I don't understand how people in the US, and particularly our political leadership, continue to deny climate change. On each trip to the Valley over the last several years there are more and more dead trees, the result of drought and beetles. The trees are a clearly visible sign that our ecosystems are changing, a sign that anyone just has to look around and notice. @yosemitenps has been actively cutting down dead trees as a safety concern and yet more and more of the forest looks dead every time you look down from the walls. I hope it's not just an oak forest in a few more years...
This depresses me. But it's also why I offset my travel through @mossy.earth and generally eat vegetarian/vegan And why I just put solar on my home. In the absence of political leadership we can still try to do things as individuals.
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Smoke, deer, and Middle Cathedral. An early morning portrait of Yosemite.
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@maurybirdwell is the ultimate renaissance man - he runs the Honnold Foundation for me, he's my attorney (whatever that means), and he takes me on solo tours in Eldo. And shockingly, he's single. So any ladies that need legal advice or a solo tour of the mountains hit him up. Seriously.
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I remember @tommycaldwell talking about the idea of climbing 3 14s in a day - super cool to see @carlodenali actually execute the vision. V14, 5.14, and a 14er in day. What a day! I'd be proud of my month if I could ever send V14...
Nice work @calstrin on the video!
I spent my morning installing solar panels with @gridalternatives. Or learning how at least. I've supported GRID's mission for several years through the Honnold Foundation - it's always a pleasure to join in and do some real work. Super satisfying day - especially knowing that the elderly homeowner will be saving thousands of dollars over the life of the system.
I didn't get any good pictures; too busy learning. But I'm stoked so I'm sharing anyway.
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On Friday I had the great pleasure of being honored by the California State Senate for my ascent of El Capitan. Senator Ted Gaines introduced the resolution and it was a pleasure to meet him and his staff. My family and I got to sit through the Senate session which felt pretty educational. And I got a picture with this amazing golden bear which apparently then-governor Schwarzenegger bought with his own money to put in front of his office. All in all a pretty amazing experience at the capitol.
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Pretty excited to point the van south - Valley time here we come!
@roam made this video about what I've been trying to do through the Honnold Foundation. I appreciate them highlighting the work - in a world where there are still one billion people living in poverty there remains a lot to be done. Link to the Foundation in bio: honnoldfoundation.org
My friend @jasoncurtisphotography has been making epic labeled panoramas of the Pacific North West. This shows the entire Cascades as seen from the summit of the Tooth (one of the only things I've climbed here...). He's selling them as prints for anyone who wants to tick every mountain. #makingmapssexyagain
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This is the best my phone could do through my pair of eclipse glasses. Pretty cool life experience. #notaphotographer.
Walls have always been my biggest source of inspiration - they fuel my imagination and sense of exploration. My friends and community are all centered around climbing walls. Pretty proud of @thenorthface for deciding to build public climbing walls around the country to help share that inspiration. #wallsaremeantforclimbing
The highlight of Outdoor Retailer this year was taking a social lap up the south ridge of Superior. @jonathan_retseck decided to crawl the whole ridge - apparently road biking a lot doesn't help prepare you for thousands of feet of exposure. But no one perished! The @rxr_sports corporate retreat was a great success!
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@tedhesser capturing proper warm up technique. Good times sport climbing!
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Because @jimmy_chin asked for it - here's @50cent! We didn't get to chat or anything but I still feel slightly cooler somehow. Classy! Thanks @jimmykimmellive.
Edit: I was just informed that I look especially dorky next to a handsome, well dressed man. Thanks @sannimccandless.
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Different routes, both desperately pumped.
I'm super proud of my girlfriend @sannimccandless for managing to launch a life coaching business while climbing on the road. It's been great to see her pursue her dream of helping people lead a more balanced life in the outdoors while still living in a car and climbing full time. For anyone that needs help finding their best balanced life check out her website (link in bio). I know it's a shameless plug, but I'm proud of her. And hoping to have a sugar mama one day...
Photo by @tedhesser
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Whoa! I made it on @jimmykimmel! Pretty sure you can still watch it tonight on ABC, just finished filming. Whirlwind experience. I met 50 Cent!! #kimmel
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Home life in the Ruth Gorge. Living beneath 5,000ft walls on top of a 4,000ft thick glacier sure makes you feel small. Here's @freddiewilkinson pondering his insignificance beneath the midnight sun. Alaska - sure puts us in our place.
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@freddiewilkinson and @renan_ozturk will go to any length to get the shot. Blue pools!! Renan couldn't have been happier with the glacial scenery. Their pics are surely better but some times I like to shoot back anyway. @thenorthface
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Just got home from a short trip to the Ruth Gorge in Alaska where I continued a very long and slow class in alpinism from these two. Thanks to @renan_ozturk and @freddiewilkinson for slowly molding me into a mountain climber. We didn't send our project, but we put up two little new routes and enjoyed the views of the real mountains around us. Denali, looming in the background, keeps our 1500ft rock route in perspective. At least we weren't up there!! Thanks @thenorthface for letting us go learn in the mountains.
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One last celebratory photo of El Cap because I'm still pretty darn stoked. But I'm leaving on a @thenorthface expedition to Alaska today so I guess the climbing life goes on...
Thanks @jimmy_chin for the epic pics. I'll now return to normal climbing and environmentalist posts. Good times.
Still so stoked!! All smiles on the summit right after topping out. I was elated, @jimmy_chin was probably just relieved that his movie has a happy ending. But seriously, it was an incredible process with an outstanding crew of good friends. So happy to share the experience with friends. Who knew soloing could be social? (In its own way). Thanks @samuelcrossley for the photo and all the help.
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I've been overwhelmed by the well wishes I've received post El Cap. I'm moved by all the messages from friends and the greater climbing community. It's been incredible. But this text from @jaredleto might take the cake... big thanks to @30secondstomars and the city of Nashville for giving me such a gift. I really appreciate all the positive thoughts - thanks, everyone!! Such an honor.
So stoked to realize a life dream today :) @jimmy_chin photo
The one and only @james_lucas going to the death on Cosmic Debris (5.13b). I've known James for over a decade as we've both scrapped around the west coast living in cars and climbing too much. Though he's recently gotten a real job, a nicer van, and a solid girlfriend. Is this growing up?!
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Happy Mother's Day to a very adventurous mom!
All the members of the #climbthehill event gathered in the Senate. It was a super educational day of meeting with our representatives in Congress. And honestly it was really inspiring to see so many climber come together to #protectpubliclands. If you zoom in you can find the elusive Peter Croft who spoke about climbing on BLM land around Bishop. And @sashadigiulian, who managed to lure in her fellow Virginian @timkaine. Super humbling to speak in front of such a knowledgeable and passionate group. And certainly a first to speak in front of a Vice Presidential candidate.
All in all it was a great opportunity to learn firsthand how much work the @accessfund puts into keeping climbing areas open for us. And it was important for me to realize that our members of Congress and the Senate are more accessible and more receptive than I'd though. Sending letters and making calls work - they care about feedback. Certainly when they get enough of it...
All climbers should be a member of the Access Fund - accessfund.org.