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This morning I woke up to rain which is highly unusual in New Mexico. With the clouds enclosing the mountains, all I wanted to do was go back to bed and listen to slow alternative music.
This morning reminded me of last weekend in Colorado at Rocky Mountain National Park. I booked a backpacking site back in March as soon as the reservations opened because I wanted an epic spot and I planned to do this hike. When we arrived to our site it started raining, and then pouring, and then thunderstorming, which proceeded into the night. I was convinced it would rain until the morning but after a horrible sleep (I am terrified of thunderstorms, especially in the mountains at 10000ft) I woke from my alarm at 3:45am to see stars. So I dragged my friends on a hike up to this lake hoping for an epic light show.
That never came.
The wind was relentless and cold, and the mountains remained surrounded in clouds. I waited and waited hoping for a break but it never came. Just moody, moody mountain views.
Women teaching women.
We are curious, for those of you following us, how many of you have had the opportunity to learn technical rock climbing skills from a woman?
And if you haven’t, what region are you from? We want to learn where our programs are most needed.
Our technical skills clinics are sold out until spring, but if you didn’t sign up in time you can always sign up for a private lesson with one of our guides. One-on-one instruction is the best way to improve or learn your technical climbing skills.
Thanks again to @thenorthface and @blackdiamond for your continued support of our programs and your commitment to making the outdoors more inclusive.
New day, the guys fixed the motor in the morning so... back at Jackson Lake!
This time the motor is working, so here's the first load about to be boated to our site.
BEYOND excited that it's finally happening!
Walks on the wild side. I’m getting all my kit ready for autumn and winter adventures, and these hardworking pieces are my go-to favourites. I always end up going back to my stretchy @fjallravenofficial Abisko trekking tights, tough @scarpa_uk Peak boots, roomy @tatonkacom rucksack, cosy @wearehorizontal beanie and my new favourite waterproof jacket, the @haglofs L.I.M (review of this one just up on The Girl Outdoors). In my rucksack I carry @rab.equipment waterproof trousers and a @patagonia insulated jacket. Any questions you want to send my way, or other hiking favourites you’d recommend that I should test out? 🥾
A group of 8th graders from @coloradoacademy really blew me away last week.
We camped up around 11,000 feet. It snowed, hailed, and rained on us- all with relentless wind. Did I mention they were all sleeping under tarps 😬?
I had kids’ freezing feet on my stomach in the mornings to warm them 🥶 and overall they were all little ice cubes.
We even had to turn back from our original objective because the wind was literally blowing us off of our feet 💨. After we thawed out in the sun we decided to try for Chasm Lake. They all made it, and we had the lake to ourselves!
It was so inspiring to watch these kids show such grit and perseverance, with no complaining (basically) - even though they all admitted to this being the hardest challenge of their lives. Thanks to @dirtlovebeauty for being an awesome partner in this! I just love working with these kids!! #type2fun#growthmindset#survivalmode
The best way I can describe my first six months in Silicon Valley is that it was an all-consuming, ongoing bad trip without the luxury of knowing that I’d wake up or come out okay. I was falling and falling and falling and falling, and there was no one who could stop the spiral. I lost the internal drive that had carried me for so many years and became conflicted about how to proceed. Scariest of all, I realized that I was existing within a system that only saw me as a means of production — an insufficient one to boot.
I had once been the poster child for startup life and a staunch defender of capitalism. I exuded “work hard, break shit, and succeed no matter what” energy, and I wanted nothing more than to be a part of Silicon Valley, that great shining place where idealism and workaholism joined forces to create innovation.
Now that I was truly in it, I began to understand what it actually felt like to be a part of a capitalistic system, to be treated as a tool rather than as a human being.
It meant foregoing exercise, sleep, and occasionally meals so that I could churn out as much code as possible.
It meant destroying my physical and mental health in order to race towards the finish line, to make that launch date, all so some rich person could have another playing to use until the novelty wore out.
It was, in essence, to be considered worthless unless productive.
"Worthless Unless Productive" is about my first time in the Real World and the effect that crunch culture had on my previously held beliefs. Link in bio or at http://bit.ly/worthless-productivity ⚰️
Another Happy Monday to you! I’m still posting from my trip but I promise I’m working on some new content (Swipe for the before shot). The Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail was the harder trail @joshuajoelmunoz and I did on our trip with such an amazing view from the top! It was definitely more rigorous than the Diamond Head hike and we even had to climb parts with rope towards the top but it was all worth it. We also had beautiful weather where it wasn’t blazing hot and there was always a refreshing breeze from start to finish.
I think this trail took us a total of almost 4 hours to complete but we definitely made stops on the way up for some beautiful landscape shots.
Just when you think you have seen such an amazing view, keep climbing because more likely than not it’s even more rewarding at the top.
é segunda. você já parou pra respirar hoje? respire, se você está se sentindo pressionado. isso vai te acalmar e liberar as tensões. respire, se você está preocupado com algo que está chegando ou preso a algo que já aconteceu. isso te trará de volta ao presente. respire, se você está indo rápido demais e deixando os detalhes passarem despercebidos. isso vai te lembrar de desacelerar e aproveitar mais as pequenezas da vida. respire e aproveite cada momento. eles são poucos e muito fugazes para serem desperdiçados. :)
Ahhh, Tailândia! Como é bom estar de volta! Conhecemos a “terra do sorriso” em 2016, na nossa Lua de Mel, e o amor pelo país foi tão intenso, que resolvemos voltar para ficar 3 meses 😍.
E como podem imaginar, temos tanta coisa legal para compartilhar! Para começar essa maratona, nada melhor que falar sobre a principal atração de Bangkok, o majestoso Grande Palácio, a antiga casa do rei.
O post está um pouco longo, mas tem várias informações e dicas para que sua experiência seja, no mínimo, incrível (aconselho salvar esse post para não esquecer nada 😉):
✔️ o complexo funciona diariamente das 8h30 às 17h30. Mas como muitos tours começam a chegar por volta das 9h, o ideal é estar lá assim que abrir (chegamos cedinho e, ainda assim, tiramos essa foto cheia de “paparazzi” 😆);
✔️ a entrada custa 500 bath e o ticket deve ser comprado apenas DENTRO do palácio. Há quem tente vender do lado de fora, mas o ingresso não é válido;
✔️ o dress code do Grande Palácio é diferentes dos demais templos: homens devem entrar de calça e mulheres de joelhos cobertos e camiseta de manguinha (não vale o lenço). Para não sofrer no calor tailandês, leve as peças numa mochila;
✔️ tem uma lojinha de roupas lá dentro, caso esqueça algo, mas, obviamente, é mais cara (o Ric pagou 200 baht pela calça que é vendida por 90 na rua). Dica: na frente do palácio tem uma loja que aluga peças por 50 bath;
✔️ cuidado com golpes: é muito comum ser abordado por motoristas de tuk-tuk dizendo que o palácio está fechado. O intuito é levar o visitante para conhecer outros lugares com uma paradinha “estratégica” em lojas de joias e ternos (pois é, terno). Não caia nesse papo, o palácio NUNCA fecha;
✔️ dentro do complexo está o Wat Phrae Keou, o famoso Buda de Esmeralda. Fique atento para não passar despercebido. Dica: na entrada, você receberá um mapa com todos os pontos, acompanhe por lá para não esquecer de nada;
✔️ o Grande Palácio é impressionantemente lindo. Observe a riqueza de cada detalhe e gaste o tempo que for lá dentro (não é possível entrar novamente depois que sair). São mais de 200 mil metros quadrados e muito, muito calor! Vá de sapato confortável e leve água e protetor;
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Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Montana.
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Last day, last tube ride, last slip on Bond Street, last double decker...you cannot think like this. London is my home now and I WILL be back in January if all goes according to plan. For now, a new chapter begins.
is there anything better than a weekend on a mountain w friends & bears?? -athena
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Some days you start singin'
And you don't need a reason
Sometimes the world's just right
Your clear eyes ain't even blinkin'
Got a heart full of grateful
For all you've been given
Some days you just get by
Yeah some days you're just alive
Some days you're livin'
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I expected the Albanian nature to be dry, flat and not very interesting, but it's actually lush, vast and full of beautiful mountains and blue rivers. Dribin through that landscape wasn't easy, because I needed to stop every few kilometers to enjoy the views. Luckily I had a patient travel partner with me.
This season has been a weird one for me.
It's not uncommon to feel discomfort when your summit mountains - infact it's almost guaranteed and in my view part of what makes getting to the summit worth it.
However this season my knee and hip became problematic to the point I had to question or ultimately sit out doing some of the larger objectives.
My answer was to immediately start physio and get to the bottom of what the issues were - and I'm happy to say I've crossed a mountain off my list without any serious pain!
Although it's hard for me to let go of summer, the transition from summer to fall is one of my favorites. The cooler air makes for perfect adventure temps and I'm spoiled with world-class leaf-peeping right out my backdoor (if I don't miss all the changes this year while I'm over here in Australia!).
I also really love dressing for fall. I love wearing flannels and sweaters and my favorite fall boots! The style I'm rocking in this post is called the Dalton from @bionicashoes. They are super comfy/lightweight boots and the red laces really make them pop. I've been wearing @bionicashoes shoes for almost 2 years now and continue to LOVE the styles they put out each season. What's your favorite part about the transition from summer to fall? #bionicashoes#bionicapartner (photo by @photograferg )
It's wild to think that these amazing mountains have been in my backyard the whole time I was growing up and I never knew it! I can't think of a single time I went up to visit the Maroon Bells as a kid/teenager... My priorities were different then. Since there wasn't a chairlift to a terrain park on these mountains they weren't really on my radar...
As an adult, I've grown to value SO much more about what Colorado has to offer. I still love snowboarding in the park but I also LOVE earning my turns or walking back as far as my feet will take me into these wilderness areas. I have explored more of the Maroon Bells Wilderness this summer than all my years before this combined!
I am grateful for my home in Colorado and with that, I really like to support local companies. @yocolorado has been a supporter of me and my adventures for almost 4 years now. In the summer I almost exclusively wear their hats and in the winter I almost exclusively wear their beanies. I'm also almost always wearing my Colorado socks from them under my hiking boots. If you followed me last winter than you would have seen me wear this particular beanie MANY times. It's called the Women's Apres Pom and I have it in a few different colors now. They also make mens or unisex beanies and I find them to be the best quality I've found yet.
Fall is coming and if you need some new beanies feel free to use my code "YoArielle" for 20% your order. Whether you are from Colorado or not you can rest assured that these beanies are amazing! #yocolorado#yocoloradopartner (photo by @photograferg)
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Classic case of trying not to get hit by a car when getting a road portrait 😬
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I have a bad habit of touching my face... I’ve struggled with acne for over 5 years now and it’s almost like my fingers instinctively search my face for flaws on a regular basis. Yesterday my grubby fingers met bump after bump and the urge to pick/pop was too strong...
As soon as I could I found myself in front of a mirror and literally went to town picking at my skin. As I stood there I kept telling myself to stop... that I was making it worse... but until I had squeezed every last one I couldn’t walk away.
I looked at what I had done to myself and started to cry... back home I am kind of sort of getting the hang of what’s causing my acne but the change in climate, “time of the month” hormones, and loosening around my dietary choices while traveling have seemed to create the perfect environment for my skin to fully break out.
It’s hard not to feel defeated when I know how hard I try... It’s hard not to feel defeated when I see someone with flawless skin who literally does nothing for it... its frustrating to feel like I can’t “loosen up” without paying the price... it’s hard not to want to give up...
It’s hard... until I think of all the other challenges that have come my way that I didn’t give up on. It’s hard in the moment to remember this but I know in my heart these challenges have shaped me into the person I am today and that they are all placed in front of me to give me the chance to grow. One of my teacher always says, “The path to freedom is not pain free.” And as frustrating as that might feel when I’m sitting in the darkness... I know it’s true.
I know not all of you can relate to the skin struggles but what I’ve noticed is we all seem to be facing one thing or another. I don’t share my challenges because I want advice or encouragement... but I share because as I cried in front of the mirror yesterday I felt alone in my struggle... and I know I’m not.
I share with the hope that even just one person will read this and know they aren’t alone... I can’t take away your struggle... but maybe by showing you that you’re not alone, I can remind you of your strength.
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Probably one of the best reading spots I’ve ever had thanks to the lovely view of the Matterhorn just out our window 🏔. Surprisingly, this was my first time ever spending the night in a Swiss hut after living here for over 2 years. While my tent will always have my heart, this place wasn’t too bad either! Swipe to see the view out our window at sunset.