Great to finally meet author, filmmaker and artist Lito Tejada -Flores last week in Chile. He was one of the original high angle filmers on El Capitan in the mid sixties, climbing and filming on the classic climbing cult film "El Capitan." He was also one of Doug Tompkins' early climbing partners. In 1968, using an old Bolex camera, Lito filmed the infamous Fun Hogs trip w Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and Divk Dorworth when they road tripped, climbed, skied and surfed from Ventura California to Patagonia, eventually making the first ascent of the California route on Fitzroy w the crew, sharing the lifestyle of the adventure dirtbag climber to a generation (and many to come) in the film Mountain of Storms. Always thankful for those before us that showed us the way.... and the guy has style for days.... #legend#respect@tompkins_conservation
It's been a great season riding w @cartercountry. Here he is sending it as per usual. Stoked to share the first episode in the Rituals series from @hanahliving about Mark and his morning rituals. He's a true cowboy in every sense of the word.
Check the link in my bio to watch the vid. It'll put a smile on your face...
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Kris Tompkins 3.20.17
-------------------------------------------------Yvon Chouinard told me the first time he met Kris Tompkins, she was a fifteen year old wild child beach bum surfer in SoCal that had just been thrown out of class for refusing to wear shoes to school. Kris was looking for summer work so Yvon hired her as an assistant packer at Chouinard Equipment in the early seventies. Yvon chuckled and said "well that was the lowest possible job in the company. You could only move up from there." Kris did move up. She eventually became the founding CEO of @patagonia and ran the company w Yvon for twenty years, helping create and make it the company it is today. She left Patagonia in the nineties when she married Doug Tompkins (founder of @thenorthface and Esprit). Doug and Kris decided to focus their entrepreneurial spirit and know how towards major conservation projects in Argentina and Chile. Together, along with their close knit family of friends including Yvon Chouinard, Tom Brokaw, Rick Ridgeway and others, they privately donated, fund raised, established critical relationships with local Chilean and Argentinian communities and literally built several intact functioning national parks from the ground up, protecting millions of acres of mountain ranges, grasslands and coastline in the process. After 25 years of work, Kris finally successfully negotiated the unprecedented terms for the Chilean government to commit ten acres of land towards protected national parks for every acre of land donated by the @tompkins_conservation group. She signed the protocol w President Bachelet of Chile last week. The total land committed to the project will be over 11m acres just in Chile alone. This is certainly one of the most successful conservation projects of our time, and particularly well timed considering the aggressive attempt to roll back protection of our public lands and wild places in the US. If you're in need of some inspiration, Kris is a pretty good one to look up to. Find out more about Kris and the @tompkins_conservation efforts at the link in my bio. @natgeo
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A view of Cerro Corcovado, part of the system of 11m acres committed last week by @tompkins_conservation and President Bachelet to become national parks in Chile. The protected acreage is three times the size of Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park combined. To learn more about this 25 year conservation project and Kris and Doug Tompkins' vision, check the link in my profile. @natgeo
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Kris Tompkins addressing President Bachelet, Chilean senators, and many of the people who have worked over the last 25 years building the park systems that will become part of the Chilean National Park system. With 1.1m acres committed from the @tompkins_conservation group and another 10m acres from the Chilean government, this new protected land is considered the largest private conservation land handover in history. Given what is happening to our public lands in the US, this moment for Chile, and example of conservation for the rest of the world, is a breath of fresh air. Literally. Learn more about this project at the link in my bio. @tompkins_conservation@natgeo
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My first trip down to Chile was with Yvon Chouinard, Rick Ridgeway, Chris Malloy, @thetorpedopeople, Danny Moder, @timmyoniel, Makohe and @jeffjohnson_beyondandback in 2007. We flew down to travel, climb, surf and also spend some time with Doug and Kris Tompkins who were busy building the multiple parks that were just handed over to Chile a couple days ago. It was quite the cast of characters. Besides making a film, we were there to try and climb the pictured mountain - Corcovado. Today was the first time I’d seen it since, this time from the air. Corcovado and everything else we could see from the plane, horizon to horizon, are all part of Parque Pumalin and Corcovado National Park, just two of several parks that Doug, Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team have been working on for last 25 years. It's difficult to describe the scope and scale of the project and the amount of land preserved without seeing it.
Doug Tompkins made the first ascent of Corcovado in the mid nineties, soloing alone to the summit. Our group made an attempt in the summer of 2007. After almost a week of bushwhacking, river crossings, scrambling and climbing, we had to retreat just a couple hundred feet below the summit due to terrible rock conditions. We built a rappel anchor in such bad rock (which was all that was available) that Rick and I weren't sure if we should stay connected to it as Timmy started to weight the ropes on rappel. I still remember the thoughtful look on Rick’s face when he looked at the anchor, looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and unclipped. I followed suit shortly after. We knew if the anchor pulled, we’d be stranded without ropes but figured we’d test our fate trying the impossible down climb as opposed to getting dragged off together if the anchor blew out. Sometimes you have to make a choice when all you have are bad choices. If you’re curious about the trip and want to learn more about Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins, take the night off and watch 180 South. It’s a good time. Check the link in my bio to learn more about the recent land handover, considered to be the largest private conservation land donation in history. @tompkins_conservation@natgeo
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Kris Tompkins and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile take a walk in Parque Pumalin. Yesterday Kris and the Tompkins Conservation group, including Yvon Chouinard, Rick Ridgeway and others, handed over several private parks and reserves equaling close to 1.1 million acres of land to the Chilean people. After 25 years of buying the land, working with local Chileans and building the infrastructure for these parks, Doug and Kris Tompkins' idea to provide fully intact and functioning parks to Chile was made official yesterday. The donated land acreage from Tompkins Conservation and the 9 million acres pledged by the Chilean government is three times the size of Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park combined. This has been called the largest private conservation land handover to a country in history. The whole world benefits from this kind of philanthropy and vision. This model shows what a few people with big aspirations can do for the planet. Please follow @tompkins_conservation and visit www.tompkinsconservation (link in bio) for more information about this incredible project. @natgeo
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Just another day in paradise....It's been an all time winter across the Mountain Collective (@collectivepass) with record snowfall everywhere from Wyoming to California.
Here's a pretty typical scene over here in @jacksonhole. I'm not sure how many powder days I've witnessed this going down at the top of the mountain this winter....more than I can count. They're all starting to blur into one massive storm cycle. Huge thanks to all the ladies and gentlemen and JH Ski Patrol who've worked tirelessly all winter to keep Jackson Hole open for all of us storm riders. There are no words to express our gratitude. #freerefills#powbrain#mountaincollective
Fun day ripping around w @johncollinson yesterday. He moves through life and snow at one speed....that would be full tilt. Among other expeditions and filming projects, he's already climbed all 7 highest summits on the 7 continents....He did it all in a year. He was 17. #casual He's not exactly slowing down at 24. He's turning it up. @jacksonhole#thefuturenow
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@jxnfigs in his element after another long day in the Tetons. Those that know, know. For those that don't, Chris Figenshau is a climber, skier, cinematographer and photographer that usually gets the call for the jobs most others can't do. Chances are, you've seen his work and didn't know it. He's responsible for the high altitude big mountain on slope shots in @jeremyjones' film "Higher" and the long lens summit shots in @merufilm....among others. Always hovering behind the scenes on some of the toughest shoots out there, he also happens to have the perfect blend of dry humor and steadiness you want when things aren't going so well in the mountains. Give him a follow for a good perspective....
Proud and excited for my good friend @chrisburkard to release his long time film project “Under an Arctic Sky.” I know the blood sweat and tears he’s put into this film about finding what you’re looking for in the most unlikely of places. I think it's safe to say he found what he was looking for. Yes... that is someone surfing under the northern lights...He launched a Kickstarter to fund a world tour and pre-sell of the film. Show some love and hit the link in my bio! @chrisburkard
Today my friends at @hanahliving officially launch their mission to change the way we think about food, medicine and sustainable production. Your food is your medicine, so pay attention to what you put into your body. Thanks to the crew at HANAH for making it easy. To read more about what I take for everything from travel to training, check the link in my profile. #hanahliving#foodasmedicine@robdski South Pillar Route, 23,500ft, Mount Everest. #chomolungma
@jeremyjones has been forging his own path for well over two decades now as one of the most influential riders in big mountain snowboarding. He is also a father, a designer and an activist. In his spare time from his exploratory human powered snowboard excursions, he founded @protectourwinters, giving the outdoor and action sports industry a voice in the climate change discourse. He also started @jonessnowboards. Not sure how he does it all but I do know he always does his research. If there is a better design for his boards, he's thought about it, if there is something epic off the beaten path to ride, chances are he's scoped it. I snapped this pic last year in Taos of Jeremy doing a little homework....the old way. #analog
#tbt K7 2001 @conrad_anker was always ahead of his time. He took this selfie of us before selfies were a thing. It was shot on film so I didn't even see the photo until two months later after I got home and had the 100 or so rolls of film from the trip developed. We'd just sat out a decent sized multi day storm, not unlike the one on Meru. At the moment, we were just happy to get some fresh air into our fetid portaledge. This was @brady_robinson's and my first trip w Conrad. We were pretty stoked to be up on the mountain w our new friend. Little did I know then where those friendships would lead. #karakoram#pakistan@thenorthface