Nick Lake

Nick Lake (@nickrlake)

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Thirteen years ago, when I still lived in Massachusetts, I took my first road trip out west to Glacier National Park.  I'd heard whispers that it was the king of the parks and I had to see it for myself.  I remember the first time I drove the Going-to-the-Sun-Road, rounding the hairpin turn and seeing Heaven's Peak and being blown away by the scale of the place.  It was as if someone had taken a mountain range and set it atop another.  So when I had the chance to travel that legendary road again--this time on bicycle--I jumped at the chance. •
I don't say this lightly, but biking those fifteen miles up 3,200 vertical feet to Logan Pass was one of the best outdoors experiences of my life.  Going slow; seeing each feature for minutes at a time rather than at a glance; smelling the deep scent of pine and feeling the brisk breeze on my face.  Knowing that I "gained" the summit with work and sweat and cramping quads was a wholly unique reward.  The smile on my face, bathed in gold as I blasted back down the road at sunset, was irrepressible. And even at thirty miles per hour I strained to soak in every second of it.
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Thirteen years ago, when I still lived in Massachusetts, I took my first road trip out west to Glacier National Park. I'd heard whispers that it was the king of the parks and I had to see it for myself. I remember the first time I drove the Going-to-the-Sun-Road, rounding the hairpin turn and seeing Heaven's Peak and being blown away by the scale of the place. It was as if someone had taken a mountain range and set it atop another. So when I had the chance to travel that legendary road again--this time on bicycle--I jumped at the chance. • I don't say this lightly, but biking those fifteen miles up 3,200 vertical feet to Logan Pass was one of the best outdoors experiences of my life. Going slow; seeing each feature for minutes at a time rather than at a glance; smelling the deep scent of pine and feeling the brisk breeze on my face. Knowing that I "gained" the summit with work and sweat and cramping quads was a wholly unique reward. The smile on my face, bathed in gold as I blasted back down the road at sunset, was irrepressible. And even at thirty miles per hour I strained to soak in every second of it. @visitmontana  #montanamoment  #sponsored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #glaciermt  #glaciernps  #usinterior  #lakemcdonald  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #pnwphotographer  #northwestisbest  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #visitmontana  #rockymountainhigh  #explorewhitefish  #nationalparks  #westglacier  #sunrise  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #wildernessculture  #goingtothesun  #loganpass

A sunrise from one of my favorite places on earth: Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald. I’ve never seen a sunrise here that wasn’t stunning and filled with excitement and the anticipation of the endless adventures that lie ahead in the Crown of the Continent. 
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A sunrise from one of my favorite places on earth: Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald. I’ve never seen a sunrise here that wasn’t stunning and filled with excitement and the anticipation of the endless adventures that lie ahead in the Crown of the Continent. @visitmontana  #montanamoment  #sponsored . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #glaciermt  #glaciernps  #usinterior  #lakemcdonald  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #pnwphotographer  #northwestisbest  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #visitmontana  #rockymountainhigh  #explorewhitefish  #nationalparks  #westglacier  #sunrise  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #wildernessculture

Eyeing the line from our sunrise hammock spot. It’s that glorious time of year when the PNW gets 18 hours of usable daylight. We left our car at 4:15 am, returned after 8:00 pm, and only used our headlamps for the first few minutes of the day. And despite a pretty big single-day ski mountaineering objective, we had time to nap along the lakeshore for a bit as the sun rose. It’s days like these on the trail and in the bootpack that make the long, gray, dark winters bearable. 
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Eyeing the line from our sunrise hammock spot. It’s that glorious time of year when the PNW gets 18 hours of usable daylight. We left our car at 4:15 am, returned after 8:00 pm, and only used our headlamps for the first few minutes of the day. And despite a pretty big single-day ski mountaineering objective, we had time to nap along the lakeshore for a bit as the sun rose. It’s days like these on the trail and in the bootpack that make the long, gray, dark winters bearable.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure  #ebcontributor @eddiebauer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #alpinelakes  #alpinelakeswilderness  #enchantments  #cascadiaexplored  #bestmountainartists  #cascades  #explorewashington  #washingtonexplored  #ic_landscapes  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #pnwonderland  #pnwphotographer  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwhiking  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #wildernessculture  #washingtonstate  #seeyououtthere  #takemebackpacking  #colchucklake  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #natgeolandscapes  #colchuck  #artofvisuals

Things I encountered while embracing the rain: 
1. Places with fairytale-sounding names (Humptulips, Dosewallips, Duckabush) standing guard in slithering, verdant valleys, gobbling up fog and moisture off the roiling Pacific.  2. Gooey, yellow Banana Slugs the length of your hand creeping along the trail.
3. Big Leaf Maple leaves larger than my (giant) head lining the pathway.
4. The aroma of cedar and loam riding on a slight breeze.
5. Ancient hemlock, spruce, cedar, and fir shooting up into the oblivion of the thick mat of fog lingering two hundred feet up in the canopy.
6. The greeniest greens. 
7. Rivers with water so blue there’s no way it’s real. 
8. Dozens of perfect skipping stones and all the time in the world to skip them. 
I suppose it makes sense after all: when it rains, find your adventure in the rainforest.
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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Things I encountered while embracing the rain: 1. Places with fairytale-sounding names (Humptulips, Dosewallips, Duckabush) standing guard in slithering, verdant valleys, gobbling up fog and moisture off the roiling Pacific. 2. Gooey, yellow Banana Slugs the length of your hand creeping along the trail. 3. Big Leaf Maple leaves larger than my (giant) head lining the pathway. 4. The aroma of cedar and loam riding on a slight breeze. 5. Ancient hemlock, spruce, cedar, and fir shooting up into the oblivion of the thick mat of fog lingering two hundred feet up in the canopy. 6. The greeniest greens. 7. Rivers with water so blue there’s no way it’s real. 8. Dozens of perfect skipping stones and all the time in the world to skip them. I suppose it makes sense after all: when it rains, find your adventure in the rainforest.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #rainforest  #cascadiaexplored  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #pnwonderland  #pnwphotographer  #pnwdiscovered  #northwestisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #wildernessculture  #visualsoflife  #hiking_daily  #humptulips  #quinault  #olympic  #olympics  #olympicnationalpark  #olympicpeninsula  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #usnationalparks  #nps  #washingtonexplored  #explorewashington

The Canadian Rockies are easily the varsity squad of mountains. Even the sub peaks and ridges are stunning, like this one just outside of Banff, whose parapets resembled a castle wall, bathed in a perfectly placed swathe of evening sunlight. .
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The Canadian Rockies are easily the varsity squad of mountains. Even the sub peaks and ridges are stunning, like this one just outside of Banff, whose parapets resembled a castle wall, bathed in a perfectly placed swathe of evening sunlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #banff  #banffnationalpark  #albertacanada  #mybanff  #travelalberta  #explorealberta  #discoveralberta  #explorecanada  #banfflife  #travelcanada  #imagesofcanada  #tourcanada  #enjoycanada  #canadasworld  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #cascadiaexplored  #roamtheplanet  #bestmountainartists  #ourplanetdaily  #wildernessculture  #wanderlustalberta  #pnwphotographer  #visualsoflife  #loves_mountains  #mountainworld  #rockymountainhigh  #canadianrockies

That’s Mount SIR Donald to you! @taylormichaelburk finds some real nice, late-season powder up high in the stunning peaks of the northern Selkirk Range, BC. .
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That’s Mount SIR Donald to you! @taylormichaelburk finds some real nice, late-season powder up high in the stunning peaks of the northern Selkirk Range, BC. . . . . . . . . . .  #asulkanhut  #glaciernationalpark  #bc  #britishcolumbia  #visitbc  #discoverbc  #explorebcparks  #explorebc  #hellobc  #canadagram  #discovercanada  #canadaexplored  #explorecanada  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #nwisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #rogerspass  #theoutbound  #artofvisuals  #wildernessculture  #roamtheplanet  #powderdays  #earnyourturns  #turnsallyear  #powdertothepeople

By Jeep, motorboat, kayak, and foot—sometimes you’ve got to use every method of transportation available to get to the best spots with the red rocks. .
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By Jeep, motorboat, kayak, and foot—sometimes you’ve got to use every method of transportation available to get to the best spots with the red rocks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #nakedplanet  #nikond800  #ourplanetdaily  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #seeyououtthere  #arizonasky  #arizona_hiking  #visitarizona  #travelarizona  #arizonaexplored  #explorearizona  #discoverarizona  #utahexplored  #exploreutah  #utahgram  #discoverutah  #utahisrad  #southwestisbest  #lakepowell  #glencanyon  #navajonation

Skin, ski, eat, skin, ski, eat, make bad jokes, play ridiculous games, sleep, repeat. Hut life in a nutshell. Six miles in on foot and you’re a world away. 
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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Skin, ski, eat, skin, ski, eat, make bad jokes, play ridiculous games, sleep, repeat. Hut life in a nutshell. Six miles in on foot and you’re a world away.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #asulkanhut  #glaciernationalpark  #bc  #britishcolumbia  #visitbc  #discoverbc  #explorebcparks  #explorebc  #hellobc  #canadagram  #discovercanada  #canadaexplored  #explorecanada  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwphotographer  #nwisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #rogerspass  #theoutbound  #artofvisuals  #wildernessculture  #roamtheplanet

One of my favorite post-adventure conversations centers around how grateful we are to be able to go to so many incredible spots using our own feet. I know that’s not true for everyone and growing up I would often look at photos like this and think, “I could never go there, that’s only for professionals or hardcore climbers.” But with some determination, some critical outdoors skills, and hard work, I’ve come to find life, strong friendships, and new gratitude in these places. 
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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One of my favorite post-adventure conversations centers around how grateful we are to be able to go to so many incredible spots using our own feet. I know that’s not true for everyone and growing up I would often look at photos like this and think, “I could never go there, that’s only for professionals or hardcore climbers.” But with some determination, some critical outdoors skills, and hard work, I’ve come to find life, strong friendships, and new gratitude in these places.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #makeamericadeepagain  #earnyourturns  #powderdays  #washingtonexplored  #powdertothepeople  #rainier  #mountrainiernationalpark  #mtrainier  #nationalparks  #theparkfund  #ourbackyardrocks  #pnwonderland  #pnwdiscovered  #nwisbest  #wishyouwerenorthwest  #bestmountainartists  #cascadiaexplored  #ourplanetdaily  #theoutbound  #wildernessculture  #tatoosh  #livewashington  #washingtonstate  #wanderwashington  #pnwphotographer

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
-the Gospel of John +
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this is such a powerful and important reminder. At times it can feel like the darkness in the world is crushing and unending and inevitable. But on Easter morning, or at sunrise on any day, really, or even when you simply light a match in a dark room, the power of the light over darkness—the warmth it brings, the way it pushes back the shadows, how it melts away our fears—is life-giving and transformative. Remember that every one of us has the opportunity to be light to one another, to warm up that cold night, to drive back shadows, to assuage fears, and to help bear one another’s burdens when they get too heavy. Loving each other looks a lot like light. So let’s love each other. ✌🏼 .
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“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” -the Gospel of John + Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this is such a powerful and important reminder. At times it can feel like the darkness in the world is crushing and unending and inevitable. But on Easter morning, or at sunrise on any day, really, or even when you simply light a match in a dark room, the power of the light over darkness—the warmth it brings, the way it pushes back the shadows, how it melts away our fears—is life-giving and transformative. Remember that every one of us has the opportunity to be light to one another, to warm up that cold night, to drive back shadows, to assuage fears, and to help bear one another’s burdens when they get too heavy. Loving each other looks a lot like light. So let’s love each other. ✌🏼 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #nakedplanet  #nikond800  #ourplanetdaily  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #seeyououtthere  #utahexplored  #exploreutah  #utahgram  #discoverutah  #utahisrad  #southwestisbest  #zion  #zionnationalpark  #nationalparks  #southwestrocks  #southwestlife  #utahtravels  #utahunique  #utahrocks  #bestmountainartists  #stgeorgeutah

"These are the Temples of God, built without the use of human hands. A man can worship God among these great cathedrals as well as in any man-made church--this is Zion.”
While I don't share the same faith as Mormon pioneer Isaac Behunin (who spoke these words well over a century ago) when I set foot in a place like Zion National Park with its immense vermillion walls exploding thousands of feet into the sky, and observe the meticulous masonry of the Virgin River having carved and sculpted sandstone and limestone for a million years, there's an undeniable holiness about the place.
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As we watch cathedrals burn and topple, I urge you to remember that these sacred temples--like Zion, like the glaciers of Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, New Zealand, like Brazil's Amazon, like the dreamy azure beaches of the South Pacific--can't be rebuilt in any of our lifetimes.  No amount of crowd funding from wealthy donors can refreeze sea ice or regrow old-growth Redwoods or lower sea levels.  Make small, personal changes to reduce your impact on the climate.  Demand your representatives in government to make climate change a priority in legislation.  Share your experiences from these places with others in a way that encourages action and investment.  Let's not look back in the next decades at the marvelous world around us with the same ache and devastation as so many have watching Notre Dame burn.
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"These are the Temples of God, built without the use of human hands. A man can worship God among these great cathedrals as well as in any man-made church--this is Zion.” While I don't share the same faith as Mormon pioneer Isaac Behunin (who spoke these words well over a century ago) when I set foot in a place like Zion National Park with its immense vermillion walls exploding thousands of feet into the sky, and observe the meticulous masonry of the Virgin River having carved and sculpted sandstone and limestone for a million years, there's an undeniable holiness about the place. . As we watch cathedrals burn and topple, I urge you to remember that these sacred temples--like Zion, like the glaciers of Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, New Zealand, like Brazil's Amazon, like the dreamy azure beaches of the South Pacific--can't be rebuilt in any of our lifetimes. No amount of crowd funding from wealthy donors can refreeze sea ice or regrow old-growth Redwoods or lower sea levels. Make small, personal changes to reduce your impact on the climate. Demand your representatives in government to make climate change a priority in legislation. Share your experiences from these places with others in a way that encourages action and investment. Let's not look back in the next decades at the marvelous world around us with the same ache and devastation as so many have watching Notre Dame burn. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #nakedplanet  #nikond800  #ourplanetdaily  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #seeyououtthere  #utahexplored  #exploreutah  #utahgram  #discoverutah  #utahisrad  #southwestisbest  #zion  #zionnationalpark  #nationalparks  #southwestrocks  #southwestlife  #utahtravels  #utahunique  #utahrocks  #bestmountainartists  #stgeorgeutah

Yesterday morning, as the sun rose in a cloudless sky, I found myself moving across the Utah desert, syncing my footsteps with some eight-hundred other runners, each out with the same goal as I had: to push our bodies across fourteen or so miles of one of the world's most stunning landscapes.  We wanted to feel the red sand beneath our feet; to smell the dewy sage brush and juniper trees along the trail; to watch that brilliant yellow-red line of light creep down the mesas and peaks around us; and to push our bodies a little bit (maybe just to prove we could). In those couple hours that passed in the desert I found myself feeling happily lonely knowing that I alone could push myself to complete the course and focusing intently on each footfall across mud, dirt, and slickrock.  And at the same time I couldn't help but feel the ebb and flow of the whole lot of us--an organism of sorts--collectively breathing in the life-giving wilderness air and leaving our ephemeral footprints in the dust. And despite the fatigue and twinges of pain in my body as the trail wound on, I knew there was no where else I should be.
#whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #ebcontributor .
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Yesterday morning, as the sun rose in a cloudless sky, I found myself moving across the Utah desert, syncing my footsteps with some eight-hundred other runners, each out with the same goal as I had: to push our bodies across fourteen or so miles of one of the world's most stunning landscapes. We wanted to feel the red sand beneath our feet; to smell the dewy sage brush and juniper trees along the trail; to watch that brilliant yellow-red line of light creep down the mesas and peaks around us; and to push our bodies a little bit (maybe just to prove we could). In those couple hours that passed in the desert I found myself feeling happily lonely knowing that I alone could push myself to complete the course and focusing intently on each footfall across mud, dirt, and slickrock. And at the same time I couldn't help but feel the ebb and flow of the whole lot of us--an organism of sorts--collectively breathing in the life-giving wilderness air and leaving our ephemeral footprints in the dust. And despite the fatigue and twinges of pain in my body as the trail wound on, I knew there was no where else I should be.  #whyihike  #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer  #ebcontributor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #artofvisuals  #bpmag  #nakedplanet  #nikond800  #ourplanetdaily  #roamtheplanet  #theoutbound  #visualsoflife  #wildernessculture  #seeyououtthere  #utahexplored  #exploreutah  #utahgram  #discoverutah  #utahisrad  #southwestisbest  #zion  #zionnationalpark  #nationalparks  #southwestrocks  #southwestlife  #utahtravels  #utahunique  #utahrocks  #bestmountainartists  #stgeorgeutah

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