Archive | March, 2012

Small World

Thanks to Bob at Cork Grips for posting these a little while back. Small World was a quarterly magazine that Volkswagen printed from 1962 to 1984. See tons more covers here and buy them on eBay here.

MP3: Wes Montgomery – I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face

March 19, 2012 | Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


A few weeks back, I was held up in southwest Texas – Big Bend National Park, to be exact – with Mikael Kennedy, writing a story for the wonderful Garden and Gun. (It’ll be out later this summer, so stay tuned.) With work and travel and bla bla bla, this last Thursday was the first time that Mikael and I were able to get together since our little adventure. A winning combination of Guinness and Ful Medames.

We both had books for one another, each one slightly commemorative of the Great Big Dry Nothing that was home for a few nights. I gave him a copy of The Desert Is Theirs and he gave me Twelve Lessons Of The Desert. Mikeal met Sam Richardson, the book’s author, while down in Taos, NM two weeks ago, and after telling him about our time in Terlingua, Richardson directed him to the local book store.

Twelve Lessons is a “collection of aphorisms, nature notes and essays written over a period of 17 years by river guide, artist, writer and storyteller Sam Richardson.” I haven’t started it yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure to do a full report. In the meantime, learn more about Sam here.

Thanks Mikael.

March 19, 2012 | Desert Solitaire, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }

CS Premier: Eric Aldrich

Eric Alrich, the man behind MOCS 1986, is a desert poet of sorts, living in Arizona by way of Massachusetts while working on his dissertation and teaching literature at Arizona State . He asked if Cold Splinters would post a few of his new works in lieu of sending them to various literary magazines, and after a quick read through, it was an easy choice.

This is the first two of four, and we couldn’t be happier that he wanted “monsoon” and “monsoon #2″ to find a home here. The others will be posted in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.


March 15, 2012 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }


If you’ve ever spent a night under the stars, it’s likely that, if only for a single moment, you’ve thought about Life Out There. Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s hard to go camping without being surrounded by the idea as soon as those big balls of light start showing their pretty faces. My feelings towards extraterrestrial beings are clearly augmented after a few sips of blackberry brandy around the campfire, but I suppose that’s to be expected.

Stuff You Should Know, a favorite around these parts, posted a new podcast earlier this month that explores the origin, aims and challenges of  SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence), the institute and the term that explains the general search for alien life. It also starts off explaining the wonderful photo above, known as the Wow! Signal.

Listen to the podcast here.

Watch the 1997 trailer for Contact, written by Carl Sagan and starring Jodi Foster as a SETI scientist, right here.

March 15, 2012 | Science | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Trail Food: No Cook Chocolate Pudding

Seems like Wednesday has turned  into “Trail Food Day” here on Cold Splinters. I apologize in advance..

Sure, dessert in the backcountry is usually a Snickers, but if you want something a tad more fancy (though this is probably less fancy than some of those crazy expensive chocolate bars out there these days), then try some no-cook chocolate pudding.

- 1 block of Mori-Nu Firm Tofu (Not the last time you’ll see this on the menu)
- 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder (put some in a bag before you leave)
- Grade B Maple Syrup (empty out your hotel shampoo bottles for maple syrup)
- Bag of salty pretzels

Mix up the first three ingredients until it develops into a puddin’-like consistency, divvy it up with your hiking partner-in-crime, then top with crumbled pretzels. Sweet and salty round the campfire.

March 14, 2012 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Most Visited Parks in 2011

The Smokys win again. That is one beautiful park, but man, places like Gatlinburg, TN are not high on the ol’ priority list. In any case, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, comes in at just over 9 million, and the runner up, Grand Canyon National Park clocks in at 4. Wild. The reason? Well, Rocky points out that GSMNP ”doesn’t charge people do drive through on the highway that transits the park, but they do count them all as visitors.” That and Gatlinburg, I suppose.

More info at National Parks Traveler.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park……………9,008,830
  • Grand Canyon National Park………………………4,298,178
  • Yosemite National Park……………………………3,951,393
  • Yellowstone National Park…………………………3,394,326
  • Rocky Mountain National Park…………………….3,176,941
  • Olympic National Park……………………………..2,966,502
  • Zion National Park………………………………….2,825,505
  • Grand Teton National Park…………………………2,587,437
  • Acadia National Park……………………………….2,374,645
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park…………………….2,161,185

MP3: Bobby Charles – Tennessee Blues

March 13, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Campster

The newest edition of Cold Splinters’ “The Campster” is now live on The New York Times. This week it’s up to Cold Spring, NY to hike Bull Hill. Enjoy it at the wonderful T Mag Style Blog, The Moment.

March 12, 2012 | The Campster | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


I don’t usually put Ebay finds on here (because that means competition, right?) but this shirt is just too good not to share. 80s, Coleman, Poly/Cotton, Made in the USA, Half Dome, Free Climbing. Lordy. Have at it here.

March 9, 2012 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Buffalo Rider

Whether you’ve seen this before or not, it truly never gets old. Lordy. Watch it in full here.

March 8, 2012 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

From The Lean-To

In case you weren’t hip to the Cold Splinters blog on Outside, called “From The Lean-To,” get at it here. The second to last entry touched up on the history of Wilderness Experience.

MP3: Brendan Benson – What I’m Looking For

March 8, 2012 | From The Lean To | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }