**new video link in profile** // art by my grandfather ~
Why live a life that’s perceived as mad? Decades ago, my grandparents helped me pay for college in hopes that higher education would lead to happiness and success. And I still remember the look of disbelief on their faces when after finishing college I gave away all of my belongings and wandered into Canyonlands Utah to pursue this inexplicable calling of climbing and art. “It’s what I have to do” I said to them with tears streaming down my face. The unknown potential of a life unscripted tore at my soul and I followed with madness and commitment. For the next 6 years I lived outdoors across the western US and Canada. I climbed until my hands bled, and took rest days to let them heal by painting the landscapes around me. I ascended untouched granite and sandstone rock faces, created art with mixed media, and lived within those otherworldly landscapes in a immersive way that has since shaped my career and who I am today as an athlete. Recently, my 93 year old grandfather took up painting. He does a lot of renditions of the photos I take on expeditions. I think there is a connection we now have through the shared feeling of madness and creative pursuits. Maybe it’s come full circle. #QuestionMadness @thenorthface
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