Archive | July, 2010

Cape Cod National Seashore

I am off to good ol’ Cape Cod this weekend, and after I return to New York, I’m continuing on to Salt Lake City, Utah for Outdoor Retailer on Monday. So, if you’re going to be there, walking up and down the aisles of GEAR, please shoot me an email. It’d be a damn thrill to make your acquaintance.

I’ll be back on this blog somewhere around August 9th, and holy hell, there are lots of exciting Cold Splinters things going on in the coming months. Thanks for reading, y’all. It’s going to be a special year.

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III – Lullaby

July 29, 2010 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


Ceratopogonidae, or biting midges (including what are called, in the United States, no-see-ums, midgies, sand flies, punks, and others), are a family of small flies (1–4 mm long) in the order Diptera. They are closely related to the Chironomidae, Simuliidae (or black flies), and Thaumaleidae.

What a horrible, little pest of a fly. I’ve never felt rage for another living thing like I did for the no-see-ums on Cape Sable in Everglades National Park.

July 29, 2010 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Ansel Adams

Above: “I found these 4 11×14 prints in a stash of my grandmothers things (she’s been gone a long time) in a sleeve that still had it’s gold seal still sealed. The stamp on the outer envelope reads ‘June 5th, 1964.’ The back of the sleeve reads ‘Ansel Adams’ photographs from Yosemite Valley, 5 Associates, San Fransisco.’”

Unrelated to the photo above….Ten years ago, Rick Norsigian, a California painter, bought two boxes of photographic plates for $45, after bargaining the owner down from $75. Today, they’re worth an estimated $200 million. What were they? Sixty-give glass negatives made by Ansel Adams, of course. Read more here.

Look: The Wisconsin Historical Society‘s photos of Ansel Adams at work

MP3: Jim Croce – One Less Set Of Footsteps

July 28, 2010 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Kevin Cyr

Camper Bike is a functioning sculptural piece, built in April 2008 by Kevin Cyr. There’s also the Camper Kart, a pop-up camper constructed out of a shopping cart that “investigates habitats and housing; recycling and ecology; exploration and mobility.” That works, I suppose.

July 27, 2010 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Marijuana in Whiskeytown

On June 22nd, rangers and NPS special agents joined a multi-agency task force for three weeks of marijuana raids and investigations on Forest Service, NPS and private lands in Shasta County, CA. Over the three-week period, they eradicated 176,974 marijuana plants worth $707,896,000, made multiple arrests, and recovered a hell of a lot of firearms and ammunition. The three-week operation included two days of raids in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, where rangers eradicated a total of 20,226 plants, which alone represented a seizure of $80,904,000 worth of marijuana.

That’s a hell of a lot of grass in our national park system. According to the NPS, “Evidence from the investigations suggest that the growers were from Mexican drug trafficking organizations.” Go figure. The Mexican drug problems starting in the U.S? Shocker.

Read more at The Morning Report.

July 26, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Lee Wulff

From the 1991 NYTimes obituary for Lee Wulff, one of the world’s best known and most respected sports fishermen:

After attending art classes in various academies in Paris for a year, Mr. Wulff returned to this country, where his endeavors included being an art director for a New York City advertising agency and working for the designer Norman Bel Geddes. But even as he was laboring at what he believed would be his life’s work, Mr. Wulff was fishing the trout streams of New Jersey and the Catskills. He once observed that he could fish the Catskills for $3.50 a week, “gas to get there, cheese, bread and milk and a tent to sleep in.”

Youtube: Salar, The Leaper featuring Lee Wulff

July 22, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Yes, I know. New York Museum on a blog dedicated to the outdoors. It happens. The New York Historical Society has been home to a Grateful Dead exhibit for the last couple of months that I finally went to go see this last weekend while my parents were in town. Made up almost exclusively of “stuff” from the Grateful Dead archive at UC Santa Cruz, the exhibit is about half official Grateful Dead memorabilia (old tickets, posters, skeletons from the “Touch Of Grey” video, guest lists, the original WB contract, photos, cassette tapes from the GD hotline etc.) and half unofficial art made by fans (comic books, posters, hand painted envelopes, bootlegs, etc.) which, for me, was the more interesting part. Could I have done without the fan made “SHAVE YOUR FACE” dopp kit? Yes. If my father hadn’t paid the $12 per person entrance fee, would I have thought it was a rip off? Perhaps. But what’s better than being reminded that Phil Lesh used to look like this?

Youtube: Grateful Dead – Eyes Of The World

July 21, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Mount Mitchell

Mount Mitchell, located near Asheville in the Black Mountains of North Carolina, is the highest peak (6,684 ft) in the Appalachians, and, as you can you can see from the photo above, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Until 1845, when Texas joined the union, the mountain was the highest in the whole country.

Mount Mitchell was named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina, who determined its height in 1835 and fell to his death at nearby Mitchell Falls in 1857, having returned to verify his earlier measurements. Rough. His tomb is on the summit.

MP3: Dolly Parton – Y’all Come (Live)

July 20, 2010 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Fjällräven Greenland Hat

If you’re in New York, head on down to the Fjällräven store at 262 Mott Street, pick up one of their Greenland hats and pretend you’re on the banks of Maine’s Moose River in 1973. They sure do know what they’re doing.

July 20, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Summit Magazine

Thanks to Southland Topology for scanning the covers of his old Summit Magazines. They’re beautiful. Have a look here.

MP3: Vetiver -Through The Front Door

July 19, 2010 | Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }