From the beginning of my childhood, I was encouraged to wander, explore, and create. That basic principle of discovering the unknown has led me on a journey of big mountain exploring consisting of skiing, climbing, ice climbing, hiking, and kayaking. I push every boundary and challenge myself constantly, both mentally and physically.
I love that my passions have arrived at a cycle. The world gives me snow and big mountains I can ski and summit, and in return I give the world my art. It is an invigorating exchange of energy that makes my life meaningful. One side of my work could not exist without the other. I am drawn by my passion to be in the mountains, away from everything, and to become a part of the environment. It’s a beautiful thing, to experience the mountains and valleys, and physically feel their toll on your body. It gives me an appreciation for life, and drives my creativity. I can come back from an excursion and sit and paint for a full day, excited and driven from my time away in the mountains.
I tend to paint the mountains I have become familiar with…the mountains I most recently summited. My goal is to bring together the unforgiving elements of the peaks and to also add an inviting feeling (the one I feel before summiting a peak). I want the viewer to feel welcomed when looking at my painting of a mountain or glacier, to be in awe of how majestic it is, and to be humbled of the real destination. I also paint as a way to remember the time I spent in that special place. I don’t tend to go back to the same places, and I don’t ever want to forget the peaks I have summited or the glaciers I have traversed. Painting those memories lets me remember, and be thankful for those times I spent there.
When I ski and when I paint, I am celebrating the human body and it’s connection with the surrounding world. I want to light a fire inside the viewer. A curiosity that cannot be contained, and that must be acted upon. If successful, I have promoted the great outdoors, and pushed someone to experience their own life in a new way.
I am not just a ski mountaineer or just a painter. I am both, and that makes me unique.
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
My favorite family Christmas tradition has always been driving up into the mountains and cutting our own Christmas tree. We grew to perfect the process, carefully judging potential trees for our own living room and for the growing number of family members who began to ask for real trees, too. Grandma likes her tree not too full, but Nana likes it when the branches droop, like trees on vintage postcards. Each year, we would cut a little bit off of the trunk and add it to our quirky collection.
Though you probably do not know her name, Whitney Thomas is a true outdoorswoman.
When I set out to interview her about women in the outdoors, I had no idea how strikingly real and powerful her insights would be. Instead of lingering on the lack of quality, technical women’s gear (and how so much of it is pink) or on the gender gap in guiding, Whitney took time to talk over why she loves the outdoors, and what all it has offered her.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
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|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|