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. 3d

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angelajpayne Sunrise run. Waking up early and running were never high on the list of things I like. They still aren't at the top, but this morning they both gained some points. 1w

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angelajpayne "While playing in the clay-streaked water and watching my niece float leaf boats down the tiny waterfalls, I saw a bit of my young self in her. She moved from rock to rock with confidence, not minding the cold water that poured into her tiny yellow boots. She picked the biggest stick she could find and helped me stir the creek like it was a giant stew. She scooped up slimy green moss and threw big rocks into the deep pools, unfazed by their chilly splashes. For a brief moment, I had the joy of seeing the outdoors through the eyes of a child again, and I couldn’t help but reminisce about my early experiences outside." ••An excerpt from a blog I wrote about my motivations for taking on Rocky Mountain National Park's 100 Days Outside challenge this year. I have been documenting the days with photos and will share the occasional good one on here•• 2w

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angelajpayne Hitching a ride in Ua Pou. It's starting to feel like the jungle here in Colorado, with water all around after five straight days of rain. Luckily I'm keeping busy with the U.S. Team training camp, and my indoor climbing game is benefitting. My photo game, on the other hand, is not, and I'm still pulling from the archives...for now. 2w
  •   chris_schulte Lots of archive-rifling going on in CO. 2w
  •   okapimoon Old and new photographs are both wonderful to see. I am happy to hear your climbing is going so well; your photo game will return. 2w
  •   elielilamashabachtani I like u ;-) 2w
  •   thefortatfococo Old or new it's still a beautiful pic & u are still inspiring & motivatingyou have inspired me with your 100 day picture to challenge my husband for a weekend adventure outdoors! I think whether he's game or not I'll do the challenge for ME! I need to BEGIN 2w

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angelajpayne Just a simple Colorado scene. I've been running all around the country for the past month, and it has been tons of fun. Now, I'm REALLY happy to be home for few weeks. There will be lots of indoor World Cup prep, but hopefully I can sneak in a few trips to the mountains as well. And maybe I can even slow down enough to snap some photos and bring the "Insta" back to the 'grams. 3w
  •   amy_pickering Nice to have you over thisaway! 3w
  •   angelajpayne @amy_pickering Nice to be there and hang out for a quick minute. Let's do it again sometime soon 3w
  •   mseng357 Sad to have missed the Rock Project in NY this past weekend, but glad you finally get some down town back home! Always feels great! 3w
  •   ogisha905 Beautiful scene 3w

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angelajpayne The Mini Moo Galaxy. I don't always add cream to my coffee, but when I do, it's typically so I can watch it do this, and then photograph it and give it a grandiose title. Seems appropriate though, since fleeting grandiose plans and a momentary belief that one can conquer the world are side effects of excessive coffee consumption. Or is that just me? 4w

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angelajpayne Ua Pou: one of the gazillion amazing places on our planet. Humans have an okay thing going, being on this chunk of rock in space. Hopefully we aren't dumb enough to throw it all away. 1mon

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angelajpayne Sunset at Boulder Reservoir. The South Pacific was stunning, the East coast was lovely, Kentucky was beautiful and San Diego was excellent. I've been to some nice spots over the past few months, but I'm never sad to return home to Colorado -- one of the most gorgeous places there is. Heading back to enjoy it for 36 hours before taking off again... 1mon

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angelajpayne An eerie morning in The Park, Summer 2014. It's looking a bit like this today in Colorado, as Winter returns for one last hurrah. Guess it's good timing that I'm heading somewhere warmer for a bit. Soon enough, though, it will be time to head back into the mountains to throw ourselves at little rocks. 1mon
  •   tyler_h90 Your shots are always amazing; it would be awesome to have a simple webpage with all of your shots in full resolution w/ accompanying descriptions! 1mon
  •   angelajpayne @tyler_h90 Thank you!!! I have a page on my website that shows all my Instagrams, but maybe I will add something a bit different with larger photos someday. 1mon

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angelajpayne An evening at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Back in November I kicked off my 30th year by hiking out of this big, beautiful ditch. That was the beginning of a good run of great trips. I still don't feel any older, so I figure I'll keep on going. Busy month ahead, hitting both coasts and some spots in between. Ready, set, go! 2mon

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angelajpayne Silhouetted deck hand on the boat ride out. I've been home from Ua Pou for a month now and life is back to normal. There are plenty of photos left to share, but I'll save those for the days when life seems a little TOO normal (whatever that means). For now, I'm soaking up the mundane and enjoying the comforts of non-jungle life. 2mon

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angelajpayne Nice light hits the jungle. My feed has been dominated by shades of green over the past few weeks, but hey, what's a little more? It still feels a bit soon to say I honestly miss this view, but it WAS pretty damn beautiful. 2mon

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angelajpayne Island life, Ua Pou. After helping us carry bags down from our camp, David was thrilled to show off his skills on a horse. He made the riding look manageable, but when I asked if I could try, he laughed. A few things were certainly lost in translation, but the word “unstable” was not. 2mon
  •   andy_mann Haha. That horse was sketchy. 2mon

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angelajpayne Textures of the jungle. Most everything in Ua Pou was green, save the occasional hibiscus flower. This one seemed particularly beautiful when I spotted it on the hike out. The fact that it was floating in the stream that marked the end of our journey after 16 days in the jungle certainly added a brightness to its hue. 2mon

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angelajpayne More mud and (the remnants of) the doormat. My leaf weaving craft did help to slow the inevitable takeover of the sludge, but by the end of the trip my vibrant green mats and bright purple toenails were, like everything else, consumed by brown. As I'm sure you've gathered, the amount of mud in Ua Pou was astounding at times, and I wasn't the only one taking foot selfies to document the filth (see @ladzinski). 2mon

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angelajpayne My handwoven tent doormat. It didn't take long for every inch of ground at camp to turn to mud, and it didn't take long for me to tire of sloshing through it. My attempted solution was to weave a couple of these mats out of leaves. I told @andy_mann @ladzinski & @mikelibecki I was taking orders, but no buyers ever came 2mon

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angelajpayne Late evening light and the mossy trees. Many evenings brought waves of rain that rolled up the valley with a characteristic rumble and sent us running to our tents. A few times, however, the rain waited, and we were treated to some of the nicer sunsets I've seen. 2mon
  •   st.malko Wow incredible shot:) 2mon
  •   ramalama3 Stunning! Love the light coming through the clouds and trees... 2mon

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angelajpayne Kau Kau and his machete -- the two MVPs of the trip. Our adventure wouldn't have been nearly as successful without the help of this incredibly skilled and kind local. Kau Kau moved through the jungle with speed and ease, and in his jelly sandals, at that. When he wasn't cutting trails or shuttling loads, he was bringing us water and fresh-picked local fruit and motivating the team. Kau Kau was a crucial part of our successful ascent of the tower, and @mikelibecki named the route in his honor as a small token of our gratitude. 2mon
  •   emilyaharrington I bet those jellys have magic in them 2mon
  •   angelajpayne @emilyaharrington Judging by how this guy moved in them, they must. 2mon
  •   davidjackson__ Power sandals are key in the jungle 2mon
  •   beaniebanditblue This is just lovely. So much happiness 2mon
  •   billay88 The Dude of the jungle. 2mon
  •   rexsoutrageous Look at the smile on his face! He's got it going on! 2mon
  •   craigmalik So. dude. 2mon
  •   geeraldine Jellies are the best! We love them in Tahiti. Great to hike, fish, go canyoning, approach shoes, they are super grippy and can accommodate reefs, rocks, mud. Etc. Slip on a pair of socks if you're worries about chaffing. Just don't hope to meet Prince Charming while wearing these haha... 2mon

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angelajpayne Fish eye view of Poumaka at sunset. @mikelibecki takes in the view from the land bridge that conveniently connected our camp to the base of the tower. Thanks to this amazing little ridge, our daily commute was relatively simple. The key word there, of course, is "relatively" -- getting to the base still required two fixed lines to prevent a slide into jungle oblivion. 2mon

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angelajpayne Fresh pomegranate, served attractively. Cleanliness and fresh food are usually two of the first things to go on long, remote trips. While we very obviously kissed one of these things goodbye, we didn't have to go without both. Pomegranate, passion fruit, papaya, grapefruit, and the *BEST* avocado in the world were a few of the fresh fruits we enjoyed during our time in the jungle. 2mon

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