Cold Splinters

Running around Angeles









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I moved to Los Angeles last March and I still believe it to be one of the best decisions my idiot brain has ever made. Sure, Los Angeles might not be at the top of everyone’s “I GOTTA LIVE THERE” list, but the beauty of the City of Angels is what’s right outside of it. The best part of the surrounding area is Angeles National Forest, a 700,000 acre playground just up the road from my little east side neighborhood. It’s a 25 minute drive to trails, campsites and pure wilderness. It’s just another 20 minutes to the Pacific Crest Trail, where hiking, camping and exercise is imperative. The open space outside of this city is amazing, drought or not. It’s open, it’s wilderness and it’s a perfect place to go after (or during) a long day at work. Grab your shoes, a friend, some clothes that wick away that hot southern California sweat and do your thing. Whatever it may be. That’s the beauty of it. (And don’t forget your necklaces.)

November 14, 2015 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Cactus Club

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More prints from CACTUS CLUB are here.

November 12, 2014 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Story of Place

Our good buddy and frequent collaborator, Sinuhe Xavier, made one hell of a movie about them Canyonlands. Watch it over and over again here.

“What is this place worth in oil? Where do we want to steer our civilization? What do we want left when we’re done? — Craig Childs, The Story of Place

Canyonlands National Park, and the lands that border it are part of a complex tale of political horse-trading, pressures for resource extraction and recreational opportunities. Above all, this land is the true Wild West, a rugged and vastly untouched landscape, a place where we can find our true human spirit.

The Story of Place is a short film that takes us deep into the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands region alongside Craig Childs, Ace Kvale and Jim Enote, who narrate the story of this grand landscape, how it has shaped each and every one of us. This region of southeastern Utah is a veritable well of human spirit, an endless supply of recreation, solitude, wonder and history. This place and its story are irreplaceable. This land is worth protecting.

November 6, 2014 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


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The Mountain Could Not Remember Your Name
Wilderness Poetry and Trail Paintings
by Obi Kaufmann
****CLICK HERE****

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 }

Fountainsun + Fletcher Tucker


Friends, if you live in California and want an evening of pure joy this October, please go see a performance by my dear friends from Big Sur. Fountainsun + Fletcher Tucker (who used to call himself Bird By Snow) are coming to a town near you, so check out the dates above and grab your car/bike/skateboard/magic carpet and get on out there.

**If you’re in LA, come and give me a high-five at either concert.

September 28, 2014 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

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Nahanni Reforestation


Spread the word. Donate. Do your thing, people. It’s a good one. From CH:

Nahanni Arntzen was born inside a teepee on the shore of the Kingcome River in remote British Columbia. Her parents were tree-planters, hired by logging companies to repopulate the large swaths of land left naked by clear cutting forestry operations. On and off for the first eight years of her life, Arntzen lived wherever the Nahanni Reforestation camp went—a free childhood spent pestering the camp cooks and playing with the camp dogs. From 1977 to 1987 her father, Daniel James, ran the operation, which he named for her. During this time, James and his operation of 25 to 30 men and women planted up to 12 million trees. And thankfully, James was there with a camera, capturing the ins and outs of daily life as a tree planting hippy in Interior B.C. Now after some 30 odd years laying unseen, James’ archive of over 500 original images will again see daylight, though instead of a slideshow, they will—with the help of Kickstarter—take the form of a book.

September 18, 2014 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }