1. On Festival Grounds

    I could feel the anticipation as I walked through camp. Headlamps flashed like show lights as festival-goers eagerly set up their quarters. I made my way through a sea of glowing tent clusters emitting the sounds of giddy chatter with the sweet and skunky smell of smoke and a booming bass line in the distance.

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  2. Patagonia Launches Vote Our Planet: A Campaign to Protect Our Air, Water + Soil

    Patagonia has become a model outdoor industry brand, moving beyond just making apparel and gear to focus on sustainability and environmental initiatives, while inviting its customers to do their part to also make the world a better place. This week, the brand has continued its good work by launching Vote Our Planet, a major non-partisan environmental campaign that is urging Americans to vote up and down the ballot to elect officials and support referendums that will defend our planet’s air, water and soil, and protect the health and well-being of American families. … Read More

  3. Experimental Soundtrack: How Sound Affects Our Consciousness

    As co-founder of The Uplift Project, I get to experience all kinds of wellness methods from ancient techniques to the latest fitness trends. One of the most far out experiences was a sound meditation led by Alexandre Tannous. If you’ve never been to a sound meditation, it goes like this: you lay down and get super comfortable, put an eye mask on, and actively listen. Then the practitioner begins to play instruments such as Tibetan Bowls, gongs, crystal bowls and shruti box. The purpose of using these instruments is that it’s easier to hear and feel the harmonic overtones. Say what? Alexandre is unlike anyone I’ve ever met: totally fascinating and deeply knowledgeable. … Read More

  4. Free Range Art: A Creative Retreat for Artists Ready to Step Out of their Studios and into Nature

    Is it just me, or do campfire conversations and meandering wilderness walks seem to nurture creative thoughts more effectively than sitting in a studio and swiping a smart phone? Thoreau knew it when he packed up for Walden Pond, and Geoffrey Holstad and Ryan Greaves knew it when they dreamed up Cabin-Time, a roaming creative residency that takes a handful of artists and makers into the wild each year to connect with nature and each other—and produce work they’d never dream of back in their four-walled studios. … Read More

  5. Film in Distress

    I have a deep appreciation of all things destroyed, perhaps due to my clumsy nature as a child, and the inevitable brokenness of whatever I touched. I was working in an analog camera store during my senior year of college when I learned about process of distressing film. A fool for nostalgia and dreamlike states, I wanted to create these elements in my own photo work pre-production. Post-production editing started to bore me. I needed a change, a challenge. This was my sweet answer. … Read More

  6. On Our Radar: Levi’s Made & Crafted Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

    Drawing inspiration from its California roots, Levi’s will be launching its new Made & Crafted collection for Fall/Winter 2016. Featuring a primarily indigo palette, complemented by gray, brown and white, the Made & Crafted collection has an effortless and cozy feel, applying premium fabrics like wool, cotton and leather from Italy, Japan and right here in the United States to iconic silhouettes. … Read More

  7. Neptune Mountaineering: Climber-Approved Since 1973

    In 1973, Gary Neptune opened the doors to Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado. What started as a retail store for climbing enthusiasts later evolved to offer ski equipment. Eventually, Gary even added a climbing and skiing museum to the store, one which features the most extensive collection of its kind in the country. Neptune Mountaineering has always been a place where you can share your love of the outdoors and adventure with those who shop and work there. When Gary decided to sell the business to devote more time to climbing and skiing, he chose Backwoods Retail, a family-owned business based in Austin. However, he still owns and is actively involved in the museum, and takes time to meet with visiting groups to share his love of mountaineering history. … Read More