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A Story Of My Own

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jul 31, 2018 July 31, 2018

For most of his adult life, Cam Fenton has fought against climate change–and particularly to protect the Arctic. “The funny thing was, for most of that time, I couldn’t tell you why,” says Cam. “Sure, I could recite, and often wrote, the talking points: to stop sea level rise, stand… Read More

Remembering Peter Noone

Remembering Peter Noone

By Vincent Stanley   |   Jul 23, 2018 July 23, 2018

Peter Kinnoch Noone, who embodied the down-to-earth style of the outdoor industry’s early days and helped shaped the development of the outdoor store as a commercial force, customer refuge and sentinel for the protection of wilderness, died at his home in Ojai, California, on July 9 of recurrent cancer. He… Read More

Building friendships without language, Tibetan and American musicians bond at an ancient monastery on the Daqu River. Photo: @tripjenningsvideo

Beyond Words: Singing for a National Park in China

By Kai Welch   |   Jun 28, 2018 June 28, 2018

Words often fail us. If their basic goal is to generate understanding between human beings, let’s face it: they fall short with epidemic frequency. News headlines around the world are riddled with conflicts that are caused by the breakdown of communication and the inability to compassionately understand differences. This thought… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Venture Out

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

“I was working this corporate job, and, every day, I looked out the window and thought, ‘Man, those mountains are so beautiful, I wish I was out there,’” remembers Perry Cohen. Growing up, Perry was an outdoorsy kid—hiking and cross-country skiing in rural New Hampshire. He was thrilled when, as… Read More

Caught by the heavy winds of a fast-moving South Pacific squall, Liz Clark heads to the mast to put another reef in Swell’s sail. Photo: Tahui Tufaimea

High Voltage

By Liz Clark   |   Mar 26, 2018 March 26, 2018

After an hour’s sleep, I wake to the sound of fat raindrops pelting the deck. The noise quickly escalates into a deafening torrent, and I push up off the settee and climb up the steps. Glancing at the radar screen on my way up, I see a massive squall blacking… Read More

Maddy Butcher ponies two horses and rides another in southwestern Colorado. Photo: Beau Gaughran

Beasts of Being

By Maddy Butcher   |   Mar 15, 2018 March 15, 2018

Some 5,500 years ago in Kazakhstan, there was light bulb moment when man looked at Equus caballus and thought, “Hey, I can ride that thing.” Since then, we’ve fought wars and built worlds on horses’ backs. Fast forward to the beginning of the 20th century; Americans have 20 million horses. Read More

Mike Wood is the co-founder of Su Salmon Co. and the volunteer president of the Susitna River Coalition. Photo: Travis Rummel

Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.

By Ryan Peterson   |   Mar 13, 2018 March 13, 2018

Mike Wood’s last name is a wholly appropriate coincidence of birth. He’s got a fetish for the stuff. When building his off-the-grid log home masterpiece on the banks of Alaska’s Susitna River, he’d range out into the surrounding boreal forest, select each perfect tree, hug it at the chest in… Read More

Grandson Braden steered the longest crossing of the 2017 trip, from O‘ahu to Kaua‘i. Photo: ©Holopuni Va‘a, by Wim Lippens

A Thirty-Five-Year Voyage Back In Time

By Nick Beck   |   Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018

In May 1981, I set out in a home-built Hawaiian sailing canoe from South Point on the island of Hawai‘i to my home on Kaua‘i. It was an adventure that would take me from the southern-most to the northern-most point of the Hawaiian Islands. I named my canoe Holopuni, “to… Read More

Photo: Eugénie Frerichs

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By Patagonia   |   Feb 9, 2018 February 9, 2018

Back in November, a group of Patagonia employees and friends from around the country came together in Yosemite National Park to have some important and difficult conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. The bottom line: We can, and should, be doing a lot more to actively engage with individuals and… Read More

The Charpoua Hut, a minimalist hideaway in the heart of a granite sanctuary. Photo: Pierre Cadot

Charpoua, Mon Amour

By Floran Tomei   |   Jan 25, 2018 January 25, 2018

Sarah Cartier, the valiant captain of one of the most emblematic refuges on the Alps, unveils life in her little corner of paradise 2,481m above sea level. Being the start and end point of all great alpine adventures, the refuges are one of the strongest emblems of mountain culture. A… Read More

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