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Juniper Ridge Wildcrafted Soaps

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Sustainable, California-made soaps harvested from mountain ingredients $10.00

These lather-rich bar soaps from Juniper Ridge come in a whole host of woodsy scents, all of which are great. Our fave, Siskiyou Cedar, is made with an infusion of live cedar from NorCal's Siskiyou Mountains. But even though Juniper Ridge soaps are crafted from live ingredients gathered from the western wilderness, no plants are killed in the process. And the company's commitment to......read more

The Mountain

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Hypnotic timelapse shot from Spain's highest peak.

If the name Terje Sorgjerd sounds familiar, it may because you remember his eyeball-melting photos of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in Iceland in 2010, or because you've seen his beautiful time-lapse video of the northern lights in Russia. In much the same vein comes "The Mountain," a spectacular time-lapse of the Milky Way shot from El Teide, Spain's highest peak. From his......read more

A Year on the Road: Cold Mountain

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Slowing down to the speed of the season

I became entranced with the mountains as a child and I often find myself venturing into the forest for the heaviest part of any season. It’s there that I always find the densest, purest form of nature. Trees and whole mountainsides showcase the cold stillness of winter collectively in a deafening silence. In a world that moves so fast, slow down to the speed of the season if only for a......read more

Katrien Vermeire: Godspeed

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Firefly light show captured in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains

Belgium's Katrien Vermeire traveled to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee to capture these mesmerising images of fireflies lighting up the forest at night. Using long exposures, Vermeire was able to express the paths taken by fireflies in bright yellow stripes. The Godspeed series required plenty of patience, in the sense that Vermeire had to wait, totally still, for the......read more

Arbor A-Frame Snowboard

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A bamboo-railed, big mountain gun. $476.00

Old man winter's around the corner. No better time to hook up a new shred stick. The Arbor A-Frame is a big mountain bomber, featuring bamboo rails, recycled steel edges and a lightweight core crafted from FSC-certified woods. Carbon a-frames, a powerhouse tail, and a structural wood top provide tight control and high-speed stability for deep carves. Once again, Arbor proves high performance......read more

Yasuaki Onishi: Reverse of Volume

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An illusory mountainscape installation 'invisibly cast' in draped plastic

Entering Houston’s Rice University Art Gallery, you'd be forgiven for wondering whether you'd walked into some weird, icy landscape where all matter was negative. Made from nothing more than plastic sheeting and black hot glue, reverse of volume RG is the latest -- and largest -- of Yasuaki Onishi's "reverse of volume" series, in which the Japanese artist creates monumental forms that......read more

Olivo Barbieri: Dolomite Project

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Northern Italian mountain range depicted in spectacular fashion

Flipping through Olivo Barbieri's book "Dolomites Project 2010," it's easy to see why the northeastern Italian mountain range was recently declared a UNESCO natural heritage site. The craggy cliffs of these 250 million year-old mountains are surely some of the most sublime places on earth. That's not, however, the point of the Barbieri's project. The esteemed Italian artist views the......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-4-11

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Mountaintop mining, Volt vs. Leaf, vintage babes in nature, and more.

Electric Avenue: The race for electric car dominance is underway, and GM is emerging as the early front-runner. According to CNN Money, since production began last November, U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid are three times that of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. On the strength of those numbers, GM is planning to roll out the Volt to all 50 states by the end of the year. Material......read more

Massive EPA Veto on Mountaintop Mining

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Score one for the environment.

After months of research a debate, an application the largest mountaintop coal removal mining permit in history has been quashed by the EPA. The decision on the 2,300 acre Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia concluded that the mine would have an "unacceptable adverse effect on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds and fishery areas, wildlife, or recreational areas."  In the decision, the......read more

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