Watch a Young Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins Star in a Dirtbag Classic

Patagonia released the full 1968 ‘Mountain of Storms’ film on its YouTube channel.

Before they were magnates of the outdoors, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and The North Face’s co-founder Doug Tompkins were true dirtbags.

And in 1968, they and three friends — now-famous rock climber Chris Jones, U.S. ski/snowboard Hall of Famer Dick Dorworth, and Mountainfilm founder Lito Tejada-Flores — set off on what became a legendary road trip.

The fated quintet set off from San Francisco in an old van with a then-obscure destination: the eponymous Patagonia region.

Along the way, these five friends stopped only to eat, sleep, ski, climb, and surf. To cap off the journey, the men put up a first ascent on Argentina’s Cerro Fitz Roy Southwest Buttress. Today, climbers know it as the California Route.

Best of all, they chronicled the entire adventure on a 16mm Bolex camera. “Mountain of Storms” has inspired and maintained a faithful fan base in the decades since. And this month, Patagonia released the full film free to watch on its YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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