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learn to love exposure. lafatscher-nordwand, #karwendel, #tirol.

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Scott Channing Hall — Lakeside HammockInstall Theme

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Scott Channing Hall — Idaho Camp at DuskInstall Theme
Idaho Camp at Dusk

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How do you fund your travels if you dont mind my asking? It seems like you're always on the road and I would like to live similarly but it seems nearly impossible when I factor my income into the situation.

Growing up a poor farm kid, I feel fortunate as hell, and thankful every day, to have a good job as the manager of technical operations at a satellite communications company.  I’ve been poor, homeless (lived in my car during those times), and fortunate as I am now - but the one constant in my life has always been travel.  Travel doesn’t have to always be a faraway exotic place - many of my weekend travels are just within an hours drive.  

I grew up car camping with my dad in his 1968 Land Cruiser FJ40 because we didn’t have the money for the typical destination vacation, i.e., “fly somewhere and stay in a hotel vacation.”  He taught me the joy in keeping life simple and that maybe there is no destination but instead just a path - there was never an “are we there yet” question in our family because there was no end goal - we celebrated the present wherever we were.  Trips were circular with no direct route to a place or the same route home.  Instead of living at home we were simply living out of our car.  Destination obsession devalues the path and can get quite expensive. 

Honestly, your question really got me thinking. I found it odd that I’d never really worried about money for travel… even though most my stress in life has been about having money for bills and being socially accepted as the poor kid.  I grew up in poverty, like food stamps and government cheese stylin’ so I have been fearful of big bills (rent, insurance, medical, credit cards, loans, etc.).  Life on the road was always about being free of  big bills and the financial burdens and societal expectations of the city.  I could work for gas money and eat cheap…. beyond that all I ever needed were some rocks to climb, trails to ride and a beautiful place to see the sunset.


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house-under-a-rock: Sasha DiGiulian typewriting at Cafe...


Sasha DiGiulian typewriting at Cafe Kraft

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With a break in the IFSC Bouldering World Cup before the final event in Munich, the rope climbing returns with the first Lead and third Speed events of 2017 at Villars, followed by a rematch in Lead at Chamonix.

Chamonix, France, is a staple in the IFSC World Cup series, and last year Villars welcomed top Sport Climbing athletes for a thrilling debut. This year, a new cast of world-class Lead and Speed athletes head to the renowned mountain villages to kick-off the second half of the 2017 IFSC Calendar.

Find a competition preview, schedules, starters, 2016 highlights and more on the Villars and Chamonix event pages.

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Hi, I've been asking around all the vanlife blogs and IGs but, how did you get your van? I've been searching for a decent van to fix up but I would love one like yours.

Well, we were very lucky and bought ours from a good friend up in Washington state.  I’d say just keep checking your local classified and take a look at  Sorry I couldn’t offer more insight.  Best of luck!


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Hi, I was just wondering what year and model is your Land Cruiser, I am thinking about getting one myself, cool photos by the way have a great day

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1988 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62.  Your thoughts are righteous my friend.  


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Grand Tetons and the Land Cruiser

Grand Tetons and the Land Cruiser


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goclimbthemountains: bouldering @ Banning State Park, late April...


bouldering @ Banning State Park, late April 2017

pc: Qinn

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Hi Steph, I have a question. There seems to be a common mindset of the climber/athletes out there: focused determination. I am dating a climber whose goals seem to be super-human. I love to be a part of this life, and I support the drive. It can be hard, at times, when those goals are so big, they seem to overshadow the “us” part of life.
Do you have any advice for the “other side” of the relationship? How do we achieve our personal goals and still support one another?

Hi Elle,
I don’t know if you ask this question because you excel at self inquiry and you address problems before they get big, or if you ask it because you’re already in a problem–and those are two very different scenarios. So I apologize if my response isn’t relevant for you, but maybe it will be the right thing for someone else out there.

I think it’s very normal for women to want to give as much as we can to those we love, selflessly and often without expectation of receiving it in return. I was in a longterm relationship when I was younger where everything revolved around my partner’s goals. I had big goals too, and I was just as focused and determined. But without ever wanting it to be that way, I found myself juggling to give 100% to support my partner’s goals and then, in my spare time, trying to give 100% to my goals. It’s pretty hard to give 200% all the time, no matter how superhuman you are–especially when you’re not getting that kind of support in return. In a situation like this, which I see a lot of women falling into, after a while you get pretty tired. You also get sad, and eventually angry. And it’s very difficult to repair that.

After a lot of years of being part of a community filled with people who are highly excited about their goals and their climbing and their etc., I’ve had many female friends who’ve been through this experience. These are always women who are incredibly strong and perfectly capable of taking care of everything, and so they do. The more things they take care of, the more their partner is free to pursue all those amazing goals, and who wouldn’t want that? But after a while they start to wonder why no one’s taking care of them, why they’re not worth being taken care of…and this is so destructive. One thing I’ve learned about people, and about life, is the only person you can change is yourself. For myself, I have had the good fortune to be totally supported and fulfilled since that time in my history. We learn from every difficult experience.

It’s exciting and inspiring to be with someone who’s driven, and it’s really exciting to BE someone who’s driven–sometimes so exciting that a person can lose sight of the fact that there’s a lot more going on in the world than one’s own personal goals, no matter how radical they may be. At the end of the day, personal goals are just that, and they need to be treated with an appropriate level of perspective. There are infinite things in this world that are more important than a person’s personal goals–a healthy, balanced relationship is just one of them.

It is completely possible to be highly driven while simultaneously being loving and generous. Find a partner who has big goals and cares about them, but who cares about yours just as much, if not more. Find a partner who gets the very greatest happiness in life from seeing you happy. And yes, that person is out there. There are 7.5 billion people on earth.

A friend of mine who’s been married to an amazing woman for decades now once told me, “when you find the right person, 1 + 1 equals 5.” As it turns out, the math works 🙂

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freakturtles: The Cave of Love, Los Cabos, Mexico. [ Rock...


The Cave of Love, Los Cabos, Mexico.

[ Rock Climber ● Larissa @laryarce ]

#WomenRockClimbing #Climber #Climbing #Boulder #Bouldering #RockClimbing #Adventures #Photographer #Photooftheday #Womenwhocrush #StrongWomen #Cliff #Climber #Climb #Mountains #Inspiration #Inspired #ClimbingArea #LosCabos #Mexico

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freakturtles: Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British...


Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

Photo by @inotronic
[ Rock Climber ● Crista-Lee Mitchell ] @climber_girl
#WomenRockClimbing #Climber #Climbing #Boulder #Bouldering #RockClimbing #Adventures #Photographer #Photooftheday #Womenwhocrush #StrongWomen #Cliff #Climber #Climb #Mountains #Inspiration #Inspired #BC #BritishColumbia #YohoNationalPark #Canada

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freakturtles: Deep water soloing in Hawaii! Photo by Liz Barney...


Deep water soloing in Hawaii!
Photo by Liz Barney @liz_barney
[ Rock Climber ● @gypseavision ]

#WomenRockClimbing #Climber #Climbing #Boulder #Bouldering #RockClimbing #Adventures #Photographer #Photooftheday #Womenwhocrush #StrongWomen #Cliff #Climber #Climb #Mountains #Inspiration #Inspired #DeepWaterSoloing #DWS #Psicobloc #Hawaii What a beautiful day!

First world problems, when your hands are too sweaty to use your phone because the touch screen freaks out from the moisture.

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Eric’s onsight of The Wave 5.10 at Indian Creek, Utah.

Eric’s onsight of The Wave 5.10 at Indian Creek, Utah.

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Scott Channing Hall — dirtlegends: CanadaInstall Theme

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Dinner and a view! Thanks Ian for the chickpea curry and the...

Dinner and a view! Thanks Ian for the chickpea curry and the company last weekend. Our campsite looked like a mec ad haha

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black + white Sierra Blair-Coyle Photo: EMOM Photo Read more It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Mostly 2017 was the worst of times—and I fear it’s all gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets any better. Still, if...

Failed flash attempt at Annunaki. The pump is real Read more The IFSC began meetings last week with event organisers of the 2018 sport climbing season, welcoming national federation members and local event organisers to its headquarters in Tori...

Happy Tumblr Tuesday and Happy Holidays! My most memorable moment of climbing comps this past year was qualifying in 3rd in Nanjing…that felt amazing!! Have a great week! Si Read more Happy Tuesday! I hope you are enjoying the slightly c...

nickitynatnat: bish. [Natalie Duran.] Read more National Monument Education “My main concern with monuments is to make sure public access is protected, and that hunting and fishing rights are intact.”–Secretary Ryan Zinke, w...

teenageers: Courtesy of Spellbound Caves ~ By Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim Read more s’ ennstalele. Read more swing like a king. Read mo...

zandraart: through Read more One of the most common misconceptions I hear from climbers is that taking protein supplements is going to make you too bulky to climb. This is an opinion that I hear so frequently that I think it’s time to ...

  billvipond: On the Yosemite uber classic the “Braille Book”. #tbw #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #adventure #aacgram #camp4pix #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #rockclimbing #tradisrad #clymblife #mountains #choosemountains #rei1440project #climber #climb #climbin...

expertvagabondblog: Look what came out to play last night! Northern lights over the Lofoten Islands, Norway. Read more estrangedadventurer: @sashadigiulian making her way up the fixed lines on ‘Paciencia...

I don’t care what anyone says, this is V6. Hands down the hardest climb I have ever done. Took me way too many sessions to send this, and it’s something well within my style. Happy to have ticked this off. Methane V6 | Tramway. Read more Happy ...

mu-neutrino: From the first all-female ascent of the Ragni route on Cerro Torre. Photo: Caro North. Read more marcommarco: Nina Caprez, Indian Creek Ph @pangtastic via Instagram Read more

No advice can really prepare you for rock climbing in a tropical country when you’re used to the mild European climate, but I wish I’d done a little more research about what it’s like to climb in Thailand. We’ve been climbing at Crazy Horse for six days now (with a two-day break when we went … Conti...

‪Wednesday relaxing in the new Chiba Quest’s ‪These were some brutal modified push-ups today! Thanks Joey :) ‬ Read more ‪Bundled up at Alcatraz today :) ‬ Read more *Zimowa ...

anatomylesson: I like to climb rocks and shit.Belay casual. Read more americasgreatoutdoors: Happy birthday, Yosemite National Park! On October 1, 1890, Yosemite became a national park, and 127 years later, it’s still wowin...

freakturtles: Photo by Greg Epperson Read more freakturtles: Bouldering at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth, California. Photo by Jesse Weiner @jessewphoto [ Rock Climber ● Amelia @mgirlscl...

Myself climbing Direction V13 at the Buttermilk boulders.  Bishop, CA (Source: dirtlegends)   Read more mojagear: Climber Spotlight: Alyse Dietel Since I can remember, my parents were taking me hiking and camping (...

Hey Steph, I’m laying awake right now at 2:00 AM after having read both of your books in the past 48 hours. I’m a wilderness guide for a therapeutic rehab in Loa, Utah and I frequently guide in Moab so it was cool to know where you were talking about. I just can’t help but tell you that your story...

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Scott Channing Hall — dirtlegends: Northwest DrivesInstall Theme     Read more Scott Channing Hall — dirtlegends: My Trusty Steed.Install Theme       Read more http://dirtlege...

honurocker: Tom caught me leading C3+ crux pitch of zodiac, I’m going to hop on the trip on Tuesday and then mescoleto and then a nose in a day, knock on wood Read more honurocker: The monkeys are sending Read more http://pop...

‪Happy to be home and in AZ this Friday! Here’s a flashback to some of my recent traveling and airport time ✈️ @sanukfootwear Read more You know what I’m saying? Read more vo...

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