All You Need Is Ecuador

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All You Need Is Ecuador

When it comes to you and your success, the challenge is almost always worth it. Don't ever let the fear of not succeeding stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing. #shegoes

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High Water!

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High Water!

When I arrived at the river it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. The river was raging a thick chocolate like liquid, all the rocks were covered forming some massive holes. Fortunately, I was able to get on the river with my friend and paddling partner Josh Larsen, we paddled that surging ocean of a river to south of Glacier as we were chased downstream by trees and rocks, it was a truly surreal experience. 

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Circa de Colorado!

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Circa de Colorado!

For many of us kayaking is a way of life, an art form, a passion, it represents determination, empowerment, and the very best of everything we are. With unseasonably low flows in Washington this summer I set out to Idaho and Colorado to chase my passion for white water and new experiences, to explore what I’m capable of and what makes me most happy. 

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Why Not Be Extraordinary?

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Why Not Be Extraordinary?

The past 4 weeks have been a whirlwind of new rivers, stout drops, hucking waterfalls, endless hours of paddling, new and old friends, a lot of driving, spending more time in my sleeping bag then my bed...

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24: BC Provides!

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24: BC Provides!

On October 3rd I turned 24 year old and all I really wanted to do for my birthday was spend it with my best friends...and go over a waterfall! I was fortunate to spend the following weekend in the wondrous mountains of Whistler, BC

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Squampton: Ashlu & Elaho Creeking

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Squampton: Ashlu & Elaho Creeking

I've had a blast the past 2 weekends kayaking the Ashlu and Elaho rivers in Squamish, BC. I had no idea what to expect, the magic of the Squamish valley is undeniable. Warm nights sleeping under the stars, bonfires, good friends, and paddling epic whitewater are truly what makes these trips so memorable.

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Kayaking Tumwater Canyon: Lap 51

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Kayaking Tumwater Canyon: Lap 51

This is where I spent the majority of August, clocking in 51 laps down Tumwater Canyon in Leavenworth, WA over the past 4 weeks. Here's an edit of my last lap through the Canyon, enjoy! #shegoes

-AL

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Limitless

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Limitless

This past week I kayaked Exit Drop on Tumwater Canyon for the first time. I had no intentions of running this rapid, but everything fell into place so perfectly I decided to fire it up. It was phenomenal!

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When It Rains, It Pours and She Goes Kayaking

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When It Rains, It Pours and She Goes Kayaking

Over the past few weeks I have had various "tough" decisions to make. I am a firm believer in setting attainable (and some less attainable) goals and actively making them happen. I want to live my life fully doing the things I love and orienting myself towards a future I can be stoked on!

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Lochsa'ed: We Had an Epic

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Lochsa'ed: We Had an Epic

The Clearwater National Forest of Idaho is perhaps one of the most unimaginably beautiful places I have paddled yet. I can't decide if it was the enormous flows, endless whitewater, abounding creek tributaries, countless hot springs, falling asleep next to the river every night, or the extraordinary new friends we made that made this 4 day trip so unforgettable.

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Alive and Free!

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Alive and Free!

I never feel more alive or free than when I’m in the mountains. No matter how chaotic life may seem at times, sometimes all the soul needs is to spend a little time in the mountains. It is here I’m able to experience nature in its purest form, a wild and untamed environment of unparalleled beauty; life seems so much simpler out here.

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Julyuary and Teo Berman

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Julyuary and Teo Berman

Is it winter or spring? It may be January, but I've found myself a bit seasonally confused lately. With the lack of snow and zero sum of powder days I've logged in the mountains this season, I've been spending more and more time kayaking, mountain biking, wearing less clothing, and perfecting my goggle tan.

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Live Your Dream

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Live Your Dream

As the New Year approaches I find myself reflecting back on this past year. I am incredibly thankful for all the unbelievable memories, adventures, and friends in my life and I can't wait to see what this year has in store.

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Pow pow!

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Pow pow!

Mt. Baker, WA is one of the most incredible places I have been fortunate enough to ski and spend endless hours exploring. I constantly find myself reveling in it's innate beauty, deep snow, and pristine terrain.

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All Smiles

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All Smiles

Last Friday couldn't have come soon enough, Mt. Baker had just opened and I couldn't wait to get up there and take my first turns of the season!

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Winning in the Nooksack

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Winning in the Nooksack

This past weekend I headed to Leavenworth to do some kayaking and spend some time with friends I hadn't seen in a while; I had been anticipating this trip all week! Upon arriving in Leavenworth Saturday morning I met up with Austyn Heinlein.

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A Leavenworth Adventure

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A Leavenworth Adventure

This past weekend I headed to Leavenworth to do some kayaking and spend some time with friends I hadn't seen in a while; I had been anticipating this trip all week! Upon arriving in Leavenworth Saturday morning I met up with Austyn Heinlein.

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23: Best Birthday Ever

Image There was only one thing I truly wanted more than anything on my 23rd birthday: to go kayaking! After class that morning, I picked up my kayaking gear from home, and headed to Glacier to meet Kierstin, Roy, and Michael at Horseshoe Bend on the N. Fork, Nooksack River. I picked up Jessica in Deming on the way, I couldn't have been more excited for an incredible afternoon on the river with some of my favorite people. I was first to the put-in and was stoked to see a kayak, which rarely seems to happen out here. His name was Josh and I invited him to join us! The river was at a fairly stout flow for the Bend section. At 1,050 cfs, it was the highest Kierstin and I had ever run the upper Class IV/V section...wooh!!

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With an incredible crew we made our way down river, it was fast and pushy, but super fun. I haven't swam in a while, so I was not entirely expecting to surf a hole at the S-turns or swim out of it. Following my swim, I had a tough decision to make as we approached the Bend, I was a bit rattled from my swim and the water was big today, was I going to collect myself and run this or not? I realize swims are going to happen, I can't be so tough on myself all the time; they are an opportunity to learn and grow. I committed to every move as I entered Bench Drop, I took the middle line and boofed hard, then I eddied out and waited for Kierstin, I am so fortunate to have this woman as a boating buddy and a great friend. She is incredibly supportive, and we always have a ridiculously good time. We made our way through the next rapid and before I knew it, I was making my way through SAT. The moves were quick and the strokes were powerful. As I approached the last move, I was unable to get where I wanted to be in time and had to quickly adjust, I lined myself up and paddled hard into the frothing monster of a hole. I came to a sudden stop and started surfing, it's been a while since I've been worked in a hole like that! I surfed out and was exctatic, I had made it to the bottom in my boat, but then I looked down - I was chest deep in the water; my skirt had imploded. Darn! At the takeout booty beers were definitely in order...mhmm (I even used Kierstin's booty)! Needless to say we managed to find ourselves at Chair 9 soon after, I bought everyone a pitcher for recovering my gear. We gave a cheers and somehow our pitcher kept refilling itself. The birthday celebrating continued late into the night; from singing Macklemore, to dancing, to wrestling on pool tables, I couldn't have been happier. I was with some of the most amazing friends; I feel so incredibly blessed, I can't wait to see what 23 holds, I hope it's full of new adventures, big waterfalls, and even college graduation; I couldn't be more excited!!!

-AL

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Whistler, Eh?

Jessica and I recently returned from a 4 day trip to the Whistler area where we had an incredible time camping, kayaking, mountain biking, waterfall missions, making new friends, and rallying dirt roads to name a few. I was able to put together an edit of our trip, it's my first, please enjoy!

-AL

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