Archive | February, 2010

Cold Splinters + The FADER

A few weeks ago, The FADER asked if I would write up a blog for them, doing the things I do here, but with more of an emphasis on fashion. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know much of anything about fashion and/or style, but, as I mentioned at The FADER earlier today, I’ll damn well do my best. You can read my entire first post here:

My first hike was a catastrophe. I was on a vacation with my family in Arizona, and after a morning of eggs, bacon and swimming, my father, my brother and I all went on what would be the first of many family hikes up Phoenix’s Camelback Mountain. Camelback is a prominent landmark in the area, impossible to miss unless you’re above 60 and have started to lose your sight and/or mind. The hike up the mountain is difficult and steep, enough so that rails have been put in several places along the trail to keep the college visor wearing hikers hydrated by Mountain Dew from falling to their premature deaths.

Thanks again to everyone who reads this rag. I can’t tell you how much it means when someone writes and says they enjoy coming around these parts. And an obvious thanks to the staff at FADER (especially Chioma) for a) knowing what Cold Splinters is and b) writing the best music magazine around. Can’t wait to see what JTK has in store for you.

MP3: Electric Light Orchestra – Shine A Little Love

February 17, 2010 | Desert Solitaire | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }


In 1966, Pete Seeger, his wife, Toshi Seeger, and a handful of Hudson Valley residents came together believing “by learning to care for one boat on one river, the public could come to care for all our threatened waterways.” Three years later, in 1969, the Clearwater made her maiden voyage down the Atlantic Coast from the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in Maine to the South Street Seaport in New York City.

To see a list of Clearwater events this coming spring, click here.

MP3: Pete Seeger – River Of My People

February 17, 2010 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

VW Camper

Look: 1986 VW Vanagon Camper GL ad placed in the middle of a 1986 Backpacker article titled “Let Your Kids Take You Camping.”

February 16, 2010 | Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Have A Good Weekend

Left my stove in the trunk of the car before the paddle out to Cape Sable, Everglades National Park. Rookie mistake.

MP3: Dwight Yoakam – Yet To Succeed

February 12, 2010 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Harney Peak + Valentine McGillycuddy

Harney Peak, located within Black Hills National Forest, is the highest mountain in South Dakota, and at 7,244 feet, the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. The peak was named after Williams S. Harney, commander of the military in the Black Hills area in the late 1850s. An abandoned fire lookout tower is situated on the summit with a plaque that reads “Valentine McGillycuddy, Wasicu Wacan.” The plaque marks the final resting place of Dr. Valentine McGillycuddy (pictured above). Harney Peak is also the place where Black Elk had his “great vision” when he was nine years old.

Dr. Valentine (good timing, eh? get it now?) McGillycuddy is famous for being the doctor who treated Crazy Horse at the time of his death. While he is known to the Lakota of the modern-day Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as “Friend of Crazy Horse”, he was not so much loved by some other Lakotas, including Red Cloud, a major Sioux chief. Red Cloud’s accusations of mismanagement led to several investigations of Dr. McGillycuddy’s administration. In the days leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre, Red Cloud conceded that McGillycuddy had been a “young man with an old man’s head on his shoulders.” Whatever that means.

February 12, 2010 | History, Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Winter Olympics

The Olympics are almost here. Let’s hope they have enough dry ice.

February 11, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

One Of The Last Great Adventures Places On Earth

Watch: 1972 clip of Edward Abbey telling KUTV about the importance of keeping southern Utah wild

Read: Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

February 10, 2010 | Long Hairs, Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Man Who Skied Down Everest

If you haven’t seen this one, you should. (If you’re in New York, the MoMA is playing it this Friday afternoon along with a bunch of other old environmental documentaries throughout the month. Check the calendar here.) The Man Who Skied Down Everest is the 1975 Academy Award-winning documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who skied down Mt. Everest in 1970. Miura skied 6,600 feet in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fell 1,320 feet down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow Band just below the South Col. He used a large parachute to slow his descent and came to a full stop just 250 feet from the edge of the crevasse. The movie’s narration comes from Miura’s personal diary and the awesome soundtrack from Nexus.

Eight died during the expedition’s ascent.

Watch: Yuichiro Miura skies down 6600 feet of Mount Everest in 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

February 10, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Video: 1976 Grand Canyon Hang Gliding Test

On May 9th, 1976, Grand Canyon National Park permitted a NPS approved Hang Gliding Feasibility Test that you can watch HERE. Amazing footage. There’s no sound, so try using the song below. (Thx BTBN)

Above are photos from the Arizona Hang Glider’s Association’s archive (not taken during the GCNP test). There are loads of old photos and newspaper clippings there, so go and take a peak.

MP3: Black Mountain – Stay Free

February 9, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

A Solution To Bark Beetles

Scientists have discovered that by recording the sounds that bark beetles make, tweaking them, and then blasting the sounds back at the beetles, they can disrupt mating, tunneling, and reproduction, thus creating a virtual wall around the effected areas of the west.

The scientists have developed a device that would be drilled into the outer layer of the lodgepole pines and other trees that beetles favor, pumping the sound waves under bark. Costing about $100 a tree, it’s cheaper, less environmentally disruptive, and far more effective than other methods.

Read more over at The Adventure Life.

February 9, 2010 | Science, The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }