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What is the biggest animal you've encountered while skiing, and where?" Today, on facebook.com/brodyleven

#SFTVsvalbard
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brodyleven Clear skies wanted, at
the world's most northern hostel.
We came here to ski.
#SFTVsvalbard
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brodyleven I’ve never shot a gun. I never had any plans of shooting a gun. I’m generally pretty against guns. But in Svalbard, people carry rifles to protect themselves from aggressive polar bears that roam the island. There are 300% more polar bears than people here. Here’s the thing: I would never shoot a polar bear. I really don’t think I could. In a place like this, we’re intruders on their territory; we’re nearly at the North Pole. So it almost felt like a farce as I knelt on the wrong knee, held the gun up to my eye with the wrong hand on the trigger, and happened to hit the bullseye on my first-ever gunshot. Rifle education, informing about flare guns, bear awareness, food varieties, and learning how to set up our expedition tents for the first time…in an absolute whiteout-sideways-blowing-blizzard, with partners we barely knew, an hour’s snowmobile ride up a foreign glacier. Geeeez. #SFTVsvalbard 3d

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brodyleven 3 weeks ago I landed on Spitsbergen, the only inhabited island of Svalbard, with a team of people I largely didn’t know and an objective that was, to me, quite vague. The small town of Longyearbyen—the capital and only true settlement in the entire autonomous Norwegian nation—welcomed us with strong winds, low temperatures, and complete whiteouts. For the remainder of March, we were to create a short ski film as the first known crew to attempt doing so during the height of the Arctic winter.
Now, allow Instagram and me to tell you the story of how it transpired, and how my toes feel after wearing ski boots in a consistent -40 windchill. #SFTVsvalbard
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brodyleven I just hopped off the northernmost commercial flight on the planet.
@salomonfreeski has invited me, along with @codytownsend, @bjarnesalen, @chrisrubens, @reubenkrabbe, & @anthonybonello, to the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Svalbard. It's a sizable island, dwarfed by the immensity of the sea in which it sits, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. It's also where we are spending the next three weeks camped on a glacier, climbing and skiing mountains under our own power.
I likely won't be posting on Instagram until I return to Internet at the end of the month, but I will be able to satellite-share short Tweets and Facebook updates. Friend and Follow 'Brody Leven' to learn how excitedly scared I am of polar bears, what it feels like to be truly cold, and how suffocating it feels to not have Instagram for multiple hours, even DAYS, at a time.
#SFTVsvalbard is my first of what I hope to be many expeditions with the experienced Salomon crew. It just happens to be in the Arctic Circle, feature polar nights, and make Google Earth rotate a direction you didn't even know it could rotate until you typed "Svalbard" and pressed Enter.
Talking with you is what makes this lifestyle worth it for me. I'm already looking forward to our conversations and catching up on the pictures you'll post and the experiences you'll have in March.
You're awesome.
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brodyleven Expedition time!
Let's play the guessing game.
Where do you think I'm going for the month?
Hint: cold.
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brodyleven Walking the thin line is sometimes the only way for me to achieve what I know, inside, is possible.
It isn't easy.
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brodyleven We leave our skins on for short descents. #skiuphill #skindownhill 4w

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brodyleven Rush back, leave headlamp in pack. 4w

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brodyleven A bunch of seasons jumped in together. 4w
  •   jackstauss Seasonal confusion, seasonal fusion 4w
  •   kelsie_def Love. 4w
  •   sophieabroadbent This picture is my favourite so far :) Amazing! 4w
  •   backcountryliving Nice picture, Brody. I grew up on that peninsula, in the little town of Huntsville. Beautiful area! 4w
  •   discrete 4w
  •   jgeo44 You should hop over to SW Colorado...over 100" dumped in the past week! 4w

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1mon brodyleven
Ludwig Brody Leven
brodyleven Challenges make us stronger, regardless of whether or not we overcome them. 1mon

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brodyleven I've been eating lots of ice cream.
Meanwhile, @mmcintyrephoto has been on a 2000-mile solo skiing road trip.
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1mon brodyleven
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brodyleven Sorry, my pictures haven't been posted contemporaneously as of late. #gopro 1mon

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brodyleven Got off at the wrong bus stop. 1mon

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1mon brodyleven
Ludwig Brody Leven
brodyleven "If I keep making these sketchy jump turns for a while, I wonder if I'll find out what's down there."
... I did, I did, and then I charged my @gopro with a @goalzero Flip 10, and all was well with the world. Well, at least the document-weird-adventures-world.
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1mon brodyleven
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brodyleven @forestwoodward captured stage 7 of my high-level training regimen for an upcoming ski expedition in the Arctic Circle. 1mon

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1mon brodyleven
Ludwig Brody Leven
brodyleven I only ski tour with chicks.
And it's awesome.
But I like guys, too.
Not as much.
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1mon brodyleven
Normal Brody Leven
brodyleven Quick escape 1mon

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brodyleven Walking around with ladies who are comfortable in most elements.
Girls from Iceland/Switzerland/Hong Kong/USA/Canada/etc.
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  •   jeff_cox777 Maybird?? 1mon
  •   mck_p Does this mean Camilla is in town? She's from like 30 countries. 1mon
  •   brodyleven @mck_p yeah, but I mean From as in, From those counties in the past two weeks. 1mon
  •   camillaiceland @mck_p are u still in BC?im in revy wednesday till saturday.hope to catch you!x 1mon
  •   mck_p @camillaiceland I am in SLC. You are here? We should ski tomorrow 1mon
  •   brodyleven You guys ever bring two different friends, who are strangers, to lunch and they just talk right over you the whole time? 1mon
  •   camillaiceland @mck_p yes im here!ski tour tomorrow?brody i guess u can tag along! 1mon
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1mon brodyleven
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brodyleven I know I talk about running a lot. But, guys, I do a lot of not-running on my runs, and I'm totally cool with that.
It's like...if a friend is in from out of town, and you go to some super cool place to run, do you REALLY want to rush through it, panting and looking down to make sure you don't trip? No, you only KINDA want to rush through it.
1mon
  •   jennifermbernstein With two young kids, sometimes I mourn training. But recently I realized that not training has shifted the focus from my needs to the needs of places. Slow is good. Fast is coming. 1mon
  •   slcbikergirl Awesome Brody!! 🌞 1mon
  •   theactivelife Where?!? 1mon
  •   theactivelife Also....if it looks like that, you DEF don't want to rush it. Savor that ish. 1mon
  •   ganterific Awesome photo. 1mon
  •   backcountrybrad So true. 1mon
  •   hideyourhead Love this Landscape ! Please Come to look at my pics and tell me what you think about it ! 1mon
  •   mountainfound I love the not running part as much as the running part. 1mon

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