This past Monday evening surfing great Shaun Tomson gave a slideshow presentation to a packed house at our Ventura retail store, Great Pacific Iron Works. Brett from the GPIW staff sent over some pictures from the event and a short writeup (more photos after the jump).
Patagonia once again outdoes itself by bringing in a guest speaker of monumentous proportions to speak of life lessons and breathtaking accomplishments. Shaun Tomson, a South African native, has been surfing the great ocean blue for over four decades. As a 1977 world champ and a 14-year veteran of the pro tour, Shaun spent a lot of his life learning unspoken rules of conduct and his new book, Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life, details his experiences.
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Vince Anderson and Steve House.
Photo: Jeanne Young
Steve House just contacted us from Iceland. He wanted to share his opinion regarding the future of the Piolet d'Or and how it might better reflect the values of hard alpinism. Marko Prezelj initiated this discussion by declining to accept the award at this year's ceremony. Those in the know can skip straight to Steve's letter. Otherwise, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the issue before reading Steve's response.
Steve House and Vince Anderson Win 2005 Piolet D’or Award
2007 Piolet D’or Winner Questions Awards
Alpinism and the Media: A Way Forward?
An open letter to the public regarding the Piolet d’Or:
I am happy to hear Phillipe Descampes declare that this is a good time to have a “very open discussion” about the value and the future of the Piolet d’Or award. With the withdrawal of the GHM and the recent history of the award, the time is right to talk about the future Piolet d’Or. To this end I think it would be constructive to try and forget the award's history and examine it abstractly, as an idea, as if we were to create it anew.
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Just got word from a tipster in the edit department about an opportunity for Patagoniacs in the Northeast to affect the climate change discussion. Sorry for the late notice on this one. I'm sure you can join up with the walk at any point.
Action Now on Global Warming: Join Bill McKibben on the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, March 16-24
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Patagonia's environmental commitment extends to its extensive support of the Conservacion Patagonica program. Each year, employees have the opportunity to participate in one of three separate service trips designed to tackle the mountainous work required to transform
retired ranches into a stunning new national park. This report comes to us from recent trip participant Andy Mitchell, of Patagonia's Dealer Services Dept.
We left Ventura at 8 am Sunday morning, and arrived some 32 sleepless hours later at the Estancia Valle Chacabuco, region XI, Aysen, Chile. The trip is over 7000 miles, and we ultimately settled farther south on the planet than South Africa and even New Zealand; farther east than the entire United States. Completely zonked, we met the expectant Doug & Kris Tompkins, philanthropist founders of Conservacion Patagonica. Malinda Chouinard also greeted us on behalf of Patagonia Inc, and her curiously missing husband Yvon (who would reappear the next morning, having slept the night in his waders, in his car, in a ditch). The opportunity to meet these people was tremendous, and only overshadowed by the fruits of their efforts.
[Andy Mitchell of Patagonia's Dealer Services Dept. finds that he already has a home in the heart of Patagonia. Photo: Suzy Reinhardt.]
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While parts of the West have been enjoying some of the best snow in decades, Winter '06-'07 in the Sierra has been among the worst many can remember. Recent storms close to our Patagonia Distribution Center here in Reno have been a balm to our wounded winter spirits, but we're still a far cry from the incredible snows of 2005. Fresh snow flying outside our office windows just the other day took me back to that amazing season, when fresh turns could be had literally right outside the office door...
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The self-professed 'Great Irritant', Doug Peacock, stopped by the Patagonia campus today. I first learned of Doug and some of the other personalities upon which Edward Abbey's seminal book, The Monkeywrench Gang, was based during my 'angry-environmentalist' years in high school. Abbey's descriptions of their antics and lifestyle struck a chord with me. Suffice it to say, getting the chance hear him speak was a real treat.
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