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Photo: Fredrik Marmsater

A Park on the Run

By Kt Miller   |   Mar 23, 2017 March 23, 2017

I woke in a daze and waddled, still in my sleeping bag, bottom unzipped, feet out, toward the camp kitchen to greet the team. The morning was brisk and we’d gone light on clothes to save weight. My hands snuck out to grasp a cup of hot coffee. Two bull… Read More

Photo: Fredrik Marmsater

The Worst Idea

By Luke Nelson   |   Sep 20, 2016 September 20, 2016

“You don’t have to be crazy,” Ty likes to say, “but it helps.” I’ve stopped counting how many times over the years these words have described our harebrained outings. Right then, I was trying to focus on surviving the current one. Anything that actually resembled running had stopped hours ago. Read More

Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route

Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route

By Luke Nelson   |   Sep 23, 2015 September 23, 2015

By Luke Nelson There is something unnerving about waking up shivering. I rolled over and did a dozen or so push-ups in an attempt to get warm enough to fall back asleep. My commotion led to Cody pressing the light on his watch. “It’s almost 4 a.m.,” I mumbled. Read More

Red Shins

Red Shins

By Craig Holloway   |   Sep 15, 2014 September 15, 2014

Back in February, I started volunteering for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), a nonprofit that protects open space through land acquisitions and conservation easements. They have a number of preserves scattered across the valley and the Valley View Preserve was their newest one. OVLC volunteers had already… Read More

Above: Camping along the Marsh Fork of the Canning River, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. All photos by Ron Hunter.

Innovation and Wilderness

By John Wallin   |   Sep 5, 2014 September 5, 2014

I started selling fleece for Patagonia in 1993, and for six years I worked in Washington D.C., Bozeman and Reno in various customer service functions. I had a blast, learned a ton about product and people and made a network of friends who are as important to me as… Read More

The Measure of a Mountain

The Measure of a Mountain

By Steve Graepel   |   May 18, 2012 May 18, 2012

  I remember the feeling more than the sound; a palpable ‘crack’ shattered through the bones of our house. At first we thought it was a car accident or maybe a gas explosion, but as we looked out the bay window to the north, we knew it was far worse…… Read More

[Above: The author jogs up to Cache Col from Cascade Pass. All photos courtesy of Steve Graepel]

The Ptarmigan Traverse

By Steve Graepel   |   Feb 2, 2012 February 2, 2012

Scott scrambles up to Cache Col and drops his pack besides mine. We’ve been moving just over two hours since the trailhead and have stopped to get our first glimpse at the route before us. Our goal is the Ptarmigan Traverse – a 35-mile off-piste, haute route traversing the… Read More

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