Archive | September, 2012

The Way To Start A Day

I have no clue what this clip is from, but after searching for “Byrd Baylor” and “Peter Parnall” on Youtube the other day, I can’t say that I’m angry I found it. Anybody out there know anything more about this video version of The Way To Start A Day? Anybody have the entire thing?

September 25, 2012 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Coming Back

Soloman Running’s video series, Kilian’s Quest, highlights Kilian Jornet, a Spanish long-distance runner, mountaineer and mountain biker. The latest episode finds Jornet running in the Tetons with our friend, Anton Kupricka, pictured above on the Flatirons in Boulder, CO. The video, titled “Coming Back,” is really something special, and if you speak Spanish, you’ll enjoy it even more. Watch it here.

September 24, 2012 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Garden and Gun

In case you didn’t have a chance to read my article about Big Bend in Garden in Gun, it’s now online with a few extra photos (from Mikael) to boot. Read the entire thing here.

Youtube: Everly Brothers – Love Is Strange

September 19, 2012 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Mikael Kennedy in NZ

While Cold Splinters jetted off to California for six weeks this last month, our partner-in-crime, photographer Mikael Kennedy, was out at the edge of the world in New Zealand taking photographs for Burton. Until Labor Day-ish, we hadn’t seen Mikael for some time, so it’s exciting to be able to share some of his photos from his time down under. For your viewing pleasure and ours. From the man himself:

I tattooed a world map on my wrist last year, right before I headed out to cross the United States for for an adventure called Ramblers Bone. I told myself after that run that I was gonna start looking beyond our borders for my next adventure. I was ready for something new.

Later that spring, Burton Snowboards called and asked if I’d like to travel to New Zealand with them to photograph their team and winter collection for 2014. I stopped and stared at my tattoo for second in disbelief, and next thing I know, I’m strapped in, shooting out the open door of a white Eurovan called ‘the pale horse’ as we tore down the switchbacks through the mountain chasing the light. New Zealand is another world, this is just a glimpse.

Much more after the jump…

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September 18, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Patagonia and MG

If you’ve had the pleasure of reading the 40th anniversary edition of Mountain Gazette, I’m sure you noticed the advertisement on the inside cover. It’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long while (who makes custom ads like this anymore?), so hats off to you, Patagonia. Well done.

Excuse the Instagram photo (cold_splinters) but the pages of MG are too big to fit on the scanner. Scorpion paperweight courtesy of El Cosmico.

September 17, 2012 | Magazines/Catalogs/Advertisements | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


I’ve spent a good amount of time in Portland, OR this last year working with Danner, and whenever I’m in town, it’s impossible not to have a few this and thats from Deschutes Brewery. I got an email from those kind beer-makin’ folks yesterday with a link to their latest and greatest, the Deschutes River Recordings video series. First up is Eric D. Johnson of the Fruit Bats singing The Byrds’ “Ballad of Easy Rider.” If you have a few minutes, which I know you do, watch it. It’s a real humdinger.

Learn more about the project here.

September 13, 2012 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }


The Outdoor Life Conservation Pledge:

Established in 1946 and then revised in 1993, the Outdoor Life Conservation Pledge was written to remind readers of Outdoor Life magazine and other sportsmen of the vigilance needed to preserve the natural world. The pledge has been taken by thousands of people including Harry S. Truman and Al Gore, and it runs on the letters page of every issue of Outdoor Life.

September 13, 2012 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Indian Chickpea Burgers

If you’ve read any of the previous posts about camping food in these parts, you’ll notice that most of them contain some sort of tofu/TVP/peanut butter ingredient, so it might be obvious at this point that I don’t eat meat. Though after years of practice, it’s rather simple to work with while in the woods, and if I’m really being completely honest with myself, all I crave after a full day of hiking is a massive amount of carbs.

Chickpea flour, or Gram/Besan flour, is a mainstay at home and is easy to pack into the backcountry as a source of protein. Here’s a very easy recipe for Indian chickpea “burgers” to try instead of those god awful freeze-dried packs of “food.” Man, I get the easy cleanup and preparation of those suckers, but they’re all just so bad. So so bad. It’s like eating McDonalds at your wedding. Sort of.

Recipe after the jump…

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September 12, 2012 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Mountain Misery

On our drive back to the Bay Area from the JMT/PCT, we stopped several times along the road, smelling this and looking for that. (This is what you do when your friends/hiking companions run a wildcrafted soap/incense/perfume etc. company.) One of the most aromatic plants in the area – one that you could instantly smell as soon as you rolled down the windows – isĀ Chamaebatia foliolosa, more commonly known as Mountain Misery. It gets its name for the wildly resinous and sticky leaves that adhere to just about anything. It’s scent is unpleasant to some, but a few of us (including me), were absolutely transfixed by the somewhat innocuous fern-looking plant.

In any case, look for Mountain Misery next time you’re out in the Sierras. Kitkiddizze, Gary Snyder’s famous homestead built in the early 70s, is named after the local Wintun Indian word for Bear Clover, also known as – yes, you guessed it – Mountain Misery.

September 12, 2012 | Flora/Fauna, Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Bigfoot Museum

God only knows what’s going to come up in conversation when you’re hiking 15 or so miles a day, and one of the topics that kept popping up on a recent adventure was Bigfoot. For those of you living in the PNW, I’d imagine this comes up a lot more than on the Appalachian Trail, so it was good to listen to all the good stories that my friends from Portland have come up with over the years.

“What would happen if he was found?”
- It’d crush the logging industry. Everything would be shut down.

“Is he real?”
- What do you mean? Of course..

“Why haven’t you been to the museum in Felton, CA before?”
- There’s a museum? Where is Felton?

Not sure if I believe in the big guy, BUT, if you want an interesting take on the history of the Yeti in Tibetan culture, read Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard. One of our favorites in these parts.

MP3: Ted Lucas – Now That I Know

September 11, 2012 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }