brodyleven We decided to walk further than we'd planned. Because that's what you do when you're in Yosemite, backpacking, feeling great, prepared, and with your dad. We walked to the top of another mountain together. #backpacking #yosemite #hiking #mountains #fall #tuolumne 6h

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brodyleven We arrived at camp so early that I became restless. I figured the neighboring mountain couldn’t be more than 1000 vertical feet higher than our camp at 10,750 feet, so I took a walk over to its base and then climbed its steep east face.
Then the coolest thing happened.
As I peered from the summit, a horizontal mile to our tent, I saw what I first thought was a bear walking toward the base of the mountain. Then I realized it was my dad. Which is ironic because that’s his name, Barry. I jogged down the north ridge until he was (barely) within earshot and encouraged him to continue to the ridge. When I met him, I convinced him to come up to the summit. He actually did it. And we stood atop a real mountain, at 11,500 feet, that we’d had a long approach to, and climbed, together. And then we walked down and all the way back to our tent. And my dad lives at, like, 500 feet above sea level, in Ohio.
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brodyleven My dad and I quickly fell into that backpacking mindset. There was a lake on the map, and it was clearly surrounded by a steep, alpine, mountain cirque, and it wasn’t “on” our “route.” But, who cares. So we went there. And to celebrate evading the rain all morning under tumultuous skies, we set up our tent on the shore, and it was awesome. 2d

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brodyleven Within an hour of starting our backpacking trip in #Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows, it started pouring rain and dehydrated-pea-size hail. We quickly set up the tent in the rain, skipped dinner, placed the bear canister under a tree, and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, I heard a bear stumbling around in the woods, and I sat up and started clapping and yelling. My dad wasn’t scared, he just wished I would have woken him so he could have heard the bear before I made a racket. The rain took a half-hour break the next morning. 2d

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brodyleven My dad worked the same selfless job, teaching students with special needs how to be productive members of the workforce, for way longer than I’ve been alive. While I’m running around the mountains and telling you about it, he’s been working toward retirement. This is probably the first September in 6 decades that my dad isn’t headed to a school. To celebrate his retirement, he decided to join me for a week in Yosemite. 3d

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brodyleven Sorry for the radio silence. I've been, um, well, here, just look: 4d

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brodyleven I told myself I would never do this. 2w

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brodyleven A stunning #MTbyDIRT photo gallery by @gmacmt and @maxwellsilver is on the @natgeo site. I have about 79 million favorite pictures.
Link is in my profile. [photo by @maxwellsilver above Flathead Lake, Montana]
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brodyleven What’s the landscape you picture when you think of Israel? Is it this, like southern Utah? Militarized and demolished? Flat and barren? Lush and verdant?
Friend me (Brody Leven) on Facebook to see some of the weirdest stuff that I saw...like the explosion of combat artillery shells in Syria.
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  •   brodyleven You know what our guide said from the top of every hill we stood, @fredieue? "Where the green ends and the barren wasteland starts, that's Lebanon." #propaganda 2w
  •   storytimesam Looks like Lake Powell 2w
  •   mloukhie You should visit Lebanon, it's waaayy more beautiful but you'll definitely need a guide to keep you away from the places that ruin Lebanon's image. That guide of yours is one fucking liar tho :p the border is highly militarized by both sides and especially Israelis, the UN is also present. The two countries are at war that's why there's so many troops mobilized there. So the barren wastelands are definitely still Israel, the border is where the military is not where the green ends. 2w
  •   speaker_head Been to that exact spot, beautiful, 2w
  •   speaker_head have you been to the caves above? 2w
  •   homiehomeslice Man you should go ski in Iran! I know it's super hard for Americans but sponsored athletes have done it before. You have one of the highest ski resorts in the Middle East only an hour from the capital and it's basically an untouched mountain range half the time!!! Definitely think about it for this season man. I'll even fly out there from North Carolina and be your tour guide/translator 2w
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  •   kleinlewis Wonderful! 1d

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brodyleven Sunrise over the Dead Sea, -1,401 feet, the shores of which are the lowest elevation land on earth. 2w

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brodyleven A new @urbanoutfitters brand, @gowithoutwalls, has entered the game. It appeals to me because when I am not in the mountains, I don't like to wear clothes that scream ACTIVETECHWATERPROOFPOLY. They're featuring the stories and gear of lifestyle athletes via a series called #wwtrailblazer. Mine is linked in my profile. Let me know what you think. [@salomonfreeski @suuntonorthamerica @blackdiamondequipment]
photo: @acpictures
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  •   tzakedotnet dude, that hair! :D 2w
  •   ciara801 Well you are lucky enough to travel the world I can see! 🌍 good for you! That is one of my main life goals 2w
  •   brodyleven @ciara801 it's not something you can just check off a list, though. Right? I guess you gotta start somewhere v 2w
  •   ciara801 True but I want to build the knowledge of life and other cultures from travel and I want it sooner than later lol! 2w
  •   brodyleven Can't you just go then @ciara801? Somewhere? Anywhere? It's never the "right time" to spend a bunch of money, leave your regular life, and travel. Or, it is always the right time. 2w
  •   ciara801 I will go to Europe after I graduated school! Now is definitely not the "right" time for me! I've been a quite a few places in the US but only Mexico outside that! I have the biggest urge to go all over the world! 2w
  •   brodyleven Oh @ciara801 fair enough. I was traveling the summers while in college and it is what got me hooked. I've never been to Mexico though, I am jealous. 2w
  •   boldbrewteam Saw your feature on there the other day! Nice buddy!! 2w

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brodyleven 31 hours of plane travel.
Spent time thinking about mountains.
And sleeping. Lots and lots of sleeping.
Hoping to catch a glimpse of autumn in Utah when I return in a few weeks, after months and months away.
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brodyleven One year ago today, I went to South America with no plans and moved into this van a day later. I was #SeasonallyConfused. For a month. For skiing. For a story. For that idyllic #vanlife through Patagonia. For fun. I never expected it to be a stunning @powdermagazine flipbook. The link is in my profile. [photo: @acpictures ] 3w

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brodyleven This isn't what I pictured when I thought of Israel.
A quick layover in Austria brought me here. Why Israel? Because I know nothing about it. Because I'm ignorant. Because although I have avoided and, in all likelihood, will continue to avoid religion in my life, there are 3000-year-old structures and a colored past and a more confusing present. The state of conflict, peace, and life in this part of the world is changing faster than any I know.

By all athletic and mountain-trip-planning standards, this trip is a failure. Until this year, I've never understood what my mountain heroes have meant when referring to "failed expeditions." But this year, I've had multiple. And although my plans didn't come true, I am traveling in a manner that is completely foreign to me in part of the world that aligns with that.
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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT was sponsored by @toyotausa. I am not an advocate of driving vehicles unnecessarily. This was just a vacation. But you know what? Vacations are necessary. Spending time with good friends is necessary. Having fun is necessary. And our 4Runner helped facilitate these essentials. So thanks, Toyota. Keep innovating toward environmental-friendly vehicles to minimize our coal dependence, and I'll keep on enjoying dirt roads via foot, bike, and--occasionally--car.
#gopro #mosquitos
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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT. We may have done it a month ago, but we hope to use it to fire you up on life now. @natgeo with @bfredlund 4w

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brodyleven For the first time in my life, I went to New York City.
I've visited many of the world's largest cities, but have never been so terrified and intimidated before visiting. Its reputation preceded it. It was very hot. I cat-sat. I went for runs in some big city park and some other park along some long body of water, which may or may not have been the ocean. I rode the subway, saw a rat, ate Pakistani food in burrito form, and walked across a bridge looking for hipsters.
I dislike museums. But the 9/11 Memorial Museum was the most beautifully tragic museum I hope to ever visit.
I probably missed a lot of stuff I "had to" see. But 2 days was a sufficient first dose.
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  •   brodyleven @luckyyleslie yeah, somewhere between 0 and 2 days is okay I think. 4w
  •   brodyleven @ellievanv nooooo I don't know about that. 4w
  •   brodyleven @alanamiller13 that little devil was the most adorable thing I've ever say upon and I thank you and my dear @kelsie_def for the opportunity. 4w
  •   jercollins_com @brodyleven it wasn't on accident. 4w
  •   brodyleven True that @jercollins_com. Hope your experience was positive. Keep on rockin'. 4w
  •   airtaih2 Almost like a #unicornpicnic under a #rainbow with a #leprechaun, it is more believable that the towers were brought down by a #fire breathing #dragon than the "official"story of September 11th. I got to go to that church across the street from #groundzero last October. I feel for everyone who lost someone they love that day. I could not believe the #naïveté of the #tourists there though. With all my gear in tow, walking the streets until it was time for my plane to depart I could not help but chant "9-11 was an inside job" to all the seemingly clueless people talking about the "terrorists" that were responsible for the tragedy, yet none of them named the real culprits that got away with taking away our rights & terrorizing our citizens for eternity in this new "endless" "war" on terror that resulted from this incident being allowed to happen at best, or more likely, full blown knowledge by the insider elite who say they represent us. History is written by the victors and the propaganda has tricked a generation and more into fear, hatred and submission. Revolution time is brewing & it's time to activate our friends & family, educate them on how to take our country back from the banksters that have hijacked it with love & peace 4w
  •   _j_park You should visit in the fall. Nov is pretty magical. NYC smells like trash (more than usual) during the summer. Been here for a total of 7 years, and I still hate summers in the city. 4w
  •   jgeo44 I was stuck in NYC for 7 years in my 20s...it was amazing then and I thought nothing else could compare. Then I travelled west to Colorado and never looked back. 3d

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brodyleven I drove (AKA slept) across most of the USA last week. There are a few major conflicts with me and long car rides: I typically despise them. I hate sitting still for a long time. I fall asleep after driving for 30 minutes. I am a terrible passenger, and just sleep. I like to eat healthy. I need exercise--like, NEED IT--and prefer to do it in the mountains, of which most the country lacks.
So how did we cope?
We packed healthy snacks. We listened to good music. We ate dinner at real restaurants. We stayed with friends, and actually visited with them. We had long periods of silence, for which I have a distinct fondness. I ran--on pavement, in cities--and appreciated it for what it was. Hawaii-SLC-Denver-Chicago-Cleveland-Vermont-Connecticut-Philadelphia-Atlantic City-NYC-and now I’m sitting in Austria.
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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT continues this week. The @natgeo site has more of our pictures, videos, & stories to help make your Monday waaaayy less Mondayish.

Belay (and route) by @conrad_anker, photo by @maxwellsilver, sewing-machine-leg by me.
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brodyleven I’m not here, in Hawaii, anymore. In fact, I just spent a week driving a loaded-down Subaru 3,000 miles across the USA. We were moving @lindsayalbrecht to Vermont for graduate school. But I’m really glad we were able to do this with her family before we did that with mine. Have fun and take good notes, Lindsay.
#hawaii #hiking #swamp #kauai
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