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Above: This is the room in Gualboo’s lodge where Aymeric and I had been sleeping. I’m lucky that I happened to get up from my nap 15 minutes before the earthquake began. Photo: Colin Haley

Earthquake in the Langtang Valley

By Colin Haley   |   May 22, 2015 May 22, 2015

I got on a plane in Vancouver around midday on April 16. I was exhausted. After a four-month season in Patagonia, my six weeks back in North America turned out much less restful than I had imagined. Conditions had been excellent, and I couldn’t keep myself from going out… Read More

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

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

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