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brodyleven Practice makes perfecter. (@atlasfoto riding a bicycle).
I hope you folks had a splendid weekend. Did you do something difficult?
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brodyleven I don't know when the transition happened, but nowadays I'm often timing my runs, seeing if I can repeat past runs faster.
With @jeichhorst yesterday, I think I went up and down this Wasatch mountain (cue peanut gallery asking/guessing peak name) faster than I ever have.
We saw a really big rattle snake and got really sweaty.
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brodyleven I raced mountain bikes at my local Ohio ski area when I was younger. Like, preteen young. I would have expected the technique to translate a liiiittle more than it has, now that I have a mountain bike again.
#noskills #falling #slow
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brodyleven Someone temporarily set my running dial to Walk Mode yesterday morning.
After some major 1-on-1 talks with myself, I was able to turn it back up a little for the descent.
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brodyleven Sitting and planning trips, realizing that there are some parts of the world that simply aren't great for me to visit right now.
I hope things settle and allow us all to feel safe in our own homes and welcome in those of others.
Ukraine, just 1 year ago.
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  •   fredieue Working on it. 5d
  •   mschife @brodyleven feel you bro. Living on the kenyan coast has my friends and family freaking out. 5d
  •   hack_design Follow me 5d
  •   portermtb It is crazy @brodyleven . There are so many amazing places that are so off limits right now!!! Bummed for the people that have to live through tough times like that. 4d
  •   prolitegear So true, usually they're like "it's super sketchy" and then you go there and everyone is super great to you and it's a lovely experience. Lately we've heard a few reports of "oh yeah, it was terrifying, we were definitely not safe". Bummer, but there are always other options.. 4d
  •   brodyleven totall @prolitegear. Although I'd argue that there aren't other options. Countries don't substitute for one another, in my opinion. Like, this picture is from Ukraine. If I just wanted to "travel" and go "backpacking," and stay at some hostels, Yes, I could have other "options." But if I wanted to go to Ukraine, which I wanted to do, there is no other option. There's only 1 (for now). 3d
  •   takemetoantarctica So hard to believe what a mess this country is right now! Who would ever thought?! 3d
  •   brodyleven Are you referring to Antarctica @takemetoantarctica? 3d

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brodyleven After rock climbing yesterday afternoon, I somehow ended up asleep, on a chair, by the window, as the shadows became longer. I woke up at 6:30pm, a little upset that I’d fallen asleep, but even more upset that I didn’t have time to get back outside. But wait, what? There’s time to go outside. Yeah, it might get dark--in fact, it will definitely get dark--, but that’s what my headlamp is for. But I’m soooo comfortable. I could totally just stay here for 12 more hours. NO. Get.Up.Brody. It was really hard to rally myself, hands still blackened from the afternoon’s final belay, into bike shorts. The sun was setting. I parked at the closest trailhead and put myself together, @blackdiamondequipment headlamp, @gopro, and my random assortment of bike gear. I was suddenly awake, and really excited to try to do the same ride that usually takes me 2 hours before darkness. It was 8pm. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I flew over the handlebars 4 times, narrowly avoided somersaulting over a cliff, and finished before turning on my headlamp. It was my first time using my new bike to actually move fast, push my fitness, and make myself tremendously satisfied for leaving my comfort to get purposely uncomfortable...no matter how hard it was. 7d

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brodyleven A few years ago, I randomly took a climbing trip to South Korea. Somehow, (because I was the only trad climber around) I ended up shooting with local photographer @jonnjeanneret. Two years later, this photo is the inside cover of the first-ever English language Korean climbing guidebook.
@blackdiamondequipment.
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  •   brodyleven @noelani_tsunami I suppose that's totally right :-) 1w
  •   dane3030 @brodyleven personally, I think that's why this pic is so #gnar. #freesolo #likeaBoss! 1w
  •   brodyleven Oh dear god I'm kidding @dane3030 1w
  •   rodlesser @brodyleven the good life here in Korea! Come for a second round and if not, head south to Chile. My buddies are getting deep in the volcano area! 1w
  •   brodyleven @rodlesser that's awesome. You live in a great place, and yes, Dong-Il created a great book with Jean that I'm lucky to have received here in the US. I skied some Chilean volcanoes last year, but will likely be back for more this year. 1w
  •   rodlesser Sweet! Korea is growing. The guys at KOTRi are opening new crags all the time. We just need more time to be out there... I hope you enjoyed our mountains and pisco! @brodyleven 1w
  •   thepredators100day Hao qiang 1w
  •   crossroadstudios @brodyleven well considering 5.9 is on the upper end of my comfort level for leading, I don't think you'll have any issues. I'll bring the winch just in case though. 1w

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brodyleven When I graduated college, I didn't "know what I was going to do." I told myself, though, that I wasn't going to waste any time. I didn't want to have a period of life where I "didn't really do anything," or was "just figuring things out," or whatever. I wanted to be always consumed in something, traveling somewhere, going through some phase. On a smaller scale, that concept manifests itself in each day. 1w

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brodyleven f r e e d o m (photo by @crossroadstudios) 1w

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brodyleven A nice evening run with @jeichhorst. What's your favorite time of day to be outside in the summer? 2w

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brodyleven Selfies on summits.
21-year-old me.
17,782 feet.
Peru.
June 23, 2009.
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brodyleven Name that place. 2w

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brodyleven Enjoying some rare days in the same country as this young lady. 2w

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brodyleven My summers may be extra short, but I try to have a good relationship with them.
Aside from a short bike ride, I was catching up on computer work for most of yesterday. I don't have the same tolerance that many people have for staring at screens, and that single day off from the mountains made me feel pretty terrible.
This picture is from 2 days ago. That run with Jay made me feel pretty terrible, too. But it was that awesome kind of terrible, which I prefer.
#rockdiscrete with @discreteclothing

photo of me by @jeichhorst
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brodyleven I ran across Park City, Utah in 23 miles with @jeichhorst yesterday, and now I'm like OOWWW trying to get out of bed. I forgot I've spent the last few weeks on a bike. At least Jay is a really great running partner, and the wind was light, and the clouds blocked the sun, and the temperature was right, and the trails were pretty empty, and the rain waited until we were taking our shoes off. 2w

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brodyleven Thrift store shirt. No gloves. Consignment shop shoes. Leftover pedals. Gas station sunglasses. Shorts from when I last mountain biked, at age 13. Free tradeshow socks. Cheapest sidewalk sale helmet. Used bike.
Okay, maybe I'd like to upgrade the helmet, but none of this junk seems to stop fun from happening.
Oh yeah, and maybe the sunglasses, too. But you get the idea.
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brodyleven #PedalToPeaks [Day 14: 74.5 miles, bike]. We woke up next to a 14,411-foot volcano and I went to sleep in the middle of the vast metropolis of Seattle. We did it: rode our bikes from Portland to Seattle, the long way. (And the hard way. The slow way. The painful way. The rainy way). Along with @shredtahoelab, I rode to Mt. Adams, climbed it, and skied it. I rode to Mt. St. Helens in a rainstorm, climbed it, and skied it. I rode to Mt. Rainier in a rainstorm, climbed it, and skied it. Then I left Mt. Rainier looming behind me and rode to Seattle in a long, glorious, relaxing day. I didn’t want to stop riding; I yearned for more. The rain, the huge mountain passes, and the tall volcanoes made achieving our goal that much more fun. With only a few days to prepare before I left my house in Salt Lake City on my bike, I couldn’t believe I had been able to put together everything that I needed. Abe and I ended up with no extraneous gear and exactly what we needed to pull off the mission. While thousands of others--including myself--have dreamed of linking these volcanoes by bike, it took a phone call from a friend to actually outfit a bike, get on it, and go. No big sponsor budgets, no film crews, no 747’s, and no damage to the planet. And only minor damage to our ski bases, leg muscles, and egos.
I appreciate the support of @blackdiamondequipment for seeing the fun in a trip that isn’t halfway around the world. Abe and I had a good old-fashioned adventure (as long as hashtags can be considered old-fashioned).
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  •   chloe__dancing But you left out Mt Baker! Boo! J/k, sounds like an amazing trip & it's nice to see people doing things close to home :) 3w
  •   dannymcauliffe @brodyleven Thanks for responding man. I just want you to know how big of an inspiration you are to me. It's amazing knowing that on a powder day, I'm sharing the slopes with true pioneers like you and @juliancarr . You guys embody what it means to be a soul skier, progressing the sport of skiing not for fame or money, but because you guys love it. #PedalToPeaks is an amazing accomplishment, and has really caused me to think how I need to become more aware of the carbon footprint I produce in my pursuit for powder, and that my laziness is the only thing stopping me from reducing that foot print. So I just want to say thank you, for all you've done for me, the sport of skiing, and our planet. 3w
  •   ltdoptics @brodyleven Brody we would love to work with you and get you some shades! Let us know if you are up for it! 3w
  •   verticallymoving I followed it on your website. Amazing willpower. 2w
  •   brodyleven @dannymcauliffe wow, thanks dude. I'm just like you probably, getting out there to get sweaty and sore. Maybe we are at @altaskiarea together some days, it would be awesome to take some runs. And good point on the laziness. I guess we get creative to get green, eh? 2w
  •   tonimartinavila Great adventure! Congrats 1w
  •   brodyleven Thanks much @tonimartinavila 1w

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brodyleven VIDEO: Want to win a free @suuntonorthamerica Ambit2S GPS watch? It's like the one that I had on #PedalToPeaks to track my climbing, biking, and skiing stats. I used it to find high camp on Mt. Rainier and to navigate back to my bike after getting disoriented on the exit from Mt. Adams. For me, it replaced the need for an altimeter, GPS, watch, compass, alarm, and bicycle computer. Yet I still know that I climbed 51,810 feet over 481.24 miles by bike, foot, and ski.
Combine 2 of your favorite sports, take a picture, and tag #SuuntoChallenge, @brodyleven & @suuntonorthamerica for your chance to win.
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brodyleven #PedalToPeaks [Day 13: 12.54mi, 5899ft, ski. 18.56mi, bike]. If difficult is awesome, today was spectacular. The guided groups started at 1am; Abe and I tossed and turned for a few more cold hours before roping up at 5:15. Climbing was straightforward, the only immediate dangers being navigable crevasses. The route was relatively boring and technically easy, making it hard for me to motivate. We walked, obviously tired from weeks of crossing mountains on bike, foot, and skis, through a stunning sunrise. @shredtahoelab and I carried the crevasse gear that I'd hauled on the trailer behind my bike for 2 weeks just for this day. At 13k feet, like clockwork, I always begin to feel shorter on breath. The route meandered, and eventually I made the mistake of leading us to the impassable side of the 14k-foot bergschrund. We ate snacks and retraced our steps in good humor. I felt like the rolling mountain would never end, as my @suuntonorthamerica watch was indicating slow altitude gain, even with my lightweight gear. Eventually, we stood beside the crater on the 14,410-foot summit. I could see the chain of volcanoes that we'd linked by nothing but our legs, their summits popping through a sea of clouds. The skiing was awesome: sastrugi, wind board, ice, breakable crust, crevasses. We found corn around 11k feet. With more guided groups setting up camp, we quickly ripped our tent down, shoved everything into small packs, and skied 3000 more feet of corn and slush back to snowline. I put on lightweight @salomonrunning shoes that I’d stashed under a tree--not because I didn’t want to carry the 240 grams, but because I had no room in my pack. The trail to the parking lot was long but full of achievement, having done what we set out to do. Our gear dried in the sun (though Rainier was now in clouds, having given us its only 12 hours of calm weather) as we repacked. The road from Mt. Rainier was the trip’s most beautiful, relaxing, and comfortable. With sunlight dipping behind the hills shielding it and its canopy, I didn’t want to get off my bike. We descended 13435 feet--from the summit of Rainier to our campsite tucked alongside the forested road--without touching a car. 3w

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