Archive | May, 2013

Hailu Mergia

Hailu Mergia

Sure, this has NOTHING to do with the outdoors, but that’s okay, right? One of our favorite places on the ol’ internets, Awesome Tapes from Africa, is putting out a remastered version of Hailu Mergia and His Classic Instrument in late June. Stoked to hear the rest.

May 30, 2013 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Memorial Day

Maine Sandy Nassan

Cold Splinters spent the long weekend on a familiar stretch of the Maine coast, wet and cold from the rain that didn’t seem to let up for more than a minute. Despite the unfortunate weather, we had a hell of a time seeing some friends and drinking Oxbow in a small shack in the woods of Newcastle.

Along the way was a lot of Sandy Nassan, a damn fine soundtrack to a lot of gray skies. Thank you to our dear friend, Justin, for hipping us to this UH-MAZING album.

MP3: Sandy Nassan – Here’s That Rainy Day

May 28, 2013 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

A Life Well Lived

Jim Whittaker

It was fifty years ago that Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mount Everest. Check out “A Life Well Lived,” a short documentary about the climber here. Inspiring guy.

May 22, 2013 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Private Life of the Barn Owl

Private Life of a Barn Owl

Thank you to Mr. Holstad for sending over a link to The Private Life of the Barn Owl, a 1976 BBC short writen, produced, directed and narrated by the great David Cobham.

MP3: Carly Simon – Night Owl

May 21, 2013 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Tuber

Wells Tower Floating North Florida

This Outside article is a few years old, but after recently finishing the WONDERFUL Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, I had to sneak Wells Tower in here somewhere. And since this rag is all about the outdoors and such, this fits the bill perfectly. Read the entirety of “The Tuber” here:

Having constructed the greatest flotation device mankind has ever known, WELLS TOWER embarks on an ill-conceived, possibly insane crossing of alligator-infested North Florida via a string of seriously imperiled and incredibly beautiful rivers. (Yeah, it’s a tube.)

May 20, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Have A Good Weekend

Have A Good Weekend

Enjoy the trail. Enjoy the sun. Enjoy it all.

MP3: Lemonheads – Down About It

May 17, 2013 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Fishing With John


I started writing my own synopsis of this show, but the Wikipedia version does a pretty decent job. If you’ve never seen FWJ, go go go go go. Start with Tom Waits.

Fishing with John is a 1991 television series conceived, directed by and starring actor and musician John Lurie, which earned a cult following. On the surface, the series resembles a standard travel or fishing show: in each episode, Lurie takes a famous guest on a fishing expedition. Since Lurie has no expert knowledge of fishing, the interest is in the interaction between Lurie and his guests, all of whom are his friends. Nothing particularly unusual actually happens, but the show is edited and narrated in a way to suggest that Lurie and his guest are involved in dramatic and even supernatural adventures.

The guests featured are film director Jim Jarmusch, actor Matt Dillon, musician Tom Waits, actor Willem Dafoe and actor-director Dennis Hopper. The series ran for 6 episodes, each featuring a different guest and locale, except for episodes 5 and 6 which both feature Hopper in Thailand. Each episode has voice-overnarration by Robb Webb, which is sometimes bizarre and off-topic. The soundtrack is by Lurie, with several guest performers (see below).

Fishing With John originally aired on IFC and Bravo cable channels in 1991. The Criterion Collection has released two different versions of Fishing With John, one in 1999 and another in 2004.

May 15, 2013 | Camping, Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }



As many of you already know, the cicadas are coming. In a major way. Not sure yet what that means for camping, but it’s gotta mean something, right? At very least, we’ll appreciate all the snoring thru-hikers that we’ve shared AT shelters with throughout the years. That sound will be nothing compared to these bugs. Time to invest in a real pair of earplugs…

MP3: Pearl Jam – Bugs

May 8, 2013 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Springtime Treats

Ramps and Morels

Get em while they’re hot, trail hounds. Read and listen here.

May 7, 2013 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Have A Good Weekend

Cold Splinters copy

Wear them fancy hats, pick some ramps and enjoy it out there.

MP3: Brendan Benson – You’re Quiet

May 3, 2013 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }