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Alpine Climbing

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  • View Steve's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Steve House

    Steve House

    Reinhold Messner called Steve House “the best high-altitude climber in the world today.” But for Steve, climbing is about process, not achievement. He says, “The moment your mind wanders from the climbing at hand will be the moment you fall.” Steve has earned Messner’s praise by leading the charge to climb bigger routes, from the Himalaya's to the Canadian Rockies, faster and with less equipment than anyone before.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Steve House
  • View Colin's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Colin Haley

    Colin Haley

    Colin was born in Seattle in 1984 and still calls it home today. He grew up hiking, skiing and climbing in the rugged Cascade Mountains where he developed a love of mountain adventure and an indifference to foul weather. His climbing is focused on the mountains of Alaska and Patagonia, where he’s drawn to the steepest alpine faces.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Colin Haley
  • View Jon's Profile Jon Bracey

    Jon Bracey

    Jon grew up on a sheep and cattle farm – perfect training for alpine climbing with all the cold, early morning starts. Living at the foot of Mont Blanc with his family he’s passionate about exploring the mountains of the Alps, as well as the corners of the globe. When he’s not climbing, running, or training for ski alpinism races, Jon tends to his vegetable garden.

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    Jon Bracey
  • View Hayden's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Hayden Kennedy

    Hayden Kennedy

    Hayden climbed his first multi-pitch climb, the Kor-Ingalls route on Castleton Tower, when he was 13. He was petrified the entire day. Rather than deter him, the experience solidified his climbing obsession. Today Hayden works toward the goal of mastery in all aspects of climbing. He finds inspiration from the struggle of a hard redpoint or the mental challenge of a dicey alpine lead.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Hayden Kennedy
  • View Josh's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Josh Wharton

    Josh Wharton

    Although Josh loves all aspects of the sport, his primary passion is alpine climbing. He’s particularly proud of the climbs that require special effort from himself and his partners – be it a willingness to take big risks, train hard, or make some major sacrifice in life. He hopes to continue chasing climbing dreams that inspire him, from 10-foot boulders to 10,000-foot alpine routes.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Josh Wharton
  • View Kelly's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Kelly Cordes

    Kelly Cordes

    Adhering to a life-long avoidance of full-time work, Kelly specializes in margaritas, maximizing outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes. This minimalism influences his climbing, which includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge in “disaster style.” Professionally, a stint at Pizza Hut (flexible hours, free leftovers) led to years of shack dwelling, which, somehow, led to a living climbing and writing.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Kelly Cordes
  • View Matt's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Matt Helliker

    Matt Helliker

    Living in Chamonix, Matt has instant access to his favorite climbing area – the European Alps. He enjoys the variety of routes within easy travelling distance, and the good coffee shops in the valley. He’s drawn to alpinism because it takes him to unique places physically, mentally and geographically. Matt has climbed around the globe, completing numerous, cutting-edge first ascents.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Matt Helliker
  • View Zoe's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Zoe Hart

    Zoe Hart

    Zoe is the fourth American woman to earn her International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations status, the highest level of credential available to professional mountain guides. When she’s not guiding or climbing in her backyard, Chamonix, France, Zoe’s on international expeditions or climbing trips throughout North America. Although Zoe considers herself a climbing “jack-of-all-trades,” alpine climbing is her passion.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Zoe Hart
  • View Katsutaka's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Katsutaka “Jumbo” Yokoyama

    Katsutaka “Jumbo” Yokoyama

    Even after twenty years of climbing, Katsutaka still heads into the mountains with both excitement and anxiety. It’s the indescribable grandeur of nature that draws him to alpine routes. The bigger and harsher the mountain, the more insignificant he feels in such an environment. It reminds him of the emotions he felt on his first climb – a mixture of terror and euphoria!

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Katsutaka “Jumbo” Yokoyama
  • View Marko's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Marko Prezelj

    Marko Prezelj

    Within a month, Marko completed his chemical engineering study at the Ljubljana University, married his wife Katja and became a father. That whirlwind of events only confirmed what Marko had learned over the years as an alpine climber – his limits were all in his head. Marko feels drawn to mountains because the outcome of every day is a mystery.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Marko Prezelj
  • View Kitty's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Kitty Calhoun

    Kitty Calhoun

    Kitty first roped up in South Carolina at 18. She started ice climbing a year later, which led to winter ascents in the Rockies where her passion for alpine climbing began. While guiding for the American Alpine Institute, she climbed dozens of peaks in Peru, Bolivia, Alaska, Argentina, and Nepal. In recognition of her accomplishments, she received the American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Kitty Calhoun
  • View Vince's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Vince Anderson

    Vince Anderson

    Dedicated to the “whole-hearted” pursuit of alpinism, Vince Anderson splits his time between mountain guiding, rocking out to heavy metal and “mind-expanding” climbing experiences. Vince has climbed the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat and made the first ascent of routes on K7 West in Pakistan and the North Face of Mount Alberta. He dreams of climbing the West Face of K2 in alpine style.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Vince Anderson
  • View Barry's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Barry Blanchard

    Barry Blanchard

    One of Patagonia’s first ambassadors and member of the R&D team, Canmore-based Barry Blanchard is aptly described as the “Bonatti of the Rockies.” Barry travels the globe in search of adventure on high alpine faces. His exploits include the first ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor Face of Mt. Robson, the first ascent of the North Pillar of North Twin, a first ascent on the north face of Les Droites.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Barry Blanchard
  • View Dylan's Profile Patagonia Alpine Ambassador Dylan Johnson

    Dylan Johnson

    Dylan believes his life is defined by a balancing act between the world of big mountains, running an architecture practice and maintaining a family life. Big, remote alpine faces keep him motivated and through his climbing he’s learned that pushing himself in the mountains translates to dealing with stressful situations in everyday life. He chooses to climb because climbing simply makes life better.

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    Patagonia Alpine Ambassador Dylan Johnson
  • View Maxime's Profile Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Maxime Turgeon

    Maxime Turgeon

    Canadian Maxime Turgeon grew up in the suburbs of Montreal. He discovered climbing in the gym first, and within a season had progressed from traditional rock routes to ice climbing. A taste of alpine climbing on the Wapta Traverse was enough to hook Maxime and a few seasons later he was climbing what he calls the best route of his life, Spice Factory on Mount Bradley.

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    Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Maxime Turgeon
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Fly Fishing

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  • View Topher's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Topher Browne

    Topher Browne

    At 15, Topher traded his coonskin cap and the life of a suburban frontiersman for an all-out obsession with fly fishing. For the last 20 years, he has focused his energies on the Atlantic salmon. When he’s not fishing for them, he writes at length about his favorite fish. Many anglers consider his recent book, Atlantic Salmon Magic, a modern classic.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Topher Browne
  • View Paul's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Paul Bruun

    Paul Bruun

    Since preparing his first ever resume to become Patagonia's original fly fishing consultant, Paul has worked to introduce and expand the all-weather clothing comfort concept for anglers. Through guiding and embracing torturous weather, his last 40 plus years have included thousands of hours outdoors and on the water, in temperatures ranging from -12 to 120F. His loves seeing a product with normal guy ("XXL") sizing sneak into the Patagonia line.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Paul Bruun
  • View Bryan's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Bryan Carter

    Bryan Carter

    Having worn out two skiffs (and countless outboards) over thousands of hours on the Louisiana flats, Bryan recently came to the conclusion that he might not ever actually “grow up.” As a fulltime Mississippi Delta guide, the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill left him more committed than ever to protecting the fragile paradise he calls home.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Bryan Carter
  • View Jeff's Profile Fly Fishing Ambassador Jeff Liskay

    Jeff Liskay

    Preaching the gospel of Great Lakes steelhead through guiding, seminars, television and publishing, Jeff has been introducing anglers to Lake Erie’s “Steelhead Alley” for decades. When he’s not swinging his two-handed Spey rod in search of chrome and fighting the infamous Great Lakes weather, he works to improve stream access for anglers throughout the region.

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    Fly Fishing Ambassador Jeff Liskay
  • View Craig and Jackie's Profile Fly Fishing Ambassadors Craig and Jackie Mathews

    Craig and Jackie Mathews

    To say Craig and Jackie have dedicated their lives to protecting wild trout is an understatement. As owners of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, they serve on the boards of directors for numerous environmental organizations and have been awarded nearly every important citation in fish and habitat conservation. In 2001, Craig co-founded 1% for the Planet with Yvon Chouinard.

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    Fly Fishing Ambassadors Craig and Jackie Mathews
  • View Dylan's Profile Fly Fishing Ambassador Dylan Tomine

    Dylan Tomine

    After five summers of guiding in Bristol Bay, Dylan returned home to the Pacific Northwest and a year-round pursuit of steelhead, which has taken him from Argentina to southeast Alaska. But after watching wild steelhead decline throughout their range and with two small children to consider, he’s currently working to direct more of his obsession toward writing and speaking about fish conservation.

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    Fly Fishing Ambassador Dylan Tomine
  • View April's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador April Vokey

    April Vokey

    Though she wasn’t born into a fishing family, April somehow entered this world genetically programmed to fish. She’s been on the water ever since. Today, when she’s not guiding the fabled rivers of British Columbia, teaching fly tying and casting, writing about fishing and appearing in fishing films, April fights to protect wild fish. On her days off, she goes fishing.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador April Vokey
  • View Mikey's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Mikey Wier

    Mikey Wier

    Mikey lives a double life, which probably explains how he has twice as much fun as everyone else. Sneaking away from his career as pro snowboarder, Mikey spent summers chasing trout, eventually becoming a fulltime fly fishing guide. And while he still rides and guides, as the founder of Burl Productions, he’s fully immersed in the creation of soulful fish films.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Mikey Wier
  • View Dave's Profile Fly Fishing Ambassador Dave McCoy

    Dave McCoy

    Growing up in Oregon, Dave’s introduction to fly fishing began at an early age. His parents taught him the finer points and he soon sought out the area’s fabled steelhead waters. Since then, he’s traveled extensively, from India to the South Pacific. He’s the founder of Emerald Water Anglers, a fly fishing guide service and a stalwart advocate for regional and national fish conservation efforts.

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    Fly Fishing Ambassador Dave McCoy
  • View Cecilia's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf

    Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf

    Considered Alaska’s leading female fly fishing instructor, fly tier and fishing guide, “Pudge” provides exceptional on-the-water fly fishing instruction and guided trips for women and couples throughout Alaska. A retired professor and lawyer, she’s the contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine, an author of four books, and makes appearances in PBS’s Alaska Magazine Television series. Pudge has worked to help found Alaska’s Casting for Recovery program.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
  • View Millie's Profile Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Mili Pani

    Millie Paini

    Millie grew up mountain biking and rock climbing but didn’t discover fly fishing until in her mid-twenties, “when she needed to slow things down.” A highly sought after casting instructor, Millie has worked with TroutHunter on the Henry’s Fork for 15 years and appeared in fly fishing films and print publications. She lives on the freshwater near Last Chance, Idaho but feels equally at home fishing saltwater.

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    Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador Mili Pani
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Rock Climbing

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  • View Tommy's Profile Tommy Caldwell

    Tommy Caldwell

    Tommy blames the suffering in his life on his father. His dad taught him to embrace fear and doubt and turn them into inspiration. Given this attitude, Tommy has established some of the hardest sport routes in the country and free climbed 11 routes on El Cap. He believes the long, difficult journeys with little chance for success teach him the most.

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    Tommy Caldwell
  • View Sonnie's Profile Sonnie Trotter

    Sonnie Trotter

    Sonnie Trotter was 18 when he first traveled to Rifle, Colorado. That trip opened his eyes and he immediately dedicated himself to climbing. His lists of accomplishments encompass all styles of climbing, from deep water soloing to big walls. Highlights include a free ascent of The Prophet on El Capitan and first ascents of Cobra Crack in Squamish and The Shining on Mount Louis.

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    Sonnie Trotter
  • View Nicolas's Profile Nicolas Favresse

    Nicolas Favresse

    Growing up in Brussels, Nicolas bonded to the outdoors through windsurfing, mountain biking and skiing. He started climbing at 15 and immediately found his passion. As an 18-year old exchange student in the United States, he visited Yosemite and discovered a new calling for big walls. Since then he’s climbed big walls in Patagonia, Pakistan, Greenland, Venezuela and Canada.

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    Nicolas Favresse
  • View Lynn's Profile Lynn Hill

    Lynn Hill

    Lynn is a living legend. She started climbing at 14 and excelled immediately and by her late teens she was the first woman to climb 5.12d. In 1993 she changed the definition of what’s possible in rock climbing with her first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan, one of the most important climbing achievements ever. Lynn balances her time between climbing, running, skiing and raising her son.

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    Lynn Hill
  • View Majka's Profile Majka Burhardt

    Majka Burhardt

    From African rock climbs to mixed routes in New England, Majka finds passion in the moment adventures morph into greater understanding. She’s the author of two books, a filmmaker and a poodle owner. Her first lead fall was onto the smallest Tri-Cam and she’s often more comfortable above a micro-nut than a bolt. She recently moved to North Conway, New Hampshire for love and ice climbing.

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    Majka Burhardt
  • View Kate's Profile Kate Rutherford

    Kate Rutherford

    Kate attributes her love of climbing to the trapeze in their rural Alaskan cabin. Without electricity or running water, she had lots of time to climb and dangle. She officially learned to climb while attending Colorado College, but a visit to Yosemite changed everything. Today, free climbing long crack systems is her passion, which she augments with making jewelry and stints as a fly-fishing guide.

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    Kate Rutherford
  • View Brittany's Profile Brittany Griffith

    Brittany Griffith

    Facts: As a former McDonald’s employee, Brittany served an estimated 12,308 Happy Meals. She has more than 15 years climbing experience. She’s led 5.13 sport and traditional routes and vows someday to lead the gym’s 5.11c purple route! She obsesses over her garden and vacuuming and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She’s climbed in Oman, Morocco, and Russia.

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    Brittany Griffith
  • View Pete's Profile Pete Whittaker

    Pete Whittaker

    At age six, Pete started following his mom on climbs in the Peaks and Lakes Districts, Wales. With the British Competition Climbing Team he entered climbing competitions then transitioned to traditional climbs. He progressed quickly, from E3 5c to the first ascent of an E9 7a within a year. Drawn to the outrageous, he recently climbed the first ascent of Century Crack, a 120-foot horizontal offwidth.

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    Pete Whittaker
  • View Ron's Profile Ron Kauk

    Ron Kauk

    Ron draws from his wide range of experiences in climbing, which include bouldering (first ascent of Midnight Lightning), long routes (first free ascent of Astroman), and mountaineering (first ascent East Face of Uli Biaho, Pakistan). Ron formed a vision from these experiences, which he turned into Sacred Rok, a nonprofit that seeks the wisdom of nature’s way, bringing young people into the world of Yosemite.

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    Ron Kauk
  • View Timmy's Profile Timmy O'Neill

    Timmy O’Neill

    At 19, Timmy left Philadelphia on a Greyhound bus to find a new family with climbers, kayakers and musicians. Since then he’s set world speed climbing records in Yosemite, established new routes in Patagonia, Venezuela and Greenland, and co-founded a non-profit dedicated to providing inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment to the disabled community. He currently works as an ophthalmic tech, endeavoring to cure blindness in Africa.

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    Timmy O'Neill
  • View Sean's Profile Sean Villanueva

    Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll

    Sean believes he didn’t choose to climb – climbing chose him. He considers his first expedition to Patagonia as a turning point in his life because he felt utterly connected with the forces of nature and the adventure of just being alive. Climbing teaches Sean to live life to the fullest and that he can do whatever he wants if he puts his mind to it.

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    Sean Villanueva
  • View Mikey's Profile Mikey Schaefer

    Mikey Schaefer

    Since he was 13, Mikey’s had a passion for rock climbing and a love of photography. Raised in Western Washington, his home crag of Index taught him to stand on imaginary foot holds and watch for moments of exquisite light that create the perfect photograph. He’s climbed and made images around the world, but he always returns to the place he calls home – Yosemite.

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    Mikey Schaefer
  • View Alexander's Profile Alexander Megos

    Alexander Megos

    Alexander started climbing when he was 5 years old. He competed in his first competition as part of the Bavarian Sportclimbing Cup in 2006. Three years later he won his first of two European Youth Cup championships. Alexander believes climbing is the best sport possible, but he’s not planning on making it his profession. He also enjoys photography and travelling around the world.

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    Alexander Megos
  • View Jasmin's Profile Jasmin Caton

    Jasmin Caton

    After a childhood of playing ukulele and attending Mathlete competitions, Jasmin caught the climbing bug at age 19, packed her Chevy Corsica and moved to Squamish. Nowadays, when she’s not on a climbing trip she’s guiding rock on impeccable Squamish granite or guiding backcounry skiing in blower powder at Valhalla Mountain Touring along with husband Evan and powder hound Benny.

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    Jasmin Caton
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Skiing

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  • View Kye's Profile Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Kye Petersen

    Kye Petersen

    Comfortable in any terrain, Kye particularly loves the mountaineering side of skiing. He’s traveled all over the world, heading on foot deep into remote terrain to carve unique big-mountain lines and launch cliffs. Kye has taken firsts at the 2009 Redbull Coldrush and 2012 FWT Revelstoke, and appeared in at least 15 ski films – his most recent, Sherpas Cinema’s All.I.Can.

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    Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Kye Petersen
  • View Carston's Profile Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Carston Oliver

    Carston Oliver

    Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Carston straight-lined the bunny hill on his first run. From that point on, he was hooked. The cliffs of the Wasatch provided a comprehensive education, as he says, “in the fields of human kinematics and gravitational physics.” One of the finest all-around skiers in the freeride scene, he’s currently at work on a new film with Sweetgrass Productions.

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    Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Carston Oliver
  • View Braden's Profile Braden “Pep” Fujas

    Braden “Pep” Fujas

    Braden "Pep" Fujas' skiing is a multi-faceted reflection of his exploratory approach to life in general. Alpine, backcountry, side country, park, pipe, moguls, groomers — all are fair game. His wide-ranging approach has lead him to X Games competitions, more than 20 film appearances, and traveling the world to explore other cultures through skiing. But Pep says the backcountry is where he best achieves his unique riding style — effortless and aggressive, fluid and playful in any terrain.

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    Braden “Pep” Fujas
  • View Carston's Profile Piers Solomon

    Piers Solomon

    Piers grew up racing competitively in the shadow of the Alps. As his enthusiasm for racing waned, Piers felt drawn to the powder and freedom of free skiing. After just one season on his twin tips he knew he’d found his calling. He’s been obsessed with powder skiing since, whether he’s skiing in front of a camera lens, or just cruising the mountain with his buddies.

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    Piers Solomon
  • View Aidan's Profile Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Aidan Sheahan

    Aidan Sheahan

    Aidan says he believes skiing is all about fun, movement and balance. As a young freeskier from Colorado, Aidan’s gymnastic, go-big approach has led to wins at slopestyle and big air competitions and earned him spots on film trips to South America and Japan with Sweetgrass Productions. “Nothing,” he says, “is as awesome as sliding around on snow.”

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    Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Aidan Sheahan
  • View Caroline's Profile Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Caroline Gleich

    Caroline Gleich

    Caroline is a passionate, creative trendsetter in the ski and outdoor industry. In recent years, ski photos of Caroline have appeared on the covers of magazines, advertisements and billboards. Originally from Minnesota, she currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah where she works with a variety of local and national environmental non-profit organizations, teaches avalanche safety, designs gear, models and skis.

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    Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Caroline Gleich
  • View Stephan's Profile Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Stephan Drake

    Stephan Drake

    New York City isn’t known for high-performance skiing, but Stephan’s childhood trips to Colorado lit the spark. Before long, he was away from the city and chasing storms, seeking the deepest powder and the steepest terrain. His designs for DPS Skis have played a significant role in the technical development of powder skiing. Stephan is also a widely published writer and author of The Powder Road.

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    Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Stephan Drake
  • View Dave's Profile Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Dave Rosenbarger

    Dave Rosenbarger

    David’s life-long dedication to skiing began at age 8 when he realized skiing wasn’t a once-a-year activity, but something to do whenever he had free time. For years he skied throughout North America until the desire for steeper and bigger lines led him to Chamonix, France. Since then he’s skied the Alps as well as descents in Norway, Peru, Bolivia and Antarctica.

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    Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Dave Rosenbarger
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Snowboarding

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  • View Josh's Profile Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Josh Dirksen

    Josh Dirksen

    After graduating from high school in small town Oregon, Josh headed to the 'big' town of Bend, planning to shred Mt. Bachelor. His early days were spent washing dishes to pay for a season’s pass. Since then, his love for the sport has only grown, taking him from the deep snows of the Pacific Northwest to over thirty countries around the world.

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    Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Josh Dirksen
  • View Taro's Profile Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Taro Tamai

    Taro Tamai

    As an avid snowboarder and surfer, Taro believes the wave and the snow are similar elements – each a contact point between human and earth. A pioneering member of the Alaskan steeps as well as an explorer of Mexico’s secret surf breaks, Taro lives in Niseko, Hokkaido, where he pursues the essence of board culture through photographs, videos, texts and his board designs.

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    Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Taro Tamai
  • View Ryland's Profile Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Ryland Bell

    Ryland Bell

    Raised in Alaska, it’s not surprising that Ryland is so drawn to big and gnarly terrain. From his early days building straw-bale kickers, his snowboarding has progressed to some of the world’s steepest and most technical big mountain lines. He splits his time between Haines and Squaw Valley, and spends summers following family tradition on a commercial salmon boat.

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    Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Ryland Bell
  • View Liz's Profile Patagonia Snowboaring Ambassador Liz Daley

    Liz Daley

    Liz’s passion for climbing big mountains then snowboarding down started with an ascent of Mount Rainier followed by a pledge never to walk down a mountain again. While living in Chamonix she combined the two sports to get into and out of grim situations. Her scariest descent was snowboarding Mount Baker’s icy Coleman Headwall, though that’s when she felt most alive. She dreams of exploring Siberia’s 800-mile long Kamchatka Range.

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    Patagonia Snowboaring Ambassador Liz Daley
  • View Forrest's Profile Patagonia snowboaring Ambassador Forrest Shearer

    Forrest Shearer

    Forrest believes the turns you have to work for offer a more lasting reward and his splitboard adventures reflect that attitude. Brought up surfing in Southern California and now based in Utah, Forrest is at the forefront of self-powered backcountry freeriding. When he’s not shredding steep white walls for films like Deeper and Further, he works to raise climate change awareness in the snowboard community.

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    Patagonia snowboaring Ambassador Forrest Shearer
  • View Alex's Profile Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Alex Yoder

    Alex Yoder

    At age 11, Alex moved from Marin to Jackson Hole. Snowboarding became his life’s focus and he started attending summer school to free up his days for riding. An Alaskan trip at age 18 introduced him to bigger mountains and he never looked back. “I’ve been privileged throughout my travels to make new friends, ride with my heroes and learn countless skills along the way.”

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    Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Alex Yoder
  • View Sten's Profile Patagonia Snowboard Ambassador Sten Smola

    Sten Smola

    An obsessed snowboarder, Sten’s been searching out the perfect line for 15 years. He spends his winters in snow, exploring the Alps and reveling in the wilderness. His goal isn’t just extreme rides, but also creating memorable experiences while gaining an intimate knowledge of the mountains. Committed to minimizing his Co2 emissions, Sten relies on public transportation and his own legs for snowboarding access.

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    Patagonia Snowboard Ambassador Sten Smola
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Surfing

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  • View Gerry's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Gerry Lopez

    Gerry Lopez

    There are few images as iconic as Gerry calmly slotted on a perfect, eight-foot day at Pipeline. After redefining the art of tube riding on the North Shore of O’ahu, his focus turned to Indonesia, where he pioneered legendary spots like Uluwatu and G-Land. Now based in Oregon, he surfs, writes, shapes, and shreds powder days near his home in Bend.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Gerry Lopez
  • View Wayne's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Wayne Lynch

    Wayne Lynch

    “Surfing and designing have always been about exploration and discovery,” Wayne says. A highly influential figure in the evolution of the sport, Wayne’s groundbreaking approaches in the ‘60s and ‘70s are still resonant today. He continues to surf and shape while living a quiet, artful life with his family on the wild shores of southwestern Victoria.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Wayne Lynch
  • View Chris' Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Chris Malloy

    Chris Malloy

    Home base for Chris is a working ranch in California, where he lives close to the land with his wife and kids. The oldest of the three Malloy brothers and the director of 180° South and a number of highly regarded surf films, his life is a blend of tradition, conservation and creativity. “The best things in life,” he says, “are the simplest.”

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Chris Malloy
  • View Keith's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Keith Malloy

    Keith Malloy

    Like his brothers, Keith is a master of all forms of waveriding. Whether it’s a gun, a thruster or a pair of swim fins, his approach speaks of a lifelong commitment to the sea. After years of surfing in front of the lens, he recently stepped behind the scenes to direct the bodysurf film Come Hell or High Water. He lives in California with his family.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Keith Malloy
  • View Dan's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Dan Malloy

    Dan Malloy

    These days, Dan’s schedule has become slightly less nomadic, though trips to score waves and test product are still a significant part of his life. Living with his wife near Lompoc, he’s a believer in the self-sufficient, well-rounded life, with farming and ranching keeping his hands busy between sessions. In the water, he’s happy from two feet to twenty-plus.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Dan Malloy
  • View Belinda's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Belinda Baggs

    Belinda Baggs

    A seeker of wild places and warm blue water, Belinda’s heart has always been set on the ocean. A passionate all-around surfer, bodysurfer and paddleboarder, she’s perhaps best known for her graceful and technically accomplished longboard style. Bindy has a wandering spirit, but her roots are on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. “Time in the ocean,” she says, “is like returning home.” She recently settled down in her home town of Newcastle and added the role of mom to her resume.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Belinda Baggs
  • View Léa's Profile Léa Brassy

    Léa Brassy

    Surfing drives Léa’s life. She’s constantly on the lookout for the perfect moment, either at home or during her travels, to drop into a wave and ride. Her lifestyle revolves around this quest and all her belongings fit into her Grandfather’s old van. This van is the only home she’s known as an adult, providing shelter during her search for the next hidden break.

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    Léa Brassy
  • View Kohl's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kohl Christensen

    Kohl Christensen

    “Surfing big waves keeps me grounded,” Kohl says. As one of the leading players in the revival of paddle-in surfing in giant conditions, he spends much of his time tracking swells and testing new board designs. When it’s flat, he’s pretty grounded as well, installing solar energy systems and tending his off-the-grid farm on the North Shore of O’ahu.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kohl Christensen
  • View Liz's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Liz Clark

    Liz Clark

    When Liz was nine, her family spent a year sailing the Mexican coast. “That trip inspired my dream of sailing around the world,” she said. After college she turned her dream into reality, leaving Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat, Swell. Now, when not surfing perfect reef passes in the South Pacific, she’s working to raise environmental awareness through writing and photography.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Liz Clark
  • View Dan's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Dan Ross

    Dan Ross

    As a kid in Northern New South Wales, Dan’s dreamed of being a pro surfer. That dream landed him on the World Tour, with a deserved reputation for powerful rail work and committed surfing in challenging conditions. Now, he hunts big waves, coaches young surfers and speaks out for environmental causes. His advice: “live simply, eat organic, give back and have fun.”

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Dan Ross
  • View Jason's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Jason Slezak

    Jason Slezak

    The love of surfing drew Jason to Cape Hatteras, where he settled just as kiteboarding was being introduced to the Outer Banks. Kiting became a way to get in the water on windy days, and he was “instantly addicted.” Between the research & development of gear, exploring unique kiting locales, and coaching others, kiteboarding continues to be the driving force in his life.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Jason Slezak
  • View Kim's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kim Diggs

    Kim Diggs

    Kim’s love for surfing set in at a young age, with a childhood among the sandy beachbreaks of the Outer Banks. As a teenager, the sport started taking her farther afield. She feels that surfing has taught her the importance of giving back to every community she visits. Kim’s always smiling, and when not in the water she’s sketching, painting and playing piano.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kim Diggs
  • View Trevor's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Trevor Gordon

    Trevor Gordon

    At a young age, Trevor realized he wasn’t drawn into surfing’s competitive side. He opted for a more inspired life, experimenting with alternative equipment and traveling in search of exotic and uncrowded surf. With a free-flowing style honed on the Santa Barbara points, his recent forays include Fiji, India and British Columbia. When small waves prevail, a paintbrush and canvas provide outlets for his creativity.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Trevor Gordon
  • View Jeff's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Jeff Denholm

    Jeff Denholm

    Jeff is as tough as they come. Born and raised on the southern coast of Maine, he lost his dominant arm in an accident on an Alaskan fishing trawler. With self-designed prosthetics, his connection to the ocean has only grown – he surfs, dives, bodysurfs and competes in long-distance paddleboard races. “The ocean is my escape,” he says. “Under, on, in or other.”

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Jeff Denholm
  • View Mercedes's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Mercedes Maidana

    Mercedes Maidana

    A city girl from Buenos Aires, Mercedes surfed for the first time on a trip to Brazil. Soon after, she skipped the city to be closer to the waves. Settling on the North Shore of O’ahu, she fell in love with the art of big wave surfing. Today, she’s a well-respected female charger. “The ocean,” Mercedes says, “gives me so much joy.”

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Mercedes Maidana
  • View Mary's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Mary Osborne

    Mary Osborne

    With a classic style learned on the cobblestone points of her native California, Mary has been a leading figure in women’s surfing since her first magazine cover in the early 2000’s. Since then she’s been featured in dozens of publications, from Surfer to Spin, and is co-author of Sister Surfer: A Woman’s Guide to Surfing with Bliss and Courage.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Mary Osborne
  • View Tom's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Tom Doidge-Harrison

    Tom Doidge-Harrison

    As a skinny eleven-year-old shivering on a Cornish beach, Tom likely didn’t foresee a future that would lead him into some of Northern Europe’s heaviest surf. He eventually settled on the western shores of Ireland, where he shares a small cottage with his family, charges barrels and shapes custom sleds for County Clare’s magical string of coldwater slabs.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Tom Doidge-Harrison
  • View Tomoko's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Tomoko Okazaki

    Tomoko Okazaki

    Wind and waves are the elements of Tomoko’s existence. Raised on the Japanese coast, she began windsurfing at sixteen and was soon adventuring to exotic shores around the world. Now settled in Maui, her passions include kiteboarding, surfing, paddling, backcountry snowboarding and leading wind and kite camps for women. “In many ways,” she says, “the ocean rewards me beyond my imagination.”

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Tomoko Okazaki
  • View Crystal's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Crystal Thornburg-Homcy

    Crystal Thornburg-Homcy

    Born and raised in Hawaii, Crystal’s first steps were at the beach. An accomplished longboarder and all-around ocean athlete, she also bodysurfs, freedives and races canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. With a degree in Environmental Science, Crystal works closely with a number of environmental non-profits. She lives on the North Shore, where she and her husband run an organic produce company, Crave Greens.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Crystal Thornburg-Homcy
  • View Kimi's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kimi Werner

    Kimi Werner

    Kimi grew up in tropical surroundings on Maui, where her father was a dedicated freediver. With a craving for the simple life, Kimi followed in her dad’s footsteps, winning a U.S. National Spearfishing Championship in 2008. She’s also an artist and accomplished chef. “The moment I took up freediving and spearfishing again,” she says, “I reconnected to the happiness of my childhood.”

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kimi Werner
  • View Patrick's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Patrick Wilson

    Patrick Wilson

    Growing up in the depths of West Cornwall the search for good barrels soon led Patch to places like Mexico, Oz and Indonesia. Funding his trips with construction work, his recent focus has been on Ireland, Scotland and breaks closer to home. With a preference for solitude and quality waves, he's out there whenever the North Atlantic begins to stir.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Patrick Wilson
  • View Ramon's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Ramon Navarro

    Ramon Navarro

    Chilean big wave surfer Ramon Navarro grew up on the ocean, helping his father with his fishing business and learning to dive at an early age. Ramon has built his reputation on riding giant surf, and his top finishes in numerous competitions throughout the world speak to his talents. A committed activist, he’s worked on numerous projects to preserve his country’s vibrant surf environment.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Ramon Navarro
  • View Joe's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Joe Curren

    Joe Curren

    Raised on the classic breaks of Rincon and The Ranch, Joe inherited his father’s restless nature. He earned a reputation first as a world-class surfer and far-flung traveler and later as a photographer, capturing surfing’s many facets. He’s traveled to more than 40 countries on six continents. He currently resides in Crescent City, where he runs an art framing business and makes handcrafted surfboards and furniture.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Joe Curren
  • View Kyle's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kyle Thiermann

    Kyle Thiermann

    As creator and host of the YouTube series, Surfing for Change, Kyle combines surfing imagery and current global issues to highlight the power of individuals in creating a better world through everyday decisions. Kyle speaks at Universities across the country and has been featured in Outside Magazine, Surfer Magazine and on the Discovery Channel. Kyle lives in Santa Cruz where he recently built a backyard half-pipe.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Kyle Thiermann
  • View Julien's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Julien Fillion

    Julien Fillion

    Julien’s easy going, laid back attitude sometimes overshadows his accomplishments as a kiteboarding athlete, designer and indie rock musician. Julien’s travels in search of big waves has fueled his passion for designing the ultimate water sports equipment. When he’s not kiteboarding, surfing or hard at work on a new project, he’s the lead singer of Montreal’s indie rock band Trusted Waters.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Julien Fillion
  • View Otto's Profile Patagonia Surf Ambassador Otto Flores

    Otto Flores

    "From an early age," Otto says, "I tried many sports, but the ocean was calling me." Raised in Puerto Rico, he was soon winning multiple national titles and representing his country on the WQS tour. But charging barrels was always his real passion, and he left competitive surfing to travel the world in search of more challenging waves. Otto's committed approach in serious conditions has earned him a stack of magazine covers, and he continues to clock as much tube time as possible. He's also the co-founder of Granito de Arena, a surf and environmental organization that works with youth in low-income coastal communities. "We're dedicated to teaching kids how to reduce and reuse plastic in a positive way," he says. "We get their attention through teaching them to surf, then educate them about how plastic is affecting their playground, the ocean." Otto lives in Carolina, Puerto Rico, with his wife Andrea and son Maceo.

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    Patagonia Surf Ambassador Otto Flores
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  • View Thomas' Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Thomas Bohne

    Thomas Bohne

    Thomas fills his days with journeys to remote regions of the globe, competing in ultra-marathons and setting courses for endurance races throughout the world. In his role as a freelance writer, he inspires others with his blog and his contributions to numerous German running magazines. He’s currently competing in several ultra trails, multi-stage events and his personal highlight, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Thomas Bohne
  • View Krissy's Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Krissy Moehl

    Krissy Moehl

    Through her passion for trailrunning, Krissy has had the opportunity to travel and experience the world. She first discovered the trails after studying abroad in Ecuador 11 years ago. She credits the support of her family, the trail running community, her rich life experiences and the open spaces of high alpine terrain for inspiring her to keep moving forward.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Krissy Moehl
  • View Hiroki's Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Hiroki Ishikawa

    Hiroki Ishikawa

    Hiroki kicked a soccer ball for 15 years hoping to become a professional soccer player. He replaced that dream with another when he discovered adventure racing. Since then he’s lived as an athlete. Hiroki finds “pure joy” in trail running and he works tirelessly to promote the sport in Japan. He’s completed numerous 50 to 100 mile races, including the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Hiroki Ishikawa
  • View Pierre's Profile Pierre Prost a Petit

    Pierre Prost-A-Petit

    Born in the mountain town of Modane, France, Pierre’s passion is running through rocky highlands, below snowy peaks, and across alpine meadows. He’s naturally adept at long distances, but to optimize his training, he also incorporates road runs and speed workouts. Pierre lives in Gaillard, France and when he’s not trail running he works as a mountain guide, sharing his passion with others.

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    Pierre Prost a Petit
  • View Jenn's Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Jenn Shelton

    Jenn Shelton

    Though known as a trail ultrarunner, Jenn likes to take the sense of adventure she draws from ultrarunning and apply it to all running — from big mountains to road races. She loves to push her body, finding beauty in the experience of picking up the pace. She currently lives in a poorly insulated house with piles of old running shoes.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Jenn Shelton
  • View Chloë's Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Chloë Lanthier

    Chloë Lanthier

    Chloë won her first race, a snowshoeing competition, in first grade. She continued competing in cross-country and track throughout high school. In her early twenties, after moving to the Canadian Rockies and discovering Ski Mountaineering, she started pursuing endurance events around the world. Today she competes in mountain running and mountain biking and operates the X-Training School. In her free time she skis fresh powder.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Chloë Lanthier
  • View Gitti's Profile Gitti Schiebel

    Gitti Schiebel

    Although best known for her trail running accomplishments, Gitti has a long history of qualifications. After quitting her job as a financial advisor, she studies now at University to earn her teaching degree for secondary education. Beyond that she works as a ropes course instructor, skiing instructor or assistant teacher. Gitti, short for Brigitte, spends her time cycling, mountaineering, climbing, ski touring and of course, trail running where she’s placed first and second in numerous ultramarathons.

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    Gitti Schiebel
  • View Jeff's Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Jeff Browning

    Jeff Browning

    A self-proclaimed “gear geek,” Jeff will cut his shoes apart and modify his shorts in an effort to test out new ideas. In addition to running in the mountains, Jeff spends his time chasing his three children, four chickens and two dogs around their organic garden in Bend, Oregon. As the coach of the Little Foot Running club, he introduces kids to the world of running.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Jeff Browning
  • View Luke's Profile Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Luke Nelson

    Luke Nelson

    Luke spent his childhood wandering the mountains but it wasn’t until he agreed to a poorly thought out bet, which involved a marathon, that he found running. Now, Luke relies on long mountain runs for his everyday connection to the natural world. He strives to maximize each hour by balancing his time as a Physician Assistant, race director, husband and father.

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    Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Luke Nelson