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Creature Comforts. Tony Clevenger, Alberta, Tennessee

Dear Patagonia,

I bought my first pile jacket while assisting on a black bear research project in Sequoia National Park. I learned lots of cool things on that project: like locating winter dens of sleeping bears tracked by radio-telemetry, how to carve my first telemark turns at Wolverton Bowl, and just how great that pile jacket was! It went nearly everywhere with me, into bear dens, skiing in the backcountry to look for bear dens, sleeping in it, doubling as a pillow, and many other handy uses. 

The photo was taken by my brother Phil who came to visit me in Knoxville one weekend and helped me with some “den work” I had in the Smoky Mountains. We had to locate the den of one of the radio-collared bears I was studying. We carefully inched our way towards where this bear had her den. After putting mom “to sleep,” we discovered she had 3 beautiful cubs that were about a month old. We worked fast. We delicately placed them one by one on my pile jacket – using it as a ground cover and blanket. Phil ended up taking some great shots of them wrapped in the soft, red pile jacket.

I sent this one to Patagonia for their catalog… and eventually it made it in. I still have the catalog, and believe it or not I still have the pile jacket. After probably 500 washes and 30 years, it hasn’t changed at all. It’s indestructible.

Today it’s hanging in my parents place in Morro Bay, California. I wear it every time I visit. Thanks for making such great, functional, long-lasting and fun clothing!

 - Tony

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Pictures from the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park (1995)

Picture 1: People look on as the grey wolves are trucked through Roosevelt Arch, Yellowstone National Park. [x]

Picture 2: Reintroduced wolves being carried to acclimation pens. [x]

Picture 3: A wild gray wolf waits to be released into the acclimation pen. Photo by Joel Sartore

Picture 4: Wolf in acclimation pen before being released out in the wild. [x]

Picture 5: Wolf leaving the acclimation pen. Photo by Joel Sartore

Picture 6: Mike Phillips, former director of the Yellowstone wolf reintroduction program uses radio telemetry to track wild gray wolves recently released into the park. Photo by Joel Sartore

The concept behind SuitSat-1 is quite simple, put some simple electronics; radio communications system, and telemetry into an older Russian Orlan spacesuit, then toss it out of the airlock.

Frank Bauer of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centers said,

 "SuitSat is a Russian brainstorm, some of our Russian partners in the ISS program … had an idea: Maybe we can turn old spacesuits into useful satellites.“ Aside from broadcasting voice messages from students around the world, and some telemetry data, SuitSat-1 also looks reminiscent of the recent movie Gravity.