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Stop the Black Dragon

By Tony Butt   |   Sep 22, 2017 September 22, 2017

About five minutes from where I live, there is a small village called Tapia de Casariego. The waves at Tapia are not world-class, but they can get very good on the right conditions. Tapia is also very significant in Spanish surfing history, being one of the birthplaces of surfing in… Read More

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Paving the Brooks Range

By Nadine Lehner   |   Sep 19, 2017 September 19, 2017

“We were so hungry, we licked the margarine wrappers.” In the summer of 1975, my father and his two brothers loaded into an old truck and headed for Alaska, a fabled land for a teenage troupe of New England climbers. A mentor had shown them a faded photograph of the… Read More

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The Migration of Songs

By Håkan Stenlund   |   Sep 14, 2017 September 14, 2017

If you walk your dog every day of the season for many years, you’ll soon start to recognize the changes. You’ll know when the songbirds are gone. And just how much you have missed them until they are back This morning—as so many other mornings that I’m following the same… Read More

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Lessons in Gratitude

By Luke Nelson   |   Sep 8, 2017 September 8, 2017

It started on a hot afternoon in May, deep in Bears Ears National Monument. Four of us had been going hard for a couple of days and the fatigue from difficult miles was stacking up. One of us was struggling. It might have been lack of training,… Read More

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Extended Play

By Patagonia   |   Sep 7, 2017 September 7, 2017

Lasting Function and a Commitment to Repair In a landscape of disposable ski and snowboard fashion, fixing and keeping your snow gear in play is the most radical act we know. On average, most of us keep a piece of clothing for just three years, yet the materials and processes… Read More

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Save the Blue Heart of Europe: Scientists for Vjosa

By Dr. Fritz Schiemer   |   Sep 6, 2017 September 6, 2017

The rivers in the Balkan region are in danger of being damaged by inappropriate river engineering. Of particular concern is the Vjosa in Albania, the last big wild river in Europe outside Russia. From a scientific point of view, the Vjosa is of high value since nowhere else in Europe… Read More

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The Dirtbag Diaries: Winnebago Warriors

By Fitz Cahall   |   Sep 5, 2017 September 5, 2017

“When we were living in a house, we were always compromising because we had the weight of a mortgage, of doing what we thought we should be doing,” remembers Kathy Holcombe. Until the day she, her husband Peter and their daughter Abby moved into a Winnebago to travel and work… Read More

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Spomin: The Memory Lessons

By Luka Krajnc   |   Aug 30, 2017 August 30, 2017

When I was ten years old, I was a hyperactive kid who had problems staying focused for a long period of time. One day I was sitting in class at primary school, listening to a subject that didn’t really interest me. Bored, I started playing with the scissors that I… Read More

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Searching for the Snow Leopard

By Joel Caldwell   |   Aug 29, 2017 August 29, 2017

March 11, Saidi Tagnob Conservancy, Zighar, Tajikistan Odina, a Tajik ranger from the Saidi Tagnob Conservancy, squats alongside the cliff edge. With large field glasses pressed to his face, he scans the opposite mountainside for familiar movement. He motions excitedly for the spotting scope. I squint hopelessly across the ravine… Read More

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