Hey, Thanks for dropping by the ramblings of Trotter.
I just wanted to give a last minute thanks to the hard working crew at the 2010 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – VIMFF. Friday night was one to remember (fortunately everything AFTER 1:am I sort of forget). The sold out show had well over 700 people in the auditorium. Besides my brief speaking at Banff, that was the largest audience I’ve stood before. It was intimidating, I don’t exactly enjoy being on the spot like that, I’m not naturally comfortable on stage and would much rather be behind the scenes, BUT with the help of some cold beers, a super, super supportive (and responsive) crowd and the back up of Sean McColl and Will Stanhope I was more than happy to share some of my climbing stories with the viewers. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. The highlight for me (besides laughing my ass off all night) being Timothy Emmett’s film on his Welsh 8c project. Way too much fun. Can’t wait to go there one day and have a shot at it. looks nails.
On a side note, I want to share a public apology released a few days ago on the Patagonia Blog. Patagonia is a rare company indeed, and time and time and time again when I see how they lead by example, it makes me proud to be working for them, associated with them and I will continue to be a long time user of their products and follower of their stories for as long as they create them. No matter what.
The photographs that appear in our catalogs have long been a source of inspiration. Very rarely, however, they can give the wrong impression. The Patagonia Heart of Winter 2010 catalog contained a photograph (p. 38) of illegal mountain bike use on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
The Pacific Crest Trail is open to foot and horse travel and closed to all motorized and mechanized (bike) use for its entire length. Patagonia regrets this oversight and strongly supports the environmental stewardship for which the rule exists, and the “Rules of the Trail” developed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails.
Many of us in the company enjoy mountain biking. We understand the contentiousness surrounding access issues, but we also respect the rules of Wilderness and the rights of hikers on the PCT. Please ride on open trails only, respect trail and road closures, and ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail.
There’s plenty of space out there for all of us. Enjoy.