brodyleven Banana Couloir.
Ross Peak.
Northern Bridgers.
Montana.
January 2015.
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Ludwig Brody Leven
brodyleven A few weeks ago, I had this weird notion while climbing Hyalite Peak with my dear friend Robin, someone to whom I can present any weird thought and receive a thoughtful conversation in return: When we are out there, in terrain withholding the ultimate consequence, there is no expert advising us what to do. In so many parts of life, there is a someone to consult-- someone else looking out for you--to overshadow, or to offer the reigns. If you’re a medical student, your attending doctor probably won’t let you leave the scissors in the abdomen before you sew someone back up. But when my friends and I--mostly a bunch of mid-20s from all walks of life, masquerading as mountain students--are in our classroom, there is no one to turn to. We have no one to stop us when we make the decision that, Yes, we are going to ski this route with questionable snow stability, because we determine it to be adequately safe. There are so many factors that go into the decisions we make in the snowy mountains.
My friends @ktmillerphoto & @bfredlund wrap about social media’s impact on our mountain travel over a video vignette of climbing and skiing 3 huge lines in the Tetons last spring.
The link to it is in my profile.
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brodyleven Time to get back outside.
Rest in peace, Dave.
2d

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brodyleven A few days cooped up in a convention center for @outdoorretailer have my mind wandering into the mountains of the previous weeks and the impending season. They also have me excited about my partnerships with top brands. Lastly, this week involves lots of the question, "Wait, you don't drink, like, at all?" usually followed by something like, "Oh yeah, I guess for that weird skiing that you do..." and something like, "Yeah, I guess that makes sense...for you. But between that AND being a vegetarian..." And then I take another sip of my water. [@ktmillerphoto leading the charge in Montana. I giggled at the end of this run more than normal. And that's saying a lot.]
Today is my last day at the show, so please be sure to say Hey to me at the @salomonfreeski, @goalzero, @suunto, or @discrete booths!
3d
  •   phwadsworth I didn't realize just how intertwined our sports/industries are with alcohol until I quit. It can be weird sometimes 3d
  •   ivy865 @s4r4h_m4rsh4ll told you he's a douchebag 3d
  •   ski_n_mtbike Too funny, I thought was thinking back to the flying first class discussion we had a while back walking the show last night. I definitely had my choice of beers last night. 3d
  •   brodyleven Total d-bag @ivy865 @s4r4h_m4rsh4ll 3d
  •   alyssalarson_mt I'll be sure to say hey 3d
  •   dakotatrace This is refreshing to read. Thanks!! 3d
  •   ivy865 You'd be a lot cooler if you were humble. 2d

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brodyleven Please say "Hello" if you happen to notice me walking around the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market tradeshow in SLC this week. It's good for me to chat, because otherwise my mind may be drifting to walking around *other* places, and that's when I risk falling flat on my face in front of some super famous climber or cute girl or hero of mine or something. 4d

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Normal Brody Leven
brodyleven Craftsmen4Skiing. True artwork.
Sure it has water, you just have to melt it from snow on the stove. Sure it has heat, you just have to chop wood and build a fire. Sure it has a bathroom, it's just outside and a hole in the ground. Sure it has electricity, it just doesn't.
5d

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brodyleven I don't expect everyone to understand why I love this so much. But I do believe that we can all relate to trying something that is so challenging--and in turn rewarding--for us, that accomplishment offers more than success. It offers a feeling of having achieved the unlikely. And that feeling, even if frequently found in high-consequence environments, makes me feel alive.
And I live to feel alive. [#GoPro @gopro @salomonfreeski @discrete]
5d

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brodyleven But I like skiing with dudes, too. 6d

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brodyleven I love skiing with girls.
Like, the kind of skiing I prefer: where we hike for hours and hours for a few minutes of downhill turns. With girls, the smiles aren't reserved for the abbreviated descent. Cold, windswept ridges and steep summit pyramids are as much a part of the journey as chatting over a shared thermos of steamy tea after hours of hiking through flat meadows just to reach the bottom of a mountain, and the ladies seem to have a very acute appreciation of this.
I am SO fortunate to know a few special women to follow, lead, and learn from in the mountains as much as in life. Women to analyze snow pits and avalanche danger with and to lean on for their experience. But also, girls with whom I chat about life and family and music and snow crystals and food. Girls to plans and execute big trips with, and girls that I can spend hours sitting next to in a car, appreciating the silence of their company as much as their raw conversation.
Occasionally, luck has its way, and sends me out with two of them. Two!
6d

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brodyleven After the yurt stint, I stayed in Montana and went to Cooke City, bordering Yellowstone National Park, to ski with some of my favorite people (@ktmillerphoto, @bfredlund, @alyssalarson_mt). There are few people I like to visit more than Beau and Kt. What their backyard lacks in swingsets, forts, and mowed grass, it makes up for with this. 7d
  •   mikekneiss Just awesome. No words needed 7d
  •   jacksontisi Dude sick! 7d
  •   14er_ian That looks so sweet! Just took my avy 1 at yurtski the weekend after you were there, it's quite the place! Jealous that you got down to Cooke city afterwards! 7d
  •   cubbygraham What a beauty trip. Be safe! 7d
  •   zackwasson Let's go skiing @brodyleven ... I'm in Montana for a week and a half from the 14th Feb 7d
  •   oskmatth Great shoot as always ! Your photos are truly amazing. At same time they are inspiring and motivated and they are powerful and also peaceful !! You are an great role model for all living human being .. Just for being you and for most of all for living your dreams and pushing your self with new challenging. I admire you a lot .. Keep it up .. I can imagine that behind one pictures is so much more than power and peace .. It must be lots of pain and struggle ... I hope and I'm so sure it is also lots of smile and happiness after every goal you reach ;-) wish you my best for ever and always. Thanks for sharing your adventure and exploring with the rest of us :) 7d

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Normal Brody Leven
brodyleven Happily trailing @bfredlund in his backyard, in his element. #Montana #rockdiscrete #skiing 1w

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brodyleven Cookewalk. 1w

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brodyleven [It's hard to be satisfied without it]. After #yurtlife, the hiking and skiing continue in a different wilderness setting with different friends and a different feel.

Repetition is boring. So is reception.
1w

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brodyleven So then I had to leave the yurt and I was all like, "Oh man, do I have to?" And then some things kept being awesome.
Lots of things in life are pretty terrible or sad or hard or stressful or tiring or boring, right? But then there are at least a couple of things that make up for them.
Once in a while, it helps me to focus on those.
2w

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Normal Brody Leven
brodyleven @racheldelacour heading back to #yurtlife to rest...before night skiing. [powered by @goalzero] 2w

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brodyleven Keep going, legs. Don't give up on me now. 2w

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brodyleven This is @glaciermt.
So, it goes like this: wake up slowly, get ready, leave yurt, ski all day, return to yurt, restart fire, eat, fall asleep way faster than we woke up. #yurtski
2w

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Ludwig Brody Leven
brodyleven "Wait, so, you guys just, like, walk around in the mountains?" 2w

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brodyleven JOKE.
@ktmillerphoto not only breaks trail efficiently but is also a semi-professional joke-teller.
JOKE: What is green and would hurt you if it fell from the sky?

PUNCHLINE: A pool table.
2w

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brodyleven We didn’t really break ourselves into Montana yurt life. Instead, we dropped off our bags, put on our skins, and headed up to start assessing the snowpack. It was foreign to us, thus a lot of discussion ensued around our decisions for the week. Comprehensive, respectful, opinionated, and involved conversation is absolutely crucial to success and safety in unfamiliar mountain environments, especially when A-grade shots are expected in avalanche terrain. Our group was a fun combination of experience and receptiveness. Here, @davidpowdersteele is talking @racheldelacour through some pit and stability test results. We only had 4 days, but an entire afternoon was deliberately devoted to grasping the snow structure. 2w

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