A website dedicated to the blissful pursuit of the backcountry experience, wherever mountains rise,


“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. ” 

 John Muir


World Wildlife Fund


Let My People Go Surfing: an excerpt from the enlightening memoir of Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of Patagonia, Inc.

The End of Nature: How Did Things Get This Bad?: an excerpt from Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley's book The Responsible Company: What We've Learned From Patagonia's First 40 Years (Patagonia Inc).

The Climate Fixers: a sobering article by Michael Specter of the New Yorker magazine on the state of global warming and whether geoengineering can help solve it.

Environmental Performance Index: Yale University rankings of countries with the best and worst environmental stewardship

Destination Scorecard, Places Rated: National Geographic Center for Sustainable Tourism's rankings on the worlds best destinations in terms of environmental stewardship

UNESCO World Heritage List: Interactive global map of cultural and natural sites recognized as having significant or outstanding universal value

Lets Be Less Productive: New York Times article on the limits and consequences of labor productivity and unsustainable economic growth

 Some All Too Common Practices
 That Do Significant Damage to the Environment and Contribute Greatly to Global Warming (and which are easily avoidable):

  1. Drinking bottled water
  2. Driving large automobiles short distances, regularly and without passengers
  3. Buying and using incandescent lightbulbs, especially in warm climates
  4. Eating packaged foods with any regularity
  5. Shopping routinely and excessively and with single-use plastic bags
  6. Purchasing goods from big-box retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Target, and yes, IKEA
  7. Consuming foods out of season and/or sourced from remote or distant locations
  8. Eating anything that contains highly processed, chemically treated, or genetically modified ingredients 
  9. Living in excessively large homes with multiple bedrooms/bathrooms
  10. Buying cheap, disposable, low-quality, mass-produced products from retailers whose suppliers exploit cheap labor across the globe, and who routinely and knowingly abuse the environment, whether it be food, furniture, clothing, hardware, disposable razors, electronics, accessories, or appliances
  11. Failing to recycle as a matter of course
  12. Littering (but also failing to sometimes pick up other people's trash, as there are currently way more violators than conformists on this one)