After multiple days on the road with @everchanginghorizon, spending more time on our butts than on our feet driving from Colombia to Ecuador, we slowly transitioned from jungle to the alpine. We trudged through mud up to our knees, carrying way too much on our backs, struggling to acclimatize to the elevation (~4200m). It was recommended to wear rubber boots on this trail, hiking ~20km in thick plastic didn’t sound ideal but in hindsight I am glad we did (see video). After all of the failures we endured on this road trip, arriving just in time to set up camp as the clouds started to lift, revealing the towering peaks before the sun dipped below the horizon made up for all of it..I’ve partnered with @Backcountry again this month to share my love for type 2 fun and outdoor adventures to hopefully encourage you to get out and experience more. This time they are helping to raise funds for fire relief in Australia by donating a percentage of money from anyone who uses the code “Taylor15” at checkout via @nature_org! Some exclusions apply. #sponsored#findyourbackcountry
These Wax Palms are the tallest palm trees in the world, they are native to the Andes in Colombia and Northern Peru and can grow up to 60m(200ft)! Photos don’t do this place justice, so here’s a video from an incredible sunset which was very much appreciated after all the issues we’ve been having with the van on this road trip so far. 🎵: Mac DeMarco
It’s not super powers, wizardry or science fiction, it’s Bioluminescent phytoplankton and it’s the most bizarre phenomenon I’ve experienced. It was a challenge trying to capture it while moving around on a boat in the darkness but thankfully with today’s technology we can do a little bit more justice to these mind blowing moments. #neature.Currently in Colombia, on the road for a couple weeks tagging along with my buddy @everchanginghorizon on his journey down to Patagonia in his van/home. Any sort of travel that I’ve done in Latin America is always an adventure in one way or another, you never know what you’re going to get, and that’s the beauty of it. Going into this trip with an open mind and itinerary, trying to make the most of each day, anxious for what’s to come!📹: @everchanginghorizon
This cluster of mountains in the Yukon reflects the area's Tr'ondëk H'wëch'in traditional territory First Nations Hän name for it, “Ddhäl Ch'è Cha Nän” which means "ragged mountain land”. I think that pretty much sums it up.It’s also been dubbed the Patagonia of the North for its comparison of the vast open land contrasted by massive, gnarly peaks. To see it from the air gave me a whole new appreciation for the landscape. #yukonwild
For the past 5 years I’ve had a surf/ski trip on my bucket list. There’s only a handful of places in the world where you can attainably go surfing and skiing/snowboarding on the same trip—even the same day, if you are dedicated enough, and nearby Vancouver Island happens to be one of them. This past month I was finally able to cross it off the list with my friends, @caleyvanular and @nathanielatakora. As someone who has only surfed a couple times, it was very humbling but so much fun to be out there in the ocean this time of year! The island is one of my favorite places to visit and this trip was one of the best ways to experience it’s diversity. To help you make the most of your trip I put together some travel tips and recommendations on the @backcountry blog, check it out via the link in my bio. #findyourbackcountryIf you find yourself in need of new gear and/or don’t like paying full price use “TAYLOR15” at checkout for 15% off your order, *some exclusions apply ✌🏻
I was lucky enough to spend a month in the Yukon last year on a shoot for Yukon Wild. That trip really opened up my eyes and made me appreciate boundless open spaces and true wilderness on a whole new level. I also learned the difference between a guide and a great guide, which was made apparent by @canadianriverexpeditions on our journey to Lowell Lake. Joel and his crew really went above and beyond to make sure that we got exactly what we needed and were well taken care of during our 8 days on the water! That time spent in Canada’s far North left me craving more of the vast and rugged wilderness up there, beyond grateful for the opportunity. @aasmanonpurpose@nicolaslemieuxphotography@amy_upnorth@kalumko@joelhibbard@canadianriverexpeditions#YukonWild
I just recently read @climbwritekalman’s book “As Above, So Below” and while doing so these photos came to mind. His vivid descriptions of Patagonia and El Chaltén brought back some (unlike the book) heartwarming memories from the area. Times like watching Andean condors, one of the worlds largest birds with an average wingspan of 9 feet, effortlessly soar around giant granite peaks for hours on end.It’s the simple pleasures in life!
Over the past year or so I have found myself in a constant battle with social media trying to deal with the negative aspects that come with it. When I take a step back and think to when I downloaded this app in the first place my intentions were pure, my goal was to use it to hopefully inspire my friends to get out and travel, to see more of the world, push out of their comfort zones and connect deeper with nature. That’s still the underlying theme, just to a bigger audience now, which eventually led to me discovering my passion for photography and the ability to turn it into a full-time business, meeting an abundance of like minded people and having incredible once in a lifetime experiences along the way. All those amazing and life changing things happened through this complex little square on my phone but of course with the good comes the bad (addiction, stress, constant comparison, loneliness, depression etc).In order to continue using this app in a healthy manner, my goal is to do more to expand on the community aspect of it and continue to bring online, offline more often, using it with more intention. Not quite sure what that fully looks like at this time, i’m still figuring it out but i’d love to hear any suggestions you may have!This is a crowded space and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to follow along and support me and my work thus far! 🙏🏻✌🏻❤️
There’s no feeling quite like earning your turns in the backcountry with friends, the first step however is getting educated about avalanche safety. I’d love to give back and help someone start the new year off right by furthering their education, appreciation for winter and to reap the benefits of the backcountry, so I am gifting an Avalanche Safety Training Course along with an Avalanche Safety Kit (beacon, shovel + probe) to someone wanting to get into the sport. These key things changed my perception of winter and I want to share the feeling!.*Congrats to: @musingmedusa & @beautifulramblers*I’ll randomly choose a winner on the 4th, just let me know how this will help you with your goals in 2020 and tag a friend who you want to get out there with (there may be something in it for them as well)..Thanks @backcountry for helping make this possible 🙌🏻I will announce the winner on my story, good luck!