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Effervescent Lunacy in Las Vegas

Effervescent Lunacy in Las Vegas

Mar 27, 2015 March 27, 2015

Words and photos by Greta Hyland   The irony was not lost on me as I sat crossed legged in Las Vegas at a youth soccer tournament reading, The Solace of Open Spaces, by Gretel Ehrlich. The sound of traffic from the freeway merged with referees’… Read More

Above: Heart of Darkness on the north face of Mount Slesse, North Cascades, British Columbia. Photo: Jim Nelson 

The Climbing is the Easy Part These Days – A report on the FA of Slesse’s Heart of Darkness, Colin Haley and Dylan Johnson, 8 March 2015

By Dylan Johnson   |   Mar 17, 2015 March 17, 2015

Things have changed. That old “live simply” ethos Jenna and I lived by, roaming around the desert and mountains in our ’83 Dodge Prospector van (with a sci-fi mural on the hood and velvet interior), feels a bit like a past life. Climbing these days is tightly packed between… Read More

Green: The Old Red

Green: The Old Red

By Michael Kew   |   Mar 16, 2015 March 16, 2015

“EXPECT ANOTHER ROUND OF STORM-FORCE WINDS, WITH HURRICANE-FORCE GUSTS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE BLANCO. THIS WILL BE A VERY STRONG STORM. MARITIME AND COASTAL INTERESTS SHOULD TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS NECESSARY TO PRESERVE LIFE AND PROPERTY.” By dawn, the damage was done—downed trees, flooding, thousands without power. Read More

You Know What They Say About the Weather

You Know What They Say About the Weather

By Beau Fredlund   |   Jan 9, 2015 January 9, 2015

I’m sitting in a bar with Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. The man has more enthusiasm for snow science, alpine climbing and general life than about anyone I know. And the best part: it’s infectious. We are both a couple beers deep… Read More

Amelia the Tropicat: A Swell Companion [Updated]

Amelia the Tropicat: A Swell Companion [Updated]

By Liz Clark   |   Feb 26, 2015 February 26, 2015

I’ve had a few pets on Swell over the last nine years—most of them made their way aboard on their own. I don’t mind the geckos that often show up in a banana stock. They hide, so I rarely get to see them, but they are harmless and make… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Adventure 1000

Dirtbag Diaries: Adventure 1000

By Fitz Cahall   |   Feb 3, 2015 February 3, 2015

It’s time for our annual Year of Big Ideas episode. This year, we talked to Alastair Humphreys, a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Among other things, Alastair has walked across India, and 1,000 miles through the… Read More

Above: David Rosenbarger stands below the North Face of Mont Blanc and looks across to the Chamonix Valley. Chamonix, France. Photo: Christian Pondella

Dave Rosenbarger 1976-2015

By Patagonia   |   Jan 23, 2015 January 23, 2015

We are saddened today to give you the tragic news that Patagonia ski ambassador Dave Rosenbarger—“American Dave” as we knew him—died on Friday, January 23 when he was caught in an avalanche while skiing on the Italian side of the Mont… Read More

Above: Heather, John and Lily Sterling. Photo: Sterling Family Archive

Morning People

By Heather Sterling   |   Dec 23, 2014 December 23, 2014

It’s early morning and our pre-dawn bedroom is see-your-breath freezing. But I’m curled up with my daughter Lily, snug in our cozy nest of blankets. I’m in that happy place between dreaming and waking. A habitual late-riser, I relish long, lazy mornings. I love adventure, I just prefer to… Read More

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