Archive | November, 2012

Photos From The Road

Cold Splinters wrote a few times about Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan’s Ramblers Bone, the Wolverine-sponsored road trip the two guys took this last spring. Mikael was even generous enough to give us a few exclusive photos to post.

In any case, the final culmination of the whole thing will take place TONIGHT, November 29th, down in SoHo, so come on out and enjoy yourself. And despite the fact that Mikael’s best photos are of me, it’s a hell of a show (I know, I helped put it up yesterday), so maybe I’ll see you there….

MP3: Elvis Presley – True Love Travels on A Gravel Road

November 29, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

May Wah

I haven’t eaten meat in many years. There, I said it. And getting lightweight protein isn’t always the easiest thing (or tasty) for non-carnivores.

For that reason, May Wah, located in New York City’s Chinatown, has seen my credit card many of times before a big trip. Beef and Chicken flavored TVP (textured vegetable protein), vegan jerky (I like the spicy squid) and an array of other weird things (the mock lobster, which is obviously not trail food, comes shaped like a lobster) are wonderful for vegetarians, vegans and even meat eaters while out in the wild. I’m not usually a huge fan of these types of foods while back in town, but out in the woods, it sure is nice to have around.

I hadn’t seen the article until a few weeks ago when I made a pit stop in the store, but the New York Times wrote an article about May Wah in September, citing it as a great place for campers to buy snacks. Wild.

In any case, have a look around their website, learn more and thank me later. Or never.

November 28, 2012 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Mazamas

The Mazamas (pronounced mah zah maz) is a mountaineering club based in Portland, Oregon. The name comes from the Nahuatl word for mountain goat, mazati, which explain the logo above. And not surprisingly, Mount Mazama, the collapsed volcano that formed Oregon’s Crater Lake, is another point of reference for the club’s name.

The cool part: It was founded in July of 1894 on the summit of Mount Hood. Charter members had responded to an advertisement in the Morning Oregonian the previous month announcing a meeting at the summit. 105 men and women showed up and were all considered “founders.”

MP3: Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken

November 28, 2012 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Practice Of The Wild

The above is from “Etiquette and Freedom,” the first essay featured in Gary Snyder’s Practice Of The Wild. Pick up a copy if you don’t already have one.

November 27, 2012 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Bird By Snow

At the beginning of September, I spent a week with my Juniper Ridge family, hiking down the John Muir Trail and relaxing in backcountry cabins right outside of Inyo National Forest. There were over ten of us on that trip, including Fletcher Tucker, who owns Gnome Life Records and records under Bird By Snow, and Em Gift, aka Mountain Momma Long Legs, who runs the show at one of my favorite stores in these United of States, Gravel and Gold. Fletcher and Em go way back, but it was my first time meeting them both, so it’s a real time for me to watch the new video for BBS’s “Peering Out.” Em is dancing around Big Sur, where Fletcher lives, and Fletcher, well, he’s keeping the fire going. Read more about the video here.

See you both in a few weeks.

November 20, 2012 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


Hardtack (also known as Pilot Bread, Ship’s Biscuit, Eskimo Cookies, Pilot Crackers etc.) refers to a simple cracker of flour and water. These bland little things will last for a long long time and were common fair for sailors, soldiers, and yes, campers back in the day. Today, most hardtack is made by Interbake Foods under the “Sailor Boy” label, pictured above. 98% of the their production goes to Alaska, where the crackers can be found just about anywhere.

November 20, 2012 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

On The Mountain

If you’re a fan of the old photos/magazines/advertisements/videos etc. that fill this rag on a regular basis, then you’ll be happy to know about On The Mountain. They make the blank greeting cards pictured above out of recycled paper, then donate 10% of their profits to the NRDC. OTM was kind enough to send me a box last week, and though it’s not even Thanksgiving, I’m already writing Christmas cards.

Buy them here.

November 19, 2012 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Seth Neilson is back with the second installment of his Alphabet Series, the first of which I see everyday on the wall adjacent to my front door. One hundred of the 18 x 24 Backpacker’s Alphabet posters were made and they’ll ship right after Turkey Day, so have at it.

Enjoy yourselves out there this weekend.

November 16, 2012 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }


There’s no denying that a few sips of alcohol will keep you a bit warmer in these colder months. Whiskey is usually the camping go-to, but around these parts we’re partial to Laird’s Applejack – aka Jersey Lightning. The cider spirit tastes just like alcohol should taste around a big ol’ fire.

Keep it comin.

MP3: Smog – Red Apples

November 15, 2012 | Camping, Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Seven Summits Patches

Next Level Expeditions tapped designer Ben Noe to make patches of the highest points on each continent. So yes, that would make seven patches in all. Buy em here if you wanna.

MP3: Little Richard – True, Fine Mama

November 13, 2012 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }