Culture Stories

Andrew Burr
Sew-cial Distancing

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

Patagonia
5 minutes de lecture
Capture a Patagoniac

How we found our photographic style.

Jennifer Ridgeway
7 minutes de lecture
The Story of Fleece

A tale of tinkering.

Rachel G. Horn
6 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
The Guide of the Marshes

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

Beth Wald
3 minutes de lecture
Heating With a Match

Building a house to withstand winter.

Sue Halpern
3 minutes de lecture
Rebels in the Dirt

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

Johnie Gall
9 minutes de lecture
Frequently Asked Questions: Living in a Van on the Road with Kids

Three moms share the details.

Lydia Zamorano
12 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
Free Baby Returned

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

Bonnie Tsui
3 minutes de lecture
The Migration of Songs: Thoughts from a Birder

Welcoming Back the ‘Welcoming Noise’ Near the Arctic Circle

Håkan Stenlund
7 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
“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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
Under the Mud

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

Rachel G. Horn
3 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
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 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Novel Inspiration” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

After falling in love with John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Charlie Turnbull and Leon Morton set out to recreate the 1,615-mile journey described in the novel – but on bikes. In July. With camera gear and a few buddies in tow, they followed historic Route 66 from Oklahoma to Southern California. And along the way,…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Mountain Hollow Dreams” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

“I’d built it up in my head a lot—being a professional climber. This felt like the consummation of those dreams. I found the valley, I envisioned the trip, I got the funding, made it happen, stood at the base, picked the line, climbed it, sent, we were at the top and it wasn’t feeling the…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Year of Big Ideas 2019” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

“For better or for worse, ideas are infectious. They become our goals, and the struggle to realize them becomes memory, the story of our lives,” says Fitz Cahall. When Brian O’Dell decided it was time to stop driving his Honda Civic, he didn’t list in on Craigslist. Instead, he posted in to outdoor forums in…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Hit Pause” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

What if you could hit pause on life? This last year, Fitz turned 40. Instead of buying a sports car, Fitz took a sabbatical. Today, he presents a story about mountain biking the Oregon Timber Trail, a 670-mile-long, mostly single track trail across the state’s deserts and forests. What’s the difference between a groove and…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Endangered Spaces” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

Drew Hamilton makes a living by taking tourists out into the remote Alaskan wilderness to hang out with brown bears. No fences, no guns—just Drew, and the eight hundred pound, six and a half foot tall, Ursus arctos horribilis of southern Alaska. Most people call them grizzlies. These days, he does it, in large part, as a…

The Dirtbag Diaries
2 minutes de lecture
Listen to “The Glacier Project” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

“Any time I ski a steep line, I’ve done it hundreds of times, and still every time for me there is that moment of fear on top, where I am like, ‘Do I really want to do this?’,” says Jason Hummel. “But, also, anytime you do anything scary, it really ties you down to the…

The Dirtbag Diaries
2 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Hootin’ and Hollerin'” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

“I was certain I was paralyzed. My legs were totally limp, I was hanging upside down and the only thing stopping me from falling 160-feet headfirst into the talus below, was this rope that was wrapped around my foot,” remembers Craig Gorder. In November, 2016, Craig took a fall in Indian Creek that injured him…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
Listen to “Ethan and G-Pop” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

“I have a pretty young grandfather, but he was starting to get old and knew he had one or two more big expeditions in him,” says Ethan Roebuck. “He wanted to put together a big trip, because he’s getting older, but also because I’m getting older, these are skills that he thinks are important, and…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
The Reward Of Risk: Building Confidence In Kids

An excerpt from the book Family Business by Malinda Chouinard and Jennifer Ridgeway.

Patagonia
7 minutes de lecture
Mud, Sheep, Fish, Trail

The raw potential of mountain biking in Iceland’s Westfjords.

Mary McIntyre
6 minutes de lecture
Listen to “A Story of My Own” Dirtbag Diaries Podcast Episode

For most of his adult life, Cam Fenton has fought against climate change–and particularly to protect the Arctic. “The funny thing was, for most of that time, I couldn’t tell you why,” says Cam. “Sure, I could recite, and often wrote, the talking points: to stop sea level rise, stand with small island nations and…

The Dirtbag Diaries
1 minutes de lecture
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