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. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. The Water’s Fine: Photographer Steven Nereo is Making Waves

    Los Angeles photographer Steven Nereo began taking snapshots between waves while surfing Malibu and Venice Beach. “I got a waterproof case for my phone and started shooting in the water. It was really fun, so I wanted to do more. I just went out and bought a film camera and a waterproof housing on Craigslist. It was a dive housing, which is weighted to compensate for trapped air, so when you’re 20 feet underwater, it’s stationary. Even without the camera and the weights, it’s 15 pounds. I finally figured out that what I needed was called a splash housing for shooting above the water.”
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  7. Artist Steven Harrington Gets Lost in Big Sur: Exclusive New Work in a Collaboration with Parks Project

    Artist Steven Harrington has a signature psychedelic-pop aesthetic, creating playful and always far out work while partnering with the biggest names in fashion, media and technology. A longtime California resident, Harrington is well-acquainted with the state’s gorgeous coastline, connecting with the outdoors during retreats to Big Sur. While chatting with Keith Eshleman, Co-founder of conservation group Parks Project, the artist discovered they both consider this special portion of the coast their “happy place,” and a collaboration was born.      … Read More

  8. All Tomorrow’s (Desert) Parties: A West Texas Oasis Where Land Meets Sky

    The road to Marfa may be long and flat, but payoff comes in the form of intergalactic skyscapes and dusty purple mountain vistas, maybe even a double rainbow if you’re lucky. Located roughly 400 miles from both Austin and San Antonio—and about 60 miles from the Mexican border—this one-stoplight community maintains its ghost town feel despite the presence of a gemstone shop, a tiny natural grocery store and a late night grilled cheese counter filled with vintage TVs. … Read More

  9. Far Out Future: Looking Forward with Polartec’s 2016 Apex Awards

    The 18th annual APEX Awards were developed 20 years ago to recognize the best uses of Polartec fabrics. Much of the award recognition has been given to outdoor industry innovations, but the brands and uses have expanded well beyond the outdoor industry. In 2016, the award celebrates diversity of use across all sectors from outdoor athletics and action sports to fashion and lifestyle. Championing futuristic and innovative ideas, Polartec will debut a cyborg-themed campaign, featuring all 13 winning pieces in urban outdoor environments. … Read More