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Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Jeff McElroy

Editor’s note: This post discusses anxiety and suicide. In a humble workshop in Washougal, Washington, a blind craftsman holds a locally harvested log that he has made into a blank with his miter saw. He turns it in his hands to feel its shape and weight. He measures and marks, measures and marks. A flick…

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A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
Sakeus Bankson

As seen in the November 2019 Journal. For the recipe behind Carston’s Spicy Magic Sauce, scroll to the end of the story. Although my tongue felt as if it might melt, Carston Oliver assured me I was not, in fact, going to die. “That’s just the capsaicin,” he told me, as he calmly ordered some…

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Listen to “Fistful of Hearts” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Fistful of Hearts” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Fistful of Hearts” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

“We biked through wind, rain, and snow. If lightning struck, we kept going. We only stopped if it got too close.  We outran tornadoes in Oklahoma. We waited out a storm in an old horse barn in Montana, huddled like penguins, our bikes cast carelessly aside in the mud,” writes John Flynn. After John lost…

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Higher Ground
Higher Ground
Higher Ground
Austin Siadak & Richelle Kimble

Discovering that climbing is for them.

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Good Jeans
Good Jeans
Good Jeans
Sarah Mirk

What’s the secret to a really good pair of jeans? Comics journalist Sarah Mirk tells us what to look for and how to keep them in play longer.

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The Place to Go Downhill
The Place to Go Downhill
The Place to Go Downhill
Korey Hopkins

A soldier finds solace on fat tires.

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“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A
“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A
“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A
Katie Klingsporn

In a fossil-rich corner of western Colorado, set against lush agricultural fields, the big-box stores of Grand Junction and the sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument, you’ll find Fruita. These days, the town is an international mountain-biking destination known for its ribbony, high-desert trails, technical routes overlooking the Colorado River and funky downtown where…

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Labor of Love
Labor of Love
Labor of Love
Ben Wilkinson

Restoring a traditional Hawaiian koa canoe on O’ahu. Ka Wahine u‘i O Hale‘iwa, which roughly translates to “Beautiful Young Woman of Hale‘iwa,” is the pride and joy of the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club here in Hale‘iwa on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Carved from a single koa tree, U‘i’s life began at 5,400…

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Where He Landed
Where He Landed
Where He Landed
Bonnie Tsui

How the child in an old road trip photo from the Patagonia catalog is helping humanity understand Mars.

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The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
Doug Chadwick

Dave Murray lives in a wooded mountain valley in western Montana with his wife, Connie; a labradoodle rightly named Loki, after the Norse god of mischief; and a bunch of mules. I live 140 miles north near Glacier National Park. He and I met on a float trip down a wild river in northern British…

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Dispatch from Fairy Creek
Dispatch from Fairy Creek
Dispatch from Fairy Creek
Maia Wikler

Why a logging protest has become Canada’s largest act of civil disobedience.

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Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture
Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture
Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture
Beth Wald

Fog from the distant Caspian Sea swirled around us as we left the road, crossed a narrow mountain stream on a rickety footbridge of wornwooden planks, passed a pungent corral full of dank, scruffy sheep, and started the steep climb to Alam Kuh base camp in the Alborz mountain range of Iran. Brittany Griffith, Kate…

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Kimi Werner, Léa Brassy and Liz Clark: Sea Sisters
Kimi Werner, Léa Brassy and Liz Clark: Sea Sisters
Kimi Werner, Léa Brassy and Liz Clark: Sea Sisters
Kimi Werner

The Best Times Are About Friends, Not Perfection It had been four years since Liz Clark, Léa Brassy and I first spent time together, on a sailing trip through the Tuamotus. We knew we’d found something special from the moment we met, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. We’re all very individual women and…

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Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee: A Conversation with Co-Director Len Necefer
Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee: A Conversation with Co-Director Len Necefer
Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee: A Conversation with Co-Director Len Necefer
Mădălina Preda

Indigenous communities across the United States are increasingly confronted with threats to their sovereignty and to the places they rely on for their culture and way of life. Nowhere is this threat felt more than in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A new short film, Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee, looks at the Gwich’in people’s work to protect…

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Under the Mud
Under the Mud
Under the Mud
Rachel G. Horn

A story of a customer whose photo ended up in our catalog.

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Life of Pie: How Hot Tomato Pizza Unites a Mountain Biking Paradise
Life of Pie: How Hot Tomato Pizza Unites a Mountain Biking Paradise
Life of Pie: How Hot Tomato Pizza Unites a Mountain Biking Paradise
Diane French

Friday night at the Hot Tomato is not for those in a hurry. Hungry customers grip pints of beer and compare notes on the day’s rides in lines that spill into the parking lot. Music pumps and the staff whirls behind the counter, tossing floury dough, yelling requests to the kitchen, giving each other shit.…

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Why Run
Why Run
Why Run
Meaghen Brown

Generations of a Diné family reflect on running.

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Ask Where the Mules Go
Ask Where the Mules Go
Ask Where the Mules Go
Leilani Bruntz

Following ancient pathways in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.

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Where Is She Now? The Famous Flying Patagonia Baby
Where Is She Now? The Famous Flying Patagonia Baby
Where Is She Now? The Famous Flying Patagonia Baby
Bonnie Tsui

Jordan Leads wants everybody to know she is alive and well. When she was six months old, she had her picture taken with her family at Joshua Tree’s Turtle Rock: a baby in midair, swaddled in a puffy purple jumpsuit, thrown over a disturbingly large gap between boulders. (Her parents, Jeff and Sherry, were the…

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Nose to the Wind
Nose to the Wind
Nose to the Wind
Steve House

Steve House joins forces with coach Scott Johnston and athlete Kílian Jornet to develop a comprehensive approach to finding the joy and the payoff of intense training. Even lunges. The wind had made its presence known all night, the tiny tent shaking off its layer of breath-turned-frost with each gust. The icy flakes settled, then…

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Listen to “The Van Fan” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Van Fan” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Van Fan” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

Jeanie Adamson, a 50-something mom, decided to switch things up last year for spring break. When she told her son, Luke, she wanted to ski at every resort between Dallas and Lake Tahoe, he offered up his newly-renovated 1990 Dodge Ram van, Sherrod, for the job. The two of them threw in their skis, buckled…

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Pintando la pradera
Artist: Emilie Lee
Pintando la pradera
Emilie Lee

Una pintora de paisajes entrega su arte de forma voluntaria para ayudar a proteger los hábitats salvajes de las Grandes Planicies del Norte, en Montana. Mis héroes artísticos siempre han sido los paisajistas del cambio de siglo: Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, Thomas Moran, por nombrar algunos. Ellos fueron rudos amantes del aire libre, que exploraron…

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Listen to “Tales of Terror Vol. 8” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Illustration: Walker Cahall
Listen to “Tales of Terror Vol. 8” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

Para nuestro octavo capitulo anual de Historias de Terror, tenemos no tres sino cinco historias que abarcan todo el espectro de cosas para temer, desde enojones armados, pasando por osos y felinos, hasta situaciones que no tienen explicación en el mundo de la ciencia. Primero, visitaremos un pueblo abandonado en Pennsylvania con Joe Shearer. Después,…

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Mālama Honua: La esperanzadora travesía de Hōkūle‘a – Parte 6, Tahiti
With the wind in the high twenties and minimal sail up, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia sail into Te Ava Mo‘a, the Sacred Pass to Taputapuātea. Photo: John Bilderback
Mālama Honua: La esperanzadora travesía de Hōkūle‘a – Parte 6, Tahiti
Jennifer Allen & John Bilderback

Patagonia Books estamos honrados y entusiasmados con el anuncio del lanzamiento oficial de Malama Honua: Hokule’a – Un Viaje de Esperanza de Jennifer Allen, con fotografías de John Bilderback. Este hermoso volumen de tapa dura narra el viaje alrededor del mundo de Hokule’a, una canoa de doble casco que navega utilizando únicamente técnicas ancestrales de navegación.…

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Cruzando límites
Illustration: Walker Cahall
Cruzando límites
The Dirtbag Diaries

“Es como Iditarod pero con la posibilidad de ahogarte”, dice Jake Beatty, uno de los organizadores de una extravagante y loca carrera llamada Race to Alaska. El trayecto sigue 1.200 kilómetros del Alaska’s Inside Passage a través de complicadas mareas y corrientes, ajetreados canales de navegación y costaneras frecuentemente visitadas por osos, desde Puerto Townsend, Washington,…

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¿Por qué es crucial el juego desestructurado?
Photo: Kyle Sparks
¿Por qué es crucial el juego desestructurado?
Patagonia

Patagonia ha ofrecido cuidado infantil in situ, patrocinado por la empresa, desde 1983. The Great Pacific Child Develpment Center (El Centro de Desarrollo Infantil Gran Pacífico), abreviado como GPCDC, es el lugar donde infantes y niños pasan sus días gateando, corriendo, escalando y explorando, principalmente al aire libre, mientras sus padres trabajan. Queríamos contar la…

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Listen to “Growing Down” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Illustration: Walker Cahall
Listen to “Growing Down” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

He visto a mis amigos y mis pares deambular por el mundo. Algunos han alcanzado el pináculo de sus oficios, creado impensables líneas de montaña, seguido cursos de río hasta los confines de los más profundos cañones, encontrado el límite de la capacidad humana. Si miro en retrospectiva los últimos diez años, a veces me…

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Listen to “The Year of Big Ideas 2018” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Year of Big Ideas 2018” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “The Year of Big Ideas 2018” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

“Creo que en cada aventura el gato se lleva un golpe en el trasero. No es maestro en ninguna práctica, pero creo que se la pasa genial”, dice Fitz Cahall. Este año, Bitácoras de un Vagabundo abre su edición anual de El Año de las Grandes Ideas con una oda a la “mediocridad” de Fitz,…

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Bestias del Ser
Maddy Butcher ponies two horses and rides another in southwestern Colorado. Photo: Beau Gaughran
Bestias del Ser
Maddy Butcher

Hace algo así como 5.500 años en Kazajistán, hubo un momento de iluminación en que el hombre miró al equus caballus y pensó, “Hey, yo puedo montar esa cosa”. Desde entonces, hemos librado guerras y construido mundos montados a caballo. Adelantamos ha inicios del siglo XX. Los norteamericanos tienen 20 millones de caballos. Cada familia, en…

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La frontera de la diversión y el sufrimiento
Chris Shalbot races the weather above Big Hole Pass as foreboding clouds gather in the distance. Photo: Scott Rinckenberger
La frontera de la diversión y el sufrimiento
Chris Shalbot

El Sendero de la División Continental no es muy frecuentado, y casi nunca en bicicleta. La escarpada lejanía hace que el acceso sea complicado. Con esto en mente, Scott Rinckenberger, Justin Olsen y yo nos embarcamos por 11 días en nuestras bicis, pedaleando al noreste desde Chief Joseph Pass. Queríamos dar algo de luz sobre…

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Rainforest Relief: Why Patagonia SoHo Employees Scaled Coney Island to Save the Amazon
Rainforest Relief: Why Patagonia SoHo Employees Scaled Coney Island to Save the Amazon
Rainforest Relief: Why Patagonia SoHo Employees Scaled Coney Island to Save the Amazon
Yasha Wallin

Editor’s note: Today we’re happy to share an excerpt from Living & Breathing: 20 Years of Patagonia in New York City, a commemorative book about our double-decade relationship with the Big Apple. Grab a printed copy at one of our four NYC stores or check out the digital version at the end of this post.…

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Jumbo Unchanged
Jumbo Unchanged
Jumbo Unchanged
Alex Yoder

Feeling lost. Feeling far from help. Far from a store, motors and people. I am existing in a world much bigger than I can comprehend. What I can see is all that is. I’m alive to find what I can’t yet see. There are two times of day: light and dark. Food is fuel for…

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The Flight of the Farmer
The Flight of the Farmer
The Flight of the Farmer

As the proprietor of Cold Antler Farm, a 6.5-acre span of land in Washington County, New York, Jenna Woginrich spends her days with red-tailed hawks.

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To Those Who Loved Doug
To Those Who Loved Doug
To Those Who Loved Doug
Rick Ridgeway

In the days since our friend and mentor Doug Tompkins lost his life in a kayaking incident, we have experienced an outpouring of condolences from thousands of people around the world. The sense of loss from people who never knew Doug, but did know his work, is palpable. A few days ago, at the headquarters…

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Listen to “Everybody Loves LeeRoy” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Everybody Loves LeeRoy” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
Listen to “Everybody Loves LeeRoy” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode
The Dirtbag Diaries

God told Steve Wescott to walk from the Space Needle to Times Square, NYC, with a goat named LeeRoy, to raise $200,000 for an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Or at least that’s the elevator pitch. In truth, when Steve started out of Seattle in 2011, it had much less to do with God, and much…

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Remembering The North Face Founder Douglas Tompkins
Remembering The North Face Founder Douglas Tompkins
Remembering The North Face Founder Douglas Tompkins
Patagonia

We are deeply saddened to learn of Doug Tompkins’ death. Doug was a dear mentor to our company and a good friend to many of us here at Patagonia. Our hearts go out to all of his loved ones. Please read this powerful piece, “Douglas Tompkins: A Force for Nature,” to learn about his legacy.…

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