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    Call for Submissions: Backyard Adventures

    Kcdownp3077_2Have you ever had a good adventure close to home? Are you planning one before the new year? If so, we want to hear from you.

    In a recent interview with surf site Phoresia.org Patagonia ambassador Dan Malloy said, "My goal these days is to tap into that traveling state of mind while I am home, to do things I have never done in my own backyard. There is more than a lifetime's worth of amazing things to see and do and learn here. For me it is about becoming creative enough to tap into it."

    There's never been a better time to recreate close to home. The Patagonia catalog team has themed the upcoming Heart of Winter catalog around the idea of backyard adventures, and to coincide with that catalog's early January release we'd like to feature your stories on The Cleanest Line.

    [In his story "Vanquished," Patagonia ambassador Kelly Cordes wrote about scoring a fickle mixed route in Rocky Mountain National Park, backyard to his home of Estes Park, Colorado. Photo: © Kelly Cordes]

    From now until January 9, 2009, we're inviting you to write-in (and send pictures or video) describing the outdoor sports you love to do close to home -- whether you live at the edge of wilderness or in the heart of the city. If you get to those places without a car all the better. We'll run your stories on The Cleanest Line every week for a month after the catalog drops in January.

    Submissions can be sent to thecleanestline[at]patagonia[dot]com with the subject line "Backyard Adventure." Before sending please review our Guidelines for Submissions in the About section. Make the jump for a brief description of the backyard adventures you'll read about in the Heart of Winter catalog.

    The Patagonia Heart of Winter 2009 catalog will feature an environmental essay about Freedom to Roam by Tom Brokaw and two field reports (one about canoe-accessed skiing and one about surfing in Oregon by Bend to Baja traveler Elissa Pfost). The photographs and extended captions will highlight backyard adventures like surfing in Alaska with Cleanest Line reader Scott Dickerson, the Zero-star Tuesday after-work climbing club and mountain biking in southern Scotland. Look for the catalog in your mailbox come early January.

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