Archive | September, 2013

Burns

Burns Hats

If you’ve ever been to Park City (which I know some of you have as there are a few readers out there who attend Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City), then you’ve probably noticed Burns Cowboy Shop on Main Street. Burns, which also has a shop in Carmel, CA, a store I spent a lot of time in last week while traveling down the coast, was started in 1876, making them the oldest same family owned western retail business in the world. And holy hell do they make a hat. One of the best cowboy hats I’ve ever had the honor of putting on my dome. And there have been many.

Next time you’re in Utah, mosey on up to one of their stores and try a few on.

September 30, 2013 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

A Prophet for All Seasons

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“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”

Watch it.

September 27, 2013 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

SMELL LIKE MT Tamalpais

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I went on a hike to the top of Mt. Tam last week with Hall from Juniper Ridge, Dan from Art In The Age, Maggie, whom I met while living in Colorado, and our friend Isla, who works at SF’s The Bold Italic. Mr. Newbegin was picking plants for a simple syrup collaboration with AitA (nice Danners, Hall), so we all came along for the beautiful hike. It was one hell of a day. See the rest of Ms. Isla Bell Murray’s photos and her interview with Hall here.

What would you consider foraging gold?

For me, the beauty of foraging isn’t about finding rarities, it’s about immersing yourself in nature and engaging your animal senses in the beauty that’s all around you. There is endless beauty in the most common of plants — a redwood forest, oak woodlands, sage chaparral, a square foot of wet earth right beneath your feet, overflowing with life and ten thousand species of little critters that we’ll never know about.

I do find rare flowers from time to time, and when I do, I just sit down next to them and try to drink in every detail, because they’re only out for a second and then they’re gone. I would never harvest a rare plant. I only work with plants that are utterly abundant and aren’t being impacted in any way by the harvesting. Rarities are just that, and they need to be admired for their beauty and left alone.

September 25, 2013 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

West America

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My good friends, Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of Portland’s West America, are about to embark on a year long bike trip from Whistler to Patagonia. And back. They don’t have much of an itinerary in between, but if you want to follow the ride, make sure to follow them on Instagram. (It was a nice surprise to see the guys on there as last time I was with Jordan a few weeks ago, he said something along the lines of “No, we’ll never be on Instagram.” Pfffffft.

Safe travels, dudes.

And don’t forget to check out the WA x Woolrich collab here.

September 24, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

How Chris McCandless Died

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This New Yorker article is a few weeks old now, but if you haven’t read it, it’s well worth your time. Krakauer dives in and investigates how Chris McCandless, the subject of Into The Wild, really might have died. Another footnote in an already amazing story:

ATTENTION POSSIBLE VISITORS.
S.O.S.
I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE. I AM ALL ALONE, THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. THANK YOU,
CHRIS McCANDLESS
AUGUST ?

September 23, 2013 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Have A Good Weekend

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Cold Splinters is back out in the Bay Area for a spell, hiking around Mt. Tam with our favorite Willy Wonka of Mt. Tam, Hall Newbegin from Juniper Ridge. We’re gonna head down to Carmel for a wedding and then fly back home early next week. This also marks the 1,500th post on Cold Splinters, so that’s cause for some celebration, right? Maybe.

Enjoy the weekend. Maybe the fire will serve some purpose as the temperature is starting to drop…

MP3: Bob Dylan – She Belongs to Me (Live, 1966)

September 20, 2013 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Starr Saphir

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Starr Saphir was an amazing woman who, for over 40 years, led bird walks in New York City’s Central Park. For a donation of $5-8 bucks, Saphir (pronounced ‘Sapphire’) glassed for over 50 species per day at times, and drew a steady following of fellow-bird watchers year round. The 200+ day-in, day-out birders of Central Park record their sightings in a central notebook in the park’s Boathouse. Ms. Saphir passed away in February of this year. She herself left behind over 80 such notebooks.

Saphir is featured in the 2012 documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect available to watch now on Netflix.

September 18, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Practice Of The Wild

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**GARY SNYDER**

September 17, 2013 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

High on the Wind Rivers

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This 16mm film was shot and directed by Richard Catron in 1970 for NOLS, pure grainy gold.

“We are a group of mountaineering students. Over 35 days, these 4,000 square miles of wilderness will become our classroom.”

Great sunrise!

WATCH HERE

September 16, 2013 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Happy Birthday Woodsy Owl

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This Sunday, September 15th, The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service celebrates Woodsy Owl’s 42nd birthday. Woodsy has been America’s symbol for conservation since 1971 when his campaign encouraged citizens to, “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” both in the city and in the woods. Watch his 1977 PSA here and download a PDF of the history of Woodsy here.

September 12, 2013 | History, Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }