Ryan β€’ Manuel πŸ“Kauai, HI

Environmental Biologist TravelLight|SpreadTheLight|BeTheLight| Don't name your days, live them.

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Connecting with incredible people this past month in Kauai has been a great experience. Traveling with absolutely no plans has been an awesome way to explore, learn, and grow with new friends from all over. More on that soon. For now, @jeffcarlsonphoto and I are off to venture around the islands canyons. Pictured here is a newer friend of mine @caleblarimer who is a high liner from the Black Hills. Looking forward to meeting up with @younghawk_ and Caleb again soon!

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Last night before bed we stumbled upon three women fire dancing. I felt like I was watching something out Game of Thrones or Wonder Woman. Now we're up and en route to tour @kauaicoffeeco to learn how the process from seed to cup really works. #OurWild

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For the past 11 days I've woken up surrounded by chickens. Quite the change from waking up surrounded by marmots. At least I don't have to worry about my tent being destroyed by those pesky alpine teddy bears. A throwback to the big-wall backcountry. #OurWild

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Just drove 18 hours to meet up with @jeffcarlsonphoto and fly down to Kauai for the next 3 weeks. Looking forward to some clear water and warm beaches again. Any tips, tricks, or rad folks are much appreciated!
PCπŸ“·: @moonmountainman

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When winter makes occasional surprise appearances, you've got to take advantage of it. Even if it's -26. Because lately it seems like I've been struggling to find it. Looking forward to snow and ice in the Northwest this next week!

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Seems like I always meet the nicest folks right around when I'm leaving an area. I suppose that's the good thing about social media as far as keeping in touch goes.

Pictured here @caleblarimer adds a unique perspective while utilizing our local public lands. #OurWild

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It's been over two years, but I'm PNW bound at the end of the week. If you're in MT, ID, or WA let me know if you want to hang!

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The elusive Jesse Brown Nelson.
Some say he's only been seen at higher elevations in the early hours of the day. Once the sun rises he quickly vanishes back into the depths of these hills until the next exposed cliff edge at dawn.
Prepare for alpine starts if you ever want to meet this guy. 😴

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Booking flights left and right. Looking forward to some more mornings like this, and seeing these faces again. Good times along the river.

PCπŸ“·: @moonmountainman

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How come it snows 4 inches in South Carolina and I'm over here like.. "I guess I'll wear Chacos today..πŸ€”" Winter has me like β˜€οΈπŸ˜…πŸ™ƒπŸ˜“β˜€οΈ

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February 26th, 2017

I was very fortunate to come across @dan_lea00 as a climbing partner this past winter. He led us up a large majority of the routes in Hyalite Canyon. I can’t thank him enough for driving us up there 3-4 times a week all winter, letting me borrow his extra ice gear, and teaching me the basics of ice climbing. I can vividly remember the first climb where he sternly told me I needed to keep my heels down as I kicked into the ice, and that stuck! (Pun intended.) We had some brutally cold days, unusually warm days, steep approach days, multi pitch days, blue bird days, and trudging deep powder in whiteout condition days. Lots of laughs, stories, and great times had.

Pictured here, Dan on the longest most beautiful approach of the season. Dan was nice enough to let @kyle.crapster tag a long, which was crucial for Kyle’s sanity at the time as he was/still is buried deep in the darkness of Graduate School and needed some type A fun to let his mind wander. Kyle helped me in breaking trail through the very deep fresh snow all the way up to Twin Falls. At one point Kyle was literally neck deep in a tree well near the top of the climb. (A tree well is basically an unstable hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree when low branches prevent snow from filling in and creating snow pack around the trunk.) Needless to say, the way down was a lot faster via glissading the trenches we made on the way up! #OurWild

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1) Where did you grow up?
2) Where do you live now?

I grew up on a small farm in Northern Virginia & I'm currently based in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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I've experienced my coldest day (-41.1C / -42F) and my warmest night (36.7C / 98F) right here at Devil's Tower.

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Maybe in 2018 we should all work together in reminding each other to live the life we always promised ourselves, because we're all guilty of steering off the tracks from time to time. Make those trips happen, build those relationships, and stay connected with the people most important to you. We can easily get wrapped up in the word 'more.' More is usually what ultimately steers us off the tracks in the first place. More projects, more deadlines, more likes, more materialism, more money. While it can be important to focus on how you're earning and spending your money, what's most important is how you're spending your time. Because, well... the latter isn't prospering. Enjoy 2018 everyone and may it be time well spent! βœŒπŸ½πŸŒŒπŸŒŽπŸŽ‰

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One day the love of Marley's life is going to show up and we're finally going to get that couples shot with spaghetti and meatballs 🍝🐺

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Yesterday when I woke up the temperature was 70 (21.1C). Today it's -6 (-21.1C). Appreciating this slow transition into winter.

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Hope you all are merry where ever you are and whoever you're with. Make the most of what ever situation you may be in and enjoy the day. Don't forget to call the people that matter most. Cheers y'all!
PCπŸ“·: @erichansontv

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My 30th birthday was pretty pitchin'. Thank you to all the awesome folks that made it out to the Cochise Stronghold for the week!
Great friends, great views, great food, and great memories.

Pictured: @ranger__mo & @erichansontv top out on the 7th pitch of Peacemaker, 5.10a.

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Looking forward to some quality time in the desert this week with some rad folks. ✌🏽🌡🌌

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Packing for places like this can be overwhelming sometimes, especially if you're flying. Excited to get some of the gang back together soon. πŸ€™πŸ½ ✈️🌡🌀️#OurWild

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Currently watching Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 on Netflix.

What shows and movies are all you fine people watching these days?

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Leaked album art from an above ground group of researchers that have yet to release their band name. Their LP is expected to hit the shelves in early 2018.

Feel free to drop band names below.

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Today was kind of a bummer in Utah, but I appreciate all of the awesome folks that came out to the Utah Capitol this weekend to show their support. Here's a shot of one of my favorite places to camp in the desert southwest. It's size was reduced by 85% today via an administration that's never even stepped foot within its boundaries. #OurWild

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I personally like having someone, or something in my photo for perspective. I also am continually running around trying to catch candid moments, especially during good light. I am also known to be the large Sasquatch-esque figure found in many of my friends ruined photos. You're welcome.

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Dinner time and the best seats at the table.

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So, I apparently have never updated my @lightroom. Do any Lightroom users out there know if there is a way to update Lightroom 4 anymore? Or am I too late for the train? My issue is more or less opening RAW files.
I suppose it might be back to the darkroom for me.

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Hope everyone had a great day with friends and family yesterday.

A lot of people probably assume I'm in shoulder to shoulder humans right now crying because I didn't get the last limited edition Ninja Turtles bath robe. However, I'm actually reminiscing the first time I climbed Elevator Shaft with @dan_lea00 and the times when freezing temperatures were worth every numb digit.

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Is it weird that I actually enjoy waking up to the sharp cold mountain air?
Views from the New Mexico high country.

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If you could recommend one album, or even one song for me to add to my music collection what would it be? It can be new or old, and literally any genre. I don't judge music, I just listen to it. 🎧

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Looking to run around some new places this Winter/Spring. Anyone have some recommendations? Where's everyone heading? I'm ready to climb on rocks and swim in blue water. ✌🏽✈️🌏

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