bookofsamuel Started hiking at 11 pm. Summited at 1 am. Walked down at 4 am. @angelcollinson and I watching @timkemple at 2:30 am. I went next. Lots of beauty and God light above the #Arctic Circle.@thenorthface #NeverStopExploring #Lofotan #Norway 3d

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bookofsamuel We hiked up a mountain and got a fine view. @bchendrix takes it in. @thenorthface #NeverStopExploring #Lofotan #Norway 4d

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bookofsamuel Watch AND listen. Tap for sound. Flying into the the Lofotan Islands in #NorWAY with @johncollinson, @angelcollinson, @timkemple, @bchendrix. I'm down with this place. @thenorthface #NeverStopExploring 5d

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bookofsamuel My little story about exploration as a proud part of the #GivePack program - Buy a pack. Give an adventure - Every pack purchased from @thenorthface in July and August will go to help @big_city_mountaineers mentor underserved youth on wilderness expeditions. Full video link in profile. #NeverStopExploring 1w

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bookofsamuel #Tools of the trade. My kit for #training at the gym right now... Threads from @thenorthface, Gear from @blackdiamond, Boots from @scarpana, Sustenance from @clifbarcompany, Energy from @voke_tab, Supplements from @gnarlynutrition, Wireless music from @jaybirdsport, Skin kit with clippers and tape, An interval timer on my phone, A thermometer and humidity gauge, Ibuprofen. Put a kit together and get after it. 2w

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bookofsamuel Hell week. 4 days, 8 workouts, 24 total hours in the gym. Every emotion. Lots of discomfort. Never went so hard. Eyes on the prize with @joe.kinder and @danmirsky #LiveClimbRepeat @blackdiamond @teamof2training #training @momentumclimbing @earthtreks 2w

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bookofsamuel @wolfepaw tried a couple years of college and then bailed to go climbing. When he returned to academia it happened to be at the small school (@collegeofidaho) where I was studying. He didn't really fit in as the guy a few years older with all the partying and debauchery out of his system, but we ended up being college roommates our senior year. He took me to Yosemite for the first time. He took me to Indian Creek for the first time. I went to Hyalite Canyon and went ice climbing for the first time because of him. He lived simply and deliberately with very few material possessions, and I sleep on the ground to this day because that's what he did. Now he's a husband, father, a lawyer, and a badass ultra runner. Somehow we've been reunited as @thenorthface team athletes. Thanks for all the lessons dude. Good to sweat it out with you the last couple days on your first trip to the big city. #MountainAthletics @Train_MA_NYC #NeverStopExploring #Slayer in #NYC 3w

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bookofsamuel Well here it is. Press play. Here's me and my story. The final #RootedLebanon documentary. It's about family and friends and finding a way in the world more than anything else. It's long, so you'll need a moment. Please watch. Share it if you like it. The link is in my profile and can also be found on YouTube or @vicesports. It was made possible by @thenorthface. #NeverStopExploring. Thanks. 1mon

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bookofsamuel Better to be #wild than tame 1mon

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bookofsamuel @jthesenga climbs. A lot. All year long. All over the world. Here he is. Summertime. Home crag. Cobble groveling. Conglomerate. 1mon

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bookofsamuel #BachelorParty #roadtrip pit stop for gas and a new outfit. 1mon

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bookofsamuel Save Donner Summit #climbing. FOREVER. This might not be your local crag. It's not mine. But when opportunities arise, the community must band together. We are a tribe. Please see www.savedonnerclimbing.org or click the link in my profile. Please help and give what you can, or just repost this. My homies enjoying the splendor of the #Sierra #granite: photo of @andy_bardon by @joe.kinder. @thenorthface #NeverStopExploring 2mon

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bookofsamuel #Lebanon. @vicesports released the trailer. The full documentary is coming SOON. The link is in my profile. #RootedLebanon @thenorthface 2mon

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bookofsamuel @blackdiamond party tonight at @neptunemountaineering in Boulder, Colorado. Presentations by @justensjong, @joe.kinder, @danmirsky, and myself. I'll be telling the story of this beautiful route that we called Zembrocal on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Doors open at 6:30, and the shows start at 8:00. Photo courtesy of @demiangoaway/@thenorthface 2mon

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bookofsamuel Nothing good comes easy - no valuable lesson, no worthwhile accomplishment. The longer you practice something, the smaller the gains get. And, the harder you have to try to make progress. Climbing near your limit involves honesty and vulnerability. It's about not knowing if where you are is enough, but allowing yourself to be there in that moment. It's about stepping up for a try, when you know failure is more likely than success. In the beginning, if you want something badly, it might come by simply casting your intention into the universe. The psyched novice at anything always improves quickly. (See last 2 posts). It might seem a bit like magic. Much further along the path - after years and years have gone by - when the progress seems like it's been halted for months or years even, you really gotta dig in to earn that next level. There's no magic. There's only hard work and effort and sacrifice. You really gotta rub up against the feeling that you might not have it in you, and that you're much more likely to fail than succeed. Then despite that reality, tie into the rope and try. #LiveClimbRepeat @BlackDiamond, Photo by @sethjandersen 2mon

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bookofsamuel After the first season (see last post), all I could think about was #climbing. I ate for climbing, I slept for climbing, and I started training for climbing. I went home to Detroit for the winter. I drew upon years of ski racing and the #training I did for that. I assessed my strengths and weaknesses. I crafted a plan, and I was ruthless with myself. Since I really didn't start climbing until l was an adult, I had a lot of catching up to do. Plus, I had spent my entire life up to that point being a lower body athlete. My legs were heavy and big and strong, but my upper body and fingers were neglected. The up side of finding climbing later in life was that I savored it. I wanted to work for it, and I wanted to do it as much as possible. I knew life before and without climbing, so there was no way I could take it for granted. There was no way I could go back. In 2006, I spent April and May back in the Red River Gorge. I did my first 5.13d. Then I made the exodus to better climbing conditions in Rifle, CO. I did 2 more 13d's, and on Thanksgiving Day, I sent my first 5.14a. Climbing had become a wave that swept up more and more of my life. Then, it was like a crazy drug addiction. Now, it's a more balanced, more patient, more settled passion. But, the wave is still breaking and nearly every thread of my existence is swept up in it. #LiveClimbRepeat @BlackDiamond, Photo by @sethjandersen 2mon

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bookofsamuel In 2005, I was lost in the post college conundrum of the looming question - “What’s next?” In early May, following nothing but my internal compass and the desire to slow my life down and learn more about myself, I went to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky to work at Miguel's Pizza. That was the start of my first climbing season. Before that, I had climbed just a few days a year and had climbed as hard as a single 5.12b, but I wasn’t a climber. I knew nothing about good conditions, good skin, projecting, sacrifice, training, or effort, but more importantly I knew nothing about the lifestyle or community or the spirit of the pursuit. All I had was the feeling that climbing could be a vehicle to help me understand myself and improve my life. The Red had a smaller community then, and it was made smaller by the summer exodus of the locals who knew about better temps and climbing conditions. Despite the frequent summer rain, oppressive heat and stifling humidity, I managed my first 5.12c, then 12d, and 13a. As the summer relented and transitioned to fall I sent 5.13b, and then 13c before the end of the season, and all the while forging some of the deepest and most meaningful relationships of my life. Through that season I became a climber, and by the end I knew I would be a climber for the rest of my life. #LiveClimbRepeat @BlackDiamond Photo courtesy of @sethjandersen 2mon

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