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Patagonia wants to buy back your used gear

The new Worn Wear trade-in program makes recycling and upgrading your gear easier than ever
Photo: Patagonia
Have an old shirt, fleece or jacket taking up space in your garage or basement? What about a backpack or a piece of luggage? Well, Patagonia wants it. And they want to pay you for it. Well, sort of. Through it's new Worn Wear trade-in program, Patagonia wants you to swap your old gear for credit towards any products you might buy in the future, with the hopes of getting your perfectly good but no-longer-your-favorite piece of gear in the hands of someone else, reducing Patagonia's need to manufacture new products to meet those customers' needs.

Fly fishing Pittsburg—the other one

In between global fly fishing Meccas lie fishing towns outside of the limelight that offer world class angling
Photo: Matthew Reilly
Modern fly fishing culture being as travel-centric as it is, a handful of worldly destinations have been documented heavily by the media. Montana, Patagonia, Bolivia, New Zealand—all tout excellent fishing opportunities and tug at the wallets and lives of anglers worldwide. But in between these global fly fishing Meccas lie fishing towns that operate outside of the limelight, but nevertheless offer world class angling. Pittsburg—no, not the one you’re thinking—is one such.

Hallelujah

The blurry line between squirrel hunting and religion
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain
So he was starving, he was delirious, and he crawls up in this motte, like this group of trees out there in the middle of nowhere sticking up in this ocean of scrub.
And he found religion.
In that moment, he told me, he found God.
And it turns out, that God, he’s a squirrel.
Yeah, big ol meaty one.
I found God, he used to say.
While I was sitting there basking in the sublimity of mercy, I shot and ate that son of a bitch.

~ John Fitzgerald from the Revenant

Of stormclouds and smoke

Why is America taking it on the chin from wild weather?
Smoke blankets the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park (photo: Neal Herbert/NPS )
If you’re blessed with the normal human share of empathy and compassion, you probably can’t look at images from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma without feeling incredibly bad for the folks who have suffered—and are still suffering—so much from these unprecedented storms. We’ve seen homes flooded, and buildings ripped apart, and people trapped and waiting for rescue. We’ve watched as families are displaced, loved ones go missing, and survivors return home to sort through the detritus of their lives.

A fracking ban may be coming for the Delaware, but is it a step backwards?

New proposal would ban drilling but not some of fracking's most hazardous processes
Two anglers fish amongst the fog and mist in the Delaware River Water Gap (photo: Thomas James Caldwell).
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 13,539 square-mile Delaware River Basin, announced yesterday that it intends to consider a resolution seeking a permanent ban on fracking anywhere within the Delaware River watershed. If adopted, the resolution would initiate a process that would seek to formalize the de facto ban that has been in place since the DRBC enacted a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in 2010.

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