are better together. I believe that love and marriage will require making that choice every day. ⁣•⁣Relationships are a lot of work. They require you to explore your wounds and insecurities, to be vulnerable and to let down your walls. And there is no happily ever after. It will take commitment and a constant choosing of being together over being alone. I’m excited for the challenge. Photo: @thehearnes

As athletes and active outdoors people, we always talk about training but we rarely talk about tools for recovery. I’ve learned that it’s not about how hard you can train but how efficiently you can recover from workouts and stress.⁣⁣I’ve added @gaiaherbs hemp to my recovery plan and it’s quickly become one of my favorite recovery tools because I find I sleep better. It also helps me relax and adapt to a different mindset, one that is not “go, go, go,” but that allows me to take a breather. ⁣⁣What are your favorite tools for recovery and how do supplements play a role?

Sending good vibes to my friends @carla.perez.ec, @estebantopomena and @adrianballinger as they are on K2 and heading for the summit tonight. Carla, pictured here, is the first South American woman to climb Everest/Chomolungma without oxygen and is attempting K2 without oxygen. ⁣⁣She guided me to the summit of Everest, and I was so delighted to share the mountain and the summit with her! I love climbing with people of all genders, but there’s a special place in my heart for the energy women bring to the mountains. Having a female guide on our trip changed the dynamics and reinforced how important it is to have women in positions of leadership! ⁣⁣I’m sending all the best wishes and prayers for good weather and safe passage. Go team! #climbforequality ⁣

I’m 33 and I have arthritis in my knees and ankles. It is from years of skiing, running, hitting jumps when I was younger, and because my patellas are slightly crooked. Arthritis pain is something I’ve learned to live with. When I was younger, it would bug me and I’d get super depressed about it. But now, I’m able to cope with a two-prong solution. 1) just don’t think about it. 2) remember it could be worse. I’m grateful for everyday I get to be outside, especially after this recent ACL surgery. I was so stoked to be able to hike up to the top of Ben Nevis last week!!! You have no idea how good it felt. And I don’t know what I would do without my @lekiusa poles, in the summer or the winter. They are one of the items I take with me year-round because it makes everything I do but easier and better. They were one of my first sponsors ever, and I’ve been an athlete for them for about a decade! If you’re looking for a way to take some of the load off your knees on the trails this summer, I highly recommend checking out their trekking and running poles (and their super sweet Wanderfreund “cane” style pole if you are recovering from an injury or just need some support). Thanks Leki for always believing in me from a young age, and for all the support. Photo: @rob.lea

Progress. 6.5 weeks post ACL reconstruction surgery and my knee is feeling strong and stable. Pilates has been one of my secret weapons. It’s a wonderful, low-impact way to work on strength and stability. It really helped me prepare for Everest/Chomolungma without an ACL, and it’s been super helpful as I learn to use my leg and fire my quad with the new ACL. Thanks for the BURN Pilates session this morning @rocksteadybw.

I am so incredibly proud of my fiancée, @rob.lea, for envisioning his Ultimate World Tri and finishing the first 2/3 with his swim across the English Channel (next up, ride across America in Sept). When Rob first told me of his dream, I was instantly dismissive and even told him I’d break up with him if he went to Everest/Chomolungma because I didn’t want to be with someone who would take on so much risk (oh how I changed my tune on that one). It took some time for me to accept my role as his supporter and crew with this project. I fought it at first. I’ve come to learn that it can be just as gratifying to support someone in their dream as it is to pursue to your own. It feels good to give back to Rob for all the days he’s come with me for some adventure skiing in the Wasatch, trying to find an obscure line (bushwhacking), or he’s spent an entire day meeting me at every aid station for an ultramarathon, cleaning my feet and bandaging my blisters. Crewing someone brings you closer together. What do you think? How many of you have crewed and how did it feel? ⁣⁣PS. @natgeo just published an article about Rob’s swim! Check out the link below or in my profile to check it out. ⁣https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/2019/07/ultimate-world-triathlon-climb-everest-swim-english-channel-bike-united-states/#ultimateworldtri #triforequality #climbforequality #thenbeer #everest2019

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be a pro skier and mountaineer. I have always loved being outside. When I talk to people about what I do, I almost always see a little spark in their eye. A love of being outside is something that unites us all. It makes us feel human again.In a time of increasing political polarization, protecting public lands is one of the few issues that unites us as Americans. Whether we choose to climb, hunt, cycle, 4-wheel, fish or kayak, we are all still Americans who need public lands to play outside. Share this video to help @FatTire donate up to $250,000 to organizations working to protect our shared outdoor spaces!!! Check out the link below or in my profile link to watch the full video and share to help build this donation. #findingcommongroundhttp://publiclandsforall.com/

The world lost a great activist/adventurer this week when Garon Coriz passed away in a climbing accident. My heart is broken for all the conversations we never finished, text threads and Facebook messenger chats about climbing trips we were dreaming of, or places we thought we might meet up to share a rope and a pitch of rock or ice. I loved how Garon invited me to learn more about his perspective on Bears Ears and public lands. His energy was magnetic. His presence, warmth and smile created an ambiance of inclusivity, a little bubble of belonging and acceptance. Garon was deeply committed to protecting the Bears Ears National Monument from development. He was a family doctor serving Native American communities. He was a leader and a friend, and will be deeply missed. I hope we will all be inspired by his legacy, to serve our communities and protect the environment. Most of all, to remember to listen to and elevate Native American voices, as they have been stewards of the land since time immemorial. RIP Garon. #StandWithBearsEars #HonorTribes