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What Inspired You?

What Inspired You?

By Old School   |   May 7, 2012 May 7, 2012

We recently received this email from Ross Curwen, a reader from, as he says, "rainy old England." Just a letter saying thanks to The Cleanest Line community from rainy old England. About a year ago I injured my shoulder. This meant I had to cut right back on two things… Read More

From the Trenches series – Caring for your Down Clothing

From the Trenches series – Caring for your Down Clothing

By Old School   |   Jun 6, 2011 June 6, 2011

Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Our very… Read More

R.I.P., Shoe Tree

R.I.P., Shoe Tree

By Old School   |   Jan 19, 2011 January 19, 2011

Back in 1986, Life magazine christened the 250 miles of US Highway 50 between Fallon and Ely, Nevada with the moniker “The Loneliest Road in America.” In a classic example of turning lemons into lemonade the Nevada Department of Tourism seized on the title and… Read More

Product Testing – New R1 & R2 at the top of Colorado

Product Testing – New R1 & R2 at the top of Colorado

By Old School   |   Dec 13, 2010 December 13, 2010

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our Athletes & Ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we'll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn't mean testing is over. Once a… Read More

Product Testing – Backpacking with the New Capilene® 3

Product Testing – Backpacking with the New Capilene® 3

By Old School   |   Dec 6, 2010 December 6, 2010

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our Athletes & Ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we'll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn't mean testing is over. Once a… Read More

Product Testing – Paddling Around Old Fanny

Product Testing – Paddling Around Old Fanny

By Old School   |   Oct 13, 2010 October 13, 2010

It was just a couple weeks ago that our friends down in Patagonia's Ventura offices were wishing summer a fond farewell. Maybe it's this week's return to splitter blue skies and warm breezes, maybe it's the certainty of winter's descent when the snows finally come, but our Reno-based… Read More

Winters of My Life, Howard Weamer

Winters of My Life, Howard Weamer

By Old School   |   Aug 24, 2010 August 24, 2010

I first met Howard Weamer back in 1977 when a couple of friends and I decided to ski into the Ostrander Hut in Yosemite. Sporting rented wooden 210 cm skis, low-cut Alfa boots and Tonkin Cane ski poles, we waxed up the skis, loaded up our… Read More

Of Marmots and Men

Of Marmots and Men

By Old School   |   Aug 13, 2010 August 13, 2010

Every year, some friends and I converge on an really cool spot near Yosemite where we hike six miles carrying absurdly heavy packs and eat crazy amounts of really good food. Over the years, the only down side to this idyllic spot has been the parking. And by parking… Read More

Product Testing – Hiking Matanuska Peak

Product Testing – Hiking Matanuska Peak

By Old School   |   Jul 6, 2010 July 6, 2010

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our Athletes & Ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we'll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn't mean testing is… Read More

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