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  • Surround yourself with people who lift you up. People who see the best in you and want the best for you. People who will celebrate your successes and be the ear you need when things aren’t going so smooth.
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The last few years have been huge personal growth years for me but I can honestly say that there’s no way I’d be anywhere near where I am without the support, encouragement, and friendships I’ve made along the way.
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As a recovering tomboy who used to really struggle making girlfriends, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the badass lady friends I have in my life these days. Cheers to being vulnerable... to keeping it real... and to crushing some big goals.
  • Surround yourself with people who lift you up. People who see the best in you and want the best for you. People who will celebrate your successes and be the ear you need when things aren’t going so smooth.
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    The last few years have been huge personal growth years for me but I can honestly say that there’s no way I’d be anywhere near where I am without the support, encouragement, and friendships I’ve made along the way.
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    As a recovering tomboy who used to really struggle making girlfriends, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the badass lady friends I have in my life these days. Cheers to being vulnerable... to keeping it real... and to crushing some big goals.
  • 5,623 112 11 hours ago
  • One of my favorite waterfalls.
  • One of my favorite waterfalls.
  • 5,084 96 9 hours ago
  • Over the past few months I have been sharing all of the reasons #whyihike in collaboration with @eddiebauer. It’s made me reflect on why I first started hiking (spoiler: to impress a boy), my first backpacking trip wherein my mom and I had perfect weather at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the friends that I’ve made along the way, the adventures (and misadventures) and all of the bumps and bruises and sliced open feet and tendonitis along the way. But this morning as I re-re-re-pack my bag for my first solo backcountry trip I realize that, at the root of it all, its because ten years ago if anyone had told me that I would be physically capable of (and actually enjoy) packing everything that I needed to sustain myself for a few days or a week, hoist it onto my back and march up the side of the mountain… I would have checked them into the looney bin. The only times anyone ever told me that I was strong when I was growing up was in reference to my will when I was being exceptionally stubborn. The real reason that I hike is because it reminds me that you’re never too old (or too young) or too weak or too busy (or too female) to do that things you never thought you could.
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#ebcontributor #liveyouradventure
  • Over the past few months I have been sharing all of the reasons #whyihike in collaboration with @eddiebauer. It’s made me reflect on why I first started hiking (spoiler: to impress a boy), my first backpacking trip wherein my mom and I had perfect weather at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the friends that I’ve made along the way, the adventures (and misadventures) and all of the bumps and bruises and sliced open feet and tendonitis along the way. But this morning as I re-re-re-pack my bag for my first solo backcountry trip I realize that, at the root of it all, its because ten years ago if anyone had told me that I would be physically capable of (and actually enjoy) packing everything that I needed to sustain myself for a few days or a week, hoist it onto my back and march up the side of the mountain… I would have checked them into the looney bin. The only times anyone ever told me that I was strong when I was growing up was in reference to my will when I was being exceptionally stubborn. The real reason that I hike is because it reminds me that you’re never too old (or too young) or too weak or too busy (or too female) to do that things you never thought you could.
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    #ebcontributor #liveyouradventure
  • 9,048 125 16 August, 2019
  • No matter how sleep deprived, sweaty or dirty I am, you can pretty much guarantee that if I’m in the backcountry, I’m happy. 
Just a few years ago I was terrified to camp in bear country. I likened it to choosing to hike around and camp in Jurassic park. My fears all came true one night when I awoke to a grizzly growling just a few feet from where I lay in my tent. Luckily nothing came of it and after stomping around the tent next door to us snorting, she and her cubs moved up onto the hillside to graze; Leaving us free to cautiously crawl out of the tent and check our surroundings. This experience and a bad choice in movie one night (backcountry - don’t watch it! 🙈) made me question my new found hobby. 
However instead of shying away from time spent in the backcountry, the following summer I camped more than I ever had before, and this year has been no different. There is just something about being able to carry all you need around on your back and escape the noise of day to day life that is so gratifying to me #WhyIHike 
Who else loves getting into the backcountry? 
Massive thank you to @eddiebauer for supporting my summer adventures! #LiveYourAdventure #EBContributor *This is also a great reminder to educate yourself on bear safety before recreating in bear country. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it, hang or store all food and attractants (this includes toiletries) in bear safe containers or bins, make noise when hiking and avoid hiking alone.
  • No matter how sleep deprived, sweaty or dirty I am, you can pretty much guarantee that if I’m in the backcountry, I’m happy.
    Just a few years ago I was terrified to camp in bear country. I likened it to choosing to hike around and camp in Jurassic park. My fears all came true one night when I awoke to a grizzly growling just a few feet from where I lay in my tent. Luckily nothing came of it and after stomping around the tent next door to us snorting, she and her cubs moved up onto the hillside to graze; Leaving us free to cautiously crawl out of the tent and check our surroundings. This experience and a bad choice in movie one night (backcountry - don’t watch it! 🙈) made me question my new found hobby.
    However instead of shying away from time spent in the backcountry, the following summer I camped more than I ever had before, and this year has been no different. There is just something about being able to carry all you need around on your back and escape the noise of day to day life that is so gratifying to me #WhyIHike
    Who else loves getting into the backcountry?
    Massive thank you to @eddiebauer for supporting my summer adventures! #LiveYourAdventure #EBContributor *This is also a great reminder to educate yourself on bear safety before recreating in bear country. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it, hang or store all food and attractants (this includes toiletries) in bear safe containers or bins, make noise when hiking and avoid hiking alone.
  • 5,225 132 16 August, 2019
  • This time last year I was spending the weekend frolicking through Banff for the first time. The lakes were bluer than I could have imagined and there were an endless amount of picturesque views on the side of the road. What a dream. ✨ —
📸: @shannondidwhat
  • This time last year I was spending the weekend frolicking through Banff for the first time. The lakes were bluer than I could have imagined and there were an endless amount of picturesque views on the side of the road. What a dream. ✨ —
    📸: @shannondidwhat
  • 2,915 135 13 August, 2019
  • Twice in the last week I’ve been emailed about potential projects with brands, and upon reading the brief I discovered that I don’t meet the age requirements. I’m too old. One of which was a major outdoor brand. I responded saying I was interested, but that I was too old… and the response back was “How old are you?? Don’t worry too much - it’s just a range.” Oh thank goodness...
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Despite how many times people say “age ain’t nothin’ but a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel,” generally speaking, we as a society ARE OBSESSED WITH AGE… or more importantly not looking old. As it stands now, I can’t tell someone my age without them looking surprised and saying how I don’t look 38. It’s sort of become standard. We have to comment on (or at least we’re thinking about) whether someones age matches how old they look. For me, the surprised looks and youthful comments are something I’ve come to expect and I will admit, I like them. They make me feel good. And if someone didn’t say something, I would probably think “Shit. Do I look bad today? ...I should order that anti-aging serum STAT.”
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I don’t look at myself in the mirror and say “Yeah girl. You look 28. 🙌🏼 WAY. TO. GO.” I just see me. I see a few more fine lines and some gray hair peppering it’s way into my mane - which used to cause me utter panic. Up until about a year ago I was 100% certain I would cover my grays until I was 60+. But, as I start to come face to face with that reality, I’m realizing what a disservice I would be doing to myself and to other women.
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The closer I get to 40 (and yes, I still have a year+ to go) I am happy to report that I’m not just embracing it. I’m excited for it. …and I hope I am still in this space, because I want to be a woman in my 40’s working with and representing brands who truly believe that you’re only as old as you feel… because age ain’t nothin’ but a number. But more importantly, we need more representation in the outdoor space outside of the age range of 23-34.
  • Twice in the last week I’ve been emailed about potential projects with brands, and upon reading the brief I discovered that I don’t meet the age requirements. I’m too old. One of which was a major outdoor brand. I responded saying I was interested, but that I was too old… and the response back was “How old are you?? Don’t worry too much - it’s just a range.” Oh thank goodness...
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    Despite how many times people say “age ain’t nothin’ but a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel,” generally speaking, we as a society ARE OBSESSED WITH AGE… or more importantly not looking old. As it stands now, I can’t tell someone my age without them looking surprised and saying how I don’t look 38. It’s sort of become standard. We have to comment on (or at least we’re thinking about) whether someones age matches how old they look. For me, the surprised looks and youthful comments are something I’ve come to expect and I will admit, I like them. They make me feel good. And if someone didn’t say something, I would probably think “Shit. Do I look bad today? ...I should order that anti-aging serum STAT.”
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    I don’t look at myself in the mirror and say “Yeah girl. You look 28. 🙌🏼 WAY. TO. GO.” I just see me. I see a few more fine lines and some gray hair peppering it’s way into my mane - which used to cause me utter panic. Up until about a year ago I was 100% certain I would cover my grays until I was 60+. But, as I start to come face to face with that reality, I’m realizing what a disservice I would be doing to myself and to other women.
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    The closer I get to 40 (and yes, I still have a year+ to go) I am happy to report that I’m not just embracing it. I’m excited for it. …and I hope I am still in this space, because I want to be a woman in my 40’s working with and representing brands who truly believe that you’re only as old as you feel… because age ain’t nothin’ but a number. But more importantly, we need more representation in the outdoor space outside of the age range of 23-34.
  • 13,824 375 15 August, 2019

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  • *climbs Kilimanjaro and waits two months to post pics
  • *climbs Kilimanjaro and waits two months to post pics
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  • I play in the borderlands of the essential and the sensual, of the grit and the wild, of essence and Eros. I am not easily grazeable; I take up space, but sometimes, I am happy to be so small and filled with wonder. 🌍
  • I play in the borderlands of the essential and the sensual, of the grit and the wild, of essence and Eros. I am not easily grazeable; I take up space, but sometimes, I am happy to be so small and filled with wonder. 🌍
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  • Scrolling scrolling scrolling through my phone and found this!!! This was my first climbing clinic ever with @she_movesmountains (back in 2017)! I’ve never climbed outside prior to taking this leading trad clinic... and actually, I also just started climbing on rope that same year. Everyone there had wayyy more experience than me... and I felt super dumb going into something I knew nothing about. But better to start somewhere than never!!
  • Scrolling scrolling scrolling through my phone and found this!!! This was my first climbing clinic ever with @she_movesmountains (back in 2017)! I’ve never climbed outside prior to taking this leading trad clinic... and actually, I also just started climbing on rope that same year. Everyone there had wayyy more experience than me... and I felt super dumb going into something I knew nothing about. But better to start somewhere than never!!
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  • They’re right when they call it hidden lake.
  • They’re right when they call it hidden lake.
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  • Happy to have this animal back in town for a short while! Had a no-trails-guarenteed ridgewalk today with my adopted Calgary family, no better way to spend a Saturday!
  • Happy to have this animal back in town for a short while! Had a no-trails-guarenteed ridgewalk today with my adopted Calgary family, no better way to spend a Saturday!
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  • Right place, right time
  • Right place, right time
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  • There is beauty in stillness.
  • There is beauty in stillness.
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  • Cruise in the comfort zone or jump into the unknown? Change means challenging yourself and while it can be uncomfortable to shake things up, that’s where personal growth comes in. Becoming the best version of yourself often times means taking a risk! So I say jump away 🙌🏼
  • Cruise in the comfort zone or jump into the unknown? Change means challenging yourself and while it can be uncomfortable to shake things up, that’s where personal growth comes in. Becoming the best version of yourself often times means taking a risk! So I say jump away 🙌🏼
  • 398 17 1 hour ago
  • Had to trek all the way to Washington to find rain so I could review this @backcountry coat... I find reviews rarely talk about the things I actually care about in clothing. For me its about how it feels when you sweat into it, will it last beinging shoved repeatedly into the bottom of your bag, and will it fit your weird shaped climber arms, and voluptuous bottom and calves.

Though the downside is sometimes it takes me a bit to review a rain jacket when you live in the desert.

So check out my witty and real concern reviews on Backcountry.com and if you want use my darn code in support ladylockoff15 at checkout.

Happy to support those who support me! #sponsored #ad
  • Had to trek all the way to Washington to find rain so I could review this @backcountry coat... I find reviews rarely talk about the things I actually care about in clothing. For me its about how it feels when you sweat into it, will it last beinging shoved repeatedly into the bottom of your bag, and will it fit your weird shaped climber arms, and voluptuous bottom and calves.

    Though the downside is sometimes it takes me a bit to review a rain jacket when you live in the desert.

    So check out my witty and real concern reviews on Backcountry.com and if you want use my darn code in support ladylockoff15 at checkout.

    Happy to support those who support me! #sponsored #ad
  • 314 1 1 hour ago
  • 14,360ft, 11.2 miles, 4,300ft elevation gain, 2:30am start, Reagan's second 14er, my second time summiting La Plata and a damn good day.
  • 14,360ft, 11.2 miles, 4,300ft elevation gain, 2:30am start, Reagan's second 14er, my second time summiting La Plata and a damn good day.
  • 32 1 2 hours ago
  • My 3 favourite things: hiking, sunsets, wine.
  • My 3 favourite things: hiking, sunsets, wine.
  • 74 3 2 hours ago
  • 29—here’s to another year of climbing all the mountains, running all the miles, and lifting all the heavy things. 💪🏼
  • 29—here’s to another year of climbing all the mountains, running all the miles, and lifting all the heavy things. 💪🏼
  • 43 3 2 hours ago