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Month: February 2011

Operation Algeria – Part Five

Operation Algeria – Part Five

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 28, 2011 February 28, 2011

Day 14 and our last here in southern Algeria. As is our tradition on international climbing trips we got a hotel room for our last night in-country as a way to smooth the transition back to the “real world” and finally take a shower. It was Brittany’s birthday yesterday… Read More

Mining the Grand Canyon – Speak out to protect our common waters

Mining the Grand Canyon – Speak out to protect our common waters

By Jon Waterman   |   Feb 25, 2011 February 25, 2011

Patagonia's new Here’s how it works: From February 18- April 4, the Department of Interior is inviting comments on Secretary of the Interior Salazar's proposal to halt the opening or development of any new uranium mines in the area surrounding the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Four

Operation Algeria – Part Four

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

Day Nine here in Algeria and the adventure sweetness keeps rolling along. Today is a rest day and we spent it hiking off into some distant wadis to investigate some attractive-looking summits we saw from afar (which turned out to be choss). We followed old goat trails through the… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Three

Operation Algeria – Part Three

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

It’s the end of Day Six of our trip to Algeria and we are freezing. Seriously. All of our clothes on—including long underwear and down jackets! How is that possible? Aren’t we in the Sahara? Well, delete those pictures of sand dunes and palm-tree-fringed oasis from your mind—we are… Read More

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

By greenewsurfer   |   Feb 18, 2011 February 18, 2011

Building an environmentally conscious hiking boot that’s also a top performer is no easy task. Design and construction are complex; so is the supply chain. As Backpacker magazine put it: “Boots are the most complex gear in our kit, with numerous components – fabrics, leathers, soles, shanks,… Read More

It’s Always Worth It

It’s Always Worth It

By Fletcher Chouinard   |   Feb 16, 2011 February 16, 2011

Editor’s note: The Surfer’s Journal subscribers will recognize our ad from the new 20th anniversary issue (Volume 20, Number 1, February-March 2011). Today, Fletcher Chouinard shares a story about the… Read More

[Sunrise on the Blackfoot River. Photo: © Jeremiah Watt]

Phosphate Mining: Sealing Southern Idaho’s Fate?

By Jeremiah Watt   |   Feb 15, 2011 February 15, 2011

Flipping through travel planners and vacation ads, southeast Idaho sounds much like the glorious west of old. A wild untarnished space, home to elk, moose, deer, and many other species of wildlife, with hundreds of miles of rivers and creeks, all bursting with wild native trout. It is. Or… Read More

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