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Andrew Burr
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing

Making face masks in the time of COVID-19: when “breathable face fabric” takes on a whole new meaning.

Patagonia
5 minuti di lettura
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep

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.

Esha Chhabra
6 minuti di lettura
The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic

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

Kim McCoy & Willard Newell Bascom
5 minuti di lettura
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy

Genetics is a powerful thing.

Sakeus Bankson
5 minuti di lettura
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West

Two women, Black and Indigenous, reflect on the myth of the American West after horse-packing through the Sierra.

Jade Begay & Patrice Ringelstein
10 minuti di lettura
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

John Long
6 minuti di lettura
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness

A wildlife ecologist reflects on the public lands that are his escape hatch and life’s work.

J. Drew Lanham
7 minuti di lettura
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water

When a swimmer first knew she belonged.

Bonnie Tsui
5 minuti di lettura
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog

A skiing family’s shear joy.

Bonnie Tsui
3 minuti di lettura
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash

One woman’s decades-long fight for clean air and environmental justice.

Andrew O’Reilly
10 minuti di lettura
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone

Traveling by canoe in a desert miles from nowhere.

Thorpe Moeckel
7 minuti di lettura
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees

Roping up for a global protest.

Robert Moor
15 minuti di lettura
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac

How we found our photographic style.

Jennifer Ridgeway
7 minuti di lettura
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece

A tale of tinkering.

Rachel G. Horn
6 minuti di lettura
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up

Melinda Daniels is huddled under the shelter of her purple tent waiting for the rain to start, which only seems odd when you consider the context: she’s in the middle of a farm on a blindingly sunny day.

Johnie Gall
8 minuti di lettura
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes

Returning endangered species to the wetlands of Argentina is good for humans, too.

Beth Wald
3 minuti di lettura
Heating With a Match
Heating With a Match
Heating With a Match

Building a house to withstand winter.

Sue Halpern
3 minuti di lettura
Rebels in the Dirt
Rebels in the Dirt
Rebels in the Dirt

Young farmers learn what it means to do essential work during a global crisis.

Johnie Gall
9 minuti di lettura
Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids
Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids
Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids

Three moms share the details.

Lydia Zamorano
12 minuti di lettura
Adventures in Motherhood
Adventures in Motherhood
Adventures in Motherhood

Jasmin Caton worried having twins might slow down her life in the mountains. Then she remembered what her parents did with her.

Jasmin Caton
4 minuti di lettura
Free Baby Returned
Free Baby Returned
Free Baby Returned

Guri Bigham has been a free spirit from an early age.

Bonnie Tsui
3 minuti di lettura
The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder
Photo: Håkan Stenlund
The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder

Welcoming Back the ‘Welcoming Noise’ Near the Arctic Circle

Håkan Stenlund
7 minuti di lettura
The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice
The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice
The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice

It’s fascinating to hear Zaria Forman talk about ice, especially the way that it sounds. She describes the way it rumbles and thunders and cracks, even when you can’t see anything. It crackles and pops like breakfast cereal on high volume. “Ice crispies,” she calls it. “It’s a really beautiful sound.” Polar ice is possibly…

Meaghen Brown
4 minuti di lettura
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

“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…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minuti di lettura
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

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…

Jeff McElroy
7 minuti di lettura
“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

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…

Katie Klingsporn
7 minuti di lettura
What a Road Trip Breakdown Has to Do with Mars
What a Road Trip Breakdown Has to Do with Mars
What a Road Trip Breakdown Has to Do with Mars

Rule #1 of a road trip: Vehicle may break down. Rule #2 of a road trip: You may break down along with it. Near the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, Gordon and Meredith Wiltsie were struggling with wrenches and wire after the muffler came loose on their old International Travelall. As their 4-year-old son, Nick, whacked at…

Bonnie Tsui
2 minuti di lettura
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave
The Long, Happy March of Barefoot Dave

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…

Doug Chadwick
16 minuti di lettura
Restoring a Traditional Hawaiian Koa Canoe on O’ahu
Restoring a Traditional Hawaiian Koa Canoe on O’ahu
Restoring a Traditional Hawaiian Koa Canoe on O’ahu

Restoring a traditional Hawaiian koa canoe. 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 feet on…

Ben Wilkinson
5 minuti di lettura
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

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…

Mădălina Preda
9 minuti di lettura
Under the Mud
Under the Mud
Under the Mud

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

Rachel G. Horn
3 minuti di lettura
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

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.…

Diane French
4 minuti di lettura
Nose to the Wind
Nose to the Wind
Nose to the Wind

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…

Steve House
6 minuti di lettura
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

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…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minuti di lettura
Following Mule Paths by Bike in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains
Following Mule Paths by Bike in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains
Following Mule Paths by Bike in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains

Following ancient pathways in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. According to our local guide, Samir Ahmoudou, to travel anywhere in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, you only need to know three Amazigh words: sow, gow, ich—“eat, sleep, drink.” Hospitality will take care of the rest. Such advice seems simple to the point of unlikely, but the piles of…

Leilani Bruntz
9 minuti di lettura
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

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…

Bonnie Tsui
3 minuti di lettura
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