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Make Your Own Camping Equipment

Trust me. Get it. Even if you’ll never DIY. Here.

April 3, 2014 | Camping, Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Mikael Kennedy California II

Mikael Kennedy California

People, have you bought Mikael Kennedy’s new book, California? If you haven’t, do it now. Because if there’s anyone to listen to in this situation, it’s yours truly. I was sitting right next to this amazing feller the entire time he was shooting. And yes, it was as magical in real life as it looks printed on paper.


March 12, 2014 | Art/Photography, Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


Bigfoot Country

BIGFOOT COUNTRY: The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox:

After building his own truck-bed camper from scratch in Carpinteria, California, Trevor Gordon embarked on a mission to find surf and adventure in the heart of Cascadia’s Bigfoot Country. Watch BIGFOOT COUNTRY: The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox: Chapter One HERE.

February 13, 2014 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Garden and Gun

Everglades Cold Splinters

As if there wasn’t enough Cold Splinters/Mikael Kennedy adventure in these parts, you can now read about our late winter trip to the Everglades over at Garden and Gun. It’s in the December issue if you get the print version!

January 7, 2014 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Juniper Ridge x Men’s Journal

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If you’ve flipped through the pages of the Men’s Journal on stands now, you’ll see a wonderful article written about my cousins and heart condors, Juniper Ridge. I’ve spent a lot of time with those folks in the last year hiking/camping/driving around California, drinking wine on Oakland porches, singing about stray cats in cabins near Mammoth and eating Korean tacos in Brooklyn, so you can imagine how happy I was to see Hall, JR’s founder, swearing in print:

Four hours and several beers later, Newbegin swirls a beaker under my nose. Piney, woolly, grassy notes hit me powerfully. Newbegin is not surprised. “This stuff is Ice Age,” he says. “You’ll respond regardless if you give a shit about Big Sur, because the love of nature is hardwired into us.”

See more of Jose Mandojana’s wonderful outtakes from the Men’s Journal shoot here.

August 14, 2013 | Camping, Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

White Sands National Monument



CS and friends spent a couple of days driving around the southern part of New Mexico last week, first stopping at the unbelievably beautiful White Sands National Monument. It had been 10 years since I’d stepped foot onto the long stretches of gypsum sand that make up the park and it was just as quiet and surreal as I remember it. There are about 12 backcountry campsites (which are seemingly never full) and holy holy are they humdingers. Except for a few lizards and moths, there’s barely any wildlife around, and without any trees to provide those old bumps in the night, it’s dead silence throughout your entire stay. Pure and open go-on-forever-white-sand silence. You can hear your body working.

More photos after the jump.

MP3: Jonathan Richman – The Desert

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August 5, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Mikael Kennedy In Michigan





A couple of weeks ago, my friend and traveling partner-in-crime, Mikael Kennedy, set off for Michigan’s UP for Wolverine Traveler. It was a trip I was sadly not able to go on, but Mikael came back with amazing stories and, not surprisingly, even better photos. Read below for some CS exclusives and make sure to visit Wolverine Traveler for the rest of the goodness.


“I am glad that I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?” – Aldo Leopold

I found that quote in the first few pages of a book I took off my mom’s bookshelf when I was 18 and hitting the road for the first time. The book called ‘On the Loose’, published by the Seirra Club in 1967 was a rambling vision of two young men’s journeys through the wild in the form of photographs and wandering thoughts. The quote which opens the book has stuck with me over the years as I’ve travelled, when I was younger my routes were always determined by the cities and where I new I had couches to crash on but eventually my taste and excitement for those faded and I found myself heading out into more remote parts of the country, trying to find places that were less touched by human hands.

When Wolverine agreed to send me out to the Upper Peninsula and to Isle Royale as the launch of our new Traveler series I was excited at the prospect of visiting one of the least visited National Parks in the Continental US. Last year Jeff & I hiked to the South Rim in Big Bend National Park another one of the lost parks. I do very little research when I travel, other than just the safety and neccessities, I prefer to be suprised by what I find. Isle Royale did not disapoint. An untounched wilderness in the middle of Lake Superior, just a stones throw from the Canadian shore, walking through the forests feels like you have travelled back in time before we carved our way through this country.

We flew in low over the islands surrounding Royale, landing in Rock Harbor, from there we explored the islands by canoe, boat and foot. Here’s a closer look after the jump:

August 1, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Life On The Trail

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Thanks to Mr. Coyote and Thunder, Obi Kauffman, for posting this photo on the Juniper Ridge Instagram of the Cold Splinters x Topo Designs shirt. Love it. #LifeOnTheTrail

July 9, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

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 }

125 Years of NH Huts


If you live out east and you’re reading this, that means you’ve probably been up camping in the White Mountains. And whether or not you’ve stayed in one of the huts up there, you’ve most likely came upon one while hiking in the backcountry. 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the AMC structures, so get out your glasses and do a little reading:

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hut system, the oldest hut-to-hut hiking network in the U.S., celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2013. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, these eight “off-the-grid” mountain destinations are fashioned after huts in the Alps and each spaced a day’s hike apart along a 56-mile-long stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

AMC’s Hut network dates back to 1888, when the first mountain hut for hikers in the U.S. was built. Today, hut crews serve up home-cooked meals and offer naturalist programs to guests, ranging from 36 to 90 hikers depending on the hut. Lower elevation huts are accessible to beginner hikers and families, while above-treeline alpine huts offer stunning vistas and challenging experiences for seasoned hikers.

April 22, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }