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Jim Donini: First ascent of Cerro Chueco, Patagonia

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Rock and Ice - In the Aysen Region in Chilean Patagonia there has been very little climbing activity. Fortunately, this has allowed me to climb a half dozen virgin peaks in the last few years. A couple of weeks ago a good young alpinist, Tad McCrea, arrived fresh from guiding Aconcagua to join me for a go at another.
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Ski resorts cling on against climate change

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DW.com - In the golden age of skiing during the 1960s and 1970s, snow was dependable at Lackenhof, which sits at 800 meters (2,624 feet) on the eastern edge of the Austrian Alps. But since the 2000s, it's unpredictable. Winter is retreating up the mountains.
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The Patagonia triple crown

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Canoe & Kayak - Evan Garcia has been exploring Chilean whitewater for more than a decade, and as he returned each year to deepen and renew his connection to the rivers of the Southern Andes, he began to dream of descending Patagonia's three biggest and most endangered river systems — the Pascua, Bravo, and Baker — in a single season. The idea was to run each river from its source to the sea, paddling some of the hemisphere's most challenging rapids and documenting the complex ecosystems, native communities and pristine wildernesses they support. In homage to an earlier generation's explorations in Alaska and British Columbia, he began to think of it as the Southern Hemisphere's version of the North American Triple Crown.
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Patagonia donates $150,000 to Punta de Lobos

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Surfer.com - In February, Patagonia announced that surf industry members using Patagonia’s patented PSI Vest technology could use it in exchange for a fee to benefit environmental causes. As a result of this program, Patagonia will make its first donation of $150,000 to Fundacion Punta De Lobos. This donation continues to close the gap needed to fully protect this iconic point. The donation, in conjunction with Patagonia’s release of its PSI Vest to the public, continues Patagonia’s effort to change the surf industry.
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Climber completes the most dangerous rope-free ascent ever

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National Geographic - Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other safety gear, completing what may be the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport.
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Stranded climber rescued after four days on Canada’s highest mountain

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Martínez on the summit of Mount Malaspina on the Saint Elias Mountains of Yukon. Photo: Camilo Rada Martínez on the summit of Mount Malaspina on the Saint Elias Mountains of Yukon. Photo: Camilo Rada
 
Guardian - An Argentinian climber stranded for four days on Canada’s highest mountain has been rescued.
 
Natalia Martínez, who began a solo traverse of 5,959-metre Mount Logan in the Yukon late last month, was at an elevation of about 3,900 metres when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Yukon and Alaska on Monday, sending snow and glacial ice crashing down around her camp. A few hours later, the mountain was rattled by a second earthquake of magnitude 6.3 along with several aftershocks.
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Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world – one puffer jacket at a time

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Guardian - On the night of his 30th birthday, after a few drinks, Dean Karnazes decided that he would celebrate by running all the way from San Francisco down the coast to the town of Half Moon Bay, a distance of 30 miles. So began a career as an endurance runner. He has run 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, and taken part in such extreme competitions as a marathon to the South Pole and a 135-mile race through Death Valley, one of the hottest places on Earth. Karnazes once ran 350 miles in 81 hours and 44 minutes, without stopping to sleep. His account of his feats of distance running, Ultramarathon Man, is a bestseller. Karnazes’s superhuman exertions are sponsored by The North Face, the company that make the kit he wears in his coaching videos.
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Patagonia pulls out of Utah outdoor show amid Bears Ears National Monument battle

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USA Today - The maker of Patagonia has a message for Utah government officials: If you want big outdoor business, act like it.
 
Patagonia announced this week it will not attend a major outdoor trade show in Utah in response to a resolution passed last week advising President Trump to overturn the newly-designated Bears Ears National Monument in the state.
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