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Mālama Honua: Hōkūle‘a’s Voyage of Hope – Part 4, Right Direction

By Nainoa Thompson   |   Mar 28, 2017 March 28, 2017

Since Hōkūleʻa was launched in 1975, we’ve seen that this magical vessel has the power to connect, inspire and transform communities and people. Carried upon her decks, Pacific peoples have revived the art and science of celestial navigation, wayfinding and deep-ocean voyaging that lay dormant for 600 years. Read More

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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

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Fear is Real

By Fitz Cahall   |   Mar 10, 2017 March 10, 2017

Loosely speaking, there are two kinds of fear. There’s the fear of external, objective hazards–like getting caught in an avalanche, or taking a bad fall climbing or getting mauled by a grizzly bear. Then, there’s the internal, more slippery kind of fear, like the fear of not being pretty enough,… Read More

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Reaching Back, Driving Forward

By Brooke Ortel   |   Apr 20, 2017 April 20, 2017

At age 15, my brother, Wade Ortel, bought a rusty 1973 Volkswagen Bug, a purchase that marked the beginning of an extraordinary journey. His dream? To build an electric car, all on his own, using salvaged laptop batteries. Two years and countless hours of work later, the “e-Bug” is a… Read More

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We Have Work to Do

By Colin McCarthy   |   Dec 27, 2016 December 27, 2016

It’s cold. The snow hasn’t come yet but it’s really, really cold. I’m in my long johns, getting ready for bed, brushing my teeth (and shivering) in the front seat of the borrowed van we drove from California. Saxon and I are talking through the action we attended earlier today,… Read More

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Tracking Gobi Grizzlies

By Doug Chadwick   |   Dec 8, 2016 December 8, 2016

Today, we’re happy to share an excerpt from Douglas Chadwick’s new book, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond, published by Patagonia Books. The following story appears in chapter nine, Big Bawa. We set out later in the morning in two vans, one to… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: coMOMdo

By Fitz Cahall   |   Dec 6, 2016 December 6, 2016

“As a mom, you have no book that tells you the right way to take care of your kids through bad times,” says Bonnie Elozory, mother of four. For seven years, the Elozory family weathered a relentless streak of bad luck. With no instructions on how to pull her family… Read More

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