The Cleanest Line

Month: December 2011

Artley Goodhart taking the first lead in a snowy Eldorado Canyon. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Old Young Friends

By Kelly Cordes   |   Dec 29, 2011 December 29, 2011

Mid-morning it hit me for the millionth time: this is ridiculous. Only, at this point in my life I rarely think of it as ridiculous-stupid. More like, ridiculous-ok-fine-so-what, with a chuckle-twist on the side. It was my inaugural day of taking the tools for a walk, 2011, and my friend… Read More

Above: Because the temperature was fairly mild, we kinda forgot about the shorter daylight hours of winter. We got back to the base in the dark and had to hike out by iPhone light and the flash of the lighthouse beacon. Photo: JT

Sicily Climbing Vacation

By Brittany Griffith   |   Dec 23, 2011 December 23, 2011

“Why would you come to Sicily to climb when you live in Utah?” the svelte Swiss woman asked in a barely detectible, yet posh accent. I looked at her blankly for a few seconds, wondering if she was attempting “second-language humor” or if she was indeed serious. “Uh, we… Read More

Mike Colpo 1975-2011 – Raising our Glasses to Localcrew

Mike Colpo 1975-2011 – Raising our Glasses to Localcrew

Dec 22, 2011 December 22, 2011

Mike Colpo, associate editor of this blog and frequent contributor (as “localcrew”), died suddenly on December 7 while trail running on his lunch hour near the Patagonia Distribution Center in Reno. He was 36. [Above: Mike and Skeena share some love. East Humboldt Range, Nevada. Photo: Old… Read More

Putting Pen to Paper in Opposition of the Pebble Mine

Putting Pen to Paper in Opposition of the Pebble Mine

By Laura Linn Meadows   |   Dec 20, 2011 December 20, 2011

By Laura Linn Meadows These days, taking action on an environmental issue requires little more than a click or two of the mouse button. It’s an effective way to tell your elected officials how you feel without sacrificing time from your busy life. There are some issues, however, that strike… Read More

Above: Burton team rider Terje Haakonsen on the descent. Photo: Aimee Lyn Brown

The Fifth Annual Dirksen Derby Supporting Tyler Eklund

By Aimee Lyn Brown   |   Dec 19, 2011 December 19, 2011

Right about the time contest organizer and Patagonia snowboard ambassador Josh Dirksen yelled go, professional snowboarder Scotty Whitlake fell over laughing, legend Terje Haakosen cracked a smile and 28 shreds of all ages and genders grabbed splitboards and took off running uphill in shitty snow… Read More

Will Stanhope climbing The Prophet, El Capitan. Photo: Sonnie Trotter

The Prophet

By Sonnie Trotter   |   Dec 16, 2011 December 16, 2011

On El Capitan in 2010, British rock climbers Leo Houlding and Jason Pickles completed their nine-year project, The Prophet (600m, E9 7a, 5.13d R). The difficult and dangerous new route climbs the far right side of El Cap, and Houlding, renowned worldwide for his boldness and… Read More

Back to Patagonia – Part 3

Back to Patagonia – Part 3

By Crystal Thornburg-Homcy   |   Dec 15, 2011 December 15, 2011

I made my way through the Pumalín Park area in Patagonia. Fjord Quintupeu was my next destination along with fellow surfer Jamie Sterling, Sol Raiz Organics, and filmmaker Jack McCoy. We paddled our kayaks into… Read More

The River Speaks… and So Can You

The River Speaks… and So Can You

By Chris Kassar   |   Dec 9, 2011 December 9, 2011

By Chris Kassar Every time I kneel down next to a river – even if just for a moment – I swear I can hear it speak to me. I know this probably sounds crazy, but I also know I’m not the only one who hears wise murmurs rising… Read More

Pete Tapley on an early attempt at what would become Zack Attack, with Kelly Cordes belaying. Photo: Dan Gambino

Special Places: Hyalite Canyon

By Kelly Cordes   |   Dec 8, 2011 December 8, 2011

Some places seem special, and I can’t always articulate why. I think it’s the smell of the air, the look of the place, the memories it holds. In a sense, Hyalite Canyon, near Bozeman, Montana, one of countless canyons in the American West of similar scale, isn’t extraordinary. Until you… Read More

Patagonia Climbing Ambassador Pete Whittaker takes a breather to avoid going batty on his attempt to climb Century Crack. Canyonlands, Utah. Photo: Alex Ekins via WideBoyz blog.

WideBoyz on Century Crack: Talking Grades

By localcrew   |   Dec 7, 2011 December 7, 2011

Take a peek at the latest issue of Climbing magazine and you’ll find Patagonia climbing ambassador Pete Whittaker sporting the kind of face that only climbing offwidths can produce. The story that goes with this photo: “The World’s First 5.14 Offwidth.” Together with his partner Tom… Read More

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