Patagonia Trail Running
Luke Nelson heads out for a long run through the Bears Ears region of southeast Utah. NATE PTACEK

An Interactive Film Experience

An Interactive Film Experience

In December of 2016, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to protect Bears Ears for future generations. But lawmakers are pushing to rescind this designation in favor of privatization and development. It is imperative that we protect this culturally rich and recreationally spectacular landscape and keep public lands in public hands.

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Jesse Haynes and Jeff Browning tackle a 175-mile stretch of the Owyhee Canyonlands in eastern Oregon. FREDRIK MARMSATER
Jesse Haynes and Jeff Browning tackle a 175-mile stretch of the Owyhee Canyonlands in eastern Oregon. FREDRIK MARMSATER

The Airshed Pullover
Think Outside the Sweatbox

The Airshed is an ambassador favorite. One tester dubbed it “The Magic Shirt” for its ability to block just enough wind to fight the chill, yet remain breathable enough to prevent the dreaded sweatbox effect. When paired with a baselayer or midlayer it covers an incredible range of temperatures. Work hard, play hard, the Airshed does it all.

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Jeff and Jesse make their way into the canyon to get a taste for the rugged travel of the Owyhee Canyonlands on day 1. FREDRIK MARMSATER
Jeff and Jesse make their way into the canyon to get a taste for the rugged travel of the Owyhee Canyonlands on day 1. FREDRIK MARMSATER

The Last Darkness:
Running 170 miles through the Owyhee Canyonlands

I couldn’t feel my feet. We had crossed the frigid river too many times to count, and locating a passable route along the narrow canyon floor required scrambling, crashing through willows and crisscrossing the river over and over again. We’d covered a mere six miles in three hours, and I began to think we’d bitten off more than we could chew. But then again, adventure has always run deep in the Owyhee. For, in just 10 years, the Owyhee is expected to be one of only three remaining vantage points in the Lower 48 with a clear view of the Milky Way. It is the last darkness.

The plan seemed simple: Run the last 170 miles of the new Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) in a four-day span. I set out with ultrarunner Jesse Haynes, photographers Fred Marmsater and Jonathan Byers and Trailhead Labs’ Jereme Monteau on logistics—all ultrarunners, all up for a grand adventure. The ODT is an 800-mile set of waypoints through Eastern Oregon’s high desert—currently just a concept. And although 170 miles is meager in ultrarunning terms, the deep volcanic canyon, flowing rivers and highly technical terrain provided a whole new dimension to the term ultrarunning.

FREDRIK MARMSATER
Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Jeff Browning

Jeff Browning

An endurance coach, ultra athlete and family man, Jeff lives to run in wild places. Recognizing his responsibility to the planet, he also fights to protect these special landscapes. As a designer, Jeff believes that form follows function and gear can always be better, lighter and more dialed; a self-proclaimed tinkerer, he will cut his shoes apart and modify his shorts in an effort to test out new ideas. In addition to adventuring in the mountains, Jeff spends his time chasing three kids, four chickens, two cats and one dog around their organic garden in Bend, Oregon.

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Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson in Valle Chacabuco, Chile. JAMES Q MARTIN
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Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson in Valle Chacabuco, Chile. JAMES Q MARTIN

Mile for Mile:Crossing the Finish Line

Thanks to the activism of ultra-runners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson, a great film by James Q. Martin, donations from runners around the world, and a matching grant from Patagonia—the Mile for Mile campaign exceeded its goal and raised over $90,000. Conservacion Patagonica can now build over 50 miles of new trails in Patagonia Park, connecting locals and visitors from everywhere to this remarkable place.

Celebrating 50 Miles of New Trail
in Patagonia Park

Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson ran 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to rewild and protect this vast landscape. Patagonia Park, in the Aysén Region of Chile is now open to the public. The park sweeps from the northern ice cap, down to the Baker River and out to the arid borderlands of Argentina.

The park’s glaciated peaks, grasslands, beech forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands still boast all of their original species—and the rivers still run free. Patagonia, Inc. has been involved in this project from day one—helping with the first land purchases, sending volunteers down to rip up hundreds of miles of fencing and restore open grasslands, and fighting mega-dam projects on the nearby Baker and Pascua Rivers.