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After being in Nepal for three weeks now - waiting, preparing, taking in the country and culture - I finally got to lay my eyes on the Himalaya for the first time this morning. Words can't even begin to describe 😍. Monsoon season is coming to an end and the mountains are calling!

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Not a bad place to cool off on a hot day! #snowlake #pnw #thriveoutside

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One of the ways that I find enjoyment in the mountains is through the challenges that they provide. Always trying to push myself and find my limit. Mt. Rainier was a mountain that I knew I would eventually climb but I wanted to make sure I was ready for it when the time came. Last weekend, I came up with the spontaneous idea to climb it, but without a camping permit, we decided to attempt to climb it in a day, unsure if it would even be possible. This picture was taken at sunrise from Mt. Rainier after we had climbed through the night starting just before 11pm at the parking lot. This is by far my favorite style of climbing - fast and light. That same day we were back in Seattle in time to grab a late lunch. The climb we had just done that morning feeling like a distant dream. This was a great final test as I make my way to the Himalayas next week! #mtrainier #thriveoutside #gearcooper #mountaineering

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Great evening climbing at sunset on Mt. Erie with @goyohatt. Always a fun time climbing here! The views are 👌. #climbing #thriveoutside #gearcooper

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Little Tahoma at sunrise. #mtrainier #thriveoutside

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Clear skies and views for days on our way back down Rainier via DC route! #mtrainier #pnw #mountaineering #thriveoutside #gearcooper

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The High Sierra, alpine climbing, and @cgar618: a few of my favorite things. #matthescrest #yosemite #climbing #thriveoutside #neverstopexploring

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Daydreaming of those cooler alpine days! @cgar618 all smiles staying warm in her quilt after the Matthes Crest traverse. #enlightenedequipment #campingdonelight #climbing #matthescrest #thriveoutside

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Beautiful Budd Lake overlooking Cathedral Peak. 📸: @cgar618 #thriveoutside #yosemite #tuolumnemeadows

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The first climb from our Tuolumne circuit this past weekend was Tenaya Peak. The route was really fun and cruiser, with a bit of spicy exposure in some areas! But we soloed up all 14 pitches in just over an hour! From there we made our way cross-country to Matthes Crest... #thriveoutside #climbing #yosemite #tenayapeak #toulumnemeadows

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@cgar618 on Matthes crest 😍 #thriveoutside #yosemite #climbing

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Daydreaming of this past weekend in Yosemite. We arrived before the crowds showed up and stayed long after they were gone. A nice and relaxing day by the lake...

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I can't think of a moment that captures Summer better than this - alpine lake, camping with an amazing view, and a nice cold beer. Happy first day of Summer! #thriveoutside #neverstopexploring #gearcooper #tbt #huayhuash #experienceperu

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#naturephotographyday One of my favorite memories in one of my favorite places this year was waking up one morning to a fresh layer of snow in Joshua Tree. I scrambled to take a few shots and a few moments later, once the clouds had passed, all the snow vanished. #fbf #joshuatree

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#nationalbestfriendday Just another excuse to post a rad photo of me with my best friend and favorite adventure partner. 😍 #GearCooper #ThriveOutside #fbf

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I've been daydreaming about returning to this place all week! 😍

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Flashback to a few weeks ago coming down from the summit of Mt. Shasta. The clouds were surreal! #flashbackfriday #mtshasta #gearcooper #thriveoutside

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Fun Memorial Day spent climbing with @cgar618. JTree is getting a little too hot to climb but there are still some cool climbs in the shade! #gearcooper #thriveoutside #neverstopexploring #climbing #tradisrad #joshuatree

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