You probably already know about Patagonia, the makers of outdoor gear and clothing—particularly that most ubiquitous of down jackets designed for mountaineering, but more commonly observed in upscale shopping malls and on the sidewalks of tech-industry neighborhoods. But if you're at all interested in tales of nature and adventure sports, you should be paying attention to Patagonia Books. Way back in 2007, Patagonia ventured into publishing with Yosemite in the Sixties, with subsequent titles following intermittently over the the next several years. Lately, the program has grown in both scale and ambition. While the list initially mirrored the obsessions (mountaineering, surfing, and fishing) of the company and its co-founder, Yvon Chouinard, additions to the catalog have ventured into a more active environmentalism, a course in line with their corporate ethos of sustainability and responsibility. And like their gear, the books are bomber—handsomely produced editions from outright legends. Steve House might not a household name, but those in the know might call him the LeBron James of climbing. Likewise surf-god Gerry Lopez, and Chouinard himself, a fly fishing evangelist/enthusiast of the highest order. Here are a few of my favorites; you can find more here.
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