For the Love of a River: Saving the San Joaquin

January 26, 2016

WALT from justinclifton on Vimeo.



Our long-time partner, American Rivers, does incredible work to help raise awareness for the water issues we currently face as a nation. In this case, American Rivers supported one of the best filmmakers out there, Justin Clifton, in creating a short film about a man who's dedicated his life to restoring a river close to home for us: California's once mighty  San Joaquin. In 2014, American Rivers named the San Joaquin America's Most Endangered River. In 2016, they're raising awareness for the restoration of its health, so that it "can continue to sustain agriculture, communities, and fish and wildlife" in our community. 


The film here, Waltis perhaps as much an homage to a beautiful human as it is to the San Joaquin. This serves as a steadying reminder that we're inextricably connected to the natural world around us. As 85-year-old organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin simply states, "You can't live with out water. Our land is worthless without water. You have to have water to grow crops; you have to have water to drink." Take a few minutes today to watch the film and listen to a man who's been fighting to save this local wonder and national treasure for 65 years. Learn more about the San Joaquin river here


Thursday Getaway: 62 Years

January 21, 2016

Wild and free, the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado is the last major free-flowing river in the Colorado River Basin. The Yampa and its canyons are also home to many endangered species, and offer opportunities for recreation unlike anywhere else. As the Colorado River basin continues to dry, and water resources dwindle, the Yampa becomes ever more of a target for water diversion. For this reason, O.A.R.S. and American Rivers have teamed up on a film, 62 Yearsin an effort to encourage activists and key decision-makers to fight for the preservation of the Yampa. Here's where the film takes us: 
The last time Ken Brower traveled down the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado was with his father, David Brower, in 1952. This was the year his father became the first executive director of the Sierra Club and joined the fight against a pair of proposed dams on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The dams—a big one at Echo Park and a smaller one at Split Mountain—would have flooded the canyons of the Green and its tributary, the Yampa, inundating the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. David Brower and the Sierra Club ultimately won the fight—ushering in a period many consider the dawn of modern environmentalism. Sixty-two years later, Ken revisited the Yampa and Green Rivers to reflect on his father's work, their 1952 river trip and how we will confront the looming water crisis in the American West.

“Words cannot adequately describe the Yampa Canyon through Dinosaur National Monument, nor can pictures capture its grandeur,” said Amy Kober, Senior Communications Director for American Rivers. “We need rivers like the Yampa — to remind us how rivers are supposed to function, to demonstrate that it is possible to sustain agriculture while protecting endangered fish and recreation, and to help us improve the management of other rivers in the Colorado Basin.”

We encourage you to watch the film, share the message and do your part to raise awareness about an issue that affects us all. 


Woods Stage Series: DIIV

January 19, 2016

Together with Pickathon and opbmusic/npr music, we bring you some of the best live performances from Pickathon 2015 with a new Woods Episode each month. Today, we invite you to enjoy Brooklyn-based band DIIV performing “Yr Not Far” and “Dopamine," both songs that will be released this February in their new record, Is the Is Are.

If the Woods Series reminds you just how much fun you had at Pickathon, you'll be excited to hear that the festival has announced some of the top headliners coming this summer. The 18th annual Pickathon, which will be held August 5­-7, 2016 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, will include Beach House, Yo La Tengo and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, among others. Head to Pickathon's website to get your tickets today! 


Thursday Getaway: Across the Sky

December 17, 2015

ACROSS THE SKY - a world record slackline in the utah desert from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo.
If you've ever imagined what it might look like if humans could walk on thin air, you'll enjoy this short film from the talented folks at Camp4Collective. If you watched it, palms sweating the entire time, and wondered exactly what you were seeing, here are those details: " On November 15, 2015 Théo Sanson walked nearly 500 meters on a slackline rigged from The Rectory to Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, Utah..." This is a world record, and for good reason. 

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Woods Stage Series, Episode Three

December 15, 2015

We've partnered up with Pickathon and opbmusic/npr music in order to bring some of the best live performances from this year's Pickathon festival right to you. Every month, we'll premiere an episode from the Woods Series so you can experience the set as if you were there. Today, we bring you American bassist, singer and producer Thundercat performing on a balmy Oregon summer night. As opbmusic/npr music puts it, " Owning an impressively wide-ranging resume, from playing in the band Suicidal Tendencies to touring with jazz great Stanley Clarke, and recent collaborations with Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat’s nighttime set under the trees took the crowd on a winding nighttime path through R&B, jazz fusion and free improvisation before settling into the funk grooves of set closer “Them Changes.”


Thursday Getaway: Snowflake

December 10, 2015

The Shadow Campaign // Snowflake from DPS SKIS on Vimeo.
Back in October, we showed you the latest short collaboration between Sturgefilm and DPS Skis: The Weight of Winter. Today, we bring you the lighter, sillier but yet more poignant addition to The Shadow Campaign: Snowflake. Take some time out of your day to sit down with a mug of something warm to drink and watch this. It's an exceptional reminder of what life is really about, and a beautiful philosophy on happiness. Enjoy. 

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Thursday Getaway: Woods Stage Series, Episode Two

November 19, 2015

We're incredibly excited to have partnered with Pickathon and opbmusic/npr music in order to bring some of the best live performances from this year's Pickathon festival right to you. Every month, we'll premiere an episode from the Woods Series. Today, we bring you JD McPherson performing on a hot August evening in the woods of Oregon. opbmusic/npr music helps us reminisce on those hot summer nights: 

"With temperatures hovering near the century mark all weekend long, an overcast sky on the final day of Pickathon gave crowds a much-needed reprieve from the oppressive August heat. But in spite of the cloud cover and cool breezes, everyone at the Woods Stage was still a sweaty mess from dancing during performances like this song from JD McPherson."  

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Thursday Getaway: Live Performances from Pickathon

November 05, 2015

We're incredibly excited to announce that we've partnered with Pickathon and opbmusic/npr music in order to bring some of the best live performances from this year's Pickathon festival right to you. Every month, we'll premiere an episode from the Woods Series, and it all starts with Ryley Walker, who wowed the stage on the first day of the Festival this year. Though you may not be dancing to the sounds under the whimsical wooden stage, we have no doubt you'll feel as close as it gets to the real thing through the Woods Series.

Enjoy an extended version of Ryley Walker's "Summer Dress" from the Primrose Green album, above and stay tuned for more live performances right here. 


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Thursday Getaway: Jumbo Wild Trailer

October 29, 2015

Jumbo Wild (Trailer) from Patagonia on Vimeo.
Until now, the story of the Jumbo Valley, which lies deep within the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, has been relatively untold. But thanks to our friends at Patagonia and Sweetgrass Productions, this true tale of locals' 25-year-long battle to protect the Valley from a large ski resort is being brought to life.


Today, we invite you to get away in the powder of these mountains. Take a look at the trailer for the film: "Set against a backdrop of incredible backcountry ski and snowboard footage, Jumbo Wild documents all sides of a divisive issue bringing the passionate local fight to protect the Jumbo Valley to life for the first time." Want to do more to protect this pristine natural landscape? Sign the Jumbo Wild petition today: here