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brodyleven #MTbyDIRT
Max, Graeme, and I headed to the mountains. After all, I hadn't skied for almost five days(!). There is no one I would rather join in the Beartooths Mountains than sincere friend, patient mountain guide, and marvelous human, @bfredlund. Dirt roads took us to snowline, and, together, we skied a steep couloir. On snow. In the USA. In late July.
[w/ @natgeo and @toyotausa]
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brodyleven Along with videographer @maxwellsilver and photographer @gmacmt, I am roadtripping through Montana for National Geographic Adventure, @natgeo, and @toyotausa. We are exploring the vast potential for multi-sport trips, and doing it primarily on dirt roads...which means I am quickly learning how to drive off-road.
My first lesson learned? 10 and 2. Always.

It's way different than pedaling. #MTbyDIRT
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brodyleven The coolest trip of my life, to Patagonia, had me #SeasonallyConfused.
Along with THE @acpictures, I have worked with @powdermagazine to create an incredible 68-page online flipbook featuring our skiing roadtrip by van to the tip of the mainland world.
Open your computer, go to powder.com, and enter a dream-like trance while you indulge in a full screen trip to..."The End of the Road."
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brodyleven This is our first goodbye, France. I do believe I will frequent you, though, because your charming appeal is impossible to ignore.
And by "charming appeal," I mean Huge Glaciated Mountains.
The fact that @salomonfreeski is local makes it all the more inviting.
Thank you for teaching me 6 French words, how to eat dessert twice a day, and what product and mountain geniuses you all are: @bruno_bertrand, @pete_gaston, @chrisrubens, @andreasfransson99, @greg_hill_ski, @yvanalpy, @kilianjornet, @smarkewitz, @romraisson, @tonylamiche, @tristan74chx, @bwanthony1, Ptor Spricenieks, and the rest of the influential crew that taught me so much. I admire each of you greatly.
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  •   brodyleven @hikingdiva and, just as cool, for the festival of the lake in annecy. Two holidays in my one week. Wild place. Don't kill me. 4d
  •   bwanthony1 Well said Brody and thanks. It's going to be great stirring up some new Mountain Products together. Hoping to see you back here in Sept! You have to stay longer next time for some real adventures! 4d
  •   marymac8o1 A fellow Salt Laker in Annecy! Currently sitting in the train station -- such an awesome town! 4d
  •   mypowderheart France is my second home..i miss it so much 4d
  •   gracieunited Sweet pic B, France is ze best. When'll you be back in the 801 4d
  •   dillongreen Sweet! Now get back here so we can ride some bikes! 4d
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  •   hikingdiva I would never kill you pumpkin. I enjoy your adventures since I cannot tolerate cold temps. You are the winterized cheetah and I am the tortoise. 4d

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brodyleven July.
...as explained by @andreasfransson99.
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brodyleven I met this guy in a hotel and was soon walking up and skiing down my first French mountain with him.
His name is @andreasfransson99 and he made nice turns and a nicer friend. Perhaps you've heard of him?
(@salomonfreeski Mountain Collective)
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brodyleven The @salomonfreeski Mountain Collective is a team of international mountain athletes and guides that comes together to help the Salomon designers create the most efficient, practical, and reliable products for real-world use. We are currently testing backcountry ski equipment in Tignes, France.
Above, @chrisrubens sprays the Italian side of Mont Blanc from France. Now he must rate this prototype ski, boot, and binding combination on a score card. How should he rate it?
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brodyleven Considering it was my first morning ever in France, a quick wake-up by the lake with @pete_gaston served me wonderfully. It helped to calm me before an exciting day full of @salomonfreeski Mountain Collective meetings with the creative geniuses that work here in its world headquarters. The rest of the team and I have been exposed to the future of mountain products. ...and it shines brightly. (Disclaimer (from the future): it will still involve plenty of pre-dawn alarms, sweaty afternoons, sore quads, getting lost, dehydration, and exposure. Thank goodness).
#DesignedForFreedom
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brodyleven Goodbye for a while, Wasatch. Thanks for making me so sore for my flight. 2w

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brodyleven Practice makes perfecter. (@atlasfoto riding a bicycle).
I hope you folks had a splendid weekend. Did you do something difficult?
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brodyleven I don't know when the transition happened, but nowadays I'm often timing my runs, seeing if I can repeat past runs faster.
With @jeichhorst yesterday, I think I went up and down this Wasatch mountain (cue peanut gallery asking/guessing peak name) faster than I ever have.
We saw a really big rattle snake and got really sweaty.
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brodyleven I raced mountain bikes at my local Ohio ski area when I was younger. Like, preteen young. I would have expected the technique to translate a liiiittle more than it has, now that I have a mountain bike again.
#noskills #falling #slow
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brodyleven Someone temporarily set my running dial to Walk Mode yesterday morning.
After some major 1-on-1 talks with myself, I was able to turn it back up a little for the descent.
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brodyleven Sitting and planning trips, realizing that there are some parts of the world that simply aren't great for me to visit right now.
I hope things settle and allow us all to feel safe in our own homes and welcome in those of others.
Ukraine, just 1 year ago.
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  •   fredieue Working on it. 2w
  •   mschife @brodyleven feel you bro. Living on the kenyan coast has my friends and family freaking out. 2w
  •   hack_design Follow me 2w
  •   portermtb It is crazy @brodyleven . There are so many amazing places that are so off limits right now!!! Bummed for the people that have to live through tough times like that. 2w
  •   prolitegear So true, usually they're like "it's super sketchy" and then you go there and everyone is super great to you and it's a lovely experience. Lately we've heard a few reports of "oh yeah, it was terrifying, we were definitely not safe". Bummer, but there are always other options.. 2w
  •   brodyleven totall @prolitegear. Although I'd argue that there aren't other options. Countries don't substitute for one another, in my opinion. Like, this picture is from Ukraine. If I just wanted to "travel" and go "backpacking," and stay at some hostels, Yes, I could have other "options." But if I wanted to go to Ukraine, which I wanted to do, there is no other option. There's only 1 (for now). 2w
  •   takemetoantarctica So hard to believe what a mess this country is right now! Who would ever thought?! 2w
  •   brodyleven Are you referring to Antarctica @takemetoantarctica? 2w

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brodyleven After rock climbing yesterday afternoon, I somehow ended up asleep, on a chair, by the window, as the shadows became longer. I woke up at 6:30pm, a little upset that I’d fallen asleep, but even more upset that I didn’t have time to get back outside. But wait, what? There’s time to go outside. Yeah, it might get dark--in fact, it will definitely get dark--, but that’s what my headlamp is for. But I’m soooo comfortable. I could totally just stay here for 12 more hours. NO. Get.Up.Brody. It was really hard to rally myself, hands still blackened from the afternoon’s final belay, into bike shorts. The sun was setting. I parked at the closest trailhead and put myself together, @blackdiamondequipment headlamp, @gopro, and my random assortment of bike gear. I was suddenly awake, and really excited to try to do the same ride that usually takes me 2 hours before darkness. It was 8pm. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I flew over the handlebars 4 times, narrowly avoided somersaulting over a cliff, and finished before turning on my headlamp. It was my first time using my new bike to actually move fast, push my fitness, and make myself tremendously satisfied for leaving my comfort to get purposely uncomfortable...no matter how hard it was. 3w

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brodyleven A few years ago, I randomly took a climbing trip to South Korea. Somehow, (because I was the only trad climber around) I ended up shooting with local photographer @jonnjeanneret. Two years later, this photo is the inside cover of the first-ever English language Korean climbing guidebook.
@blackdiamondequipment.
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  •   brodyleven @noelani_tsunami I suppose that's totally right :-) 3w
  •   dane3030 @brodyleven personally, I think that's why this pic is so #gnar. #freesolo #likeaBoss! 3w
  •   brodyleven Oh dear god I'm kidding @dane3030 3w
  •   rodlesser @brodyleven the good life here in Korea! Come for a second round and if not, head south to Chile. My buddies are getting deep in the volcano area! 3w
  •   brodyleven @rodlesser that's awesome. You live in a great place, and yes, Dong-Il created a great book with Jean that I'm lucky to have received here in the US. I skied some Chilean volcanoes last year, but will likely be back for more this year. 3w
  •   rodlesser Sweet! Korea is growing. The guys at KOTRi are opening new crags all the time. We just need more time to be out there... I hope you enjoyed our mountains and pisco! @brodyleven 3w
  •   thepredators100day Hao qiang 3w
  •   crossroadstudios @brodyleven well considering 5.9 is on the upper end of my comfort level for leading, I don't think you'll have any issues. I'll bring the winch just in case though. 3w

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brodyleven When I graduated college, I didn't "know what I was going to do." I told myself, though, that I wasn't going to waste any time. I didn't want to have a period of life where I "didn't really do anything," or was "just figuring things out," or whatever. I wanted to be always consumed in something, traveling somewhere, going through some phase. On a smaller scale, that concept manifests itself in each day. 3w

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brodyleven f r e e d o m (photo by @crossroadstudios) 3w

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brodyleven A nice evening run with @jeichhorst. What's your favorite time of day to be outside in the summer? 3w

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