I made this for myself. It’s not perfect, nor am I. I’ve been grappling with the magnitude of the internet and social media in a severe way these last days. The implications of having a presence there are not to be taken lightly. I know it can seem very much like a toy, but at times it’s actually a deadly weapon. We should all consider carefully with whom we share the burden of our thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, and fears - because they may not be equipped to shoulder the weight. Scroll right for some additional content. Feedback and dialogue welcome.
Today. Matty Hong (@honngy) lowering off after climbing his hardest route - Fight or Flight, 5.15b - and adding his name to a small group of exceptional climbers to have ever achieved the level. Really proud. @thenorthface@blackdiamond@scarpana
She is a lifelong explorer, not of mountains nor seas, but of the mind, heart, and soul. I believe that exploration can and must also happen in these spaces too. I’ve been reading her books, and listening to her messages for a large part of my life. I’m grateful for her. She’s known as Pema Chödrön. The top image is yesterday morning looking at the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah on the way to the airport, and the bottom is the evening overlooking San Francisco and The Bay in Alameda, California in front of @thenorthface headquarters. Check the link in my profile for a rad and inspiring new initiative. #SheMovesMountains
I just wanted to make some stuff that my friends would want to wear for training, climbing, and chilling. You can stand out if you want, or you can fit in — at the crag, in the gym, or in the city. Is the collection perfect? — no. Is everyone going to like it or fit in it? — no. Risk is the nature of these things, and sacrifices and compromises need to get made. However, I’m really proud of where we ended up, and also where we’re going. This collection was created at the tail end of a 3 month product design internship I did in the summer of 2016 at The North Face offices. I’ve been testing prototypes ever since, and I’m in very frequent communication with many people in the product department. I’ve trained, gym climbed, rock climbed, and even ice climbed in the products. If you look back through my feed you’ll see the orange pants and shorts, or the flower print shorts. We’ve called it the Beyond The Wall Collection. Massive thanks to all the people at The North Face, present and past. I can’t possibly mention everyone I’ve worked with there, but just know your passion for and dedication to creativity, innovation, and function inspire the hell out of me. Huge thanks also to everyone I’ve talked to about this along the way — in my hometown, at the crags, at the gyms. This is for you. Link in bio or in story, or check @thenorthface or @thenorthface_climb. Ice photo by @xander.bianchi. Rock photo by @mentalformantels. #NeverStopExploring
“An obsession with guaranteed success can all too easily imprison our minds. Alpinism is the art of freedom, I think. Including the freedom to fail,” once wrote Hayden Kennedy. I believe he would have agreed it was true for all the styles of climbing. Let’s try to carry with us the spirit and wisdom of this beloved and sorely missed human. Photo by @garykleiger