The Cleanest Line The Cleanest Line

“In the Alaska Range there is nothing but an unending hugeness.” Read More
Gavin McClurg flies past Denali. Photo: Jody MacDonald
Photo: Fredrik Marmsater

The Worst Idea

By Luke Nelson   |   Sep 20, 2016 September 20, 2016

“You don’t have to be crazy,” Ty likes to say, “but it helps.” I’ve stopped counting how many times over the years these words have described our harebrained outings. Right then, I was trying to focus on surviving the current one. Anything that actually resembled running had stopped hours ago. Read More

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

The Magic of Yosemite National Park

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Sep 16, 2016 September 16, 2016

The national park system may not have saved my life but it definitely allowed me to truly discover and continually define it. Following an abysmal 13th grade at an entry level university and an equally lamentable year employed in one of the most dangerous professions, I bolted west to manifest… Read More

Photo: Florian Schulz

Yvon Chouinard: Save the Yellowstone Grizzly

By Patagonia   |   Sep 15, 2016 September 15, 2016

In the wake of the decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the grizzly, the three states around Yellowstone have announced their intentions to sponsor trophy hunting of the bear. Opponents say that the effects of climate change on food sources, in addition to their famously slow reproductive… Read More

Photo: Ron Gautreau


By Vincent Stanley   |   Sep 14, 2016 September 14, 2016

I’d like to introduce Patagonia’s friends and customers to the work of GreenWave, if you don’t already know it. GreenWave and its 3D ocean farming program have received much attention lately from the national press, including The New Yorker, CNN and… Read More

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Photo: Michael Hanson

Why Voting is Not a Waste of Time

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Sep 12, 2016 September 12, 2016

In the United States, only 60 percent of eligible citizens bothered to vote in the last presidential election. Of those, many voted only for president and left the rest of the ballot blank. #VoteOurPlanet Register to vote, sign up for election reminders, become involved at your local level and share… Read More

The Dirtbag Diaries

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: No Way Around It

By Fitz Cahall   |   Sep 9, 2016 September 9, 2016

Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic are the expedition kayakers. Over the past decade, the duo have made first descents of over 120 rivers in wildly remote locations across 36 countries and 6 continents. In 2016, Ben and Chris traveled to Myanmar to complete a source to… Read More

Book photo: Tim Davis

Let My People Go Surfing

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Sep 8, 2016 September 8, 2016

Ten years after its original publication, Penguin Books has released a completely revised and expanded edition of Yvon Chouinard’s classic memoir, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, with more than 40 percent new material and featuring a new foreword by Naomi Klein, author of… Read More

Photo: Nick Liotta

Epileptic Opportunity: Paddling Towards a Cure

By Jared Muscat   |   Sep 2, 2016 September 2, 2016

I have epilepsy. I don’t know if I was born with it. The better conclusion is I developed it from a series of concussions in high school. But truly, no doctor will say for certain. Such is the story of epilepsy. I was diagnosed on my way to my freshman… Read More

Photo: Donnie Hedden

Notes from the Road: Worn Wear Fall 2016 Tour

By Donnie Hedden   |   Sep 1, 2016 September 1, 2016

We’re a little more than halfway through the tour here in the United States and can’t decide what’s worse: the summer heat down in the South or the demolition y’all do on your garments! Truthfully, we’re not fazed by either. We love the challenging repairs being thrown at… Read More

Photo: Colin McCarthy

Great Lakes, Bad Lines

By Paul Hendricks   |   Aug 30, 2016 August 30, 2016

“Winds out of the southwest at 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30. Waves 3-5 feet building throughout the day.” We sat around the table in our cabin, a.k.a. Camp Flapjack, on the southern shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, listening to NOAA’s weather forecast for the next morning. Read More

Photo: Chris Gaggia

Lessons from a Simple Fly

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Aug 25, 2016 August 25, 2016

In the various outdoor pursuits and crafts that I’ve been involved in—from mountaineering and whitewater kayaking to spear fishing and tool making—the progression from novice to master has always been a journey from the complex to the simple. An illustrator becomes an artist when he can convey his message with… Read More