The Cleanest Line The Cleanest Line

“What you give back to the world and what you do to help others will far outweigh any other achievement.” Read More

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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: Jeremy Cherson

Tools for Dismantling Pipelines

By Jeremy Cherson   |   Aug 23, 2016 August 23, 2016

A few months ago, I attended the book launch of Patagonia’s Tools for Grassroots Activists at Patagonia SoHo in New York City. The book launch fired me up and primed me to dig into the tools of the book to find out how they could help… Read More

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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

Photo: Kyle Sparks

Why Should Employers Care About Families?

By Rose Marcario   |   Aug 17, 2016 August 17, 2016

The poet Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” But despite everything we know about the tangible and intangible benefits of taking care of our working families, collectively, we American business leaders provide paid family leave to just 11 percent of U.S. workers. Up to 35 percent of working… Read More

Photo: Fred Beckey Collection

Following Fred

By Colin Haley   |   Aug 15, 2016 August 15, 2016

I met Fred Beckey for the first time during a dinner party at the house of another Seattle-based alpinist Alex Bertulis. Since I was only two at the time, all I have are my mom’s impressions of Fred: “He wasn’t very social and left the room early to go look… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

By Fitz Cahall   |   Aug 12, 2016 August 12, 2016

“Over two weeks I went from pretty ‘fine’—I have to say ‘fine’ with air quotes and an eye roll, because it’s that kind of fine—so, I went from ‘fine’ to ‘I’m out!’ I just needed a life restart,” says Katie Crafts. For her thirtieth birthday, Katie gave herself… Read More

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Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

By Dave O’Leske   |   Aug 9, 2016 August 9, 2016

This all began when I decided to hand-write a letter that I figured would never be read. I definitely did not expect it to be answered. First, I had to find the address of a man I wasn’t even sure had one. I’ve always been intrigued by the pioneers of… Read More

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