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Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Patagonia

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

5 min Read
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.

8 min Read
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.

6 min Read
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.

5 min Read
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
Sakeus Bankson

Genetics is a powerful thing.

5 min Read
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Jade Begay & Patrice Ringelstein

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

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

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

6 min Read
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
J. Drew Lanham

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

7 min Read
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bonnie Tsui

When a swimmer first knew she belonged.

5 min Read
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Bonnie Tsui

A skiing family’s shear joy.

3 min Read
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
Andrew O’Reilly

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

10 min Read
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Thorpe Moeckel

Traveling by canoe in a desert miles from nowhere.

7 min Read
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Robert Moor

Roping up for a global protest.

15 min Read
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Jennifer Ridgeway

How we found our photographic style.

7 min Read
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
Rachel G. Horn

A tale of tinkering.

6 min Read
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
Johnie Gall

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.

8 min Read
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
Beth Wald

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

3 min Read
Heating With a Match
Heating With a Match
Heating With a Match
Sue Halpern

Building a house to withstand winter.

3 min Read
Rebels in the Dirt
Rebels in the Dirt
Rebels in the Dirt
Johnie Gall

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

9 min Read
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
Lydia Zamorano

Three moms share the details.

12 min Read
Adventures in Motherhood
Adventures in Motherhood
Adventures in Motherhood
Jasmin Caton

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

4 min Read
Free Baby Returned
Free Baby Returned
Free Baby Returned
Bonnie Tsui

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

3 min Read
The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder
Photo: Håkan Stenlund
The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder
Håkan Stenlund

Welcoming Back the ‘Welcoming Noise’ Near the Arctic Circle

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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
Meaghen Brown

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…

4 min Read
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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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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“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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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
Bonnie Tsui

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…

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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…

16 min Read
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
Ben Wilkinson

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…

5 min Read
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…

9 min Read
Under the Mud
Under the Mud
Under the Mud
Rachel G. Horn

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

3 min Read
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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Introducing “Training for the Uphill Athlete” by Steve House
Introducing “Training for the Uphill Athlete” by Steve House
Introducing “Training for the Uphill Athlete” by Steve House
Steve House

In his new book, Training for the Uphill Athlete, 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 effort. Even lunges. The wind had made its presence known all night, the tiny tent shaking off its layer…

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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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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
Leilani Bruntz

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…

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