Archive | June, 2009

Hike Off The Recession

Lose your job? Looking for a new one? Consider the Appalachian Trail as a networking opportunity.

Listen to the story on NPR

June 30, 2009 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Everglades Back On UN Endangered List?

Needless to say, when the Bush Administration took the Everglades off the United Nations list of endangered sites, it was a controversial decision. Most critics chalked it up to Bush’s complete disregard of all things environment while supporters argued that by originally being put on the list back in 1993, the Everglades achieved a restoration project and the UN’s money should now be spent in other much poorer countries. Unfortunately the restoration hadn’t been completed yet.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and The Obama Administration announced today that they will move to put the Everglades back on the UN list of endangered sites. Salazar claims that Bush’s decision was “without adequate consultations with the National Park Service, the state of Florida and other stakeholders.”

My only experience in the Everglades was two years ago when a friend (Tim, pictured above and the mastermind behind this site) and I paddled for three days around Cape Sable, but as most people that know me are well are of, that trip was one of the most extraordinary three days I ever spent on this Earth and easily one of the best life/camping experiences I’ve ever had. Go there. It’s un-fucking-believably beautiful, scary, hot, and vast. And f-ed.

(Via The Goat)

MP3: Macon Ed and Tampa Joe – Mean Florida Blues

June 30, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Colorado Bound

I’ll be in Boulder/Nederland for a couple of days starting on Friday, so hoot and holler if you’re going to be around. And please, please, please persuade me to stay.

June 29, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Wild Horses Of Sable Island




Roberto Dutestco’s photographs of Sable Island Horses:

This narrow 41 km sandbar is located 300 km southeast of Halifx, Nova Scotia. Known for hundreds of years as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, it is the site of over 275 shipwrecks, and the home of more than 300 wild horses.

It is a world that exits by its own rules, a place without trees, without shade, and without shelter. It is a place where I have witnessed true peace and unquestionable love among its occupants – the wild horses of Sable Island.

The Wild Horses of Sable Island is currently on view at 13 Crosby Street, NY, NY

June 29, 2009 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Roughing It


Steak and tomatoes for dinner in Yellowstone National Park, April 1987.

June 25, 2009 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

New Mexico’s Flag



The Daughters of the American Revolution pushed New Mexico to design a contemporary and unique flag in 1920. A contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia sun symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: four winds, four seasons, four directions, and four sacred obligations. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today. The salutation, “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures,” was many years ago commonly recited in New Mexico public schools after the United States pledge of allegiance.

June 24, 2009 | Native American | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Rockwell Lighthouse


Rockwell Lighthouse, located in Sitka, AK, is owned by Burgess Bauder, a local veternarian. Daniel’s brother is staying there for the summer helping out Bauder (who charges each customer $5 for his vet services) and we couldn’t be more jealous. Have fun, Noah.

MP3: Donny Hathaway – Jealous Guy

June 24, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Whale Watching


A new report by the International Whaling Commission finds that whale watching generates far more money than whale hunting. Iceland disagrees.

Read more here.

June 24, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Crazy Creek HexaLite Original


There is rarely a situation that wouldn’t be made better by a Crazy Creek. If God went camping, he’d for sure choose a Crazy Creek over the sawed off stump that he created with his own two hands a few years back. They’re just that comfortable. I was obsessed with my Crazy Creek after I went to summer camp for the first time. I kept one in the trunk of my car until I was 22 when I lost the need for an automobile. But in the backcountry, the chair’s awkward shape and size just don’t work too well. It was always sad to have to leave it behind.

Good news. Last year, Crazy Creek came out with the HexaLite Original, HexaLite LongBack, and the HexaLite PowerLounger, which weigh in at 14.8, 18.5, and 21.6 ounces respectively. They’re the lightest chairs the company has ever made, using comfortable 1/2″ Hexagonal-cored foam and a polyester mesh seating surface. Most importantly, they roll up so you can easily strap them to the outside of your pack when you get on the trail. Crazy Creek was nice enough to send Cold Splinters a HexaLite Original to test out and we highly recommend getting one. The chair is a little narrow and it’s not as comfortable as “The Original,” but sitting around the campfire in one of these after unrolling it from the straps of your bag is pure bliss. Sure, they’re not necessary. You could save the weight. But it’s summer now which means you’re packing less and might not need a tent, so spend the $33 and make your ass and back happy.

And if you don’t trust me, The Gear Junkie put it on his 2008 Top 10 Gear Picks Under $30.

MP3: Little Feat – Roll Um Easy

June 23, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Listen To a Snow Leopard


Go on over to Nat Geo and listen to a recording of the elusive snow leopard. That cat sounds like the throat singer and didgerido player that meet you at the Gates Of Hell. Good Lord, what a wonderfully haunting voice.

After the jump is the Planet Earth video of a snow leopard hunting a mountain goat. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend doing so now.

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June 23, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }