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Chipper Bro

Chipper Bro Chipper Bro II

If you’ve ever had the honor of walking into the Patagonia offices in Ventura, CA and being greeted by the guy pictured above – Chipper – then you should consider yourself a lucky son of a bitch. And chances are good that you’ll never forget The Nicest And Most Enthusiastic Man In The World. Read a great interview with Chip “Chipper Bro” Bell, the 11 time (!) World Frisbee Freestyle Champion at Patagonia’s great blog/site, The Cleanest Line. When you’re done there, rush over and WATCH THIS.

Craig – How did you come to work at Patagonia?

Chip – I had just finished a ten-year tour with the Pro Frisbee® Freestyle circuit and was looking for a job. I heard that Patagonia was hiring, so I applied and they hired me. I was super stoked to find out that the company provided benefits because I was newly married with a baby on the way.

Craig – You are an 11-time World Frisbee Freestyle Champion. How did you get involved in the sport?

Chip – Frisbee Freestyle was considered a cool, alternative sport in the late ‘70s. I started playing with friends in Santa Barbara, which was the mecca for Freestyle enthusiasts. Eventually my passion became a livelihood and I traveled all over the world with my team. We were world champions for over ten years. This is my thirty-third year as a pro.

March 7, 2014 | Interviews, Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Breaking Records on Everest

Great article in Marie Claire about Ellisa Arnot and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa trying to set a world record on Everest:

MELISSA ARNOT AND Pasang Lhamu Sherpa are two professional female mountain climbers in a male-dominated industry—but until last year, they had never met. “We’ve known about each other for a long time,” says Arnot, 30, a petite blonde from Idaho who holds the record for Everest summits by a non-Sherpa woman (five). Pasang Lhamu, 29, who has summited Everest once and is one of a handful of Sherpa women trained as a guide and sponsored as an athlete, even searched for Arnot on Facebook. Then, in August, they ran into each other on Mount Rainier.

February 24, 2014 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Steve Fugate

Steve Fugate

Trail Therapy: The 34,000 Mile Journey of Steve Fugate:

I saw Steve Fugate on the side of the road in the middle of the Californian desert in January. In 1999, lost his son to suicide. A few years later, he lost his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to “love life.”  After fourteen years and 34,000 miles of walking, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need one step at a time.

Watch this now. Seriously. And Steve? Nice Danners.

February 20, 2014 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Outdoor Retailer

Utah

It’s that time of year again, folks. Are you in Salt Lake City? Get at me.

January 22, 2014 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Portland, OR

Mt. Hood

Friends,

CS is in Portland, OR through the weekend, so if you’re around, drop a line. We can go stand in the rain or something…

Mucho,
JNT

November 7, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

More Barn!

Neil Young More Barn

Not sure how I’ve gone my whole life without hearing this story, but better late than never, I suppose. Graham Nash was promoting his new book on Fresh Air a week or so back and told this humdinger about hearing Neil Young’s Harvest for the first time:

The man is totally committed to the muse of music. And he’ll do anything for good music. And sometimes it’s very strange. I was at Neil’s ranch one day just south of San Francisco, and he has a beautiful lake with red-wing blackbirds. And he asked me if I wanted to hear his new album, “Harvest.” And I said sure, let’s go into the studio and listen.

Oh, no. That’s not what Neil had in mind. He said get into the rowboat.

I said get into the rowboat? He said, yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake. Now, I think he’s got a little cassette player with him or a little, you know, early digital format player. So I’m thinking I’m going to wear headphones and listen in the relative peace in the middle of Neil’s lake.

Oh, no. He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard “Harvest” coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced “Harvest,” came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil: How was that, Neil?

And I swear to god, Neil Young shouted back: More barn!

October 28, 2013 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }

Thirty Days to Survival

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From NOLS

“In the Summer of 1969, Michael Wadleigh, Charles Grosbeck and Fred Underhill filmed an entire 30-day NOLS wilderness expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The film Thirty Days to Survival, featuring NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt and other early instructors, aired nationally on the Alcoa Hour, on January 20, 1970. Due largely to the film’s success and visibility, NOLS’ enrollment more than doubled in the summer of 1970 and tripled again in 1971.”

WATCH IT HERE

October 8, 2013 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

West America

We Are West America West America

My good friends, Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of Portland’s West America, are about to embark on a year long bike trip from Whistler to Patagonia. And back. They don’t have much of an itinerary in between, but if you want to follow the ride, make sure to follow them on Instagram. (It was a nice surprise to see the guys on there as last time I was with Jordan a few weeks ago, he said something along the lines of “No, we’ll never be on Instagram.” Pfffffft.

Safe travels, dudes.

And don’t forget to check out the WA x Woolrich collab here.

September 24, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Starr Saphir

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Starr Saphir was an amazing woman who, for over 40 years, led bird walks in New York City’s Central Park. For a donation of $5-8 bucks, Saphir (pronounced ‘Sapphire’) glassed for over 50 species per day at times, and drew a steady following of fellow-bird watchers year round. The 200+ day-in, day-out birders of Central Park record their sightings in a central notebook in the park’s Boathouse. Ms. Saphir passed away in February of this year. She herself left behind over 80 such notebooks.

Saphir is featured in the 2012 documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect available to watch now on Netflix.

September 18, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Bug Juice

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We talk about camp a lot on this rag, and after a conversation around the fire that turned down memory lane last weekend, we were reminded of one our favorite shows growing up, Bug Juice. It’s a reality show about teenagers at a summer camp in Maine. It’s stupid as can be, but hell, it’s just wonderful. CS had a major crush on Stephanie.

Watch Bug Juice in full here and keep an eye out for devil sticks

July 17, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }