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Zaria Forman
Lincoln Sea, Greenland,
82° 32' 30.3036

The Art of Loss

By Meaghen Brown   |   Nov 11, 2019 November 11, 2019

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… Read More

Foothills of the Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Photo: Austin Siadak

Where Life Begins

By Clare Gallagher   |   Oct 29, 2019 October 29, 2019

This summer, we–Clare Gallagher, Tommy Caldwell and Luke Nelson–explored, sweated, laughed and even cried in one of America’s greatest national treasures, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We learned from the Gwich’in Nation about how the coastal plains in northeastern Alaska are… Read More

It’s hard to believe that this is Arizona. Len Necefer navigates the blowing snow and rocks along the summit ridge of Dook’o’sliid, the peak that never melts, amidst gale force winds and frigid temperatures. Photo: Greg Balkin

The Summit Which Never Melts

By Len Necefer   |   Oct 25, 2019 October 25, 2019

Snow and icy rime break from the porous black volcanic ridgeline crackling beneath my feet. Gale-force updrafts from the gullied ridges below whip the skis and splitboards strapped to our backs. Each gust forces us to step toward the cornice that hangs above the caldera to our right. The temperature… Read More

Sri Lankans outside flooded homes in Kaduwela. The massive storm that hit Sri Lanka in May of 2017 triggered the worst flooding and landslides in 14 years in the southern and western parts of the island. Extreme weather events like this one are increasing in number and strength due to human-caused climate change. Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Time We Prepare Our Workers

By Patagonia   |   Oct 15, 2019 October 15, 2019

Hear “climate crisis” and you may picture a skinny polar bear stranded on a fragment of sea ice, bleached coral reefs, burning forests or maybe a world without bees. You’re not wrong: All those things (and more) are sadly unfolding or could be in the coming decades. Even more troubling,… Read More

The Athabasca oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Tar sands are heavy crude oil deposits found mixed with sand, clay and water, which need to be removed through extensive processing. Mining this oil is destructive to the land, carries a heavy carbon footprint and can release toxic by-products. Photo: Ben Nelms/Getty Images

Not Another Pipeline

By Lisset Fun   |   Oct 14, 2019 October 14, 2019

Thirteen youth climate activists are taking to the courts to protect the Mississippi River and the people who depend on it for survival.  Brent Murcia crosses the lively Mississippi River every day by bridge on his walk to class at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The sunset sometimes paints… 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

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

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

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

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