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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 }

Everglades Bound



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Cold Splinters and Mikael Kennedy are off to Everglades National Park for a few days to write a story for one of our favorite magazines. We couldn’t be more excited, but we’ve got a lot of prep and work to do before we leave, so this rag is going dark for a hot second. Take it out easy out there and enjoy the beautiful weather. AND this one from  one of Florida’s finest…

MP3: Tom Petty – Hometown Blues

April 9, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }



Cold Splinters gives Filson our Top 5 Spring Destinations. Read it here.

April 3, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

DeLorme Gazetteer

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As March approaches and road trips are being planned, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about investing in a DeLorme Gazetteer. Some of the best maps around, they include all of this great stuff:

  • Back roads, dirt roads and trails
  • Elevation contours
  • Remote lakes and streams
  • Boat Ramps
  • Public lands for recreation
  • Land use / land cover – forests, wetlands
  • Trailheads
  • Campgrounds
  • Prime hunting and fishing spots

Safe travels, y’all. Don’t get lost.

MP3: The Beat – U.S.A.

February 26, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }





A few of us headed out to the Appalachian Trail this weekend for a little lean-to camping in the wake of Nemo. Despite the White Blaze never jiving too well with snow on trees, it was an absolutely beautiful hike. Hope y’all enjoyed it out there too, wherever in the world you was/is. Follow CS on Instagram.

MP3: Grouper – Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping

February 12, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Arch Canyon Trail

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Southwest Adventure. Winter. 2012. Topo Designs. Photo by Tom Bonamici.

February 5, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Southwest

Cold Splinters Arizona

As you may or may not know, Cold Splinters went out west before Christmas to do a little camping in the desert. The first leg of the tour included stops in Tucson, Organ Pipes National Monument, beautiful Lake Havasu City, Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. We woke up on Christmas morning (which marks the beginning of the second leg of the tour, more on that to come) overlooking the Pacific Ocean while camping in the hills of Malibu, CA.

See some more photos after the jump – including a blurry shot of a Christmas morning Malibu sunrise – and don’t forget to follow Cold Splinters on Instagram.

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January 16, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Juniper Ridge

Most of my best memories from 2012 are from times spent with the folks from Juniper Ridge. Too many to list here, but I’ve written about a few of them on CS in the past few months. They’re some of the kindest people I know and I’m so glad I got to see them a few times last week while bouncing around San Francisco, Oakland and Marin.

Everything those fellers make is damn near perfect, but their new Trail Crew Soap is just about my favorite thing yet to come out of their California travels. I’m partial to the Desert Southwest, but there’s seven different scents, so pick one that makes the most sense for you. It’s worth it, I promise.

January 8, 2013 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }