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    "Waypoint Namibia" Trailer; Win a Copy of Majka Burhardt's Book "Vertical Ethiopia"

    Can climbing give you access to understanding outside of the vertical? It was this question that drove Patagonia ambassadors Majka Burhardt and Kate Rutherford, and mountain guide Peter Doucette, to the arid landscape of Namibia. The short video and slide show we shared in the Tin Shed gave a glimpse into their trip; Waypoint Namibia, the upcoming film from Chris Alstrin, will share the whole story, and answer the question that motivated them.

    [Video: Waypoint Namibia Trailer by Alstrin Films]

    Hit the jump for more on Waypoint Namibia and a chance to win Majka's book Vertical Ethiopia.

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    From the Trenches series - Why don't you use...?

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    Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are our front line of communication with Patagonia fanatics far and wide. The crew here at our Call Center in Reno, NV are at it seven days a week, taking orders, helping with returns, and most importantly, answering the astonishing range of questions our customers fire at us. Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Our very own Old School is here to do just that. He's stepped back from the front lines to answer some of these popular questions, straight from the trenches.
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    In my last post, I tackled a couple of "Why do you use . . .?” questions. In this post, I'll answer a couple of "Why don't you use . . .?" questions. Being a company known for environmentalism, we often get questions about why we don't use certain fabrics, especially when other companies tout them as being the latest and greatest, or at least the ‘greenest.’ In the cases of bamboo and PLA (polylactic acid), both sound pretty green at first glance but in the end aren't all that they seem.

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    Jamie Mitchell to visit Patagonia Cardiff this Thursday Evening


    [Video courtesy of Kaenon Polarized]

    Come hear Jamie Mitchell share insights from his most memorable moments on the water, including winning his eighth Moloka’i to O’ahu Paddleboard Race. See photos and video of his many adventures around the globe: paddleboarding, tow-in surfing, big-wave surfing and big-wave stand-up paddleboarding.

    This outdoor event is free. Kaenon will be giving away two pairs of polarized shades and the audience will be able to "Voice Your Choice" by helping determine how Patagonia Cardiff should distribute $5,000 in grant money to three local environmental organizations.

    The Jamie Mitchell Experience at Patagonia Cardiff
    An Evening with a World-Class Waterman
    Presented by Kaenon Polarized
    Thursday, October 1, 7 pm
    Admission is free
    Directions to Patagonia Cardiff

    From the Trenches series - Why do you use... ?

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    Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are our front line of communication with Patagonia fanatics far and wide. The crew here at our Call Center in Reno, NV are at it seven days a week, taking orders, helping with returns, and most importantly, answering the astonishing range of questions our customers fire at us. Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Our very own Old School is here to do just that. He's stepped back from the front lines to answer some of these popular questions, straight from the trenches.
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    Patagonia has a well-deserved reputation for being extremely picky about what materials go into our products. Often, the materials we choose are exactly the same as those used by our competitors. But just as often, we insist on different materials even if we have to encourage our suppliers to make the material we're looking for. Below are two common questions we receive about natural fibers we use in our clothing; one is virtually identical industry-wide and the other is a fabric we insisted on tweaking because of environmental concerns.

     

    So why do you use down?

     

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    In the outdoor clothing industry down insulation is ubiquitous. Almost every company sells a puffy down jacket and I often wonder if these other companies get the same ethical questions we get about using down. We continually find ourselves fielding questions about how a progressive company like Patagonia can, in good conscience, use down. The answer to that is simple, Patagonia’s mission statement begins with "Build the best product..." For us to do this we need to use the highest quality materials available. Right now when it comes to insulation, down has no equal; it has the highest warmth-to-weight ratio of any insulation and is highly compressible as well. Both properties are highly prized attributes in mountain clothing. That said, we do believe in the humane treatment of animals, and the geese that provide our down are no exception.

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    Voice Your Choice™ is here - Visit Your Patagonia Store & Help Us Spend Money for Good

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    With so many environmental groups out there doing great work, it’s impossible to make a donation to every one. We recognize there’s only so much each of us can donate toward environmental causes, and we also know our customers are the experts when it comes to what’s going on in their backyard. That’s why we created the Voice Your Choice™ campaign.  

    Voice Your Choice™ enables customers of Patagonia-owned stores to become more involved in local environmental issues by providing education, volunteer opportunities, and grant money that our customers tell us how to spend.

    Here’s how it works: After a great deal of research and local input, each Patagonia-owned store selects three local groups they’ve determined are doing something extraordinary to help restore and protect the environment. Representatives from each of these groups will visit the store during the Voice Your Choice™ campaign to share their work and offer you opportunities to get involved.

    Additionally, each of our stores has $5000 in grant money available for distribution. It’s up to you to decide how that money is spent. Votes are cast in the store, and the top vote-getter will be awarded $2,500, with the second- and third-place organizations receiving $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

    Simply stop by your nearest Patagonia store September 24-October 24, 2009 to learn about your local groups and vote. No purchase whatsoever is necessary, but ballots must be cast in the store.
    (Make the jump for additional details and a complete list of last year's Voice Your Choice™ winners.)

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    Waves and Winter

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    “Our thoughts often go to the deepest, fluffiest powder days when we watch the tops of breaking waves get blown back to sea by a strong offshore breeze. Maybe the wind reminds us of Old Man Winter's legendary howl and roar. Or perhaps surfing among these waves – floating in that fluid ocean as the spray rains on our heads – gives us the same feelings we have when gliding in a snowstorm down a powder-coated mountainside.

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    “Ultimately, it is the simple beauty witnessed on both occasions that makes the connection for us. Be it the wind-blown spray of breaking waves or the billowing clouds of snow behind the descending skier/rider, there is something undeniably surreal and powerful and spectacular going on here...

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    And the Winner of "Chasing Waves" is ...

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    A couple weeks back we shared an excerpt from Amy Waeschle's new book Chasing Waves: A Surfer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering. Amy kindly donated a copy of her book for one lucky Cleanest Line commenter. And that person is ... Long Story Longer!

    The random time generator selected 22:09 and Long Story Longer said, "Very cool! I'd love to win a copy. I'm a brand new surf baby and this sounds inspiring." at precisely 10:10 PM (22:10). Turns out she keeps a blog of her own where she's chronicling the trials and tribulations of being a new surfer.

    Congratulations LSL. I hope you enjoy the book as much as we have.

    Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. If you didn't win, please consider supporting Amy's work by purchasing a copy of Chasing Waves from Mountaineers Books or Amazon. We have another book giveaway in the works so stay tuned.

    Small World

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    Today's post is from Lisa Myers, of Patagonia's Environmental Team. As one of the folks responsible for finding ways to support non-profit environmental groups, work with like-minded businesses, and educate others on our environmental initiatives, she works hard to stay informed. In an effort to better understand the work being done on climate-change issues, Lisa enrolled in a focused, on-the-ground course in Alaska's remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) through California State University Channel Islands. Here, she reflects on this recent experience.

    I am a morning person, but setting my alarm clock for 2:00 a.m. crossed the line. When the noise jolted me from sleep, I switched from unconscious to conscious fairly quickly as I registered that soon I ‘d be boarding a plane headed to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (as part of a class offered at California State University Channel Islands where I am a student). My classmates and I were about to spend six days exploring the impacts of climate change.

    From the plane, a few short hours after waking, I watched the world transform beneath me. Familiar mountains covered in chaparral disappeared and the view shifted to much larger features like Mt. Shasta, Mt. Olympus, Denali and long stretches of valleys filled with verdant rivers, lakes and streams without any homes, roads or even one bright neon backpacking tent dotting the landscape.

    [Flying over the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge on the way to Barter Island. Photo: Lisa Myers.]

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    Dirtbag Diaries: Seeds

    Forest fire After spending the summer gathering new stories and making an appearance in the Tin Shed, Fitz Cahall is back for another season of The Dirtbag Diaries. Here's Fitz with today's episode:

    It was a tough summer in the climbing community. We lost heroes, friends, mentors, legends, sons and parents. We celebrate their lives with stories and memorials, but after the glasses are raised and the happy times recounted, those closest to the deceased are left in the vacuum their lives once inhabited.  The living confront hard questions and dark emotions. This year, 22-year-old Evan Piche’s world turned upside down. He discovered, that even in the worst moments there are seeds of growth.

    Download "Seeds"
    (mp3 - right-click to download - contains some expletives)

    Along with gathering new stories, Fitz has been working on a new video project, sharing some of his favorite music and continuing to manage the blog Outdoor Parent. As always you can contact The Dirtbag Diaries with your story ideas for future episodes or connect with the show via Facebook and Twitter. Visit dirtbagdiaries.com for more information and access to all past episodes.

    Have a great weekend everybody. Thanks for all your support.

    Score Some Free Ground Shipping - Grab the Code, Share the Stoke

    How-do TCL readers? Starting today, we're sending out a little Thank You to our e-mail subscribers, blog readers, Twitter followers, and, well, any friends you think might enjoy a little discount stoke. Placing an order of $100 or more between now and September 21 will earn you free ground shipping for delivery within the U.S.

    The steps are easy:

    1) Copy this code: SEPTSHIP

    2) Place your order, and when you get the payment screen;

    3) Enter SEPTSHIP into the Promo Code field; and

    4) Complete your order

    Have a couple items on your list, but not quite $100 worth? Consider combining your order with a friend's. Pick the address you're going to ship the order to and voilà! - you're helping the shipping folks do the equivalent of car-pooling. Pat yourself on the back for saving a shipping trip and some money at the same time.

    Please check out this here fine print before you place your order: This offer is valid on orders over $100.00 and applies to orders placed online through Patagonia.com or via phone, fax or mail through Patagonia Mail Order (it does not apply to shipping from Patagonia Retail stores). This offer applies to ground shipping in the United States only; it is not valid for expedited shipping or addresses outside of the United States. Not valid with any other promotional, team, group or special offers. Free Ground Shipping offer ends September 21, 2009.

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