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When she listens to her inner voice,
curiosity leads her to new places
When she pushes herself higher,
courage unlocks hidden depths
When she gives more to those around her,
she gets stronger in return
When she sees for herself,
she gets a new perspective on life
When she takes any small step out of her
comfort zone, she discovers
a different self
SEE FOR YOURSELF
NEVER STOP EXPLORING
XING RULING, ZHAODANㅣFEARLESS
Xing Ruling, considered as one of the legends in the trail running community in China and has been a TNF trail running athlete for over 12 years. Zhao Dan, influenced by Xing, took her first TNF 100 race in 2019. Since then she has become a big fan and advocate of trail running.
“My health was not in a good condition when I was younger therefore I did not run. I didn’t accept this was my fate so I was determined to make a change through sports. And now I have been running for nearly 20 years ! No matter what kind of setbacks I encounter, I have to face them with courage and in the end I will succeed”, said Xing Ruling with confidence aged 57.
Zhao Dan, who worked as a volunteer in one of the most critical areas during Covid-19 pandemic, said: “I’ve been through a lot in the past months, which leads me to cherish every moment. Nowadays I take action to kick start the plans that I once made and have not yet executed. My goal is to be a better self with no fear and a stronger body through outdoor sports.”
Through their shared love of trail running both Xing Ruling and Zhao Dan would like to pass on the fearless spirit of exploration to the next generation.
Simone Liu, aka “Salmon”, a professional The North Face athlete. She admires the way salmon fish migrate from the ocean and make the arduous swim up stream. “This is just like climbing – from the bottom, all the way to the top and that’s how I picked my nickname”, she said.
Every time Simone explores rock climbing, she always experiences something unexpected. “Some of them were dangerous and scary at the time. Yet afterwards, I saw these challenges as valuable experiences. They showed me to never stop giving up”. She said
She realized besides the tough training, climbing provides a big release of stress. She explained, “To me climbing is a release of my inner mental power, it allows me to focus. With climbing you have to remove distractions and focus only what's only in front, nothing else.”
“My next goal is to climb longer and harder routes, to constantly challenge myself. I hope my story can inspire other female rock-climbing enthusiasts can be brave to take on new challenges. You will NOT be surprised when you accomplish them.” Simone said.
Cocomi was born under the spotlight and is now a fashion model, who is exploring her passion of photography and snowboarding.
As any 19-year-old girl, Cocomi is curious about everything. “I am open especially to everything right now when it comes to photography”; “I am still developing my photographic style and want to challenge myself by trying new things, then sharing about my experience”, said Cocomi.
Though she usually stays behind the camera, this time she took the challenge and stepped in front of the camera. “Its important to be open to discover new perspectives, to determine your own path”
Cocomi’s curiosity drives her to look into the unknown. “To me, there are tons of things that I have to learn and experience and I am determined to put the extra effort to find out”.
Next time we hope that we will see from behind the camera what Cocomi loves about the outdoor. “Photography is a beautiful way to capture nature".
平時都是在鏡頭背後的她，這次接受 The North Face的挑戰，嘗試走到鏡頭前，對於年輕的Cocomi 而言， 尋找新的的視角，找到屬於自己的道路，非常重要。
Han Zijun is a climber and the co-founder of the Unlimited Her Non-profit Organization.
She used to live a typical 9 to 5 office life. One day she felt a need to change her way of living, she took the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, with her friends. She found that "when the blizzards came, the winds did not blow on your face less fiercely just because you are a lady."
As one of the few female climbers who has climbed the south and north slope of Mount Everest at the same time, she felt "while standing at the top of Mount Everest, I witnessed the highest and most spectacular sunrise in the world. Two years of hard training was totally worth it."
However, Zijun Han believes that being disruptive is not just about achievement, but about breaking the mould. "It is not necessary to climb an 8000m high mountain to explore.
As long as you try something you have never done before with courage and walk out of your comfort zone, this is exploration."
Luo Yang is a renowned photographer. She has spent almost 10 years to complete her series of work called "Girls”. Her portraits depict an emerging Chinese youth culture that defies imposed expectations and stereotypes - GIRLS are resilient, independent and self-confident.
It was for this reason she was chosen as one of the photographers for The North Face women’s campaign. “Photography is a way of exploration, a bridge to understand the world, and an outlet for self-expression”, she said.
Luo Yang’s photography series which reflects her passion for life and her relentless attitude to explore a unique vision for women.
During this special time in the world she continues to stay resilient and hopes that she will explore more in the next 10 years - inspired by possibilities.
因為這個原因，The North Face 邀請羅洋參與本次女性市場活動的部分拍攝工作。“攝影對我來說是一種探索的方式，是一個橋樑去了解外界，也是表達自己的一個出口”， 羅洋告訴我們。