Archive | December, 2010


From Brooks Saddles' Great Bike Travelers Series
December 30, 2010 | Interviews | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


MP3: Mountain Man - How'm I Doin'
December 29, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


An old woodsman favorite, for a big ol' pot, follow this recipe: 10 cups dried Great Northern beans 1 pound Salt Pork 2 onions 2 1/2 cups molasses 1 teaspoon black pepper 4 teaspoons dry hot mustard 1/2 cup butter 1. Dig a hole 3 feet deep, and wide enough to leave 6 inches around your pot on all sides. Line the hole with stones prior to starting the fire. 2. Build fire in the hole with dry hardwood, and keep it going for 3+ hours, until the hole is 3/4 full with hot coals. 3. Once the fire is about an hour old, prep pot by boiling beans for 45 minutes until their skins begin to peel back. 4. When fire is ready, line the bottom of the bean pot with thin strips of salt pork. Peel and cut the onions in half, and place them on top of the pork. Pour the beans on top into the pot, and mix in the molasses, black pepper, and dry mustard. Slice the butter and place on top, and then add enough boiling water to cover the lot of it by an inch. Cover it all with aluminum foil, and then place on the lid of the bean pot. 5. Remove 1/3 of the coals with a shovel, lower the pot into the hole, fill in the sides and top with coals, and then cover it all with dirt. You should end up with about 2 feet of dirt on top. 6. Let the beans stew overnight, dig 'em out the next morning, and enjoy. NOTE: This recipe can be mimicked in a crock pot, but who's doing that anyways. The illustration above is from Ellsworth Jaeger's Wildwood Wisdom.
December 28, 2010 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


The folks over at Stormy Kromer were kind enough to host a little tour for Cold Splinters a couple weeks ago. Chances are at least a few of you out there received or gifted a Kromer hat this Christmas. It's been the old standby for your old man, and will be for some time to come. We got some sneak peeks at their new clothing line that's going to be debuted at this year's OR. Established in 1903, Kromer hats have always been made in the USA, and remain this way today. My favorite is definitely the rancher cap, still so classic. Pictures from the tour of their Ironwood, Michigan headquarters after the jump.
December 27, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Merry Christmas

Dear You, I hope you have a great Christmas and an even better New Year. I asked for a Blue Heeler for the holidays, but I'm hoping I don't get one. A small apartment ain't no place for an Australian Cattle Dog. What'd you ask for? Where you going? See you when we see you, Cold Splinters
December 23, 2010 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 11 }


There's nothing more comforting than keeping up to date on your local forecast by NOAA's team of forcasting robots. I'm sure others have noticed but they actually have different robot voices too. Regardless, it always seems that everything has an air of urgency, sunny skies or 3 feet of sleet. I was gifted an old weather band radio from a buddy of mine as an early Christmas gift, a Radioshack gem from the seventies. I remember my dad always having the NOAA forecast on in the kitchen growing up. I mean, I'm not wild about lugging a bunch of "stuff" out into the backcountry, but in certain situations, definitely useful. Situations like chilling in my apartment, pretending I'm somewhere else. I love 'em.
December 23, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Bryan Nash Gill cross-cut relief prints (pictured above is a 52" x 32.5" Hemlock). More here!
December 22, 2010 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Battle Lake Outdoors Tamarack Day Pack

Got this handsome pack in the mail yesterday from Battle Lake Outdoors in Clarissa, Minnesota. Try one, I dare you:
Made in the USA of American materials. 1000 Denier Cordura outer. 420 Nylon Packcloth shoulder straps. #9 and #8 Heavy Duty YKK Zippers. 4 –6 ounce leather. Taped and double stitched seams. Reinforced stress points. Nylon webbing. 1/2" high density, long life, EV-50 foam. High-strength Duraflex hardware.
December 21, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


From the 1971 book The Hiker's & Backpacker's Handbook by Bill Merrill (former Yosemite Nat'l Park and Olympia Nat'l Park Ranger).
December 21, 2010 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Matter Journal 13

While I was in Boulder over Thanksgiving weekend, I happened upon the new Matter Journal while roaming down Pearl Street. Matter is a semi-annual literary journal published by Wolverine Publications in Fort Collins, CO, and their newest issue, Numero 13, is dedicated to the life and times of Cactus Ed. Wolverine was nice enough to send Cold Splinters a copy, and, trust us, it's a humdinger. It's huge, full of great stories, pictures and all that good stuff that, if you're here and reading this, you'll enjoy. Buy it here and then read a much better review at the wonderful High Country News.
December 20, 2010 | Art/Photography, Desert Solitaire, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }