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[Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll practicing what his fellow Pataognia Climbing Ambassdor Nicolas Favresse calls

Big Wall Free Climbing on Baffin Island

By Nico Favresse   |   Sep 15, 2009 September 15, 2009

Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassadors Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll recently returned from a month of superlative success on Baffin Island’s numerous remote and wild granite walls. We were thrilled to receive Nico’s letter (below) and have been spending… Read More

Annapurna III’s Unclimbed Southeast Ridge

Annapurna III’s Unclimbed Southeast Ridge

Nov 27, 2010 November 27, 2010

Patagonia Climbing Ambassador "Annapurna III's 2300 metre southeast ridge featured in an Alpinist 4 article titled Unclimbed – a 'to do list' of nine objectives in keeping with the spirit of exploratory alpinism. Conrad Anker, writing about his attempt to climb the south-east ridge, said: 'Every mountain has… Read More

The Cartwright Connection

The Cartwright Connection

By Matt Helliker   |   Jun 3, 2011 June 3, 2011

Unrelenting spindrift avalanches and gusty winds constantly blasted and buffeted our portaledge. Our small cocoon of safety on this harsh and hostile mountain was slowly being engulfed, as we nervously watched the snow level rise up the fly walls. Five of the toughest days climbing of our lives it… Read More

Granite China

Granite China

By Kelly Cordes   |   Sep 10, 2010 September 10, 2010

The other day we got a voice message from the man himself, Tommy Caldwell, calling from China with an update on their rock scramblin’ explorations. It’s a great crew: Tommy and his wife, Becca; young phenom Hayden “Wu Tang!” Kennedy; master artist, climber… Read More

Greenland Vertical Sailing: Big Wall Island

Greenland Vertical Sailing: Big Wall Island

By Nico Favresse   |   Jul 16, 2010 July 16, 2010

Earlier we told you about Patagonia ambassadors Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva, and their current climbing trip: Greenland Vertical Sailing 2010. Nico and Sean, along with Olivier Favresse and Ben Ditto have stowed aboard Captain Bob Shepton's boat to sail the west… Read More

Down and Dirty with Sonnie Trotter

Down and Dirty with Sonnie Trotter

By Sonnie Trotter   |   Nov 2, 2010 November 2, 2010

One of the coolest things about climbing is how everyone can get their fix – whether you climb 5.5 or 5.14, we can all find that same feeling, that same immersion, focus and engagement at our own levels. This summer, Patagonia rock climbing ambassador Sonnie Trotter devoted… Read More

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