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“National parks remind us that we are part of something larger than ourselves.” Read More

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Endangered Spaces: Prince of Wales

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 26, 2018 January 26, 2018

“It’s like being caught in a spiderweb. You’ll find yourself pushing with every part of your body, and no part of your body will be able to move. You’re totally trapped by–held by plants,” says Elsa Sebastian, describing what it’s like to bushwhack through a 25-year old clear cut in… Read More

The Charpoua Hut, a minimalist hideaway in the heart of a granite sanctuary. Photo: Pierre Cadot

Charpoua, Mon Amour

By Floran Tomei   |   Jan 25, 2018 January 25, 2018

Sarah Cartier, the valiant captain of one of the most emblematic refuges on the Alps, unveils life in her little corner of paradise 2,481m above sea level. Being the start and end point of all great alpine adventures, the refuges are one of the strongest emblems of mountain culture. A… Read More

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The enormous amount of ice that carried all these rocks over the course of hundreds of years has now melted away. Photo: Vincent Colliard

Glacier Retreat

By Léa Brassy   |   Jan 18, 2018 January 18, 2018

Experiencing places myself is the ultimate chance for imprinting the reality of them in my mind. Living for a year on a remote atoll in the Pacific allowed me to witness the seawater level rising and its consequences. Yet picturing what’s happening far across the world remains abstract for me. Read More

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The Year of Big Ideas 2018

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 17, 2018 January 17, 2018

“I think the jack of all trades gets a bum rap. The jack is the master of none, but I think the jack probably has a lot of fun,” says Fitz Cahall. This year, The Dirtbag Diaries opens their annual The Year of Big Ideas with an ode to “mediocrity”… Read More

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll works a tricky dihedral on the first ascent of El Regalo de Mwono in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. Photo: Nicolas Favresse

Unstuck in Baffin Island’s Stewart Valley

By Nico Favresse   |   Jan 12, 2018 January 12, 2018

Pain pulses in my right foot to the rhythm of my heartbeats. I know something’s wrong, but the only option is to ignore it. The swelling presses against my shoe, but I’m afraid if I take it off, I’ll never get it back on. Still, I feel like I can’t… Read More

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Growing Down

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 2, 2018 January 2, 2018

I’ve watched my friends and peers hopscotch across the world. Some of them have reached the top of their craft, authored ridiculous lines up mountains, followed rivers into wrinkles of the deepest canyons, found the edge of human endurance. If I look back on the last ten years, I’m often… Read More

Members of the Porcupine caribou herd crossing the Hulahula River in the Arctic Refuge. Caribou travel in groups and migrate at different times: Pregnant females, some yearlings and barren cows are the first to travel north toward the coastal plain, followed by males and the rest of the juveniles. Photo: Florian Schulz

The Fight to Protect the Arctic Refuge Has Just Begun

By Patagonia   |   Dec 27, 2017 December 27, 2017

“Americans have voiced overwhelming support for protecting the Arctic Refuge, and the fight is far from over. If we destroy the Arctic Refuge today, we will never get that wild, unspoiled wilderness back.” —Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia On December 20, Congress passed the tax bill… Read More

The White Nile River, a tributary of the Nile, flows through Uganda. Photo: Eli Reichman

A Displaced Spirit

By Chandra Brown   |   Dec 21, 2017 December 21, 2017

When the Bujagali dam was erected on Uganda’s White Nile in 2011, the World Bank hired local witch doctors to relocate the river’s spirit gods. The deities that dwell in the Nile’s massive rapids were moved to cataracts on different, unaffected stretches of the river. This struck me as remarkable:… Read More

Eric Pollard picks a nice spot to chill. Virginia Lakes, California. Photo: Andrew Miller

The Last Hill

By Max Hammer   |   Dec 20, 2017 December 20, 2017

We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard… Read More

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