Archive | January, 2011


Pancake Ice is formed when temperatures hover right around zero degrees with at least moderate wave activity. The sections themselves can range from a few inches to several feet in diameter, with fairly even depth and slightly raised rims. The rim is built up with each compression of wave, being drawn together in each trough. Conditions in which pancake ice occur most are when there is a thin film of slush on the top of agitated water (sometimes called grease ice) that freezes into larger sections, or when a more solid base of ice breaks up into pieces. In high school we’d all pack into my rusted out ’95 Neon to go check out the ice on Lake Michigan. It almost always ended in very irresponsibly running across these churning pancakes just off shore. And more than once somebody rode home with a frozen pant-leg.

January 10, 2011 | Long Hairs, Science | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Blackfeet Indians Of Glacier National Park

Blackfeet Indians Of Glacier National Park is comprised of 24 images by artist Winold Reiss and was published by the Great Northern Railway in 1940. See more photos and buy it on Ebay here.

January 10, 2011 | Native American | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Have a good weekend

(Wildwood’s Flickr)

MP3: Leroy Hutson – Love, Oh Love

January 7, 2011 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


“Mere destroyers, tree killers, wool and mutton men, spreading death and confusion in the fairest groves and gardens ever planted. Let the government hasten to cast them out, and make an end of them. Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away. And if they could, they would still be destroyed, chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be caught out of their bark hides. Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries since Christ’s time, and long before that, God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

- John Muir

January 7, 2011 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Wilderness Medicine Institute Campus

Generous donations from Swiss biomedical entrepreneur Hansj√∂rg Wyss and a Wyoming ranching family have given the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) the holiday gift of its dreams: a wilderness medicine campus in the State of Wyoming. Take a look at a picture of the future location of the campus in Red Canyon, MT here and then read more about NOLS’ plans here. Pretty darn cool.

Eddie Hinton – Build Your Own Fire

January 6, 2011 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


Sam Gardner from Houghton, MI (far reaches of the Upper Peninsula) set off on January 1st to solo hike all four of the continental U.S.’ long trails. Starting with the North Country Trail (which has only one recorded thru-hike in winter), Gardner will hike east to west, before moving to the Pacific Crest Trail, then the Continental Divide, and finally the AT. Back to back to back. To back. With the mileage totaling over 12,500, Gardner’s lofty goal of finishing the trip in one year requires an average of over 34 miles a day. He does note on his site that his real goal is to finish, no matter what the time frame. You can follow Sam along on his trip at his site, which is regularly updated with his progress. We’re pullin’ for ya’ buddy, Triple Crown +1.

January 6, 2011 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Miller Planisphere

Ever used a Miller Planisphere? Probably. If you haven’t, do us all a favor and buy one already. Lord.

Just dial the date and time and you’ll see what’s happening up there in the sky, then rotate the time dial to simulate sky motion. No math-heavy introductory astronomy college course required. Make sure you order the model number that corresponds with your latitude. Comes in a pocket size too.

MP3: Iris Dement – Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

January 5, 2011 | Long Hairs, Science | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


From the National Geographic site…

“It’s thirty below zero in the Canadian wilderness, your long underwear is frozen stiff on the line, and you’re about to relive one of the greatest adventures in North American history. Join four courageous young men on their 1,800-mile, eight-month trek to retrace the steps of the gold stampeders of 1898. You’ll build a log raft and steer it through treacherous rapids, and when the river freezes you’ll travel by dog sled through freezing rain and thigh-high snow-drifts. Bathe in an icy lake and share a tasty supper of moose meat. You’ll reach the gold rush town of Dawson where you’ll march in the annual stampeder’s parade, and celebrate your thrilling journey through the Yukon Passage.”

Watch it online here: Parts I – VI

January 5, 2011 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Geoff Holstad

I’ve been doing this Cold Splinters thing by myself since May 2008, a little bit more than two and a half years. There are going to be some big things happening in this neck of the woods in the Year Of The Rabbit, things I can’t wait to work on, and the first of many is the addition of Geoff Holstad, whose brainchild, SO SWEATY, is one of my favorite places on the Internets. Holstad is an artist from Michigan with an amazing eye and a shared interest in all the things we like to write about on this rag. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s one of the nicest people in these United of States. Geoff has already written several posts here for your reading pleasure, and despite the spelling of his name, he’ll be sticking around for good as a guest contributor. Make him feel welcome.

Thanks everyone for reading and emailing and asking questions and commenting and just bein’ around. You’re the best.

Happy 2011,
Jeff and Geoff

January 4, 2011 | History, Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }