Forty-five Years in the Making There’ve been some brilliant gamechangers in the history of the human imagination. The wheel, for example. The lightbulb. Sliced bread. The sleeping bag. No one forgets their first night or their first morning in a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag in essence means you are somewhere else. You’re mobile and moving. It’s the cocoon of the curious, allowing you different skies or unfamiliar mornings. Snug snow cave, pungent refugio, sandy wash, airport floor, grassy wallow, friend’s couch, cramped portaledge—when you wake up somewhere new and emerge from your bag, you tend to be someone new. Some say it was Welshman and entrepreneur Pryce Jones who developed the first sleeping bag. He sewed oversized wool rugs into a sort of fold-over mat and blanket, and sold them to the Russian army in the mid-1870s for use in the Russo-Turkish war. Once it was over, Jones had 17,000 bags left over, which he cleverly marketed to “the Ladies” as a blanket-and-pillow mailorder novelty. Norwegians also lay claim to the sleeping bag with scientist and polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Before setting off to make the first ski crossing of Greenland in 1888, Nansen spent time with the Greenlandic Inuit to learn about handling extreme cold. Following their practice of sleeping under
sealskins, he sewed together a sealskin bag big enough for three and skied off to make history. Native American tribes used bear and buffalo skins in a similar way. Napoleon’s soldiers, itinerant Australian swagmen, Civil War footmen and American cowboys all used the wool blanket bedroll with various mods. But regardless of their origin, sleeping bags began proliferating in the late 1880s, and spending the night outside became a more accessible experience. Materials evolved from skins and wool to cotton (cheap, but a bad idea); nylon; and synthetic and down insulations. The 1930s saw bags with arms and legs. The ’40s brought us the mummy bag. Full-length zippers appeared in the ’60s. The ’70s and ’80s ushered in lighter, higher-loft synthetic insulations and more advanced down designs. And so on until today. As climbers, mountaineers and vagabonds, we’ve always chosen down for its unsurpassed warmth-to-weight ratio and packability, and in That’s the way the mountain crumbles. In the constant daylight of Baffin Island in July, Nico Favresse enjoys a deep sleep on the magical bivy boulder—the only one for miles—while nearby, the rest of the team scrounges in the talus and ice for cramped flat spots. First ascent of Coconut Connection. Great Sail Peak, Canada. Nico Favresse Collection
“Most bags are ‘understuffed.’ They have great loft when they have great loft—when they’re brand-new. But they soon go flat in humid conditions. Also, every time you turn around, because there’s not enough density, the heat leaks out.” — Y V O N C H O U I N A R D Patagonia’s four decades of working with down insulation, we’ve learned a few things. Materials, design, construction, fi eld-testing—state-of-the-art practices developed over the life of our company—combine to make our down products the most trusted anywhere. Now, in the tradition of great ideas made better (sliced bread with butter and jam), we’re making down sleeping bags. Inspired by the bag our founder, Yvon Chouinard, built for himself 45 years ago—a simple mummy-style bag with overstuffed channels and a center-front zipper that let him tie in at belays or cook at bivys—the new Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag is an elegant, realworld bag built with the best available materials and a down-construction expertise that’s been 45 years (give or take a hundred) in the making.
Yvon’s original Forty-five years young and surely one of the most well-traveled sleeping bags on the planet.
Above: The only guy to forgo the tent, Yvon Chouinard wakes at high camp the morning after the first ascent of Cerro Kristine (aka Cerro Geezer). Chilean Patagonia. Danny Moder Left: Early Patagonia field testers Kris McDivitt Tompkins and Bruce Franks trade thoughts about sleeping bag design and paisley shirts, circa 1973. Bishop, California. Gary Regester
Luxury liner Instead of a traditional glossy nylon fabric, we decided on our trusted Houdini fabric for the liner. Its slight texture makes it airy, quick-drying and soft for great next-to-skin comfort.
NEW 850 Down Sleeping Bag 19°F / -7°C Three-season efficiency and comfort for technical outings ranging from casual to extreme An elegant, real-world bag, built with the best materials available and 45 years of down-construction expertise, the new 850 Down Sleeping Bag loves nothing more than sleeping around. We started with ultralight 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® fabric, featuring Y-shaped fi lament technology, to create a shell that’s nearly half the weight and twice the strength of our other down shell fabrics. The interlocking Y-shaped fibers of this fabric allow maximum down loft and durability (which means big warmth and long life), and enhance the performance of the DWR (durable water repellent) fi nish to stave off fi nicky weather. We made the liner from our beloved
Houdini fabric—a featherweight 100% nylon ripstop that provides quick dry times and soft, next-to-skin comfort. We overstuffed the bag’s channels with 850-fi ll-power Traceable Down insulation for exceptional warmth, season-after-season durability, ultracompressibility and light weight. The long center-front zip allows you to handle belays or camp chores without leaving your cocoon, while the low-profi le hood moves with you to minimize twisting and fits securely around your shoulders and head with lightweight cording and concealed cord locks. Imported. 850 Down Sleeping Bag 19ºF / -7ºC - Reg $499.00 I 70015
Traceable Down insulation Warm, lightweight, durable and compressible, our 850-fill-power Traceable Down insulation is traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure the birds that supply it are not force-fed or live-plucked.
The zipper on the Patagonia Sleeping Bag ports into an independent, downless sleeve, so you don’t have to gut the entire bag of its insulation just to replace the zipper—a vote for longevity even though it was harder to build.
Our 850 Down Sleeping Bag (19º) features an inner chamber with a circumference that’s smaller than the outer circumference, meaning your body’s pressure against the sides or top of the bag won’t compress the down and compromise warmth. Such sophisticated construction poses engineering challenges that “don’t even show up until you actually try to sew the pattern,” says Lead Sample Technician Ming Kwan.
One bag, many stories A simple bag that’s durable, lightweight and compressible is by nature incredibly versatile—ideal for a wide range and long life of technical backcountry use.
Sculptural foot box Patagonia’s custom foot-box pattern eliminates dead space and bulk, maximizes warmth, and affords ample room for “splay” and movement. This threedimensional shape with differential cut on all sides was, according to Equipment Designer Evan Daniel, “a pattern-making feat.”
Small stuff From big walls to thru-hikes, you’ll save room for other essentials by packing the bag down tiny into its doublecinch stuff sack.
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NEW 850 Down Sleeping Bag 19ºF / -7ºC An elegant, real-world bag with three-season versatility and efficiency and enough technical chops for more demanding outings. Ultralight 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® shell fabric; comfortable Houdini-fabric liner; comprehensive differential baffle construction for zero cold spots; 850-fillpower Traceable Down insulation; long center-front zipper for freedom of movement; custom foot box. Imported. 850 Down Sleeping Bag 19ºF / -7ºC $499.00 I 70015 I 912 g (32.2 oz) Short I $479.00 I 70000 I 830 g (29.3 oz) Long I $519.00 I 70020 I 978 g (34.5 oz)
Comprehensive differential baffle construction: 19°F bag State-of-the-art differential baffle construction (with no sewn-through areas) and the differentially cut shell/ liner keep down lofted to eliminate cold spots.
NEW 850 Down Sleeping Bag 30ºF / -1ºC A minimalist-minded design and feature set ideal for climbers, kayakers and backpackers who need an essentials-only bag. Ultralight yet tough 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® shell fabric; comfortable Houdini-fabric liner; 850-fill-power Traceable Down insulation; simple, lightweight stitch-through baffle construction for reduced weight and better compressibility. Imported. 850 Down Sleeping Bag 30ºF / -1ºC $399.00 I 70025 I 734 g (25.9 oz) Short I $379.00 I 70035 I 692 g (24.4 oz) Long I $419.00 I 70030 I 834 g (29.5 oz)
Stitch-through construction: 30°F bag Simple and lightweight stitch-through construction is perfect for either warmweather use or inclusion in a streamlined kit.
Hybrid Sleeping Bag A weight-saving “elephant’s foot” bag, built to pair with a belay parka for minimalist alpine bivies. Ultralight yet tough 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® shell fabric; 850-fillpower Traceable Down insulation; comfortable Houdinifabric upper slips over a belay parka and blocks weather; a half-zip saves precious weight; fully baffled foot-box construction erases cold spots. Imported. Hybrid Sleeping Bag $299.00 I 70070 I 490 g (17.3 oz) Short I $279.00 I 70065 I 450 g (15.9 oz) Long I $319.00 I 70075 I 547 g (19.3 oz)
“It’s not a monogamous relationship. We don’t see each other every day, but when we do, it’s always in the most romantic setting imaginable. Snaked around each other, we share a sunset or sleep under a splay of stars. Sometimes it’s months between meetings, but I’m always thinking about the next time, which never comes soon enough.” — B E R N E B R O U DY, W R I T E R , P H O TO G R A P H E R , A DV E N T U R E R
“The skiplane disappeared in the distance. High on a glacier, 100 miles from anywhere, and my sleeping bag was not in the gear pile. It was four nights, two gallons of whiskey and 10 feet of snow before the plane could make it back and reunite me with my bag. When you don’t have your sleeping bag it makes you really, really enjoy it when you do.” — R Y L A N D B E L L , S N O W B OA R D E R
Top row, left to right: Fredrik Marmsater Josh Nielsen
“It’s the only relationship I have where the other party always wants to adventure on my time and totally understands when it’s simply time to rest.” — L E A H E VA N S , S K I E R
Middle row, left to right: Mikey Schaefer Ken Etzel Marko Prezelj Nico Favresse Jason Thompson Bottom row: Jeff Johnson
“My first-ever road trip included a Dart, a map and a How To Climb instruction book. I slept in the trunk of my friend’s hatchback with my legs shoved through the arms of a thriftstore sweater and three layers of socks on my arms. Give me a break, I was 17. And cold. Ever since, the right sleeping bag has been a crucial tool. I’m still a dirtbag, but at least I’m warm.” — J E R E M Y C O L L I N S , A R T I S T, C L I M B E R
“Since the fourth grade, a sleeping bag has accompanied me everywhere. Wherever I find myself, when I open my eyes in the morning light, I know the adventure will absolutely and immediately begin again. That’s why we sleep in bags.” — G R A H A M T U R N E R , M O U N TA I N B I K E R , C L I M B E R , E A R T H F I R S T E R , A DV E N T U R E R
W O R D S A N D P H O TO S BY C A R L ZO C H
Quick and dirty We were craving it: fresh ribbons of single track, grinding
Not a month. It wasnâ€™t even a week. Just a quick-and-dirty
climbs, white-knuckle descents, solitude, dirt. Four friends, four loaded bikes (rush-packed, survival-style), vague plan, limited time. The consensus was to leave it wide open and see where the trail might lead in a condensed time frame.
overnight, and we found exactly what we were after, just beyond the perimeter of Crested Butteâ€™s famous must-ride trails. The time we had turned out to be time enough for the fix we needed. That is, until next time.
Above: Derailleur-deep in snowmelt. Elk Mountains, Colorado. Right: Lindsay Plant, Zack Smith and Tara Abbaticchio earning it. The grind up to Star Pass would pay off huge with nearly 4K of fast-flow descent and jaw muscles sore from smiling.
Top: If only this were the final push. Bottom left: A curious local. This buck did hot laps around the tent all night long.
Bottom right: The only thing more numerous than the wildflowers? Biting flies. Excellent incentive to keep moving. Next page: Spent, after a day well-spent.
Dirt Craft Bike Shorts The easiest part of your ride Since we fi rst introduced them last year, our Dirt Craft Bike Shorts have been quietly kicking up dust with mountain bikers everywhere. They feature a 3-layer, riding-specific chamois in a remarkably comfortable, breathable, removable liner. The accompanying nylon/spandex overshorts aren’t unnecessarily burly or overpocketed, and well-placed, simple
attachment points keep them from slithering south over your chamois and down your backside as you’re grinding up the front side of the pass. They’re breathable, motion-friendly and just street-savvy enough that you can wear them into the store or restaurant without feeling like you’ve just stepped out of an extreme sports video, even if you have. Imported.
Waist adjustment The Men’s Dirt Craft Bike Shorts have a low-profile external hook-and-webbing adjustment to fine-tune the fit. The women’s shorts adjust with an internal elastic-and-button system.
Pockets Drop-in hand pockets; one secure zipper pocket holds small essentials.
Outer shorts Outer shorts are quiet, stretchy, breathable, simple and wearable into civilization when you’re done getting dirty for the day.
Trail-specific chamois Three-layer, mountain-bikingspecific chamois offers the right amount of cushion to keep your underside from giving out before your quads do.
Inner shorts Inner shorts connect to outer shorts with a simple snapped webbing loop. Comfortable, stretchy, supportive liner (polyester/ spandex blend) won’t pinch, bind or ride up. Superbreathable power mesh panels keep air circulating.
Fruita. Springtime. Sunset. Shane Neidert gets in on the tasty Colorado trifecta. Fruita, Colorado. Braden Gunem
Dirt Craft Bike Shorts $149.00 I 24575
After 1,800 feet of climbing, you’ve arrived. Evening light. Slight breeze. Pull the jacket on and fi nd a windbreak. The descent ahead is a monster: wet, rocky, steep and exposed. Check the tire pressure, can’t risk a flat.
Dig around for that last granola bar and fi ll up on fluids. Turn off phone notifications and put the gloves on. You don’t need an app to tell you who’s king of the mountain—you’re the only one up here. Imported.
Dirt Craft Jacket $129.00 I 24020 I XS-XL I Slim fit I 297 g (10.5 oz)
Nine Trails Pack 15L $79.00 I 49510 I S/M, L /XL I 306 g (10.8 oz)
Crank Craft Jersey $69.00 I 24365 I XS-XL I Regular fit I 99 g (3.5 oz)
Dirt Craft Bike Shorts $149.00 I 24575 I XS-XL I Regular fit I 348 g (12.3 oz)
Storm Racer Jacket $249.00 I 24110 I XS-XL I Slim fit I 170 g (6 oz) KC Deane pinning down a chilly ride in the Val d’Isère alpine. Savoie, France. Grant Gunderson
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Houdini® Jacket $99.00 I 24146 I XS-XL I Slim fit I 93 g (3.3 oz)
Storm Racer Jacket $249.00 I 24115 I XXS-XL I Slim fit I 155 g (5.5 oz)
Crank Craft Jersey $69.00 I 24370 I XXS-XL I Regular fit I 85 g (3 oz)
Active Compression Bra $55.00 I 32070 I XS-XL I Formfit ting I 82 g (2.9 oz)
Dirt Craft Jacket $129.00 I 24030 I XS-XL I Slim fit I 257 g (9.1 oz)
Dirt Craft Bike Shorts $149.00 I 24585 I XS-XL I Slim fit I 306 g (10.8 oz)
Loam sweet loam. Bekah Rottenberg on the Lewis River Trail. Cascades, Washington. Colin Meagher
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W O R D S BY K T M I L L E R A N D P H O TO S BY F R E D R I K M A R M S AT E R
A park on the run I woke in a daze and waddled, still in my sleeping bag, bottom unzipped, feet out, toward the camp kitchen to greet the team. The morning was brisk and we’d gone light on clothes to save weight. My hands snuck out to grasp a cup of hot coffee. Two bull bison emerged in the mist and lazed through the tall grass to the east as we marveled in silence—it felt like a good omen for the miles to come. I’m a big fan of marveling. We were a team of five runners, photographers, locals: Justin Angle, Walker Ferguson, Beau Fredlund, Fredrik Marmsater and me. We’d departed the day before, covering 30 miles of a five-day, 140-mile backcountry traverse from our front door in Cooke City, Montana, all the way to Old Faithful, in the heart of Yellowstone National Park. We wanted to experience, firsthand and on the ground, some of the environmental stories and policies that play out in this microcosm of wildness so iconic to the world’s concept of what “wild” means. DAY 1. Our route started with a 3,000-foot climb over Republic Pass, where the Absaroka Range boasts some of the most beautiful whitebark pine forests remaining in the Lower 48. Whitebark is a keystone species whose pine nuts are the diet of choice for a variety of animal species, including Yellowstone grizzly bears. Over the past 20 years, warming temperatures have allowed an explosion of mountain pine beetles that have decimated whitebark numbers across the northern Rocky Mountains. But here in the Absarokas, the trees are still holding strong. So far. As we crested Republic Pass, the expanse of Cache Creek dropped away below us. Once filled with whitebark, Cache Creek was scorched by one of the many wildfires that raged through the summer of 1988. After years of fire suppression, new park wildfire management policies had recognized the importance of wildfire as an ecological driver
and instated a policy commonly known as “let it burn.” That hot, dry summer, more than 793,000 acres of Yellowstone National Park burned, including Cache Creek, leaving huge swaths of land seemingly barren and monotone. Whitebark takes decades to regenerate. A tree whose trunk I could comfortably wrap my arms around might be as old as 500–700 years. Now 30 years after the massive burn, new whitebark growth stands sparse in this valley and barely taller than me. We continued down valley to the confluence with the Lamar and turned south, heading upriver to our first camp. DAY 2. We took off with 25 miles ahead of us, over Mist Pass and into the Pelican Valley. As we started, I wondered if we’d pass the two bison we’d seen that morning. Bison don’t have many predators in the Greater Yellowstone and so are not afraid of much; even wolves only go after the calves, the elderly or the injured. Yellowstone is the bison’s rightful kingdom. Nearly obliterated by indiscriminate hunting and poaching in the late 1800s, bison finally found legal protection in 1894 when Congress passed the Lacey Act, the first federal law protecting wildlife. At the time, an estimated 23 individual bison remained. Through huge efforts to protect, breed and repopulate, bison have rebounded and thrive within park boundaries today. As we passed the two bison again a few miles up valley, I felt thankful for this desperate conservation success story. We rolled through the vast Pelican Valley, struggled through a hot, dry section of trail and arrived at our second camp on Yellowstone Lake. DAY 3. We danced along the edge of the Thorofare, the most remote region in the Lower
48. The morning miles went easily; the air was brisk, the trail smooth, the views incredible. We skirted Yellowstone Lake. At 132 square miles, it’s the largest lake above 7,000 feet in North America and has a crucial population of cutthroat trout. The words “native” and “cutthroat” are synonymous, as all other trout found in Yellowstone are non-native. One of the most intrusive introductions has been lake trout that have taken quite nicely to Yellowstone Lake. Massive Alaskan-size fishing rigs gillnet the lake trout each summer. In 2014 alone, fishermen pulled out more than 277,000 of the intruders. Other pressures threaten the cutthroat, too: the parasitic whirling disease, habitat degradation, extended drought conditions. As a critical food source for at least 42 other species in the park, the cutthroat’s steep and speedy decline signals a slide toward endangerment—and not just its own. We ran for 30 miles around the east shore to arrive at camp on the far end of the South Arm where our porters canoed in to meet us. I burrowed into my sleeping bag and gazed out the tent door. Appreciation washed over me. Our plan was actually working, the weather was holding and my body was cooperating. The remote country was wild and nourishing.
DAY 4. All this time, we’d been on the lookout for grizzly bears. On day four, we ran through the most grizzly-dense country yet so were extra alert— we carried bear spray, ran in a tight group, hooted and hollered and clapped. But we saw no signs. Statistics tell us that a person is far more likely to be killed by a dog or a bee than by a grizzly bear. For the most part, grizzly bears want nothing to do with humans. If you don’t startle or surprise them, and if you maintain a healthy distance, chances of an attack are extremely small. Yet there’s always been a contradictory relationship between bears and humans in Yellowstone. In the 1970s, bears approached cars regularly. Visitors would hand-feed them. Bears frequented open dumps where tourists could gather by the hundreds for a photo-op. But the bears were often killed for human-bear conflict and hunted outside park boundaries. By 1975, only an estimated 136 grizzly bears remained, prompting federal protection as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. Hunting seasons were eliminated and management policies and public education put in place to reduce human-bear conflict. The population has since rebounded to today’s estimated 717. Now controversy has resurfaced with a proposal to remove grizzly bears from the endangered
species list, fueling outrage amongst scientists, activists and environmentalists. Climate change has decimated the whitebark, the grizzly’s primary food source, and the swiftly proliferating non-native lake trout has cut spawning native cutthroat trout (another critical food source for the grizzly) by an estimated 90 percent. The Yellowstone grizzly bear population also needs the genetic diversity gained by expanding and breeding with grizzly neighbors to the north—an expansion that would be threatened by hunting and “management” of the bears that de listing would allow. The Yellowstone grizzly is one of the slowest-reproducing land mammals in North America, and even a slight reduction in its numbers by delisting could threaten its survival as a species. After another 3,000 feet up Mount Sheridan, roughly 23 miles into this 35-mile day, my right quad revolted. Justin gave me a quick roller massage with one of our bear spray canisters. Tears streamed down my face, but it temporarily relieved the pain and 12 miles later I collapsed on a volcanic pebble beach at Shoshone Lake. Walker, as spry as usual, was the first to bound into the water, saying, “This may be our best camp yet!” DAY 5. When I woke up, I wasn’t sure I could run. My body ached. I was limping. But there was
no way I wasn’t finishing. We only had 20 miles left, and this was geyser day. We ran about 10 miles, waded through a warm marsh and entered the Shoshone Geyser Basin—a mile of backcountry otherworldliness. There is something utterly surreal about boiling water erupting from the earth, the smell of sulphur, turquoise pools of water, warm steam wafting, volcanic magma churning somewhere not so far below. More marveling. Lots more. Eight smooth, single-track miles later—after moving through so many different microclimates and ecosystems and environmental stories—we rolled down the final hill. As we jogged into a crowd of a few hundred people standing at Old Faithful, she began to spew boiling water and steam 100+ feet into the air. After a few minutes she slowed to a sputter, and we reluctantly began the inevitable return to the world of human activity. In that moment I felt the desperate importance of these wild places—where we can get caught in rainstorms, serenaded by wind, fall asleep pressed down by stars, and where the presence of wild animals makes the hair stand up on the backs of our necks. Amidst the chaos, traffic and city lights, we have to carry these little pieces of wild with us, to make us more humble and maybe a little more aware of how the choices we make impact remote places we only visit. Just like a run, hike or climb, the consequences of our modern human lives must be measured, and each step must be precise.
Previous page: Five days and 140 miles means covering plenty of uncommon ground. Kt Miller, Beau Fredlund, Walker Ferguson and Justin Angle in the Shosone Geyser Basin. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Far left: The bison is the largest land mammal in North America. Yellowstone is the only place in the Lower 48 to have a continuously free-ranging bison population since prehistoric times, so animals here still exhibit the wild behavior of their ancient ancestors. Nick Nichols Above left: Beau Fredlund, Kt Miller and Walker Ferguson run over Republic Pass through the haze of several wildfires in the park. Above right: Mandatory wading doubles as sore feet therapy. Right: Justin Angle finds a patch of shade and a quick kip in the burn zone before moving on.
Inspired by fast and light and the grandeur of Greater Yellowstone, backcountry skier Kt Miller decided to give ultrarunning a whirl.
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The National Park Service describes Yellowstone as a “mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk ... it is one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.” Yet two of Yellowstone’s iconic species face dire threats from human management.
Bison (Bison bison) No other species embodies the idea of North America’s Great Plains like the wild bison. In the 19th century, an estimated 30–60 million of these
availability of human garbage and foods that led to bear-human conflict, cut back grazing of domestic livestock on public lands and closed roads, giving grizzlies a chance to regain their footing and habitat.
creatures surged across the Great Plains, shaping the ecology of the landscape and playing critical roles in Native American and Western culture. Incredibly, irresponsible hunting and human carelessness decimated that population by the end of the same century, leaving just two dozen animals living in Yellowstone National Park. Since then, Yellowstone has been a refuge for free-ranging wild bison to recover from near extinction. Visitors from around the world flock to see bison in Yellowstone, where protections have helped the animal’s population recover to a fraction of its original magnitude. But bison face increasing pressure as their numbers grow and they migrate outside national park boundaries to winter breeding grounds and new habitat. Under an Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) drafted in 2005, wildlife managers use aggressive tactics such as hazing, hunting and outright slaughter to “manage” bison inside and outside Yellowstone. In 2016 alone, over 600 bison were killed to meet management goals that bison advocates find unreasonable and dangerous. In 2017, the outdated IBMP is up for revision, presenting an opportunity to shift our management tactics and allow for a true recovery of Yellowstone’s bison. Patagonia strongly believes that wild bison should be allowed to roam free beyond the borders of a national park and be integrated into the Western landscape as they once were.
Yellowstone’s grizzly bears, which had been pushed to the brink of extinction, have slowly increased in number under the ESA’s protection to a current population of 650–700 bears. But that’s a far cry from the 2,000+ animals considered by experts to be necessary for long-term viability. In fact, the five remaining grizzly bear populations in all of the Lower 48 add up to perhaps 1,500, compared to the 100,000 grizzly bears that once roamed the contiguous U.S. across a range that was 100 times larger than today. In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took steps to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the E SA. The three states surrounding Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Idaho and Montana) have announced intentions to sponsor trophy hunting of the bear if delisting occurs. Coupled with the alarming effects of climate change on two of the Yellowstone grizzly’s primary food sources—whitebark pine nuts and cutthroat trout— delisting would likely reverse hard-fought gains and push the bear back to the brink. Patagonia strongly opposes delisting the Yellowstone grizzly bear population from the Endangered Species Act and is working with the conservation community and the Native American community to find a path forward for continued protection.
Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) For the last 40 years, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has been vital to sustaining Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. The act signaled an end to the slaughter of wolves, bison, grizzly bears and other species under seige. It stopped sport hunting, reduced
The pecking order firmly in place, wolves wait while grizzlies gorge on an elk carcass. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Dan Stahler, courtesy of the National Park Service
We urge you to join us to help protect two of the most iconic and ecologically important species in North America. Learn more on The Cleanest Line: www.patagonia.com/blog/search/yellowstone
Trail Running A short story Trail runners have to fi nd the middle way through both a physical and a mental narrative, maintaining a flowing storyline through terrain, weather and (on long runs) potential meltdowns. From hard charging on a familiar single track to an all-day ultramarathon race or adventure run, Patagonia running shorts are built to handle what’s required to thrive on wild trails. Lightweight, breathable and fast-drying, they help regulate core temperature by quickly moving moisture so you don’t overheat when you’re blazing or get supercooled by damp fabric when your pace slows. If your run starts early, ends late or takes you into the wind above treeline, the right clothes will help you write a happy ending. All Patagonia running shorts are made with bluesign® -approved fabrics and have Polygiene® permanent odor control. Imported.
WO M E N ’ S Nine Trails Shorts - 4" $65.00 I 57621 I XS-XL I Regular fit I 110 g (3.9 oz)
Strider Shorts - 3" $49.00 I 24653 I XXS-XL I Regular fit I 70 g (2.5 oz)
Strider Pro Shorts - 2½" $65.00 I 24656 I XXS-XL I Regular fit I 93 g (3.3 oz)
MEN’S Nine Trails Shorts - 8" $65.00 I 57600 I XS-XL I Regular fit I 218 g (7.7 oz)
Strider Shorts - 7" $55.00 I 24648 I XS-XL I Regular fit I 99 g (3.5 oz)
Strider Pro Shorts - 5" $65.00 I 24632 I XS-XL I Regular fit I 110 g (3.9 oz)
NINE TR A IL S S H O RT S
A daily driver for your weekly miles Fully featured and versatile with a built-in airy, wicking liner; a flat waistband; and pockets enough to hold small, must-carry items.
STRI DE R SHORTS
STRIDER PRO SHORTS
For core trail work
For all-day mountain runs
Ultralight 100% polyester micro dobby fabric with highly
A long-distance version of the Strider Shorts, with plenty
breathable mesh panels for cooling; a built-in wicking
of storage for a full day on the dirt: a center-back zip
liner; and a single external pocket.
pocket and envelope pockets for gels or a shell.
For trail runners of the obsessive stripe, a long, snowy winter can be just a little bit soul-crushing. Now that the loops you’ve pined for are fi nally melting out, let the leg-burning, lung-busting, heart-thumping, mud-splattered
aerobic therapy sessions begin. No one can do the hard work for you, of course, but each piece in our trail running collection can certainly be part of your support network. Imported.
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It’ll go “It can’t be a route if there aren’t any holds, Sonnie,” Alex called from the ground. I could see him down there, sitting back in his harness comfortably, looking up at me, grinning. I was roughly 60 feet in the air, on the opposite end of the 9mm rope he was holding, and searching for some sort of passage through the steep, blue, barely featured limestone. Behind me was nearly a thousand feet of downhill treetops, a forest that extends all the way to the bottom of the valley and pushes right up against the green and blue colors of the winding Bow River. This glacier-fed water cuts right through the middle of downtown Banff, which is right in the middle of Banff National Park, which is bang smack in the middle of the great Canadian Rockies. The surrounding mountains are truly breathtaking, but my focus was on the next 5-foot shield of rock above my head. “Don’t worry, Alex,” I yelled, “It’s hard—but it will definitely go!” Then I mumbled under my breath, “But not by me.” With another grunt, I continued upward with the drill. The tops of my shoulders were burning from the effort, and my hips were red and chafed from
Previous spread: Alex Megos becomes the sole member to date of Fightclub (5.15b), Canada’s hardest route. Alberta, Canada.
Above and right: Alex Megos deftly turns Dreamcatcher (5.14d) into a daydream with the first one-day ascent and the fourth ascent overall. Squamish, British Columbia.
falling and hanging in my harness. Still, I was like a kid in a candy store, my fingertips ran over the wall, feeling for every single bump, crack or pocket, something for his fingers to dig into or give him purchase, something to get him to the top. I first met Alex Megos two years ago in California. I’d heard of him, of course. The young German has gained an international reputation for dispatching the hardest climbs on the planet in record time. He makes quick work of other climbers’ lifelong projects, often in less than an hour or so, and now, after a decade of hard training, Alex himself probably doesn’t realize how strong he is. But it was refreshing to learn that in person he was genuine and funny, and I liked him immediately. So the following season, I spent some time in Germany with him and his family. Hoping to repay the hospitality, I invited him to Canada to climb at some of my favorite crags. As his arrival drew closer, however, I realized that there may not be enough truly hard climbing in Canada to keep Alex busy for the duration of his stay. I love my climbing areas so much—but what if one of the strongest rock
climbers in the world found them disappointing in terms of difficulty? Climbing for me has always been about searching out new lines at the very edge of my ability, envisioning something I think I can do, but just barely. This time, I knew I had to find something beyond me, something for the current generation. Namely, something for Alex. Two degrees steeper and this wall could be impossible to climb. Finding a line this hard up a wall this steep is extremely rare, and knowing a climber who might actually climb it is rarer. For me, it felt like organizing the Super Bowl and then having front-row seats to the game. Every athlete needs a challenge, an opponent, so to speak, and I was sure this was going to be a worthy matchup. I finally worked through the last sequence of moves just to get to the top. I lowered, exhausted, to the ground. Of course, any climb is incomplete until somebody does it bottom to top, but if anyone could unlock this thing, it would be Alex. We switched ends of the rope, and I belayed him as he went up to check it out for the first time. I felt like I’d pieced together a race car and had just handed him the keys. Two weeks later, Alex sent it, completing what was most likely the hardest single pitch in North America at the time this catalog printed. What does it mean for Canada to have its first 5.15? Nothing, really. It’s just a number. The challenge itself—the wall, the rock— has been there all along. Teamwork and friendship brought it to life this summer. Some might think of this as a passing of the torch, but climbing is a community of people with a common passion. Whether you’re climbing on the cutting edge doesn’t matter at all in the end. Saying that I somehow helped the next wave of strong climbers would be inaccurate; they’ve created themselves by years and years of hard
Left: How long does it take to pass on a lifetime of gear-placing expertise? Alex gets a primer from Sonnie, moments before hiking The Path, 5.14r. Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada.
Above: Sonnie shows Alex a little Canadian hospitality at “The Shed.”
Right: Alex on The Path 5.14r—ground-up, first try. Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada.
work and preparation. My “wave” may have helped inspire them or broken down barriers to what’s considered possible, just as the Yosemite Stonemasters did for us, but this will continue for as long as there are people who love to climb. In a moment where Alex and I had the chance to combine his strength and my experience, we had an adventure, which, like almost any adventure, was richer for having shared it. Sonnie Trotter currently resides in the small mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, with his wife, Lydia, and 2-year-old son, Tatum. This is the place he feels most at home, surrounded by some of the biggest rocks and tallest cliffs his home country of Canada has to offer. After 20 years, he still climbs almost every day.
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Like most creatures after a seemingly endless winter, climbers stretch in anticipation of longer days and warmer conditions. Of course, there’s the inevitable scurry underground again as winter gets its last licks in, but at
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354 g (12.5 oz) Heeere's Alex! Megos onsighting the second ascent of The Shining, 15 pitches of steep granite established by Sonnie Trotter and Tommy Caldwell. Mount Louis, Canadian Rockies, Canada. Ken Etzel
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Mere mortal Troy Swanson treads lightly in the Valhallas. British Columbia, Canada. Steve Ogle
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Discover Bears Ears Explore the natural beauty, sport opportunities and rich cultural history of our new national monument on a remarkable interactive tour presented by Patagonia in collaboration with Google at patagonia.com/bearsears.
Welcome to Bears Ears, an amazing 1.35 million-acre region in southeastern Utah boldly protected in December by President Obama as a new national monument. Located between Grand Canyon and Canyonlands national parks, Bears Ears is a scenic expanse of weathered sandstone, deep canyons, forests, ancient cliff dwellings and sacred rock art. It offers world-class opportunities for exploration, solitude and recreation. Aggressive attempts to drill for oil and gas and dig for minerals have long threatened Bears Ears. Many of its estimated 100,000 cultural sites have been looted for relics and unmanaged use of off-road vehicles has scarred its fragile surface. The president’s decision to protect it recognized an urgent need to slow further destruction. The Antiquities Act of 1906 gave him the power with a stroke of the pen. But Obama’s was not a one-man act. A historic coalition of five Native American tribes, a majority of Utahns, grassroots conservation and climber groups, and Patagonia campaigned hard for several years to protect these national-park quality lands. Even with monument status, the work doesn’t end. Our coalition had asked the government to protect 1.9 million acres, and we remain committed to that outcome. More than ever, we need to continue to speak out on behalf of Bears Ears and places like it. Working with our partners, Patagonia will continue to be involved in the development of a management plan and efforts to defend Bears Ears from future threats. Thunderheads build over Comb Ridge in newly minted Bears Ears National Monument. San Juan County, Utah. Josh Ewing
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Springtime in the desert can mean so many things—questing off on classic tower routes; deciphering beta, sequence and social scene at Big Bend; or navigating into zones where you won’t see another human other than your
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Intangibles Wind pushed a wave of fine snow off the top of the wall, coating the already frosted rock in another slippery layer of spindrift. I put my head down to let it pass, looking at my fingers covered in blood and snow, and wedged into icy finger locks. Objectively, I knew they were still there, but for most of the day I hadn’t felt them. My toes had long since become bricks of flesh in my tight rock shoes. My buddy Stanley, huddled in layers of puffy jackets down at the belay, probably wished he’d never met me. John Dickey dangled from a fixed line a few meters to my right, frantically trying to protect his camera from the elements. How did I get us into this ridiculous position? *** Goals. I try not to take myself too seriously but I do take my climbing seriously, and when I lay out a goal for the season, I mean business. If climbing were a big-time professional sport, I would be the guy they talk about on SportsCenter who’s said to have lots of “intangibles”—really just a nice way of saying that I have little natural talent and a pea-sized brain but just enough heart and tenacity to squeak by. Climbing goals are arbitrary, with no real fame or fortune associated with success. Kim Kardashian’s jewelry is worth more than Alex Honnold’s entire portfolio, and the most famous climber in the world has less “InstaMe” followers than your average NFL kicker. But that leaves climbing goals totally absent of complicated external motivators. You answer only to yourself. Did you make smart decisions? Did you give it everything? For the 2016 summer season, my goal was to climb the three hardest routes on Longs Peak in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park: Sarcasm, a stunning, technical 5.14 arête at 12,000 feet; The Honeymoon Is Over, a king line up the proudest central wall of the Diamond, with multiple pitches of 5.13 above 13,000 feet;
and the mighty Dunn-Westbay Direct (DWD), which might have one of the world’s hardest single pitches of rock climbing at altitude—an 80-meter 5.14 crux pitch. Given the five-mile approach, fickle mountain weather, common water seepage on the Diamond and the fact that I’d only climbed a handful of 5.14s in my life, calling it an ambitious goal would be an understatement. Fortunately, unlike the hardest boulder problems or sport routes that require a level of athleticism that can’t be faked, big routes in the mountains have a weakness: They can be outsmarted and outworked. Put in enough time and thought, and the chances of success tip in your favor. With this in mind, I trained like a banshee, watched my diet and slept high on Longs Peak whenever I could to acclimate. When my 2-year-old asked if I wanted a bite of her cookie, I politely answered, “No, thank you.” Getting up at 3 a.m. to hike up to the routes became routine, but instead of stumbling back home to bed, I went straight to my garage. More training. At first it worked. Sarcasm and The Honey moon Is Over went down relatively quickly, but the Dunn-Westbay Direct was a different story. As the summer wore on, so did my body. As the leaves began to change, I was still failing, and badly. The crux pitch involved so many small beta details and was so near my limit. Move the left hand before the right or choose the wrong tiny nubbin for a foothold, and it was all over.
A speck of fire in a sea of cold, Josh Wharton fights his way up the stormy Dunn-Westbay Direct. The Diamond, Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Chris Alstrin
Plod home, watch for another weather window, train some more, find a friend to belay. Try again, fail again, repeat. In early September, when a previously scheduled trip to Europe took me away from Colorado, I had to concede my goal of finishing all three routes in one season. *** While I was in Europe, it snowed several times in the Colorado high country, and when I came home, the ordinary approach to the Diamond via the North Chimney looked less like the chossy rock climb it normally is and more like an Alaskan alpine route. But October 10 was forecast to be sunny, with temps in the low 40s, reasonable conditions if I could try the crux pitch in a short threehour window of sun. I’d lost some acclimatization in Europe, but what was the harm in a last-ditch effort? My friend Stanley (poor guy) agreed to belay me. Given that the North Chimney would be a four-hour wallow at best, we decided to rappel in from the top of the route. This meant climbing, post-holing and scratching our way up the North Face to near the 14,000-foot summit, just to rap 800 feet back down the Diamond. Not exactly an energy-saving strategy. Long before dawn, we began scrambling toward the North Face. At times the wind blew so hard that we buried our faces into our forearms, wishing for goggles. At first light, the sky glowed red. Huge clouds and waves of spindrift swept down over the Diamond. It was cold. The rock would not warm in the sun today. The crux pitch on the DWD is a meaty and involved 80 meters of climbing, the longest single pitch of rock I’d ever tried, with all the hardest climbing concentrated in the final 40 meters. At the halfway point, a no-hands chimney stance provides a logical resting point, but in the past I’d skipped this potential belay, wanting to finish the pitch in an elegant ledge-to-ledge ascent. Today, however, I couldn’t feel a thing, and I knew going into the hardest moves with no feeling in my hands and feet surely meant failure. There’d also been lots of ice and verglas in the first half of the pitch, forcing me to make up new beta on the fly and spend far more energy than normal. Disappointed, I stopped to belay in the chimney and Stanley soon joined me. I cast off from there into 40 meters of brutal climbing with almost zero feeling in my fingers and toes. I’d run the beta through my mind a thousand
times, now all that was left was execution, yet I felt separated from my limbs. The act of climbing was like operating some odd, shaky machinery. My brain would pull the arm or leg lever, and I would watch the mechanical appendage jerk to its intended spot. I’d make a quick visual inspection, confirming that the fingers or rock shoe were well-placed, then hit the “pull” or “stand” button and hope for the best. Tiny move after tiny move, the feeble machine worked. An hour later, I’d arrived at the belay without falling for the first time. I popped the heels on my rock shoes and buried my hands in my jacket. Blood coursed back into my digits and I winced in agony. As the pain subsided, I realized what was to come: a long 5.13 pitch and another pitch of 5.12 to finish the route, and conditions were only worsening. What little sun had pierced the clouds had long gone and the east-facing Diamond was wrapped in winter shadow. The wind was strengthening, and as I climbed higher, snow poured from the top of the wall. Stanley and Dickey suffered alongside me, all of us fighting waves of punishment. At a snail’s pace, I cleaned snow from holds and felt out new passages around icy cracks. Somehow I managed to free climb, operating my appendage machine with extreme caution, conserving the rapidly draining batteries wherever possible. Finally, I crawled over the cornice atop the wall, frigid and spent. I’d made it, but my mind immediately shifted to the midpoint belay on the crux pitch. The ascent wasn’t quite right, the goal not truly complete. I’d have to go back next year. But in this moment, I also had to ask myself (since no one at SportsCenter was going to): Had I battled like never before? Had I brought all those “intangibles” to bear? Had I given it everything? For now, the answer was yes. Josh Wharton lives in Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife, Erinn, and daughter, Hera. After this climb, he and his daughter shared a very big cookie. Watch the very intangible trailer at patagonia.com/climb.
No one suffers better than Wharton. Pitch after frigid pitch, the Dunn-Westbay Direct (5.14a at 14,000 feet) took everything he had—right up to the ice-choked finishing jug—but finally gave him the trifecta he’d set out to claim: the three hardest routes on Longs Peak in one season. Right: John Dickey. Bottom left to right: Chris Alstrin, John Dickey, John Dickey
Had I battled like never before? Had I brought all those “intangibles” to bear? Had I given it everything? For now, the answer was yes. — J O S H W H A R T O N , C L I M B E R
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Tracking Gobi Grizzlies On May 6, the morning of our first day with all the traps readied, Puji (a ranger in the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area) sped back from his check of them into the middle of camp and sat still for a moment on his bike. It deserved to be the center of attention, for it was pimped out with big metal conchos aglitter on the oversize saddlebags and a brightly colored blanket covering the seat. Mitts made of sheep hide turned inside out had been sewn over the handlebars. The thick wool kept his hands warm enough to work the throttle and brake in the coldest wind. Wearing a heavy camouflage jacket and pants, eyes hidden behind wraparound sunglasses, Puji projects purpose and authority. Just don’t look closely at the seat blanket, designed for children and featuring a happy teddy bear in the center. Now Puji’s normally stoic face cracked a broad smile, and he pulled his hands loose from the mitts to give a thumbs-up sign. There was a real bear inside a trap this morning. Which trap? Distant Khotul Us. While the rest of us scrambled to gather up loose gear, Harry, the lead scientist on the Gobi Bear Project team, played it cool. Since the capture part of the project began in 2005, he’d had to get ready to deal with a Gobi bear in a trap 17 times. But he wasn’t that cool. He was adrenalized enough that he forgot to make a final check of his equipment as we loaded up a van. After an hour and a half of travel, with Ankhaa accelerating more than usual—imagine an extended
car-chase movie scene played on fast-forward, only with more dust—we arrived at the trap. That’s when Harry realized he had everything he needed to radio collar a mazaalai (the Mongol word for Gobi bear) except a radio collar. Ankhaa took off again at warp speed to bring one. He returned not much more than two hours later— I was really glad that I hadn’t gone along on that ride. Harry proceeded to drug the bear with his syringe-tipped jab-stick, and we waited for the chemicals to kick in. Overhead, the midday sun grew steadily stronger. When the crew hauled the immobilized animal out of the trap, they carefully set it down in the narrow shadow of the box. Working with other biologists, I’d been in on dozens of grizzly bear captures in North America. Now, though, part of me wished I was a rookie, so I could experience a first contact high all over again. I hoped grizzlies would never begin to seem ordinary to me. At the moment, I didn’t see how that could happen. Even doped into a stupor, this bear seemed to radiate force from its dense musculature and big, broad head. Looking at grizzlies is like seeing creatures underwater through a face mask. They tend to appear larger than they really are.
In the tradition of his best-selling adventure memoir, The Wolverine Way, Douglas Chadwick’s Tracking Gobi Grizzlies creates a portrait of these rarest of bears’ fight for survival in one of the toughest, most rigorous environments on Earth. Following this endangered animal, Chadwick explores how its survival is critical to an entire ecosystem made up of hundreds of interconnected plants and animals, from desert roses to snow leopards, wild rhubarb to double-humped camels, all adapting as best they can to the effects of climate change. Read more of this parable of environmental stewardship, and other stories we love to tell, at patagonia.com/books. Big Bawa among the Phragmites grasses at the oasis where he was radio-collared. Joe Riis
“A warmer, drier climate in the Gobi is not what the world’s last desert-dwelling grizzlies need. Still, if this frighteningly small, virtually unknown group of survivors can win more attention and guaranteed protection, they could stand a chance at carrying on their ancient line.”
Top: The Gobi bear’s front claws are perfect for digging deep into gravel for roots. Joe Riis Right: Genetic specialist Odbayar (Odko) Tumendemberel collects blood samples while other members of the project team collect and record measurements. Doug Chadwick
Next page, top left: It’s a team effort to check the grain pellet supply in a feeder at Shar Khuls oasis. Joe Riis Next page, top right: An alarmed Gobi bear charges the first sound he hears, a remote camera (that did not survive). Joe Riis
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Next page, bottom: Evening descends on a temporary camp somewhere in the mountain maze. Joe Riis
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Mess with the sheep and you get the horns. Ranger Nasanjargal (Nasaa) Battushig poses with the head of a Gobi argali, a subspecies of wild mountain sheep. Joe Riis
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Notes from a non-angler Our longtime contributing photographer Andrew Burr recently set off to Mongolia with a group of talented lifelong anglers. As a non-angler, he found interesting perspectives on both fly fishing and his own passion of photography. Here are some notes from the journey during which he thankfully got more images than fish.
When Dave McCoy invites me on a trip, the reply is always yes. Hands down, no questions asked. Which is why I just might be the first person to arrive in Mongolia on a fishing trip with no idea what I’d be fishing for. I was meeting up to travel with a group of people who actually did know: Dave (veteran fly-fishing guide) and his family; Mark Johnston (another lifelong angler) and his son; and fly-fishing guide and conservationist April Vokey. My utter lack of knowledge about fishing became crystal clear in the group’s very first interaction, and I couldn’t wait to leave my sense of ineptitude behind with the empty beer glasses from that first evening. I wanted to start shooting. Our trip would begin in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, and wind north toward the Mongolian/Russian border. It would involve grouchy camels shedding their winter coats; 4x4s bouncing over rolling grasslands; multiple stream crossings; swollen, turbid river crossings; and a sputtering prop plane. It would also involve fishing in rivers blackened by recent heavy rains, where it seemed our boats might just as well have been floating in a cup of black tea. Our local guides, born and raised fishing in Mongolia, have no problem queuing off the faintest push or a subtle flash of red in these black waters. The others quickly learn to do the same. I can see almost nothing. Any angler can tell immediately that I am not one. Talk of tapering, tippets, backing and grains trips me up. I can’t cast properly. My double haul is nonexistent. My expertise lies instead behind a camera. I love to shoot in terrible conditions. I grab the camera when it’s hammering rain. I
love to shoot directly into the sun. I lust for sun flares and crooked horizons. I love shooting at the end of a long day when everyone is drag-ass tired and it shows. The thrill of photography comes from being surrounded by people fully immersed in whatever they’re doing. I get emotionally involved—I so want to accurately document what they’re feeling. When Dave proposed this trip, that’s all I focused on. It was the only map of Mongolia in my possession. Now I’ve photographed these expert anglers from the sidelines all week, lurking in the shadows, jumping in to try fishing firsthand when necessary or appropriate, but mostly I’m here to create images. It’s nearly dark at the edge of the river and for the first time in days I’ve set my camera down. The first stars are shimmering to life as the cool evening air rolls down from faraway plateaus. It’s the last light on our last night of the trip, and my boots collect tiny glimmering droplets of water from the current splashing by. I’m using a rod borrowed from April, who’s now calling orders at me, desperately hoping I can shoot the fly far enough to create interest for a fish. I fumble. Darkness turns black and the jumbo feathers on a huge hook whiz by my ear again and again. I know April really wants me to get a fish. Her confidence in me radiates. But I have too much respect for rivers and the fish that swim their waters and the people who expertly fish these rivers. I feel like I need to walk away, so I stop. I hand the rod over and retreat back into the shadows with my camera. In one breath, April takes the slack out of the line, loads the rod and sends an immaculate backcast into the evening light. Click. A green dream within a green dream, a Mongolian high desert valley is split perfectly by the river.
“Now I’ve photographed these expert anglers from the sidelines all week, lurking in the shadows, jumping in to try fishing firsthand when necessary or appropriate, but mostly I’m here to create images.”
Top left: Drying out and charging up after a short but intense rain. Bottom left: As the saying goes, begin as you wish to continue. April Vokey lands a monster on day one. Above: In the kitchen yurt, the stories, bets and plans fly. Above right: Stones laid flat by river flooding create a near-perfect patio. Right: Mongolian Uber, no app required.
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In a land without roads, it’s best to let a local help hump the gear. Mongolia. Andrew Burr
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W O R D S BY B E N W I L K I N S O N A N D P H O TO S BY T I M DAV I S
Crossing Ka‘iwi Eight hours earlier, we were a canoe team without paddles. After a last-minute transport change, the Bad News Bears of outrigger racing had arrived at the start of the Moloka‘i Hoe having forgotten our most important equipment in another truck. It was a tense hour or so until our paddles finally arrived. But now, halfway across the Ka‘iwi Channel, the pre-race butterflies are long gone
to the water’s edge. One of the boys whistled and called out for Robert. He walked up with a huge smile and said, “Welcome.” The look in his eyes
and we’re locked in battle with a fleet of 94 canoes carrying almost 1,000 paddlers from Moloka‘i to O‘ahu. Out here, the ocean beneath us has an electricity to it—a bright electric blue I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world. There’s more to it, though, than just the color of the water. The Ka‘iwi, meaning “channel of bone,” has mana—power, strength or supernatural force. Changing out paddlers every 10 minutes, our team knows that the middle of the channel is where the 41-mile Moloka‘i Hoe is won or lost. Twenty miles in, this is where the real race begins. We dig deep for each other and haul the canoe forward. Growing up in Australia, rugby league was my game. I was always a surfer, but playing rugby taught me that the camaraderie you find in a team sport is unlike any other. The pull of the ocean, however, was stronger than the pull of the rugby field, and I left the game behind to go chase big waves around the globe—a path that led me to settle on the North Shore of O‘ahu. It was here in Hawai‘i that I’d find the same spirit of camaraderie in outrigger paddling, when my good mate Smith Lemaire convinced me to join him at the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club, where the Anahulu River meets the ocean in the heart of Hale‘iwa. One afternoon, taking Smith up on his invite, I headed down to the club. I’d been told to ask for Robert, the novice coach. At 6'3" and 250 pounds, paddle in hand, I arrived to find a bunch of local boys standing around talking story. When I walked up to them, unsurprisingly, their guards
said it all, and I felt instantly at home. There are some who think that outrigger racing takes too much commitment. It is a commitment, but the rewards far outweigh the costs. The training means plenty of time paddling up and down the beautiful North Shore, deepening my relationship with the ocean. But it’s the mateship that’s become most valuable to me. The crew is a family—they’re brothers to me, and I’m one to them. The connections and friendships I’ve made through paddling have made me feel more than welcome in Hawai‘i, and they’ve opened the door to a beautiful culture. Polynesian peoples have been paddling canoes for thousands of years to travel, gather food or go into battle—and today, battling for sport, we’re part of that ancient lineage. Later in the day, as we come into the finish line at Waikiki after more than five hours crossing the Ka‘iwi, I change out of the canoe for the last time. Climbing into the safety boat, the first cold beer hurts so good. It’s time to celebrate a great season—and a great race that saw the Bad News Bears place 16th in the field. We’ve trained hard all year, backed each other up and we’re proud of our results. To be able to participate in an experience like the Moloka‘i Hoe is what life should be all about—sharing passion, love and respect for each other and the ocean. But for now we’re spent, and all of our families are waiting for us at the finish with heaps of food, more beer and some Irish whiskey. It’s time to party. Before long, time’s flying by—and then,
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just as usual, Manu O Ke Kai is the last tent left on the beach.
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“The crew is a family—they’re brothers to me, and I’m one to them. The connections and friendships I’ve made through paddling have made me feel more than welcome in Hawai‘i, and they’ve opened the door to a beautiful culture.” Top left: The pre-race pule, or prayer, is always a chicken-skin moment, with a Hawaiian kahu asking for good conditions, protection for all involved and fast passage for all canoes. Top right: Lashing an ‘iako, or outrigger spar, to an ama, or outrigger float. Using cordage for the lashings is one of the rules set to retain the Moloka‘i Hoe’s traditional character. Bottom left: The Bad News Bears execute a mid-channel change. Each team is escorted by a boat carrying spare paddlers who work in shifts; six paddlers are in the canoe at all times. Bottom right: “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” says Wilkinson. “But don’t let the laughter fool you. If you see an orange canoe anywhere near you, you’re in for a battle.” Next page: The last hard yards to the finish at Waikiki.
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$89.00 I 86563 I 28-40/even + 29, 31, 33, 35 Slim fit I 119 g (4.2 oz)
Scallop Hem Wavefarer® Board Shorts - 18"
$69.00 I 86730 I 28-40/even + 29, 31, 33, 35 Regular fit I 144 g (5.1 oz)
UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) Patagonia clothes with rated UPF protection are tested to meet Australia/New Zealand or AATCC protocols. A rating of 25-39 earns a product a rating of “very good”; a rating of 40-50+ earns a product a rating of “excellent.” These products have been tested in accordance with Australian/New Zealand test methods AS/NZS 4399 or AATCC 183 or EN 13758. Only covered areas are protected. The protection offered by these items may be reduced with use or if stretched or wet.
The Steersman Shirt BYOB (bring your own breeze) Your quiver made it in one piece—next up, the Jakarta heat that will have you dripping sweat before you’ve even strapped your boards to the car. Made for travel to tropical climates, the Steersman Shirt is made of a light 100%
organic cotton crinkle fabric that lifts away from your skin. It’s comfortable, fast-wicking and cool. The only thing that could make it cooler? Coconut buttons. Imported.
Coconut buttons Traditional coconut buttons are hardy and stylish (but don’t eat them).
Breathe deeply Open-weave, quickwicking organic cotton crinkle fabric allows airflow.
Steersman Shirt $69.00 I 52931 I XXS-XXL I Slim fit
Baggies™ Longs - 7"
Fitz Roy Bison Cotton/Poly T-Shirt $29.00 I 39058 I XS-XXL I Slim fit
Stand Up Shorts® - 7" $59.00 I 57227 I 28-40/even + 31, 33, 35 I Regular fit
Squeaky Clean Pocket Tee $49.00 I 52790 I XXS-XXL I Regular fit
Line Logo Badge LoPro Trucker Hat $29.00 I 38181 I One size
Lightweight Full-Zip Hoody $89.00 I 52280 I XS-XXL I Slim fit
Straight Fit All-Wear Jeans $79.00 I 56095 I 28-40/even + 31, 33, 35 I Slim fit
Petrolia Pack 28L $99.00 I 48040 I One size
UPF $49.00 I 58033 I XS-XXL I Regular fit I 5" available online
Women’s Swim Supporting workers through Fair Trade When most people buy swimsuits, they’re thinking about places they’ll travel: a perfect point with playful waves speeding over the sand or a palmlined island with a Technicolor reef to explore. To us, however, where a
suit came from is just as important as where it goes after it’s sold. New this spring, all our bikinis and swimsuits are made in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility—a major step forward in an industry where most companies sell
Recycled fabrics The main body fabrics of all Patagonia swimsuits now feature 83% recycled nylon or polyester blended with spandex for comfort and stretch.
1 Paries Bottoms $59.00 I 77232 I XXS-XL
4 Side Tie Bottoms $59.00 I 72225 I XXS-XL
7 Reversible Mamala Top $65.00 I 77220 I XS-XL
2 Nanogrip Triangle Top $75.00 I 77265 I XS-XL
5 Kupala Top $65.00 I 77192 I XS-XL
8 Sunamee Bottoms $59.00 I 72157 I XXS-XL
3 One-Piece Kupala Swimsuit $129.00 I 77301 I XS-XL
6 Tallowood Top $65.00 I 77275 I XS-XL
9 Reversible Cutback Top $65.00 I 77241 I XS-XL
fantasy and evade reality. The certification means that for every suit sewn for Patagonia, we pay a premium that workers can use to elevate their standard of living. To meet Fair Trade USA Standards, factories must also
adhere to a strict set of standards for workplace safety and environmental responsibility. Fair Trade makes a real difference for people who make our products, and we believe itâ€™s worth every cent. Imported.
10 Reversible Telu Bottoms $59.00 I 72180 I XXS-XL
13 Nanogrip Bottoms $69.00 I 72215 I XXS-XL
11 Solid Nanogrip Side Tie Bottoms $65.00 I 72206 I XXS-XL
14 Reversible Cutback Bottoms $59.00 I 72220 I XXS-XL
12 Bottom Turn Top $65.00 I 77198 I XS-XL 97
WO M E N ’ S
We love our parkas and beanies as much as we love peeling them off to stash them until next fall. Out come the lighter variety of favorites, from airy pants
and sweet skirts to water-loving Baggies™ Shorts and a haul-it-all pack for forays into longer, warmer days. Imported.
Amber Dawn Dress $59.00 I 59085 I XS-XL I Slim fit
Eat Local Upstream LoPro Trucker Hat $29.00 I 38180 I One size
Island Hemp Baggies™ Shorts $39.00 I 57030 I XS-XL I Regular fit
Glorya Tee $49.00 I 54716 I XS-XL I Regular fit
Baggies™ Shorts - 5" $49.00 I 57057 I XXS-XL I Relaxed fit
Live Simply ® Market Bike Cotton Scoop T-Shirt $35.00 I 39080 I XS-XL I Slim fit
Light & Variable® Hoody $99.00 I 27305 I XS-XL I Regular fit
Shallow Seas 3/4-Sleeved Top $59.00 I 53070 I XS-XL I Regular fit
Ahnya Pants $79.00 I 21970 I XS-XL I Regular fit
Refugio Pack 28L $89.00 I 47911 I One size
When a hotter-than-hell search for swells ends instead with calm, clear waters and vibrant coral reefs below, who’s complaining? Luzon, Philippines. Adam Kobayashi
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