Archive | August, 2010

Good Ol’ Kathy Mumford

A few days ago, Kathy Mumford (pictured here) became the first woman to finish the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile canoe route through New York, Vermont, Canada and Maine. Along the route, she passed through 22 rivers and streams, 56 miles of lakes and ponds, 45 communities, three national wildlife refuges and more than 55 miles of portages in 62 carries.

“My kids were grown and gone, I’d been laid off from a job that I loved and was sending out resumes but getting no response,” Mumford said. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’m going camping.’”

The trip took 58 days, and because of the size of her boat, a 35 pound kayak not rated for anything above Class 2 rapids, and a promise to her mother, Mumford portaged around the big rapids. She also kept a journal everynight (“really just one long run-on sentence”) that I can imagine will be a book soon enough. Rightfully so.

Nice job, Kathy Mumford. That’s pretty studly. Full story at the Bangor Daily News.

August 18, 2010 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

La-La-La-La-La-La Lovely Linda

MP3: Linda McCartney – New Orleans

MP3: Linda McCartney – Seaside Woman

Here and here and here and here too.

August 17, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }


Apple season might be a few months away, but if you’ve been meaning to dry out that fish in your refrigerator or those bananas on your counter, go to NESCO, find out what food dehydrator will work best for you and have yourself a bunch of dried fruit/meat/pasta sauce on your next hike.

August 17, 2010 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Trail Hankie

If you’ve ever wanted to clean the dishes, wipe your brow or finish up a splint with your trail map, you’re in luck. And if you’ve ever wished that the bandana that was keeping the hair out of your eyes could help identify trees, stars and hiking safety tips, you, my friend, have found your match. Meet the Trail Hankie.

While most of their hiking, river and lake maps are from places in the south and midwest that I’ve never visited, it doesn’t matter much. Trail Hankies bandanas are a damn fine alternative to the classic design, and if you don’t want a map of Devil’s Den State Park to adorn your neck, Hiker Hank has general use prints of stars, trees, knots, tracks and trail maintenance that you should probably own.

August 16, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }


Mornin to you.

Youtube: Muleskinner – New Camptown Races + Dark Hollow (Live, February 13, 1973)

MP3: Muleskinner – Mule Skinner Blues

MP3: Muleskinner – Dark Hollow

August 16, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Platt National Park/Oklahoma Oasis

For seventy years (1906-1976) the Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area was designated Platt National Park. Only 800 acres in size, the park was the smallest in the United States to be designated a National Park.

From The National Parks Traveler:

The dawn of the 20th century found Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians in Murray County, Oklahoma, fearing that private developers would create a spa resort like the one at Hot Springs, Arkansas, and bar their access to around 30 strong-smelling mineral springs with reputed healing powers. To prevent this from happening, they sold 640 acres of their land near the town of Sulphur to the federal government, which earmarked it for public use. On July 1, 1902, Congress designated this one square-mile tract (soon expanded to 858 acres) Sulphur Springs Reservation. Few national parks could have had more humble beginnings. None was launched for more blatantly political reasons than helping Indians retain access to healing waters.

In one of the more conspicuous examples of “park barrel politics” to emerge in the early 20th century, Congress redesignated Sulphur Springs Reservation as Platt National Park on June 29, 1906. This nondescript tract with its cluster of mineral springs was now, at least conceptually, in the same league as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Mount Rainier, and Crater Lake National Parks.

The new designation honored Orville Hitchcock Platt, a U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Though seemingly bizarre, this label made sense when viewed through the filter of national politics. Platt, who served with distinction in the U.S. Senate for just over a quarter-century (1879-1905), was not only very actively involved in Indian Affairs and the Dawes Commission, but also sponsored the legislation that established the Sulphur Springs Reservation in 1902. By the time Platt died on April 21, 1905, the idea of formally recognizing his contributions to the country, and in behalf of Indians and the new park, was well established. Congress redesignated Sulphur Springs Reservation as Platt National Park just 14 months after the Senator’s death.

Watch: Oklahoma Oasis, a 1974 film made by the NPS that is narrated by Chief Dan George (see below), about the “colorful history connected with the establishment and development of Platt National Park.”

August 12, 2010 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George, as Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man, goes up to the mountain to die:

“Come out and fight
It is a good day to die
Thank you for making me a human being
Thank you for helping me to become a warrior
Thank you for my victories
And for my defeats
Thank you for my vision
And the blindness in which I saw further
You make all things and direct them in their ways, oh Grandfather
And now, you have decided that human beings will soon walk a road that leads nowhere
I am going to die now, unless death wants to fight
And I ask you for the last time to grant me my old power
To make things happen.”

Watch it here.

August 12, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books, Native American | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Peter Parnall

Is it odd that one of, if not my favorite, artists is an illustrator and author of children’s books? Probably not, no. Peter Parnall draws sparse nature and wildlife images whose contrast of empty space and bright colors evoke a somewhat morose image of the relationships kids have to the trees, ocotillos, coyotes and barns that they grow up with. Calming, but a little melancholy. At least that’s how I feel…

Parnall’s drawings have accompanied the poetry of Byrd Baylor (when the combination is best), stories he’s written himself and the works of countless other authors. (Parnall also illustrated the first edition of Desert Solitaire, but that drawing is, well, not my favorite.) But whoever’s writing the book, it’s worth the buy if Mr. Parnall is providing the art. It is truly, for lack of a much better word, beautiful. I wish I could say more, but I think the images after the jump do a much better job.

If you’re looking for a place to start, The Desert Is Theirs is a Cold Splinters favorite.

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August 11, 2010 | Art/Photography, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 9 }

The Oklahoma Panhandle

Black Mesa State Park, OK, 1975

MP3: Kate and Anna McGarrigle: My Town

August 10, 2010 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Store

If you like a good patch, hiking book, sticker or privy magnet (?), then head on over to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s store, load up on goods and know that your money is going to a damn good place.

MP3: Beach Boys – Hold On, Dear Brother (From Rising Storm’s Beach Bros 2)

August 10, 2010 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }