crystalann_b Here's a shot from a few days ago - New Zealand's world famous day walk, Tongariro Crossing. I've had an incredibly active last two weeks and have found it difficult to update social media as a result. However, this gives a taste of what my first ten days in New Zealand were like. Now for more adventures in this great country! Thanks to @sierrabsweet for standing in for scale! #NewZealand #neverstopexploring #whatgivesyoulife #Tongariro 2w

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crystalann_b Hello from New Zealand! I've been quite busy for the last week exploring the North Island of New Zealand with an adventure group. I still have a few more days left before I begin my journey to the South Island where I'll be working for the next 6 months. So far, this trip has been packed full of activity! We have surfed, kayaked, and hiked - among many other adventures. The most interesting so far happened yesterday in Waitomo Caves - a 100 meter abseil into the abyss of "Lost World" and a primitive hike through the caverns dotted with glow worms. I was not able to bring my camera so the above shot is all I came away with. The entrance to the caverns and the path of our abseil is pictured in the background. This activity and many more have further highlighted the untamed beauty of this far-off country. I am continually impressed by what New Zealand has to offer! Next up - Tongariro Alpine Crossing! #NewZealand #neverstopexploring #whatgivesyoulife 3w

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crystalann_b Breaking storm clouds over the peaks of the San Juans as seen from Wilson Mesa. Of all the beautiful vantage points visited during my short trip - this was my favorite. The high plateau of grassy plains provides panoramic views in a directions. The mountains tower above this landscape in an abrupt and impressive way. I watched the sunset fade into clear evening light over endless hillsides of aspen forest as elk bugled in the distance. Perfect! Thanks to @davidkingham for showing me around yet again! #Telluride #WilsonMesa #wildernessculture #wearealladventurers #whatgivesyoulife #neverstopexploring 4w

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crystalann_b Mount Sneffels in autumn twilight - as seen from County Road 7 near Ridgway, Colorado. After a dreary and cold day, fresh snow was revealed on the peaks of the San Juans. Thanks for showing me this spot @davidkingham ! #MountSneffels #SanJuans #Colorado #wearethewild #whatgivesyoulife #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring 4w

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crystalann_b I just returned from my first autumn trip to the San Jaun Mountains of Colorado - a place I have been wanting to photograph for years. My visit convinced me that this is the most impressive mountain landscape in Colorado. I only wish I had more time to explore the wonders of this area. On this morning, I joined many other photographers in marveling at the ideal conditions - fresh snow, golden leaves, and dramatic skies - at Crystal Lake near Red Mountain Pass. Stay tuned for more! 4w

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crystalann_b A scene so grand it hardly fits in the frame. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to truly capture the enormity of Horseshoe Bend! Either way, I'm happy to have this location so near to my current home base. The scale of the Colorado River and its canyons is unmatched. #HorseshoeBend #GlenCanyon #Arizona #neverstopexploring #whatgivesyoulife #wildernessculture 1mon

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crystalann_b A newly discovered image from last year's helicopter flight through Fiordland National Park. This park holds many of my favorite waterfalls and lakes. I can't wait to return! #NewZealand #neverstopexploring #whatgivesyoulife #wildernessculture 1mon

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crystalann_b **Repost image** After two months of research and countless hours spent working toward a quiet dream of returning to New Zealand - as of yesterday I have accepted a six month position as a Hut Warden in beautiful Abel Tasman National Park with the Department of Conservation! I'll be working to protect one of New Zealand's natural wonders with a government organization I respect immensely. I will spend most of my time living and working in huts along the Abel Tasman inland and coastal tracks in the northern part of the park. I can hardly believe that what I only just dared to hope was possible in July is now a reality - I'm moving to New Zealand!!!!! #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring #whatgivesyoulife 2mon

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crystalann_b Yesterday I concluded my summer hiking season in RMNP by completing a 20 mile hike in the southernmost section of Wild Basin with my good friend and hiking partner, Jenna (pictured). We summitted Ouzel Peak and Ogallala Peak while engulfed in some of the worst weather fall could send our way - five different storms of hail and light snow. However, when the sun broke through the clouds we were treated to expansive views of Wild Basin, Paradise Park, and the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We recorded ourselves as the 11th and 12th visitors to remote Ogallala Peak for the year and spent more than 12 hours in the backcountry without seeing a single person! It was a challenging and spectacular way to conclude my season of 331 miles and 10 peaks. I'm now ready for the new adventures and challenges that await! #wildernessculture #whatgivesyoulife #neverstopexploring #theoutbound 2mon

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crystalann_b The rugged simplicity of Green Lake after dawn high in the alpine wonderland of Glacier Gorge. Taken a few weeks ago with @davidkingham 2mon

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crystalann_b Nightfall in paradise - on Sunday night @davidkingham and I went on quite the adventure to reach one of the most remote and pristine areas of Rocky Mountain National Park. As one of the park's few research natural areas, this location does not permit camping and is rarely visited. To reach this spectacular shelf of lakes, we hiked cross country through steep forested terrain, subalpine meadows of lush wildflowers, and through a narrow pass still clinging to this past winter's snow. After searching unsuccessfully for a sunset composition, we decided to stay in the area as night fell. We then had to make our way back to our camp on the other side of the mountains in the dark with the assistance of little light. Visiting this area has been a goal of mine for two years and I'm happy to have finally made it! #RMNP @rockynps #wildernessculture #adventureyourway #neverstopexploring 2mon

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crystalann_b A quick sunrise hike before work is always a good idea! Yesterday I made my way to Lake Helene before sunrise and stayed to watch Notchtop Mountain glow with golden morning light. #RMNP #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring 3mon

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crystalann_b On Tuesday I returned from a full three days in the backcountry. I decided to make some progress on my summer mileage goal and ended up hiking 51 miles throughout the park - to the summit of Mount Alice, Green Lake, and Stormy Peaks on the northern border. On Monday morning, @davidkingham and I ventured in from the trailhead at 3 am to photograph the spectacular shelf of lakes above Black Lake in the Glacier Gorge region. We stopped at this tarn just as the sun lit McHenry's and Arrowhead peaks in alpenglow. #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring 3mon

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crystalann_b A day spent in the mountains is a day well spent. This was my view on Sunday up the Skeleton Gulch drainage in the Never Summer mountains of RMNP. Some days you need to leave the pack behind and go for a 19.5 mile day hike. I summited the beautiful and challenging 12,940 foot Mount Richtofen on this trip into a remote corner of the park. #wildernessculture @theoutbound 3mon

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crystalann_b The quiet pools of the Haynach Lakes region of western #RMNP glow in morning light. This was taken on Tuesday morning during a 21 mile backpacking trip over peaks and through lake-filled valleys. #wildernessculture 3mon

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crystalann_b Two days ago, I returned from a one night, two day backpacking trip during which I covered 20.6 miles of spectacular and rugged terrain in the Mummy Range of RMNP. This was a personal challenge for me as I navigated off-trail and camped in a valley void of human intrusion for the first time alone. I saw two moose and a black bear on my journey into this valley and watched the sunset from this quiet meadow near my camp. Overall, it was a great experience and I'm happy to have seen a remote corner of RMNP that is rarely visited. #neverstopexploring #moretoexplore #wildernessculture 3mon

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crystalann_b Morning alpenglow bathes the Diamond of Longs Peak in golden light - this sunrise capture almost didn't happen because of an alarm malfunction in our tent below; as a result, I had to sprint the 500 vertical feet to the summit of Mount Lady Washington and just made it with no time to spare! #RMNP #neverstopexploring #moretoexplore 4mon

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crystalann_b Sunset from above - McHenry's Peak emerges from thick clouds as the sun drops toward the horizon and illuminates the Glacier Gorge region of Rocky Mountain National Park. I am so grateful for this evening spent above the clouds on the summit of Storm Peak. 4mon

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crystalann_b The Great Mountain - My last two days have been spent backpacking at 12,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park's highest campsite. The alpine tundra and rocky crags of the park's 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks are my favorite places to photograph. For this photo, my friend and I scrambled around snow and a steep ridge line to the 13,326 foot summit of Storm Peak. Once on the summit, clouds engulfed us from the valleys below and obscured the surrounding peaks. The light and clouds came together to reveal one of the best sunsets I've ever seen. Perfect for framing my favorite mountain - Longs Peak. 4mon

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crystalann_b Summer's bounty - Moraine Park at its best carpeted in Wild Irises and Golden Banner flowers. Although brief, sunrise on mornings such as this should not be missed! Taken last week with @lightscaper 5mon

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