I wake up with the sun, wipe the dust from my eyes and look over the cliff into the horizon that for now is mine alone. After an 11 hour slumber in my bivvy it's time to wake up and spend some quality time with Joe. After a steamy meal of eggs, bacon🥓 and potatoes🥔 I head to my walk-in closet and rummage through a rainbow cacophony of gear. I scratch my head in disbelief at the amount of shit I need to train and roam in the mountains all day (compared to my track racing days of yesteryear). Once properly dressed in my business suit I raise my arms overhead, salute the sky and look upwards. It may be the weekend but Saturday is when the real work begins and this is my office. Time to climb. #riseandgrind#runsteepgethigh#mountainrunning
A clip of the Q&A with Angelo Baca and Teresa Montoya at #LabriolaCenter#ASU talking about #BearsEars and Indigenous coalition building (note: sorry for the shaky camera)
Bears Ears National Monument under attack—again.
In December 2016, President Obama designated 1.35 million acres of Utah’s iconic Bears Ears region as a national monument. Now, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking President Trump to reverse the one protection that safeguarded Bears Ears from oil and gas drilling, uranium and coal mining, tar sands extraction, rampant looting, vandalism and other dangers.
America’s treasures must not be exploited. ACT NOW—link in bio.
View from camp in Bears Ears - one of 24 national monuments now at risk of losing federal protection under Trump's executive order. This week's bright spots include @patagonia threatening to take legal action and tomorrow's Climate March 🏼
after i finished printing these little guys, i just felt like they weren't "done" yet. and i've always liked stitching onto paper. so, what do you think? should i do more like this or just give up and bake some cookies?... either way, i will probably still bake cookies and these will be in my shop in just a couple weeks! so keep an eye out if you want one 🙃 10% of all sales always donated to the @accessfund
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As some of you might have heard the President has ordered a review of all National Monuments designated between 1996-2017 over 100,000 acres in size. This is VERY disheartening and could be devestating for those of us who cherish these beautiful places. We can only speculate what might come of this, but together we can make our voices heard! If you would like to help, here are a few petitions currently available for your signature-
Scattered bits of history cover the ground in Bear's Ears National Monument.
Some of these pottery sherds are pushing a thousand years old, but still, visitors frequently pocket them, erasing the record for future generations. How can we protect our history?
Text ‘Defend’ to 52886 to urge the president to uphold the protection of Bears Ears National Monument!
I'm feeling a little upside down lately...what with the attempts at healthcare legislation 'revision' and the executive order to review all national monuments over 100,000 acres created since 1996 (which includes Indian Creek/Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante). I'm headed to Washington DC in 2 weeks to go lobby with the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund to help show our industries might. It's really exciting!
But we have less than 45 days before Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke offers his recommendations for our public lands AKA national monuments to President Trump. So I'm making my voice heard TODAY. Join me?
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Contact Secretary Zinke. His FB page and link to his email form are in my bio. Call (202) 208-6416 and ask to speak to the Secretary. I got his voicemail but I left a nice message urging him to honor his words, "Without question, our public lands are America's treasure." and support National Monuments in their current form. .
. @sstroeer Pose attempt inspired by @liljillkuz#havenolimits
Almost finished with my #toutyourturf series! I had never heard of this place until President Obama declared it a #nationalmonument as one of his final executive actions. And, boy, was it met with controversy!! I don't generally get political on this account, but I'm happy that he did this. It ensures that sacred Native American relics will be preserved, and that's important to them and for us. "The monument is named Bears Ears for a pair of buttes that rise to an elevation of 8,700 feet more than 2,000 feet above the surrounding Colorado Plateau. Capped by Wingate Sandstone, the buttes and surroundings have long been held as sacred or significant by a number of the region's Native American tribes. Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings dated to more than 3,500 years ago have been discovered in the region, just some of the estimated 100,000 archaeological sites protected within the monument. The distinctive Comb Ridge monocline cuts across the monument, and the 47,116 acres Dark Canyon Wilderness protects roadless, undeveloped canyons dropping to the Colorado River. "David Lavender described the area in his book One Man's West (1943) as 'a million and a quarter acres of staggering desolation between the San Juan and Colorado rivers, a vast triangle of land that even today is not completely mapped.'" I'm not sure of its tourist appeal, but I thought I'd include it because of the controversy surrounding it. But I'd love to see those cliff dwellings in person!
We're devoting the next three days to the U.S. National Monuments currently 'under review' by the Trump administration. Here is the headliner, #bearsears, in southern Utah. It was created by President Obama at the request of Native American tribes who'd spent six years attempting to get ancestral canyonlands preserved. .
“The Holy Land is everywhere.” -Black Elk .
speaking tomorrow at 2pm @bksdance with poet #thomdonovan writer & activist #rebeccaOjohnson and choreographer #KathyWestwater about our visions of public monuments. trump is currently reviewing all national monuments designated in the last 20 years including #BearsEars a 1.3 million acres tract of land that is sacred to the Pueblo people. History repeats itself . He is "committed to rolling back the egregious abuse of the Antiquities Act to serve far-left special interests." So this conversation feels particularly important! pictured here, last weeks premiere of #anywhere by #KathyWestwater and blank federal park signs by #parkmcarthur now on view @whitneymuseum
Public lands for preservation are not a land grab. #bearsears
Light drips from sandstone
cliffs rising from earth. From home.
Will this land stay safe?
I've been at a loss for words since yesterday, when an executive order to review our country's national monuments was signed. The review could result in the reduction or elimination of some of these protected lands, and it makes me sick. Our president fails to understand that these places are sacred and loved as they are. The wildlife and human history that makes these places important are inherently valuable and there's a lot of people who want them to stay protected as is. But human wants and needs shouldn't always guide how we manage land anyways. Although our government is supposed to uphold the life, liberty and happiness of its people, I think we have a duty to care for every living thing that exists within our country. I hope some sense will soon come to the surface.
Yesterday's Executive Order by the Trump Administration is the first step in an assault on public lands that will leave protected landscapes vulnerable to oil and gas development, mining, logging and grazing. The executive order targets monument designations of more than 100,000 acres dating back to 1996. Most venerable to this attack are parks designated under the 1906 Antiquities Act, specifically Bears Ears National Monument, designated in the final days of the Obama Administration, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, designated in 1996 by the Clinton Administration. Both of these parks are located in southern Utah and and their spectacular beauty, history, and ecology need to preserved. On a personal note, what I love most about this country is the beauty of the land itself. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, "There is nothing more American than our Nation Parks." We as Americans cannot sit back and let our public lands be ruined by the interests of oil and gas.