Archive | July, 2011


I asked Walter Manning, the man behind of my favorite places on the internet, Old Chum, to be the the first of hopefully many to provide a mix for your weekend outdoor adventures. Walter, who is also the owner of Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, thankfully obliged, so start staring at that beautiful cover he provided, download the music, and play it loud en route to wherever it is you’ll be headed. More to come…

Download: Trail Mix Volume 1: Old Chum

Thanks, Walter.

July 13, 2011 | Trail Mix | Continue Reading | Comments { 14 }

CS x Outside: Al Arnold

Read the latest installment of “From The Lean-To” on Outside Magazine here. This week’s column is about Al Arnold, pioneer of Badwater, the 135-mile course that starts at the Western Hemisphere’s lowest point, Badwater Basin in Death Valley, and ends at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to the lower 48′s highest point, Mount Whitney. The race takes place in mid-July (The 2011 version started yesterday, July 11. See the connection?), when the weather conditions can exceed 120 °F, even in the shade. Excuse my French, but FUCK, man.

Read: From The Lean-To: Badwater’s Baddest Man

MP3: Peter Green – Do You Give A Damn For Me?

July 12, 2011 | From The Lean To | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Aspen, 1981

What a life. Although I bet they didn’t have the blue mountains of Project Cold. See the rest of Nick DeWolf’s photos from his 1981 summer in Aspen, Colorado here.

I’ll be out in Colorado for a bit at the beginning of August, so if you’re around the Boulder/Estes/Nederland area, shoot me an email.

MP3: Jerry Jeff Walker – Pick Up The Tempo

July 12, 2011 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Aesthetic Creed

This Aesthetic Creed was written by Christopher McCandless, and is one of hundreds of pieces of McCandless’ legacy, among photos, letters, postcards, and writings. You can find it in the newly released Back to the Wild by the Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation, Inc. Just got it in the mail a couple days ago, and it’s already getting dog-eared left and right.

View the Aesthetic Creed larger here.

July 8, 2011 | Music/Movies/Books, Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }


I, the keeper of the mountain
You, the morning flower


MP3: The Flatlanders – Keeper Of The Mountain

July 7, 2011 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

CS x Outside Magazine

The second installment of the weekly Cold Splinters column on Outside Magazine is live and ready for your reading pleasure. Read “From The Lean-To: Dan Gibson and Solitudes” here.

July 7, 2011 | From The Lean To | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

18 Miles Per Hour

Not sure if the guys over at have any of these handsome stickers left, but it’s worth going over and finding out. I’m trying as hard as I can not to stick mine on personal items, but I might have to cave soon. Defeats the purpose, I know, but what can you do?

See, we watch all the grand tours just like you. Then, when we head out and ride our local hills, we always wonder how they stack up against the ones the big boys are on. So we came up with these.

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


I know there’s not a single person on this planet that needs another notebook, but after seeing the above MEMORANDA font being whipped out of an Army friend’s pocket for an entire weekend, I had to have a few. He sent a whole box late last week and I’ve been gazing at the little pads ever since. Beautiful.

Buy them here.

July 6, 2011 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Alone in the Wilderness Part II

Bob Swerer Productions just released the follow up to Alone in the Wilderness. Dreams do come true:

“Dick Proenneke’s simple, yet profound account of his 30 year adventure in the remote Alaska wilderness continues in this sequel to “Alone in the Wilderness”. Watch through his eyes as he continues to document with his 16mm wind-up Bolex camera, capturing his own amazing craftsmanship, the stunning Alaskan wildlife and scenery and even a visit from his brother Ray (Jake). His epic journey takes you on a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of today’s fast-paced society, and is a true breath of fresh air.”

Thanks to Mark William-Wales for the heads up. Had to pause the trailer to click over and buy it. Couldn’t wait.

Check out the trailer and buy a copy on VHS (or dvd) here!

July 5, 2011 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Thomas Merton Photography

More of Thomas Merton’s photographs are after the jump and on the Thomas Merton Center website.

MP3: McGuiness Flint – When I’m Dead and Gone
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July 5, 2011 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }