The Cleanest Line

Month: August 2012

[Above: The author shares why she votes the environment during Wilco's concert at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia. Photo: @LCVoters]

What’s at Stake for the Places We Love this Election

By Vanessa Kritzer   |   Aug 28, 2012 August 28, 2012

When you wake up on November 7th, what kind of future do you want to have ahead? A future in which your children – and the generations beyond them – will have the opportunities to play in the same forests, discover the same animals, climb the same mountains, and… Read More

Of Ideals and Actions

Of Ideals and Actions

By Kelly Cordes   |   Aug 24, 2012 August 24, 2012

Perhaps an overly dramatic title. After all, it’s just climbing, and it’s supposed to be fun. That’s the cliché, anyway. Though often a disingenuous one. Then again, part of what we love about climbing is the escape from the daily b.s. of today’s world, the immersion into a place where… Read More

Above: Cylindrical left. All photos: Patch Wilson

Wwoofing and Waves in New South Wales

By Patch Wilson   |   Aug 22, 2012 August 22, 2012

Spending a few months in Oz this year, I was looking for a way to not blow my budget. I didn’t want to spend every waking moment living out the back of my van, constantly scrimping and saving. I wanted to surf as much as possible on one of… Read More

[Skeena River meanders, British Columbia, 2009. All photos: Paul Colangelo]

The Sacred Headwaters

By Paul Colangelo   |   Aug 16, 2012 August 16, 2012

In a remote mountainous region of northern British Columbia lies the Sacred Headwaters, the shared birthplace of three of British Columbia’s most important salmon rivers, the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. It supports one of the largest predator-prey ecosystems in North America, and it is the… Read More

Latok I and II, showing the infamous North Ridge outlined by the sun-shade line dropping from Latok I’s west summit. The lines show possible routes of ascent. The lower 500 meters is blocked from view by a smaller peak in the foreground (outlined in black for clarity). From the final bivouac (marked by a small white triangle), we will traverse easy snow slopes along the South Face to the summit, before reversing our path of ascent.

Latok Northwest Face

By Josh Wharton   |   Aug 13, 2012 August 13, 2012

The incredible northern aspect of Latok I (~7200 meters) needs no introduction as one of the world’s greatest unclimbed mountain escarpments. Since the historic first attempt by an American team in 1978 (still holders of the current highpoint), the peak has seen more then 30 unsuccessful expeditions. Although it has… Read More

A Pacific Epiphany – An Excerpt from “Crossings”

A Pacific Epiphany – An Excerpt from “Crossings”

By Michael Kew   |   Aug 8, 2012 August 8, 2012

by Michael Kew From “Jewel of Palm and Rain,” Chapter 26 It was California's autumn equinox, with its earthy browns and yellows, its wind and its chill, on the cusp of solitude, that had sent me away. A shirtless late-afternoon bike ride across the farm, down the leafy corridor of… Read More

Notes from Squamish

Notes from Squamish

By Kelly Cordes   |   Aug 2, 2012 August 2, 2012

I am loath to admit it, but Colin Haley was right. He’s been singing the praises of the Pacific Northwest in summertime, proclaiming it better than my beloved ‘Rado. At last, I humbly concede (although they pay for it the rest of the year, with continual… Read More

Getting to Zero

Getting to Zero

By Annie Leonard   |   Aug 1, 2012 August 1, 2012

Recycling has come a long way, but has a long way to go. Sorting our paper, cans and bottles has become second nature for good green-leaning citizens, and many communities have expanded curbside recycling programs to include food and other compostables. But nationwide, Americans only recycle about a third of… Read More