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.
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

“Im drawn to open country. It’s where everything becomes clear, where the world makes the most sense. When I put myself out there, I always return with something new. A friend once told me: The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask.”

180 South


If you like surfing, mountain climbing, traveling and conservation, then this is the movie to watch. (Its on Netflix).


As a not-likely-to-be-hired park ranger, and as a member of the EnviBROnmentalists (envirothon team name), I suggest you watch 180 South. Now. Or whenever. It’s cool.