Archive | February, 2012

West Texas Agate

MP3: Willie Nelson – Beautiful Texas

February 15, 2012 | Science | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Dark Glow Of The Mountains

Thank you to reader Brad for sending us the link to the English-subtitled version of Werner Herzog’s 1984 documentary, The Dark Glow of the Mountains. The film, which was made for TV, is about an expedition made by Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander to climb Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I all in one trip without returning to base camp.

There are a lot of things I “recommend” seeing/watching/listening to/wearing in these parts, but this thing is really the toppermost of the poppermost. Watch it in full after the jump…

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February 14, 2012 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


L.L. Bean is celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2012, and their most recent catalog, shot by Randal Ford, recreates a Spring 1933 cover. Head on over to the blog on Bean’s 100 Anniversary website (thanks for including CS in the blogroll!) to watch a short video on the process.

February 13, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Uncle Skullfucker

I’ve had the pleasure of drinking a few beers down in Texas with Daniel Chamberlin, the editor of the now defunct Arthur Magazine. If you’ve been to this rag in the past, you know that CS is a fan of the Grateful Dead, and after getting on the topic the other night at a bar in Marfa (where Chamberlin now resides), he pointed me in the direction of an article he wrote in May of 2009 called “Uncle Skullfucker’s Band.” In it, he explains the “discreet charm of the Grateful Dead” and, of all things, the relationship between Throbbing Gristle and American Beauty. Whether you’re a fan or despise all things Grateful Dead (shame on you), I highly recommend you sit down and read it:

“When I think of the Grateful Dead, I think of a flag and I think of a rose and I think of a steak and I think of a gun,” said Richard Loren, a former Dead manager, in Carol Brightman’s Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead’s American Adventure. “I think of the West and I think of consciousness expansion. I think of irreverence and anarchy and I think of something pure.” I heard all of these things in American Beauty. But when I thought of the Grateful Dead I also thought of 16-year-old burnouts flunking chemistry class and gas-huffing drug addicts shooting cats. When punk friends made the switch to Deadhead, they sold me their Fall and Naked Raygun tapes for what I assumed was drug money, given their new logy disposition. I was heading with Jeremy to the parking lot scene at the Dead show looking to replace these associations with the ideal that Loren was talking about.

 MP3: Throbbing Gristle – Still Walking

MP3: Grateful Dead – Dire Wolf *

February 13, 2012 | Long Hairs, Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Trail Mix Volume VII

The Outlier guys dream up a whole mess of wonderful things in their Brooklyn, NY headquarters. From the world’s best hiking pants (sure, they’re meant for biking) to their Hyperlite collaboration, I’m always excited to open their emails and find out about their newest creation. Their knowledge of fabric and garment design is more than vast, and they’ve been nice enough to teach me a great deal these last few months, always over a few beers and a good dinner.  If you’re not hip to what Abe, Tyler, Roy and their team are doing, get on it. It’s well worth your time. And if you do end up with something from Outlier in your closet, beware: You’ll probably wear it everyday for weeks. Maybe months.

A little bit of background for this week’s Trail Mix from Abe:

“Conceptually I envisioned it as all as a one walk down the hudson along side the Amtrak tracks from Yonkers then across the frenzy of midtown and city life. It roughly splits into a river side and city side.”

Download: Ventures In A Slipstream

February 10, 2012 | Trail Mix | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Big Bend Mountain Lion

Maybe not the most interesting thing to post about (though none of this stuff is, right?), but Cold Splinters is down in Southwest Texas right now and, for the past few days, the mountain lion attack in Big Bend National Park has been the talk of the town. Well, one of the topics at least…

Six year old Rivers Hobbs was attacked late Sunday as his family returned to their room from the park’s main lodge. The boy’s father, Jason Hobbs, pounced on THE BEAST as it clamped onto Rivers’ face. Hobbs ultimately stabbed the animal in the chest with a pocketknife, causing it to flee. (Nice work, dad.) It took 17 stitches to close, and after returning home to Leander, TX, Rivers is going to have to get a series of rabies shots. See pics here.

And there you have it…

MP3: Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Deep In The Heart Of Texas

February 9, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

A Desert Life

A Desert Life is a film about Alf Randell, “a self-described ‘dirtbag’ who has spent nearly a decade of his life climbing amongst the soaring sandstone cliffs of Indian Creek, Utah.” Austin Siadak spent last November climbing with Alf and documenting his life as a climber, living in a camper worth a dollar and making money by repairing climbing shoes and putting up fence around Moab. The film is a real beauty, so if you have nine minutes to spare, which you obviously do, I highly recommend clicking here.

February 9, 2012 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Bear Spray

In case you’re at work today wondering, or if you already know and want to reinforce your “outdoor knowledge,” here’s a quick tutorial about bear spray from Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant of SYSK fame.

What is it?

Bear spray isn’t unlike pepper spray that humans use to protect themselves from other humans. The main difference is that bear spray can shoot farther and casts a wider effective area. There are three main ingredients in bear spray:

  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC): oily residue from hot cayenne peppers. Capsicum is a naturally occurring ingredient that causes a burning sensation when sprayed in the face of an attacker. Food-grade OC is used to give heat to edibles like salsa.
  • Base fluid: mixed with the OC to dilute it. It’s typically oil-based to prevent separation from the oily OC.
  • Aerosol propellant: used to eject the ingredients from the can to the threat.

Is it Effective?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated human and bear encounters from 1992 to 2005 and found that people who defended themselves with firearms were injured about 50 percent of the time by the bear. People who used the bear spray escaped injury 98 percent of the time, and the few injuries they suffered were far less severe than those in the gun-toting realm. Why? Because it’s difficult to stop a bear with a gun and wounded bears are more likely to become even more aggressive.

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February 7, 2012 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Richard West Sellars

Another interesting article from good ol’ High Country News, this time about Richard West Sellars, a former NPS employee whose 1997 book, Preserving Nature in the Natural Parks, showed the “gaps” in the National Park Service belief that it was a preservation agency. The book is widely credited for inspiring the Natural Resource Challenge, a 1999 initiative that made resource management and preservation the agency’s top priority. Read the article in full here.

MP3: Citay – Little Kingdom

February 6, 2012 | Politics | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }