The Cleanest Line

Month: May 2011

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Big Boy and the Pink Tape Route

Big Boy and the Pink Tape Route

By Kelly Cordes   |   May 12, 2011 May 12, 2011

by Kelly Cordes Over the years and all of these injuries, I’ve learned some things about success and failure. I’ve learned that there is one way, indisputable and proven through the ages, to ensure success. You lower your expectations. And so on my first day back climbing two… Read More

Bean There: Tracking the Impacts of Coffee Growing

Bean There: Tracking the Impacts of Coffee Growing

By Mark Shimahara   |   May 11, 2011 May 11, 2011

One of the unique perks of working for Patagonia is the chance to leave, to participate in an environmental internship on work time. I chose to go to Guatemala to see how coffee is grown before it is exported for roasting.  I divided my time with two organizations… Read More

Chilean Government Approves Dam Project Despite Public Opposition

Chilean Government Approves Dam Project Despite Public Opposition

By localcrew   |   May 9, 2011 May 9, 2011

The Patagonian region of southern Chile is considered one of the world's last, great wildernesses, dubbed an "eco-gem" for its rare fauna, ice-sculptured fjords and almost total absence of industrial development. Less destructive alternative energy sources are abundant, and the Chilean government may not fully appreciate the significant tourism… Read More

Five Stars for 5-Point Film Festival

Five Stars for 5-Point Film Festival

By Kelly Cordes   |   May 6, 2011 May 6, 2011

Confession: I don’t usually like film festivals. I like the idea, much like I enjoy seeing live music – at least when it’s good, because then it’s great. Sure, you can listen to a Rolling Stones album, but seeing them live leaves you speechless. Not a great comparison, since at… Read More

Makalu 2011

Makalu 2011

By Steve House   |   May 5, 2011 May 5, 2011

Editor’s note: Patagonia ambassadors Steve House and Marko Prezelj are back at Makalu. Longtime Cleanest Line readers will recall their previous attempt to climb Makalu’s West Face in 2008 with Vince Anderson, and Steve’s subsequent trip in 2009 when he made an… Read More

Unusual Suspects

Unusual Suspects

By Brittany Griffith   |   May 3, 2011 May 3, 2011

by Brittany Griffith My springtime objective (okay, to be perfectly honest, it has been a dream of mine for a long time) of free climbing Zion’s Moonlight Buttress was quickly unraveling. My partner, Nellie, had spent the previous night projectile vomiting in a rental van. Puke everywhere—in her shoes, on… Read More

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