I’m nervous and excited to head up the mountain tomorrow. The mix of emotions is real. I’m hoping that the weather complies and the mountain allows us safe passage. Thank you for all the love, support and encouragement and for believing in me. I am so grateful for the community here. Send us good vibes over the next few days! #everest2019 #climbforequality @alpenglowexpeditions #adventuredoneright Photo: @rob.lea

Riding into advanced base camp on my ice rhino! The weather requires patience this year on Mt Everest/Chomolungma.At least we’re past the painful acclimatization process and we’re having a lot of fun. @fattire #thenbeer @keen #keenambassador

While we’ve been waiting for a summit window, we decided to do a little trash clean up around our base camp on the north side of Everest/Chomolungma. The good news is that base camp here isn’t that dirty, but we still wanted to do what we can to leave it the mountain a little better than we found it. Tomorrow, we’re heading back up the mountain!#climbforequality @keen #keenambassador @patagonia

While we’ve been waiting for a summit window, we decided to do a little trash clean up around our base camp on the north side of Everest/Chomolungma. The good news is that base camp here isn’t that dirty, but we still wanted to do what we can to leave it the mountain a little better than we found it. Tomorrow, we’re heading back up the mountain!#climbforequality @keen #keenambassador @patagonia

This was me when I first arrived at advanced base camp (abc). One of the biggest cruxes of the trip so far was going from base camp at 17,000’ (5,181m) to abc at 21,000’ (6,401m). A similar change in sleeping elevation gave me the beginning symptoms of HAPE on Cho Oyu. Adjusting to life at 21,000’ was exhausting, and I didn’t have much energy to post even though there was lot of downtime. On a trip like this, some days, you just sit around waiting for your body to acclimatize. For me, it feels like having the flu. Nausea, headache, bad cough, strained rib muscles, I just feel really sick. I was constantly out of breathe from doing the smallest tasks, and I didn’t even want to get up to go to the bathroom. Luckily, it got better over the course of the seven nights I spent at 21,000’, and I’m glad to report I was able to stay with the team during the entire rotation! It seems every trip I learn more and more about how my body adjusts to altitude. I hate the feeling while it’s happening, but it’s wonderful once you’re on the other side and you can look back at what you persevered through. It makes you feel tough and accomplished, and that feeling stays with you, and you take it into everything else you do. #climbforequality @keen #keenambassador

@rob.lea and I have spent most of past six weeks above 17,000’ (5,181m). The first few weeks of the altitude were simulated in our @hypoxico altitude training tent. We’ve also spent one third of our last year sleeping in the tent, first training for Cho Oyu, and then for Everest/Chomolungma. Needless to say, we are feeling really good at 17,000’ and are getting ready to move up when a good summit weather window presents itself! Also, I wanted to remind you that you don’t need to be a woman to advocate for gender equality. We need all hands on deck! We would love if it you’d support our climb and women’s leadership by using the hashtag #climbforequalityPhoto: @louisarevalo

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in my life:My mom, my future mother in law, @pccindy, grandma Joyce, my sisters who are mothers to my nieces and nephews, all my friends who are mothers and everyone else who plays a mothering role! We see you and we recognize all the unpaid labor you do to keep our families and society running! To my mama, I love you so much and I promise to be safe! Can’t wait to celebrate when I get home.

I’m honored to be on this #climbforequality with @carla.perez.ec, the first South American woman to summit Everest without supplement oxygen. She is one of the mountain guides on the trip. Two days ago, as we were approaching the north col, she stopped me from being blown away by the wind (no joke). The wind was so strong, it swept me off my feet and she ran over to me and braces herself as I clung to her leg. After the gust subsided, we crossed the frozen ice field arm in arm. It’s been a challenging trip so far and I am exhausted from spending seven nights at 21,000’ (6,400m). More to come! Stoked to be sharing this mountain with such a rad group of #himaladies and #himaleias! #everest2019

After almost a week of acclimatizing at advanced base camp at 21,000’(6,400m), we tried to make the move to camp 1 (23,000’/7,000m – the north col) but got shut down by the winds. Here’s a little taste of what we were dealing with. The wind knocked me down and I almost slid across the ice field, but @carla.perez.ec noticed, and came and stood in front of me in a brace position. I held on to her leg until I could stand up, and we walked in locked arms until we hit the fixed lines. It was a moment I’ll never forget. We’ve had some challenging weather but I’m optimistic that a summit window will open towards the end of the month. @rylo #storiesthatmove #climbforequality

The hike to advanced base camp on Everest’s Northside is one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes I’ve ever done. It took us two days to cover the 13 mile, 4500’ distance ending at 21,000’. Arriving at abc, I felt awful. It’s amazing that the body can bounce back and recover. We had a super chill rest day up here today, and tomorrow, we’ll go for a light walk. There were meltdowns along the way and I forgot how much I hate the feeling of being at such high altitudes. I have to fight the homesickness and remember I chose this and that the feelings of discomfort will pass. #everest2019 #climbforequality

Tomorrow, we’re leaving basecamp (pictured here at an elevation of 17,000’/5181m)- our comfy home for the past week. Basecamp here on the north side of Everest/Chomolungma is higher than any permanent human habitation, so it’s kind of mind-blowing to think we’re going to 19,000’ (interim camp) and then 21,500 (advanced basecamp) to spend multiple nights. I am grateful for all the time we put in the @hypoxico tent before we came and I’m excited and nervous to make our way up the mountain and get into the snow and ice. Thank you for all the kind words, thoughts and prayers! I am feeling all the good vibes you’re sending! #climbforequality #everest2019

I’m feeling better after spending two days of rest in the tent. Today, we did an acclimatization hike to almost 18,000’. One of the great challenges of high altitude is letting go of the ego. It’s hard to go so slow, at your own pace, when you know how quickly you can move at lower altitudes. Listening to your own body vs. trying to compete with others is something I am continually trying to improve. It looks like we have two more nights at basecamp and we are planning to move to interim camp on May 2 and advanced basecamp May 3, weather and health depending! I am excited and nervous to get up higher on the mountain.#climbforequality #everest2019Photo: @rob.lea @fattire #thenbeer @keen #keenambassador

These are probably not the photos that you want to see, and they are definitely not what I want to show but this is real life right now. On my second day at basecamp (17,000’/5,181m), I came down with some flu like symptoms (headache, cough, sore throat, body aches) and I have spent most of the last two days posted up in my tent while the rest of the team has been exploring the surrounding area. Of course, in moments like these, it’s easy to panic and for the mind to go to a dark place. “I’m such a failure, why does this always happen to me?” But I’m trying to distract myself, not stress and realize I have time to recover. Today, I feel about 20% better than yesterday and I’m hoping tomorrow will be even better. There are few things worse than being sick when you are traveling, it’s even worse when you’re camping. Luckily, I have a heated electric blanket, @rob.lea and the amazing @alpenglowexpeditions team to take care of me. Fingers crossed that I continue to improve! #everest2019

Today, we arrived at base camp and saw our first views of Everest/Chomolungma. Chomolungma, the Tibetan name for Everest, means “Mother Goddess of the Universe.” If the mountain is a mother, then it is in our best interest to elevate the status of women, girls and mothers around the world. That’s why I #climbforequality. Because the way we treat women sets the tone for how we treat the environment. I want to help disrupt implicit bias so we can see more women getting to the top. @keen #keenambassador

Capturing this footage of my Everest/Chomolungma training back home in Utah was super easy thanks to ViewFinder. With @rylo, I can focus on the climb and pick the perfect angle after I shoot. Check out @rylo to see how I got this shot and others!#storiesthatmove #climbforequality

After 42 hours of travel, we made it to Lhasa. Packing was a challenge. The travel was a challenge with a missed connection and an unplanned airport bivy (the airport in Taiyuan we were rerouted through closed for the night, so we spent a few hours outside). I’ve been continuing to practice staying positive when things don’t go as planned. All in all, we’re feeling healthy and good! The long hours of travel cause my knee to swell up, but it’s feeling better after 10 hours of sleep last night. Today, we begin the 3 day drive to base camp. There is nothing easy about climbing Everest. That includes getting there. I’m grateful for the opportunity! Happy earth day everyone and happy birthday to my brother, David Gleich, and @rob.lea’s dad, Jim Lea! #climbforequality @keen #keenambassador

We’re in the final stages of packing for Everest/Chomolungma/Sagarmatga. While we’re on the mountain, we would love for you to pledge to #ClimbForEquality and support women’s leadership in the mountains and beyond. We want to have 100 posts with #ClimbForEquality by the time we descend from the summit and at least 1,000 by the end of the year. You can learn more by reading our social media toolkit (link below or in profile). Also, who can spot the two weird things in our packing photo?https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MOAryAJOknkUCcFJgDn0CuVQ8WRE3qOkpnnkpZWGHagPhoto: @louisarevalo Huge thanks to our friends at @keen @fattire and @patagonia#keenambassador #thenbeer

I didn’t know @davidlama_official, @jessroskelley, @hansjoergauer, or @freerange.family personally. But I felt like I knew David Lama from his writing and his photos. I was a huge fan. It’s funny how social media can make you feel like you know people you don’t know. Sharing an intense passion for the mountains binds our hearts together and makes us kindred spirits. .It’s hard to unpack my feelings on a week like this. It reminds me of the week the world lost Liz, Andreas, and Jp and it stirs up a lot of trauma, exacerbated by the fact that I am in the final packing stages for Everest/Chomolungma/Sagarmatha.The truth is there are many ways you can die. I choose to focus on how to live. I will remember our lost friends while I’m on the mountain and try to live as they would: full of curiosity, wonder, and vitality. I’ll see their faces in the moon and hear their whispers in the wind.

One of the best things about @rylo is the editing software, and one of my favorite new features in Viewfinder is Timelapse. It’s easy to customize the speed of my videos. Check out the full tutorial on the @rylo page to see how it works. Timelapse is just another way that Rylo makes video editing creative, fun and easy to share.#storiesthatmove

Keep in touch during our Everest/Chomolungma #climbforequality by signing up for our email newsletter:http://eepurl.com/dA620nLink in profile!

Planning for Everest, a wedding, ACL reconstruction surgery, and supporting @rob.lea’s Ultimate World Tri (climb Everest, swim the English Channel and ride his bike across America in a sixth month period) is a lot right now. Deciding on bridesmaids dresses is one decision too many for today. I love the challenge of planning these projects- it’s a way to balance my masculine and feminine sides. Only 5 days until we leave for Everest! Time to get back to work! #climbforequality #triforequality

10 days until we leave for Everest/Chomolungma/Sagarmatha! #climbforequality @keen #keenambassador Photo: sunset en route to advanced base camp on Cho Oyu. One of the things I love most about being on an expedition is rising and sleeping with the movements of the sun, and how grounding it is to sleep on the earth for an extended period of time.

Giveaway!⁣⁣I’m excited to be working with @rylo, whose camera and video editing app makes it easy for me to capture and share video with you. They just announced some awesome new editing features with viewfinder in their app. Now, you can Zoom, Timelapse and Save a Still. You can check out their app and even download and edit my footage to see the tools for yourself. ⁣⁣To celebrate, I’m giving away a @rylo Adventure Bundle, including a Rylo 360 Camera, waterproof housing and invisible grip! To enter: follow @rylo and me, and tag someone in the comments that you want to party ski with. I’ll pick one lucky winner at random and announce on Monday 4/15 in my Instagram stories.

People have a lot of opinions about Everest/Chomolungma/Sagarmatha. I’ll admit, I used to have a strong opinion too. I thought Everest was passé. But a lot changed for me when I saw the mountain in real life. I knew right away I wanted to climb (and ski) it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I spent a lot of time researching different ways to climb an 8000m peak before going to Cho Oyu and Everest. I don’t go to the Himalayas to “conquer” and I am intentional about my approach to this climb. Since it's my first time going to almost 9000m, I decided to climb with @alpenglowexpeditions and the support of oxygen, Sherpas, and guides. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alpenglow pays high altitude mountain workers top wages, outfits Sherpa in the best gear available, and places their safety at an equal level to their clients and guides. We'll practice Leave No Trace ethics on the mountains, including carrying out our own human waste (PSA: poop is trash too). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀For me, it’s important to have humility in how I approach the highest peak in the world and to do it with a margin of safety for my first time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It’s a huge privilege to be able to step foot on the mountain. We are conscientious of the issues and are making an effort to do better. I’m going with an open mind, a positive attitude, and a belief that climbing mountains (and sharing on social media) can bring out the best parts of the human spirit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#ClimbForEquality #everest2019

“You’re going to die…It’s not a good idea for you to go up there…How strong do you think you are?Maybe you should wait…” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀These are some of the reactions I get when I tell people about my ambitions in climbing and ski mountaineering. Of course, I don’t listen to what people say. But those voices creep up. Subsequently, it’s taken me a long time to see myself on top of the highest peaks. I want so badly for other women to have that opportunity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀My friend @sstroeer just started Aurora Women’s Expeditions (AWE) and is launching a new program to give a woman a $5k grant to climb a 6000m peak in Nepal this fall. Applications are due by May 1! See the link below or in profile to apply: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀https://www.awexpeditions.org/summit-scholarship ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#climbforequality

This isn’t the story I wanted to tell, about overcoming an injury a few weeks before one of the most important expeditions of my life. But this is my reality. On April 20, 2019, I’m still going to climb Everest as a #climbforequality because I want to see more women getting to the top- of mountains, boardrooms and leadership positions. Check out the film on the @rylo feed. #storiesthatmove

I don’t normally share videos taken indoors, but I felt compelled to share this one from my PT session this morning because I am so stoked on the progress I’m making with my knee! It’s been one month since I tore my ACL (the day after making my final deposit for Everest). A lot of the rehab has been about balance and proprioception- learning how to do things without that stabilizing ligament. It’s been a challenge for my legs and my brain! I have to use my muscles in new ways. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with PT Marlene Hatch at IHC Park City who keeps inventing the most challenging exercises for me. Seriously, this would have been difficult for me when I had an ACL! The other person who has been instrumental to my healing and recovery is @jessamunion at @rocksteadybw. Weekly massages and yoga have helped my tissue bounce back and I feel almost 100%! I plan to have ACL reconstruction surgery the week after I get home from Everest, so it will be back to square one in June. It’s easy to forget how important fundamental strengthening exercises are. I’m honesty excited for the chance to work hard in the gym this summer and come back to even stronger.

A lot of people have asking me how I’ve been training for Everest, and the truth is, I haven’t been doing a lot (besides PT, some easy cardio, and sleeping in the @hypoxico) since I tore my ACL one month ago. But the reality is, you don’t train to climb a mountain like Everest in a few months or even a year. I have been training for this for the past decade, by climbing up many mountains and skiing down. I’m not freaking out about the setback to my training, I’m not worried about the fact that I’m not spending long days in the mountains. I know that I have the fitness base, and that every other mountain I’ve climbed, every long push, every alpine start, is stored in my cells and my body. When it’s go time, I’m confident that I can do what I need to do. I can’t believe it’s only a little over three weeks until we leave to #climbforequality!Photo: skiing at 17,000’ (5,181 m) in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru captured by @rob.lea

This year, @rob.lea is training for his biggest project yet: the Ultimate World Triathlon, where he will climb Everest, swim the English Channel and ride his bike across America (and get married in the middle) in a short, six month span. No one has ever done it before, and I’m so proud of him for embarking on this ambitious project. What makes me even more stoked is that he’s using this project to talk about gender equality to encourage more men and people of all genders to become advocates for women’s equality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Today is Rob’s birthday. If you want to learn more and support his goal and mission, check out the link below or in my profile. Thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Happy birthday Rob! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀https://www.gofundme.com/ultimate-world-triathlon#ClimbForEquality #TriForEquality

I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss skiing right now. My doctor is strongly advising me not to ski with my freshly torn ACL, and I’m heeding the advice. • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀During these times of healing, I like to visualize my favorite plants: succulents. When you cut off the branch of a jade plant, it grows back in the most beautiful and unexpected way. Likewise, an injury creates space for new growth and experiences.• ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀While one part of me is dreaming about being on the high peaks in the background, the other part is content walking around the scenic lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park with my bestie @brooke.froelich and her kids, as I ease my knee into more and more activity. • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It turns out, nature, movement, fresh air and time with loved ones is just what the doctor ordered. I’m so grateful for the time I got to spend on the trails and in @visitestespark during my #athleteinresidence stay. Being outside with children has a way of putting everything into perspective. It’s the new sprout of growth on the broken branch of the succulent.

As part of my Estes Park #AthleteInResidence stay, I wanted to link up with some of my friends who are Colorado locals. I first met @quinndalina on a DC lobbying trip to advocate protecting public lands. Quinn is an accomplished big wall climber and a former ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2017, she fell while climbing El Cap, and the accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. From the minute I met Quinn, I instantly connected with her drive, passion and strength. I’ve always admired her bravery and courage, whether it’s advocating for public lands or navigating life in a wheelchair. She crushes it on her hand-cycle and sit ski, doing 40 mile mountain bike rides and training for Nordic racing and is a fierce advocate for wild places and spinal cord research.Quinn has lived in Estes Park for the past 17 years, and it was awesome to follow her on a multisport adventure day biking and hiking (while she skied)! @visitestespark

I’m stoked to be in Estes Park as #AthleteInResidence, continuing to rehab my knee and test it out to prep for Everest. This place has everything, from sunny trails and crags to big alpine lines. I’m so grateful to be able to start pushing it with my knee and continue exploring everything this place has to offer. @VisitEstesPark photo: @brodyleven

It felt so nice to soak in some sunshine today while taking out the new @lancecamper Altimeter. This week, the RVX tradeshow was in Salt Lake City, and I had a blast checking out some of the rigs while dreaming about upcoming adventures! @gorving #kickofftocampingseasom #goRVingsponsored Photo: @rob.lea

This week, the President signed a huge public lands bill into law that added 1.3 million acres of wilderness and permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The passage of this bill is a milestone for conservation and outdoor recreation. It combined more than 100 land and water conservation bills, designated 350 miles of river as Wild and Scenic, and created nearly 700,000 acres of new recreation and conservation areas. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we go to DC to talk to policymakers about outdoor recreation and public lands, it’s often hard to measure the success of each trip. I am confident that this bill is the result of the tireless work of thousands of people continuing to show up and speak up for protected public lands. I want to give a huge thank you to all the advocates who helped make this possible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I can’t wait to continue building on this momentum!Photo: @brooke.froelich

Hi! I'm Caroline. It's been a minute since we introduced ourselves, so I thought I'd take the opportunity. I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Utah with my family when I was 15. Even in the Midwest, I dreamt of becoming a professional skier. When I was 18, I started building my ski career while pursuing a degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah. Now, at age 33, I'm a professional ski mountaineer and activist, and I’m humbled to be supported by socially and environmentally responsible companies such as @patagonia, @keen, @fattire, @rylo, @clifbar, @lekiusa, @julboeyewearna, @movementskis, and @prethelmets. Two weeks ago, I tore my ACL, right after I made the final deposit on a trip to climb and ski Everest. Despite the setback, I still plan to attempt the Everest summit by way of Tibet. I'm summiting Everest as a #ClimbForEquality to talk about the lack of womxn on mountaintops and in leadership positions across society, and how men and people of all genders can support womxn's leadership. It's not an easy topic to talk about, but it's near and dear to my heart. I believe how we treat people is how we treat the planet and that we are part of nature and the broader ecosystem. By elevating the status of womxn, girls, and mothers in society, we are doing our part to make the world a better place. This is all a big learning process, and I don't always get it right, but I love the challenge of using this platform to make a positive influence.Thanks for reading and for following along. I'd love to hear more about you! Introduce yourself in the comments below!Photo: @rob.lea

Did you know that around 10% of climbers on 8000m peaks are women? Despite gains for women in many areas of society, when we look at the top, we see a lack of equal representation. This #internationalwomensday, I’m inspired by the women who have paved the way and encouraged me to see myself on the highest peaks, including @melissaarnot, the first US woman to climb Everest without oxygen, pictured here. This spring, @rob.lea and I are calling our climb of Everest a #climbforequality to highlight the role that men and people of all genders can play in supporting women’s leadership. Our goal is get 1000 people to learn about implicit bias and how to disrupt it, and do a post with hashtag #climbforequality by the end of the year. Want to learn support? Check out the link below or in our profile. https://goo.gl/VpMzPK

One week ago, I took a fall while skiing and felt/heard a gut-wrenching pop in my knee. I got an MRI, and it was confirmed that I tore my ACL. Last Friday, I started physical therapy. After talking to two docs, I’m planning to rehab my knee for the next six weeks and get myself to the top of Everest, then get surgery when I get home. My knee feels stable, my leg feels strong, and my range of motion is returning. When things like this happen, I try not to have a personal pity party. I hate the saying, “It is what it is,” but I’ve been saying it a lot. I don’t want to waste precious healing energy going through the “shoulda woulda coulda”, and reliving the course of events that led to the fall. I want to focus on the future while meditating on everything I am grateful for. I’ve had a good season so far and I plan to take you through some highlights while talking about the reality of my rehab day to day. Sometimes we don’t get to control our story, but we can control our reactions to the obstacles we encounter. I’d love any tips on how to keep a positive mindset through adversity, or to hear your positive knee injury stories! Thanks for all the love and support and for continuing to believe in me.

I’m excited to announce that I’m teaming up with my friends at @fattire on our Everest #climbforequality. I love the new look and the fact that they are a certified B-Corp, part of 1% for the planet, 100% employee owned and female led!

Our snowpack in North America has already decreased by 30%, and our seasons are now 10-30 days shorter than they were 50 years ago. Our ski seasons will eventually be cut in half, then cease to exist at all. As a professional ski mountaineer and someone who’s made my deepest relationships in remote, snowy mountain ranges, I personally cannot begin to imagine a world without winters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Climate change was once a bipartisan issue. In fact, George H.W. Bush made a speech in 1988, advocating for action on climate change, and while the issue has become increasingly divisive, I believe we can come together and make a real difference in protecting our planet from the harsh realities of climate change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I'm partnering with @clifbar and @protectourwinters to promote "The Snow Party" so everyday snow sports enthusiasts (like you!) can help create change in their communities with their purchasing and voting power. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Check out the toolkit at @protectourwinters to learn how to talk to your representatives and vote with your actions, and use the hashtag #TheSnowParty to share why this is important to you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀If you want to have a conversation about this in the comments, either introduce yourself with your full name or have a username with your real name and headshot. Anonymous comments will be deleted.

Today, in my happy place. Photo: @louisarevalo #bigmountaindreams

It’s hard to believe we are heading back to the Himalayas in two months to climb (and I will ski) Everest with @alpenglowexpeditions! I can’t help but feeling an intense wave of butterflies. Between fundraising, training and logistics, I have a full plate. It is, at times, completely overwhelming and stress-inducing, but I’m trying to stay focused and to continue ticking away at the to-do list. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀A little more about our climb: we are going to Everest to #ClimbForEquality to talk about the role that men and people of all genders can play in supporting women’s leadership, in the mountains and beyond. Because advocating for women’s equality is not only a woman’s job. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Stay tuned as we continue our preparations and roll out more… I’m excited to take you on our adventure.

Want to hear the real story of our engagement? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I knew I wanted to propose on the summit of Cho Oyu, but when I got sick at advanced base camp, I thought there was no way I would summit. We hiked down to basecamp, and when I felt good enough to get out of my tent, I decided I needed to propose, in case my time in Tibet was over. Rob and I took a short hike to a vista draped in prayer flags, with Cho Oyu in the background. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I had asked for permission to marry @rob.lea from his mom before we left for Tibet. I said, I know it’s untraditional for the woman to ask, to which she said, “No, it’s the family tradition. I proposed to Jim, Rob's dad.” That's when I knew I had to do this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀So at the vista, I got down on one knee, popped the question, and he said yes! We agreed to keep it secret, in case I could attempt the summit. I think that gave me the energy I needed to recover and try again. It was a huge boost, and after another day of rest, we went back up the mountain together, with love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Beauty does not equal worth. Getting to camp 2 from the summit of Cho Oyu, I looked my worst but felt my best after accomplishing one of my biggest dreams. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀After a recent panel discussion about women in the mountains, a man in the crowd asked me what dads could do to support their daughters. My response: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Don’t tell her she’s beautiful first. Tell her she’s strong, determined and capable of far more than she could ever imagine. Don’t lead with comments on her looks, her beauty or her youth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Young women and girls in our society spend so much of their lives hearing about looks first. We become conditioned to equate our value with our beauty. As a society, we need to stop leading conversations about women with critiques of their personal appearances. Comment below if you agree!

It takes all the same skills/mindsets/attitudes to become an activist as it does for adventure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I had an awesome time doing my Activism+Adventure talk at the @alpenglowsports speaker series in Tahoe last week. In one night, we raised about $30,000 for @protectourwinters (and I felt like a rockstar on stage with the cool, over the ear microphone). My heart is filled with gratitude for everyone who attended and donated to support POW! Thanks to all the volunteers who makes it happen! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I know these aren’t some sick powder shots, but this work means as much to me as any big line I ski. I love the adrenaline rush of being on stage, but even more, I hope to inspire the next wave of environmental and human rights activists! I am in the midst of launching my own foundation to continue growing this side of my work. More to come…Photos: @rokisphoto

It was a day dreams are made of in the Wasatch… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Tomorrow, I’m off to Tahoe to speak about ski mountaineering and activism! Check out @alpenglowsports for more info. I hope to see you there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Other upcoming events: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Feb. 9 Squaw Valley. I’m guest guiding with @alpenglowexpeditions! See the link in my profile to join us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Feb. 11: Holladay, UT. @rob.lea and I are doing our Cho Oyu slideshow and the Utah premiere of our film, Turquoise Goddess about our trip at @rocksteadybw. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Feb. 14: Taos, NM. B Inspired Festival. I’ll be sharing the stage with fellow @patagonia ambassador @forrestshearer at 3:15 pm to discuss mobilizing against climate change through sport. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It’s going to be a whirlwind couple of weeks here! I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect with old friends and new. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Photo: @leecohen_pics

I don’t post perfect photos and I’m not a perfect person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I’m learning more everyday about how best to use my platform to create positive change in the world. Sometimes we may not agree and that’s ok. What’s not ok is name-calling, profanity and using hateful, demeaning language. I’m here to listen and learn and I read all your comments even if I don’t respond. I have every right to moderate comments on my posts, and inappropriate comments will not be tolerated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀On a personal level, I’ve never been motivated by “just skiing” and mountaineering. That’s not what my page or my brand are about. Skiing and mountains have always been a way to talk about deeper social and environmental issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I wanted to say thank you to my followers who stay with me on this journey. I see you and I appreciate you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Skiing supports my mental health. Today, these turns were much needed. Photo: @brodyleven

This SuperBowl Sunday, I #TakeAKnee to support football players who are bringing awareness to police brutality, racism, and power inequality. I support the leadership of @kaepernick7, who said he was taking a knee to "stand with the oppressed. This stand wasn't for me. This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice, people that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and affect change. So I'm in the position where I can do that and I'm going to do that for people that can't." Racism is a big problem in America. It's uncomfortable to talk about. But we cannot afford to be silent. As white people, we need to use our platforms and voices as allies and supporters of these movements. We live in a great country, but we can and must do better, for each other, and to honor our country's greater Democratic ideals of liberty and justice for all. #BlackLivesMatter

Outdoor retailer is all wrapped up, and it was my best @outdoorretailer trade show to date. I kicked it off with a pre-OR slideshow and film at @neptunemountaineering with @julboeyewearna and @fattire and I couldn’t believe the turnout of over 300 people. It warmed my heart and I am so genuinely grateful to everyone who came. Thank you for supporting me. Next, I spoke at a @protectourwinters event with Colorado Governor @jaredpolis, @outsidehilary, @clare_gallagher_runs, @alpinist007 and Alyssa Caddle. We ended the show by showing our Cho Oyu film at the @winterwildlandsalliance @backcountryfilmfestival! What a whirlwind of a week. Still buzzing from all the excitement! Thanks to everyone who came to the show, took meetings with me and worked so hard to make it happen. I know it’s not an easy thing to pull off. Photos: @david_crothers @mthurk @rob.lea

Want to ski with me in the Squaw backcountry on Feb. 9 and help me raise money for my Everest climb and ski? Join me for a guided day of backcountry skiing in Squaw Valley’s renowned Nat Geo bowl with @alpenglowexpeditions ! Link to sign up below or in profile. Hope to see you there! #bigmountaindreams https://alpenglowexpeditions.com/blog/caroline-gleich-squaw-backcountry-ski-day/Photo: @mikumerikanto

Announcing the new Caroline Gleich x @julboeyewearna family series goggle designed with illustrations by @simon.charriere! Last spring, I visited Julbo's international headquarters in France to design a custom goggle and I am so excited how it came out! It is inspired by stories of big mountains, from the Wasatch to Chamonix. This is a dream come true. It will be available in stores next fall, but in the meantime, one lucky winner will get a pair! To enter, follow @julboeyewearna, @carolinegleich, and @simon.charriere and post a picture about your mountain inspiration tagging #bigmountaindreams, @carolinegleich and @julboeyewearna in the caption. Winner will be announced next Monday 2/4! Contest limited to residents of the USA.