brodyleven I’m already three weeks into my second trip to Iceland. If you think Iceland has “been done” to its very end, think again. This is a big island without many roads. My pictures will continue to be posted sporadically until I return in mid-July, but this story of a nontraditional Iceland journey will eventually be told in many ways, all of which I’ll inform you of right here.
Well, “here” being Instagram. Not on this sea cliff with @alyssalarson_mt in her @redwingheritage. Because that would be sketchy.
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brodyleven Oh, this is your first time skiing a volcano? Okay. Let's do an easy one. 1mon

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brodyleven @davidpowdersteele, when the North Sister's challenges begin. 1mon

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brodyleven I prefer up to down.
There, I said it.
#skiing
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brodyleven The North Sister.
Fortunately, before we would climb and ski this mountain, we first had to head a little left and get the Middle Sister done safely.
#GetOutStayOut
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  •   michaeloverbeck Love this Brody! 1mon
  •   sarah_casper Nice shot! @flaccidreality look at the current coverage on North. 1mon
  •   beverlybica You are the Spinoza of our time. Freeon 1mon
  •   adrentures Stoked to see you got to enjoy your time in Bend. It was great to meet you at Crow's Feet 1mon
  •   bwanthony1 Brody, holler if you come through Portland. Camping/surfing at the coast all weekend. Welcome to join. It's been a while! 1mon
  •   brodyleven @bwanthony1 this was posted super late...in Iceland now. Would have been great to see you, we just couldn't stop skiing! Dang. Hope you're doing really well back in Oregon. 1mon

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brodyleven Smith Rock again.
Thanks for letting me climb on the same rock as you, @grahamzimmerman. And for your hospitality.
This picture isn't of you.
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brodyleven Ran into @davidpowdersteele at the top of the Middle Sister. Well, we actually walked to the top of it with him. But after he pulled away, we crested the summit plateau and ran into him once again. Waiting for us. Like this. 1mon

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brodyleven A brand's environmental stance is becoming increasingly important to me. A lot of them are confusing to me and I frequently don't even know what to think about any single company's.
As a landmark, I feel good about @goalzero's. Whose do you respect and why?
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  •   northside_skis Maybe consider where your brand is producing their product. Major factory in ????? Boutique brands are trying to combat the issue! Keep it small and local. Less greed + less mess + less impact = nice product. 1mon
  •   cindilougrant I see so much waisted plastic from packaging that just gets a product from the factory to the store. Everything is individually wrapped in plastic waist. We recycle it at @white_pine_touring but I have to give big props to @prana for sending it rolled up and tied with a simple piece of material scrap, It's refreshing- 1mon
  •   andreasmassitti ny company that's conscious of their impact and does their part in helping eliminate that impact is worth supporting. 1mon
  •   kimspan Tahoelab splitboards skis & snowboards 1mon
  •   jeromejavelina Right on Brodey- Made in USA - keep the footprint small, keep the know-how here for the future, supports rural communities and ranchers, small batch merino wool, slow wool @duckworthco. 1mon
  •   the_rhymenocerous Patagonia because Yvonne Chouinard is the visionary behind the socially responsible company. 1mon
  •   johnny_outside Walmart 1mon
  •   ncmcadk Patagonia's dedication to sustainability is hard to match. 1mon

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brodyleven Water cooler hangs.
#GetOutStayOut @goalzero
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brodyleven I'm just "hanging out" before the next trip. ....get it!? Photograph by the lovely @ktmillerphoto. 1mon

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brodyleven Steep, with @acpictures in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. 2013. 1mon

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brodyleven #nomakeup
pic: @alyssalarson_mt at Red Rocks, Nevada.
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Normal Brody Leven
brodyleven @carolinegleich is a happy girl. 2mon

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brodyleven We loaded up the car and headed back to the northwest corner of the USA a couple of weeks ago.
This picture was taken during sunrise on the dry approach to Mt. Baker.
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2mon brodyleven
Normal Brody Leven
brodyleven The Ultimate Weekend Escape. #MexiSnowGetaway
In my line of work, there isn’t a corner office to which I can aspire. No one is going to point at me in a meeting and say Good Job, Brody. You’re Promoted. I won’t get a bigger desk, a different title, or more paid vacation. I work hard but am recognized in untraditional ways that aren’t intended to be rewards. Most recently, this unintentional feedback came in the form of my first print article with @outsidemagazine. My November 2014 weekend trip to Mexico to climb and ski the tallest volcano in North America with two friends I greatly admire for their ongoing ability to pursue and achieve their own specific dreams, @graysonschaffer and @carolinegleich, is published in the May 2015 issue (the one with the provocative! scandalous! cover). I wrote the article (with significant help from the expert, Grayson, who also captured this picture), took some of the pictures (with significant help from @gopro, and my iPhone), and pushed myself hard but smart, traveling from sea level to 18.5k feet in 24 hours (without significant help from diamox).
If you're unable to buy the magazine but would still enjoy reading the article and watching the associated video, there is a link to it in my profile.
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  •   brodyleven Certainly @dmetres, I do. But what you failed to recognize is the big SOCIAL footprint those trips have, increasing awareness and offsetting my travel exponentially. 2mon
  •   dmetres @brodyleven good to hear. Thanks for spreading the message. I'm doubtful social media will dissuade Shell from drilling oil in the Arctic, or Peabody Coal from fighting carbon regs, but I recognize that every little bit counts and that we're all in this together. So despite me giving you a hard time, I thank you for your efforts. 2mon
  •   brodyleven Never said anything about social media @dmetres...we were in DC lobbying our elected officials. This morning, as a matter of fact, we were at yet another event with them. I appreciate the critique and feedback always @dmetres, keep thinking independently! 2mon
  •   actileanltd Amazing photo!! 2mon
  •   mjbryan11 @mbryan10 Love the Diamox jab. Inspiring to see someone devoted to keeping it real. 2mon
  •   beverlybica A life brilliantly lived! Bravo! 2mon
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brodyleven I see potential. 2mon

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brodyleven Not burning out any time soon. 2mon

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brodyleven Commence frostbite rehabilitation test. 2mon

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brodyleven The cold. I’ve been avoiding its mention until now, but I can’t hold it. This will be the last post in my series about Svalbard, because after mentioning the cold, the story is over. It was terribly cold. The coldest I’ve ever been. Our Arctic guide said it was ******* cold. Colder than Patagonia, colder than Denali, colder than Iceland, colder than Vermont. Bone-freezing cold. The cold that you can’t escape, that any layers of clothing fail to keep warm, that numbs your toes for the entire duration of the trip--and, in my case, for the following 6 weeks. The cold in which it’s dermatology suicide to have any skin showing. Gore-tex facemask under a buff behind 6 collars. Climbing mountains--an aerobic activity--in two wool long johns, insulated pants, Gore-tex shells, AND down pants. Overboots covering heated ski boots. Glove liners, down mittens, overmittens. Seven layers on a torso, including two down jackets and an expedition coat. 40 below zero windchill. 12 pound sleeping bags. Frozen water bottles. Frozen fingers. Frozen toes. Frozen nose. My inflatable sleeping pad had a hole in it, so I stacked up 3 foam pads beneath it and shivered on those every night for 2 weeks. There is a good reason we were the first ski film crew to shoot in Svalbard during winter. My nose still has black spots. My left toes are still numb. 2 weeks after returning to Salt Lake City, I went for a sunny run on a 65-degree day. People were running without shirts, sweating, drinking water. I was on the side of the trail, folded in half, on the verge of puking from the pain in my frostbitten fingers.
I will remember Svalbard for a long time to come--it won’t let me forget it. #SFTVsvalbard
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brodyleven This astronaut of a base camp cook is Erla. She made the best camp food I've ever eaten and patiently hung out on a glacier with nine dudes for two weeks. She's young, from Iceland, easily rocks an 8000-meter one-piece down suit while carrying a rifle at sea level, and--surprisingly, considering she is normal--has decided to live in SVALBARD of all places.
Eat your heart out.
#SFTVsvalbard
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