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The Mongolian Pathway to Healthy Rivers

By Ross Purnell   |   Jan 3, 2017 January 3, 2017

There is an old Mongolian legend about a hard, long winter that trapped a massive, living taimen in the ice. Starving villagers survived the winter only by eating chunks of flesh hacked from the taimen’s back. In the spring, the ice melted, and the great taimen climbed up out of… Read More

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Ramón Navarro: Above and Beyond

By Greg Long   |   Dec 30, 2016 December 30, 2016

Every so often you come across someone whose actions and demeanor leave you both inspired and in a state of wonder. Such was the case when I first encountered Ramón Navarro. I was 19 years old at the time, spending an extended winter stint on the fabled North… 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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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

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The Super Salmon

By Ryan Peterson   |   Dec 20, 2016 December 20, 2016

“We stopped a dam the other day in Alaska, on the Susitna River. We gave a grant of twenty-five thousand dollars to a filmmaker who was making a film called The Super Salmon. The film comes out, the guy shows it around, and the governor, just like that, he… Read More

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The Boundary Waters Works for Everyone

By Adam Fetcher   |   Dec 19, 2016 December 19, 2016

Last week, federal agencies responsible for stewardship of America’s public lands did the right thing: they took a hard look at science and public opinion and made a sober decision to protect Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters from a sulfide-ore copper mining project by denying the renewal of two mineral leases. Read More

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Doubling Down on the Broken Promise of Fish Hatcheries

By Kurt Beardslee   |   Dec 12, 2016 December 12, 2016

You have to hand it to them. It was a wildly creative and successful bait and switch—perhaps the biggest con ever played on the once wild west. The terms were simple. The public would okay the construction of fish-killing dams and other habitat destroying activities. In exchange, the government would… 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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Regenerative Organics: Drawing a Line in the Soil

By Rose Marcario   |   Dec 8, 2016 December 8, 2016

In recent years, we’ve seen a boom in production and sales of organic foods worldwide. The global organic food market is expected to grow by 16 percent between 2015 and 2020, a faster rate than conventionally-grown foods. This seems like good news—but in truth, organic farming makes up just a tiny… 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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