Happy Friday ladies!! Time for the weekend or days to plan for future trips to come! Our featured lady of the day is @tatjana.velkova ascending this gnarly wall! 😱
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone (Jof di Montasio - 2754m)
Check out this rad gal and give her a follow and some likes! ❤️✨🧗
3 865 hours ago
#fbf to that one time I wanted to be spiderman! O wait, that's almost every #hike in #thewhites
There’s nothing better than being outside. Not even ‘sex, drugs or rock and roll.’
👉🏼Did you know that research shows that by being outside for a minimum two hours each week can reduce DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, CUT the risk of other diseases, and BOOST creativity and cognitive abilities... 🤯
Not even a great Netflix binge can come close to those incredibly positive affects of nature🌿
AM I RIGHT ?!
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I’m so glad that finally we received some rains today even just a little. Let’s hope a chance for fluffy snow ❄️ at Yosemite this year 🤞 #fallvibes
Today’s #thruhikerthursday is Karla Amador, @lovekarlaamador. Karla is a long time friend here at @womenwhohike and the co founder of the @52hikechallenge. When I asked Karla to send in her story, she told us that she wasn’t going to sugar coat it. Here is her story about hiking and completing the JMT, this past summer:
“I completed the John Muir Trail on August 25th. We hiked for 23 days, 240+ miles. I’m not going to sugar coat it, it was hard, much harder than I anticipated. For me, this trek was about processing some pretty big things in my life that had been holding me back, my codependency and love addiction. With each step and each day, I walked my truth, felt my pain and was simply there for it - accepting and releasing. By the time I reached Mammoth (we did it NOBO) I exhausted… but I didn’t allow myself to give up. By the time we finished, I didn’t celebrate in the way I had anticipated because I was burned out. What I learned was two-fold, first, we are capable of so much more than we can imagine. By following the same steps as planning and hiking the JMT, it gave me a new sense of responsibility in my life. It has given me a perspective that with proper milestone setting and execution, I can do anything I set my mind to. Second, it would have been ok to stop at Mammoth and finish the remaining week on another occasion. It’s ok to do what’s best for us, especially if it’s to take care of ourselves. Sometimes it’s giving ourselves grace, forgiveness, and not riding ourselves so hard. While I’m proud that I stayed true to course, I think I’ll stick to day hiking and shorter backpacking trips from now on.”
#tbt Sometimes you slip and things get silly when you’re trying to get that perfect pose! Don’t take yourself too seriously, life is too short!
📍The ancestral land of the Tongva. (source: native-land.ca app)
The road will always be there, you just have to decide when to take it... Like in the fall 😎🍁
39 27514 November, 2019
Cascade Mountain. For most social media-savvy tourists this snap down Banff Ave is the textbook 'if you don't have this photo, did you even go to Banff" shot. But the thing is, for me, this mountain holds so much more meaning. Just under a year ago, Cascade Mountain took the life of a friend. △
Mountains have always been a safe haven for me - a place I go in search of adventure, to recharge, to be re-inspired. It is in the mountains that I have pursued dreams, acquired a love of the wilderness, grown confident, and been immersed in a world so deeply beautiful that those experiences will forever be a part of who I am. △
At times it's unfathomable to think that the places that can bring so much joy, can also be the most unforgiving. But the truth is, mountains are wild - sympathetic to no one - they are both unpredictable and humbling. Mountains require us to be stronger than we think we are, endure more than we think we can, and remind us just how fragile life can be. △
Just a wee little outhouse perched up in the sky. These cabins are built high up the mountain and expect a lot of snow so everything around here is super tall. Wouldn't want to have to go and realize you have to shovel a few feet of snow!
Discover your Authenticity at the Crazy Snow Balance Camp! Switzerland, January 2020. The other kind of winter sports trip. Fun international group, connexion, yoga, massage, meditation, consciousness and epic snow fun! Link in bio.
Caught aloft on mountainous winds we pushed our way higher and higher. Cool, alpine air laden with smoke filled our lungs with each deep breath; a strange contradiction. Our determination found us climbing granite walls and pulling ourselves through rocky keyholes. A summit constantly in view left us thirsty for success while the dry, soot filled gusts kept our throats parched. A world of stone and decomposing minerals surrounded the ascent and challenged our every move. The desolate wild tested our resolve while at the same time welcoming our presence.
It's not about the finish line, it never has been. It's about the story that unfolds along the way.
Such a marvelous journey.
October 13, 2019
The sunsets here don't disappoint. Another beautiful day in the books. Lemme tell ya, if theres something on your bucket list that is even close to being within reach, go for it, don't wait. We only live one life, might as well fill it with as many beautiful memories as we can.
3 7514 November, 2019
This is a happy and nervous me flaking out the rope before @jasonhardrath and I climbed Cathedral Peak on Sunday.
There's something about the simple acts of checking gear and flaking rope that calms me in the moments before a climb.
It's a zen-like practice, I think. Repetitive movement that creates a calming rhythm.
It's the last bit of guaranteed familiarity before climbing into the unknown.
Leggings, hoodie, and pink tank top by the incredible @nwalpinegear
Their products are made in Oregon and are some of the best adventure gear available. #notanad#ijustlovethem
𖧶 Soaking in as much of this DC fall as possible.
In the middle of the chaos of the city, is Rock Creek National park. Full of gorgeous scenery and historical Civil War fortifications that we used to protect DC, it is an escape from reality and a literal breath of fresh air.
“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” - Ansel Adams
10 45813 November, 2019
Join Robert A.F Thurman and Michele Loew for this year’s Buddha & Yogis retreat in Molokai, Hawaii happening this January 22nd-29th, 2020!⠀
Sharing practices which provide students with the wisdom, technical skills and transformative abilities to reshape the universe and intimately know the awakened experiences of the Buddha & the Yogis, this retreat will be a powerful experience for all. ⠀
Join us for this immersion in the magic of the forest, ocean, sky, and the tantric mandala of Pu'u O Hoku Ranch, a family-owned biodynamic and organic ranch and farm, rustic retreat center, and sublime getaway on the remote and tranquil east end of Molokai, Hawaii. ⠀
Pu'u O Hoku is surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of protected land, immersed in the transcendent beauty of one of Hawaii’s most amazing islands. ⠀
Don’t miss this opportunity to start the 2020 New Year in the beauty and the bliss of yogic inner sciences with these two master teachers. ⠀
Space is very limited--secure your spot soon!⠀
To learn more and to register, please visit the Retreats page of Menla's website.⠀
Image from "Flowing Through The Knots : A Buddha and the Yogis Teaching" from the Bob Thurman Podcast.⠀ ⠀ #yoga#meditation#yogahigh#bobthurman#robertthurman#puuohokuranch#wildernessbadass#beautifuldestinations#hawaii#travel#tibethouseus#tibethouse#menla#menlaretreat#yogaeverydamnday#podcast
This post resonates so deeply with how I personally feel I had to share it all. Thank you @feelllflow .
“I feel like I’m ‘better’ because I don’t let ego get in the way. But the fact that I judge tells me that ego is present and comes from something deep rooted in me that I need to work on.”
The start of a new trip always stirs something up in me. Excitement, of course, but also an overwhelming flood of emotions and questions. I find myself wondering why it is I’m here, why any of us are here. Trying my best to be a conscious traveler, analyzing the best way to do things, how to support locals, how to keep the culture alive. I also find myself getting caught up in social media and getting frustrated with how these places are depicted in the Western eye. What makes places so popular and who these places were really made for. The 5 star hotels in the middle of tiny streets. Designer shops visited by stray dogs. String bikinis in religious areas, in which I’ve read articles about women who say “I can wear whatever I wan’t.” What business do any of these places have here? I don’t know. I haven’t studied ecotourism so much. Maybe they brought jobs and helped the economy. I really don’t know. The contradiction here is that on the other side of things, I get sucked into thoughts of “why didn’t I bring more cute clothes?” “Where can I buy the best bikinis?” “I should really get my eyebrows done while I’m here” “I had lots of carbs in the winter in NZ, now it’s time to go on fruit fasts.” And it becomes a cycle of getting frustrated and judging society while also feeling the pressure to be a part of that society. Realizing I’m a dirty, broke backpacker with moral obligations, with waves of insecurity about not looking the part. No booty pic van life feed, no heels and bikini at a luxurious pool, no fancy drinks. That is not what my feed looks like because that is not what my travel looks like. So going back to what I wrote - I like to “think” that ego is not present, yet I judge those things, and I judge those things because I am not those things, and not being those things is on both spectrums (Continued in comments)