Patagonia Surfing Wet Suits Go Green

1105X622_M-WetsuitsThis video from the NY Times gives a good overview in about 4 minutes of Patagonia’s efforts to shift from using non-sustainable materials in their wetsuits.

Most wetsuits are currently made from neoprene (which is fossil fuel derived and non biodegradable). Patagonia is experimenting with using a new kind of bio-rubber derived from a plant.

You can find more about Patagonia’s wetsuits here.

Check here for earlier posts on Patagonia’s wetsuits.

Worn Wear: the stories we wear

banner-worn-wearPatagonia Torquay is hosting a film night featuring the film Worn Wear. It is:

“an exploration of quality – in the things we own and the lives we live. This short film takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, New Hampshire; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary alpinist. It also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard”.

The worn wear program is intended to be a celebration of the gear we already own.

August 2nd, from 6pm.

Bring a friend.

Patagonia. 116 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay.

Please rsvp:

snowboarding Watsons Crags

the CragsAfter a slow start, the winter of 2014 is shaping up to be a great season.

This trip report comes from John Blankenstein who lives on the Far south Coast of NSW. John has been frequenting the mountains since he was 15, where he fell in love with the sport of snowboarding.

He has just returned from boarding the iconic Watsons Crags on the western face of the main range of the Snowy Mountains.

Watson Crags provide some serious and challenging terrain. John timed his trip to be able to experience perfect conditions.

The trip report is available here.

Worn Wear update

worn wearThis is a nice project: Patagonia’s Worn Wear project which celebrates old gear. Here is a recent update and short film.

Worn Wear Outtake: A Brave New Fleece
Directed by Keith and Lauren Malloy
Music by Terry Coffield

Worn Wear is an exploration of quality — in the things we own and the lives we live.

In this outtake from the full film, Nick Yardley talks about leaving his native Yorkshire, England; arriving wide-eyed in New England; and spending his first paycheck on a purple Patagonia® fleece.


Backcountry Ninjas

image_400sqHere’s some details on a newish clothing company based in the USA.

“Designed for hikers and adventurers everywhere.
Inspired through hiking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails”.

In terms of the ethics and sustainability criteria, BC Ninjas say:

“The shirts are printed in Virginia.  They are made by Gildan and made in a few different countries.  We started with Gildan and hope to move to 100% American made in a year”.

There is a fair amount of environmental info on the Gilden website.

In support of outdoor opportunities for all, they donate 6% of proceeds to:
3% to the Pacific Crest Trail Association
3% to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
1% to FLOC For Love Of Children. Kevin from the Ninjas raised $10,000 for FLOC on his Pacific Crest Trail thru hike last year.

They also have a blog.

You can buy their tshirts and other clothing online.

Backcountry film festival showing – Melbourne

2014 season – Backcountry film festival


Now in its 9th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film.

The festival is now a pre winter event here in Australia, in its 4th season.

The Melbourne show for 2014 will be held on

Wednesday the 14th May

at Melbourne Uni (exact location soon). From 6.30pm, films start at 7pm.

Suggested donation: $8 conc & students/ $12 waged.

Co-hosted with Melbourne University Ski Club.

MUSkiFoEA logo colour

The festival is run by not-for-profit hosts, and in Australia, all funds raised will support the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

Facebook event page here: please feel free to invite your friends.

Full details here.


Homegrown snowboard day

Image: Firstlight Splitboards

Image: Firstlight Splitboards

Saturday September 6, Main Range NSW

This is a chance to have a go at making your own snowboard and spending the day in resort, board with others, and see what everyone else has come up with.

The rules are:

No Metal Edges
No P-Tex Bases

Make you board in the garage and bring it on the day!

“Bring your home made creations down for a like minded gnar off!“

Organised by FirstLight Splitboards.

Register here.

This will be held the weekend after the splitfest (Australia’s backcountry boarding festival) which is being held over the weekend of the 29th – 31st of August in the NSW main range.