The Voyage of Swell
By the time Capt. Clark made it back to shore, her crew had disappeared without a trace. The crew, in this case, was Amelia the Tropicat, Liz Clark’s sole companion on her sailboat, Swell. Look for Liz Clark’s book, Swell: Sailing the Pacific in Search of Surf and Self, to be published by Patagonia in April 2017.
Three minutes into our float, the v-wakes of submerged rocks in the tailout begin to move, creasing the glassy surface as they peel away from the approaching raft. Skyla and Weston lean forward, scouting ahead. - Dylan Tomine
New Localism: Defined by the Line
If you’re a climber, chances are you’ve dreamt of climbing here or, better yet, you actually have. It’s a region that includes some of the most perfect (and the most crumbly) climbing on earth: Cedar Mesa, Valley of the Gods, the Abajo Mountains and, dear to climbers, Indian Creek. As threats to these public lands in southeastern Utah accumulate, local people—climbers among them—are joining forces to protect the area that they call the Bears Ears region. But the fight isn’t finished.
First Comes Love
I was a teenager when I started rock climbing. Sixteen years old with bony shoulders and a precious, brand-new pair of Boreal Aces, I threw myself into climbing blindly, like the teenage romance it was. I swam in it, soaked it up, absorbed it—and blew it. - Sonnie Trotter
Growing up on Maui, Kimi had the seemingly infinite Pacific not far from her front step. But throughout her childhood, she was taught something Hawaiians have always known: You should never take more than you need. - Kimi Werner
In Pichilemu, a small town on Chile’s central coast, surfer Matías López remembers encountering the Navarro family in the late ’80s. Now a father himself, Ramón carries his legacy with pride. Starting from a simple love for the sea, he’s determined to work for the future of the place he calls home. “We just want people to respect the coastline,” he says, “and our way of life.” PROTECT PUNTA DE LOBOS—POR SIEMPRE!