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This Rock Climbing Gym Stimulates Innovation and Creativity

What does scaling a 50-foot high climbing wall have to do with TEDx, a collaborative workspace, and veteran-focused entrepreneurship? Under our roof, everything.

What does scaling a 50-foot high climbing wall have to do with TEDx, a collaborative workspace, and veteran-focused entrepreneurship? Under our roof, everything.

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The Sustainable Refuge in the Sky

Not only is it a stunning design, the Refuge du Gouter building is also low-carbon, and sustainable.


At 12,582 feet above sea level, the air is thin. Six months out of the year, when winds can reach 300 km/h, the weather conditions are so severe they are largely inhospitable to humans. But this is precisely where—along the sheer edge of a cliff in the French Alps—architects have just completed the beautiful Refuge du Gouter. Serving as a kind of hotel in the sky for alpinists, this egg-shape structure sleeps 120 people and acts as a refuge for climbers who scale the popular Mont Blanc.

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Six Things We Learned From Patagonia's Founder Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard wants us to stop being consumers and start being thoughtful global citizens.

Shooting a line at Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Photo: Doug Tompkins

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