The Cleanest Line The Cleanest Line

“We are in survival mode. We’ve got to get to where our forests are not a threat to us anymore.” Read More

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Yosemite Valley moments before rangers were forced to evacuate the park due to the Ferguson fire. Photo: Eric Bissell
Will it go? Ian Cooper (left) and Robbie Phillips scope the terrain above. When every pitch on a route requires something different than all the others, planning and creativity are crucial. Photo: Drew Smith

A Very Real Possibility

By Robbie Phillips   |   Jan 15, 2019 January 15, 2019

On establishing a route in Cochamó Valley that might be too hard—but might not. It often blows me away, the apparent randomness that sets the paths leading us through life. Just over a year ago, a friend of mine met Crispin Waddie while working on an oil rig in the… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Endangered Spaces

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 12, 2019 January 12, 2019

Drew Hamilton makes a living by taking tourists out into the remote Alaskan wilderness to hang out with brown bears. No fences, no guns—just Drew, and the eight hundred pound, six and a half foot tall, Ursus arctos horribilis of southern Alaska. Most people call them grizzlies. These days, he does it,… Read More

Blaze navigates a stretch of high-altitude terrain with dad. Photo: Steven Gnam

Home Run

By Meaghen Brown   |   Jan 8, 2019 January 8, 2019

Some families share religion, camping, lavish vacations, opera. Other families go running. On an unnaturally warm February morning, one of many in a winter that never made up its mind south of the 40th latitude, the Braford family went for a run. Through town on Shrine Road, up toward the… Read More

Lean and mean. Using only tiny granite edges and small blobs of ice, Chris Mutzel finds the first pitch of Exocet on Aguja Standhardt to be run out, rime-covered and extra-heady. Argentine Patagonia. Photo: Austin Siadak

Inclement Gifts

By Rolando Garibotti   |   Dec 14, 2018 December 14, 2018

Weather has a way of complicating—and enriching—everything. By the time I top out, it’s snowing and it’s dark. I walk back as far as the rope will let me, and in the flattest spot I can find, I dig a hole and sit, bracing myself. I yell, “Rope-fixed!” repeatedly, but… Read More

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The approach to advanced base camp was threatened by large seracs 
 above. We started very early, hoping 
 to beat the sun and falling ice. Chantel and I moved as fast as we could through this crevassed area to get to a point of relative safety. Photo: Jason Thompson

What Was Left

By Anne Gilbert Chase   |   Dec 10, 2018 December 10, 2018

After a failed first attempt, three friends return to India’s Mount Nilkantha to confront—and embrace—the terrible, beautiful duality of a life in the mountains. It was our third day on the southwest face of Mount Nilkantha, what we’d thought would be our summit day, and it was my lead block. Read More

The best ones aren't huggable--or so says Deb MacKillop. “As a forester, it’s handy to know the length of your limbs,” she says. “They make great measuring tools.” Leah Evans gives some love and follows Deb's example while skiing among the red cedars of interior BC. Photo: Garrett Grove

Treeline: A Story Written in Rings

By Laura Yale   |   Nov 29, 2018 November 29, 2018

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Read More

Photo: Drew Smith

Our Urgent Gift to the Planet

By Rose Marcario, CEO   |   Nov 28, 2018 November 28, 2018

Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet. Our home planet needs it more than we do. Our home planet is… Read More

Thirty-five-year-old mother of three Adriana Robles has been working at Vertical Knits, a Fair Trade Certified™ garment factory in Baca, Yucatan, Mexico, since 2012. Photo: James Rodriguez

Giving Workers More of a Voice

By Rachel G. Horn   |   Nov 23, 2018 November 23, 2018

Behind everything we make is the hard work of a human being—from growing raw materials and weaving fabric to cutting and sewing the finished product. Yet those who work in garment factories—and, globally, more than 60 million people do—have historically been subject to substandard working conditions and unable to report… Read More

Protecting the Grand Canyon requires protecting everything around it. A Patagonia Action Works email rider helped GCT mobilize people across the country to defend the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. Courtesy: Grand Canyon Trust/Blake McCord

There’s More Than One Way to Give

By Jeff McElroy   |   Nov 21, 2018 November 21, 2018

For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots efforts aimed at defending our air, water, soil and wild places. But in this time of unprecedented threats, it’s often hard to know where to start. We launched Patagonia Action Works in 2017 to connect individuals directly with our… Read More

Photo: Alex Lowther

A Historic Win in Utah Is Good News for Bears Ears

By Krista Langlois   |   Nov 19, 2018 November 19, 2018

One spring day earlier this year, Willie Grayeyes, a Diné (Navajo) elder with a serious mustache and white hair tied in a traditional bun, stopped to pick up his mail at the post office. Among the usual assortment of bills and catalogs, he found an envelope from the local government… Read More

Alex Yoder surfing a snowy swell. Hokkaido, Japan. Photo: Garrett Grove

Re-Psychled

By Patagonia   |   Nov 19, 2018 November 19, 2018

Before we could challenge the snow industry to move to recycled materials, we had to change our thinking, too. There are a number of ways to reduce a garment’s impact, but none more significant than making it out of recycled fabric. Doing so keeps material out of landfills and cuts… Read More

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