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When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck Read More
This Cryptomeria corridor near the Togakushi Shrine in Nagano Prefecture pulls tree-seeking crowds from Tokyo to walk through towering Japanese red-cedar, pay their respects to nature and ask for the protection of something in their lives. Honshu, Japan. Photo: Garrett Grove
Rawls Moore braves stormy skies on the Slickrock Trail. Photo: Marc O’Brien

Saving Slickrock

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Feb 11, 2020 February 11, 2020

The 10.5-mile Slickrock Trail winds across a rippling expanse of Navajo sandstone above Moab, Utah, following a line of white dots up and over ochre domes. Arches National Park fills the skyline to the northeast and the brown waters of the Colorado churn a few hundred feet below the precipitous… Read More

Andy Knight picks his spot on pitch 4 of Provo Canyon's Stairway to Heaven; this was the last pitch of the FA in 1975. Nowadays, the route can go on for several more pitches if the ice is right.

The Song Remains The Same

By Andrew Burr   |   Feb 4, 2020 February 4, 2020

On a winter’s morning in 1975, Burgie, the Land Cruiser, rumbled up the highway at the bottom of Provo Canyon in Utah’s Wasatch Range. Ice dripped from the steep rock walls and a warm southern wind blew softly. Jim Knight and Mark Ward approached the first pitch, known as the… Read More

Free Soča flotilla during the fourth Balkan Rivers Tour in summer 2019 on our home river, Soča, Slovenia. A total of 150 paddlers from 23 countries joined on the reservoir behind the first of seven hydropower dams asking for the removal of the dam to expose the beautiful canyon below. Photo: Mitja Legat

I Found My Calling through Patagonia Action Works

By Katarina Mulec   |   Feb 4, 2020 February 4, 2020

Two rented VW vans, one ’80s camp trailer turned into a full kitchen, camping gear, eight brightly colored kayaks, one megaphone and projection gear to turn any riverside beach into an outdoor cinema—this caravan was my home for one month in 2018 as we paddled and organized to help save… Read More

An oil refinery sits behind a park in the neighborhood of Wilmington in Los Angeles, California. There are 91 counties across the US that are building oil refineries or where refineries exist close to more than 6.7 million African Americans and low-income people, according to a study by the NAACP. Photo: Michael Estrada

On Injustice

By Naomi Hollard   |   Feb 4, 2020 February 4, 2020

In September, millions of young people rocked global news cycles with the largest wave of climate strikes the world has ever seen. From the hills and hollers of Kentucky to the cities of the Rust Belt to the winding streets of… Read More

Boots in the water and paddle on the bow seat, Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate navigates a tight, soggy portage. TONY CZECH

Paddling Past The Graveyard

By Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate   |   Feb 3, 2020 February 3, 2020

There are around 100,000 miles of blood vessels within our bodies. I am certain each drop of blood coursing through mine is aflame with the sense of hope and wonder for the journey ahead. After a 22-hour drive from the sugar-sweet Texas coast to the edge of the northern Minnesota… Read More

A former competitor on the elite World Championship Tour, Heath Joske has a different focus these days—keeping Equinor’s oil rigs out of the Great Australian Bight, the unspoiled ocean wilderness where he lives, fishes and surfs. RICH RICHARDS

The Fight For The Bight

By Sean Doherty   |   Jan 30, 2020 January 30, 2020

Heath Joske drives a 1997 Toyota Hilux truck. It’s rusty, dusty and held together by protest stickers. The truck has done half-a-million miles, most of them off-road. Joske lives with his young family on an old sheep run outside of Streaky Bay, a small fishing town… Read More

Niels Tietze on the summit of Aguja de I’S, our only summit given the difficult weather, 2017. Photo credit: Timmy O’Neill

Perched On A Wild Border

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Jan 25, 2020 January 25, 2020

Sometimes when I look at the Fitz Roy Range, I see a silhouetted jawline of mountainous teeth that gnash the sky. Other times, the teeth transform to fingers that don’t crush aspirations but cradle them, like a hand cupping something precious. The distinction really depends on whether I’m looking at… Read More

Ryland Bell hikes to the top of a glacier in northwestern British Columbia under fast-moving clouds. After a short wait in a whiteout, the skies cleared somewhat, and he was able to drop into wide open powder turns. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway

By Colin Wiseman   |   Jan 21, 2020 January 21, 2020

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,”… Read More

Boats going through an algae bloom contamination on Lake Erie, Ohio. After the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, Lake Erie’s yearly toxic algae problem subsided. In recent years, due to the effects of climate change and increased human activity, algae bloom contamination has intensified. Even tighter protection within the Clean Water Act is needed to limit the sources of pollution that lead to this type of contamination. Photo: Peter Essick / Aurora Photos / Alamy

Why the Clean Water Act Means So Much

By Prince Shakur   |   Jan 16, 2020 January 16, 2020

My family arrived in Ohio from Jamaica in the mid-1970s, during a time of environmental turmoil. The previous decade had brought to light significant issues around the treatment of land and water in the United States. The Cuyahoga River, which flows into Lake Erie, caught fire in 1969 due to… Read More

Lizzy Plotkin amongst the aspens with her Lackey five-string fiddle. Photo: Lydia Stern

Out with the Old: Thinking about Newness

By Molly Baker   |   Jan 16, 2020 January 16, 2020

“To change someone’s behavior, there must be rewards,” says Lizzy Plotkin. Her voice is earthy, grounded, easy and full of conviction. Horns honk, people talk, buses drive and a city thrives in the background, but she doesn’t sound like part of the chaos; she is instead superimposed into the scene. Read More