brodyleven It was a true #MexiSnowGetaway rally.
An early flight meant only 90 min. of sleep. Straight from Washington DC, @carolinegleich and I flew to Mexico. Our flight out of the USA was delayed, making our connection likely impossible. As we stepped out of the jetway and into the Mexican airport, we were amazed to find gracious employees ready to escort and prioritize us through customs and immigration, rushing us and our expedition gear to our next flight, which sat on the tarmac and waited.
What a warm welcome to Mexico.
We landed at the small airport, picked up @GraysonSchaffer, settled up with our logistics crew running ground support, and began the rough 4x4 road to the hut at 14k feet. We arrived 5 hours after landing in Mexico. We ripped open duffels and ski bags under @goalzero illumination, still wearing the clothes we wore in Washington DC just hours before, loading our ski packs and organizing glacier kits. A last-minute overruling committed us to climbing and skiing a route entirely different than that which we’d planned to explore. 14 hours after leaving the White House, we crawled into sleeping bags. Grayson and Caroline slept like babies. I tossed and turned with an awful stomach ache until 1am, when I sat up to awake and inform them that I wouldn’t be able to climb with such cramps. But as I did so, the pain subsided slightly. I woke them and we began to get ready. My pain was tolerable. At 2:19am, we hiked into the complete darkness, climbing loose scree, steep sand, and unmarked trails toward the glacier, 3,000 feet above. Headaches came and went, putting us at the snowline during sunrise.
We were doing it. It was actually working. We moved into ski boots and crampons and began the walk to the summit of the highest volcano in North America for @outsidemagazine.
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brodyleven Pico de Orizaba is the 3rd tallest mountain in North America. Climbing and skiing it is a mini-expedition, replete with rough 4x4 road access, a crowded base camp, loose scree, potential for becoming lost, and high altitude.
It's also my idea of a good weekend getaway.
Conveniently, my dear friends @graysonwyatt and @carolinegleich share that sentiment for a #MexiSnowGetaway.
Straight from sea level we flew to Mexico, hopped into a truck, loaded ski packs at 14,000-foot base camp, and started climbing a few hours later.
SPOILER ALERT: we reached the summit. Booyah. [@outsidemagazine #hero4 #gopro]
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  •   davidpowdersteele Crushers! 1d
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  •   austyn_heinlein Nice contrast from your last photo! 1d
  •   brodyleven @austyn_heinlein and to think that I post every day. That means that those were only taken a day apa...woah. 19h
  •   brodyleven @steeperskier "that kind of skiing" didn't get cool on its own though 19h
  •   steeperskier Agreed 19h
  •   deliciousdetect Solid work Brody! My friend just moved to Mexico City, so we are trying to ski Orizaba too. If I knew you'd be heading down this weekend, I would have invited myself along! :-) I'll be hitting you up for logistics info for sure. Nice work knocking off one of the volcanic seven summits! Is Popocatépetl next up? 15h
  •   ridgegoat Dude. So how brutal is hiking with all that gear? I have insanely hard time running with my ud bag with water up 14ers etc. But snow, and gear. Are your legs toast before you even go down? 10h

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brodyleven Politics aren't my thing. But spending the most precious times of my life in the mountains IS my thing. And it's important to me that your kids can do that with rushing rivers, deep powder, and healthy plants and animals. And their kids. And their kids. And their kids. On behalf of the snow sports industry, I'm in Washington D.C. with @protectourwinters not to be partisan or political but to ensure that our elected officials choose to protect the environment in which every one of us plays, works, and/or breathes. This is how #AthletesActOnClimate.
In a few hours, @carolinegleich and I kiss the White House goodbye and say Hola to the tallest volcano in North America.
#MexiSnowGetaway
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  •   cbwardco Welcome to DC, sir. Thanks for fighting the good fight. 5d
  •   boreaadventures Great that you find time to fight for a good cause @brodyleven. 5d
  •   alyssalarson_mt Lovely! 5d
  •   young_men_and_fire Brody, we were in DC at the same time. We should of grabbed a beer! Looks like you are doing some strong work out there. Keep it up! I am not a scientist or an expert on climate change but anyone that spends time outdoors nowadays is seeing the writing on the walls. It's time for action . I can say for certain the fires we are dealing with the last 10 years are bigger and our season is longer than anytime in recorded history. 4d
  •   amritash23 You should see my gallery.being a tourist, you would love it. 4d
  •   jerrymoya @conrad_anker I didn't about the midterms, but I got it now. I think this isn't an issue for young people mountaneering in and around germany... There's a feeling for that, but not much action from the top 2d
  •   jerrymoya Anyway @conrad_anker @brodyleven keep on rockin guys, hope to see at some ridge 2d
  •   exigeante Love this! You share the same sentiments as my client @bandalooping - the world needs more people w your convictions for sure. Keep it up!! 10h

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This week is going to be nuts.
I'm joining some @protectourwinters folks in lobbying congress, on behalf of the snow sports community, to rally behind Obama's push to slow climate change by limiting American carbon emissions.
After a week of speaking to school children about how climate change is affecting skiing and snowboarding, my friend @carolinegleich and I are walking the walk and heading to Washington DC en route to our first expedition of the season.
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brodyleven Saturday afternoon, I had the most popular mountain in SLC to myself. It served as a fitting goodbye to this fine mountain range and its neighboring city for a while.
#trailrunning #snowrunning #iciclerunning
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  •   brittmumma Dammit! One of these days we'll figure it out. And trust me - I fit in the bag but it's just not an option this time. Grrrr.... 1w
  •   brodyleven As of tomorrow morning it's going to be a lot harder to figure it out. I leave. The ski season is here :) 1w
  •   brittmumma Well maybe we can coordinate AK, Iceland or something else rad... It's a good idea. Go ski my friend and I'll just be at the heli/chairlift/skin track waiting for you one of these days. 1w
  •   natureofmotion Unexpected isolation. Travel safe. 1w
  •   brodyleven Love it @brittmumma. You got yourself a deal. 1w
  •   brodyleven @natureofmotion said it better than I. Bingo, and thanks. 1w
  •   haileyinga Good to know it's not too late to hike this! 7d

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brodyleven uosɐǝs 1w

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brodyleven #PedalToPeaks

Snapping pictures with sweaty iPhone lenses and GoPros as we rode trains from SLC to PDX, bikes to Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier, climbing and skiing each of them, then riding to Seattle, I thought the pictures were going to be nice keepsakes to show my mom and dad. Five months later, @theskijournal has made the forward-thinking move of publishing an entire story, "Like Riding a Bike," about our off-the-wall trip bike and ski trip. I wrote the story, and it features pictures from no camera bigger than the one that you're viewing this on. Entirely self-produced content is the only option on such demanding trips. I'm glad that new issue 8.2 recognizes it, and I am very anxious to hear your feedback on the story. That trip was hard.
#rockdiscrete #gopro
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brodyleven Life before @discreteclothing was really tough.

This is actually, seriously, honestly a full-page print ad in the new @theskijournal issue 8.2.
Ladies, I don't know the haggard stranger in the black shirt.

#rockdiscrete and #looklesshorrendous
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brodyleven My ski season starts next week. Even the uphill hurt is exciting. [photographer/running partner: @acpictures] 2w

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brodyleven A happy coincidence on the trail with @trent_meisenheimer yesterday: We ran into this guy, @chris_coulter, and his shiny new bicycle.
We had fun together.
Did you do anything super crazy this weekend? I slowly rolled off an 18-inch rock without falling.
But I swear it was, like, 18 feet.
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  •   davidhildreth I think you're ready for red bull rampage 2w
  •   brodyleven They asked me to forerun the canyon gap next year, as long as I gram it @davidhildreth, and hit it switch. 2w
  •   chris_coulter Good to see you amigo! 2w
  •   myshellparker Awesome @chris_coulter!! Yeeeew 2w
  •   brodyleven @myshellparker but I took the picture! 2w
  •   namynniks Went for a "casual" 2 day kayak around the lakes with my Dad near his home town Paynesville, Vic Australia. Turns out the 64year old man had been doing some serious km's over the winter here and proceeded to try and put me in the hurt box all weekend. While he struggles on hike or bike adventures to keep up with my brother and I, it's good to see he still thrives on the water. 2w
  •   tc_mtb #fromtheseatofmybike please help me grow this category ! Use this to help share your amazing bike adventure with the world ! @brodyleven 2w
  •   brodyleven @namynniks love that. Thanks 2w

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brodyleven Try hard and be really nice to people. 2w

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brodyleven I could go for a definitive season right about now. Does it want me to ski, or does it want me to climb and bike and run? I don't think it cares. And, actually, maybe I don't either. As-is, all I'm doing is slipping around like a puppy on linoleum. ....that cute, too. 2w

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brodyleven Porter Fox, features editor at @powdermagazine, is someone I admire on so many levels. His recognition of the reality that skiing may end in the next 75 years is shockingly blunt. Serendipitously, my alma mater, @westminsterslc, has asked me to introduce him this evening as he discusses one of my favorite books, “Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow.” It’s free and open to the public at 7pm in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory. I’ve attended countless presentations in this venue, but never have I ever (...) been so excited for one, as it combines two hugely important elements of my life: skiing and climate change.
I hope to see you there, SLC friends.
#gopro @protectourwinters
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  •   dynafit Well said @brodyleven 3w
  •   tvetto Does the oceans rise, then the gulf stream will likely be cut off, and Scandinavia will become icy cold all the time (as I've understood it). Norway reaches way over the arctic circle, so I highly doubt that skiing will die out. Fewer people may skii, yes, but such an important part of our culture won't go dissapear as long as there's snow somewhere. If it's Røros, Lyngen, Tromsø, Sunnmøre or even Svalbard, we'll hunt the snow down. 3w
  •   johnnyokal It was cool to meet you today, @brodyleven! Let me know when you're at alta this winter and we'll take a lap. #chesterlandkids 3w
  •   brodyleven I really appreciate meeting you @johnnyokal. Glad to see your move from Wilson Mills to 13th east. 2w
  •   mmcintyrephoto Great presentation & nice to meet you and chat crazy Ohio connections.. Hope to hear about more of your adventures soon! 2w
  •   brodyleven @mmcintyrephoto hang on, I have no adventures. You, on the other hand. 2w

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brodyleven Life is busy for most of us.
Try to find time.
It's worth some schedule rearranging.
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brodyleven There is a new (free) magazine circulating around the mountainous western states. Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal has a pretty specific focus--can you guess what it is?
I wrote a story about my fun day skiing all of Wolverine Cirque with @perpetualweekend, which includes a section about how you can make the most of your own day in “Wolvy.” Yes, it’s always real neat to see my hard work in print, but it’s even cooler to drool over more of Jim’s timetravel images, like this one, which bring me right back into the depths of that day’s turns...of both the powder- and kick- variety.
The articles by @ermepowskier, @noah_j_howell, @utahoutside, @griffpost, @straightchuter, @steepskiing, & Tyson Bradley are some of my favorites. This magazine is headed in a cool direction. Grab the premiere issue at your local outdoorsy hub.
I’ve also linked to our full article in my profile, on my Facebook (‘Brody Leven’), and on Twitter (@brodyleven).
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brodyleven The contest I dubbed #MyRunningPal was one of the most heartfelt things I’ve experienced on Instagram/Twitter. With about 150 entries, the majority of them made me really emotional, curious, or inspired. Many of the stories, such as that of our WINNER, @lauraewald (go to her page and check it out), did a much better job than I ever could of explaining exactly what a good running partnership offers. That's why she wins a PAIR of head-to-toe Salomon Running setups. Honestly, it’s worth taking some time to browse the hashtag. Do it for yourself. Just like running with a good friend, it’s something you won’t regret.
Thanks to @salomonrunning for supporting an important part of our sport. Also, some really powerful entries came from: @wasatchwilly 
@kpatmissoula
@shandikk
@halfpint22
@brookegaynes
@kelsie_def
@deepdrypowder
@cardellach
@sundancethekid
@ashleyalexs
@m.ladley
@lawick18
@prestongallacher
@its_katie_k
@catieblaine
@drjonedski
@claylegustaesquiar
@jacksonsmittysmith
 @malinoyes [photo: @j_eichhorst]

Thanks!
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brodyleven Dracula's Castle.
Brasov, Romania.
2013.
A ski trip.
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brodyleven This time last year, we were skiing a few miles from here. It's 70 degrees today.
I followed @trevmm off this mountain as the sun set, sweat still obscuring my vision and burning my eyes.

What are you doing to @protectourwinters?

I happily ignore politics. But I know that if you and I choose to elect US Senators that do not prioritize environmental repair and preservation, the entire world suffers. On Nov. 4, #DropInAndVOTE. If for nothing else, please do it for my environment and yours. Voters in states like CO have Senate races in a statistical tie, and the world can't afford to lose representatives with realistic, pragmatic, and progressive views.
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  •   brodyleven Hah, don't sweat it @jimjimmeny. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yeah, I think you're reading something into it that I didn't mean. All I am implying is that the warm day made me think of this. That's all. Not any causation. Thanks for sharing and thanks also for the kind words! 3w
  •   cal21guy If I knew I could make a difference, I'd be all in. But let's face it: you (and I) travel A LOT. truly going all in against carbon emission driven climate change means we both (and most Americans) have to drastically change our lives. Would you give up air travel? How can we deny third world countries the right to cheap electricity while flying about on great outdoor vacations / adventures? I'm not ready to lead by example, so I don't preach. Not a personal attack on you, I love following what u do. But why these #pow arguments ring hollow. 3w
  •   brodyleven Thanks for your thoughts @cal21guy. I can't speak for you, but I know that I am aware of my traveling and also act upon that. Luckily, there is a lot more to the picture than my travel schedule. I am not talking about third world counties nor flying to outdoor vacations. I'm talking about caring about the environment and voting for it. That's it. I don't think there is much of an argument against voting for representatives that represent what you believe... And thus, I "preach." 3w
  •   brodyleven And also @cal21guy one thing I forgot to mention: I don't advocate people going "all in," as you referenced. I think there are plenty of people pushing the "all-in" approach, which misses huge segments of our peers. Instead, I like to act on and suggest individual acts that can make significant impacts, direct or not. So yes, I agree, going "all-in" is both a huge lifestyle change, in the ways that you refer. Thanks and great point. 3w
  •   cal21guy point taken, but i guess i'm too cynical of any politician to represent what i believe. :/ 3w
  •   j_e10 Well, it's dumping snow now 3w
  •   stuckinarut721 @brodyleven it was great to meet you today. You are totally right about voting... And remember the #USAW presentation about getting involved locally for the future of the Wasatch by submitting comments to #mountainaccord 3w
  •   brodyleven @stuckinarut721 Awesome, really good call. Thanks much. 3w

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brodyleven My idea of running might be a little different than yours. But they both probably involve doing something that is hard. So even if the first 8+ miles of our run looked like this, finishing "The View" with @j_eichhorst was running.
brodyleven.com has the story and pictures.
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  •   km_walden @brodyleven I'd like to go on an adventure with you one day just to see if I could keep up 3w
  •   wasatchwilly That's the best type of running! #runsteepgethigh @brodyleven 3w
  •   brodyleven @km_walden that's seriously the only reason? Like, to race me? No. That's a terrible idea. 3w
  •   km_walden @brodyleven Ha of course not, no it's not the only reason. I know you'd kick my ass. But it'd be a fun ass kicking. 3w
  •   brodyleven @km_walden that's what I get every day in the mountains. 3w
  •   rahul__meena Wow!!😮😮😮
    You got a fabulous gallery
    If you got some time check out mine!!! 3w
  •   kbrecheisen Dude, your photos have honestly inspired me to turn it up a few notches in training and to just run, regardless of terrain. Thanks for the killer shots and inspiration! 3w
  •   j_e10 "Is it still trail running if you're not on a trail and you're not running?" -my daily debate. Nice work on the route. 3w

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brodyleven I have shared a conversation with @kilianjornet, a page of @mensjournal magazine with him, and the presence of our adored @andreasfransson99.
Now, if only I could share his fitness... (check out the full story behind this on brodyleven.com)
#PedalToPeaks
[photo: @smarkewitz for @salomonfreeski ]
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  •   brodyleven @kirillbraynin I definitely haven't used it, but the jacket that's on the right side of this photo, on the greatest endurance athlete on earth, is the Salomon equivalent...if the thermaball is the one I think it is... 4w
  •   brodyleven #icephoto @elexplore, right! #icephoto! god i suck at this. 4w
  •   brodyleven @j_e10 right? totally unfair. 4w
  •   brodyleven @captainredfox i totally ruined it. the guy i'm blocking happens to be really darn talented, too. #photobomb 4w
  •   kirillbraynin @brodyleven rad. But Kirill doesn't have a salmon proform. Only northface and mountain hardware. I have tried on a salmon jacket and really like the fit. Nice and slim, not boxy at all 4w
  •   brodyleven Dude @kirillbraynin that's kinda the tie breaker for me. That slim fit is just so nice for those of us that prefer it and can fit it. Mmmm love it. 4w
  •   christian_erzinger Wow man. Very talented athletes abound. 4w
  •   bombtwinz If anything happens, call for us and we will come to the rescue! 3w

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