180-south

The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life, it’s so easy to make it complex. What’s important is leading an examined life because most of the damage caused by humans is caused unintentionally.
—  Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia
Taking a trip for six months, you get into the into the rhythm of it, it feels like you can go on for ever. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that because you get all these high-powered plastic surgeons and C.E.O.s and you know, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas who put all the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed rope and you get to camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag, it’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. And the whole purpose of climbing something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain, but if you compromise on the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.
—  Yvon Chouinard | 180° South.

It’s easy for us to blindly consume, when we dont see the effects it has on other places. ‘The hardest thing in the world is to simply your life, it’s so easy to make it complex.’ ‘What’s important is leading an examined life because most of the damage caused by humans is caused unintentionally, I think. And in response to people saying,‘You can’t go back.’ I say, 'Well what happens when you get to the edge of the cliff. Do you take one step forward or do 180° turn and take one step forward? Which way you goin? Which is progress?’’ 'The solution to many of the world’s problems may be to turn around and to take a forward step. You can’t just keep trying to make a flawed system work.’

Douglas Tompkins & Yvon Chouinard

—  180^ South