Last time I was in New Zealand, I was with my family and we found this perfect spot to camp looking into the mountains.
Tomorrow, we (@chrisbrinleejr@pebbleshoo and myself) plan to start a 12 day expedition up into the mountains pictured to hopefully climb a few ice routes, cross over them and descend a glacier on skis to a river to exit on packraft back to civilian. The weather looks to be a challenge and I’m not sure how much we will be permitted by the mountains to do but one things for sure, We’ll have a story to tell when we get back.
We will be safe and Be back in 12 days, if all goes to plan. 👍
For those wondering what my wife and daughter are doing while I’m gone, they are with family in Utah and will be visit Cancun, MX while I’m gone as compensation. Haha if you’d rather follow some beach adventures instead of mountains ones you can follow them at @rebornbyadventure@moonmountainlife
It’s fun seeing these places but I personally enjoy sharing it with others more. Thank you everyone for your support and im stoked to continue sharing the places I go with you all thru this little app. What do you like most about instagram? What do you dislike the most?
Our family has started our road trip in our newly converted sprinter van named Ivan the White. Our first destination isn’t far from home but I must see for my daughter Zoey. It’s the first time she had seen the mountain and she loved it. While hiking she would turn her head to look at the mountain and point at it. Although she can’t talk yet I know that she really enjoys places like this and she just seems happier and more peaceful. So stoked to be setting out on this journey with my family. From here I’m not sure where we will go next. Currently considering Idaho or Wyoming but we shall see.
54 85744:58 PM Sep 3, 2018
BIG BIG NEWS!!! Tomorrow! Yes! Tomorrow! Our Sprinter Van conversion will be DONE! ✅ Cumplido, Finito! We will be showing it in our stories and I’ll do a IG live story (time will be announced on tomorrow’s story) Thank you! Thank you! Thank You for your support and sticking with me during these past few months though my feed has been a little more quiet with fewer adventures but it’s about to ramp up! Just keep in mind tomorrow as you watch, that our van is like a new home and isn’t decorated and won’t have all the little details that will really make it shine but that will be coming once we live in it for a few weeks to a month and then I’ll make a sweet YouTube video of our build but before then, because of your support, you’ll get the first look at it.
So excited and can’t wait to hit the road on Wednesday or Thursday to have more experiences with my family like the one pictured. Thank you! 🙋♂️me 🙋♀️ @rebornbyadventure 👶 @moonmountainlife#makingdreamscometrue
183 154923:18 PM Aug 27, 2018
North Cascade National Park has, as far as I know, one dirt road inside the park itself. To see why it is such a special place and earned National Park status, you’ve really got to get out and hike. It is one of thee most beautiful and with thee most demanding of effort to experience fully.
Photo: Take while climbing the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak while helping my good buddy @scott_kranz complete his 50 Peaks Project and raise money for the park as it celebrates its 50th birthday. ❤️ U @northcascadesnps
The learn how to donate go see Scott’s Page.
72 110024:01 AM Aug 24, 2018
Looking into the not so distant future, I may be returning to New Zealand for epic climbing trip. I’m looking forward to creating more extremely memorable memories there like the one pictured. This photo was taken inside a glow worm cave on the North Island of NZ and this is my last photo I have to share from there (I’ve shared several photos from here prior to this) Which is your favorite?
95 875312:30 AM Aug 21, 2018
Have you ever driven down a random dirt road just to find out where it leads? This was just such an experience for @andy_best and I while in the Tetons last week. We had no idea what we would find but that’s what made it probably the most memorable part of the mini road trip in the 2019 @chevrolet#Silverado#TrailBoss. This road for example — it turned out it branched into two roads. One was closed and the other didn’t really go anywhere noteworthy, but just being out there in that wild, wide-open space and exploring was just what we were looking for.
Dreaming of doing more backpacking with my family. Reality is I’m still working on our van conversion (check out my stories for updates) but I’m getting closer to having all the main components finished and then we are taking off in it for the next 3 months to travel, explore and backpack ☺️. Photo: taken on a backpacking trip in Glacier National Park with the Bear Grass going off like fireworks all around us. 🙋♀️ @rebornbyadventure
69 120813:07 PM Aug 18, 2018
One of my favorite quotes is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, because it’s something that I’ve found to be to be true time and time again but is there a limit to how far you can go? When do you know you’ve gone to far or just far enough and you’re on the edge of living and... stupidity.. insanity... ?When I leave my comfort zone, I often do it with a lot of thought and plan as much as I can. I try to prepare myself but there is always going to be the unknown, the adventure. I guess not knowing everything with 100% certainty is really what makes us, at least me, feel alive...
Photo: This was one of the few times I saw my buddy, Sam, get vertigo really bad. I was only able to get off a few photos before he had to turn around and sit down and look away from the abyss. After this we when back to our little bivy ledge next to this to sleep and finish climbing the North Ridge of Mount Stuart the next day.
110 126413:05 PM Aug 17, 2018
The more time I spend traveling from place to place the more I learn to enjoy the in between and now the long roads in between have, at times, become the focus of travel.
For me this has been an interesting development of personality because when I first started, it was all about climbing a mountain and getting into the backcountry. Places that are still my main focus most of the time but instead of driving to them as fast as I can with few breaks and no detours, I find myself stopping often to enjoy the scenery I pass by and looking for new roads that I haven’t driven and that are less traveled. This recent trip to Wyoming was just that, a trip focused on the road and what I could see from it as I test drove the new 2019 @chevrolet#silverado with my buddy @andy_best