The Cleanest Line


Mike Colpo aka “localcrew” was an 11-year veteran of Patagonia. He was a committed, and knowledgeable environmentalist who had a special love for Nevada’s wild places. He was a monster on his mountain bike and his beloved Xtracycle, an excellent backcountry navigator, telemark skier, fly fisherman and alpinist who took a month out every summer to guide for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Wyoming. He passed away suddenly on December 7, 2011. We miss him dearly.


Retail Bike Challenge Winner Announced

Retail Bike Challenge Winner Announced

May 22, 2008 May 22, 2008

The results are in!  It has been an interesting Bike to Work Week in the retail sector with many east coast stores battling less than favorable weather conditions as well as unseasonably warm temps in the west.  The great thing about Bike to Work Week is… Read More

Thanks for a Great Bike to Work Week!

Thanks for a Great Bike to Work Week!

May 19, 2008 May 19, 2008

We’re pleased to offer this recap of BTWW ’08. We couldn’t have asked for better participation, or for more generous sponsorship. Our pedalers covered some serious mileage (breakdown after the jump), but thanks should always come before stats. So without further ado, a hearty THANK YOU to all of the… Read More

Pedaling Over the Hump

Pedaling Over the Hump

May 15, 2008 May 15, 2008

Mid-way through the work week and the participant numbers keep climbing. While Free’s rear-hub casualty has taken some of the spark out of our Pat HQ vs. Distribution Center rivalry, the Retail Bike Challenge remains hotly contested. While you find the store’s individual rider numbers below, consult the… Read More

Your Feedback at Work – Critical Mass

Your Feedback at Work – Critical Mass

May 7, 2008 May 7, 2008

Product Feedback. Boy do we get a lot of it . . . From fit to function to fashion, from price to purpose to product names, customer feedback is one thing we’ve grown to rely on. We believe our customers are more passionate and outspoken than the norm. And while… Read More

Above: Looking toward le Mont Blanc from the top of the Auguille du Midi, only 3,000 more feet to climb. All photos: Yannick Clèvy

Pat Europe Colleagues Get High Together

May 1, 2008 May 1, 2008

Yannick and his ski cronies from Patagonia Europe are stormin’ the steeps again. While denizens of our beach hut (Patagonia Ventura) have got spring surf on the brain, and the tribe at the desert mountain outpost (Patagonia Reno) are stymied… Read More

Photo: Free soloing, Ursus americanus style

New Route Established on Donner Summit

Sep 27, 2007 September 27, 2007

Many climbers are familiar with the convenient, high-quality granite available at California’s Donner Summit. Those who have made the trip are no doubt familiar with the sight of The Summit’s Rainbow Bridge, built in 1926.  Many come simply for the view available from the bridge’s road-side vista pull out. Read More

Stand Up for Your Favorite

Stand Up for Your Favorite

Sep 10, 2007 September 10, 2007

We’ve been having a conversation here at Patagonia of late; one that comes up often. The conversation is about some of our classic designs, time-tested pieces, old favorites. Some of the questions tossed out there: What do we do with those “classics”? Where have they gone?… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

Chouinard Receives AAC Brower Award

Apr 2, 2007 April 2, 2007

Bend, Oregon – The American Alpine Club presented its prestigious David R. Brower Award for conservation to Yvon Chouinard this Saturday, March 31.  A quote from the American Alpine Club’s announcement: The Brower Award, created in 1991, recognizes leadership and commitmentto preserving mountain regions worldwide. The awardee, whose activepersonal role… Read More

Nadine Steinmeier of Patagonia Europe's Dealer Services tops out before sun-up along the Combe du Marion, Massif des Aravis, France. Photo: Yannick Clévy

Climbing Foot With Backbag

Mar 28, 2007 March 28, 2007

You’re all pretty familiar with the Dawn Patrol (DP) idea by this point: wake with the roosters, drive blear-eyed through the pre-dawn black, exit warm car in the belly of the night’s bitter cold, strap on headlamps and start slogging uphill through dark and snow, all for a… Read More