A storm approaches. It wasn’t forecasted, but I shouldn’t be surprised. The Bugaboos are notorious for having a microclimate that brings clouds, wind, rain, snow, or lightning on seemingly a daily basis regardless of the forecast. We were lucky enough to get two clear days on this climbing/backpacking trip before the weather rolled in again, and for that I am grateful! - Rain or shine, the mountains will always draw me in, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy them in so many different ways. I’ve partnered with @backcountry for the rest of the year to keep encouraging people to pursue their passions in the outdoors, and am always happy to share my discount code (ELISE15) for 15% off an order on Backcountry.com! *some exclusions apply* Hope to see you out there! #findyourbackcountry#sponsored
Got to revisit the PNW after four years away! It’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy familiar places in a totally new way (when I lived in Washington before I knew nothing about alpine rock climbing)! On this day, we did Serpentine Arete on Dragontail Peak and took some photos for a highlight piece on alpine rock climbing for Backcountry.com! I’ve added the link in my story today if you want to check it out! And of course, if you’re looking at getting some gear for any upcoming summer adventures, use code ELISE15 for 15% off your first order at @backcountry! (Exclusions apply) #findyourbackcountry#sponsored PC: @ryan_burke11
A million years ago, glacier ice filled nearly all of this valley till just the tippy top of El Cap emerged. Over time, ice retreated and melted leaving first a lake, and then an almost perfectly level silt filled valley floor that calls to the likes of people like me. And probably people like you too... Have you been to this magical place? ———————————————————— Self timer taken a few weeks ago, high above Yosemite. P.S. Ladies summer photography workshop (Sept. 5-8) still has a few open spots! Check the link in my bio!
Climbing/Skiing Mt. Rainier was kind of a dream I didn’t realize I had. I had always thought it would be fun to do, but never really put much effort into pursuing it. But now that it’s behind me, I’m actually pretty proud of myself! Funny how slogging up a mountain in raging winds can give such a sense of accomplishment. 😂 ————————————————————— Slide 1: Summit day on the way up the Emmons Glacier. Slide 2: View of Camp Schurman the previous evening. Slide 3: The skiing for the first 4,000 feet was horrible and icy, but at about 10,500 things warmed up enough for some delicious corn skiing! So fun, and so stoked we brought the skis! PC: iPhone pics from @ryan_burke11
I like the concept of reincarnation. It’s fun to imagine the past lives I could have had. Perhaps I was some lichen in a temperate woodland, or a caddisfly in a Montana river, or a great sea turtle migrating the oceans in search of the best feeding grounds... I think I’d choose to be a droplet of water in my next life. Think of all of the parts of the world you’d see! Evaporating from the ocean, precipitating in the high peaks as snow, and eventually finding your way to rivers and lakes as runoff. And maybe... if you’re lucky... cascading off of this incredible waterfall to mist the valley below. 💦😍 If you had another life to live as anything, what would you choose?
Today is a big day for me! I just paid the closing costs on a small piece of land just outside of Bishop, CA. Feels good to have a little something that’s mine! #adulting —————————————————————— Pictured: Half Dome from a few days ago. Obv not my new property in Bishop.
Every year Jackson experiences some growing pains in the transition from snow to summer. Spring in other places is welcoming with sun and flowers, but here, it rains and snows and rains again and everything gets real muddy. If you’re lucky you might see the sun once or twice in this delicate two month period, but really you just have to not let the damp days stop you from getting out. Each season offers it’s own magic and, besides, if a few rainy days are the price to pay for getting to live in such an amazing place then I’m not complaining! ——————————————————————— I was asked to test Marmot’s PreCip Eco rain jacket this spring and share my thoughts about it. It keeps my dry, so I obviously like that, but my favorite thing is that it’s made from 100% recycled materials and has PFC-free waterproofing, which makes me feel good about lessening my impact when going outdoors. Sharing the link to this jacket in my bio and today’s IG story, check it out and get 25% off the entire site from until end of day 5/27! #wearemarmot#rainon#sponsored