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Threatened with development, the Tarkine is a vast wilderness in a remote part of North West Tasmania containing the largest tract of cool temperate rainforest, wild windswept beaches, extensive buttongrass plains and pristine wild rivers in Australia. Bob Brown and his Foundation has been campaigning for years to protect this unique landscape. Photo: Rob Blakers
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The Last Straw

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Jul 5, 2017 July 5, 2017

In mid-May, I presented at the annual NOLS instructor conference held in Lander, Wyoming. This was not only an opportunity to speak to the frontline of outdoor educators but, in light of the recent concerns with our public lands, an even better… Read More

Photo: Emmie Theberge

In the Shadows of Katahdin

By Ryan Parker   |   Jun 30, 2017 June 30, 2017

I break trail for my companions, pushing through snow and curtains of my own misty breath, both aglow with starlight. We left warmth and merriment in Big Spring Brook Hut where the rest of our group is gathered. Only three of us pushed on after the 11-mile ski from the… Read More

Photo: Logan Barber

Finding Peace

By Robbie Phillips   |   Jun 27, 2017 June 27, 2017

A sea of a thousand rocky thumbs. Which one do you take? Balancing trustingly on ten millimeters of rocky protrusion, your index finger wraps around the top of a feldspar knob. Don’t breathe too deeply or it might push you off. You have it, but you feel your balance waver. Read More

Photo: John Bilderback

In Their Wake: A Journey From Tahiti to Hawai‘i

By Ka‘iulani Murphy   |   Jun 9, 2017 June 9, 2017

I wipe tears from my cheek just as an electrical charge pulses through my body. My eyes are immediately drawn to a blue streak of light that flashes between my bicep and forearm. I let go of the mast cleat and exchange puzzled glances with fellow crewmembers. An ear-piercing clap… Read More

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The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands

By Dale Hope   |   Jun 20, 2017 June 20, 2017

The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands is the most colorful and complete book published on the most enduring souvenir ever invented: the Hawaiian shirt. The following excerpt is from chapter two, “Tailor Shops to Factory Pioneers.” In the late 1920s, most visitors to Waikiki beachside… Read More

Photo: Rick Graetz

How Can We Inspire Children to be Stewards of the Planet?

By Patagonia   |   Jun 16, 2017 June 16, 2017

Patagonia has offered corporate-sponsored on-site child care since 1983. The Great Pacific Child Development Center, GPCDC for short, is where infants and children spend their days crawling, running, climbing and exploring, mostly outdoors, while their parents work. We wanted to tell the story of GPCDC, so last year we published… 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

Photo: Colin McCarthy

Experimenting with Naturally Dyed Clothing

By Joyanna Laughlin   |   Jun 8, 2017 June 8, 2017

Forty-five years ago, the old school North American outdoor uniform was basically colored in khaki, denim blue and olive green. Not only were the colors monotonous, but the dyes used were mostly petroleum based. Imagine no Craft Pink as vivid as the beavertail cactus flower. No Galah Green as bright… Read More

Photo: Paul Hendricks

Defending the Idea of Wilderness

By Paul Hendricks   |   Jun 5, 2017 June 5, 2017

The Secretary of the Interior arrived in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument midday on May 10, 2017. He came to perform an “assessment” of the monument—to see whether the current boundaries overstepped their task of protecting natural and cultural resources and spurring economic growth. It was raining, windy and cold, but… Read More

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

Begguya North Buttress Solo

By Colin Haley   |   Jun 1, 2017 June 1, 2017

I’ve just returned to Seattle from a trip to the Central Alaska Range, which was shorter than most with only two weeks of camping at Kahiltna Base Camp, but more successful than some Alaska Range trips I’ve done that were three times the length. In May 2012, I attempted to… Read More

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