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it’s Monday
get after it 😜
it came to our attention this weekend that i don’t have enough fish pics. hehe.
taste the rainbow.
📸✨ @_cammcleod_

believe it or not, i had multiple pre introductions to fly fishing. once in the tenth grade i convinced my English teacher to take me out of study hall and teach me how to cast. i was not interested, i was skeptical. i was tired of reading Walden and could not for the life of me understand the man’s obsession with fishing. i liked time spent with D.White, i tried harder at the comma splice rules as a result...it obviously did not last.
earlier this year post 100k in Argentina my boys were fly fishing, we camped near a lodge kind enough to let a ragtag little bunch stay a couple nights. the boys went upriver to flyfish... i drank fernet in hammocks w/ @elliot_wr
then i needed to learn to flyfish and i found myself out on the river with @_chadbrown_ . and i fell in love with river time, with distilled moments, with the focus and patience required, with the opportunity to begin to understand river ecology.
this is what we share at @soulriver_runsdeep. this summer there will be six mission driven experiences in wild spaces at risk of environmental threat. we are looking to bring PNW based inner city youth and veterans together for leadership development, healing & learning. there are definitely some chance for folks from further away, so don’t hesitate b/c of that!
super proud to be a part of this organization. please hit me up with questions, tag someone who might be a good match and please share my info with anyone curious! we are accepting applications for participants until January 21st!!!
really hope we can share some river time!
✨📸✨: @_cammcleod_

there’s an incredible madness in running.
we train so singlemindedly,
nothing seems to matter except that day
everything orbits around those hours, seconds, minutes
and then the moment comes and goes
full of all of its emotions
days pass.
weeks pass.
the run comes back to us, the rougher moments remind us of ourselves. on a training run. but more than anything. they fade away. and we start again.
there’s a thin line between madness and a lot of other things.
off to training camp.
cheers to the thin line.
last year this time i was prepping for El Cruce. pumped to be back in the mountains. 📸🔥✨: THE @_cammcleod_ in Argentina.

➡️ The tough part of being a Director of Toughness:⠀
- You are tested as hell 😈⠀

➡️ The good part of being a Director of Toughness:⠀ - Since you’re tested as hell, you become incredibly #testedtough 💪⠀
- You get to enjoy landscapes like this one right up here 👆⠀

We think that’s totally worth the effort 😍 Do you agree, @markjameschase & @faithevebee? ⠀

#columbiasportswear #outdoor #testedtough #outdoors #inspiration #instagood #nature #natural #naturelovers #instago #picoftheday #instapic #instadaily #agameoftones #shots #adventures #mountshasta #mountaineering #quotetoliveby #directorsoftoughness

It’s true, Gert tested our Directors of Toughness in the most extreme conditions of the globe 🌍… but she didn’t want them to become two ice cubes ❄️! That’s why she provided them with the OutDry™ Ex Eco jackets. Discover this #testedtough collection by clicking the link in bio!
#columbiasportswear #outdoor #testedtough #outdoors #inspiration #instagood #nature #natural #naturelovers #instago #picoftheday #instapic #instadaily #agameoftones #shots #adventures #kamchatka #mountaineering #quotetoliveby #directorsoftoughness

Met a lot of folks with different stories at Big Bend this weekend . When asked for their why “Because I could die tomorrow” Really stuck with me even though I’ve heard it a thousand times. So here’s to more adventures and one of my new favorite National Parks! 🌄 #GOATworthy

#DailyRiddle: It’s cold but it warms our heart. What is it? Our former #DirectorsOfToughness mission in Yukon, of course!
Thank you @markjameschase and @faithevebee for bringing with you throughout all your crazy adventures.

#columbiasportswear #outdoor #outdoors #inspiration #instagood #nature #natural #naturelovers #instago #picoftheday #instapic #instadaily #agameoftones #shots #adventures #yukon #canada #naturelovers #adventure #adventures #testedtough #heart

Our #DirectorsOfToughness took on the challenge and faced Avachinsky, a 8993 ft active volcano in the Kamtchatka peninsula.
The mission could be literally 🌋explosive🌋, but with the proper guiding they finally made it! And the view is worth the risk… oh, yes 😍! •

#columbiasportswear #adventure #explore #discoverearth #russia #kamchatka #climbing #testedtough #volcano #travel #thegreatoutdoors #instagood #optoutside #view #mountains #picoftheday #getoutstayout #climb

Our #DirectorsOfToughness have come through some incredible adventures throughout their missions, going from the ❄️ bitter cold of Mt. Shasta ❄️ to the desert heat of Death Valley🌡️. Today we looked back at their mission in Yukon, Canada… how can one resist such a landscape 🏔️! Click the link in our bio and relive their adventure! •

#columbiasportswear #adventure #explore #discoverearth #yukon #canada #camping #testedtough #volcano #travel #thegreatoutdoors #instagood #optoutside #view #mountains #picoftheday #getoutstayout #tbt #lake #mountains #snow

“Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.”
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
blessed that this year w/ @columbia1938 has broadened my own ideas about who, where and how i get to be in this world. very excited for next steps that let me share this feeling and these new imaginings with other folks. cheers to the weekend, get after that imagined life! 🙌🏾
ALSO! @soulriver_runsdeep is an awesome nonprofit started by @_chadbrown_ that brings inner city youth and vets together in the outdoors! if you are Oregon based there is a gala on Sunday at the Oregon zoo, check their profit for details! See you there! or think about supporting them on their website!
thank you Cam Vibes 📸✨ @_cammcleod_

Our #DirectorsOfToughness have been testing our products in all conditions so you can focus and live your own experience 💪!
Click the link in our bio to discover our new #ColumbiaTitanium Autumn/Winter collection ✌️!

sometimes the thing is physical
in this case, a hook in my face.
but much more often the thing causing pain is not physical.
it is the stress all of us are experiencing as we read the news daily.
or the difficult position at work, or trying to find work.
it may be the numbers: bank accounts, performance goals, scales.
very often it is navigating our relationships, with others or with ourselves. anger, sadness, hurt.
it may be something you can’t pinpoint or don’t want to address or can’t name.
whatever it is, we can try to breathe. to calm ourselves. to engage with it in healthy ways.
i found myself in tears at the end of yoga yesterday, heavy with thoughts, grateful for the darkness and the sweat working as camouflage.
similarly, i was pretty nearly about to lose my shit in this photo. but that wouldn’t have gotten the hook out. 😏
i’m not great at getting unstuck, but i try.
if you have a sec listen to: Pema Chodron Getting Unstuck, she also calls it Getting Unhooked. (google it)
photo captured by @_cammcleod_ during our recent fishing trip in Kamchatka with @columbia1938, you won’t see this behind the scenes part in the video, but you will see a lot of other dopeness! hope you can check it out. ✨☺️

next camping trip is on the horizon 🙌🏾✨
getting hype.
my friends back home thought i would get sick of camping this year, no way!
so many cool places to go & views to wake up to. ☺️🌱
camping in the red rocks of the Valley of Fire was definitely a fave. not to mention running up them.
can’t wait for more camping and trail running adventures.
monday motivation.
this photo? a @markjameschase + @_cammcleod collabo. if you look close you can see Mark in there! ✨⚡️📸⚡️✨

#ThrowbackThursday – We got hold of this picture featuring a ‘Mamo’, a leader of the Colombian indigenous community of Kogi, who had just kindly guided our #DirectorsOfToughness through the Sacred Lands of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta ⛰️.
Such an inspiring encounter that @markjameschase and @faithevebee will never forget!

"A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die."
- Nikki Giovanni
growth isn’t comfortable.
whether that’s on a mountain, in a new career, or trying to widen political & social justice perspectives....even when we were little kids, i used to wake up in the middle of the night because of growing pains.
it’s not always going to feel good or be convenient.
this year has taught me that the more you chose to embrace the discomfort, push your own boundaries, the more you’re opening yourself up to opportunities for growth.
thinking back on everything we did this year as @columbia1938’s directors of toughness. and all the moments captured by @_cammcleod_. ✨📸 i was straight up miserable at this moment, i didn’t like the short roping, it was meant for my protection but it made me feel out of control. there’s a lot in life that is wayyy similar to mountaineering. #fbf

Time goes by sooooo quickly when you’re going on an adventure!
Only 10 months ago, our #DirectorsOfToughness were embarking upon the first of their #testedtough missions in Iceland, with our products by their side 💪.
For those of you who haven’t met them yet, just click the link in our bio. We were so pleased to have @markjameschase and @faithevebee as our team mates.
Take care 💚

Good luck to @faithevebee and @markjameschase on your next adventures in life! Thanks for being the most awesome #directorsoftoughness and product testers for @columbia1938. The cliche is true: its not the destination, its the journey. Facing fears and taking on new challenges; you guys certainly are #testedtough! So congratulations on a great journey!! This trip together left me with cool memories of seeing gigantic bald eagles 🦅 and gorgeous wild rivers. Cheers!

#backcountry #wildriver #whitewater #kayaking #testedtough #water #optoutside #getoutside #journey #wildernessculture #wilderness #exploremore #keepitwild #liveauthentic #canon_photos

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
- author disputed/unknown
today feels weird.
almost a year ago i found out that i'd been selected one of the directors of toughness for @columbia1938.
it was surreal and scary, i was leaving a full time job i loved and going to take an unknown dream job that meant uprooting everything.
and i was being partnered with someone, yet i had no idea who.
a blur of two weeks later i was walking through PDX for the first time and being picked up by my new partner in crime in all adventures.
this photo was the second or third day we met, our first time shooting together.
it's been a crazy whirlwind, we've experience the world together and learned so much about each other and about ourselves.
mark's been reflecting on our journeys this week, and i'm going to dig into some of our favorite stories too. plus we still have another adventure to share in October.
i don't do goodbyes, it's not my thing. and i know we'll see each other again, i know we'll adventure again and share more breathtaking experiences, we've been blessed this year to live and see more than many people experience in a lifetime.
@markjameschase heads back to the U.K. today and it seems fitting that it was drizzly PNW morning that's now turned into a beautiful sunny day.
safe travels Marky-Mark, see you soon!
# 📸 @joshuavp

“Environmental justice [means that] no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other.” - Majora Carter
when i first started working at the Discovery Channel in early 2015, i was asked about my background in environmental activism and conservation, our department's primary focus as the time. i was completely honest, i had always thought that focusing on green issues was a privilege, but as a biracial woman in America i always felt that i had to focus on communities of color. i began to learn about the intersections there, about how access to green spaces can actually be a community health issue, how historically marginalized communities are often the most vulnerable to and the hardest hit in natural disasters. the learning has continued this year, we've had the opportunity to work with many community orgs, getting kids outside to hike, cleaning trails, planting trees. earth issues are people issues, we have to protect each other to protect our planet. and we have to protect our planet to protect each other. i'm grateful for the opportunity to learn and work in this space.
thank you always to @_cammcleod_ for all the dope convos & all the dope shots ✨📸✨

getting nostalgic myself as i watch @markjameschase recount all of our amazing gear testing adventures this year. you should def look his way on IG for highlights!!
it's been a year of learning, so today's #wcw goes out to my super dope crew from #theladyfish. we've been blogging throughout this incredible journey, link in bio if you feel like getting lost! here is an excerpt from our Miami offshore fishing trip:
"The minute we waved goodbye to Mark and George and headed out into the ocean, the learning began. “Sail fish can be anywhere between 70ft or so to 1000, so we’re going to go somewhat shallow first. If they’re out here we’ll see them, so keep an eye out for any jumping. We’re going to bridle some gogs first and get a flat line and a balloon in the water.” My blank stare didn’t slow Lee down a minute and Deborah looked amused as Lee said, “pass me those black rubber bands and come grab this net.”
📸✨ por @_cammcleod_

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