brodyleven I drove (AKA slept) across most of the USA last week. There are a few major conflicts with me and long car rides: I typically despise them. I hate sitting still for a long time. I fall asleep after driving for 30 minutes. I am a terrible passenger, and just sleep. I like to eat healthy. I need exercise--like, NEED IT--and prefer to do it in the mountains, of which most the country lacks.
So how did we cope?
We packed healthy snacks. We listened to good music. We ate dinner at real restaurants. We stayed with friends, and actually visited with them. We had long periods of silence, for which I have a distinct fondness. I ran--on pavement, in cities--and appreciated it for what it was. Hawaii-SLC-Denver-Chicago-Cleveland-Vermont-Connecticut-Philadelphia-Atlantic City-NYC-and now I’m sitting in Austria.
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  •   brodyleven It was the worst @innowayfamous 3h
  •   supakdog Tha BEAN! 3h
  •   cillajohnson Should've waived on the highway. @brodyleven Looks like we were both going from one coast to the other opposite ways. 3h
  •   phwadsworth Long periods of silence are under-appreciated 3h
  •   phwadsworth Running on pavement is not 3h
  •   josharpee Whats the plan in the Alps? 2h
  •   hikingdiva I can relate. I tried I tried audio books... I kept myself occupied with keeping up with roadkill counts while my cohort slept. 2h
  •   songdancedesign I'm sitting in an office. *sigh* that's sweet though. The only thing about long car rides is music and a constantly changing landscape. Safe travels in Austria!! 42min

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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT continues this week. The @natgeo site has more of our pictures, videos, & stories to help make your Monday waaaayy less Mondayish.

Belay (and route) by @conrad_anker, photo by @maxwellsilver, sewing-machine-leg by me.
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brodyleven I’m not here, in Hawaii, anymore. In fact, I just spent a week driving a loaded-down Subaru 3,000 miles across the USA. We were moving @lindsayalbrecht to Vermont for graduate school. But I’m really glad we were able to do this with her family before we did that with mine. Have fun and take good notes, Lindsay.
#hawaii #hiking #swamp #kauai
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brodyleven ...The video explains everything. (link is in my profile). Thanks to @natgeo and @toyotausa for helping me share with you exactly what it's like to tuck down a curvy mountain highway, 3" from the ground, at 60MPH. (I bet @skategoldcoast wasn't expecting this when I got the skateboard). photo: @gmacmt
#MTbyDIRT #rockdiscrete
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  •   amysoswallen Cool haircut. 4d
  •   johnkutcher I think you guys are really cool 4d
  •   liahlm That video was awesome, also your life is awesome. I want to live vicariously through your Instagram 4d
  •   liahlm That would be mildly terrifying though 4d
  •   liahlm The skateboarding I mean 4d
  •   brodyleven @liahlm my life would be terrifying!? 4d
  •   liahlm Skateboarding down a windy highway at high speeds without being wrapped in bubble wrap, aka, the skateboarding I mean 4d
  •   cast_stab amazing 3d

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brodyleven Skiing with @bfredlund in the middle of summer yielded more than a way for #MTbyDIRT followers to see how weird we are. @natgeo is also featuring this @maxwellsilver picture of us as the "Extreme Photo of the Week." 6d

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brodyleven Something clicked, if only a little bit, while I was in Kauai.
I have surfed a few times--on Maui (where this photo was taken), in Chile, in Peru--but never on much more than whitewash after a wave has broken. During this trip to Kauai, though, I actually paddled into waves that were actually breaking in an actual direction, stood up, looked over my shoulder, and actually saw a green wave, upon which I was actually riding the face.
And that's the story of how I "get," a little bit more, how people are so incredibly in love with surfing.
It was such a fun challenge.
PS: My arms felt like jello after 2 minutes.
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brodyleven Mountain bike, red dirt.
It had a white reflector.
Rode toward the blue.
#gopro #hawaii #beach #mtb #mountainbike #kauai #reddirt
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brodyleven I'm terrible at beach vacations. (And @blackdiamondequipment & @salomonrunning know it). 1w
  •   adamisstoked Surfing? ha! We all know you've got terrible balance, you ain't gotta lie to kick it 1w
  •   chrisburkard Shaka mahalo 1w
  •   matthanan2911 What kind of Black Diamond pack is that? I gotta get out to Hawaii one of these days... 1w
  •   leahschram Looks miserable 1w
  •   brodyleven @chrisburkard I'm new to this language, but I do believe I've translated that successfully online now. 1w
  •   brodyleven @matthanan2911 great question (and backpacking is a killer way to explore an island that most people explore much differently): it's the @blackdiamondequipment Epic 35. I don't like heavy packs with lots of doo-dads, and this one fit the bill perfectly for warm weather, 3 days, good stuff. 1w
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  •   francesh_ So handsome 7d

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brodyleven There is a perfectly empty Hawaiian beach with bright blue water and light sand with no footprints as soon as you step out of either of these cave entrances.
Towering, jagged mountain peaks are only steps from the water, teeming with wildlife and lush, deep green jungle.
But, if I remember correctly, I prefer cold noses and shivering in -40 degree sleeping bags and stomping around in big plastic boots.
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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT is the story of 3 friends on Montana’s dirt roads in a @toyotaUSA, doing any and every activity we could find along the way. And given that we were in Montana, that’s a lot of fun stuff with fun (super-outdoorsy, of course) people.
Over the course of the next month, the stories are being published--words, photos, & video--on the @natgeo Adventure website. I never expected to write for National Geographic, let alone among illustrations by one of my favorites, @jercollins_com.
Today, please click the link in my profile to read and watch what it's like to search for, climb, and ski some of the last ribbons of summer snow, through my eyes, with local ski guide and friend @bfredlund. (photo: @gmacmt)
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brodyleven I'm not much of a beach-oriented person. But I've somehow now visited 3 of the Hawaiian islands, backpacking on each of them. Kauai's landscape was very different than the volcanic parks of Maui and Hawaii, but certainly not in a bad way.
#gopro @blackdiamondequipment
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brodyleven Walk a long way, sweat a lot, doubt that you'll actually make it, and great things happen. 2w

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brodyleven I love settings that make us look and feel small. (#Backpacking in #Kauai, #Hawaii) 2w

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brodyleven I know that I have a weird taste in adventure, but I just returned from a backpacking trip in one of the most undisputedly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. You would have loved it. Please excuse my fumbling while I try to process what just happened.
#rockdiscrete
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brodyleven Kaua'i, Hawai'i, Self'ie 3w

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brodyleven Avalanche danger: Slim to none. 3w

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brodyleven I landed on Kauai on the eve of a hurricane double header.
#gopro
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brodyleven ||| Two days in the Wasatch, sandwiched by trips. |||
(That's @acpictures, made extra happy by @mikeschneider).
It's a huge personal achievement for me to be able to blur the lines between work, play, and exercise.
Oh, is that a faux pax?
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brodyleven Our #SeasonallyConfused roadtrip through Patagonia has been turned into a beautiful flipbook on powder.com. And now @powdermagazine has teamed up with @newschoolersdotcom to host an online Q&A with Adam Clark and me. So if you want to ask us how to plan a trip that is completely unplanned, you can ask. But I'm just going to tell you to not plan anything. (photo: @acpictures) 4w

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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT is a cool concept because it's as much about the people as it is about the places or the roads. We rolled into @glaciernps and our dear friend and lifelong local, @davidpowdersteele, already had a big day planned for @maxwellsilver, @gmacmt, and me.
I like making my way to the top of loose mountains of rocks with my friends. Especially here, with these folks, on a sunny day, for @natgeo Adventure, with a long shoe-ski back to the trail.
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  •   slatroar Such a great point: places are better when shared with ones you love . Keep it fresh and wild man 3w
  •   leemanwaring9 Just bought a phone selfie stick. They work great. 3w
  •   abnebeker What salomon shoes are those @brodyleven 3w
  •   brodyleven @abnebeker a new S-Lab shoe, I believe it was debuted at OR. Want details? 2w
  •   abnebeker Yeah I'm looking into some new hiking shoes just thought I'd ask 2w
  •   brodyleven Sweet @abnebeker. The @salomonrunning X-Alp S-Lab GTX Carbon. For sale real soon I bet. 2w
  •   abnebeker Thanks man, I'm working out of state but this fall we need to meet up for some kind of adventure, I'm sure you have a billion things going on 2w

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