Taylor Rees@taylorfreesolo


The number of cheesy sentimental quotes about storms and weather I almost posted.... Consider yourself lucky ; ) @sonyalpha #a7riii


Soaking up the evening sun and kicking it ⚽️ with friends and collaborators - the @threadintl and @doworkorg teams and communities. On this trip I helped to document the plastic bottle collection and processing programs that communities were developing with @threadintl. **Right now, they just launched a Kickstarter for their first direct-to-consumer product (a RAD #betterbackpack). Please check this out and help the project come to life!!! Link in profile


My friend @mrsanjayr film @3100film launches in Santa Fe and Albuquerque this week and then goes across the country. Free tickets for Native youth groups if they DM the film! This film is about the world’s longest running race - Self Transcendence 3100-miler, and interweaves stories of the Kalahari Bushmen, Marathon Monks of Japan, and Navajo // This is Navajo runner and educator Shaun Martin of Chinle. He deals daily with the trauma of his students at Chinle high and his community - from addiction to suicide. But he too has his own battles with the pain of historical trauma. His father like tens of thousands of Native youth was forcibly kidnapped from his homesite on the western part of the reservation by Government workers who used electric cattle prods to separate Native youth from their parents. Shaun’s dad staged an annual escape from the boarding school in Leupp back to his family - a distance of 110 miles. Many kids died trying to escape the policies of “kill the Indian, save the man” which earned them beatings for speaking their native languages. But they’d rather face the uncertainty of the winter desert in the hopes of reaching home. Shaun’s dad Allen escaped every year even as some of his classmates died trying. He hid the details of his childhood from his sons. Shaun sensed the deep pain and took it on himself - pushing himself to exhaustion thru running to feel what his father might have felt. In @3100film “Run and Become” Shaun retraced the path his dad took. His own son and daughter accompanied him in a support vehicle. His father Allen was waiting for him at the homesite where he lit the first ceremonial fire there since his childhood. I HOPE EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE TO SEE THIS FILM ❤️


Happy World Elephant Week! I wanted to share with you the work of my friend and colleague @amivitale and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first every community owned and operated elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. What’s happening at Reteti, without fanfare, is a blue print for modern conservation efforts by African communities. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. ~

You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti at prizeo.com/elephants and you will be entered to win a 7-day Kenyan safari and a second trip to see Dave Matthews Band in concert. Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. (Link in profile.) #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @sararacamp @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @savetheelephants


This bear totem pole was donated by the Lummi tribe during the #bearsearsheals2018 @protectbearsears gathering. Here, it’s just been set onto the earth and is being twisted to face the East. ~

Since the reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument, the five tribes from this region have come together with a renewed mission of healing as they embark on a larger campaign to restore the protection of this area back to its initial boundaries. The members of Utah Diné Bikéyah held their 4th annual Bears Ears Summer Gathering under the iconic Bears Ears buttes with native and non-native supporters to discuss how we are all connected to this place and how best we can protect it. We interviewed @dhaseya @alastairbitsoi @boogabraid and Willie Greyeyes about where the movement is focused right now and are honored to share that with you in the IG Story feed! @protectbearsears @thenorthface @sonyalpha @goalzero @totempolejourney #bearsearsheals2018


Sunrise light pouring over Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument. Seeing the expanse of this landscape from the sky gave me a whole new appreciation for its geological vastness and ecological diversity. But it’s the cultural significance of the places experienced on foot that matter most, especially to the tribes who have called this place home for thousands of years. @protectbearsears @shotsfromabove


Hillary Allen (@hillygoat_climbs) survived one of the scariest accidents in mountain racing history and through the process re-defined what strength means to her. She’s also my personal hero ☺️ Link to short film in my profile! This is the first video in the @thenorthface series “MENTORS” that examines the truths we find in exploration and broadens what we understand an explorer can be. Couldn’t be more excited to see these come to life. Huge thanks to all who have helped and contributed footage - @renan_ozturk @pat.patrol @kvnbnntt @andrewcampbel @johannasiring @clubhouseslc @kelsomoore @brandonjosephbaker @aimeeface83 @robwassmer @kiyomeo @torres_jon #shemovesmountains


That occasional limbo bad attitude. The one between absolute exhaustion with how shitty things in our world can feel, and the hopeful curious catalytic spark that guides where to go next with all that we can pay attention to, understand, and engage with more positively. Goodbye old skin. Photo by my dear friend @treefighter. Dirty car window courtesy of @renan_ozturk @baloointhewild #staycurious #keeplistening #neverstopsparking #frizzfordays


Baloo not so sure about glacial streams. I’m not so sure how to fathom that our President and government are using young children as weapons for political manipulation. Vouching to continue my support for the ACLU this evening. #familiesbelongtogether


“These giants are more constant than evergreens by being never green.”
[Excerpt from “Telephone Poles” by John Updike, 1963] - -

Day 1 of our month on the road, with @renan_ozturk and the big bad wolf pup! Exhales already comin’ easier : )


Was really hoping and believing this day wasn’t going to come. It was just last summer we were all out on the glacier in Alaska, talking about how the way a community engages with social justice influences almost every other aspect of its dynamic at scales both large and small. When it wasn’t sociology or politics, it was relationships and sexuality and how to live a self-determined life. I want to have all of those conversations again, just like we did this day on the beach with @renan_ozturk. Landon you touched so many with your honest uncensored mind, thoughtful sensitivity, reckless adventure planning, and deep friendships. I hope you are out in the “in-between” world finding some good banter and big waves. Your courage in these last 6 months was a life lesson to us all. Much love @lmkennedy.