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Plastiki Completes Pacific Crossing

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60-foot sailboat built from plastic bottles docks in Sydney.

They made it! The Plastiki, a catamaran constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles, slid past Sydney Opera House on Monday, four months after leaving San Francisco on a voyage across the Pacific. The awareness-raising mission was led by SHFT compadre and eco-adventurer David de Rothschild. Powered by solar panels and windmills, the Plastiki is held together by an organic glue made of sugar......read more

Oceanic Plastic Pollution Enters the Food Chain

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Fish eat plastic, you eat plastic.

Hmm... maybe banning plastic bags wasn't such a bad idea after all. The LA times reports on alarming new oceanic research from southern California, where scientists from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project found bits of plastic in  the stomachs of 35% of the fish they collected off the U.S. west coast. That's a lot of fish! The......read more

A Year on the Road: Pacific Graveyard

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A ship that haunts the Oregon Coastline 106 years later

The decayed and the forgotten have long been my favorite subjects to shoot on the road. You can find them in all places and in all things, standing with integrity and tales from a time long ago. Every year, I take a drive up Highway 1 from LA to Portland with a keen eye and a car full of cameras. On this trip, I approached a beach on the northern coast of Oregon and to my wonder, from the......read more

Monster Rally, "Surf Erie"

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End-of-summer vibes abound in this vid from Tyler Coray, shot in the Pacific Northwest woods

Ever been to Lake Crescent? Us neither. But now we want to... badly. The lake, found on Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, is where director Tyler Coray shot this newly-released Monster Rally video, a short and sweet clip of young people romping around the Northwest backwoods. It's a beautiful, vaguely melancholic reminder that summer is over. "Surf Erie" comes off of MR's Deep......read more

Laura D'art: The Oregon Coast

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Take a visual road trip to the Northwest Pacific

As another weekend wraps and we vault into the work week ahead, the opportunity to hit the road seems like a world away. A little photographic escapism is just what the doctor ordered. Portland-based photographer Laura D'art has just the remedy in the form of this image log of a trip to the Oregon coast with her friends. Beautiful scenery, good food, and some local craft brews star. As Laura......read more

Rolling Huts by Olson Kundig Architects

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In Washington's North Cascades, these low-tech, low-impact structures keep it rolling

Seattle's Olson Kundig Architects are masters of the modern cabin. Whether it's a one-room island retreat or a steel box on stilts, the firm creates fascinating structures surrounded by nature, rustic yet comfy places where we would love to chill. Rolling Huts are another case in point. Designed by Olson Kundig partner Tom Kundig, Rolling Huts add massive steel wheels to the boxy shapes and......read more

In the Great Outdoors with Andy Grellmann

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These gorgeous film images will inspire you to get outside

Vancouver's Old Faithful Shop is one of our favorite indie retailers and also happens to have a damn good blog. That's where we recently got hip to the work of Pacific Northwestern photographer Andy Grellmann, whose film images of idylllic scenes have us yearning for our next outdoor adventure. Like all great photography, Grellman's images from the lakes and forests of the Coast Mountains carry......read more

Lake Cushman

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A group of Seattle friends take a misty trip to Washington's Olympic Peninsula

Filmmaking buddies Caleb & Shawn share a passion for the good ol' outdoors, and it shines through in the videos they make of their hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing excursions. Their latest clip finds them in Lake Cushman, on the southeast border of Washington's Olympic National Park, a tranquil slice of wilderness just a two hour drive from Seattle where the pair live. The clip features......read more

Backwoods Travels With Alana Paterson

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Vancouver photographer takes us on a mellow adventure around the mountains and inlets of the Pacific Northwest

With a client list that includes brands like Brixton, HUF, and Poler, Vancouver photographer Alana Paterson has carved out a well-defined commercial niche for herself. Once you have a look at her personal work, you can see why. She lives the lifestyle that those brands represent: skateboarding, camping, riding motorbikes, etc. These photos from Alana's most recent personal series, That Was Then,......read more

Human Nature by Anna Mia Davidson

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Crowdfunded photo book documents sustainable farming communities in the Northwest $60.00

A while back we posted some Anna Mia Davidson images of small scale farming activities in the Pacific Northwest. Now that series of photos is being collected in a book, Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest, alongside an essay from the photographer: "Davidson’s photographs highlight over ten small farms throughout the region; the book opens with an honest and......read more

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