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Here’s What to Post on Instagram During Coronavirus

And why you shouldn't be going climbing during the global pandemic

As we head into another month of staying close to home and low-risk activities during the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to keep the stoke up for when we can get back to travelling and climbing.

Between now and then, it’s best to keep your adventures from the start of the of the pandemic until the end off of social media. Why? Because, while you might be able to get out climbing where you are, not everyone can get out. That combined with the stay-at-home directives from our governments mean that you should keep Instagram posts to anything but current outdoor times. It’s just the thoughtful thing to do.

Some reasons not to climb right now include: if you get hurt, you will take critical medical resources, provincial and national parks are closed and travelling to climbing areas can raise transmission chances. Here’s what to post on Instagram instead of during-coronavirus-adventures:



Old Photos

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A lost collection. My love for photography began almost as soon as climbing fell into my life, but I didn’t get a camera for many more years. It was not just the act or feeling of climbing that I was drawn to, but the wild and unimaginable places it could bring us to. I have so many photographers (not to mention books and magazines) to thank for inspiring me in those days, like; Kennan Harvey, Topher Donahue, Beth Wald, Jim Thornburg, Greg Epperson, Glen Denny, Corey Rich, Dave Hatchett, and many, many more. Last week, while unpacking some boxes at home, I discovered a lost roll of film I took in the summer of 2005. The entire roll comprised of Cobra Crack, and Didier Berthod’s summer bid. While I had tried the climb with some success the year before, I stuck a knife into my hand Spring ‘05, which led to only a few attempts in June. The least I could do was hike up, cheer him on and take some pictures. We were just kids, literally, these might be some of the very first pictures I took with my new Canon Rebel, so please forgive the blurriness:) I’ll release a couple of photo’s throughout the week while the quarantine continues. 👍 Hope you enjoy them, and would love to read some of your comments if you have any. Stay safe, stay strong, stay positive!

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Boy, My understanding of the right way to live in state of Covid 19 sure is evolving fast. Last week I thought events and spring road trip plans was adequate. A few days ago I thought that limiting interaction to just my immediate family was enough. Today I realize that doing anything potentially risky could become the death sentence for one or more sick people. I wonder what tomorrow will look like. To perpetuate this culture of doing the right thing I thought I would share what my plan is today. Truly isolate, The only people I plan on seeing is my immediate family and one neighbor family that is isolating in the same way as I am. I don’t really drive, I only recreate close to home where I know I will encounter no one and in a way that is very cautious. Soon taking up space in a hospital bed will amount to a death sentence for someone else. (yes, that means no climbing) I am building a better relationship with my hang board. I’ve decided that I will still spend money at local business that offer delivery options. I hesitate here because I know this will cause more transmission. But I figure some economic relief is I order. I’ll donate to food banks and continue to look for other places where donating a little money will help. For myself and for many climbers, the ability to isolate comes from a place of privilege. For those that truly struggling, my heart goes out to you. For those that are risking there own health to take care of others. You are our heroes. But for those with the means to isolate, please do your best. Remember, It doesn’t matter if you believe you are healthy. This is all for the people that are at risk. . And don’t forget to really love those close to you!

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It’s funny how much a climb is like life. Even if you start out completely sure of yourself with all the proper gear, you still have no idea what you’ll encounter along the way. There will be cruxes and holds you just don’t want to grab, terrifying runouts and questionable gear placements. There will also be thank-god jugs and incredible rests, flowing sequences and perfect temps. And it’ll all come together in one thrilling, amazing, terrifying, fantastic ride. The best thing is, you CAN get to the top. You CAN make your summit, whatever your summit might be. Even if you have to aid through the crux. Even if you’re sobbing through the runout. Even if you’re hating every single razor sharp crimp, you’re still moving upward, onward. And eventually, you WILL make it to the top. As long as you keep moving, keep fighting. You will reach your summit, as long as you just keep climbing. Prints and stickers of Go Higher are available in the shop! amilliontinylines.com (link in my bio)

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At Home Workouts

Talks and Pets

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Today at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time, I’ll be hosting an #instagramlive reading and q&a from the #denalibook — tune in here, @noribythesea will be joining as well 🐾 All book tour events and speaking engagements have been postponed due to COVID-19 precautions, so I’m excited to try this in the meantime! Thanks to @juneshineco for helping to make this possible after my event at their San Diego tasting room was postponed. Please comment with your favorite passages (with page number for reference) and any questions for me for later. Writing a book means lots of isolation to be free of distraction, and I wrote the majority of the book from my van while parked at my the beach or on my property nearby. The second photo shows the interior setup, shot with the @sonyalpha 24mm G Master lens. @jedidiahjenkins book sat next to my desk as a reminder that it was indeed possible to someday publish a real book, thanks Jed! The first image is by @whithassett from a trip to Baja before the van was built out, during the book proposal phase of writing. #sonyalpha . Much love to you all… stay healthy and safe out there, and please follow the CDC and your local guidelines for #socialdistancing, doing so will save lives. We’re all in this together ♥️

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Current Events

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As Max Boot wrote in the Washington Post today, Trump claimed on Feb. 26 that the coronavirus outbreak would soon be “down to close to zero.” Now he argues that if the death toll is 100,000 to 200,000 — higher than the U.S. fatalities in all of our wars combined since 1945 — it will be proof that he’s done “a very good job.” No, it will be a sign that he’s a miserable failure, because the coronavirus is the most foreseeable catastrophe in U.S. history. The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak in China on Jan. 3. Trump was first briefed on the coronavirus by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Jan. 18. When Trump was first asked publicly about the virus, on Jan. 22, he said, “We have it totally under control.” In the days and weeks after Azar alerted him about the virus, Trump spoke at eight rallies and golfed six times as if he didn’t have a care in the world. Trump’s failure to focus created public confusion and contradicted the urgent messages of public health experts. It also resulted in critical failures to roll out enough tests or to stockpile enough protective equipment and ventilators. Trump characteristically blamed these catastrophic blunders on others: China, the media, state governors, Obama, Pelosi—everyone but his golf caddie. He insisted, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” But whatever happens in November, Trump cannot escape the pitiless judgment of history.

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