This just in from some of the folks in our Reno Distribution Center. These people like to ride, which is why they pitch in every year to make sure one of their favorite trails stays in good shape.
On Tuesday August 8/7, eight Patagonia employees from Reno worked on the multi-use Hole-in-the-Ground trail near Donner Summit.
The Hole-in-the-Ground trail is a gem of Northern California mountain biking. As such, it receives substantial traffic. Patagonia "adopted" one segment of the trail several years ago and dedicates an annual maintenance day to trail upkeep. There are signs marking the adopted segment. The trail is showing effects of this year's long biking season - our section was dry with many loose rocks.
[A corner gets "brake-bump proofed" by the Patagonia crew. Photo: Mark Blume]
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The time has come for Patagonia to shift its environmental activism focus from Oceans as Wilderness to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The goal of our new campaign is to help secure permanent protection for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge through designation as Wilderness.
To commemorate the Oceans as Wilderness campaign, we enjoyed a special Seafood for Thought lunch in Ventura last week. The menu was created by our very own Micah Knox: panko crusted diver scallops with a micro green salad tossed in wasabi vinaigrette served with roasted garlic ginger burre blanc. For dessert, Ben & Jerry's kindly donated three flavors of their delicious ice cream. I chose Phish Food...
Download the recipe for Panko Crusted Diver Scallops (PDF)
[Choose your scallops wisely. Photo: Free]
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It is with great sadness that we learned recently of the death of a true friend of the climbing community. Pete Absolon of the National Outdoor Leadership School passed away this weekend in a climbing accident in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.
It's hard to find the right words at time like this. We wish for our friends in the NOLS community, and more importantly for Pete's family, to know that our thoughts are with you in this time of deep sadness.
Please keep reading for some words of fond remembrance from a friend within the NOLS community . . .
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by Lynn Hill
Despite intermittent rain, the bouldering excursion to Redcliff was fun and well worth the trip. This collection of boulders is located about twenty-minutes west of Vail in a fairy-tale like setting amongst pine and aspen trees.
I went with my friend, Jay Droeger, and his Hungarian friend, Lorent. About ten years ago, Jay discovered this area with his friend and guidebook writer, Philip Beningfield. While on their way to climb in Rifle, they happened to stop for lunch in the town of Minturn. One of the locals asked them what they were doing in the area and when they said they were rock climbers, the local told them that he had seen someone climbing on some boulders just behind the town of Redcliff.
[Jay gets ready to spring for a hold. Photo: Lynn Hill]
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I made a big mistake. It involves garlic.
Buying organic is good, right? I tend to think so, especially when my guilt-free organic garlic is now only $0.25 more expensive than its non-certified shelf-mates over at the local eco-chic shop n' strut. I'm a sucker for getting my values at a bargain, so I took a glance at the price, picked up a couple of fresh heads, and was on my way.
But my stinking rose has a dark side, one I didn't take the time to notice 'til I got home . . .
[Behold the unwitting, guileless garlic. So innocent. So fragrant. So well-travelled. Photo: localcrew]
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We recently told you about the opening of our new Palo Alto store and how they were having an online vote to see which local enviro group would receive a $5,000 grant to commemorate the opening. Well, the votes are in, all 30,000+ of them, and we have a winner: Ventana Wildlife Society.
"Every environmental organization works hard to raise money. Unsolicited donations like this are few and far between," said Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director, Ventana Wildlife Society. "Patagonia’s contribution will help us continue the important environmental work we have been doing for 30 years."
[Store manager Jennifer Drew gives the Ventana Wildlife Society their grant. Photo: Jeff Johnson]
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by Jeff Johnson
Sometimes you forget about your own backyard.
While passing through Ventura the other day I had heard about a building south swell. So I hooked up with Patagonia Surf ambassadors Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy and headed south. We ended up posting up all afternoon at a spot north of Malibu. The crowd was fairly thick but the waves were consistent and the conditions were absolutely beautiful.
I've been all over the world chasing waves in remote settings, looking for those rare moments when it all comes together. And there I was at a well-known surf spot just minutes from one of the most densely populated sprawls on earth. I stood there in the sand looking at perfect, overhead rights, peeling off a barnacled rock through a field of colorful kelp -- glassy yet textured by a warm, off-shore breeze, the light getting better every minute as the sun dipped down over the dry headland to the west. I paddled out for a few waves then set up shop on the beach.
[Mary Osborne enjoys perfection close to home. Photo: Jeff Johnson]
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