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One row at a time, a specialized tractor harvests the tough fibrous stalk of hemp plants. The tractor blades flip the hemp and cut it down 5 inches off the ground. This creates a layer of air underneath that helps the hemp stock dry naturally. This is the first of many steps in the process to usable fiber. Photo: Lloyd Belcher
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Some people will do anything to avoid pulling out a headlamp. Alyson Dimmitt Gnam catches her breath before hammering out the twilight descent to the car. Glacier National Park, Montana. Photo: Steven Gnam

Nose to the Wind

By Steve House   |   Apr 12, 2019 April 12, 2019

In his new book, Training for the Uphill Athlete, Steve House joins forces with coach Scott Johnston and athlete Kílian Jornet to develop a comprehensive approach to finding the joy and the payoff of intense training effort. Even lunges. The wind had made its presence known all… Read More

Roadside attraction or emergency bathroom stop? Sometimes they are one and the same. Photo: Kern Ducote

Business Is Good

By Kern Ducote   |   Apr 10, 2019 April 10, 2019

I lost track of how many people asked us why we were driving into the deeper nooks of New England during the middle of winter. I knew the answer, but I’d be lying if I didn’t question the reasoning myself. The Worn Wear crew set out to visit a few… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Van Fan

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Apr 9, 2019 April 9, 2019

Jeanie Adamson, a 50-something mom, decided to switch things up last year for spring break. When she told her son, Luke, she wanted to ski at every resort between Dallas and Lake Tahoe, he offered up his newly-renovated 1990 Dodge Ram van, Sherrod, for the job. The two of them… Read More

Among the sacred sites Bears Ears National Monument is intended to preserve are these Pueblo cliff dwellings and granaries (for storing maize) on Comb Ridge, Utah. Photo: Josh Ewing

Hey, How’s That Lawsuit Against the President Going?

By Patagonia   |   Apr 9, 2019 April 9, 2019

Glad you asked … and if you aren’t already aware, in December 2017, President Trump issued a proclamation slashing Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 100 miles to the west of Bears Ears, by half. In an unprecedented response, we joined… Read More

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Sandstone features on the northern border of the Diné reservation. Photo: Ace Kvale

Why Run

By Meaghen Brown   |   Apr 5, 2019 April 5, 2019

Some time in the northern corner of the Diné reservation helps clarify why this question is so hard to answer. A girl wakes and runs toward the light, her dark hair streaming behind her as she races in the direction of the rising sun. She hears the prayers of her… Read More

The population of the High Atlas is concentrated in small villages, but it’s far more common to see donkeys and other livestock on the paths running through each. Chris Kehmeier and Leilani Bruntz take a well-trod exit near the village of Toulkine. Photo: Leslie Kehmeier

Ask Where The Mules Go

By Leilani Bruntz   |   Apr 4, 2019 April 4, 2019

Following ancient pathways in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. According to our local guide, Samir Ahmoudou, to travel anywhere in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, you only need to know three Amazigh words: sow, gow, ich—“eat, sleep, drink.” Hospitality will take care of the rest. Such advice seems simple to the point of… Read More

Mountain runner Kílian  Jornet blazes down the north ridge of Täschhorn in Switzerland. Along  with Steve House and Scott Johnston, he’s leading the “anti-fad” training movement for mountain athletes. Photo: Steve House

Seven Recommendations for Trail Racing and Training

By Kílian Jornet   |   Mar 30, 2019 March 30, 2019

Patagonia is thrilled to publish Steve House and Scott Johnston’s second training book, Training for the Uphill Athlete, for which they teamed up with world-class endurance athlete Kílian Jornet. This is an excerpt from the book, now available in Patagonia stores, on Patagonia.com, and at your favorite… Read More

Photo: Ben Moon

Fighting for That Last Bear

By Patagonia   |   Mar 28, 2019 March 28, 2019

Is it possible you’re reading this on The Cleanest Line and it’s the first you’re hearing of Doug Peacock? Is that even possible? Well, if so, you’re in for a real treat. In his latest film, Grizzly Country, Ben Moon creates a portrait of… Read More

Come to Papa. Leads gets a lift from Mom, Sherry, in 1995. Turtle Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo: Greg Epperson

Where She Landed

By Bonnie Tsui   |   Mar 28, 2019 March 28, 2019

Jordan Leads wants everybody to know she is alive and well. When she was six months old, she had her picture taken with her family at Joshua Tree’s Turtle Rock: a baby in midair, swaddled in a puffy purple jumpsuit, thrown over a disturbingly large gap between boulders. (Her parents,… Read More

Tongass National Forest, Alaska. Photo: Amy Gulick

The Shutdown Isn’t Over

By Elliott Woods   |   Mar 15, 2019 March 15, 2019

For 34 days in December and January, the government shutdown not only impaired the livelihoods of 800,000 federal employees, it brought almost the entire federal scientific apparatus to a halt. Worse, there are indicators that the Trump administration willingly took advantage of the shutdown to expedite strategic projects in the… Read More

Thousands of domesticated hatchery salmon are released into the San Francisco Bay. Photo: Ben Moon

The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River

By Dylan Tomine   |   Mar 14, 2019 March 14, 2019

We are killing what we love. The vast system of hatcheries and open-water fish farms we’ve built is an expression of our affection for cold-water fish—as food, as recreation, as commercial resource. And yet, despite our best intentions, these human-engineered attempts to make up for resource extraction, development and dam… Read More

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