angelajpayne Where the dark sky meets the bright field. I spent so many of my early Colorado days up in the mountains that I didn't realize all this pretty farmland was just a few miles east. You can trick yourself into thinking you're in rural Ohio, until you look West. 3d

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angelajpayne Zion National Park looking lovely. Here is one of a billion nice views that this park had to offer during my first trip there last Fall. It's Fee-Free Day at the National Parks, which means it's not a bad day to go visit one...or post a photo of one, as the case may be. 1w

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angelajpayne Rainy season in Chaos Canyon. When the afternoon thunderstorms come, the gambling begins. Ride it out and wait for the cool air that might follow or get out while you can? Being stuck in a talus field in a fast-moving storm is a memorable life experience, but not one I like to have often. Bailing has its rewards...like not getting fried by lightning, getting some downhill sprinting practice, and enjoying views like this. 2w

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angelajpayne A Colorado morning. Happy to be back home after the annual jaunt to SLC. I'm trying to combat some recent burn-out in climbing, and running has provided extra psych and endorphins. Maybe a few sunrise runs like this are on the horizon. Hoping they're all this pretty... 3w

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angelajpayne Ua Pou in black & white. This was taken on the boat ride in, moments after I saw the island and its towers for the first time. My stomach dropped to the floor and I felt very, very small and overwhelmed. There's new footage out from the trip, this time a behind the scenes look at the mud, sweat, expletives (& many laughs) that defined the adventure. If you aren't all jungled out, the link is in my profile for today only, then it's back to my unaffiliated Instagram ways... 1mon

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angelajpayne Family Choice week, brother Dave's pick -- A very small part of a very huge iceberg, southeastern Greenland. It feels odd to post ice photos in July, but thoughts of cold things on hot days can't hurt. This was taken in 2012, and the icebergs are still some of the prettiest things I've ever seen. If you get the chance to see Greenland, take it! 1mon

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angelajpayne Family Choice week, Mom's pick -- A fern with its fists up, all ready to fight. I was a little obsessive about caring for my iPhone in Ua Pou and successfully protected it from the elements for most of the trip. Then, with two days left, I took it out of its case to use my lenses. I was standing still on a muddy hill in camp *carefully* snapping photos of this neat plant. Next thing I knew, I was on the ground, hands and phone and everything else swimming in a puddle of mud. Guess the fern won that fight. 1mon
  •   susanica Hehe! Those look like they are related to fiddlehead ferns, which I guess people eat. ? You could always go back for a second round 1mon
  •   c_healy Sooooo trippy! 1mon

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angelajpayne Family Choice week, nephew Isaac's pick -- Light on the Virgin River, Zion National Park. Mother/daughter hiking in Utah in June was hot, family boating in Kentucky in July was hotter. Both times, water was the best escape from the heat. I don't spend too much time swimming in Colorado, and this Summer I'm realizing how much I miss it. 1mon
  •   skateclimber Where did u go boating in ky? Sounds random, you got family here? I found a little bit of DWS at Nolin Lake in ky. 1mon
  •   angelajpayne @skateclimber Lake Cumberland. Used to live in Cincinnati, went there often as a kid. Now family lives in KY. 1mon
  •   skateclimber Here is some cool camping beta for that area: park at the Falls of the Cumberland River. Hike down river and check out the boulders on the river banks but dont climb them since its not allowed Then set up camp right on the sand next to the river. Build a two story tall TP fire with drift wood (takes 5 minutes there is so much wood) and lay out on the sand and enjoy. Also do some swimming. Pro tip: camp near some white water so you can listen to the waves break all night. Ya that the closest thing to the beech here in KY. I swear that area is a bouldering meca, shame its not allowed. Thanks for replying. You're one of my climbing heros, been reading about ya in magazines since I started climbing. 1mon
  •   angelajpayne Thanks for the beta @skateclimber! I'll try to check it out next time I'm near there!!! And thanks for the kind words, too! 1mon
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angelajpayne Family Choice week, brother Jon's pick -- Lake Haiyaha from Upper Chaos Canyon. It was all wet talus and rainbows and surprisingly good temperatures in The Park last weekend. Getting back into the rhythm of summer bouldering feels different this year without a long-term project to return to, but my motivation is coming back after a few days of Park-induced exhaustion. Looking forward to more after some Kentucky lake fun. 2mon

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angelajpayne Family Choice week, Dad's pick -- Poumaka through the trees and fog. At sunset, if it wasn't raining, the light would temporarily electrify the hanging moss || It's family vacation week, so I'm involving them in my Instagram addiction. Each member picks a favorite photo from an album of unposted Instagrams, then I tell them the story behind it and post it. Just one more way for some old photos to see the light of day... 2mon

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angelajpayne Moody clouds and jungle towers. It's Thursday and it has rained every day this week here in CO, so it seems appropriate to post one from the archives of the Ua Pou trip. This is a photo that I overlooked for a while, but today it jumped out at me. That place was exceptionally pretty when the rain stopped. 2mon

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angelajpayne Textures of weathered wood. I can't think of many things that are tougher than an alpine tree. They endure extreme conditions, have a rugged wisdom about them, and leave behind works of art when they die. The world could use more things like that. 2mon

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angelajpayne Adult dragonfly and the remnants of its previous phase of life. It was like biology class in The Park a few days ago when I happened upon two dragonflies that had recently completed the metamorphosis from nymphs to adults. I later learned that the old skin is called the exuvia and it can take a few hours for the newly-emerged adult's wings to dry. The Park somehow never fails to provide new things to see...if I look closely enough. 2mon

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angelajpayne Sunset, Zion National Park. I've seen some of the classic views in Zion now, and they are spectacular, majestic, grand, <insert various adjectives here>. But, I think my favorite scene may be this nondescript field and random sandstone formation. I caught them at sunset and was completely entranced by the waves that moved across the sea of grass in the breeze. 2mon

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angelajpayne The Narrows, Zion National Park. A few days ago we escaped the heat and enjoyed this hike up the Virgin River with a few hundred of our closest friends. It took some well-timed photography to make it look like my mom was alone in the canyon, but the hike was amazing nonetheless. With towering sandstone walls above and cold water below, this place is classic and crowded for good reason. 3mon

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angelajpayne Zion National Park, UT. My first trip to this sandstone paradise was back in the Fall. Now, I've joined my mom on her Summer road trip for another visit to Zion. The temps will be *slightly* warmer this time around, but the views are worth a little extra sweat. 3mon
  •   mseng357 I'm going in two weeks!! So psyched! 3mon
  •   angelajpayne @brittany_griffith you in Maple? We are only here for a few days then straight back to Boulder...😕 3mon
  •   angelajpayne @mseng357 it's great! 3mon
  •   mseng357 Angie- any recommendations for Zion? I was told to definitely check out the Narrows, Angels Landing, and the Subway. 3mon
  •   angelajpayne @mseng357 we did the narrows yesterday and despite some crowds, it was awesome! Angel's landing today -- I'll report back! 3mon
  •   mseng357 Yeesss!! I might bring some gear to clip onto the chains just in case a strong wind decides to startle me... 3mon
  •   retrostylin @mseng357 Hit up Fat Man's Misery. Solid Canyoneering through the slot canyon. Great way to spend a day! 1mon
  •   mseng357 @retrostylin ahh man! I actually just got back from Zion a few days ago!! Next summer! Definitely going back. @angelajpayne the Narrows was my favorite hike ever thus far. And Angles Landing was fine once I got to the half mile chain hike- I felt safer clinging to the rocks than I did the chains! 1mon

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angelajpayne Poumaka Tower, in all her muddy glory, during a rare moment of blue skies. I've probably posted too many photos from my trip to Ua Pou, but here's one more, because the video from the trip is out now. We hoped to reach the top on a bluebird day like this, but (as the video illustrates well) the reality was quite different. I don't typically share links on here, but this trip was unique enough to warrant a departure from my Insta-routine. So, for today only, you can find the link in my profile. What an ADVENTURE! 3mon
  •   sublimevisions What an awesome video! :) 3mon
  •   briansolanophoto Dude that was insane! 3mon
  •   cereshalo LOVE that video. Nice dial job! 3mon
  •   andrewbydlon So rad! What an experience. 3mon
  •   tyler_h90 That. Was. Awesome! Such an epic video! 3mon
  •   kymmicrosby @gruberle check out the video! Insane! 3mon
  •   gregofoto Incredible video! Thanks for sharing!! :) 3mon
  •   okapimoon Great shot! And you have not shared too many pictures from that trip. It is wonderful to see them. 3mon

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angelajpayne Another Rocky Mountain National Park scene. It's that time of year again. The Vail World Cup is over, the temperature down low is climbing, the snow up high is melting, and I'm feeling antsy to get back on real rock. And so, The Park it is! 3mon

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angelajpayne Poumaka's shadow cuts through the evening fog in Ua Pou. Last night I had a dream that I was stuck in a river of mud and couldn't get out. So, naturally, I woke up with the jungle on my mind. Unlike in my nightmare, however, the mud in Ua Pou came with nice views. 3mon
  •   cereshalo I still fantasize about you all summiting Poumaka. After all said and done, would you recommend it, or is was it too much "pre-joy?" 3mon
  •   angelajpayne @cereshalo it was a fair amount of "pre-joy" for sure! I can say it was an unforgettable adventure and I'm glad I went! 3mon
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angelajpayne A fleeting morning scene. Getting outside early enough to see the dew still suspended at the top of the grass is a race against the sun and gravity. Those are two pretty big opponents, so I feel really accomplished when I win. 3mon

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