Archive | June, 2010

Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park

The first day of a forced sale of photographs owned by the Polaroid Company brought in more than $7 million Monday at Sotheby’s, breaking a record for the highest price ever paid for an Ansel Adams picture.

“Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park,” the large 1938 black-and-white landscape pictured above, went for $722,500, including a buyer’s commission to the auction house, topping the $609,000 that was paid for another Adams work in 2006.

More info at the NYT.

June 22, 2010 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

How the 1970s Backpacking Boom Burst upon Us

Once in a while, it’s too hard to refuse buying yet another t-shirt on Ebay. This handsome little number should be arriving any day. Thank you, Justin.

The first issue of BACKPACKER appeared in the spring of 1973, and in it, founding editor William Kemsley explains, “It took us three years to put together the first issue of Backpacker. In that time we debated some serious questions among ourselves.”

A couple of years back, in 2007, Kemsley wrote an article for the AMC’s magazine, Appalachia, titled “How The 1970s Backpacking Boom Burst Upon Us” about the beginning of BACKPACKER. The article has a recognizable feel…

One morning on the AT in 1963, I woke up in camp, yawned, stretched, and heard the patter of rain on my tent. I changed my hike plans, snuggled a little deeper into my sleeping bag, and decided to cook breakfast beneath the tent fly. The only others at this campsite that morning were some teenage boys standing around a campfire. I barely could see them through the trees.

While eating my oatmeal, it began raining more earnestly, causing the other campers to scurry out of sight. At first I paid little attention. But while savoring my coffee and beginning to peel an orange, it dawned on me that those campers had taken down their tent and left camp with no intention of returning to put out their fire.

If anyone has the rest of the article (only a portion of it is online) let me know.

June 22, 2010 | Clothing/Gear, Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

U.S. + Mexico International Park

Presidents Obama and Calderon are trying to create an international park at the U.S./Mexico border modeled after the Waterton-Glacier Peace Park that we share with our northern neighbors. The new park would be an extension of BEAUTIFUL Big Bend National Park in Texas and would mean securing an extremely rugged area in Mexico that’s the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Mexico side boasts douglas firs and ponderosa pines at 10,000 feet, crystal mountain streams, black bears and bighorn sheep. It’s far from paved roads, mostly untouched and is visited by the occasional sheepherder and biologist. And drug smugglers. Lots of them.

When Big Bend National Park was established in 1944 in far West Texas, President Franklin Roosevelt wrote to President Manuel Avila Camacho of Mexico, “I do not believe this undertaking in the Big Bend will be complete until the entire park area … on both sides of the Rio Grande, forms one great international park.”

More info at NPR.

June 21, 2010 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Happy Summer Continued..

MP3: Bob Marley – Burnin and Lootin

MP3: Bob Marley – Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)

MP3: Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself

June 21, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Happy Summer

A blog full of journal entries and pictures from GoodHarbor’s 1979 cross-country bicycle trip can be found right here.

Today is June 21st, 2010, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the first day of summer. I would imagine that most of you have your “big trip” and/or tripS planned for the season, and if you don’t, it’s about that time to get out the ol’ map. always has some good ideas.

If you have indeed made some plans to get out on the trail this summer, which if you’re still reading this, I would imagine you have, please share your itineraries with each other in the comments. I’m sure we’d all love to know what everyone around the country (world?) is up to in the coming months.

Happy trails, people.

June 21, 2010 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 7 }

Skyline Drive

As the post below suggests, I spent the better half of the week driving around the middle of Virginia (Stonewall Jackson Country) eating fresh biscuits and walking through the BEAUTIFUL Blue Ridge Mountains. I was there for work (not Cold Splinters stuff, but something I’ll get at in the weeks to come) and got back late last night with thoughts of Foamhenge still on my mind.

On the way back, we drove through the last 1/3 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah, a 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the park. It was pretty and foggy and slow and winding, and surprisingly enjoyable for a National Park drive. I’ve never actually camped in Shenandoah before, but after a quick look around and a long chat with a park ranger in Front Royal, I’m itching to go back. Seems like one hell of a place.

See you again real soon, Virginia.

MP3: Stonewall Jackson – One Look At Heaven

June 17, 2010 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Natural Bridge

Y’all, I’ll be in and around Natural Bridge, VA for the next couple of days for work. Will be back later on this week sometime. Come on down and say hello if you’re in the area.

June 15, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Have a good weekend

MP3: Joan Baez – Farewell, Angelina

June 11, 2010 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


Cold Splinters turned two a few weeks ago and this very post marks the 800th time I’ve gone looking for a somber, washed out old photo. Two years and 800 dedications to the great outdoors seems like a hell of a lot to me, so thanks in advance to anyone who makes me some lemon or peanut butter cookies to celebrate. Or if you’d like, you could make a replica of the campfire cake above, but I’m not much of a cake type of guy. Pick your poison.

Thanks for being around. And the theme song…

MP3: Allen Toussaint – Out of the City (Into Country Life)

June 9, 2010 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 9 }

The Philosopher’s Guide To The AT, 1983

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to the Appalachian Trail Museum for posting this guide in full:

34. If you think you’ve had it with the Trail, give yourself one last chance. Hitch into the next town and get a room in a motel. Stay there for two nights. If, after that time, you aren’t missing the Trail and what’s going on there, then it is time for you to go back home and set your sights onto something else.

June 9, 2010 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }