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Seasonally

Confused: An Interview with Adventure Skier

LEVEN Adam Clark/O’Neill

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Perhaps the hashtag for ski mountaineer Brody Leven’s current series of Instagram miniblogs—#SeasonallyConfused—best describes the young 26-year-old from Chesterland, Ohio. He skis with seeming disregard for the calendar, preferring late spring and summer on snow. He climbs everything before he skis it, eschewing chairlifts and helicopters in favor of multi-hour/day/week climbs for mere minutes of downhill bliss. As a park skier-turned-mountaineer, his relatively young career has already taken him around the world, skiing in unusual locations that most people don’t even know have snow. Brody leverages his strong social media following to “try to inspire people to do whatever is necessary to be happy—whether that’s climbing a mountain, walking a dog or programming a computer.�

What four words best describe you?

Tell us all about your summer 2013 travels.

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You have moved away from freestyle skiing into more adventure skiing, striving to go where no one, or at least not too many, have been before. What interests you about this?

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This is a job.

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How many countries have you explored?

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You seem to have the whole social media thing dialed in, with more than 26,000 followers on Instagram. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the trick to it?

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years? ,+0&!"/&+$1%"-2/ %0",#"!:

Besides all of the adventure sports you do, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also a writer. How does writing currently fit into your lifestyle? Most of my mountain pursuits are done ),+",/4&1%,+)6,+",1%"/-"/0,+:+! given the nature of these days in the moun1&+08 1%&+(1%"6`/"0,*"1%&+$1%1-",-)" )&("1,/"!,21N)&01"+1,N41 %821+,1 +" "00/&)6!,:%&0*("001,/61"))&+$ &*-,/1+1:+! %3"#,2+!0%,/18)&$%1hearted online writing to be a relatively impactful way for me to tell stories from 1%"*,2+1&+0:

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Sustainability is a hot topic with any Hydrolife readers. Tell us about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done to promote sustainable modes of transportation.

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On your website, you state that you pedaled 3,000 miles across most of the United States on your bicycle. Can you tell us more about this trip?

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