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Krystyna Bork

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My first time in Yosemite and I certainly hope not my last! We weren't able to bring the rope out this time, but I've got my sights set on El Cap...one day! at Yosemite National Park

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Happy Valentine's Day! Take some time to tell the people in your life that you love them! Moments are fleeting, but love for your family, friends, your person, or pet is not. Love comes in all shades and varieties, and today is a day to celebrate them all! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Have a great day, everyone! at Ontario Peak

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Old Greyback watched on as I wrapped up my 6 pack climbing San Bernardino. After San Jacinto I believed I wouldn't be able to finish. The 11 miles of San Jack was so much tougher than I had anticipated (albeit I was still fatigued from hiking Cucamonga 2 days before). Now I hike 20 miles just about every week and I've learned a challenge is nothing to shy away from. The most critical moments in your life are right after you've fallen. Will you let it keep you down, or will you pick yourself back up and try again? at San Bernardino Mountains

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When the rains came to us on the coast I figured I wouldn't be able to finish up the last of my 6 pack. But we were determined not to let "a little snow" stop up from reaching our goals. Armed with ice axes (we soon found to be overkill) and microspikes (worth every penny), we started the climb at 7am. We got lost a couple times, had to break trail, slid down the terrifyingly steep slopes with every step, and had wet shoes just about the whole time, but it really wasn't that bad. The sun was shining and it was a balmy 40ish degrees. All in all, a pretty good day! And you can see Old Greyback poking out on the right side! (not pictured) even further to the right was a killer view of San Jack! at San Bernardino Mountains

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The glow from the fading sun is just strong enough to illuminate my path. The sign tells me where to go, but I am still the one that has to fight the wind and cold to climb down the mountain I just fought so hard to ascend. The night brings new challenges of rocky and poorly illumated footing, along with giant sized housecats who want to stalk me and play with me in a very different way than my Olive cat back home. I make it down close to midnight, knees creaky and weary, but with a fire burning inside. at Mount Baldy, California

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Sunset is the ideal time to be standing on the summit of a mountain. As the light fades and the colors intensify, you are compelled to stop and watch. Eventually the colors start to deepen, and leave just as quickly as they came. You are blinded from a lack of the brilliancy that held you captive only minutes before. But as with all peaks, you must carry on. You strap on your headlamp, grab another layer from your pack, and take your first step into the night. at Mount Baldy, California

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My Minnesota friend couldn't decide if we should go to the beach or go rock climbing, so we decided on both! What a rough life we live in California ๐Ÿค— I'm so stoked to be lucky enough to live in such an incredible place! at Point Dume, Malibu, CA

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The eyes are the windows to the soul, and kitty's say he wants to play! #cats #crazycatlady #happy #photoofday #picoftheday #pets #petsofinstagram #playtime #snuggles #snugglebuddy

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My introduction to lead climbing and Tyler's first time to the Alabama Hills was a huge leap of faith. We've got quite a ways to go before we'll be multi-pitching the 5.12 on Devil's Tower, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? Do you have a favorite place to rock climb (that you're willing to share), or where was your first climb? I'm always looking for new crags to explore!

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We both have a competitive streak and ended up pushing ourselves faster and faster on this hike. Eventually we found ourselves jogging, running, then literally sprinting back to the car so that we could complete our 10 mile hike under a specific time. But, before we started the competition we took some time to take a couple pictures at inspiration point. at Inspiration Point via Castle Canyon

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Anyone who has hiked with me knows I stop often to catch a picture of a specific tree that has captured my attention. I usually take a second to hold my hand up to the trunk and see if I can feel the power of it. I can't, I'm not crazy. But I am always amazed by how something so old is often so solid and sturdy. Not unaffected by the seasons and temperatures, bugs and diseases, it stands tall and proud, offering shade to those who seek it. The roots of this tree tangle with the trail to the Ice House Saddle, making steps difficult. But if you slow down and look up, you'll see a beautiful piece of nature at Cucamonga Wilderness

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My favorite way to learn the must see places is to ask the locals. I'm so glad I got this suggestion from an old coworker. The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens are amazing in every way and I will definitely be back to explore more fully. I'm always looking for new places to explore in the LA area. How about you? What's your favorite place? Comment where I should visit next! at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

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A beautiful sunset has me missing warmer days spent climbing and camping in the Alabama Hills. It was the location of my first adventure in California and was the first time I had ever been rock climbing. Spoiler alert: I was terrified, but I lived. Always do the thing that scares you and you'll be a better person for it. #california #whitneyportal #lonepine #picoftheday #photoofday #camping #climbing #adventure #californiasunsets #getoutside #hiking #hikingadventures #movieflats #nature #amazing #trips #travel #mountains #sierranevada #mtwhitney #happy #womenwhohike at Alabama Hills, California

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The cold isn't the only thing that took my breath away. Not super high up, but an amazing view nonetheless #sangabrielmountains #sammerriltrail #castlecanyontrail #mtlowe #mtdisappointment #mtmarkham at Sam Merrill Trail

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Spent my new year hiking 20 miles and summiting 5 peaks! It was an amazing place to watch the fireworks from on top of a mountain - it felt like we were the only people in the world up until that point. An amazing (and a more than slightly chilly) night! #sangabrielmountains #angelesnationalforest #womenwhohike #adventure #californiasunsets #California #naturelovers #adventuretime #embracetheoutdoors

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