Michelle Parker

Pro skier πŸ•πŸŸ, host, Co-founder of @Safeasclinics. | Snow, passion, & addicted to right now. 🌎 |

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Long days in the high country linking classic peaks are some of my favorite times. The Cathedral Range is close to my ❀️! Loved this reflection looking back after a day well spent and a sun kissed face. Cured my terrible forehead and neck Denali tan lines πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ (not a good mid summer look). Β» #regular🍳scramblers

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After Alaska, the desire to run freely in the mountains was strong. Lighter packs, wide open granite landscapes, and less of a trail to follow, I rallied to Tuolumne with @julienlecorps to celebrate his birthday and change up the scenery in one of my favorite places on 🌏! Can't get enough of Summer right now. Β» πŸ“·: Julien // #instokewetrust

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Day 12, Post 2: Green, the color green was abundant. It looked so much brighter than I remembered after not seeing it for a couple of weeks. We landed in Talkeetna, I went full fan girl and got a photo with the Raven, stripped our wet ski clothes for the last time, and hopped in the shower to wash the glacial grease off. The team met at the pizza restaurant. We each ordered our own large pizza, a salad, and filled our stomachs with our first non dried food meal. It was satiating. We followed that meal up with dinner and decompressed. The trip was over. It was time to go home and say our good byes to the team, but not for long as once you spend time in the mountains with friends on an adventure like this the bond is forever. Miss you @codytownsend @johncollinson @ianmcintosh @shanetreat! » #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 12: The previous day, after a long ski down and six miles of roped up glacial travel, we had made it to base camp twenty minutes too late to catch the last plane out. The weather was deteriorating so we set up camp for the ultimate slumber party. One last night on the glacier, or would it be two, the outlook was grim. 🀞 Waking the next day to a foggy landing strip we slowly shuttled loads to the pick up and kept an eye on the weather. Eventually, it cleared, but only with enough time to fly our team off the glacier. I got extra excited when I heard that the Raven, Leighan Falley, would be picking us up. There's something about her. Her confidence with her plane, her soft spoken demeanor, the life that she has created for herself in Alaska...I had so many questions and was overly excited to sit shotgun and watch her in her element. She was sort of like our savior at the time, getting us to greener pastures, showers, and pizza. » @talkeetnaair // #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 11: Bags packed, we started the slog back to base camp. Initially, I didn't think it would be so grueling, but I quickly realized, in punchy snow conditions, skiing with a heavy sled and pack was far from easy πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ. At one point, my sled was tomahawking beside me at a fast pace connected to my pack. I tried to stop jerking my body to the ground and became tangled in a mess of paracord πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ. I thought to myself, that this would be a great way to blow your knee and a terrible way to end an awesome vacation πŸ™…. @shanetreat and @johncollinson came to the rescue πŸ‘¨β€πŸš’ and shifted weight to take the gear that was in my sled. While I am a huge fan of carrying my own weight (on this trip quite literally) I was incredibly thankful and my knees were happy too. @codytownsend, pictured here, is modeling the latest whipsnake 🐍 backpack dangle edition loaded up for the ride down. Again, the crew was filled with laughter and the smiles never stopped. Β» @thule // #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 10: The sun hits the tent and it suddenly becomes too warm to sleep any longer. I sit there trying to replay everything that happened yesterday. Eventually, those thoughts go down on paper in my journal. It has become a ritual that @codytownsend and I read each other our journal entries daily. With all the good weather, the snow has turned bad and the group decides that we'll start our journey down the mountain tomorrow. It's bittersweet. There are lines that will stick with me until I return. #denalisummervacation 🌴

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Big thanks to @natgeo for helping me tell my story. Full video link in bio! 😘

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Day 9, Post 4: Back at 14 camp after a memorable and very long run. Exhausted and still nauseous from the altitude, not able to stomach food or water, but definitely capable of severe laugh attacks. @codytownsend and @ianmcintosh we're both rocking the horizontal rhinoceros horn icicle we just summited Denali look with sunscreen caked on the face and I just couldn't hold it together πŸ˜‚. Β» #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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A brief interruption in the Denali Summer Vacation posts to present to you the trailer to Drop Everything with @mspfilms. Side note: I laughed so hard I peed my pants watching it in its entirety...jk, but seriously. Click the link in my profile to view the full version. Highlights of my season definitely include filming in my backyard here in Lake Tahoe! » #DropEverything // 🎬

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Day 9, Post 3: The Descent. Skis on, we dropped in elevation quickly. Immediately, I felt better. Exhausted, but the clarity of mind came back. @ianmcintosh, @johncollinson, @shanetreat, and I arrived at the top of the Orient Express, named for the number of Asian climbing teams who have fallen to their deaths. @codytownsend had the Messner on his mind and felt confident skiing it alone. He went right, we went left. Ian dropped in first. The sound of skis on chattering ice and breakable crust gave Shane a bad feeling. He backed out, an honorable thing to do in the mountains, and descended via the Rescue Gulley. I dropped in second. The vast line seems never ending from the top. The amount of exposure is hardly visible, but you can't fall. Each turn takes extra effort at this elevation. Surprised at how hard I was breathing, I stopped at Ian after the first pitch. Johnny arrived shortly after. We reminded each other to take it slow and easy. The conditions were far from perfect, but the aesthetics of this line made for a beautiful descent late in the night with perfect light and clouds below. In 1991, Jim Zellers and Tom Burt descended the Orient and hold the first snowboard descent. I have been searching to find the first descent, but to no avail. If you know, please comment. While the Messner was skied first in 1972 by the Swiss ski mountaineer Sylvain Saudan, I'd imagine that the Orient wasn't left unskied for long. Either way, when I found out about Zellers and Burt, I got really fired up. Zellers has been one of my favorite partners in the mountains over the past few years. Sometimes we sit and look at the guide books and I take notes on his favorite lines. He's a legend and the stoke and knowledge that he has passed on to me, made this line even more special, a way of honoring our partnership and his mentoring over the years. » My choice ski for Denali was the @blackcrows_skis Atris Birdie because I know this ski can handle any condition with no surprises. I didn't go for the lightweight set up, I'm a skier after all and the descent is what it's all about. // #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 9, Post 2: Whoa...this is for real. We did it. We stood on top of the highest peak in North America, clicked into our skis, and had one heck of a ride down. At 20,310' I felt like sh**. My head was spinning and I was sure I was going to throw up 🀒, but the second I clicked into my skis my natural instincts took over and it was game time. We nearly forgot to take a summit photo and personally, all I could think about was getting lower. Maybe our 9 day push was fast, but we were all keen, despite not being fully acclimatized. Just before the summit, @shanetreat handed me his sat phone and I called my dad. Emotions took over with the thin air and utter happiness of being in this special place, and while I tried to hold it together tears streamed down my face as I told my dad that we were near the summit. It was a phone call I will never forget and I was extremely happy to share a part of the journey with my best friend who has supported me in full for my entire life to chase after these dreams. Dad, thanks for always being there and while I wish you could have been physically there, your voice brought so much joy. » #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 9: It's summit day. We attempt to get an early start. Alarm is set for 7:30 AM. It's extremely cold and we are all moving slow. Breakfast was a wild gut bomb and we force it down knowing we have a long day ahead of us. We finally leave camp around 11 setting a slow pace that quickens when we hit the fixed lines and make a pass ahead of a team on the ropes. From 17,200 ft. on we have the mountain to ourselves. We slow up as the air gets thinner. @codytownsend, @ianmcintosh, and I form a tripod as @johncollinson and @shanetreat push on ahead. Our voices become raspy and words start to slur as we approach the last 500 feet of climbing. At this point, I feel nauseous, sick to my stomach. It hurts and every step gets increasingly slower. My mind still feels sharp and laser focused on getting to the top, but my body wants to get down as soon as possible. The boys are ahead and the summit is not in site. I keep moving remembering that @emilyaharrington told me that at altitude everything just really hurts, but you keep going. This shot was snapped just before we topped out when I realized that today was for sure the hardest physical and mental push I have ever had in the mountains. Β» πŸ“Έ: @shanetreat // View my story for video from summit day...I think you will laugh. // #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 8: Eat food, sleep, journal, rest...with a planned summit day tomorrow fueling up is essential. Tent hangs are the best hangs and I was stoked to get to join @ianmcintosh and @johncollinson on this trip as our paths in the mountains don't cross much working with different crews. I'd like to think we made a pretty awesome team out there when @tetongravity and @mspfilms link up. Β» πŸ“Έ: @codytownsend // #denalisummervacation 🌴

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Day 7: Acclimatization day made for an all time ski of a classic run back to 14 camp. The crew felt great, the snow was perfect, like Super-G turns down Rescue Gully perfect, and the sun was out. It felt amazing to stretch the legs and ski full on pow in June in Alaska. We got to see more of this giant mountain as we approached 17,200' and it left enough of an impression that I decided I would definitely come back. @johncollinson strikes an epic pose with Foraker, the second highest peak in the Alaska Range, in the background before dropping in. » 🌴#denalisummervacation

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Day 6: We've arrived and set up camp at 14K. After two days of carrying loads we're due for a rest day. It's sunny it's warm we're shirtless. The Orient and the Messner are staring us in the face - two classic lines off the top of Denali.
The weather and conditions are lining up perfectly, and the vibe is right. P» #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 5: After Taking one trip up to 14 camp, our load was lighter on this day, but it didn't actually feel much lighter. It felt like the hills were never ending and the sled resisted every motion upward pulling at your waist, not letting you rest. I decided, when we were about half way up to camp, that this was one of the harder days I had ever had in the mountains, but nevertheless the team had smiles the entire way. It's about who you surround yourself with and this day was a perfect example of fine individuals making the hardest days the best days. Cheers to @codytownsend @shanetreat @ianmcintosh & @johncollinson for your encouragement and stoke fueled my little legs to the πŸ”! Β» @arcteryx Bora Pack taking the weight with comfort. 🌴 #DenaliSummerVacation

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Day 4: We take a load of gear up to 14 camp and meet our friends @jimwmorrison and @hilareeoneill patiently awaiting our arrival. Seeing friends on a big mountain like this gives all of us energy and boosts our already high moral into another realm of stoke. We also get to ski from 14 camp to 11 camp in perfect summer powder. @johncollinson drops and @ianmcintosh @shanetreat and I follow. The feeling of going down hill on skis as opposed to up reminds me why I am here. I love this feeling and it propels me up this mountain. Β» @blackcrows_skis Atris Birdie ready to πŸš€! // #DenaliSummerVacation

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Day 3: The mountains start to show themselves and we get our first real glimpse of Denali. We pull heavy sleds to higher places and set up at 11 camp. I give my best @adrianballinger impression and put every jacket on in camp. They said the weather was bad on this mountain. Cody's theory that the higher we got on the mountain, the closer we are to the sun, the warmer the temps...was starting to carry through. Β» πŸ“Έ: @codytownsend // #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 2 set the precedent that we woke with the sun. Around 11 AM after a late arrival we looked outside and it appeared that we were caught inside a ping pong ball. The Denali Outdoor Urban Climbers Hikers & Extreme Skiers (Our team name, I'll let you put the acronym together πŸ€”) are definitely not alpinists. We let the clouds pass and took a down day. ⛺️
Pro tip for camping with boys πŸ‘‰ essential oils are a must. Thanks to @theoilsmith for helping to balance the stench in the tent! Β» #DenaliSummerVacation

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Day 1: A six mile walk on the Kahiltna Glacier takes us from base camp to 7,800 ft where we set up for night 1. At this point I was in a constant state of wonder of what was to come and at the same time started to get into my routine and feel at ease in the mountains. The excitement was slowly building inside. » #DenaliSummerVacation 🌴

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Day 1: I have no idea what I've just got myself into πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ. With no real intention other than having a good time πŸŽ‰, last minute, I jumped on this trip to go to Denali with @ianmcintosh @johncollinson @shanetreat & @codytownsend for a summer ski vacation 🌴. While I don't believe that ignorance is bliss, there was truth to that for me on this trip. Weighing my gear at 115 lbs πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ I wondered how the heck I was going to carry that from 7,000 ft up to 14,000 ft on my back and towing behind me on my sled πŸ€”. I guess I'll figure it out when the time comes, I thought to myself while hoping that all 115 lbs of my body weight would miraculously turn into muscle before setting foot on the glacier. I joked, "I'm like an altoid...little and stronger than you think." With fresh legs and endless stoke, day 1 didn't feel too bad. We found pleasure in the act of walking with a heavy load and certainly had our fair share of laughs. #DenaliSummerVacation was off to a great start. More to come...

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Coming down after an awesome high standing on top of the highest mountain in North America with the greatest team @ianmcintosh @johncollinson @codytownsend & @shanetreat! Also got to share base camp with @hilareeoneill and @jimwmorrison who fired us up with their double send of Denali. These mountains will forever hold a special place in my heart as will everyone else on the team. Thank you guys for the endless laughter and good times. Nothing but stoke! (Note: photo not from the summit) Β» πŸ“Έ: Shane // #denalisummervacation 🌴

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✌️ See ya later civilization! Into the mountains we go πŸ’Ž Β» #skivacation2017

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Ski vacation 2017 officially starts today. Cheers to walking long distances with your friends. See ya later summer...heard it's been a really cold season up high. Let's do this boys! Β» πŸ“Έ: @steepskiing // #alaska // #skivacation2017

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Wheels up. Denali bound! ✈️ » #alaska

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When it's hot β˜€οΈ it's hot and when it's cold ❄️ it's cold...stoked to be a part of #TeamHydro. πŸ’¦ Β» @hydroflask // #LiveRefreshed

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Denali isn't going to climb itself. Β» πŸŽ₯: @scottgaffski // #trainingiseverything πŸ’#DenaliNoFilter

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First shot of the year with @mspfilms. First day getting my feet in the air after what would be my fifth knee surgery. While it doesn't look like much, this shot will forever remind me of the feeling you get when reunited with your passion and while I like to follow my passion, I think it's much better to bring passion with you and spread that sh** like a wildfire. πŸ”₯Β» πŸ“Έ: @codytownsend // #laketahoe // @blackcrows_skis

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That run though. Never mind the ice and the catchers mitt (a bottomless mouth made of ice that would quickly stop your fall πŸ’) at the bottom...just imagine a place where snow magically sticks to everything and with every turn you become more and more absorbed in the present moment, in your movement, connected with your environment. It becomes a dance and you feel like you are doing exactly what you were born to do. πŸ’ƒ Β» πŸ“Έ: @jimwmorrison // @steepskiing // @christianpondella // #alaska

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Excited to be heading back to Alaska in five days. The packing process has begun and I'm mentally preparing by high doses of summer time activities. In the meantime, going through shots from our previous trip to AK has been lighting a fire inside. Β» #alaska

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