This is my favorite shot that I've taken of @darcejaeger climbing so far! We just came back from three awesome, but skin shredding days climbing in Bishop. This was taken in Happy Boulders on the Atari (V6). The boulder sits on top of the canyon so it provides amazing views of the Eastern Sierra, but will give you a gnarly tumble down the slope if you fall off the boulder problem wrong.
Never have I been so happy to get down off a mountain. Never have I felt like I was not gonna get down safe. Never have I felt so comfortable being able to be confident in making a decision to turn around. I guess theres a first time for everything...
Strap on the crampons and helmet, grab the ice axe and head up the hill. Postholing as normal. Steeper and steeper. The snow began to become the consistency of dippin dots. As it got more and more vertical and the soft snow did not stay in one place, we realized our ice axes were useless if we slipped and started to slide. And at a certain point on the traverses, the slippery soft snow would have dumped you right off one of the many exposed edges. -
I wasnt tired or fatigued. Believe me, I wasn't done with the climbing. But it didnt make sense to climb higher knowing that I wasnt 100% sure I could get down safely. (Like i said before, Ive always been sure I could decend) So i stopped. Not knowing whether to climb up or down, I called out for help. If Tony hadn't coached me and said, " just take it really really slow" , at that point I was too nervous to think clearly. I just took his advice and took very slow backwards baby steps down the rocks and snow until I was at a place there was a tiny bit more room for error so I could then relax.
Even though this was my second attempt, its far from a loss. It's the best steep snow slope training I've had to date and also an important lesson on how much my nerves can take. We will return when the snow is a bit more solid. It doesn't matter that we were about 300 vertical feet from the summit. My crew and I survive to mountaineer another day.
Tremendous thanks to the team. @t_elevated@freckled_wanderer@theshirelife@rh__outdoors and also to @spyoptic for these #happylens goggles. -
Went for Feather Peak but got turned away around 10,800’. There were big whomps and fracture lines all over the place, which sucked because there was otherwise decent powder. Oh well, I needed some tent time.
It’s always great when the weather 🌨 works in your favor on an adventure. This snow day made for some very fun snowboarding 🏂 on @mammothmountain.⠀
But there are times when the weather just doesn’t cooperate...like when a hurricane 🌪 skirted the coast of Kauai causing days of heavy rains ☔️ keeping us condo bound for days. 🤷🏽♀️⠀
Any of you have stories of when weather worked for 👍🏽 or against you 👎🏽 on one of your adventures? ⠀
Help foster a wanderlust heart. Tag #thekinfolkadventure.
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Anybody else get to @junemountain over the long weekend? Like @marcusc9 says, “There’s never a bad day at June.”
Tá frio na região do #MonoLake!
A geada ocorre quando o orvalho congela em contato com superfícies a temperaturas negativas!
It's freezing in #monolake area!
Rime ice is formed when small water droplets freeze on contact with a surface which is at a sub-zero centigrade temperature.
This photo is too great not to #repost! @flatlandphotographers
We’re back after spending a few days in Bishop. We got to hang out with some amazing climbers and shoot with some other professional photographers the whole time (@gajdaphotography and @thecircuitclimbing). Look forward to seeing many more photos of Bishop coming up soon!
Here is @daniel_beall working through his project, “The Process” (V16) in The Buttermilks, just as the last light of the day was fading out.
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Are you afraid of the dark?😉
@flatlandphotographers captured some magic with the help of portable spotlights and a solid group of friends. Pictured above is @zoe_steinberg crushing it on “The Fall Guy” (V9) on the Fly Boy boulder in The Buttermilks. #visitbishop
The pursuit of happiness (which in this case waking up really early to the get to the top of a mountain, and making it back down in time for the nfl playoffs is basically the same thing)(until your team loses🤮)(But just now 4 lead changes in the final 4 minutes for that Vikings win against the Saints...wtffff that just happened!)
It looks like there’s some snow in the forecast this week! Who’s ready to drop in on some powder?
Photo by: @shotday via @nickrc90
38 192117 hours ago
I'm always looking for new ways to capture the vast beauty of the Sierra rising up from the valley. This particular day found me driving around Crowley Lake looking for views of the lake and maybe Owen's Gorge. I found both but what really grabbed my attention was this curving road through the desert hills with grand snow covered peaks off in the distance. I rarely head out to the Eastern Sierra without finding something new and exciting. Every trip surprises me with a beautiful new discovery. Even though it's a 6 hour drive, I like to think of this as my backyard. Can't believe I waited so long to move to California! What's your back yard like ⛺