Archive | October, 2014


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The Mountain Could Not Remember Your Name
Wilderness Poetry and Trail Paintings
by Obi Kaufmann
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October 28, 2014 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

A Walk In Those Woods

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This post is sponsored by Eddie Bauer and Travel + Leisure.

In case you didn’t know – and it’s likely that you don’t – I moved to California a few months ago. I was out here in Los Angeles doing some work and, after picking up a friend for dinner who mentioned the bungalow next to hers was for rent, I signed a lease, flew home the next day and started packing up the life I had lived in New York for the past decade. It was…impulsive.

Needless to say, it’s been wonderful calling the west my home. It still feels a bit surreal, but I’m getting used to it more everyday. You can hike before work (or during) and if you feel like sleeping under the stars after you’ve finished eating tacos, you can. You don’t even have to think about it. Just keep your camping stuff in the trunk.

Sure, the summer here has been hotter than F. 100+ degrees most days and barely an drop of rain since I got here at the end of March. Angeles National Forest is just a stones throw from my house, but driving up the Crest for a hike is usually an early morning or early evening activity so you can beat the heat. (And by beating the heat, I mean hiking in that “cool” 90 degree shade.)

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I partnered with Travel + Leisure and Eddie Bauer to document my favorite hike in the area. I asked Sinuhe Xavier, my favorite California/Colorado traveling companion, frequent hiking partner-in-crime and photographer extraordinaire, to come along for a sunrise jaunt up in Griffith Park last week. We were treated to a cool – dare I say chilly – morning of fog, a rare treat for us east side dwellers. Very few of the photos I take while hiking are gray, but I’m psyched that Sinuhe and I were able to capture that calmness here.

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October 14, 2014 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


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I very rarely ooh and ahh about any type of clothing, but I can’t help it with a few of these new Filson jackets. Maybe the ogling is because I now live in Los Angeles, California, where days of wearing coats seems to be long gone. I’m not sure. In any case, it’s worth a few minutes of (tin) cruising the Filson website for a major….Schwing!

October 7, 2014 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Dyatlov Pass Incident

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One of our faves, Stuff You Missed In History Class, just came out with an episode about the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Listen here

In 1959, nine students ventured into the Ural mountains for a ski hiking trip, and never returned. While much speculation has swirled for more than half a century, no one knows for certain what caused them to abandon their camp to die in the cold.

October 6, 2014 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }