Risk vs. reward.
Without realizing it, it’s become a prominent theme throughout my life. In school, in the mountains, in a lot of what I do.
I’m here in Washington DC to #climbthehill with @americanalpine and @accessfund. Tomorrow, the Utah team, of which I’m a member, will have several meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss our outdoor lifestyles and specific pieces of legislation related to them. This relationship involves clean air and water, healthy energy development, keeping wild places wild, improving access to the outdoors, and growing our economy. As is, the outdoor recreation economy in Utah serves 110k jobs making $3.9B, pulling in $12.3B in consumer spending. That’s more than twice the number of jobs than mining (32k) and energy (18k) support.
See why it’s an important discussion to have with reps?
I carefully weighed the risks and rewards of coming all the way to DC. But I’m here, with stewards like @katieboue, @carolinegleich, @brittany_griffith, and @patagonia, wanting to prevent sustainable tourism and archaeological, cultural, and natural treasures on public lands from being forever compromised in the name of short-term profits.
We have legislation to discuss. We have stories to tell. We have suits to wear. We have meetings arranged. Now, we just need to have representatives who act in the best interest of our heritage and future. (taken on @garminoutdoor VIRB. #garminpro)