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Andrew Burr
漁網に恋して
漁網に恋して

ジャクリーヌ・サングエサは、必要に迫られて、海を愛する前に漁網を愛した。 全ての写真:Jürgen Westermeyer ジャクリーヌ・サングエサがアンドリュー・オライリーに語った言葉。 これまで一緒に仕事をしてきた人…

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.

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Listen to “The Year of Big Ideas 2014” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Year of Big Ideas 2014” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Year of Big Ideas 2014” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

Plastic bags. They clog drawers, landfills, coastlines and trailheads. Recycling them is confusing and inefficient. But what if there was a way to turn the trash into something of value? Enter Industrial Designer Will Wells. Today, we bring you our annual Year of Big Ideas. We talked to contributors and friends about their goals for…

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Listen to “Adventure 1000” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Adventure 1000” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Adventure 1000” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

It’s time for our annual Year of Big Ideas episode. This year, we talked to Alastair Humphreys, a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Among other things, Alastair has walked across India, and 1,000 miles through the largest sand desert in the world, cycled 46,000 miles around the world in four years and rowed across the…

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Remembering Ski Ambassador Dave Rosenbarger
Remembering Ski Ambassador Dave Rosenbarger
Remembering Ski Ambassador Dave Rosenbarger
Patagonia

We are saddened today to give you the tragic news that Patagonia ski ambassador Dave Rosenbarger—“American Dave” as we knew him—died on Friday, January 23 when he was caught in an avalanche while skiing on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Dave has been a part of the Patagonia family since 2010. Our hearts…

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Freediving the Wreckage of Lelu Harbor
Freediving the Wreckage of Lelu Harbor
Freediving the Wreckage of Lelu Harbor
Patagonia

Story by Matt Rott, Photos by Matt Shepherd It’s funny how easily we miss out on opportunities lying just under our noses—especially when we’re trapped in the narrow-minded, one-dimensional pursuit of something as fleeting as a wave. I’d been chasing the left-hander breaking into Lelu Harbor for nearly fifteen years, enduring lengthy flat spells and…

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How to Dress Your Child from the Cold: Layering Tips from Fitz Caldwell
Happy little gnome. Photo: Rebecca Caldwell
How to Dress Your Child from the Cold: Layering Tips from Fitz Caldwell
Rebecca Caldwell

Every autumn since I’ve known Tommy we have loaded up our van, left our home in Estes Park, Colorado, and driven to Yosemite National Park for him to work on his mega-project, The Dawn Wall, on the monolithic El Capitan. After we had Fitz we couldn’t wait to share this breathtaking place with him. This…

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Listen to “Flying Deep” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Flying Deep” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Flying Deep” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

By Fitz & Becca Cahall There comes a stage in a great athlete’s career when the pursuit of technical difficulty takes a back seat. It gives way to simplicity, an aesthetic and possibly to an iconic style that leaves an impression on a sport. Will Gadd is one of the most accomplished mountain athletes ever. Most people…

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Our Shipping Employees Volunteer with Environmental Non-Profits
Our Shipping Employees Volunteer with Environmental Non-Profits
Our Shipping Employees Volunteer with Environmental Non-Profits
Gavin Back

This summer, the Patagonia Shipping Department in Reno, Nevada helped two local environmental non-profits. We were able to work for the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and the Sugar Pine Foundation. This was made possible by the environmental internship program Patagonia offers to every employee. Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund (HVWHPF) is a…

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Listen to “What You’re Handed” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “What You’re Handed” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “What You’re Handed” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

Regardless of how you choose to play outside, if someone gets hurt in the mountains, the first step on the checklist remains the same: “scene safety”—you make sure the thing that hurt your buddy isn’t going to hurt you too. But there’s no checklist for emotional safety when things go wrong. Today we bring you…

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A Run-in with Poison Oak, with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
A Run-in with Poison Oak, with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
A Run-in with Poison Oak, with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
Craig Holloway

Back in February, I started volunteering for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), a nonprofit that protects open space through land acquisitions and conservation easements. They have a number of preserves scattered across the valley and the Valley View Preserve was their newest one. OVLC volunteers had already built two trails on Valley View and were…

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Listen to “Tales of Terror Vol. 5” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Tales of Terror Vol. 5” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Tales of Terror Vol. 5” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

Ghost stories. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, ghost stories have a way of seeping into your mind. And, if they’re really good, suddenly, that soft rapping on the window or the flickering lights become more ominous–like we’ve primed out minds to seek another explanation. In part, that’s the fun of ghost stories. But…

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Remembering Liz Daley
Remembering Liz Daley
Remembering Liz Daley
Josh Nielsen

Earlier this week, we received the tragic news that Liz Daley, a former Patagonia snow ambassador, was killed in an avalanche on Monday in the Fitz Roy Massif region of Argentina. Our hearts go out to Liz’s family and friends. Liz was an amazing person known for her warm outgoing personality, matched by a smile…

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Hōkūle’a – Malama Honua: Part 1, Worldwide Voyage
Hōkūle’a – Malama Honua: Part 1, Worldwide Voyage
Hōkūle’a – Malama Honua: Part 1, Worldwide Voyage
Jennifer Allen

By Jennifer Allen, photos by John Bilderback It’s been nearly forty years since Hōkūle’a, a double-hulled canoe, first sailed from Hawaii to Tahiti under the guidance of ancient navigational skills. Open sea sailing—using only the stars, swells, and birds as a natural compass—had ended centuries before. But Hōkūle’a’s safe passage through the two biggest wind…

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Hōkūle’a – Malama Honua: Part 1, Beginning the Worldwide Voyage
Hōkūle’a – Malama Honua: Part 1, Beginning the Worldwide Voyage
Hōkūle’a – Malama Honua: Part 1, Beginning the Worldwide Voyage

By Jennifer Allen, photos by John Bilderback [photo] It’s been nearly forty years since Hōkūle’a, a double-hulled canoe, first sailed from Hawaii to Tahiti under the guidance of ancient navigational skills. Open sea sailing—using only the stars, swells, and birds as a natural compass—had ended centuries before. But Hōkūle’a’s safe passage through the two biggest…

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How to Make and Use a Wooden Dowel Yoga Prop for Travel
How to Make and Use a Wooden Dowel Yoga Prop for Travel
How to Make and Use a Wooden Dowel Yoga Prop for Travel
Lydia Zamorano

I’ve found my favorite yoga and bodywork prop. Not only is it made of wood, but it’s perfectly portable, fits into the side of any backpack or duffel bag, and takes up next to no space in a van. It works kind of like other massage canes would (but it’s not plastic, is way cheaper, and you…

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Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action
Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action
Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action
Annie Leonard

In my last essay, I talked about an updated vision of environmental changemaking, one that recognizes that many businesses are potential allies in the transformation to a responsible sustainable economy. Not all businesses, mind you, but a good number really do want clean energy, safe products, and decently paid workers. This time, we’ll talk about…

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Listen to “Mothers Have It Hardest” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Mothers Have It Hardest” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Mothers Have It Hardest” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

“I remember really quickly going from, ‘Wow, I’m home, this feels great’, to ‘Holy s***, what did I do to my mom’?” says alpinist Kyle Dempster. “And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers.” Today, we bring you two stories—one from Hilary Oliver, and one from Kyle Dempster…

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Listen to “Widge” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Widge” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Widge” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

“It’s like you’re scared to move forward—you just need something to give you a little nudge,” says Jonah Manning. “You can call it support, but, really it’s just like a little bit of a shove forward. And I’ll never forget it, because Widge was certainly that for me.” Today we bring you the story of…

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The Lost Dory
The Lost Dory
The Lost Dory
Joe Curren

Joe Curren shares childhood memories of his dad, legendary waterman Pat Curren, and the unique boat that traveled with them to Baja.

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Listen to “Live From 5Point Vol. 7” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Live From 5Point Vol. 7” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Live From 5Point Vol. 7” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

A month ago, we headed south for our annual pilgrimage to the 5Point Film Festival and our live Dirtbag Diaries. Today, we share stories from two women, from two different generations who share a love for rivers. In 2013, Amber Valenti had the opportunity to paddle one of the last great free-flowing rivers in the…

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Desert Lovers in the Navajo Mountains
Desert Lovers in the Navajo Mountains
Desert Lovers in the Navajo Mountains

Words and photos by John Bryant Baker As the sunlight makes its way to my face, I can see my breath as it leaves my mouth and slowly rises into the crisp cold air. From atop this sandstone dome, my 360 degree view is uninterrupted. Wilderness stretches out across the horizon in every direction. There…

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Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen
Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen
Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen
Mike Thompson

“Push the button.” “No, you push the button.” “What the hell, push it Ellen!” She did. I knew I was going to be profiled as a narcotraficante even though the contraband I was trying to sneak past the customs officer was anything but drugs. In fact, it was several thousand dollars worth of fishing goodies…

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Solutions Series, Part 4: Solutions in Business
Solutions Series, Part 4: Solutions in Business
Solutions Series, Part 4: Solutions in Business
Annie Leonard

“There is no business to be done on a dead planet.”–David Brower Back in in the day, an activist colleague of mine liked to wisecrack that whenever corporations talked about environmental solutions everyone could live with, what they meant were “solutions” only a politically acceptable number of people would die from. That is so 1980s!…

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Building Patagonia National Park: A Decade-Long Partnership with Patagonia, Inc.
Building Patagonia National Park: A Decade-Long Partnership with Patagonia, Inc.
Building Patagonia National Park: A Decade-Long Partnership with Patagonia, Inc.
Colin Pile & Alison Kelman

Here in the northeast spring is finally here. Flowers are blossoming, the birds are back, and we can finally peel off our winter layers and soak up a little sun. Still, even a month after we’ve returned, a part of us is still in Patagonia. In February and March of this year, Alison and I…

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Listen to “The World by Bike” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The World by Bike” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The World by Bike” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

Committed. It’s a word we use to describe people we know, our friends, even ourselves. Committed to a sport. A ski line. An ethic. A lifestyle. It can be relatively easy to commit to those daily or short-term goals. But carving out time to achieve a bigger dream, something that may take weeks or months,…

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Listen to “The Treewok” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Treewok” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Treewok” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

The average American spends a third of their income on housing. Almost as much as the next two greatest expenses — food and transportation — combined. So, theoretically, if you just stopped paying for housing, you could earn a living working three days a week. Or two thirds of the year. Today, we bring you…

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Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Esha Chhabra

Sheep (and their poop) could help California’s climate-driven wildfires. One couple is ushering in this idea with a small flock and some supportive fire departments.

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The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
Kim McCoy & Willard Newell Bascom

Coauthor Kim McCoy recounts discovering the mystery of what lies beneath the waves, where ocean and land meet and compete.

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Listen to “The Remotest” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Remotest” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Remotest” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

We all know the feeling of remoteness. The stillness. The perspective. It’s part of what keeps drawing us outside. But what does it feel like to be standing, literally, in the most remote place in a state? In the country? And what might those places reveal about the fate of our country’s wild lands? In…

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Tying the Room Together – 2014 American Alpine Club Annual Benefit, featuring Yvon Chouinard
Tying the Room Together – 2014 American Alpine Club Annual Benefit, featuring Yvon Chouinard
Tying the Room Together – 2014 American Alpine Club Annual Benefit, featuring Yvon Chouinard
Kelly Cordes

“Holy guacamole,” I mumbled to myself. “There are a lot of ties in this room.” Lots of exquisite dresses, too. I was at the recent American Alpine Club Annual Benefit Dinner, which begs the question of place: What was my broke ass doing in a VIP seat, wearing a borrowed bow tie, at a fancy…

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Raised from Earth
Raised from Earth
Raised from Earth

Under the gaze of southern Arizona’s cinnamon-hued Canelo Hills, a mother passes along an ancient Puebloan tradition of natural adobe building to her three sons.

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From the AT to NYC
From the AT to NYC
From the AT to NYC
Lauren Evans

How a mother’s own childhood experience on the Appalachian Trail shaped the way she teaches her four children to find nature in the heart of New York City.

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Silence, Water, Hope
Silence, Water, Hope
Silence, Water, Hope
Andrew O’Reilly

Protecting the ocean is what friends are for.

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Don’t Forget Your Roots
Don’t Forget Your Roots
Don’t Forget Your Roots
Andrew O’Reilly

First-generation Vietnamese American Mai Nguyen follows in the footsteps of their agrarian ancestors with a farm that grows numerous types of grains with a no-till, anti-fertilizer regenerative approach.

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Por una Ley de Ríos Salvajes
Por una Ley de Ríos Salvajes

Chile tiene más de 1.200 grandes ríos escasamente protegidos. Un grupo de organizaciones ambientales tiene una propuesta para evitar su extinción. El acto de abrir una llave para tomar agua, bañarnos, lavarnos las manos o llenar el hervidor, es algo que hacemos de manera tan automática que se nos cae el mundo cuando, de un…

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