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By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   May 30, 2017 May 30, 2017

When a bad breakup sent him spiraling into a deep depression, Tom Ireson fixated on an unconventional way to get his head straight. “I really needed something to focus my mind on to pull me out of that,” Tom says, “and about the biggest thing I could think of was to… Read More

Above: Searching for friction on the vertical playground. All photos by Marko Prezelj.

Relay Handoff on a Slovenian Alpine Playground

By Luka Krajnc   |   Oct 10, 2014 October 10, 2014

All stories have to start somewhere. This one started over a cold beer when Marko Prezelj, Tadej Krišelj and I were sitting on the porch of Marko´s house on a warm, early summer evening discussing future plans. The debate evolved and ideas flew by when… Read More

The Shackboy Labor Day Marg

The Shackboy Labor Day Marg

By Kelly Cordes   |   Sep 3, 2010 September 3, 2010

I love the characters in our world. They color things, make everything interesting, and so often dwell on the fringe. Maybe it was a compliment when my friend, The Chief, got lectured by his father: “When are you drifters gonna move out of the gray area and… Read More

Backyard Adventures: Fear of the Dark

Backyard Adventures: Fear of the Dark

Mar 26, 2009 March 26, 2009

We're pleased to offer today's Backyard Adventure from Patagonia Climbing Ambassador, mountain writer, and senior editor for the If I could only have one piece per body part category to do the coolest things I want to do all year, it would be the following – I call it… Read More

Backyard Adventures: The Fine Line Between Danger & Adventure

Backyard Adventures: The Fine Line Between Danger & Adventure

Jan 22, 2009 January 22, 2009

It’s time for another reader-submitted Backyard Adventure. This one comes courtesy of longtime Cleanest Line commenter CM, otherwise known as Craig Metzger from Southern California. CM’s story first appeared on his blog Get Outside More.   I’d been planning a backpack trip with friends… Read More

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