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The Not So Obvious

By Kitty Calhoun   |   Oct 31, 2016 October 31, 2016

I was on my first snorkel, on the lookout for humpback whales near Tonga, when a monstrous creature slowly rose through the murky water from the depths of the ocean. She was close enough that I could see her eye studying me. I was afraid and, while holding her gaze,… Read More

Artwork: Walker Cahall

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Tales of Terror Vol. 7

By Fitz Cahall   |   Oct 28, 2016 October 28, 2016

This is our seventh annual Tales of Terror episode. Over the past seven years, we’ve read a lot of stories about scary things that happen out in the woods. We’ve discovered that there are all kinds of frightening things that can happen out there, but there are two ingredients that,… Read More

Photo: Carla Malloy

Reflecting on the Future

By Chris Malloy   |   Oct 5, 2016 October 5, 2016

My three kids are young, too young for me to wax politics with. Nothing worse than an 8-year-old reciting slogans they don’t understand. For now, I’m getting them in the hills, letting them feel the cold and the growl in their bellies after a long day out. I’m doing my best… Read More

Book photo: Tim Davis

Let My People Go Surfing

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Sep 8, 2016 September 8, 2016

Ten years after its original publication, Penguin Books has released a completely revised and expanded edition of Yvon Chouinard’s classic memoir, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, with more than 40 percent new material and featuring a new foreword by Naomi Klein, author of… Read More

Photo: Nick Romano

Lost in the Light

By Tara Kramer   |   Nov 4, 2016 November 4, 2016

I’m starting to measure time as it’s marked by the ice caps. Two months here, three months there, then fall in Montana, or spring, or a month of summer, and then again to the Flat White. I scatter through the seasons and across hemispheres, losing myself in the months, the landscape,… Read More

Photo: Kyle Sparks

Why Should Employers Care About Families?

By Rose Marcario   |   Aug 17, 2016 August 17, 2016

The poet Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” But despite everything we know about the tangible and intangible benefits of taking care of our working families, collectively, we American business leaders provide paid family leave to just 11 percent of U.S. workers. Up to 35 percent of working… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

By Fitz Cahall   |   Aug 12, 2016 August 12, 2016

“Over two weeks I went from pretty ‘fine’—I have to say ‘fine’ with air quotes and an eye roll, because it’s that kind of fine—so, I went from ‘fine’ to ‘I’m out!’ I just needed a life restart,” says Katie Crafts. For her thirtieth birthday, Katie gave herself… Read More

Photo: Juan Luis De Heeckeren

The Cleanest Line

By Chris Malloy   |   Jun 27, 2016 June 27, 2016

We are now third and fourth generation surfers. We have the confidence to leave the stereotypes behind. We have become a tribe that has the ability to be the scroungiest dirtbags one day and then return to the urban environment as activists for change the next. Two time periods epitomize… Read More

Photo: Tyler Keck

Bike to Work Week 2016: Remembrance of Rides Past

By Gavin Back   |   May 16, 2016 May 16, 2016

With another National Bike to Work Week upon us, we have once again worked on events to celebrate pedal-powered commuting at the Patagonia D.C. in Reno, Nevada. Every year we reward dedicated bikers and try to inspire more people to begin burning calories instead of fossil fuels. This year we… Read More

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