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Surf Ambassador Mary Osborne Lends a Hand with Free Wheelchair Mission
Surf Ambassador Mary Osborne Lends a Hand with Free Wheelchair Mission
Surf Ambassador Mary Osborne Lends a Hand with Free Wheelchair Mission

Patagonia surf ambassador Mary Osborne just sent word that she’s going to be helping surf legend Robert August and Free Wheelchair Mission distribute 10,000 wheelchairs in Costa Rica. The project will be documented in a series of short videos narrated by Mary, Robert and Robert’s son, Sam August. We’ll try and wrangle a firsthand report…

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We’ve Been Proven Wrong: Climbing in Our Dress
We’ve Been Proven Wrong: Climbing in Our Dress
We’ve Been Proven Wrong: Climbing in Our Dress
Patagonia

Our challenge from the Spring 2006 catalog has been answered. Becca from Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City proved us wrong by climbing Sundance (5.10a) in her Morning Glory Dress. You rock Becca! This really made our day. When your travels take you to the Lake Tahoe area, be sure and say hi to the crew…

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Yosemite Climbers: Yesterday & Today
Yosemite Climbers: Yesterday & Today
Yosemite Climbers: Yesterday & Today
Patagonia

Hopefully you’ve all received your Spring 2007 catalog by now. I believe it’s one of our finest catalogs to date, thanks in part to Glen Denny and his stunning black and white photos from the 1960’s. Check out a slideshow of Glen’s photos from his new book Yosemite in the Sixties (or limited edition) and…

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Light Lunch
Light Lunch
Light Lunch

While parts of the West have been enjoying some of the best snow in decades, Winter ’06-’07 in the Sierra has been among the worst many can remember. Recent storms close to our Patagonia Distribution Center here in Reno have been a balm to our wounded winter spirits, but we’re still a far cry from…

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The Future of the Piolet d’Or: An Open Letter from Steve House
Photo: Jeanne Young
The Future of the Piolet d’Or: An Open Letter from Steve House
Steve House

Steve House just contacted us from Iceland. He wanted to share his opinion regarding the future of the Piolet d’Or and how it might better reflect the values of hard alpinism. Marko Prezelj initiated this discussion by declining to accept the award at this year’s ceremony. Those in the know can skip straight to Steve’s…

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Shaun Tomson: I Will Catch a Wave Every Day, Even in My Mind
Shaun Tomson: I Will Catch a Wave Every Day, Even in My Mind
Shaun Tomson: I Will Catch a Wave Every Day, Even in My Mind

This past Monday evening surfing great Shaun Tomson gave a slideshow presentation to a packed house at our Ventura retail store, Great Pacific Iron Works. Brett from the GPIW staff sent over some pictures from the event and a short writeup (more photos after the jump). Patagonia once again outdoes itself by bringing in a…

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I See London, I See France…
I See London, I See France…
I See London, I See France…

Joern Zeller of Patagonia’s Pro Sales Dept. in Europe shows off a true French ski bum during arecent visit to the High Sierra. Joern’s part of a unique international community of skiers who call themselves Telemarkzone. They’ve made it their mission to travel the globe demonstrating skiing as one of the most natural ways to…

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The Stench of a Runner’s World
The Stench of a Runner’s World
The Stench of a Runner’s World

I love sport. I love to sweat. I am addicted to endorphins. And the easiest way to get my fix is to run. I heard once that it takes 30 days to form a habit. So finally after all of my bemoaning I have got myself a running habit. It works out well, all you…

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Nordic Skiing Music Video: “Belarus” by Low
Nordic Skiing Music Video: “Belarus” by Low
Nordic Skiing Music Video: “Belarus” by Low

You don’t hear those terms used together very often, if ever. But when former Patagonia sales rep turned filmmaker, Hansi Johnson, got the call to produce a video for the band Low, he drew on two of his passions to make a very strong point about the state of the environment. Hansi decided to focus…

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Steve House Summits Emperor Face, an 11-Year Dream
Steve House Summits Emperor Face, an 11-Year Dream
Steve House Summits Emperor Face, an 11-Year Dream
Steve House

April 1996: We had a hundred acres to plant – Ponderosa Pine, Doug Fir, and Blue Spruce – but the nursery kept claiming that the seedlings were buried underneath persistent snow. I was cooling my heels in LaGrande, Oregon, waiting for the work to begin when the call came. It was Joe Josephson, inviting me…

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Beyond and Back: Liz Clark and Belinda Baggs
Beyond and Back: Liz Clark and Belinda Baggs
Beyond and Back: Liz Clark and Belinda Baggs
Jeff Johnson

by Jeff Johnson Editor's note: We're stoked to introduce a new feature on The Cleanest Line from Bend to Baja author/photographer Jeff Johnson. Jeff's work has appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, Surfer’s Path, Alpinist, Surfing, Surfer and the Patagonia catalog. When we don't have him chained to a desk at Pat. HQ in Ventura, Jeff…

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Steve House’s K6 Attempt Update: Airfare and Intervals
Steve House’s K6 Attempt Update: Airfare and Intervals
Steve House’s K6 Attempt Update: Airfare and Intervals
Steve House

You’re truly committed once you buy the plane ticket. And Friday (5/18) I bought my ticket for this summer’s expedition to K6 in north-eastern Pakistan and my mental state instantly changed. Commitment always precipitates realizations. I have a lot of things I want to do before I go; not the least of which is to…

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Dirtbag Grant Winners
Dirtbag Grant Winners
Dirtbag Grant Winners

After foraging through several hundred grant proposals, including some stunning 3D applications, we’re ready to announce the winners of this year’s Dirtbag Grant. There are two winners. Each will receive $3,000 to use towards their trip. The first Dirtbag Grant goes to a team of women from the southeast, Rachel Babkirk and Lucia Robinson, who…

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Beyond and Back: A Patagonia Employee’s Travels by Sprinter Van
Beyond and Back: A Patagonia Employee’s Travels by Sprinter Van
Beyond and Back: A Patagonia Employee’s Travels by Sprinter Van
Jeff Johnson

Ventura, California Departure: June 8, 2007 Let me introduce myself. My name is Jeff though sometimes people call me Tofu. Yes, I am employed by Patagonia. I work as a photographer, writer, and assist in the testing and production of Patagonia products. I am hitting the road in my van for an undetermined amount of time, simply to…

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Mary Osborne Shreds and Serves in Central America
Mary Osborne Shreds and Serves in Central America
Mary Osborne Shreds and Serves in Central America

A few months back we posted an update from Mary Osborne on her involvement with Robert August’s Free Wheelchair Mission down in Costa Rica. Mary put together a short video of her trip to Central America, including some sweet footage of her surfing and some pics from her time volunteering at the wheelchair event. [Music…

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Stolby Style: Siberian Free Soloing
Stolby Style: Siberian Free Soloing
Stolby Style: Siberian Free Soloing

Visit Patagonia.com for more on Brittany Griffith and to read Jonathan Thesenga's field report about climbing in Stolby.

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Lessons for Climbing from Barry Bonds and Jan Ullrich
Steve House
Lessons for Climbing from Barry Bonds and Jan Ullrich
Steve House

Jan Ullrich has earned an easy retirement. After winning the ’97 Tour de France at age 23 he became a German national-hero. For the next five years he battled Lance Armstrong earning a record five second-place finishes, too bad for him but it sure made for great racing. This year it was revealed that DNA…

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Beyond and Back: Climbing in Yosemite
Beyond and Back: Climbing in Yosemite
Beyond and Back: Climbing in Yosemite
Jeff Johnson

The other day while wandering around Camp 4 in Yosemite I ran into Patagonia ambassador Timmy O’Neill. He was hanging around the SARS site with his brother Sean and some guy named Aron. Timmy asked me if I wanted to climb the Manure Pile with him and Aron. “Sure,” I said. Walking to the parking…

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Why You Need a Fish Dog
Why You Need a Fish Dog
Why You Need a Fish Dog

Talk all you want about so-called “advancements in fly fishing” — ozone hole-depleting fluorocarbon leaders, boron rods with price tags equivalent to your monthly mortgage, and now waders with front zippers so you can relieve yourself while never having to vacate your coveted spot on the river… Forget the fancy gear! What you really need…

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Is Osteoarthritis a Danger to Rock Climbers?
Is Osteoarthritis a Danger to Rock Climbers?
Is Osteoarthritis a Danger to Rock Climbers?
Lynn Hill

Editor’s note: We’re honored to bring Patagonia ambassador Lynn Hill on-board as a contributor to The Cleanest Line. Lynn is no stranger to blogging. For a glimpse into the past 2+ years of her life jump on over to Lynn Hill Blogs. I was a bit surprised to read the following article about osteoarthritis in…

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Big Wall Trash a Big Problem in Yosemite
Big Wall Trash a Big Problem in Yosemite
Big Wall Trash a Big Problem in Yosemite
Lynn Hill

After speaking with my friends, Mike Lechlinski and Mari Gingery about their experiences in Yosemite and climbing on El Capitan this summer, I learned that many climbers are not doing their part in keeping the big walls clean. Apparently many people “accidentally” or even intentionally drop their garbage and poop off El Capitan and don’t…

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Lending Out a Beloved Fly
Lending Out a Beloved Fly
Lending Out a Beloved Fly

The elusive Corbina are running close to shore this time of the year near Ventura and a few of us are surfcasting countless times trying, hoping, and wishing to land this ghost of the ocean. Yesterday, Mark, one of our buyers at Patagonia and good friend, was on a mission to catch a Bean near…

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Beyond and Back: Surfing Malibu with Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy
Beyond and Back: Surfing Malibu with Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy
Beyond and Back: Surfing Malibu with Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy
Jeff Johnson

by Jeff Johnson Sometimes you forget about your own backyard. While passing through Ventura the other day I had heard about a building south swell. So I hooked up with Patagonia Surf ambassadors Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy and headed south. We ended up posting up all afternoon at a spot north of Malibu. The…

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Lynn Hill on a Bouldering Excursion to Redcliff
Lynn Hill on a Bouldering Excursion to Redcliff
Lynn Hill on a Bouldering Excursion to Redcliff
Lynn Hill

Despite intermittent rain, the bouldering excursion to Redcliff was fun and well worth the trip. This collection of boulders is located about twenty-minutes west of Vail in a fairy-tale like setting amongst pine and aspen trees. I went with my friend, Jay Droeger, and his Hungarian friend, Lorent. About ten years ago, Jay discovered this…

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The Dirtbag Award: A Winning Application
The Dirtbag Award: A Winning Application
The Dirtbag Award: A Winning Application

On June 15th, we announced the winners of this year’s two Dirtbag Grants. One went to Rachel Babkirk and Lucia Robinson, for their "Down for the Down and Out" trip to climb, camp and collect used gear to distribute to the homeless. The second award went to Australian Simon Clissold, "an overqualified dirtbag" and slow-living…

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Steve House on K6 and 7: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing
Steve House on K6 and 7: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing
Steve House on K6 and 7: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing
Steve House

I received this voicemail late Thursday night from Steve House. The call came via sat phone from basecamp in Pakistan where Steve, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj are in the first stages of attempting to climb K6. In this first update, you can listen to Steve talk about traveling in Pakistan, the weather situation so…

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Is Global Warming Affecting the Surf?
Is Global Warming Affecting the Surf?
Is Global Warming Affecting the Surf?
Belinda Baggs

Global warming may be a mainstream issue now, but it’s far from being cut and dry. Some people think it’s a myth (read the comments), some think it’s the end of the world and the rest see it as something in between. The scope and complexity of the problem naturally raises more questions than answers.…

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Steve House on K6 and 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes
Steve House on K6 and 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes
Steve House on K6 and 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes
Steve House

I’ve changed the title of this series because in this week’s sat phone update Steve House clarifies that he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj are actually gunning for new routes on both K6 & K7. Steve also talks about finishing up the acclimatization process, the two new routes they’ve climbed already, and surprisingly he brings…

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Ultrainterview: Krissy Moehl Talks Hardrock 100
Ultrainterview: Krissy Moehl Talks Hardrock 100
Ultrainterview: Krissy Moehl Talks Hardrock 100
Craig Holloway

Patagonia wordsmith and former ultrarunner, Craig Holloway recently interviewed Patagonia ambassador, Krissy Moehl about her win at this year’s Hardrock 100 in Silverton, Colorado. Krissy is considered one of the top female ultramarathon runners in the country. Craig: Congratulations on setting the women’s course record (29:24) at the 2007 Hardrock 100. You were the first…

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Lynn Hill Climbs in Italy
Lynn Hill Climbs in Italy
Lynn Hill Climbs in Italy
Lynn Hill

The last few days with my Italian friends have been fun! Yesterday I drove them to the airport and they are probably about to land on their home turf as I write these words. One lives in Rome where I lived for a year and a half, and the other lives in Arco, the historic…

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Steve House on K6 and 7: The Weather Strikes Back
Steve House on K6 and 7: The Weather Strikes Back
Steve House on K6 and 7: The Weather Strikes Back
Steve House

Steve House called again last night from the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan. As you know, he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj have been acclimatizing for first ascents of the west faces of both K6 and K7. It was mostly high-fives and happy times until this report came in. Mother Nature brought some intense weather to…

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Steve House on K6 and 7: Scouting and Starting K7
Steve House on K6 and 7: Scouting and Starting K7
Steve House on K6 and 7: Scouting and Starting K7
Steve House

In this report from the Charakusa Valley, Steve House gives us an excellent description of K7’s features and explains how the team must find a way through the granite buttresses surrounding the base in order to get up on the mountain. Steve also talks about a special lunch they shared with the Colorado and Quebec…

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Steve House on K6 and 7: K7 West Goes
Steve House on K6 and 7: K7 West Goes
Steve House on K6 and 7: K7 West Goes
Steve House

While the rest of us were barbequing, sitting in traffic or off on an adventure of our own, Steve House, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj successfully climbed the west summit of K7. Check out Steve’s short update from this morning and stay tuned for a more detailed account of the climb coming soon. Listen to…

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Good Things Happening at Alpinist
Good Things Happening at Alpinist
Good Things Happening at Alpinist

If you followed the link we posted recently for more information on Steve House’s climbing trip, you might have noticed some changes over at Alpinist Magazine’s Web site, www.alpinist.com. The current issue of the magazine, Alpinist 21, has been redesigned and is printed on 100% recycled paper through an Earth Ink partnership with Patagonia –…

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The Story of K7 West
Steve House
The Story of K7 West
Steve House

If you’ve been following the sat phone updates from Steve House here on The Cleanest Line you know that he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj recently summited the previously unclimbed West Peak of K7 in Pakistan’s Charakusa Valley. Today we present a complete recap of the climb as told by Steve House. It’s tales like…

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Jonathan Copp and Micah Dash Make the First Ascent of Shafat Fortress
Jonathan Copp and Micah Dash Make the First Ascent of Shafat Fortress
Jonathan Copp and Micah Dash Make the First Ascent of Shafat Fortress

As reported on Climbing Magazine's site, Coloradans Jonathan Copp and Micah Dash recently made the first ascent of Shafat Fortress in pure alpine style. Located in Kashmir, India, Shafat Fortress stands 19,200-feet tall; the team's line has been dubbed The Colorado Route (VI, 5.11, M6, A1). Full details of the trip have been scarce since…

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