brodyleven True Life: I'm A Terrible Ice Climber.

picture taken by @pvintoniv
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brodyleven Wherever I am in the world, I take pretty much all of my pictures on my iPhone. These little @moment lenses allow more light into that micro camera sensor, even in Seattle's grey, rainy, gloomy, doom-filled sunsets like this one.
#makemoments
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brodyleven Just want it to be clear what, exactly, I mean when I say I'm a "skier." 3d

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brodyleven The list of venues for storytelling is getting longer. In the past few weeks I’ve cautiously jumped into Snapchat, Periscope, and now a Facebook page. My favorite thing about all of this is that I’m able to absorb and tell different stories in different formats to different audiences. The link in my profile will take you to my Facebook page, which is where most of this outdoor stuff is going to be aggregated. I'll also be sharing others' stories that fire me up. The link will probably open in Safari, where you’ll have to log into Facebook, where you’ll forget your password, and you’ll get frustrated. So just open Facebook real quickly and type in Brody Leven. But I also understand that maybe you're not into that, and you prefer to check it all out right here on Instagram. Or maybe we are friends IRL, and we just talk about this stuff at the climbing gym or something. Either way, I'd appreciate you at least considering my Facebook page.
And, as always, I’m really open to the types of stories you want to see/hear/read/and watch. After all, I’m not doing this for my health here, people.
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brodyleven Part of the waterfall was frozen and being climbed by the strong and patient @pvintoniv. The other part of the waterfall was rushing water, releasing slushalanches, and spraying me as I belayed. 6d

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brodyleven Free skis. Tomorrow night, 6pm MST, @snowbird, I’m sharing a story of sailing to a small island in the middle of the arctic ocean to climb and ski the world’s northernmost active volcano. I haven’t told anyone about this trip yet, because it’s a pretty wild story and I never know where to start. Especially the part about needing to wear sunglasses in my sleeping bag. (Long story). Oh, and about those free skis--they’re @salomonfreeski MTN Lab from my personal stash--...I hope you win them, while we raise some money for the @utavy.
The event is free. If you're able, please consider making a donation to the Utah Avalanche Center while you're there. Maybe you'll win a raffle prize. Or skis.
Do you live somewhere beyond SLC? Good news, folks: the whole thing will be broadcast live via Periscope. Follow me there, @brodyleven, for the full situation.
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brodyleven Thursday night, I'm debuting a presentation about a midsummer ski expedition that I did from the @auroraarktika and haven't yet told anyone about.
Want to be among the first to know?
If you're near SLC, I'd be humbled to see you @snowbird on Thursday. I know there're a few other events that night, so just do what you can. (But know that I volunteer for this, as a fundraiser for the @utavy, w/ Utah Adventure Journal raffle prizes from @salomonfreeski, etc).
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brodyleven One of my favorite things about skiing with @trent_meisenheimer is that he randomly quizzes me on the snowpack structure (i.e. avalanche danger). It gets the rusty gears in my mind turning. More importantly, I temporarily stop thinking, "HOW MUCH FURTHER," as all of my energy is used to blow off brain dust, accumulated since college graduation, in order to have a discussion about avalanches with an avalanche professional.
Trent's questions remind me of my dad when I was learning to drive. As he sat in the passenger seat, dad would randomly say, "Okay, now, without looking in the rear view mirror, tell me what kind of car is behind you."
DOH, that's right, I'm supposed to be aware of my surroundings. Being 15 sucks.

But now I'm 28, and Trent's audacity is appealing to my self-improvement tendencies.
Though I still never know what's going on when I'm driving.
#BikerBehindTheWheel #Driving10under
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brodyleven Someone (cough @CHRISBURKARD NBD cough) convinced me to get snapchat so now I have it. And tonight I even got a lesson on how to use it. Definitely not because I'm 28 years old and these things no longer come naturally, but, um, because I swear it's mad hard to use.
If there is snapchat etiquette, I didn't get the lesson on it.
If you follow me, you'll get Exclusive Behind The Scenes Interviews and Maybe Sometimes I'll Be Shirtless.
I quantify my happiness in Followers.
My snapchat name is my name.
Today I skied a bunch, which means I hiked a whole lot.
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brodyleven The climbing gym closes early on Sunday, so my head is in the seasonal gutter.
#skiersclimbing
picture taken by @rob.lea.
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brodyleven Ski photographer extraordinaire @acpictures and I only shot photos together one day last year. Considering we are really good friends and ski together a lot, that's weird. What's weirder is to open @backcountrymag and see a two-page spread, the left half of which is pictured here, from that single day.
As recently as a few years ago, I'd ski wth photographers every day and never get a picture published in a magazine. I thought it was the only key to finding work as a professional skier. While I still pretty much never get pictures published in traditional magazines, sometimes I get surprised.
One of my favorite things about AC is that, unlike many skier-photographer combinations, we don't "go out to shoot." Instead, we go ski touring, and he's so fast and able to work within the confines of a realistic ski tour instead of a set-up shot, that beautiful things still come of it.
Here, I ended up skinning out of the line once it started to funnel, afraid of avalanche danger.
Maybe I'll show you the right half one day.
#TimeToPlay @salomonfreeski
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brodyleven I am standing at the @jonessnowboards booth at the SIA tradeshow for a @protectourwinters fundraiser. @nicholascahill, @natgeo magazine cover photographer, has donated a dye-infused aluminum print of his yellow book cover shot.
100% of proceeds go to POW.
But you probably aren't here with us.
You have 20 minutes to make a bid, via a comment on this picture, and this is how it will work: I will direct message you, you will pay for picture, and I will personally pay to ship it to you.
This booth is crowded and lots of people are bidding. Let's get this going online.
It's an amazing way to make your donation to an organization working to Protect Our Winters.
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  •   epigirlandherbike Holy hell. I wanna a print of that 2w
  •   jimjimmeny Complaining while skiing powder has never produced any results. How about working on a legitimate alternative to the power provided by the coal plants? Providing an economic, sustainable solution attractive to people that don't give a shit about the environment is the only way to move the needle. You're wasting your thumb taps. @brodyleven @carolinegleich Queue the backlash from the pitch fork, trail mix in the pocket wielding followers. 2w
  •   kirk_hilton Don't even respond to that @brodyleven @carolinegleich. I believe they are doing the best they can to make that happen by making some noise about the problem. @jimjimmeny what are YOU doing, sir? Not backlash at all. This is a legitimate question since you seem to be following their efforts. 2w
  •   brodyleven @jimjimmeny I have pretty much no idea what you're talking about; I don't ski powder. But I do love trail mix. 2w
  •   brodyleven But everyone deserves a response @kirk_hilton. Correction: Nevermind. 2w
  •   kirk_hilton Haha, trail mix is good! 2w
  •   adventure_photo Nice one! 2w
  •   vitaloca Wowza so beautiful 1w

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brodyleven I just got to Denver for what is sure to be a hectic week of the snowsports industry tradeshow, SIA.
If you're around, here's some cool stuff for you:
1. Thursday morning with @protectourwinters, hear the administrator of @epagov, Gina McCarthy, an advocate for snow, speak to a group she cares about: us. I've hung out with Gina numerous times, and she rules and she gets it.
2. Stop by the @salomonfreeski booth throughout the week to check out the new MTN gear that I use and learn about the new online avalanche education program, Mountain Academy.
3. Friday at noon, swing by the AIARE @avtraining Backcountry Experience booth to check out my presentation on climbing and skiing mountains without avalanche forecasts.
4. See my heroes present at the same place: @steepskiing at 5pm Friday, @greg_hill_ski at noon Saturday, and @jeremyjones at 5pm Saturday.
5. Friday morning, enjoy breakfast courtesy of POW and listen to enlightening presentations.
6. Hit me up and say hello! I'll be between the Backcountry Experience booth and the @salomonfreeski booth.
If you're not here in Denver for the show, please go outside for me.
Also, does anyone in Denver want to go for a run in the city or to the climbing gym? (I didn't bring a rope, sorry).
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brodyleven Yesterday was tough.
Skipped bluebird day, no skis.
Nature thanked me, though.
(video, pictures, & stories are on my Facebook page and @carolinegleich's)
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brodyleven RIGHT NOW, @carolinegleich and I are in an extremely crowded and tense conference room, awaiting our turn to provide public comment to @epagov about the primitive coal plants that create haze throughout the west. Most people in this room, and the hundreds standing outside, SUPPORT this embarrassing and harmful approach to feeding our power addiction. There are folks holding signs like "FOSSIL FUELS ARE BEAUTIFUL." Folks completely out of touch with anything beyond their coal mines; folks ignoring the haze, the health, the economy. No one is trying to destroy your towns, we are trying to live alongside you and your healthy families. Unless you stop us.
Boring speeches are given by misinformed people that don't represent OUR people.
Caroline and I: We're about to mix things up.
@protectourwinters @healutah @sierraclub
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  •   jonocampbell @fourosixsnowflake The biggest issue I see, and it's just a personal frustration, is that a lot of people like to advocate for the environment which is excellent and I support, but do it without bringing solutions to the table. Changing coal plants to natural gas will reduce emissions but increase natural gas exploration and fracking. Solar and wind reduce coal emissions but require more copper which increases mining which @healutah also opposes. There's no single solution that solves everything but most advocacy I see seems to take that approach. 2w
  •   fourosixsnowflake @jonocampbell Here in Montana, the state has a program where folks can borrow (low interest rates) for purchasing wind combines and solar panels/equipment. There is one option for "individual basis" to make a diff. EveryONE has to start somewhere. We all just can't wait around for a group of people to make a global change that may or may not happen IMO. 2w
  •   fourosixsnowflake We need to "Be The Example By Living The Example" ...... It's a start 2w
  •   fourosixsnowflake @jonocampbell I didn't know about the wood burning bans down there. 😕 ..... and I want to thank you so much for the calm and reasonable back n forth banter .... What a pleasant surprise! It can ge ugly sometimes KWIM 🏼 2w
  •   jonocampbell @fourosixsnowflake It can certainly get ugly on both sides. I think that inaccurate perceptions get in the way of productive conversations so as long as people try to understand the other sides concerns instead of only focusing on pushing their own agenda we can accomplish what we need to. It's interesting and cool to hear about what's working up in Montana, it sounds like there are things we could learn from you. 2w
  •   deanraynes Thanks for being there representing!! @brodyleven 2w
  •   mirandaleconte Hell yes! Love this. 2w

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brodyleven Standing desk.
@goalzero #OfficeAnywhere
This picture of me is by @acpictures.
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brodyleven Did any of you make it to the @5pointfilm fundraiser in Aspen last week?

The @salomonfreeski movie "Eclipse" played, and @reubenkrabbe, @anthonybonello, and I were blown away by how many awesome people live in that single little valley in the middle of Colorado.
It reminded me of a "shop local" scene, because while pretty much every person in the sold-out theatre had some sort of connection that "should" get them a free ticket, they all paid to support a community-driven film fest in their hometown.
It was only my second time in town, and I got the serious red carpet treatment from mother nature. (And by "red carpet," I mean "deep trailbreaking"). Thank you so much for showing me your hood, @asponar, @jaywsss, @gregstrokes, @sarahvirginiauhl, @sarahnwoody, @perpetualweekend, @pennnewhard, @clozner, @moabwalker, & @pete_gaston (in spirit). Aspen broke all of my horrendous expectations (which are based entirely off Dumb and Dumber).
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brodyleven It's a lot like skiing, except you go uphill instead of down.
@salomonfreeski gets it.
picture of me doing what 99% of my day is spent doing by @mmcintyrephoto.
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brodyleven Wait. ...Maybe I do like skiing powder?
The last three days have been some of the deepest trail breaking and skiing I have done in a long time.
High avalanche danger doesn't mean sitting inside for backcountry skiers. It does, however, mean that we continue to stay aware, observant, safe, and, if you're me, on the crack-of-noon program.
Partners without jobs are awesome.
But these guys rule, too: @asponar @gregstrokes @jaywsss @mmcintyrephoto & @jason.eichhorst.
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  •   annie.agle I live by the crack-of-noon program. It allows for paper reading. 2w
  •   andya_bomb Crack o noon club 🏾 2w
  •   captainredfox Powder is fun ️ especially when you aren't fighting the rest of the world for it in a powder panic frenzied canyon commute or lift line 2w
  •   brodyleven Yeah @captainredfox I was so angry I crossed a track today...but then I realized it was just my track from yesterday. 2w
  •   captainredfox Hahaha I suppose that's acceptable then 2w
  •   dsschaad Big fan of the crack of noon 2w

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brodyleven Don't look dow---
Dangit, not again.
@blackdiamond @goalzero
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