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 3d

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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 2w

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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 2w

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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 4w

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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 1mon
  •   crystalann_b Thank you!! That sounds like a pretty cool job too. :) Right, no dogs on the trails unfortunately! @joewhittlephotography 4d
  •   joewhittlephotography That's too bad, but considering the much higher visitor usage I'm sure so many of the NPs get as opposed to how many a lot of the Forest Service wilderness areas get (the Eagle Cap, Oregon's largest with 18 peaks over 9000 ft. and 32 over 8000, only gets 33,000 visitors a season), it's understandable the increased restrictions in National Parks. My dog Oli actually packs out a lot of visitor trash and carries gear though. He's a pretty good ranger! :) 4d
  •   crystalann_b Exactly! That's awesome though. Way to hike responsibly! :) @joewhittlephotography 4d
  •   b.a.y.photography Awesome MW shot 4d
  •   joewhittlephotography Well to be fair it's my job to pack out other people's trash. I get paid to do it by the Forest Service. Oli my pup on the other hand volunteers! ;) That probably makes him a more dedicated ranger than me. Lol. 4d
  •   pure_girllll Wow 3d
  •   debbytweed Magnificent 2d
  •   marco.decandido Perfect nocturne! Ciao 2d

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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 1mon

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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 1mon

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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 2mon

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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 2mon

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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 2mon

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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 2mon

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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. 3mon

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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. 3mon

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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 3mon

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crystalann_b Evening comes to a close above the alpine tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park - The last few days have been filled with photo adventures including 4 a.m sunrise hikes and storm cloud chasing that turned into a soaking sprint to treeline! All good fun with @lightscaper 3mon

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crystalann_b A nice reflection this morning at Dream Lake with @lightscaper #RMNP 3mon

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crystalann_b Following the light - spring in Upper Antelope Canyon #Arizona #AntelopeCanyon #NavajoTribalPark #neverstopexploring 4mon

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crystalann_b Golden morning light on fresh snow after our recent spring snowstorm #RMNP #Colorado #coloradotography #neverstopexploring 4mon

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crystalann_b Well, it looks like I spoke too soon! Winter made one last comeback in RMNP this weekend; and what a beautiful return it was! This was taken at Dream Lake this morning. A 13 degree sunrise on May 13th. #RMNP #DreamLake #sunrise #Colorado #neverstopexploring 4mon

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crystalann_b It is finally spring in the Rockies! This was taken last night at Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I can't wait for the summer season of exploration to begin! #RMNP #Colorado #sunset #neverstopexploring 5mon

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