Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2017’

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I remember watching the awe and wonder…

I remember watching the awe and wonder on my children’s faces as the experienced true wilderness for the first time. It was a look of pure joy, innocent wonder, robust curiosity, and a zest to see more, experience more, learn more about their world and their abilities within it. They’ve known from a young age that the wild lands we have left are a precious gem, a jewel of our planet, the legacy of our nation. Like me, they treasure the wild, and fear for its future. From the rise of anti-science and alternative facts to the growing power of industry over preservation, short term economic gain for the few over long term sustainability for the many, our wild lands and all that depend on them are once again at risk. Today, let’s honor the words and legacy of Edward Abbey, and vow to save what we have left. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” – Ed Abbey | Lila looking out over the mosaic of the Painted Desert, Arizona. #liveyouradventure

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A portion of the 360 degree panorama…

A portion of the 360 degree panorama I shot at the South Col on Mt. Everest back in 2009. I was shooting an expedition with my @eddiebauer teammates and had a spare day here at 26,000 feet, so went out to explore with @jgriber and got this view. Not a bad place for a rest day and a little hike, with views of Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, and out to Kangchenjunga in the distance. See the full, immersive panorama through the link in my profile. #liveyouradventure

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Editing photos to get my mind off…

Editing photos to get my mind off politics, and came across this one of Mt. Rossman and surrounding peaks from Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica 6 years ago. Great memories from that expedition bringing @eddiebauer back to the continent. #liveyouradventure With @khfilms @carolinewaregeorge @sethwaterfall @ed_viesturs

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In 2012, @pedromcbride went to Mt. Kenya…

In 2012, @pedromcbride went to Mt. Kenya with @kimhavell, @francothepapa, and others to tell the story of East Africa’s iconic water tower. The trip brought us nearly to the top of the mountain, nearly hit by lightning, and all the way down to the arid lands of Samburu National Reserve whose lifeblood – the Ewaso Ng’iro River – flows from the slopes of Mt. Kenya. The result was the film, The Water Tower, which is now available online through @outsidetelevision #outsidetvfeatures. See our film and many more great films with a free, 7-day trial at try.outsidetv.com. (see clickable link in my profile) | In this photo by @pedromcbride, I’m moving along the final summit ridge of Kenya and into a nasty lightning storm where the rocks hummed, and we were scared. #liveyouradventure

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Thanks for the welcome show, Cochise Stronghold….

Thanks for the welcome show, Cochise Stronghold. Great to be here! #liveyouradventure #cochisestronghold #sunset #amazingearth #bestmountainartists

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As the sun set from our vantage…

As the sun set from our vantage point in the Hills overlooking Tucson, Arizona, A fitting scene emerged to mark the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. In some ways, it was dismal. Rain splattered on saguaros as a multi-day winter storm marched across the desert landscape, scratching – at least short-term – our hopes of a warm rock climbing get away, with snow in the forecast for the high ramparts of Cochise Stronghold. But, sprinkled amongst the ominous storm clouds word literal and figurative rays of hope: bits of sunlight popping through the cloud, reminding me that tomorrow is another day, and this storm, too, shall pass. 2016 was a year I’m happy to see in the rear view mirror: it was one racked with geo-political turmoil and tragedy, environmental calamity, and domestic decisions that made my head spin. 2017, I’m guessing, will bring much of the same, and its onset for me is marked with uncertainty. But, as always, the rays of sun shine through. I am optimistic about the collective vibrance and vision of humanity to bring sanity to our at times insane world, so work together to solve problems big and small, and to stand up for what’s right rather than what’s the politic of the moment. I believe not in one person’s threats to make our country great again, but in our people’s ability to celebrate the greatness that has always been here, and that is represented in the myriad colors and faiths and perspectives that make us…us. This morning, up in the Catalinas, the rain still thunders down on the desert. But, already the sun is peeking through, bringing cheer to a dark and stormy morning. Let’s look to the sun in all of us, all around us, and make 2017 a year we can all celebrate. Happy New Year! #liveyouradventure #newyear #goodbye2016 #hello2017

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