Archive | August, 2012

National Park Map

Not sure if I’m majorly late on seeing this, but hell’s bells, I like it.

August 9, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Jeffrey Pine

My favorite tree. The Jeffrey Pine, named in honor of its botanist documenter John Jeffrey, occurs from southwest Oregon through much of California (mainly in the Sierra Nevada) and all the way down to northern Baja California in Mexico. In the north of its range, it grows widely at 4,900 to 6,900 ft and to the south, anywhere between 5,900 to 9,500 feet.

The tree gets between 82 to 130 feet tall and the leaves are needle-like and grow in bundles of three. The cones are 4.7 to 9.4 inches long and dark purple when immature.

See you soon, Jeffrey Pines.

MP3: Metallica – Master Of Puppets

August 8, 2012 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

MG Turns 40

One of our favorites around these parts, The Mountain Gazette, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, they put out a special edition that includes some of the best quotes from years past and a drawing of one of its most famous contributors, Ed Abbey, on the cover. Also included in the 40th Anniversary Edition is an article by the magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, M. John Fayhee, who describes a speaking engagement in Durango, CO where he was unknowingly the keynote speaker at an Ed Abbey tribute that he had originally tried to decline appearing at. He then goes on to compare Abbey and Hunter S. Thompson and, well, read it yourself…

Even if you’re not a Mountain Gazette or Abbey fan, the Patagonia ad on the inside cover is worth your time.

August 7, 2012 | Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

CS and Woolrich Pt. II

As mentioned previously, Woolrich x Cold Splinters teamed up to make some art for their Spring 13 collection. It debuted all over the Woolrich booth this last weekend at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City and I couldn’t be more happy about how it turned out. See a few more cell phone pics after the jump. (More about Key Log in the coming days as well.)

MP3: Ariel Pink – Only In My Dreams

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August 6, 2012 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Notes From Deep Springs III

Bennet Bergman attends Deep Springs College in California and will be writing about his life in the Sierras. Read Volume I and II here and stay tuned for more “Notes From Deep Springs” in the coming weeks.

The floor of the valley I live in is covered in desert scrub—mostly sagebrush—so even in the wettest months of the year the desert barely achieves a greenish hue. To be sure, Deep Springs has a sparing beauty for its thousand shades of dust, and climbing a ridge to watch the occasional storm spill over the lip of the valley is striking in its own right. But spend a few months out here and you start dreaming jungle scenes. With that in mind, last weekend I tripped up to Dead Horse Meadow in the White Mountains, where I was told I could find some real greenery. It’s true, it’s up there—something short of a jungle, but not half bad.

MP3: Wild Belle – Take Me Away

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August 6, 2012 | Notes From Deep Springs | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

See you in Utah

If you’re at Outdoor Retailer this week, get at me!

MP3: Mahavishnu Orchestra – Vital Transformation

August 1, 2012 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }