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Future

By Luke Mehall   |   May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017

As I write these words, the future of this place we humans now call Indian Creek is up in the balance. In December of 2016, President Obama designated Bears Ears—in which Indian Creek is located—a national monument under the Antiquities Act. But lawmakers are pushing to rescind this designation in… Read More

Photo: Jonathan Griffith

Ueli, We Miss You.

By Steve House   |   May 4, 2017 May 4, 2017

Like the rest of the world’s climbing community, we at Patagonia are deeply saddened by the death of renowned Swiss climber and mountaineer Ueli Steck on April 30, 2017, in Nepal. Below, alpinist Steve House remembers his friend. “There are dreams that are worth a certain amount… Read More

Photo: Ken Etzel

It’ll Go

By Sonnie Trotter   |   Apr 21, 2017 April 21, 2017

“It can’t be a route if there aren’t any holds, Sonnie,” Alex called from the ground. I could see him down there, sitting back in his harness comfortably, looking up at me, grinning. I was roughly 60 feet in the air, on the opposite end of the 9mm rope he… Read More

Graphic: Walker Cahall

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Bears Ears

By Fitz Cahall   |   Apr 10, 2017 April 10, 2017

“If you really want to have an adventure that’s not going to be sexy—it’s gonna be dirty and it’s gonna be rowdy—there’s a place out here for you,” says Josh Ewing. “It’s the chance to do something where you’re not going to see another climber.” In the beginning, Josh came… Read More

Photo: Chuck Pratt

Remembering Royal Robbins 1935–2017

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Mar 20, 2017 March 20, 2017

Everyone in the Patagonia family is saddened to hear about the passing of Royal Robbins on March 14, 2017. Some in the company knew him personally, many of us did not. But we are, to this day, greatly inspired by his pioneering spirit and commitment to clean climbing. Read More

Photo: Chris Alstrin

Intangibles

By Josh Wharton   |   Feb 7, 2017 February 7, 2017

Wind pushed a wave of fine snow off the top of the wall, coating the already frosted rock in another slippery layer of spindrift. I put my head down to let it pass, looking at my fingers covered in blood and snow, and wedged into icy finger locks. Objectively, I… Read More

Photo: Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll

The Real Alps

By Stéphanie Bodet   |   Jan 30, 2017 January 30, 2017

I was lucky to grow up in the valley of the Haute-Durance, located in the Hautes-Alpes not far from Briançon and the border to Italy. Home was a wild and protected area where my parents introduced me to the joys of mountain trails, skiing on beautiful slopes through evergreens and… Read More

Graphic: Walker Cahall

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: To Infinity

By Fitz Cahall   |   Dec 23, 2016 December 23, 2016

Chad Kellogg. September 22, 1971 to February 14, 2014. Seattle climbing community legend. Dear friend to many. And the toughest guy around. “For Chad, not eating and shivering on ledges, that was like skiing powder for him. It was just that fun,” remembers Jens Holsten. Today, we take… Read More

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

Who’s Nick?

By Josh Wharton   |   Oct 28, 2016 October 28, 2016

I took a hex off the rack and pushed it far into the crack. The rime was thick, and the crack’s edges blurry. The hex mushed into the rime and stuck. I beat on it with my ice axe just to be sure, then gave it a swift tug. It… Read More

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Marlene on Trad

By Robbie Phillips   |   Oct 18, 2016 October 18, 2016

One of my earliest outdoor climbing experiences was at the crags around the quaint countryside village of Dunkeld. An escarpment of Schist can be seen escaping from the deep forest high on the hill just beyond the village. It was here that I would spend many a day for ten years. Read More

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