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“National parks remind us that we are part of something larger than ourselves.” Read More

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From small to a large scale, we learn along the way. Otto Flores builds a cistern that can supply a large number of people in the community. Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Photo: Ethan Lovell

How a Storm Can Change Your Life: Maria

By Otto Flores   |   Nov 21, 2017 November 21, 2017

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks—a whirlwind of events, to say the least. Seems like the world got turned over in less than a month. Natural disasters are igniting on all sides of the globe. Could it be that the planet is trying to tell us something? Is humanity… Read More

Three generations of organic advocates: Anais Beddard, a 29 year-old farmer who runs Lady Moon Farms; Eliot Coleman, the 78-year-old pioneer who helped the USDA write its first report on organic farming 37 years ago; and 92-year-old Emily Dale who attributes her long life and health to eating organic food. Photo courtesy of Keep the Soil in Organic

The Night They Drove Organic Down

By Dave Chapman   |   Nov 20, 2017 November 20, 2017

Looking back on the USDA meeting in Jacksonville, I am left with anger, grief and a sense of urgency that we keep moving forward. The meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was an historical turning point for the National Organic Program (NOP). Read More

This distant view of the Hummingbird Ridge shows the immensity of the climb, starting at the rocky cliffs at lower right to the summit three and a half miles away and some 13,000 feet higher. Photo: Roy Johnson Jr.

First Ascent of the Hummingbird Ridge (1965)

By Allen Steck   |   Nov 16, 2017 November 16, 2017

In honor of the release of A Mountaineer’s Life by Allen Steck, Patagonia Books is pleased to share this excerpt from chapter eight.  Camp II was a desperate and fearful place. We spent seven days there in severe weather. We could not leave the tents… Read More

Threatened with development, the Tarkine is a vast wilderness in a remote part of North West Tasmania containing the largest tract of cool temperate rainforest, wild windswept beaches, extensive buttongrass plains and pristine wild rivers in Australia. Bob Brown and his Foundation has been campaigning for years to protect this unique landscape. Photo: Rob Blakers (copyright 2016 Patagonia Inc.)

Australian High Court Upholds Peaceful Protest

By Dr. Bob Brown   |   Nov 14, 2017 November 14, 2017

The High Court of Australia has drawn a line in the sand against laws which curb the right of the people to peaceful protest. Last week it struck down the Tasmanian Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 aimed at stopping people from protesting effectively against potentially harmful… Read More

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Over the Line

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Nov 13, 2017 November 13, 2017

“It’s like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning,” says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of a bizarre, crazy race called the Race to Alaska. The course traces 750 miles of Alaska’s Inside Passage through complicated currents and tides, busy shipping channels and bear-ridden coastlines from… Read More

Photo: Adam Colton

SUP the Danube

By Adam Colton   |   Nov 8, 2017 November 8, 2017

If you were to ask me what I did on the Danube River during my 21-day solo paddle from Ingolstadt, Germany to Belgrade, Serbia, my answer is simple. I fought crime, outran bad guys in speedboats with machine guns, almost died a few times from river monsters and 20-foot waves… Read More

Photo: John Gussman

Atlantic Salmon Net Pens Don’t Belong in Puget Sound

By Kurt Beardslee   |   Nov 2, 2017 November 2, 2017

Amidst all of the commotion, the subtle shift would have been easy to miss. Behind me in the waters off the coast of Washington’s Bainbridge Island, an armada of activists were blaring air horns and chanting, “Protect Our Sound!” This flotilla of commercial fishing vessels, recreational boats, kayaks, canoes, SUPs… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Tales of Terror Vol. 8

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Oct 31, 2017 October 31, 2017

For our eighth annual Tales of Terror episode, we have not three, but five stories that span the range of things to fear—from angry men with shotguns, to bears and mountain lions, to things that really don’t have any explanation in the world of science. First, we visit an abandoned… Read More

Artist: Emilie Lee

Painting the Prairie

By Emilie Lee   |   Oct 26, 2017 October 26, 2017

My artistic heroes have always been the turn-of-the-century landscape painters: Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, Thomas Moran, to name a few. They were rugged outdoorsmen, exploring places like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite on some of the very first European expeditions to those places. They trekked into the mountains with… Read More

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