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Issue 01

August 24, 2016

What’s at the heart of our connection to nature?

Our Issue 01 asks the most fascinating adventurers, entrepreneurs and naturalists what lies at the heart of their connection to nature. Amongst other things we learn from the wildlife protector Monsieur Pageau that looking an animal right in the eye can change your destiny from the fly-fishing tribe Hooké that a group of like-minded friends can kick-start a movement. As for Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard overcoming the challenges of a deep wilderness trek has a direct correlation with the obstacle-laden path of entrepreneurship. This first edition abounds with the stories and perspectives of a rich community of doers and thinkers…

We’re also inspired by the tales of those who live, work and play “beyond the bend”. This is why, for our first issue, we had really no choice but to ask the most fascinating adventurers, entrepreneurs and naturalists what lies at the heart of their connection to nature. Amongst other things, we learned from the wildlife protector Monsieur Pageauthat looking an animal right in the eye can change your destiny, from the fly-fishing tribe Hooké that a group of like-minded friends can kick-start a movement, and from activists Dave and Amy Freeman that an outdoor adventure can be led in the name of an entire community.

In this issue, we also attempt to map the contemporary, visceral desire to disconnect from urbanity. Two essayists boldly investigate the issue: West Coast author Robert Moor mediates on the pros and cons of a wireless wilderness, and East Coast author Nicolas Langelier’s text evokes the “oceanic feeling” of connecting to something much greater. Outdoor adventurers and photographers Jeff SpackmanMichael Barrus, and Alex Strohl, and LA-based editor and novice camper Vivianne Lapointe seek to reveal the rewarding truths of nature’s ability to challenge our limits and break our notions of control. And for Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, overcoming the challenges of a deep wilderness trek has a direct correlation with the obstacle-laden path of entrepreneurship, not to mention similarly lofty responsibilities. It is with this same energy and urgency that young start-ups like HipcampColter Co. and Getaway House are inventing new models to allow people better, more sustainable access to the outdoors.

 Our first edition is abundant in the stories and perspectives of this community of doers and thinkers. In each issue to come, we’ll introduce you to a new inspiring community, asking them about what drives them, what the future holds for their area of interest, and where their ethical boundaries lie. You can already find out what’s coming next in the last pages of this issue!

Henry David Thoreau once said: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” This has never been more true. The question is: What is it that you are fishing for?

 Happy reading,

•  The editorial team  •