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Climbing Stories

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Oak Flat Is No Sacrifice Zone
Oak Flat Is No Sacrifice Zone
Oak Flat Is No Sacrifice Zone
Len Necefer

As we make a transition to renewable sources of energy, let’s not renew the same old mistakes.

10 min Read
The Maestro
The Maestro
The Maestro
Sofía Arredondo

An ode to Raúl Revilla Quiroz, one of the fathers of Mexican rock climbing.

10 min Read
Episode 2: A Climate of Optimism
Episode 2: A Climate of Optimism
Episode 2: A Climate of Optimism

Patagonia and Pop-Up Magazine Productions present a series about knowledge.

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11:44
Queering Climb Mentorship
Queering Climb Mentorship
Queering Climb Mentorship
Lor Sabourin & Madaleine Sorkin

A conversation between Lor Sabourin and Madaleine Sorkin.

13 min Read
Chasing Charlie
Chasing Charlie
Chasing Charlie
Kennan Harvey

Charlie Fowler was a world-class alpinist; what did he find out in Colorado’s Wild, Wild West climbing area that kept him coming back?

8 min Read
The Scale of Hope
The Scale of Hope
The Scale of Hope

Molly Kawahata on climate, climbing and the fight for systemic change.

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67:06
Too Far, Too High
Too Far, Too High
Too Far, Too High
Tad McCrea

On an intergenerational new routing trip in the Sierra, Tad McCrea asks, What if your best adventure is the one you’re already on?

7 min Read
繋ぐ壁
繋ぐ壁
繋ぐ壁

(Connecting Walls)
Unable to travel overseas due to the ongoing pandemic, Katsutaka "Jumbo" Yokoyama and Keita Kurakami headed for the pristine climbing walls of Yakushima.

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19:00
A Partial Ascent of Mantok 0
A Partial Ascent of Mantok 0
A Partial Ascent of Mantok 0
Jack Cramer

Lessons from a close one in Alaska.

9 min Read
A Word …
A Word …
A Word …
Tom Frost & Yvon Chouinard

When they urged climbers to stop using their best-selling product in 1972, Tom Frost and Yvon Chouinard laid the foundation for Patagonia’s work today.

4 min Read
Bring Back Clean Climbing
Bring Back Clean Climbing
Bring Back Clean Climbing
Mailee Hung

Fifty years ago, Yvon Chouinard, Tom Frost and Doug Robinson set down an ethic for climbing that emphasized restraint and respect for the rock. In 2022, it’s needed more than ever.

10 min Read
Raising Kuba
Raising Kuba
Raising Kuba
Lauren Evans

Cydney Knapp and her husband, Bartek, knew they wanted to raise their kids to love the outdoors, so they learned how to navigate change and embraced the chaos.

4 min Read
Love Scaled Up
Love Scaled Up
Love Scaled Up
Lor Sabourin

Behind the film They/Them.

10 min Read
They/Them
They/Them
They/Them

Follow Lor Sabourin into the sandstone canyons of northern Arizona as they piece together five of the hardest pitches of their climbing career and a climbing community where everyone can thrive as their authentic self.

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109:02
Life Lived Wild
Life Lived Wild
Life Lived Wild
Rick Ridgeway

Rolling Stone called him “the real Indiana Jones.” His new memoir reveals why our friend Rick has always been a great deal more.

5 min Read
Higher Ground
Higher Ground
Higher Ground
Austin Siadak & Richelle Kimble

Discovering that climbing is for them.

6 min Read
Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly
Emmeline Wang

Finding the intersection of identity, stewardship and rock climbing.

6 min Read
Doing the Work
Doing the Work
Doing the Work
Josh Wharton

Not totally relating to some forms of climate activism, Josh Wharton found his own way to contribute.

5 min Read
Girl Crush
Girl Crush
Girl Crush
Natasha Woodworth

On designing our women’s climbing pants.

4 min Read
The Lure of the Unclimbed
The Lure of the Unclimbed
The Lure of the Unclimbed
Anne Gilbert Chase & Jason Thompson

Reflecting on risk and partnership in Pakistan.

6 min Read
Freedom of the Hills
Freedom of the Hills
Freedom of the Hills
Matthew Tufts

Recreation in the Alabama Hills is surging at an unsustainable pace. But some people are working to ensure that it doesn’t get loved to death.

17 min Read
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
John Long

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

6 min Read
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif
Colin Haley

6,000 words about dressing for alpine climbing you didn’t know you needed to know.

23 min Read
Sendero Luminoso
Sendero Luminoso
Sendero Luminoso
Josh Wharton

Back to the Wind River Range.

5 min Read
Calculating Risk
Calculating Risk
Calculating Risk
Mikey Schaefer

Reflecting on a lifetime of climbing, and the risks and rewards that come with it.

7 min Read
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie

Alex Megos finds a new limit.

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17:00
New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya
New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya
New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya
Eric Bissell

Eric Bissell captured his first published image with Patagonia on a climbing trip to establish a new route on Mount Ololokwe.

7 min Read
Paths Through the Uncertainty
Paths Through the Uncertainty
Paths Through the Uncertainty
Kitty Calhoun

A climber remembers her first experience with the
unexpected on Thalay Sagar.

4 min Read
Valley Season
Valley Season
Valley Season
Patagonia

Eliza Earle, Austin Siadak, Drew Smith on the 2019 fall climbing season in Yosemite.

3 min Read
Stone Locals
Stone Locals
Stone Locals

Rediscovering the soul of rock climbing.

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71:00
Primary Source
Primary Source
Primary Source
Alex Lowther

Alex Megos tells the story of his Bibliographie.

9 min Read
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place
Brittany Leavitt

A climber takes a road trip to Bishop and Las Vegas, and breaks down the narrative of who travels and who climbs.

23 min Read
Sunnyside Up
Sunnyside Up
Sunnyside Up
Tommy Caldwell

Last November, Fitz Caldwell (age 6) finished his first multipitch climb, Sunnyside Bench in Yosemite National Park. He did it with his dad, Tommy.

3 min Read
First Photo: Mount Whitney
First Photo: Mount Whitney
First Photo: Mount Whitney
Kyle Sparks

A Sierra trip with good light and only one case of altitude sickness.

9 min Read
What Comes Next
What Comes Next
What Comes Next
Rolando Garibotti

Rolando Garibotti looks back at a lifetime spent in Patagonia and forward to the generation following in his footsteps.

4 min Read
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be
Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell's first trip to Patagonia

3 min Read
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