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July 01, 2022 at 08:26AM

The classic “summit selfie” recently outside Moab. I think being able to stand on top of a striking peak is innate, the desire to be able to see your surroundings. We all want to have all the answers, and this is a tangible way to know things in one specific way.

June 30, 2022 at 06:24PM

Whenever a new Grand Canyon lottery opens up I get an email, and a little glimmer of hope pops into my head that I could find myself down in this beautiful world sooner than I expected. When @backcountry asked what I’m most excited for this summer, I first thought climbing, but then again, being out on a secluded river sounds like a pretty solid option.

I am continuing to partner with @backcountry in hopes to encourage you to get outside and find your backcountry, wherever that may be. Use code WILLIE15 for 15% off your first purchase at! (exclusions apply ) #findyourbackcountry

June 22, 2022 at 12:45PM

I think it’s better to admit what you don’t know than to try and pretend that you do. We’ve gotten to such a point of cumulative knowledge that our assumption is that we’re always right and know everything, but what about making the case for curiosity, for deep conversations, for life long learning.

June 20, 2022 at 11:23AM

A few 35mm film moments from summer of 2020. Our quarantine looked different than most people’s, more outside, maybe even more disconnected to the regular world. But in this time we came together to support each other, a true van life outside of the pretty photos you see here. It was gritty, showers were rare, but the connection we shared was deep and lasting.

June 07, 2022 at 10:38AM

There’s something very calming about the prayer flags in Nepal, a light breeze sending them fluttering in the wind.

June 06, 2022 at 10:25AM

Over the edge. The edge is the most terrifying part, for once you’re over the edge it’s nothing but air and freedom.

May 31, 2022 at 07:19AM

Another zip through the Alvord desert with some of my favorite folks.

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May 30, 2022 at 06:52AM

When we strive to be better than we are everything around us becomes better too. ~ The Alchemist
It’s hard to consider all the things happening around us today and over the past years and look inwards towards change. It’s a fine line to walk, having empathy while asserting your stance, having kindness while not allowing others to dictate your path. Many people have offered their lives to get to where we are today, and while it often feels like we’re going in circles, two steps back for every one forward, we have to keep trying to move forward.

May 29, 2022 at 04:19PM

Last week I joined @backcountry for the first of hopefully many ‘Rendezvous’ events in the mountains outside Salt Lake. Camping, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, yoga, and community, and can’t forget the delicious drinks by @drinkhighwest .

We had the chance to also test out a ton of new gear from Backcountry and Stoic, including the center pole style tents we stayed in.

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May 16, 2022 at 08:20AM

37 years, it seems like so long but also has flown by. As they go on, I find myself seeking out new things, new phases, but also being more content with settling in to my skin. Friends and family are more important than ever, and I am working on respecting and giving time to them. Life is a constant opportunity to learn and grow, and I’ll take those chances every time I can. Here’s to another year, and with smiles as big as I’ve had recently probably a couple more laugh lines.