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Chasing Glaciers

Chasing Glaciers

Jul 12, 2007 July 12, 2007

Patagonia ambassadors Allison Gannett and Zoe Hart are in the Karakoram, right now, chasing glaciers. From the site: Welcome to Chasing Glaciers, an interactive internet adventure that we hope will help bring greater understanding and awareness to the issue of climate change and its effect on the… Read More

Study Abroad Opportunity in Thailand

Study Abroad Opportunity in Thailand

Jun 29, 2007 June 29, 2007

We’ll get your weekend started with a post from Patagoniac and Sociology professor from Kalamazoo College, Dr. Mark A. Ritchie. Dr. Ritchie lives in Thailand and runs a study abroad program for American college students that focuses on the study of ecology and culture, specifically with activist communities in Thailand… Read More

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 4

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 4

Jun 28, 2007 June 28, 2007

Navigation of the washout is far from easy, the only reasonablechoice is to completely unload the bike and ferry it and my gear downthe embankment, across the stream, and up the steep and sandy oppositebank. The entire process takes 40 minutes.  I cover 30 yards. Theroad on the far side… Read More

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 3

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 3

Jun 26, 2007 June 26, 2007

sweep of velvet green meadow ringed with aspens, leaves manicured to an even height by the elk, deer, and few free-range cattle that move through these mountains each season. I’ll be leaving the car here, and setting out by bike as soon as I can organize my gear… [Morning blues… Read More

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 2

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 2

Jun 22, 2007 June 22, 2007

[Lupines give definition to the "blue" in Blue Mass Canyon, Kern Mountains. White Pine County, NV. Photo: David Smoyer. Map: Proposed boundary for Blue Mass Wilderness. Survey work  compared on-the-ground realities with this mapped proposal. Remote Nevada dirt roads are often little more than twin shadowy lines… Read More

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 1

Bike Mountain, Make Wilderness – Part 1

Jun 20, 2007 June 20, 2007

"Wilderness," by both popular and political definition, is a large physical space devoid of the artifacts of human interference—no occupied permanent structures, no motors, no roads. To be something eligible for protection under the law, Wilderness must be a concrete thing, something that can be measured and documented. But in… Read More

Keeping the Commuting Spirit Alive

Keeping the Commuting Spirit Alive

Jun 6, 2007 June 6, 2007

They say it takes about 30 days to form a new habit. It’s been about 30 days since we got rollingwith our Bike to Work Week festivities, so it’s time to check in: How y’all doing with that new habit of rolling through the sunny summer mornings on your way… Read More

When Plastic is Not So Fantastic

When Plastic is Not So Fantastic

Jun 6, 2007 June 6, 2007

Plastic bags make me cringe. They’re given away excessively at grocery stores and markets with barely a thought as to how they’ll be disposed or where they might end up. One gallon of milk? Two plastic bags. Greeting card? Plastic bag. Fresh produce? One plastic bag for each variety please. Read More

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