"The reality of climbing is, if you climb long enough, you're bound to bail," writes Dean Fleming. "I've left rappel biners on sport bolted 5.8s. I've bailed from trees, chockstones, fixed cams, and Manzanita bushes. Sure, sometimes my pride gets a little dinged, but so far I've survived some pretty weird situations."

We figured with that kind of experience, Dean could teach us a thing or two. Today, Dean presents another Lifestyle Tip for the Committed, with his five step guide to convinving your climbing partner to rig a retreat. 

Find more of Dean's words + photos at California Climber Magazine

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Veiled Beauty, Dark Magic by Secret Archives of the Vatican

We All Fall Down by Lorenzo's Music

Like Eating Glass by Bloc Party

 

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"Encouragement. Peer Pressure. Bullying. Call it what you like," writes Tom Ireson, "but the climbing community is full of it."

We rely on our friends, mentors and coaches to push us past our own self-doubt--help us realize what we're capable of. And yet, we never actually know what someone is capable of ahead of time. Today, we bring you a story on searching for the line between pushing someone to succeed, and pushing them too far. 

You can hear more of Tom's stories if you visit him at The Olive Branch in El Chorro, Spain--a family run hostel for adventurers of all kinds--where he works as a chef.

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Four years ago, Mikey Schaefer started showing me short video clips he took with his point-and-shoot during his time in El Chalten and Patagonia. Spindrift avalanches. Open bivvies. Terrifying winds. It was gritty and honest.  Chaotic and real enough that it made me think twice about whether I was the kind of climber who really had what it took to do an FA on a Patagonian spire. “Keep pulling out that camera,” I said. “We are going to need a lot more of that.”

Well, Mikey did. And we supplemented Mikey’s footage by turning to the community and crowdsourcing as much as we could. The result is Force, a short film about Mikey, a community and a landscape.

We took it one step further and created an evening of stories, photos, film and community. We are visiting Patagonia stores across the globe. Mikey will be presenting some of his favorite photos and we’ve partnered with local non-profits at each stop. At the end of the evening, Mikey will sign and sell nine of his favorite images. Proceeds go directly to the hard-working organizations.

Watch the trailer, then see the film for free at these locations across the country. 

FEATHERED FRIENDS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM SCREENING 7:30 PM
Feathered Friends
119 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 292-2210

 

PATAGONIA@BEND 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM SCREENING 7:30 PM
Patagonia@Bend
1000 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-6694

 

PATAGONIA PORTLAND
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM SCREENING 7:30 PM
Patagonia Portland
907 NW Irving St.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 525-2552

 

PATAGONIA SAN FRANCISCO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 19, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM SCREENING 7:30 PM
Patagonia San Francisco
770 North Point
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-2050

 

PATAGONIA BOULDER
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM SCREENING 7:30 PM
Patagonia Boulder
1212 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 479-2387

 

PARAGON SPORTS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM SCREENING 7:30 PM
Paragon Sports
867 Broadway
New York City, NY 10003
(212) 255-8889

 

PATAGONIA MEATPACKING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:30 PM SCREENING 8:00 PM
Patagonia Meatpacking
414 West 14th St
New York City, NY 10014
(212) 929-6512

 

PATAGONIA BOSTON
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 
DOORS OPEN 7:30 PM SCREENING 8:00 PM
Patagonia Boston
346 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 424-1776

 

Refreshments will be served and Patagonia will be giving away a Nano-Air Jacket at each event (all attendees have a chance to win).

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Mince Meat by Dangerdoom

The Hag's Spree by Wood Spider

000 by Frinko

 

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"I remember really quickly going from, 'Wow, I'm home, this feels great', to 'Holy s***, what did I do to my mom'?" says alpinist Kyle Dempster. "And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers."

Today, we bring you two stories--one from Hilary Oliver, and one from Kyle Dempster and his mother, Terry--about the struggle of loving an adventurer. The struggle between loving them so much that you don't want to see them hurt, and loving them so much that you want to support them in pursuing their dreams--in doing the things that make them tick.

This story was originally inspired by one of Kyle's blog posts by the same title. You can find more of Kyle's writing at Through My Eyes.

You can find Hilary's writing at TheGription.

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The Walk by Nony Zero

Fly by Jason Tyler Burton

Walk a Mile in My Spurs by Stillborn Identity

Shadowlark by The King in Yellow

Last Chance for Love by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Around the Bend by woodrowgerber

Yucca by Dokapi

Pay My Dues by Battery Life

Hard Right by Drop Top Lincoln

 

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"I was disoriented beneath the cold water. I kicked toward the surface, but the force of the water held me down. I twisted and hung underwater for a moment. A thought passed through my head--this is what it feels like to drown," writes Dan Gingold. Dan and three friends planned to raft the Musconetcong River into the larfer Delaware River over three days. With the river running high with spring rains and little prior recon, their mellow trip became more than they bargained for as they navigated multiple dams

 

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Imagine Magenta by Dan-O

In This Minute by A Single Voice

Wild Wind by John Berry from Big North

Many thanks to John for letting us use his music. He found us and we are grateful!

Trouble With River Cities by Pela from Anytown Graffiti 

Some of Pela's members have regrouped and now perform as Augustines

 

 

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"It's like you're scared to move forward-- you just need something to give you a little nudge," says Jonah Manning. "You can call it support, but, really it's just like a little bit of a shove forward. And I'll never forget it, because Widge was certainly that for me."  Today, we bring you the story of Widge, the ultimate adventure partner. Sometimes when that metaphorical door of adventure opens, you need someone to walk through by your side. 

 

 

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Done with Dallas by Bradley Carter

Iron Horse by Angie and the Car Wrecks

I Caught Ya Hidin' by Paperboy

Hot Mess by Black Pistol Fire

Blizzard of My Love by Paperboy

Matter of Time by Runaway Dorothy

Chasing Trains by Publish the Quest

 

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"Standing up in my pedals, I dug so deep to make it to the top of the hill I wasn't positive that my butt could bear sitting back down on my bike seat when I got to the top," Hilary Oliver remembers. "I'd hardly said a word to another human being all day, and began to wonder: What the hell was I doing out there, anyway?" Hilary had driven that stretch of asphalt between Fort Collins and Denver many times, but she didn't know what it had to teach her about herself and where she came from until she got out from behind the windshield. 

You can find more of Hilary's writing at TheGription.com.

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Past the Sun by The Cassettes

Workin’ Hard Woman by Kelly Richey 

Title of Photograph: Filled with Dread in Los Angeles by Chuck Hoffman 

15 Minutes by Hemmit

Innuendo by Chiwawa

 

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A month ago, we headed south for our annual pilgrimage to the 5 Point Film Festival and our live Dirtbag Diaries. Today, we share stories from two women, from two different generations who share a love for rivers. In 2013, Amber Valenti had the opportunity to paddle one of the last great free-flowing rivers in the world-- The Amur River. Amber, along with three other women paddlers, documented the river from its remote headwaters in Mongolia to the wide-ribboned channels in Russia. Amber wrote and produced the film, "Nobody's River," filled with hilarious antics and the soulful exploration of a new place and oneself. 

Our next guest, Katie Lee, was a force to have on stage. Feisty, poignant and ready to tell you what she thinkS, Katie is not your typical nonagenarian. Katie started her career as an actress in Hollywood, but soon left it behind after taking her first trip down the Grand Canyon. But it was Glen Canyon that she fell in love with. When it was flooded in 1963, Katie used her voice to write songs and books about the river and the west. And she's still using her voice as an activist for the environment. 

This episode contains strong language. 

 

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