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The North Face  We’ve got a thing for mountains. Enjoy a bit of ridiculous from The North Face family. #NeverStopExploring Snapchat: thenorthface

Our #ExploreFund grants go to organizations that help get people into nature and educate future stewards for our land. This week we’ll be featuring individual’s stories from these organizations.

Issa (15) Meeker, CO: I’d never been backpacking. And I would have never thought to go. I never really had the resources to get outdoors before. But an old mentor told me about @big_city_mountaineers (BCM) and how they take people exploring in nature. I went on a 5-day backpacking trip through a national forest with them. Within the first 20 minutes, I completely shut down, like no I can’t do this. But I persevered. That was a big experience for me. It taught me that if I set my mind to something I can make it happen. When I’m older I want to become an environmental engineer because the mountains are beautiful, and we need to protect them.

Applications are now up at Spread the word. 📷: @KateWebber

@clare_gallagher_runs hit pay dirt at the Black Canyon 100k this past weekend, coming in as the 2nd woman and placing 10th overall, earning herself a golden ticket to Western States. 📷: @mykehphoto

If your program’s going to be loose, make sure your kit’s dialed. At least that was our thinking behind @CedarWright and our new climbing kit. See The Progressor Collection, a full system for spring alpine climbs, by clicking the link in our bio.

Theoretically speaking, all vistas are relative. 📷: @repomeister

This one stuck with us. 📷: @XavierDeLeRue by @RepoMeister on the 2012 Mission Antarctic Expedition.

King of the hill @Nils_Mindnich rips through @MtBakerSkiArea's Legendary Bank Slalom course, Nils went on to win both regular and switch pro men's category. (Yes, you read that right.) 📷: @MikeYoshida

As a final objective, the expedition team climbed Mt. Kenya’s standard route as fast and as light as possible. @AlexHonnold, @CedarWright, and Maury soloed and down climbed the route…in approach shoes. 📷: @TedHesser

@AlexHonnold cleans a new 5.12, 60m pitch up the Mouse Formation in Northern Kenya. “We only brought 50 bolts to Kenya. @CedarWright and Maury used ~35 or so on their ground-up ascent of ’Samboru Direct’ on the Cat formation, but thankfully there were just enough bolts for Alex to finish his route. It’s not even that spaced out. Alex sent the route on the first go. The route is fairly accessible for local Kenyan climbers, and, we hope, with some time & effort, the formation will develop into a proper sport climbing crag one day.” - Photographer @TedHesser 📷: @TedHesser

The primary objective for the Mt. Poi expedition: A 2000+ ft wall in the remote part of Northern Kenya on Mt. Poi. Aside from Todd Skinner in '99 and a Slovenian team in '02, the wall’s seen few aid ascents, and none free. @AlexHonnold and @CedarWright made quick work of the Skinner Route, while Maury and Honnold sent the Slovenian route—all free, in a day. 📷: @TedHesser

We sent @AlexHonnold and @CedarWright on a mission to Kenya to scope out the massive, technical walls of Mt. Poi—Africa’s second biggest peak. The boys check out new route potential on Ololokwe, a remote wall in northern Kenya. Check out our Instagram Stories later this week for a re-cap of the trip. 📷: @tedhesser

In response to threats to privatize public lands and rescind conservation laws, The North Face and our friends at @Patagonia are each committing an additional $100,000 annually to @conservationalliance. We stand together as industry leaders on this because we believe – in the words of Edward Abbey – “wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” Funds will go toward education, advocacy, and a newly established Public Lands Defense Fund which gives grants to nonprofits working to defend public lands. #ProtectOurPublicLands 📷: @NickMartini

@HadHammer playing in the shadows. 📷: @JayDashPhotography