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Most trees in Japanese public spaces are highly manicured from the beginning of their life to craft a distinct aesthetic, like this intricate pine entanglement in the Yamagata Prefecture. Honshu, Japan. Photo: Garrett Grove

Treeline: The Film

By Molly Baker   |   Jan 29, 2019 January 29, 2019

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our… Read More

The best ones aren't huggable--or so says Deb MacKillop. “As a forester, it’s handy to know the length of your limbs,” she says. “They make great measuring tools.” Leah Evans gives some love and follows Deb's example while skiing among the red cedars of interior BC. Photo: Garrett Grove

Treeline: A Story Written in Rings

By Laura Yale   |   Nov 29, 2018 November 29, 2018

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Feb 12, 2018 February 12, 2018

“The notion that there’s one dream that we’re all after, and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy,” says Forest McBrian. “Everyone’s dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then… Read More

Photo: Andrew Miller

Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow

By Hans Ludwig   |   Jan 31, 2018 January 31, 2018

On January 23, it was snowing so hard that the sound, the roaring hiss of snow hitting the ground, woke me up at 3 a.m. I threw on a jacket and walked outside into the certain knowledge that California’s nearly five-year snow drought was over. It was the deepest, most… Read More

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

“The Last Hill:” A Film About Getting There Slowly

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

Photo: Garrett Grove

Geography Lessons: On Exploring Unmapped (to You) Places

By Lisa Richardson   |   Feb 1, 2017 February 1, 2017

One Christmas, my brother gifted me a copy of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. I hate those kind of books. He and his girlfriend could both name-drop dozens of the tick-listed destinations, but I was mostly perplexed. What did you do there? Came, saw, conquered—never to look back. Read More

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