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Timothy Lu

Instructor at USC and PCC. Backpacker, rock climber. Avid traveler.

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At Joshua Tree this weekend. Didn't climb due to a finger injury. Going to be out for a month or so, in that time I'll take photos of other climbers and work on my hiking. Still, jugged up to the anchor of Popular Mechanics (5.9) and got some awesome shots of Laura (@monkeesclimb) getting a clean lead on Ace of Spades (5.9) and photos of Ben (@bennwebster) doing a smooth follow. Played with some b&w processing. Looks epic!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #joshuatreenationalpark #outdoors #alwaysoutdoors #nature #naturephotography #climbing #climbingismypassion #girlswhoclimb #ladycrushers #tradisrad #crackclimbing #joshuatree #jtree #np #findyourpark #rei #rei1440project #lasportiva #blackdiamond #Fuji #Fujifam #xt20 #fitness #blackandwhite #photography #photog

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Had fun being a climbing photog this weekend with some real awesome crushers! Pictured here are Hannah, Kyle, Andrew, and Laura (@monkeesclimb) on some climbs at Power Wal this Saturdayl. More photos to come tomorrow of some sweet J Tree shots from Sunday! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #climbers #climbing #climbingismypassion #girlswhoclimb #ladycrushers #nature #naturephotography #alwaysoutdoors #neverstopexploring #shortcoming #malibu #powerwall #photography #Fuji #fujifilm #fujifam #photo #outdoors #outdoorsclimbing #outdoorslife #rei #rei1440project #lasportiva #mythos #blackdiamond #bd

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Went to Sneeds Cory to climb some slick stuff (thanks Texas). Afterwards, hustled over to Hueco Tanks with a really cool guide and went on a pictograph/climbing tour. Learned a lot of cool things about the history and totally understand why guides are necessary. We also got to touch some classic rock (pictured here is Moonshine Roof). . . . . . . . . . . . #climbing #climbingismypassion #tommays #nature #naturephotography #photography #outdoors #outdoorsclimbing #optoutside #rei1440project #rei #rockclimbing #huecotanks #Texas #bouldering #pictograph #history #neverstopexploring #fujifilm #fujifam #xt20 #hiking #hikingadventures

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Caverns were cool! Lantern tour and Big Rooms. Lots of really cool structures! The scale of everything was ridiculous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Carlsbadcaverns #caves #caverns #photography #nature #naturephotography #outdoors #optoutside #nationalpark #nps #rei #neverstopexploring #traveling #travel #travelingram #travelgram #instagood #hiking #cave #findyourpark #rei1440project #lanterns #big #bigroom #alwaysoutdoors

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Had a pretty cool weekend with some awesome people. Traveled out to Texas and New Mexico. Photos of them and the things we did to come, but let's just say we started by going deeper... . . . . . . . . . . . #travel #travelingram #travelgram #photos #photography #Carlsbadcaverns #caves #nationalpark #np #Ilovenationalparks #nature #naturephotography #caves #Fuji #fujifam #outdoors #neverstopexploring #rei #rei1440project

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Light overnight backpacking trip to the Bridge of Nowhere with a few friends. The stars of the show were of course the dogs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #dogs #photography #dogsofinstagram #hiking #bridge #nature #naturephotography #Fuji #fujifam #xt20 #neverstopexploring #backpacking #losangeles #rei #rei1440project #fitness #cardio #hikingadventures #camping #friends #outdoors

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Theme parks and museums, something L.A. has right next to each other. Glad to be able to easily experience both types of entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #themepark #universalstudios #universal #harrypotter #hp #entertainment #museum #broad #thebroad #art #photography #photos #theme #fun #friendship #friends #travel #losangeles

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Hi everyone (sorry if you saw this on Facebook already) but this is a call for aid. My brilliant friend Ada Yeung (one of the best souls I've ever met) has recently had a horrible encounter during her travels. She trusted a stranger to watch her things and instead he decided to steal everything that is hers. She makes a living documenting the kindness of strangers and received the complete opposite treatment. He did not just steal some tourist or traveler's things, he stole my friend's livelihood. Her entire career and survival relies on her photography. Please help my friend get back on her feet with a small donation. Whatever you can give will go a long way. Please help a friend put her life back together. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/ada-tech-replacement (also in the original post). And here is her website and her project: https://www.ada.photo/ https://www.thekindstrangerproject.com/ . . . . . . . . #emergency #friend #aid #gofundme #help #fundraiser #India #friendship #money #traveler

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L.A. City art. Keeping the city vibrant and alive.Glad to take the time to go through the Arts District and check out the murals and art throughout the area With Karin (@sheepdoll) and Jessica (@tinklebergstiltskin) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #losangeles #art #streetart #urban #urbanexpression #urbanphotography #photography #Sony #camera #photograph #city #citylife #cityphotography #lalife #la #artistry #neverstopexploring #justshoot #photos #artsdistrict

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Bit of a change to the feed this week... Some friends (Jessica, @tinklebergstiltskin and Karin, @sheepdoll) were in Los Angeles for the first time and I showed them around. It's interesting to decide what is worth seeing in your town and thinking as a tourist. Over the next few days, going to explore Los Angeles through the lens of a visitor being taken around by a local and perhaps some well-known but less obviously touristy things and what it was like exploring my city. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #losangeles #lastbookstore #Sony #tourist #exploring #neverstopexploring #photography #urbanphotography #citylife #la #losangeleslife #California #friends #visiting #culture #people #photographs

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Last Friday was a beautiful day to go out and climb at New Jack. It was a bit windy and a bit cold, but worth it to go out and explore. Oh, and shoot a few potential magazine covers. 😂 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #climbing #climbingismypassion #climbersofinstagram #nature #naturephotography #adventure #outdoors #outdoorsphotography #outdoorsclimbing #sportclimbing #fitness #training #optoutside #rei1440project #rei #stronghold #nevergiveup #neverstopexploring #findyourpark #findyourtrail #California #Cali

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Here's a photo of Kevin (@thetofusaur) atop Angel's Landing. Adventures take you to wonderful places. They can also throw you curveballs and force plan changes. You always hope things go to plan (and they usually do) butt sometimes... Well, shit happens. It was too cold and the trail a little more brutal than expected for us to stick to our original plan. We tried to get a campsite somewhere warmer but everything was taken for the long weekend. We ended up calling the weekend short and went home; did some climbing the next day. It was still a great weekend and a good time. Just gotta go with the flow and enjoy things for what they are. This makes me excited for the plans in March and my trips planned in April, May, and beyond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Zion #nature #naturephotography #photography #outdoors #outdoorsphotography #fitness #hiking #adventure #roadtrip #findyourtrail #findyourpark #Utah #rei #rei1440project #training #strength #athletic #alwaysoutdoors #angelslanding #friends #outside #naturelife #camping #campingtrip

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On the road back from Zion, drove through the Valley of Fire. Adventures take you to unexpected places and do unexpected things. Last pic of the road from Zion, but not the last pic. One more post to come, with final thoughts of the trip. For now, have some sushi. . . . . . . . . . . . #nature #naturephotography #photography #valleyoffire #Nevada #hiking #hikingadventures #roadtrip #natgeo

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Here's a break from Zion photos and a shot from Joshua Tree. Went out and followed a few lines. Cold and windy day but worth it. Good day and slowly learning how to jam. Shot of me rappelling. pc: Jerry (@jerryputs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #climbing #tradisrad #tradclimbing #climbingismypassion #climbinglife #nature #naturephotography #photography #fitness #strength #training #outdoors #rei #rei1440project #outdoorsphotography #Patagonia #lasportiva #optoutside

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The hike up to Zion was a little brutal due to hiking it with no sleep. We eventually made it up though and the view at the campsite was worth it! Definitely would like to camp here again, but maybe come from the other side (all downhill) instead of the way we went up... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Zion #nature #naturephotography #outdoors #outdoorsphotography #hiking #camping #fitness #rei1440project #woods #campingtrip #alwaysoutdoors #neverstopexploring #findyourtrail #findyourpark #photography #cold #winter #hikingadventures #zionnationalpark #trails #legday #backpacking

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Went out to Zion this weekend with my best bud Kevin (@thetofusaur). Originally had a bunch of hiking and camping planned but after discovering a serious amount of snow on one trail and a grueling hike on another we decided on a change of plans. Always an adventure with this crazy cat. More photos and thoughts to come over the next few days as I go through GoPro footage and shots. For now, here's a shot of Angel's Landing and the beautiful view from above. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Zion #zionnationalpark #angelslanding #nature #hiking #naturephotography #outdoors #outdoorsphotography #backpacking #camping #alwaysoutdoors #neverstopexploring #adventure #findyourtrail #outdoorslife #photography #Samsung #Utah #friendship #fitness #fitnessmotivation #hikingadventures #strength #legday #hike #mothernature #natgeo #rei #rei1440project #salomon

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Went out to New Jack City with a solid crew on Friday: Andrew (@andrewtippie), Gabby, and Noah. Here's Andrew cruising up Fun in the Sun (5.9) and us at the top of Crooked Dick Spire (spicy 5.9). Great day with great people. . . . . . . . . . . . . #climbing #climbingismypassion #climbinglife #nature #outdoors #alwaysoutdoors #optoutside #naturephotography #outdoorsphotography #rei1440project #sportclimbing #training #fitness #strength #strengthtraining #fitnesstraining #fitnessmotivation #findyourpark #neverstopexploring

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