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The Four Guardian Kings

/ Monday, November 23, 2015

Hiking and boating through the cozy river valleys of Bhutan you get the sense that people are truly content. That perhaps there really is something divine to the billowing prayer flags, the nestled hillside monasteries, the distant white himalayan peaks. Nearly all people born in Bhutan remain for their lives. There isn't the familiar sense of striving, the constant search for something better - such stasis is uncanny for a westerner. The last Buddhist kingdom is classified as a developing country, but Bhutan maintains a wisdom...

How to Dress for a River Trip + River Fashion

/ Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wearing comfortable, functional clothing is important in a wild environment, but dressing fashionably (AKA, looking "steezy") is also important. stee·zy adj. 1. a combination of style and ease 2. wearing appropriate clothing for a frolic in the woods and looking proper 3. dressing fashionably for a wilderness adventure without much effort v. steezing, -ify [example: "Ryan looks steezy wearing that pataguch hoody"] On the River: Base Layers First we’ll start with the functional part of your wardrobe. Your very first layer could be a swimsuit or...

The Futaleufu: The Story of the First Rafting Expedition

/ Saturday, October 17, 2015

Up until last year, I had run the Futaleufú River exactly once. A whole lot of people know a lot more about it than I do. But there are only a small group of us who knew the Futaleufú before it became THE Futaleufú. As part of the crew on the first raft expedition on the river in 1985, I had the good fortune to make its acquaintance when it was just a beautiful blue river disappearing into deep mountain gorges, near a town of the...

Mining projects threaten Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon

/ Wednesday, September 16, 2015

For many, the rugged swath of Idaho contained within the 2.37 million acre Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness is the embodiment of what the Wilderness Act of 1964 hoped to achieve. It is a place where in the space of seasons, free flowing rivers swell and dwindle, wildlife migrates across ranges of untrammeled peaks, and humanity’s trace is limited to a brief echo in a landscape left to exist as it always has. Yet even now as the Frank Church Wilderness stands as...