Top ten takeaways from 3/25 COVID Q&A with @universityofutah epidemiologist Dr. @lindsay.troy:⁣⁣⁣1. We should listen to scientists now because we’re dealing with life-threatening situations.⁣⁣⁣2. Science isn’t something you can choose to believe in. The truth will come out whether you believe it or not. An avalanche will happen in the right conditions whether you believe in avalanches or not. If you don’t pay attention to science, you could be swept away and buried. ⁣⁣⁣3. The best thing we can do to support society now is stay home. Social distancing works best early in a pandemic. If everybody stays home, it limits our number of contacts and we can get this thing under control. ⁣⁣⁣4. When you share info about Coronavirus, fact-check it. Sources like @WHO, @cdcgov, and state health departments are trustworthy. They stay up-to-date and give vetted info. Be wary if you see something that says 99% of X does this – nothing in science is ever 99%. If the numbers seem too good to be true, they probably are. ⁣⁣⁣5. Loss of smell is a potential side effect of Coronavirus. The evidence of the symptoms is currently anecdotal, but it’s been reported by several patients and doctors. It is temporary and the sense of smell comes back.⁣⁣⁣6. We don’t know if you can get Coronavirus twice. From what we know about SARS (the closest relative to COVID-19) there seems to be a temporary immunity for at least a year, but then you can get it again and be infectious. ⁣⁣⁣7. A vaccine won’t be available for 12-18 months from December 2019.⁣⁣⁣8. She hopes we will see universal testing, but right now we don’t have enough medical supplies.⁣9. The range of when the virus will peak in Utah is from May to July, depending on social distancing.⁣⁣⁣10. Should we ski or climb? Dr. Keegan thinks for now, hiking, running, biking, and skiing is better than climbing because you don’t touch shared equipment and you tend to stay farther apart. It’s ok for people to ski if they minimize risk, have knowledge and experience, go to less popular trailheads, and maintain social distancing. But follow state or county recommendations. Podcast of our chat is available via link in bio!

Happy birthday to my partner, @rob.lea. I don’t know how you manage to look this good in a swimming cap and goggles, but you do. And I love you for all your quirks and all the joy you bring to my life everyday.

Being at home with your loved ones can really test relationship dynamics. I was inspired by @chrisburkard’s recent podcast with his wife, and decided to sit down at interview with my husband, @rob.lea. We start by talking about his 2019 Ultimate World Tri. We talk adventuring, future goals, kids and he shares some of his best training advice (we also divulge our most embarrassing nicknames for each other). ⁣⁣Check out the link below or in my profile to give it a listen. ⁣⁣⁣⁣–Relationships-and-Adventure-with-Rob-Lea-ebrej8⁣⁣Photo: @thehearnes

I'm excited to share with you my home workout routine for ACL prevention and recovery. The entire workout is on the @elanskis IGTV, link below or in profile.⁣⁣You can make this workout harder or easier, depending on your needs and you can do it with minimal equipment. ⁣Before I lift, I do a 10 minute warm up on the bike, or you can do a run or walk outside. I do these exercises with 10 or 15 lb weights, but if you don't have weights, you could fill up jugs of water and put them in a backpack, or use rocks or other household items. ⁣⁣1) 10 regular squats to warm up. Make sure to keep your knee tracking over your toe. You don't have to go super deep. ⁣2) 10 single leg squats on a stability disc on each leg. Start by doing them on the ground without any instability. If you don't have a stability disc, you can use a pillow or cushion to challenge yourself. ⁣3) 10 single leg deadlifts on each leg. ⁣4) 10 step ups on each leg. This helps keep my legs strong for bootpacking up couloirs. Use a sturdy chair or stool. ⁣5) 10 back lunges on each leg. I prefer to step back because it feels like less impact on my knees.⁣6) 20x seated kayakers (Russian twists). I do these with 15 lbs of weight. ⁣⁣Repeat 2-3 times a few times per week. ⁣What are your favorite home exercises? ⁣⁣

As our government rallies to respond to financial problems from Coronavirus, let’s make sure the solutions serve the American people, not the fossil fuel industry. Coal companies are trying to get exemptions so they don’t have to pay to clean up old mines and to avoid paying the Black Lung Excise Tax, which provides medical services for over 25,000 sick miners. ⁣⁣My heart goes out to everyone who is losing their job right now, including coal miners in rural parts of Utah. But this is not the time to bail out big coal and oil. And we can’t lose site of carbon reduction goals either. ⁣⁣Photo: thinking back to the first clean energy rally I spoke at in 2011. My signs have changed but the sentiment has not. ⁣⁣

Social distancing is unnatural for us. We are social creatures who thrive off of togetherness. In these stressful times, it's an added challenge that we don't have access to the emotional and physical benefits that we get from hugs and touch. I went to the mountains to do a mellow ski tour today and I saw how hard it is for us to stay six feet apart. We are not doing the best job of social distancing right now and that’s understandable because it is contrary to our what we’ve learned over hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. ⁣⁣⁣⁣To help wrap my head around social distancing, I put together a blog post about responsible outdoor recreation in the time of coronavirus. It has some info about why we need social distancing now. Some of the information is from a chat I had with @lindsay.troy, an epidemiologist from the University of Utah. Some of it is my own thoughts about compassionate social media messaging. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Check it out via the link below or in my profile and let me know what you think. ⁣⁣Thanks to @backcountry for supporting this messaging. I’m really grateful to work with brands who are willing to be flexible when content plans change. ⁣⁣Photo: @andrew_burr

Responsible Outdoor Recreation During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020

This is a rapidly evolving situation and things are going to be changing quickly. This guide may not be applicable in a few days.

This information was gathered, in part, from an interview with University of Utah epidemiologist, Dr. Lindsay Keegan, to help disseminate information about Coronavirus or COVID-19 to outdoor recreationalists. Here’s a video of our chat.

These are some considerations/ideas for responsible outdoor recreation and social media messaging for people in the United States.

  • If we don’t respect social distancing at trailheads and on trails, they could close. So let’s be proactive and set a good example.
  • Be sensitive to the fact that people in many places are in lock down. While people there can go outside for walks, they may be limited in how far they can go to get to trailheads. Other areas may be following and restricting movement.
  • Keep in mind Instagram is a global platform so people in Europe are experiencing something different than we are in the USA right now.
  • Look at Italy to expect what we are going to see in the US in a few weeks.
  • As the virus spreads in the USA, the healthcare system is going to become overloaded. That means if you tear your ACL or break your back, there may not be a bed for you. If you do require hospitalization, it might be at the expense of someone else’s parents or grandparents.
  • Keep this in mind as you talk about skiing. This isn’t the time to send it off a cliff, tackle that big project or set a FKT. Going for long hard days can weaken your immune system.
  • People are sad right now that the resorts have closed. Be compassionate.
  • This also isn’t the time for people who have never backcountry skied to learn. Pick objectives that are well within your ability level.
  • This is also not the time to go on a road trip to rural areas as their hospitals will also be over capacity.
  • Consider taking a break about posting in real time about skiing at all during this time and stay home whenever you can. Think about how you can serve others while still maintaining social distancing.
  • Cancel all non-essential travel.
  • Going on a ski tour with one or two people is a good compromise, but practice strict social distancing. That means six feet apart. Don’t gather in closer to talk, as we spewing viral particles that transmit diseases when we talk.
  • Avoid being in a large group. The more people you come into contact with, the more risk you are at, and the more you put others at risk.
  • Here’s some info from Lindsay Troy:
  • People without symptoms can be testing positive.
  • We don’t know how long closures and social distancing will last. The better we are at it, the longer it will take.
  • When we say flatten the curve, what does that mean? The curve is the epidemic curve, the number of people affected each day. With a typical disease, you see exponential growth, and then it drops off. Health systems are not built to withstand massive numbers of people coming into the hospital. We want to flatten the curve, but when we don’t that, we don’t actually change the total number of infections that much. We just make it so everyone doesn’t get affected at once. Flattening the curve helps the healthcare system and workers because it means there will be beds available, protective equipment for the doctors, ventilators available. If we let it burn through the population really fast, the closures will be shorter, but more people will die in a traumatic way. It’s a tradeoff.
  • Coronavirus does affect young people. You could have a mild infection, severe flu, and/or potentially pneumonia. It can lead to a serious hospitalization for young people. When you think, I’ll just go skiing, I’ll just go climbing, it’s not a big deal, think about if you have the healthcare coverage to pay for a few days stay in the ICU. Also consider that if you get pneumonia, it’s going to put you on your back for awhile. Your summer sports season is not going to be good as your lungs will be recovering and your muscles will lose mass. You aren’t going to bounce back as soon as your fever goes away. Some people will get mild infections but from what researchers know about SARS, there’s evidence of long term lung damage (perhaps even permanent lung damage) from the pneumonia that you get associated with SARS. It’s like a respiratory virus crossed with HIV because it has such severe impacts on your immune system. It’s not something to take lightly
  • This is a serious public health threat. Even if your personal risk isn’t high, the risk to people you know and care about is. Grandma, your neighbor, your friend who is immunocompromised, someone who has cancer. We all know people who are older and whose lives are at risk. You might walk out of this totally fine. You might get a bad flu, with pneumonia and recover in six weeks. You could be back skiing in six weeks, just like you were yesterday. Or you could kill your grandma.
  • It’s hard to evaluate your own personal risk. It’s hard to evaluate these pandemic situations because they are so rare. People are dying from this. People will die from this. If we all act according to social distancing and try to have some compassion for our neighbors, we can kill way fewer people than are projecting. Models are projecting worst case scenarios right now. Let’s make the models wrong.

Thanks to Backcountry for supporting this message. I’m grateful to work with brands who are willing to be flexible when content plans change.

Big giveaway announcement. Two things that have been helping me through this time are 1) being able to go outside and 2) seeing how people are rallying to help others. @KEEN is giving 100,000 pairs of shoes to the workers on the front line and families at home fighting through the COVID-19 crisis.⁣⁣⁣⁣@KEEN understands shoes may not be a priority for everyone right now, but making shoes that help people get outside and get the job done is what they do. I’ve learned from my own citizen activism that everyone has their own way to create positive change in the world.⁣ I’m grateful to work with brands like KEEN who use business as a force for good. ⁣⁣⁣Click the link below or in my bio to send a pair of shoes to someone in need, and they’ll take it from there.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Together, we can help.⁣⁣⁣⁣#KEENambassador

The sound of a yak train is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. We couldn’t have done our Everest/Chomolungma climb without the support of these magnificent creates. To see more behind the scenes of our climb last year, check out Episode two of our series on YouTube, link below and in profile.

Woke up to the house shaking. We had a 5.7 earthquake in Utah this morning. ⁣⁣I’ve never experienced an earthquake before. We’re ok, but still shook up. ⁣⁣Thanks to all the first responders, healthcare workers, structural engineers and everyone else who is working hard to keep us safe. ⁣⁣In these stressful times, I’ve learned a few things about how to switch my mindset from spiraling in anxiety. ⁣⁣1. I remember, it could be worse. It could always be worse. This helps me recognize my privilege and have compassion for others. ⁣2. I think about what I’m grateful for. It might be time to start making those daily gratitude lists. ⁣⁣⁣How is everyone else doing in the world today? ⁣How are you managing in these stressful times?

Utah backcountry friends, the @wasatchbackcountryalliance (WBA) needs your input! ⁣⁣The WBA is the voice and advocate for human powered winter recreation in the Wasatch. To better represent YOUR interests and preferences, we have teamed up with Dr. David Carter (U of U) to gather information on backcountry user habits, transportation modes, and opinions regarding issues facing the Wasatch backcountry. ⁣⁣The survey takes approximately 12 minutes to complete, at the end of which you can enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Wasatch Touring. Click the link below or in my to profile to take the survey. Then, share it with your friends, family, and anyone not connected with the WBA.⁣⁣Thank you for helping us to preserve the Wasatch backcountry, for the benefit of current and future generations!⁣⁣

Our neighbors came to say hi. It was a nice distraction after a day of social distancing. Here’s a little taste of our backyard tonight in Park City, UT.

Today I’ve been thinking about what responsible outdoor recreation looks like in the time of Coronavirus.⁣⁣Here are my thoughts:⁣⁣Wash your hands before you go out. Stay home. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore your backyard and local trails.⁣⁣Pick your partners wisely. Don’t go with anyone outside the group you need to have close contact with. Roommates. Family. This isn’t a time for group hikes or meet ups. ⁣⁣Don’t clump up at trailheads, don’t go out to eat afterward, maintain six feet of distance at all times. This is the hardest thing to do. I’ve noticed that people are really bad at socially distancing. ⁣⁣As hospitals start to fill up, be incredibly mindful of the risks you’re taking. It’s not the time to push it and risk any injury in the backcountry as first responders, nurses, doctors and hospitals are going to be overwhelmed. If someone young gets hurt, they are taking the bed of someone’s grandparent or relative. ⁣⁣Don’t carpool. I know that goes against everything we always say and do for the environment but there’s no way to share rides and not transmit the disease. ⁣⁣Make as many personal sacrifices as you can to protect the health of the most vulnerable. ⁣⁣Bring hand sanitizer for the trail and wash up as soon as you have access to water and soap. ⁣⁣If there’s anyway you can help your neighbors (a food drop, offering to pay people’s bills, etc.), please do whatever you can. ⁣⁣Nature can be incredibly healing in these stressful, unprecedented times but we need to be responsible how we get outside so we can protect ourselves and others. ⁣⁣These are my thoughts. I’d love to hear what others think. Weigh in below. Photo: at home in the Wasatch taken by @acpictures

Today I’ve been thinking about what responsible outdoor recreation looks like in the time of Coronavirus.⁣⁣Here are my thoughts:⁣⁣Wash your hands before you go out. Stay home. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore your backyard and local trails.⁣⁣Pick your partners wisely. Don’t go with anyone outside the group you need to have close contact with. Roommates. Family. This isn’t a time for group hikes or meet ups. ⁣⁣Don’t clump up at trailheads, don’t go out to eat afterward, maintain six feet of distance at all times. This is the hardest thing to do. I’ve noticed that people are really bad at socially distancing. ⁣⁣As hospitals start to fill up, be incredibly mindful of the risks you’re taking. It’s not the time to push it and risk any injury in the backcountry as first responders, nurses, doctors and hospitals are going to be overwhelmed. If someone young gets hurt, they are taking the bed of someone’s grandparent or relative. ⁣⁣Don’t carpool. I know that goes against everything we always say and do for the environment but there’s no way to share rides and not transmit the disease. ⁣⁣Make as many personal sacrifices as you can to protect the health of the most vulnerable. ⁣⁣Bring hand sanitizer for the trail and wash up as soon as you have access to water and soap. ⁣⁣If there’s anyway you can help your neighbors (a food drop, offering to pay people’s bills, etc.), please do whatever you can. ⁣⁣Nature can be incredibly healing in these stressful, unprecedented times but we need to be responsible how we get outside so we can protect ourselves and others. ⁣⁣These are my thoughts. I’d love to hear what others think. Weigh in below. Photo: at home in the Wasatch taken by @acpictures

Listen to the science. Avoid crowds. Cancel non essential travel. Don’t shake hands. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands. Stay home if you’re sick. #SkierForScience #SurferForScience #FlattenTheCurvePhoto: at the 2017 March for Science. Pre-Coronavirus. Don’t do this now!

On Sunday, I made a difficult decision to cancel a ski trip to Canada that was planned for this week. It seemed kind of silly to preemptively cancel on Sunday, but now; I realize I made the right decision. I canceled because I would feel terrible if I unknowingly caused others to get sick.⁣⁣The time to do those silly things is before they are necessary, because that gives us a chance to contain the spread of the virus. I am worried about Coronavirus, because it can cause permanent scar tissue on the lungs on younger people, but I’m especially worried about my 88-year-old dad and how sad I would be if he became ill and there were a shortage of ventilators.⁣⁣Since I canceled on Sunday, the rest of my March and April plans and associated income have taken a big hit as the conferences I was supposed to speak at are all being called off. If there are any schools, universities or conferences who are putting together virtual programming and are interested in doing an interview, I’d love to talk to your students or participants and share some of my decade and a half of expertise in the outdoor industry and as a climate activist.⁣⁣Topics I can speak on include risk management, embracing challenge (a feminine approach to achievement), gender equality, climate change activism, and adventure and activism. We can also show one or more of my short films and do a Q&A. Or I can create a special presentation on the topic of your choice. ⁣⁣This is a weird time in the world right now. It's taken me a few days to adjust my mindset, and there are times I feel overwhelmingly depressed and anxious. Those are understandable reactions. Let's wash our hands, stay home if we’re sick (and advocate for paid sick leave and living wages), prepare (and try not to panic) and find ways to go forward together. Photo: ski touring in British Columbia by @acpictures #coronavirus #covid #fomo

My time in the mountains has taught me how to be strong, aggressive and make my voice heard. I was thrilled to share those lessons with a group of women yesterday to celebrate International Women’s Day. ⁣⁣Together, we reached the summit of Wright Peak, one of the 46 4000ft peaks in the Adirondacks. ⁣⁣Spending the day immersed in nature with a group of strong women was one of the best ways I could imagine celebrating. ⁣⁣Thanks for the good times, Keene Valley! ⁣⁣Photo: my arms are in an equal sign to show that equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a human issue.⁣ Let’s make everyday international women’s day (and celebrate international men’s day too). ⁣@mountaineerbandana @lakeplacidadk @adksusa #perfectdayadk

Forest bathing in the Adirondacks. I’ve heard a lot about Keene Valley and I’m stoked to be here at the Backcountry Ski Fest to experience skiing in the Northeast! #PerfectDayADK@mountaineerbandana @lakeplacidadk @adksusa #sponsored

Skiing with my 88-year-old dad, Jerry, today! My dad is my hero because he shows me you’re never too old to live the life you dream of. He is committed to continuing to improve his skiing. I hope I’ll be skiing when I’m his age, too.

Skiing with my 88-year-old dad, Jerry, today! My dad is my hero because he shows me you’re never too old to live the life you dream of. He is committed to continuing to improve his skiing. I hope I’ll be skiing when I’m his age, too.

The ski season is only half-way over and there’s no better time to get into backcountry skiing than now. March and April are two of my favorite months for backcountry skiing!⁣⁣⁣⁣Getting gear for backcountry skiing may seem like a big, upfront investment, but once you realize you don’t have to pay for lift tickets or wait in lift lines, the investment begins to pay off. One of the mistakes I made early on in my career was not investing in lightweight gear. If you’re going to be a committed uphill and/or backcountry skier, go with lighter equipment and adjust your skiing style and speeds accordingly (you can still charge on lightweight gear, trust me). It’s a beautiful lifelong sport.⁣⁣⁣⁣Make sure you educate yourself on the dangers of avalanche terrain. The three most essential pieces of gear are beacon, shovel, probe and the knowledge of how to use them. Don’t ever leave resort boundaries without them.⁣⁣⁣⁣I’ve teamed up with @backcountry to share some of my favorite pieces of gear with you. Check out the link below or in my profile to see a video with @badgal_brooklyn where we talk gear essentials for backcountry skiing.⁣⁣⁣⁣Head to my stories to find swipe up links to my favorites.⁣⁣⁣Use code CAROLINE15 for 15% off your first purchase (exclusions apply). This month, Backcountry will be donating up to $7k from purchases with my code to their partner, @nature_org to support their recovery efforts in Australia. ⁣⁣

This March, it's time to rise up together by taking on a challenge to #CrushIt4Climate with @protectourwinters. Next month is stacked for me and I often feel like I'm burning the candle on both ends. So what feels right to me is a daily activity to celebrate this one planet that we need to save. Link in bio to donate to POW and get started. Your donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar.Activism and adventure must be inextricable if we are to dig deep enough to elect climate champions ‪on November 6‬ who will do the hard work with us for the future of the planet. I'm hoping that a few of my daily activities will be epic mountain adventures if everything lines up.Realistically though, some days it might just be :30 minutes of yoga in the hotel or even a 3-minute sprint between gates to catch my flight to D.C. to testify in front of a Congressional climate panel. But even that airport dash with bags swinging wildly behind will fill me with more motivation to dig deeper as an activist.

I’d rather be skiing. But the urgent threat of climate change is so important, I’m swapping out ski boots and outerwear for a suit and sneakers to head to D.C. to speak to Congress. I’ve been asked testify on H.R. 5435, the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act, a bill to reduce emissions from public lands and waters to zero by 2040. ⁣⁣You may not realize that our public lands are responsible for 25% of our country's climate emissions. The bill will put a one year pause on new leasing to allow the Department of the Interior to develop a comprehensive emission reduction strategy. ⁣⁣I've spent the last month training for this, and tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, is go time. The hearing starts at 10 am EST. Head to the link below or in my profile to tune in for the livestream. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Huge thanks to @outdooralliance for recommending me as a witness and for all their support. Preparing my speech, written testimony and practicing for the Q&A was no small feat.

Day 56. @elanskis @lekiusa @patagonia_snow

Our good buddy @louisarevalo had a really bad ski accident this week and suffered a spinal cord injury. Louis is one of the most stoked guys I’ve ever been in the mountains with. He’s taken many of the photos in my feed and we’ve shared some amazing days in the mountains together. I’m absolutely gutted to hear about his accident. Yet I’ve seen how resilient and positive he is in the mountains and I know that same spirit will carry him far in his recovery. To give him an extra boost, we’ve started a gofundme. Check out the link below or in my profile if you feel like making a donation. Louis, we are sending you so much love and rooting for you! Let’s love on Louis and love on the Wasatch.

If you’ve ever seen a sunrise from a snowy ridge top in the Wasatch Mountains, you know we have something special here. My home mountain range delivers. It is home to the best snow and ski-touring terrain in the entire world.⁣⁣Without continually advocating for its protection, there’s a lot to lose. It’s not just access to the fluffy unbelievably light powder that blows up in our faces and delights at every turn. It’s drinking water for millions of people who live downstream. It’s a place to escape the inversion. Access to the outdoors is a basic human right and it’s up to us to defend that.⁣⁣Right now, the risk of development is greater than ever and I’m concerned about the possibility of resort expansion, especially into Grizzly Gulch. I want to see transportation solutions that are accessible and inclusive of different user groups and that preserve the human-powered snowsports experience. ⁣⁣If you love and appreciate the Wasatch backcountry, share your own post today and consider making a donation to the @wasatchbackcountryalliance as the unified voice for human-powered recreation in the Wasatch Mountains.⁣⁣#WasatchBackcountryAppreciationDay #KeepGrizzlyWildPhotos: @rob.lea

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 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 ⁣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 #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