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    Signing Off from Pakistan

    Steve House is home from Pakistan now, but before getting on his flight in Islamabad he made one last call to close out his trip and introduce us to a special guest. In this last update we get to hear from Mr. Saad Tariq Siddiqi, the Honorable Secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. You'll hear Mr. Siddiqi talk about the many expeditions that visited Pakistan this year and you'll receive a warm welcome if you're interested in experiencing their "mountain heritage" for yourself.

    Listen to Steve House Update 12 (mp3)

    Stay tuned to Patagonia.com, the Patagonia catalog and The Cleanest Line for photos, more stories and hopefully some video from this expedition. Our thanks go out to Steve House, Vince Anderson, Marko Prezelj, the basecamp crew, the porters, the Colorado and Quebec teams, the Alpine Club of Pakistan, Mr. Siddiqi and the people of Pakistan.

    All posts from the series:

    Airfare and Intervals
    K6: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing
    K6 & 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes
    K6 & 7: The Weather Strikes Back
    K6 & 7: Scouting and Starting K7
    K6 & 7: K7 West Goes
    The Story of K7 West
    First Bath Since August 16th
    "Clinically" Blue Skies Inspire K6 West Attempt
    Fare Thee Well Charakusa Valley

    New Route Established on Donner Summit

    Donner_bridge Many climbers are familiar with the convenient, high-quality granite available at California's Donner Summit. Those who have made the trip are no doubt familiar with the sight of The Summit's Rainbow Bridge, built in 1926.  Many come simply for the view available from the bridge's road-side vista pull out.

    Donner_view Those who frequent Donner Summit for climbing might be surprised to hear that on September 16th, an exciting new route was established. As of this posting, we're unaware of any being who has completed this route, though countless are sure to follow after viewing the photo of the new route on the next page. It is custom that the first to ascend a route earns the right to christen it with its name. We're unsure that it will get one, however, due to the unique nature of this climb.  We know it's a traverse, and the picture above gives a hint about its exposure . . .

    [Top photo: Donner Summit's Rainbow Bridge, looking West from below Grouse Slab; Bottom photo: Donner Lake and the Carson Range as seen from Rainbow Bridge]

    Continue reading "New Route Established on Donner Summit" »

    Announcing The Footprint Chronicles

    Footprint_site_2 I love to cook and as I've ventured into new cuisines found myself with a whole new spice rack sporting names like fenugreek, nigella and star anise. I also found myself wanting a spice grinder to go with all these wonderful recipes but couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. My coffee grinder worked just fine; I just had to clean it out each time to get rid of the coffee taste.

    One afternoon, with a rare few minutes free, I browsed through the sale section of a kitchen store: Lo and behold there was a coffee grinder for $5! No more cleaning before grinding. I plucked it off the shelf. But before I got to the counter I started thinking about our new project, The Footprint Chronicles

    Did I really need a second grinder? Was its addition to my life worth the small but additional environmental cost?

    Those are the questions we've been asking at Patagonia, as we started to look at the impact of our own rather sizeable footprint, beginning with a tight circle around our core facilities: offices, customer service center and retail stores. Quickly we realized that if we were to really be honest with ourselves about the impact we have as a company, we needed to branch out to include our supply chain. A daunting task at best.

    Continue reading "Announcing The Footprint Chronicles" »

    Good Times at Fly Fishing Retailer

    Dsc01089 Trade shows are a part of life for many folks around Patagonia. They're a great way for us to meet up with all the wonderful Patagonia Dealers who sell our gear in your hometown, and see what's happening with the rest of the industry. Many of you probably attend a trade show or two for your respective professions.

    The most recent stop on the Patagonia trade show tour was Fly Fishing Retailer in Denver, Colorado. As part of the show, we held a special reception at our Denver store. Moldy Chum probably summed up the evening best:

    A star studded crowd turned out for the annual Patagonia Fly Fishing Retailer reception at the Denver Patagonia store. The crowd was treated to great food, adult beverages, a World Trout Update, a 1% for the Planet pitch from Yvon Chouinard and film clips from Conway Bowman, AEG, Felt Soul Media, Rollcast Productions and Mikey Weir. Even Bill Ritter, the Governor of Colorado, made an appearance.

    It was a fantastic evening.

    [Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, and Patagonia Owner/Founder Yvon Chouinard. Photo courtesy of Fly Fish Magazine.]   

    Continue reading "Good Times at Fly Fishing Retailer" »

    Where Will You Ski Today?

    WwystSnowtasty_3 The first snows of the season are forecast for Tahoe! Of course it's a bit early to think about skiing . . . eh, nevermind. No it's not.

    For those of us with snow on the brain, this weekend's forecast coincides beautifully with Karhu's launch of their new blog, Where Will You Ski Today? Karhu's beautiful synchronicity lies not just with the weather, either. Their ambassadors cover the globe seeking out adventures and putting the latest gear to the test. Some of them happen to be Patagonia ambassadors, too.

    Here's an excerpt from Zoe Hart's recent post at WWYST?. It's the first in a series of dispatches from the trip that will be featured on their blog, and a fine compliment to some of the earlier features you may have seen here on The Cleanest Line:

    Berner Oberland #1

    An Introduction: In the spring of 2007, Alison Gannett, Lorenzo Worster and Zoe Hart traveled to Europe on the Global Cooling Tour. It was an appropriate season, one that saw a lack of snow cancel the famed Hahnenkamm downhill for the first time in its history, and it signalled the danger of a changing climate on Europe's $66 billion dollar ski industry. After seeing years of climate change in France - where ladders now link skiers with ground covered by glacial snow only 10 years ago - the group set out to document glacial recession while ski touring and ski mountaineering through Switzerland's Berner Oberland.

    [Karhu ski designer Eben Sargent on a testing trip in the North Cascades. Photo: Graham Gephart/Karhu]

    Continue reading "Where Will You Ski Today?" »

    Fare Thee Well Charakusa Valley

    Ambass_house Steve House took the time to make one last call amidst the hustle and bustle of packing up base camp and organizing 30 porters. It's a little rough around the edges but the sentiment is appreciated.

    Listen to Steve House Update 11 (mp3)

    Thanks again to Steve for taking us along for the ride.

    Previous posts from the series:

    Airfare and Intervals
    K6: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing
    K6 & 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes
    K6 & 7: The Weather Strikes Back
    K6 & 7: Scouting and Starting K7
    K6 & 7: K7 West Goes
    The Story of K7 West
    First Bath Since August 16th
    "Clinically" Blue Skies Inspire K6 West Attempt

    [Special hello to the Alpine Club of Slovenia]

    Action Alert - Help Shape the Farm Bill

    Voteforklg2 Farming is an issue of great concern for us. We staked our business on switching to organic cotton in 1996 and we ran a series of environmental essays on the dangers and uncertainties of genetic engineering in 2001-2002. Unfortunately, GE crops are still being grown and organic farming remains a quaint alternative. Fortunately, there are folks like Dan Imhoff of Watershed Media who are working hard to keep America's farming practices in the spotlight. 

    Dan has graciously compiled this important action alert concerning the Farm Bill that's currently being considered in Congress. Please read on and take action before September 30, 2007.

    Every five years, Congress passes a massive spending program called the Farm Bill. 2007 is one of those years -- with a September 30 deadline for either a new bill or a temporary extension. The tens of billions of dollars in subsidies and supports apportioned by the Farm Bill have a tremendous influence on the foods we eat, where they are grown, how much they cost, and the state of conservation in farm country. For decades, food and farm policy has been dominated by representatives from commodity producing states with the blessing of representatives nobly fighting to preserve food stamp and nutrition assistance.

    Continue reading "Action Alert - Help Shape the Farm Bill " »

    Patagonia Europe Pitches in for Bearded Vultures

    Bearded_vultureSome members of our European offices in Annecy, France recently participated in a volunteer program aimed at reintroduction of the previously extinct Bearded Vulture to the Alps. Their hands-on contributions to these efforts got them up close and personal with these amazing birds. Birds and colleagues alike enjoyed a spectacular day in a remarkably beautiful place. The following report was prepared by our Environmental Coordinator for our European offices:

    Wednesday the 3rd of september, Patagonia Europe took 20  employees outside for an enviro fieldwork session. We helped an organization called ASTERS (Agir pour la Sauvegarde des Territoires et des Espèces Remarquables ou Sensibles), which has one of the five European raising centers dedicated to the Bearded Vulture.

    The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is one of the rarest raptors in Europe. Its main food source is bones of dead animals (small- or middle-sized), hunting alone or in pairs. The Bearded vulture reaches 1.10  meter (3.6 feet)  in size (from head to tail), its wingspan is around 2.8 m  (9.2 feet)  and it weighs about 5-7 kg  (11-16 lbs).

    [Photo: A Bearded Vulture, as featured on the ASTERS website]

    Continue reading "Patagonia Europe Pitches in for Bearded Vultures" »

    "Clinically" Blue Skies Inspire K6 West Attempt

    K6_after_the_storm Today we have a double-shot from Steve House. Apologies for not posting Update 9 sooner. In it Steve share's Marko's assessment of the weather, and he describes the Sierra-style climb that was mentioned in the last update, including the surprise they found at the top of it.

    Listen to Steve House Update 9 (mp3)

    Then, on Sunday, we received another call. The weather was so nice the team packed up and charged K6 West. Give a listen to see how it turned out.

    Listen to Steve House Update 10 (mp3)

    Previous posts from the series:

    Airfare and Intervals
    K6: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing
    K6 & 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes
    K6 & 7: The Weather Strikes Back
    K6 & 7: Scouting and Starting K7
    K6 & 7: K7 West Goes
    The Story of K7 West
    First Bath Since August 16th

    [K6, back in the picture. Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House]

    Post-Adventure Laundry, or De-Stinking Your Clothes

    Letone “The scent of these armpits is aroma finer than prayer.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

    Stink. Funk. Putrescence. Miasmal malodorous mank. Each of us has our own finely tuned threshold for bad smells. But it’s safe to say this universal holds true: there comes a time when our clothes become smelly enough that we wish to disown them; or at least deny our culpability in making them reach such olfactorily offensive heights.

    Me, I stink extra bad. I’ve been accused of smuggling onion sandwiches around under my arms, or--to quote one friend--smelling “like a sweaty horse washed with garlic soap.” It may go without saying that I was pretty psyched when we finally launched our wool line, which you can check out here. But buying new clothes isn’t the answer to dealing with the fetid funk of your existing garments. For some tips on how to keep the stench of your current wardrobe at bay, read on:

    [Photo courtesy of Andrew McGarry]

    Continue reading "Post-Adventure Laundry, or De-Stinking Your Clothes" »

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