This is @francesca_mastromarino one of the most bad ass girls I’ve met. She’s quit her job, air guitared the summit sign, worked on the PCT with archaic tools, and swore the takedown of the dehydrated mountain chili. She is a huge inspiration to me and became a true source of friendship on the trail when I needed it most. Here she is enjoying the breeze at 11,503ft.
From below it looked like the mountain top was covered in sand. A quarter mile from summit, it was that and more.
I had never reached a true summit before. 11,503 feet and this is what we found. Two metal lunchboxes bolted to the rock and filed with thousands of people’s notes and wishes. Stories of how we all came to this place and what it meant. Some notes exclaimed love for another, some sorrow for a loss, some laughter for a bad joke, and some for the pain of being alone. Those crumpled and wind torn notebooks reminded me what we all share despite all our differences: we are all human.
I’ve spent so much time thinking about what it means to be strong on a mountain. Even sick, cold and tired @emilyrh trekked on. It’s not about the physical strength but the mental. What goes on in every hikers brain is different but it always seems to get out the same. Left foot. Right foot. Carry on.
I’d left New York August 29th, 2018 from LaGuardia Airport Terminal 7 on a sold out United flight. I’d slept 3 hours that night and was foggy from the strong celebratory beers I’d had prior. I couldn’t have dreamt the Northern Cascades if I’d tried. And yet 36 hours later there they were looking upon me asking- who the hell are you? And all I could think was: Damn good question.
I’d never seen a slot canyon before. We’d pulled over at Sams request to explore just a little more before continuing the 2 hour dirt road drive to Moab. I was tired, hot, and caked in red dust. We got out and walked into the mouth of middle of nowhere. To this I found:
The enchanting @realcatcrow takes in the Escalante skyline after a multi day backpacking trip to Biglers Bench in Utah.
Some of you may know, some not. As of August of 2018 I left my 9-5 job to pursue full time freelance adventure photography. I traveled across 6 states, visited 10 national parks, and shot over 20,000 images for @discover.outdoors new West Coast itinerary. It’s been a life changing, physically demanding, and friendship blossoming adventure. Over the week I will be sharing some images from the 40+ day shoot. Today we launched and I couldn’t be more excited to show the world what we created. Link in the bio-
A little dramatic sky never hurt nobody - Montauk, NY Oct 2018
I took this shot this immediately before dropping my polarizer 100ft down the Arches National Park dome after setting it on my lap for “one last shot”..... what do you say...worth it?
I don’t post pictures of myself on here ever. This is about my work- but since I took this picture I figured it counts. I took this at the summit of Sahale Glacier in the Northern Cascades National Park. Some may know; some don’t. I quit my job a month ago to join the team of Discover Outdoors to shoot a campaign for them. I’ll be gone for a month, traveling across the Pacific Northwest. I’m so beyond grateful to have the chance to do what I love. Shoot people. Shoot places. Shoot stories that give hope to the exploration of the outdoors.
This was taken in whiteout conditions with 50+mph winds after 6 hours of backpacking. Adventure is contagious. Go get it. Do what you love. Make yourself happy. Find a mountain and climb it. It’s worth it I promise.
These amazing women were kick ass mentors to the girls in our group trip to the Gunks. Nothing felt better than supporting each other out on the rock. “YWWC was inspired by @discover.outdoors Women in the outdoors week. We hosted a collaborative climbing session and after seeing the power of women mentoring women we decided to develop a mentorship program for NYC girls.” “The girls were so supportive of each other...they really enjoyed seeing their peers progress and were motivated by each other’s accomplishments.” *Updated* This series comes from a part of the @thecliffslic wonderfully collaborative program Young Women Who Crush.
One post is certainly not enough for these girls. Mariana, Litszy, Mharuya all amazing girls and even more amazing climbers.
@discover.outdoors does some amazing work and helped get these kick ass ladies into climbing and then to their first trip to the Gunks. “Thank you for exposing us to rock climbing which I might not have ever had the chance to explore. I could have never imagined that I would ever fall of (repelling) from so high above but I have done it. That courage to do that was developed from all the support you have given.”
Shiyulli I’m pretty sure never stops smiling. It’s why I wanted to bumb a belay off her when we first met. The friendship since has been pretty damn awesome.
Started climbing: A little over a year ago
Type of climb: Sport lead but learning trad!
Most badass moment: none yet! (Inaccurate she’s had plenty)
Most challenging part of climbing: “I’m impatient...get me on something and sudddenly I’m hotheaded and it distracts me from being thoughtful and creative about the next move”
Best part of climbing: “The friends! Of all the sports I’ve done, none attract a group as chill, supportive, or appreciative of their environment as climbers. I promise it’s a healthy obsession?”
Coertunay @ckanani.surf has been my best friend since we were 5. We learned to surf together at 7 and will forever share our love and respect for the water.
Board: Single fin Longboard 100%
Home break: Venice and Malibu
Best wave: First point Malibu, and Zeros
Worst wipeout: County line on a south swell
Biggest inspiration: “The feeling of being connected to the ocean... belonging to something bigger than myself and realize how much my body can do...Also getting to see all the other girls out there noseriding and ripping is a huge inspiration.”