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The Great Irritant

The Great Irritant

Mar 9, 2007 March 9, 2007

The self-professed 'Great Irritant', Doug Peacock, stopped by the Patagonia campus today. Doug was kind enough to share some of his archival footage of the Grizzly bear (AKA "the Grizz") filmed in and around the Rocky Mountains during the 70's. He also read some journal passages from those times, as well as some excerpts from his books. Most importantly though, Doug spoke passionately about his relationship with the Grizzly bears and the tragic consequences that the de-listing of the Yellowstone population from the Endangered Species List will cause. Read More

Ron Kauk Breathes New Life Into Fern Spring

Ron Kauk Breathes New Life Into Fern Spring

By Ron Kauk   |   Mar 7, 2007 March 7, 2007

Editor’s note: Whenever Patagoina ambassador Ron Kauk visits the office I always try to track him down and say hello. I have great respect for Ron even though I’m not much of a climber. His love for Nature is deep and he seems to carry the spirit of… Read More

Reno Distribution Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Reno Distribution Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Mar 6, 2007 March 6, 2007

From the press release:VENTURA, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ — Patagonia, the outdoor apparel manufacturer, announced today that the company’s Reno Service Center, was recently honored with the GOLD level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With this… Read More

Window of Opportunity

Window of Opportunity

Mar 5, 2007 March 5, 2007

Can a Sierra Club activist and an oil platform designer be the first to install a wind farm off the coast of the United States? According to a recent article in Wired magazine they just might, and they’re planning to do it by recycling old oil rigs. I… Read More

If You’re In Santa Barbara This Weekend

If You’re In Santa Barbara This Weekend

Mar 1, 2007 March 1, 2007

Korina from our color department sends word that the Naples Coalition (who she volunteers her time for) is hosting a beach walk this Saturday, March 3rd along the stretch of coast they’re trying to save from development. The walk leaves promptly at 1pm from the public access parking… Read More

Hierarchy of Environmentalism

Hierarchy of Environmentalism

Feb 25, 2007 February 25, 2007

I was driving along the P.C.H. looking for an empty peak when I happened upon a surfer catching a lumpy right. I pulled over to see if there was anything consistent rolling through when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it. A man stepped out of the van parked in front of me, looked around, and tossed his kitchen sized bag of garbage into the rocks. As I processed what I had just witnessed, his compatriot climbed out of the driver's seat. Dirty rag in hand, the man started walking towards the rocks, while making a series of "any witnesses around" glances over his shoulder. Read More

Tompkins a CIA Operative? I Don’t Think So

Tompkins a CIA Operative? I Don’t Think So

Feb 24, 2007 February 24, 2007

Doug Tompkins is coming under fire once again in Argentina for his efforts to protect the environment. As most of you know, Doug and his wife, Kris Tomkins (former CEO of Patagonia), are buying large pieces of undeveloped land in Argentina and Chile in hopes of preserving the wild landscapes… Read More

Step It Up on April 14

Step It Up on April 14

Feb 22, 2007 February 22, 2007

A Letter From Bill McKibben Dear Friends— This is an invitation to help start a movement—to take one spring day and use it to reshape the future. Those of us who know that climate change is the greatest threat civilization now faces have science on our side;… Read More

Recommended Reading: The Last Season

Recommended Reading: The Last Season

Feb 21, 2007 February 21, 2007

Author Eric Blehm is a longtime friend and field-report contributor of ours. His latest book, The Last Season, has just been released as a paperback version with a new cover and 16 new pages of text/photos, including an interview with the author, a tribute to mountaineer Patty Ramber, and… Read More