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    Dirtbag Diaries: A Successful Life

    A_successful_life The Dirtbag Diaires is on the air and host Fitz Cahall is back once again to introduce today's podcast:  

    Success. What is it? How does each of us define it in our lives? It’s a question that has hovered over many of the stories we’ve told in the last three years. Aimee Brown has been many things in her life – a snowboarder, a hydrologist, a pastry chef, a goat farmer and a writer. Always a writer. Being a wordsmith and making a living as one are two different things. Last year, Aimee got the opportunity of a lifetime a job writing for National Geographic. Excited, she packed her Subaru, threw in her cowboy boots and moved east from her beloved Oregon towards an incredible career. After a few weeks of living in D.C. a nagging feeling set in. Were days looking out an office window, lonely treadmill runs and sun salutations without the sun success? Could you ever define it as such? It took six thousand miles of driving for her to answer that question.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "A Successful Life"
    (mp3 - right-click to download)

    Head over to the Dirtbag Diaries for information on the music from today's podcast. You can also connect with the show via Twitter and Facebook. Fitz also hosts a new Web TV show called The Season.

    Patagonia T-Shirt Artists Come to Ventura for ArtWalk 2010


    Join us at GPIW Patagonia Ventura for an artist reception and show on Saturday, April 17. We’ll be featuring the work of professional artists from around the country who produce designs for our T-shirts. From classic to contemporary, their work will be on display at Patagonia throughout the ArtWalk weekend and beyond. Meet them at a special reception on Saturday night that includes light refreshments, live music with Sus Corez and some giveaways.

    Artist Reception & Show
    Great Pacific Iron Works Patagonia
    ArtWalk Exhibitor #53
    Reception: Saturday, April 17, 6-9 pm
    Show: April 13-May 13

    With Patagonia T-shirt artists:
    Geoff McFetridge
    Nikki McClure
    Tim Tomkinson
    A.D. Maddox
    Nick Wroblewski
    Chris Del Moro
    Mary Helt
    Mati McDonough
    Jason Stowell
    Penny Otwell
    Phyllis Shafer

    Hit the jump for video footage from a previous event:

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    Witness for Wildlife - Citizen Naturalists Working to Defend Critical Habitat

    Corridor1 John Muir said it was wise to “….break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

    He was a witness of wild things and wild lands, so precise and relentless in his testimony that when he spoke to Teddy Roosevelt about an area he loved high in the Sierra Nevada, the president listened and Yosemite National Park was born.

    Now it’s your turn. Witness for Wildlife (W4W) is a new initiative from the Freedom to Roam Coalition. The Coalition is dedicated to connecting and preserving corridors for animals (and people) so they can safely move between protected areas. W4W inspires trips into the wildlife corridors of the continent, for people to hike, climb, paddle and camp, to witness the wonders of the wildlands and the importance of connected habitat.

    You can join a growing community of Witness for Wildlife citizen naturalists, to share stories, images, and video from your trips, and learn how to take action to protect critical corridors.
    Patagonia has created a site for you to explore Witness for Wildlife trips. Last summer, we partnered with some great conservation groups who traveled into several wildlife corridors. Read about the threat of bark beetle kill in the mountains of Colorado and about bighorn sheep in the Nevada desert. Let these trips inspire you! And if you are already out there, witnessing, enjoying and protecting the wild world, we invite you to join the efforts of Witness for Wildlife by becoming a "Citizen Naturalists" and sharing your stories.

    [Top - A citizen naturalist tries to get the lay of the land during an inaugural Witness for Wildlife trip to study the impact of proposed development on this area of bighorn sheep migration. Photo: Ron Hunter. Left - Desert bighorn sheep Photo: Lynn B. Starnes/ US Fish and Wildlife Service]

    Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo This Weekend at Ventura County Fairgrounds

    Renny-adweb-10in Surfboard aficionados rejoice, the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo is coming to the Ventura Fairgrounds again this weekend, April 10 and 11. We had a great time at last year's Sacred Craft Expo, especially watching the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoring the late John Bradbury's high-performance shortboard shapes.

    Fletcher Chouinard and the Patagonia surf crew will be attending Sacred Craft again this year. Stop by the FCD/Patagonia booth and get a coupon for 10% off anything at Fletcher Chouinard Designs (discount limited to current inventory only, no store transfers, no custom orders). Patagonia surf ambassador Gerry Lopez will be at the booth on Saturday from 12-3 hanging out and signing copies of his book Surf Is Where You Find It.

    This year's Tribute to the Masters Shape-off will honor Santa Barbara legend, Renny Yater, and his unique Yater Spoon longboard design. Recreating Renny's designs will be Todd Proctor, Nick Pallandrini, Dennis Ryder, Michel Junod, Matt Moore and Wayne Rich.

    According to Sacred Craft, "The six shapers will each be allotted two hours in the US Blanks shaping bay in which to replicate a classic Yater Spoon. The Yater Spoon, a board that won the heart of Miki Dora, as well as thousands of other surfers, is not an easy board to craft. The shapers will be put to task as the Yater Spoon offers unique volume changes, bottom roll and rail foils. The winning shaper will receive a check from US Blanks for $1000."

    Hit the jump for a detailed schedule of the two-day event, some videos from last year and a few photos of my Yater Spoon.

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    Yosemite Dispatches with Ron Kauk: Sacred Rok

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    In today's audio dispatch, our friend and ambassador Ron Kauk introduces a new non-profit project he's been working on with Kenji Hakuta, professor of education at Stanford University.

    Audio_graphic_20px Listen to "Sacred Rok" (MP3 - right-click to download)

    Sacred Rok provides the chance for small groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to get to know the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park. To find out more, visit Sacred Rok and check out their Activities page and FAQ. You can keep in touch with this new and evolving collaboration by subscribing to the Sacred Rok Newsletter.

    Music: "Slow Recovery" by Sus Corez. If you live in the Ventura area, catch Sus playing at Great Pacific Iron Works on April 17 for the Art Walk event with Patagonia's T-shirt artists.

    [El Cap on the morning of March 31, 2010 ... springtime in the Valley. Photo: Ron Kauk. Apologies to Ron for the long production time on this dispatch.]

    Rios Libres: The Places In Between

    Team Rios Libres has completed their journey through Patagonia, studying the potential impacts of 5 proposed damns on two of the region's wildest and most healthy rivers. Two of the dams are proposed for the Rio Baker - Chile’s longest and highest-volume wild river. The remaining three dams would be built along the Rio Pascua, Chile's third highest-volume river.

    Author Craig Childs wraps their trip up with some reflections on their journey.

    You can read their first three posts here: Post 1, 2, & 3.

    As team member Tim O'Neill states, "our trip is water under the bridge, and hopefully never water behind the damn."

    Earthatnight The Places In Between (a report from Craig Childs)

    At night, the face of the earth is webbed with light. Our cities have swallowed almost everything. When you see this image, where does your imagination fall, on the dazzling, viral spread of humanity or the last dark places in between?

    Late one night, I slipped naked into a lake full of stars down along the serrated edges of southern Chile, where on satellite images of the earth at night, the tail of South America blends into the black sea. Rivers and lakes do not emit light, nor do ice caps or chains of mountains. The sky rippled ahead of me as I swam through the cold water of Patagonia. I pushed my arms into this darkness, felt it across every inch of my skin, took it into my mouth and drank.

    [Human-made lights highlight particularly developed or populated areas of the Earth's surface, including the seaboards of Europe, the eastern United States, and Japan. Photo and caption courtesy of NASA and can be found on their site.]

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