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Rawls Moore braves stormy skies on the Slickrock Trail. Photo: Marc O’Brien

Saving Slickrock

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Feb 11, 2020 February 11, 2020

The 10.5-mile Slickrock Trail winds across a rippling expanse of Navajo sandstone above Moab, Utah, following a line of white dots up and over ochre domes. Arches National Park fills the skyline to the northeast and the brown waters of the Colorado churn a few hundred feet below the precipitous… Read More

With Mount Baker peeking over the horizon, Mark Allison (left) and Bonnie Burke (right) get ready to drop in on SST, a Galbraith classic. Photo: Paris Gore

Good Neighbors in Bellingham, Washington

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Nov 12, 2019 November 12, 2019

Eric “EB Extreme” Brown scurries up the root wad, surveying the devastation that once was Cougar Ridge Trail. Located on the east side of Lake Whatcom, east of Bellingham, Washington, “Cougar” was once an unsanctioned downhiller trail scheduled for closure. Now it’s one of the area’s premier—and legal—rides. This section,… Read More

Across the valley from the 18 Road trail system—home of the ultra-iconic Zippity Do Dah —is Kokopelli’s  Trail, another Fruita classic. Mary’s Loop is just a part of the loop, but the views of the Colorado River make it a standout, especially at sunset. Photo: Carl Zoch

“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Aug 15, 2019 August 15, 2019

In a fossil-rich corner of western Colorado, set against lush agricultural fields, the big-box stores of Grand Junction and the sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument, you’ll find Fruita. These days, the town is an international mountain-biking destination known for its ribbony, high-desert trails, technical routes overlooking the Colorado… Read More

Chris Shalbot races the weather above Big Hole Pass as foreboding clouds gather in the distance. Photo: Scott Rinckenberger

The Fun/Suffer Divide

By Chris Shalbot   |   Mar 20, 2018 March 20, 2018

The Continental Divide Trail is not often traveled, and rarely by bike. The sheer remoteness makes access tricky. With this in mind, Scott Rinckenberger, Justin Olsen and I set out for 11 days on our bikes, pedaling northeast from Chief Joseph Pass. We wanted to shed some light on this… Read More

Photo: Laura Winberry

The Abbiest Place on Earth

By Laura Winberry   |   Jun 13, 2017 June 13, 2017

I can’t help but say or think or feel it: this is Abbey Land. Despite the various crusts that have formed over the years since Abbey was alive and well in the Moab area, this is still his place. Of course, it is the earth first, shifting and sliding and… Read More

Our Photo of Illegal Mountain Bike Use

Our Photo of Illegal Mountain Bike Use

Jan 26, 2010 January 26, 2010

The photographs that appear in our catalogs have long been a source of inspiration. Very rarely, however, they can give the wrong impression. The Patagonia Heart of Winter 2010 catalog contained a photograph (p. 38) of illegal mountain bike use on the Pacific Crest National… Read More