Archive | December, 2010


From the Nat’l Film Board of Canada:

Based on Holling C. Holling’s book of the same name, Paddle to the Sea is Bill Mason’s film adaptation of the classic tale of an Indian boy who sets out to carve a man and a canoe. Calling the man “Paddle to the Sea,” he sets his carving down on a frozen stream to await spring’s arrival. The film follows the adventures that befall the canoe on its long odyssey from Lake Superior to the sea.

I remember being shown this film in probably fifth grade. This 1966 film, originally intended to be only for the educational market, was eventually released on 35mm and received an Oscar Nominataion in the Best Short Subject Category. The film was directed by Bill Mason, Canoeist/Artist/Filmmaker responsible for so many great shorts in the 60′s-80′s (see: The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes).

Watch: Paddle to the Sea

December 20, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }


The AMC Eagle is like the American predecessor to the Subaru Outback.  Manufactured between 1980-88 by American Motors Company (AMC), the 4WD Eagle is noted by many as being responsible for the emergence of “crossover” vehicles, essentially building an SUV on a smaller platform.  While getting far better gas milage than the Jeep Grand Wagoneer (also of AMC at this time), these guys definitely don’t skimp on fuel, the result of dropping a truck engine in a mid-size sedan.  In 1983, the AMC Eagle was chosen as the National Ski Patrol official vehicle.  Cruise your local Craigslist, you can find these guys dirt cheap.  They’re no joke, bring on the snowstorms.

December 17, 2010 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }

The Lost Art Of Hiking With Strangers

Good Ol’ Cold Splinters has a story in the new issue of Mountain Gazette called “The Lost Art of Hiking With Strangers.” Go pick it up at your local magazine shop or get a subscription. Published in the same magazine that Ed Abbey contributed to? Not a bad Christmas present.

MP3: Fred Neil – Little Bit Of Rain

December 16, 2010 | Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Stumbled across this amazing photoset by Nick DeWolf on flickr of a backpacking trip through the White Mountains’ Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire. Beautiful shots from May of 1970.

DeWolf’s White Mountains: Set I, II, III, IV, V, VI

December 16, 2010 | Art/Photography, Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


This documentary looks like it was shot with a point and shoot camera because it was. This is the story of a small group of self-taught sailors that, after haggling a derelict fiberglass sailboat in Florida, rebuilt the vessel and then sailed to the Bahamas, essentially learning to sail along the way. The film is so raw and real, waterspouts, bludgeoning mahi mahi, and swimming out anchors. Virtually everything is done “under sail” without a working motor. It takes a second to get into, but hold in there. You can download and watch it for free, but help these guys out and pick one up.

December 15, 2010 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


“The Wilderness Family dreamed of a land where life was still simple. They lived off the land. And did what they wanted to do. They adopted the wild animals in the forest. They found the good life and accepted every challenge to survive. In the most unusual adventure of them all. An exciting motion picture, because it’s true.”

Two thumbs way up.

December 14, 2010 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

John Wesley Powell

Line drawings from The Exploration of The Colorado River and its Canyons

December 14, 2010 | Art/Photography, History | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Vibram soles look like they haven’t changed much in last 40 years, and aside from the Five Fingers, really haven’t. From Vibram’s website…

“In 1935, Vitale Bramani led an expedition into the Italian Alps. The climbers used heavy, hobnailed boots for the approach, but then switched to thin-soled rock climbing boots for the assault. These climbing boots proved fatal when the expedition was hit by thick fog and a blizzard. Six climbers died from frostbite and exposure.

It was this tragic experience that drove Bramani to create an all-purpose climbing sole: lightweight, long-wearing and flexible. He developed rubber compounds with excellent traction and high abrasion resistance. He designed a new lug sole and called it Vibram®, after his own name.”

December 13, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


There is no substitute. But don’t trust me, ask Suzy Chapstick.

December 10, 2010 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }


There is a (believed to be) century old superstition that when the smoke from a campfire blows in your direction, you must repeat these words aloud to change it’s path:

I hate white rabbits,
I hate white rabbits,
I hate white rabbits.

Some variations require hopping on one foot while reciting the verse. Either will make your not-so-informed friends laugh. Was anybody else taught this growing up?

December 9, 2010 | Camping, Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 14 }