@alexhonnold is the world's best free solo climber. What in the world motivates him? It's a mystery to me, yet hopefully I'll pry a secret or two from the master when we present this Friday the 28th of April at @berkeleyironworks. We will share a combo slide show to support the @khumbuclimbingcenter. Free beer with admission and funds go to a good cause. selfie from the Capitan.
Flashback to that one day in 1998 when Anselme Baud and I skied the Western Ice Stream on the Vinson Massif in Antarctica. ⛷ Anselme is legend for his ski descents in the Mont Blanc Range. If jump turns on steep terrain in flannel shirts is your gig, check out the video (in link) of Anselme and Patrick Vallençant skiing the Arête de Peuterey back in the day. Nice video.
We were both guiding the the high point of the frozen continent and were waiting for the flight out. A thick ground fog had us grounded. Sensing the sky was clear above, we set out for a day of skiing. The main Ice Stream was calling. The ski descent was 2000 meters elevation change at a steady angle. For Anselme this was his birthday gift; he turned 50 while on the Ice. It was, by his estimation, the longest continuous descent he had the joy of skiing. On a personal level, I was able to play with a "ski extrem" hero and explore the range. Anselme is a kind and generous soul. The day we skied will always be close to my heart. Thanks Anselme. #neverstopexploring@thenorthface
It's not everyday I present in Texas, but when I do I like to keep it weird. Slide show tonight @yeti flagship store 220 South Congress in Austin Texas, 5-8. Show your support for the Texas Climbers Coalition, enter a mini raffle and share a smile.
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Strength comes in many forms. @jenniloweanker is a strong woman. Her love of family as a mother and spouse is the basis for her work as an artist and writer. The passion she has for helping others finds its place in activism and philanthropy, working tirelessly to see the @khumbuclimbingcenter to completion. Beautiful and confident each day is a new challenge that is welcomed with a smile. The happiest part of this is our love for each other. Trust, understanding, support, acceptance and kindness are the foundation of sixteen years together. I love you Jenni.
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This weekend's "honey do" project literally involved honey and the producers of this fine food, bees. @jenniloweanker 's holiday gift was a bee kit. Built a mini bee stand out of gneiss and stained the cedar box with tung oil. Our queen, workers and drones are on order from an apiary near Cedar City, Utah. Once the plants start blooming and the timing is right we will start the hive. Our little pollinators are facing a tough go. Loss of habitat, climate change, insecticides and disease are all making bee survival a matter of global importance. One-third of of the food we consume has a connection to bees. Our goal is to help out plants in a 5 mile - 8 kilometer radius and nurture a batch of bees. Knowing that 40% of hives fail we are not taking this for granted. Challenges are good for the human spirit. If you have dandelions in your yard please let them flourish. Bees benefit from these colorful plants. Stay tuned for my bee line. 🤓
March 28th is Father's Day in our house. Today would have been my dad's 89th birthday. While he is no longer with us, his love for my mom, our family and the outdoors abides. A snap from way when taken by my brother, @stevenanker, captured a moment atop Mt Hoffman in @yosemitenps. Wally lived for getting outdoors and hiking around. There was nothing that made him happier than having me carry a pack on a hike as he progressed in age and I was finding my stride. When he encouraged me to climb full time I had the confidence to seek a life of adventure. Thanks Wallers for the life lessons. Doing my best to share them with the boys. #love#respect#generationsofclimbers
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Gallatin Canyon gneiss is 2.5 billion years old. It was formed at about the same time atmospheric oxygen appeared. Oxygen, as we appreciate it in a breathable form, happened about 500 million years ago. Climbing on rock this old is a reminder of how insignificant humans are. We are changing the atmosphere by introducing increased amounts of CO2, creating a sudden change for the planet. Our insignificance is going to have serious consequences. Tiny and big view at the same time. @tsthomson enjoying the exposure and view from Skyline.
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It's a wrap. A week of rain and valley temps in the 60s has melted the ice in Hyalite Canyon. For the dedicated looking to scamper up low angle ice there is still a few flows worth hiking to. Otherwise it's time to hold onto rock. The February 2017 Global Temperature Report states the Contiguous U.S. experienced the warmest February in past 39 Years. We feel it. Spring has sprung. @manoahainuu on the Fat One. Thanks @hyalitecanyon for the good times. @protectourwinters@thenorthface
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We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us. Royal Robbins was integral to the golden age of Yosemite climbing. From the NW Face of Half Dome, the Salathé and NA Walls on El Cap to the genre shifting free climb of the NutCracker Royal defined clean and free climbing. Layer up a devotion to the environment and wild kayaking, Royal played all his cards. To his family and friends: empathy and respect. Photo by his good friend Tom Frost, early 60s. You forged the route of life with conviction. We will all follow.
On the 13th of March 1996 my friend Alex Lowe called to share the news of the boy that @jenniloweanker had just delivered to the world. This man, @iloweanker, four years later through a twist of fate would become part of my life as I became part of his life. Over the following years we would grow close through shared adventures, love for family and my steady drive to encourage Isaac to excel in life.
Today, with his brothers @max.lowe and @sam_loweanker we celebrate 21 orbits around the furnace in the sky. While it's rite of passage as the government allows fermented beverages, it means more to our family. It's sharing our roots. It's setting out for distant horizons to discover the self. And it's being a catalyst for positive change.
Thanks for being a son. @mayzosaurus (thank you)
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perfect hands 🏼
cruiser fists 🏼
Yeah for women! On occasion of International Women's Day special thanks to these two moms. Raising children is at the core of their being. For Jenni, my spouse, thanks for raising three boys with a sense of purpose & dignity and caring for me with love. For Helga, my mother, thanks for encouraging me to find my calling and helping me realize my dreams. Both of you get extra & for understanding this game with gravity I play. That you both love crime solving TV shows with female protagonists and talk to the dogs in your own special dog voice is ever warming. Love you both! @jenniloweanker#momsarethebest
The presence of squirrels running on snow and birds singing in the forest is most calming. Thank you @michiganicefest for hosting the mid West climber meet up. While hucking laps on steep ice is what keeps us sane and fit, it is the happiness from our community that makes event special. The trust climbing is based on breaks down assumptions and stereo types. Once you've shared the joy of gravity in the vertical realm you have an immediate connection with fellow climbers. It's like belaying is this secret handshake of kindness. 🦉For the lifers ⚔️, @anniegilbertchase, @icevince, #angelaVM, @carlosbuhler, @timemmett , #marcusgarcia, @karstendelap, @realwillgadd and many more, welcoming novice climbers to the fold is intrinsically rewarding. Rather than view more climbers as less climbing for myself (cliffs are a finite resource and the ice season is shorter each year) new friends in the outdoors equate to happier and kinder folks in society. And what's not to like about that? The UP waterfall ice is world class - an amazing setting on Lake Superior @picturedrocksnps. Thank you rangers for your help and assistance with a wonderful weekend. @puremichigan@thenorthface@petzl_official@down_wind_sports
Here's looking at you! @kailightner is a fellow @bluewaterropes climber. He recently won the youth bouldering and took second in nationals. Kai is hella strong & lanky. His motivation for climbing is on par with his dedication to knowledge and education. It's always uplifting to see Kai at the comps and share time with him. Psyched to see the direction our sport is heading. #dontletgo#kindness
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A dzo is a hybrid between a yak and domestic cattle. In Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia they are used as pack animals and a source of milk and meat. Baby yaks and dzos are a source of food for the yeti, the legendary ape like glacier being. Having folklore be part of your life is human. Wether the yeti or "abominable snowman" exists is beyond the scope of social media. What does exist are the hardworking people and their animals of the Himalaya and @yeti coolers.
After transporting cheese and apples for the LunagRi expedition with @davidlama_official this cooler is now with @tenzing99. Not having a refrigerator this well insulated cooler is the ideal way to keep food fresh. #builtforthewild#tbt
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Chad Umbel exiting "Tourist Trap" at Camp Bird in Ouray, Colorado. Just prior to this snapshot a massive avalanche careened off the opposite mountain. The cliff and cave we were climbing at was plastered with snow. Always inspiring and humbling to experience the power of nature.
Four working days into the new administration and we've seen the environment & climate trampled, woman's rights compromised and uncertainty brought to affordable healthcare. These decisions are motivated by short-term monetary gain, of which not all will benefit. Yet the long-term consequences on health and the environment affect everyone, regardless of where you live. My value set is rooted in climbing: clear communication, trust, partnership and honesty. Success on a mountain is defined by no injury or death, returning as friends and, if things go well, an ascent to the summit. By extension this is how I view life with my family, our community and our fellow citizens of the world. Am I asking too much for #45 to have the same values? "Holdfast, all storms pass" is an old sailors adage. I keep it close to my heart when life gets tough. It's also a reminder to not give up hope. Hope is what the millions of woman shared on the 21st of January 2017. Their voice was unified - asking the president to embody a sense of decency. The type of courtesy ones grandmother instills.
🏽🏻🏾 my darling wife @jenniloweanker in DC with @obeygiant art The March on Ouray led by @heidiwirtz pink rope for dissent & Lily the Cat in her sweater that my mother knit. Lily purrs when when we pet her. She scratches if grabbed.
Carry the momentum- get involved!
Be good Be kind Be happy
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The #ourayicepark hosts the annual Ice Festival. The exchange of knowledge and excitement is proof of how connected the climbing community it. Four climbers giving it their all on the Trestles section of the park. 🥇🥈🥉
The comp takes place today Saturday the 21st of January 2017. Top climbers from around the world will challenge themselves on the wicked pump locker set by @icevince and @andresmarin22
Outdoor business is about getting people outside. Be it in the woods, sandy beaches, dry deserts or the silence of winter we all escape our over subscribed society to find rejuvenation in wild places. For the vast majority of us this takes place on public land. Land that belongs to everyone. @thenorthface signed on to the Outdoor Industry Business Leaders Letter for Public Lands. The monetary benefit aside, this is where we get healthy, unlock creativity and understand our place on earth. Let's keep it public and open for all. link in bio 🏽#ProtectOurPublicLands
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Do you ever ask yourself why you climb? Does your mom ask you why you climb?
I constantly ask myself this question - be it at the gym or the base of the Eye Tooth in Alaska.
We'll never be able to answer the question - if we did we might not have the excuse to try and answer it each time we tie in.
Chris Noble @noblefoto and his new book "Why We Climb" explores this in word and image with climbers from across the globe. If you are fascinated by climbing or might want to explore more, this book is a worthy addition to your library.
Pine boughs with snow, wind swept mountain and ephemeral clouds.
Ever so humbled by nature.
@scott.creel is a friend here in Bozeman, Montana. He and @nmcreel raised @andiecreel and @bridgetcreel to be astute students and fast skiers. Scott is a dedicated biologist and ecologist studying carnivores in the Yellowstone & Serengeti ecosystems. His many students from Montana State University and beyond have helped us understand and protect the wild animals that have no voice in their future. The world is a better place thanks to Scott's dedication.
Peace and happiness to all in 2017.
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Autumn snow and willow bench.
Shout out to @getjackblack
Protection - as climbers we depend on it to keep us off the deck and tethered to the mountain. The hardware pictured here, from the old to the new, is essential to the game of gravity. When you're outside you also need protection. The the sun, wind and freezing temps all conspire to make life miserable. Since 2007 Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balm has been with me from the dry heat of Morocco to the intense sun of the Himalaya. At SPF 25 with a variety of subtle flavors, this stuff is the balm. Delivered in a compact, washing machine proof tube you'll keep the sun at bay and the wind in check. The team at Jack Black also makes a swell line of grooming products for the men in your life. For the man that "has everything" give them the gift of protection. #getjackblack#skincare
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The @accessfund rocks. What would you do if you couldn't play in the vertical? We love climbing gyms as they are an integral part of the climbing life. If climbers couldn't get out and explore the geologic wonder of cliffs we would probably all go crazy. The Access Fund is dedicated to working with land managers, land owners and climbers to make sure that all three parties have a good time. "Good times" are built on respect and communication. The Access Fund has been making sure this dialogue is constructive and beneficial for the past 25 years. Today and tomorrow the Access Fund is roping up for a membership drive. Sign-up or get a friend to sign up if you're already a member. If you're a parent, think about getting your child involved. It's a great way for them to get to know climbing, get some cool stickers and it gives you something to talk about at the dinner table. Cliffs are unique and not something we can take for granted.
[ : ing winter dance 12/14/2012 w: @kephoto ]
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11 December is International Mountain Day. Thanks to the mountains that scrub our air, store our water and bring life to animals & plants. Thanks for providing the best playground! @davidlama_official on the Perfect Boulder with Chomolungma watching over. peace and happiness
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