Archive | January, 2011


Drew Chessie Nowhere shoots gritty, beautiful photos (all analog), and has traveled our fair country times over by bicycle. I stumbled across his photos on flickr a couple years back and encourage you to do the same. There is rarely a day goes by at home when I don’t look at these photos. There is a great interview that you can check out with Drew over at the blog Armfuls. Really inspiring stuff.

January 19, 2011 | Art/Photography, Camping, Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Outdoor Retailer

It’s that time of year again. Good ol’ Outdoor Retailer. Three or four days in the poorly lit Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, looking at all that the outdoor industry has to offer. Which is almost everything. Even beef jerky companies get a booth. If you’re going to be there, drop me a line. I’m flying in tonight and I’d love to catch up.

January 19, 2011 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for an experienced volunteer to carve/paint a couple signs. They’re looking for someone in or around Harpers Ferry, WV with experience making routed wooden signage for their visitors center. The signs will have several lines of text like the one pictured above. Email Laurie at the ATC if you can help ‘em out.

January 17, 2011 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Transamerica Bike Route

Two summers ago, my girlfriend and I rode our bicycles from southern Illinois to Astoria, Oregon via the Adventure Cycling Association’s Transamerica Trail (est. 1976). In total we rode for 53 days and over 3100 miles, through 95 degree heat and white-out blizzards. The Transam itself is a route of country roads, lonely highways, and not so lonely thoroughfares stretching from coast to coast. Beginning in the east in Yorktown, VA, the “trail” takes you across the Appalachians, the Ozarks, north through Colorado and tracing the Continental Divide up through Wyoming and Montana, and finally across northern Idaho and Oregon. It’s chalked up as definitely the best trip I’ve ever been on in my life. I could talk about this trip for days, and have, but we’ll save the mushy stuff for another post.

Check out the ACA for tons of other map sets here!
Check out the pictures from our trip here!

January 17, 2011 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }


It’s too early to be getting cabin fever, but am I not the only one? Who’s getting out and doing something great this weekend?

MP3: Dizzy Gillespie – Salt Peanuts

January 15, 2011 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }


Portland, OR based artist James Mitchell aka Nas Chompas makes some great drawings (and takes some great photos). Check out his flickr here and then buy all his work. Love those geodes.

January 14, 2011 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


80% cotton so don’t trudge out into the Whites in these, but swapping stories in the hut, break ‘em out. Made in Vermont of 100% recycled yarn. Grab some over at Hickorees.

January 13, 2011 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Click on over to google books and read the June 1978 article in Backpacker Magazine titled Elder of the Tribe: Aldo Leopold. A great primer to Leopold and his “land ethic”.

“What I am trying to make clear”, he wrote, “is that if in a city we had six vacant lots available to the youngsters of a certain neighborhood for playing ball, it might be ‘development’ to build houses on the first, and the second, and the third, and the fourth, and even on the fifth, but when we build houses on the last one, we forget what houses are for. The sixth house would not be development at all, but rather … stupidity.”

After reading the article go to your local library, check out A Sand County Almanac and read it twice.

January 12, 2011 | History, Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Open Road Pioneers

The Open Road Pioneers was a club started in 1927 by The Open Road For Boys, a boys’ magazine encouraging the outdoor life that was published from 1919 to the 1950s.

The Club Undertakes

1) To acquaint each member with the spirit and ideals of the frontier

2) to encourage each member to adopt the principles of courage, self-reliance, honesty, sportsmanship, endurance, progress and co-operation.

3) To teach each member useful things about woodcraft and outdoor life.

4) To familiarize each member wit the natural wonders which are all about him

5) to enlist each member in helping to conserve and increase the fish, the game, the forests and the other natural resource of his locality.

*Learn more about the Open Road Pioneers and other old kids’ clubs at Vintage Kid Stuff.

January 11, 2011 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


Made of polyester/nylon/cotton, these belts have been valued for a bit in the “outdoor world” for their light weight, durability, and range of tension. Without holes, the belt can be tightened to fit almost any size. You can swim with it on too, and look good doin’ it. And we both know that’s the important part.

Love the top right guy, the Canoe Belt from Wintergreen Northern Wear, made in Ely, Minnesota (a la 10engines).

January 11, 2011 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }