@chelseakauai - Chelsea Y.✨🌊 Hawaii + Travel

↟Learning. Adventure. Art. Seeking the extraordinary in every day. Explore often, consume mindfully. Currently ↬ Off the grid until 5-22✌🏼 ⛰🌥🐳🐴⛺️🏝🌿📷
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Probably the messiest, funniest most last minute more human than gear flatlay. (That somehow turned into us pretending to be sleeping?🤔) Wish I could tell you guys what we’re up to, but we’ll be off the grid until 5-22! See you all then and hopefully we are safe, learn a lot, and have a really cool story to tell. Honored to be here with this crazy group of discomfort seeking humans!
@yestheory @samkolder @andreeashem @sorelleamore @perrygrone @livetothemax @johnny_fpv
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Probably the messiest, funniest most last minute more human than gear flatlay. (That somehow turned into us pretending to be sleeping?🤔) Wish I could tell you guys what we’re up to, but we’ll be off the grid until 5-22! See you all then and hopefully

Somewhere On Earth
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@andrewling Squaddddd

@demibagby Yesssss

Spend more time with people who remind you to practice courage.
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#notestoselfseries photo @cobiandewey
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Spend more time with people who remind you to practice courage. - #notestoselfseries photo @cobiandewey

Hawaii
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@jacob You guys are fucking incredible. I love.

@alyssalynch favorite humans 💖

Views 11, Chelsea skills -1 still equals 10/10 fun🥰 Dream come true to wakeskate along the coast! Also first time getting stung by a Portuguese man o war - felt like someone smashed my hand with a hammer - but I would do it all again in a second.
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Thanks for a rad day @nfish__ and for snapping these of me @marcusbloss!
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Views 11, Chelsea skills -1 still equals 10/10 fun🥰 Dream come true to wakeskate along the coast! Also first time getting stung by a Portuguese man o war - felt like someone smashed my hand with a hammer - but I would do it all again in a second. - T

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@bestvacations Love the hat so much haha

@demibagby Sooo dope

Dream come true above our glass igloo anyone else see the face in the Northern Lights?! I didn’t notice it until I started editing and then I couldn’t un-see it.
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This past February I got to join @foursigmatic on an incredible trip in the through their home country of Finland learning about the Sami culture, harvesting chaga mushrooms, and enjoying the most beautiful light (both during the day and at night!). Giveaway is now closed and thank you to everyone who entered!! #foursigmatic #adaptogens #Finland #northernlights #arcticcircle #auroraborealis
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Dream come true above our glass igloo anyone else see the face in the Northern Lights?! I didn’t notice it until I started editing and then I couldn’t un-see it. Photo collab with @samkolder - This past February I got to join @foursigmatic on an incr

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@foursigmatic Whoo hoo! So rad 👏🍄

@andrewling This is amazing Chelsea

Thunderstorms in the desert! I just spent the most incredible week in Moab, UT with the @backcountry team and an awesomely diverse group of go getter humans. I love their core spirit that #FindyourBackcountry means empowering people to get out and connect with that place inside or outside of you that makes you better. It’s always cool to get to know the people behind a company that I’ve worked with for a while and see that their company culture aligns in all that they try to inspire people to do (their office has a rock climbing gym and yoga studio whaaat!)
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We spent the week climbing, mountain biking and yoga stretching our way through some gorgeous landscapes and learning more about their partnership with @nature_org. On my last day there we got stuck out in not one but two thunderstorms with the craziest clouds I’ve ever seen! I’ve always loved the rain (Kauai actually has one of the rainiest places on Earth!) but definitely didn’t expect to be using my rain jacket as much as I did in the desert! I’m wearing the Marmot Preclip Ecoshell made from recycled nylon waterproof, packs down into its own pocket and with my favorite feature - the underarm zipper :) You can get 15% off your first Backcountry order with code CHELSEA15.  #sponsored
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Thunderstorms in the desert! I just spent the most incredible week in Moab, UT with the @backcountry team and an awesomely diverse group of go getter humans. I love their core spirit that #findyourbackcountry means empowering people to get out and co

Moab, Utah
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@charles_post This is awesome!!!

@demibagby Love your smile !

Objects in real life may be farther than they first appear.🦒 My best giraffe impressions and some optical illusion fun on our fourth stop with 🇿🇦@meetsouthafrica at Augrabies Falls National Park on our tour celebrating 25 years of democracy in South Africa. This park is known for their massive waterfall but also has mountain biking, a three night backpacking trail, and allows game viewing from your own vehicle :)
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We were actually just driving to a view point when we came around a corner and saw a small herd curiously looking back at us from atop this nearby hill. I was able to stand just outside the vehicle while @samkolder snapped this with the telephoto lens (goes without saying but you should always use caution and courtesy, never approach animals unless under specific guidance from a certified wildlife expert.)
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My real takeaway from this stop though was an unlikely love for these gerbil beaver looking things called Dassies. They sit on the rocks in the sun and Sam says it’s me in animal form
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#Augrabies #meetsouthafrica
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Objects in real life may be farther than they first appear.🦒 My best giraffe impressions and some optical illusion fun on our fourth stop with 🇿🇦@meetsouthafrica at Augrabies Falls National Park on our tour celebrating 25 years of democracy in South

Augrabies Falls National Park
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@earthyandy Cool!!

@sorelleamore Hahahahaha 😂😂😂

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I started highlining exactly a year ago in a canyon not too far from this one. Since then there have been many, many moments when I have questioned whether or not I even want to continue.

Because every time right before I stand up I am absolutely terrified. My instincts scream not to move and my mind yells back “Hii it’s fine I’m safe!”. It’s a pit in the bottom of my stomach and quivering fingers and lots of deep breaths. I talk to myself and say “You are strong and this is beautiful and you can do hard things.” I don’t know why it just helps.

To stand again and again even in the face of uncertain outcomes asks for the highest form of trust and belief that difficult things are worth doing.

I realize walking on some rope is trivial compared to some challenges of this world, but I do really like who I am when I highline. I’m proud of the fact that part the time I’m in tears and still asking myself to stand one more time. I give everything I am to this process of being on the line and feel a universal compassion to anyone feeling daunted on their own “line” in life. I hope you sit next to your fear and still give it one more go, bruises be damned. I hope you choose to move forward even when that’s measured in the smallest of steps.

I’m not sure what my goal is for this whole thing. Right now it’s still one foot in front of the other and a little prayer for more grace and enough grit. I think my one takeaway has been that it’s really hard to predict when the next breakthrough will happen, it has to be enough to know that there is magic somewhere in this humbling process. Suddenly, even though the fear felt the same, I unexpectedly took my most steps yet. Nine to be exact, on one inch of webbing 900 feet in the air I was, as you can see, pretty stoked on the progress :)
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A huge thank you to @scottyrog for rigging, Tiff @wildsolretreats for all the advice and good tunes, @kylor for documenting and being on this journey with me from the very beginning and to @samkolder for absolutely nailing this drone shot and being the best partner, supporter and motivator in this very adventurous life. Welcome to the world of highlining️
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I started highlining exactly a year ago in a canyon not too far from this one. Since then there have been many, many moments when I have questioned whether or not I even want to continue. Because every time right before I stand up I am absolutely te

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@ayla_woodruff You are everything and so much more love ❤️

@slacklarsen Yes girl! I’m glad you got something up! Looking strong!

A few hours north of Capetown the landscape changes from towering mountain to miles of desert - home to some world class bouldering and even a highline festival (this past weekend)! @meetsouthafrica

Carved out in a little corner of the bigger Cederberg area sits the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve built literally into the landscape and run completely off solar energy. Such a beautiful spot, swipe to see a little handheld shot I took from the deck of the cave suites we stayed in :)
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Photo @samkolder  #InstaMeetSouthAfrica
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A few hours north of Capetown the landscape changes from towering mountain to miles of desert - home to some world class bouldering and even a highline festival (this past weekend)! @meetsouthafrica Carved out in a little corner of the bigger Cederb

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
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@theblondeabroad 😍😍😍

@reneeroaming What an incredible looking hotel 😍

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Even though the sun was being a bit shy, human powered adventures are always the most satisfying :) We woke up at 4:45am to hike along the 12km Robberg Trail on our first morning with @meetsouthafrica. South Africa’s eastern coast reminded me a bit of Oregon with densely forested gorges, waterfalls, super fun sandbars, and misty coastline hikes. Other than the seals and a few local fishermen we had the whole huge beach to ourselves!
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Just a reminder that #InstaMeetSouthAfrica is happening April 27th! Sign up with @southafrica 🇿🇦 #gardenroute
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Even though the sun was being a bit shy, human powered adventures are always the most satisfying :) We woke up at 4:45am to hike along the 12km Robberg Trail on our first morning with @meetsouthafrica. South Africa’s eastern coast reminded me a bit o

Robberg Nature Reserve - Plettenberg Bay
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@reneeroaming Looks like such a rugged and beautiful landscape 😍

@demibagby Soooo awesome

6 hours and 91 dunes later we arrived for the night at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a stark and wildly beautiful preserve in the Kalahari desert. It’s white salt pans against red sand, tiny Pygmy falcons the size of my hand, and herds of oryxes with their long spearlike horns.

It’s out there, really really out there - like being in an ocean of land around you. With land contributed from South Africa , Namibia, and Botswana it’s one of the largest wilderness areas in the world (3.6 million hectares).
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We stayed in simple thatched chalets at @xauslodge, a community owned accommodation benefiting the Khomani San and Mier communities and had the privilege of listening to the bushmen tell some of their legends to us while we sat under the full moon.

Definitely barely scratched the surface and would love to see their famous black-maned lions, but we did get one unforgettably vivid sunset. @meetsouthafrica #InstaMeetSouthAfrica
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6 hours and 91 dunes later we arrived for the night at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a stark and wildly beautiful preserve in the Kalahari desert. It’s white salt pans against red sand, tiny Pygmy falcons the size of my hand, and herds of oryxes with

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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@timothysykes ❤️🔥❤️

@nickonken Gorgeousness!

#sponsored // Talk about unexpected - over lunch our friend told us about a short hike just outside the city. A few hours later we were watching the sun set here with the craziest view! I’m very honored to be continuing my partnership with @CanonUSA, but I’ll be switching things up for the next few months to test out their mirrorless #EOSM50 camera! I thought what better place to start than the incredibly visual India️
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So for all of you that were messaging me asking about the photo series in my India stories - this is what it was shot on! This little camera packs so much into a small body. I LOVE using it. It’s one of the smallest cameras I’ve ever used (check out my stories!) and it comes at a really reasonable price point. For travel, especially a trip like this where I was doing carry-on only, having an ultra portable set up is so liberating!
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I particularly loved using the 18-150mm lens while walking around the streets and having the ability to capture such a multitude of focal lengths. Feel free to ask any questions but I’m stoked and can’t wait to bring it on my next trip. #shootforgreatness #India
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#sponsored // Talk about unexpected - over lunch our friend told us about a short hike just outside the city. A few hours later we were watching the sun set here with the craziest view! I’m very honored to be continuing my partnership with @canonusa ,

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@jannikobenhoff Nice series!

@reneeroaming So impressive! Love all your India captures 😍

The road less traveled.🇿🇦 In celebration of 25 years of democracy @meetsouthafrica sent five of us teams around the country to document some of their most loved locations. It’s been on a whirlwind week doing everything from paddling up a canyon in Storms River to driving 11 hours across the northern cape to get to the very remote Kgalagdi desert. This one was taken in the Cederberg amongst these rock formations that seemed like giant dinosaurs coming out of the red earth. More to come soon.
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For those of you in country, @meetsouthafrica is hosting #InstaMeetSouthAfrica on APRIL 27th (Freedom Day) in Arniston, Western Cape. Check out @southafrica page for more details and to register!
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Photo by @janikalheit who will be one of many photographers at the instameet :) #Southafrica #Cederberg
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The road less traveled.🇿🇦 In celebration of 25 years of democracy @meetsouthafrica sent five of us teams around the country to document some of their most loved locations. It’s been on a whirlwind week doing everything from paddling up a canyon in St

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@zachallia 😍

@slacklarsen This is beautiful, Chels!