brodyleven Eat your heart out, @ultraromance. (dedicated to @semi_rad, by @anthmcollective) 3d

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brodyleven Reflecting on a whirlwind few months with yet another hectic and short turnaround between trips.
Soon, my friend Robin and I will reunite for a month of climbing and skiing mountains between stints of what are inevitably going to be funny cultural interactions.
While my 'grams will surely be less frequent, KAZAKHSTAN should hopefully keep me otherwise occupied.

Luckily, my @delormegps allows me to post on facebook.com/brodyleven and twitter.com/brodyleven, so follow me there if you like laughing at my perpetual struggles.

And I'm finally going to get a chance to breathe and enjoy @semi_rad's new book.

I hope I don’t break out in hives without my daily dose of Snapchat.
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brodyleven The Oregon Outback is an established bikepacking route. We were not even close to being the first people to ride our bicycles, south to north, across Oregon on its dirt roads.
It's recommended, by whoever recommends these kinds of things, to ride a mountain bike.
I rode a custom Montana-made @sklarbikes, my new adventure bike that I've taken and abused on each bikepacking trip I've struggled through this year.
It's not a mountain bike, nor a road bike, nor a cross, touring, or fat bike. It's my bike.
And I've outfitted it with as many artisanal American-made parts as possible. Click on the picture to learn some of them.
This rig held 5 days of food for two, along with cook, camp, bike, and personal gear.
It even has a bright headlight powered by my own two legs.
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brodyleven Oregon Outback, OUCH.
After 3 consecutive 120-mile days of off-pavement cycling across Oregon, @anthmcollective and I reached the Washington border. We slept well in tents before offering ourselves a bonus treat: 100 miles of pavement bicycling back to Portland.
Salt in the wound?
More like battery acid in the eyeballs.
For the last 70 miles, I stood upright on my pedals because my pain threshold from sitting on a bike--which I normally only do for like 4 minutes at a time in the city--had been exceeded. ...Between my legs. (But first, Brian rode past Mt. Hood).
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brodyleven Oregon Outback, Ouch.
With 8 days between trips, I accidentally invited myself on my friend's adventure. His journey is riding bottom to top then right to left across Oregon. On bicycles. Self-supported, carrying water, food, and camp.
Minor detail: we're trying to do it in 4 days. 520+ miles.
Oh yeah, and the whole thing is on dirt/gravel trails.
I'm posting this from my tent. 10:42pm. I'm tired. We just biked 120 miles of trails. It rained. It hailed. My knee feels funny. We each ate a 1300 calorie dinner.
And tomorrow--which will inevitably come too soon--we hope to bike even further.
Ow ow ow.
Right about now, I'm really wishing I was a cyclist.
Check the link in my profile to follow along via @delormegps. From there, you can satellite message to make fun of me.
Additionally, you can make fun of me here.
In fact, I'll be sure to continue to provide opportunities to make fun of a non-cyclist on difficult bikepacking trips.
#expeditiontraining #iguess #isthisbadforme
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brodyleven “Gosh, Brody. Why would you go all the way to northern Norway just to get on an overloaded bicycle towing ski equipment, ride around in the cold rain and snow, sleep in a tent, and not even have your ski lines planned out in advance? You’re just gonna, like, WING IT!?” #PedalToPeaks
@salomonfreeski
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brodyleven I thought we could consider #PedalToPeaks a success if we skied 4 times during 2 weeks in Norway. Why so few? Because experience has taught me how difficult the whole process of skiing from bicycles is: You’re tired before you even start skiing. You’re wet. The transition from bike to ski gear isn't smooth. Gear is missing. It’s hard to find ski lines from the road. It’s a big push to ski and bike in the same day, especially if you have to tear down camp. The entire thing is unreasonably burdensome, so 4 days seemed generous.
We had reached the end of the road, or destination, and had only skied 3 days.
So instead of giving up, we turned around and started riding back, with a more critical eye for what we could deem “skiable.” I’m really glad we did.
@goalzero #officeanywhere
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brodyleven [Cody’s pole fell directly on the head of @chrisrubens]. This trip to Svalbard last year, for the @salomonfreeski film “Eclipse,” wasn’t necessarily the most extreme trip of my life. It was, however, my first film-oriented trip of this magnitude, and a learning experience. This year, I’m trying to produce some little films of my own. It seems like it’s gonna be pretty tough. So I have that much more respect for @anthonybonello, @bjarnesalen, & @reubenkrabbe for their work on Eclipse. It’s been fun to see all of the accolades the film has received over the past 8 months, since my first time seeing it from my seat in a full theatre at the Banff Mountain Film Festival beside my mom.
Happy Mother’s Day to her and happy You-Won-A-Ton-Of-Awards to those guys, including the one from @5pointfilm recently. (see Facebook.com/brodyleven)
Oh, and these dudes are standing on sea ice in this picture.
Oh, and FYI, sea ice is frozen ocean.
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brodyleven Are you dealing with slow mornings, an abundance of fuel, nowhere to go, and a calorie deficiency? Join my 3-step program today!
1) Tea.
2) Flavored oatmeal with dried peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries and cranberries, chocolate powder, and sunflower seeds.
3) An entire one-pound Scandinavian-sized milk chocolate & hazelnut bar.
Then, go push yourself really hard.
#PedalToPeaks
#GoPro
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brodyleven So much is jacked up in the world. Although there's also a ton of sweet stuff (this hill falls into the former category). You know something that’s horrendous? The way our public land is treated sometimes. By users, by abusers, by companies, by the government. We don’t want it auctioned off for coal companies to mine and destroy for their profit. @protectourwinters has a video about how bad that situation is. Over 60% of Utah’s land is public, and protecting it from development, exploitation, and ourselves is vital for clean water, recreation, scenery, and life-building experiences that can’t be replaced without public land. We don’t want chairlifts, we don’t want more single-use-coal dug from the ground, we don't want the haze generated from these power plants to destroy our air.
We want to leave no trace. To see moose in a basin from the ridge above. We want to not be the last generation to understand the concept of clean air, water, and access to land that no one--and everyone--owns. Let’s #ProtectPublicLands.
Because after all, I love a good struggle (see @semi_rad's pic, above), but I don't like struggling to find pristine nature.
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brodyleven #wokeuplikethis
I think about family, friends, and life at home. @joeyschusler says "Do you know how many people would slap us in the face if they knew we weren't getting out of the tent because it's raining!?" and we get a reality check and exit the tent. Because my reality is like most of ours, interspersed with these very in-body, exhilarating experiences that remind me how human this existence is. Shouldn't we strive to appreciate what we've created for ourselves?
Some may say this is a dream I'm living, but it's very real. The fundraising, expectations and obligations, travel woes, transitioning from office life to being "on" in the mountains, mental and physical exertion, the rise and fall of fitness, the constant need to produce, never being home, distant life relationships.
It's a job, it just happens to be pretty awesome.

#officeanywhere courtesy of @goalzero
#PedalToPeaks
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brodyleven So, in some ways, a big goal of #PedalToPeaks was to bike to the very end of Lofoten’s only through-road and ski when we got there. After two weeks and a few hundred miles, we arrived.
And there was no snow.
We could have worn t-shirts, had we thought to bring them to the Arctic (holy @protectourwinters, people). We were feeling a little down, but cookies cheered us up. We laughed at the absurdity of our position and situation.
And instead of getting on a bus back to the ferry terminal and high-tailing it off the Norwegian chain of islands called Lofoten, we decided to get on our bikes, turn around (which is way easier said than done with out monstrous bicycle rigs), and...start pedaling back.
We never learn.
@salomonfreeski
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  •   ehoxen Camped in this spot for two nights. Thanks for all the stories. It is a reminder of how crazy and amazing Lofoton is! 3w
  •   bjorgnar Happy travels! Still snow around Laupstad area 3w
  •   lottenrapp Oh noo! I would have hoped that you where Norweigan... How should I describe this... I'm Swedish. I've been traveling in Norway a lot and... Two things that I see is 1. Comparing to Sweden, Norweigans don't care that much about equality between man/woman. And! They can really trough a LOT of garbage out in the nature... I hoped I had found an Norweigan that was really motivated to inspire others to really take care of nature... But you are from North America... I see!!! 🏽 fight for it ! 3w
  •   brodyleven @lottenrapp just another American. 3w

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brodyleven It rained all night. Snow was on the tent in the morning. We sat in it for hours after awakening, eating my oatmeal concoction, waiting for visibility. It finally came. Kind of. Sleeping bags were comfortable and ski boots were wet, but I was proud of @joeyschusler and I for rallying out of our glorious campsite on an arctic beach. We left our bicycles beside the tent and walked a half mile down the road, where we bushwhacked for 1000 vertical feet before skinning to the base of this couloirs to start climbing it.
We didn't know it's name, or length, or pitch, or rating, or anything else. We just knew that we saw it while hunting for ski lines while pedaling the night before.
Then, for the only time during #PedalToPeaks, we turned around due to avalanche concerns. Wind was nuking, avalanche activity was present, we couldn’t see all the way up the couloir, and, um, we bailed.
And that sucked. And at the same time, it didn’t suck.
This skiing thing, man...it’s weird.
@goalzero
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brodyleven I'm obsessed with pretty much everything Nordic.
Except riding my bike on busy roads, loaded with heavy gear weighing me down. With a broken derailleur. In the winter. With only a tent for shelter. And a smelly dude. Carrying skis.
Ugh.
That was awesome.
#PedalToPeaks @goalzero
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brodyleven We fall into this place when we’re climbing mountains. A place that allows us to push our bodies and our minds beyond their typical comfort zones. Normally, that’s pretty easy because we know that we’re retuning to a car that will zoom us to the comfort of a taco cart with calories then a home with heat and tea and a shower and a bed.
When we fall into that place but then realize the only thing waiting for us is a damp tent in a stuff sack and a bicycle, I begin to question whether we should push ourselves too hard.
And then I put that doubt into a stuff sack of its own, shed a layer, and hike faster.
But I always look for that taco cart. I always look for it.
#PedalToPeaks
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  •   brodyleven @cilogear_official there's an outtakes reel!? 3w
  •   cilogear_official Ahhh...I'm not sure it's a legit reel but omfg there is some footage...it should be an outtakes reel! Delaminating ice, bike problems, interviews with "police", the bad stream crossings...the video they created was a very gentle version of the trip. 3w
  •   patriciojimenezbarros Impressive view, Brody. Are you still using yoir Sony RX100? Best regards from Lakes District, Chile! 3w
  •   brodyleven @patriciojimenezbarros yeah, this was taken with that. I've since replaced it with a6300. 3w

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brodyleven If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
High on my list was Lofoten, Norway. The arctic archipelago of small islands connected by bridges and underwater tunnels is popular among people who travel to ski (or ski to travel?). And--for the same reason I don’t go to Alaska, France, or British Columbia frequently--I knew I’d struggle to return with a unique story. It was reputed to have some of the most scenic ski lines on earth, a rumor I couldn’t ignore.
How does a person who makes a living by, and genuinely prefers, skiing in unpopular places visit a country like Norway? He takes a normal thing--skiing in Lofoten--and makes it abnormal, by proposing to carry hundreds of pounds of ski, bike, and camp gear on bicycles, stopping to climb and ski lines that are likely inferior to those further removed from the road, out of a cyclist’s sight.
Here, on our first day of skiing during #PedalToPeaks, on the highest peak in the region, Kt, Joey, and I decided to head further from the road than we did for the rest of the trip. Everything seems a bit bigger, further, and more consequential when the only safety and escape you’re returning to is a tent and bike.
And cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

@goalzero
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brodyleven I knew a few people who’d been to Lofoten before Joey, Kt, and I visited for #PedalToPeaks. They all said arriving April 3 was WAY too early. There’d be 10-foot-tall snowbanks lining the ice-covered roads. The avalanche danger would be sky-high. “Bring studded tires,” one friend told me. “If we need studded tires,” I replied, “there’s snow on the road. And if that’s the case, we absolutely can’t bike our monstrous rigs. Studded tires won’t help that.” Well, we got lucky. It was the driest, warmest end to winter they’d seen in a while. We barely camped on snow the whole trip. Easing minor difficulties--another example being the abundance of free-flowing water everywhere--makes an otherwise daunting mission slightly less overwhelming and, to be frank, annoying. ...Until, that is, you wake up and actually have to do something. 4w

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brodyleven My friend @ktmillerphoto rallied through a tough portion of #PedalToPeaks with @joeyschusler and I. There was snow, rain, and traffic on the narrow roads, and tricky mountains beside it.
Oh, and carrying a million pounds of gear on a rental bicycle doesn’t help.
She cruised back to the USA in the night while we recharged batteries and downloaded footage in a hotel room.
For the next 10 days, our tent smelled much worse.
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brodyleven “Slowing down to enjoy the scenery,” AKA “Biking in rainstorms, soaked to the bone.”
#PedalToPeaks
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  •   larslarsbrenna @brodyleven Hey sorry about the rain but I just want to let you know how much I enjoy seeing your pics and words from your trip around where I grew up. And knowing very well what the weather and conditions can be like, I really admire your tenacity! Hope you guys are sleeping somewhere warm and dry tonight! 1mon
  •   matt_ruta Sounds awesome @brodyleven. Well actually it sounds miserable. I'm completely jealous, and I really hope to do a similar trip someday soon. Thanks for not just posting the successes but also the shitty, cold, wet parts. Somehow they're the most inspiring. 1mon
  •   brodyleven Haha @matt_ruta oh yeah. 1mon
  •   brodyleven @larslarsbrenna that means so much...the only reason I'm on Instagram...thanks. 1mon

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brodyleven The general idea? Bike the length of Norway's Lofoten peninsula, climbing and skiing the most tubular lines along the way.
The reality? Look, from behind handlebars, into couloirs that *would* be cool to ski, *if* they had any snow.
Oh, that one has snow in it and looks awesome? Okay, now it’s raining.

#PedalToPeaks
@salomonfreeski
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  •   johngperkins Hey @brodyleven, the romantic is an idea, not an individual. It's our romantic idea of an adventure before the reality of type-2 fun (snowless lines, wet and cold hands after hours of riding, etc) sets in. The romantic idea of a trip is never the reality, which is what makes it something worthwhile. And dang hard. 1mon
  •   brodyleven Dig it. @johngperkins 1mon
  •   brodyleven Hah @jfellows56 I have no idea but I've been fangirling. 1mon
  •   wohven_tees 🤘🏼 4d

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