angelajpayne Sand and snow, Great Sand Dunes National Park. I've spent some holidays in the mountains and some on the beach, but this year we got a little bit of both at the snowy sand dunes in Southern Colorado. It was the perfect pit stop on our way to Hueco, where we are adding rock to the list of Christmas entertainment. Happy Holidays, everyone -- get out and ENJOY! 9h

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angelajpayne Aspen leaf catching morning light. My favorite season snuck out yesterday without much ado. As always, it was too short and left me wanting more. Until next time, here's a photo from one of those perfect Fall days. 3d
  •   boulderlust It was great seshing with you at SBP last Friday. The crew was super psyched and now we're trying to make it a more regular thing. Hope your slide show went well! 3d

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angelajpayne A nice view near Zion National Park. There's a long list of far-away places I'd like to see, but sometimes the gems are closer than I think. Zion is definitely one of them, and going there in October reminded me that there are plenty of gorgeous stateside spots that I've yet to visit. Better get to work on that... 2w

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angelajpayne Sunset on the beach, Oregon. I always try to post things that are relevant to where I am and that aren't too redundant. That style fits with my Type A tendencies, but it also leaves me with lots of extra photos. So now I'm going to post the leftovers randomly, starting with this irrelevant and slightly redundant photo of the time we visited the Oregon coast. 2w

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angelajpayne A simple Colorado wildflower. For the past six weeks, I've been traveling all around, surrounded by lots of red rock, brown leaves, and other generally "earthy" tones. It was all very beautiful and wonderful and I had tons of fun. But today I'm pretty psyched on two things -- this bright purple flower & being home in Colorado. 3w

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angelajpayne A simple scene, Dayton, TN. I've spent the last two weeks in the Southeast climbing on some of my favorite sandstone in the country with my good friend @paigeclaassen. Of all the photos from the trip, I keep coming back to this one -- just a peaceful pool of water covered by a mosaic of leaves. It's hard to articulate all the things I love about climbing here, just like I can't really tell you why I like this photo. But I keep coming back to both...so I'll leave it at that. 1mon
  •   dstuarthale Thanks for being such good reps of SE climbing, y'all. 1mon
  •   roinsm Great shot 1mon
  •   vooners Hi Angie! It's kristine... I met you at the event at Vertical Adventures today! I really enjoyed your story :) and I wish my instagram was as cool as yours haha 4w
  •   gracie_dee_01 Hey I met u today at VA thanks 4 being such an inspiration. 4w
  •   angelajpayne Thanks for coming to the clinic!!!! Great to meet you and great climbing today @gracie_dee_01 4w
  •   angelajpayne Great to meet you @vooners! Thanks for coming out to the show 4w
  •   gracie_dee_01 Omg thank you for coming it's a long drive for you. 4w
  •   gracie_dee_01 I posted a pic of u and me but I don't think u can see it bc my account is private. 4w

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angelajpayne Tiny sandstone columns, Zion. We found this amazing little display of erosion while scrambling around at sunset. If I were a lizard, this would be my cabana, and it would be the talk of the lizard town. Sandstone erodes in the most incredible ways -- just one more reason I love it so much. 1mon

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angelajpayne Crazy fins and booby traps, Grand Canyon National Park. This amazing chunk of bullet sandstone and this precariously balanced boulder were really the only things I got a decent iPhone photo of on my hike to the bottom of the big ditch. Turns out it's hard to capture the massive scale of this natural wonder. I focused on using my real camera (still learning!), looking for good rock (and finding some gems amongst lots of beautiful choss!), and hiking (lots of hiking!). Now I move from Southwest to Southeast--the month of sandstone continues! 1mon

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angelajpayne A funny tree and sandstone, Zion National Park. I've been in the Southwest for two weeks now, and I'm still not tired of the red rocks or blue skies. Good thing, because today I'm heading into the Grand Canyon for two days. I have a feeling there are a few more good views in store for me... 2mon

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angelajpayne Fun with silhouettes, Red Rocks. Trad climbing in Zion was wonderful, but the boulders in Red Rocks were calling my name. So, I've spent the past few days easing back into it, goofing around, and taking ridiculous photos like this one of @alexjohnson89. Oh, and bouldering...we've even done a little bit of that too! 2mon

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angelajpayne Sandstone layers at sunset, Zion National Park. A week of climbing in this crazy beautiful place has come to an end. I had a blast learning some trad climbing basics and exploring this landscape with a very fun crew. As a bonus, I lead my first crack climb. A successful trip on all accounts! 2mon

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angelajpayne Zion National Park, UT. It's sort of gorgeous here amongst the huge sandstone walls of the Southwest. I had forgotten how much I love Utah, but this place refreshed my memory pretty quickly. Blue skies, red walls, and my most favorite...SANDSTONE!!!! 2mon

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angelajpayne Backlit fuzzy stuff, Penitente Canyon. I spent a few days last week sport climbing in this hidden gem of an area in Southern Colorado. These things reminded me of my hair when I was a kid, or something out of a Dr. Seuss book. The plants were fun, the climbing was more fun, and the crew was the MOST fun. 2mon

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angelajpayne The perfect perch, Oregon. We wanted to make it up there to enjoy the sunset, but the death choss wasn't too inviting. I guess you need wings to get the best views around, although this one wasn't such a bad consolation prize. 2mon

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angelajpayne Suspended leaf & spider, Oregon. Sometimes when I travel to competitions I don't get to see much more than the climbing gym, but last weekend I had the pleasure of exploring the coast not far from Portland. We were told that bluebird days like the one we enjoyed are rare, but I'm suspicious that the locals just say that to keep people like me from moving there . What a gorgeous place!!! 3mon

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angelajpayne Requisite aspen leaf & water droplets photo. I am the gazillionth person to take and post this shot, but I guess sometimes the classic scenes are irresistible. The leaves are dying quickly in The Park and these water droplets came from snow, which made for an interesting day of bouldering. A dusting of Winter definitely makes Chaos Canyon beautiful, but I hope Fall sticks around a little longer. 3mon

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angelajpayne Fall comes to Nymph Lake. I could probably dedicate an entire account to Nymph Lake reflection photos. It is my most favorite lake, and something about it draws me back in time and time again. So, here is yet another photo of the same place, this time with a reflection of Long's Peak and a new burst of color around the edges. 3mon

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angelajpayne Happy Fall! My favorite season has officially begun. Time for pumpkin pie, squash soup, changing leaves and prime climbing weather. Let the Fall fun begin! 3mon

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angelajpayne Aspen leaves on black rock. It was really looking like Fall out in the mountains this weekend, even though the balmy temperatures didn't quite match the scene. I took tons of shots of the gorgeous trees and am ready to bombard you all with autumnal photos. I figured some simple leaves are a good place to start. 3mon

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angelajpayne Gneiss, light. 'Tis the season for crisp days in the talus fields of Colorado. I don't feel like I've hit my stride yet in my hiking game this season, but a few trips to Upper Chaos Canyon this week might fix that. It's never too late to try, and if nothing else, I know that scenes like this are waiting at the end of the long slog. 3mon

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