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In 2008 the National Forest Service designated the upper part of the Path of the Pronghorn migration route as the country’s first designated wildlife corridor. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act seeks to build on this legacy. Photo: Joe Riis
The 1964 red-cover guidebook was Yosemite Valley’s first collection of climbs. Photo: Mikey Schaefer

The Red Book

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Oct 10, 2019 October 10, 2019

Lessons from Yosemite’s first climbing guidebook “I have this idea,” Mikey texted last October. “Let’s climb all of the suggested routes from the Yosemite red-cover guidebook.” I agreed immediately. The tattered copy of A Climber’s Guide to Yosemite Valley arrived in the mail less than a week later. First published in… Read More

Léa Brassy sharing smiles at the small harbor on Isla Alejandro Selkirk. Photo: Daniel Russo

Los Plástico

By Léa Brassy   |   Oct 9, 2019 October 9, 2019

Five hundred miles off the Chilean coast, there’s a small island that carries the name of a famous castaway. It’s a stark place surrounded by thriving seas and powerful surf, and when Léa Brassy, Ramón Navarro and Kohl Christensen traveled there to ride waves,… Read More

Activists hold up protest signs at the climate strike in Berlin, Germany. More than 1.4 million people are estimated to have participated in climate strikes in Germany. Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia

Now What?

By Ryan Gellert   |   Oct 8, 2019 October 8, 2019

As we look back on a week of climate actions that mobilized more than 7 million people around the world, those of us who took part are asking ourselves: What next? I ask that question of myself, as a concerned citizen, as a father and as a business leader in… Read More

Young activists gather a week before the September 20 Global Climate Strike in New York City to build artwork, such as banners or screen-printed scraps of cotton fabric for participants to pin to their clothes. This is one of the three art builds that took place in different NYC boroughs. Photo: Keri Oberly

Unimaginable

By Madalina Preda   |   Oct 7, 2019 October 7, 2019

Around 50 high-school and middle-school students were sitting in a circle on the floor of the basement of the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City. It was a Wednesday evening two days before the Global Climate Strike scheduled for September 20, and this was the last planning… Read More

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Katrina Van Wijk punches through thin ice while trying to make it to the middle of the river. Photo: Jasper Gibson

Paddle, Suffer, Ski

By Jasper Gibson   |   Oct 2, 2019 October 2, 2019

The rumble of the diesel engine fades out of earshot, giving way to our new solitude: Just us, the frozen river, our kayaks (fully loaded with ski mountaineering gear, camping supplies, rations for five people and all the needed accoutrement for 18 days in the Boundary Range) and hundreds upon… Read More

Jane Jackson tops out an unmanned V2 overlooking the year-round Canadian River. In the background are a few remaining Osage orange trees from the Mills Orchard Ranch. Photo: Eric Bissell

Roy, New Mexico

By Eric Bissell   |   Sep 27, 2019 September 27, 2019

The patchwork history of public lands that transformed the area around a small New Mexico town into a world-class bouldering area We left the Mills Canyon Rim Campground, where we’d been living for three cold January weeks, just before dawn on our last morning in New Mexico. I pulled over… Read More

The volunteer team, made up of climbing rangers, Climber Stewards and volunteers, look at the massive pile of trash amassed from one of the many caches atop El Capitan. Photo: Eric Bissell

Cache vs. Trash

By Jane Jackson   |   Sep 25, 2019 September 25, 2019

On an incredibly clear, early autumn morning, the aging Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) van bumped along Tioga Pass Road, taking precariously tight turns at an alarming speed. Twelve of us were crammed in the back, chattering and bracing ourselves against the van’s interior walls. When the road was no… Read More

Sunrise over a snow-adorned Crater Lake is surreal. On the morning of day two, Kael Martin arrived just in time to watch the landscape light up, then made a few turns above the caldera. Due to both avalanche-hazard and soil-erosion concerns, travel below the caldera rim is not allowed. But there are a few slopes that are positioned just right, to make turns within sight of the water without crossing any boundaries. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Backcountry Lunch

By Colin Wiseman   |   Sep 20, 2019 September 20, 2019

Sampling the Offerings at Crater Lake “Go for Dirksen…” There was considerable static on my little two-way radio, but it was a small miracle we could hear Josh Dirksen at all. We hadn’t seen him since a dinner rendezvous two days prior in Bend. An agreed-upon radio… Read More

Lesser known than the First Divide and Third Divide trails, the Second Divide Trail isn’t part of the Downieville Classic courses—and thus remains somewhat of a secret gem for those looking to get away from the crowds. Chelsea Jolly traverses above the swimming pools and fall colors of Second Divide. Photo: Ken Etzel

Making Dirt Magic: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Sep 19, 2019 September 19, 2019

Greg Williams looks like a miner. Or a logger. Not the type you’d envision sitting in an enormous backhoe or lumber truck; with a black beard reaching halfway down his chest and an affinity for shovels, picks, Pulaskis and other tools of the dirt-moving trade, he would look as natural… Read More

Much of what we sell is grown, and that’s why we’re investing in regenerative organic agriculture, a set of farming methods that conserves water, restores topsoil and removes carbon from the atmosphere. How much CO2 can “regen ag” really draw down? We’re finding out at family-owned cotton farms like the one where this photo was taken near Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo: Tim Davis

How We’re Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

By Patagonia   |   Sep 18, 2019 September 18, 2019

Ever since Patagonia had an office (and wasn’t just selling gear out of the back of Yvon’s car), we’ve devoted desk space, our free time and a percentage of our sales to protecting wild nature. From our travels, we knew our land, air and water was in real trouble from… Read More

To the barricades. A women’s march reached a police blockade on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, in 2016. The #NoDAPL protests focused on Indigenous rights but also the reckoning we’ll all face as the climate crisis intensifies: Do we defend oil companies—or fresh water? Photo: Colin McCarthy

The Climate Crisis Is a Human Issue

By Bill McKibben   |   Sep 16, 2019 September 16, 2019

Thirty years ago this month, I published my first book, The End of Nature, which was also the first book for a general audience about what we then called the greenhouse effect. And my main worry was about … nature. In 1989, global warming was still a… Read More

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