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Starr Saphir


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 }

Bug Juice

bug juice

We talk about camp a lot on this rag, and after a conversation around the fire that turned down memory lane last weekend, we were reminded of one our favorite shows growing up, Bug Juice. It’s a reality show about teenagers at a summer camp in Maine. It’s stupid as can be, but hell, it’s just wonderful. CS had a major crush on Stephanie.

Watch Bug Juice in full here and keep an eye out for devil sticks

July 17, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Greenpeace Japan

Greenpeace Japan

From Greenpeace Japan’s Flickr:

In the 1990’s a new environmental problem emerged – a hole in the Ozone layer of the earth’s atmospheres. This is the layer that protects us from the worst of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

It was evident that the cause of this hole was man-made pollution, from industrial processes using destructive chemicals and refrigerants. Protecting the ozone layer became a major Greenpeace campaign.

The ‘ICI makes holes in the sky’ is a slogan from Greenpeace UK in the mid-1980’s. The UK office campaigned against the use of chemical CFCs in refrigeration, which were a major cause of the problem. The Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) was at that time a major UK Chemical company making CFCs.

We ran a full-page newspaper advertisement in the Daily Telegraph and London Times with the same design of the T-Shirt. It caused huge reaction from ICI, which began working to change its practices.

Greenpeace later developed a solution - Greenfreeze refrigeration technology - which used alternatives to ozone-damaging CFCs. Major companies now use the technology in goods sold throughout many countries.

July 16, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Happy 4th of July

Maine Steal Your Face

4th of July

Guys and Gals and everyone else out there,

Cold Splinters is off to Maine today for Independence Day. Fun in the sun and on the trail. Wave that flag. Be safe. It’s SUMMER.

Youtube: Grateful Dead – U.S. Blues 

July 1, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Tuber

Wells Tower Floating North Florida

This Outside article is a few years old, but after recently finishing the WONDERFUL Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, I had to sneak Wells Tower in here somewhere. And since this rag is all about the outdoors and such, this fits the bill perfectly. Read the entirety of “The Tuber” here:

Having constructed the greatest flotation device mankind has ever known, WELLS TOWER embarks on an ill-conceived, possibly insane crossing of alligator-infested North Florida via a string of seriously imperiled and incredibly beautiful rivers. (Yeah, it’s a tube.)

May 20, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

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 }


Tom Bonamici Archival Clothing

Today marks the last day of graduate school for our bestest friend, partner in crime and Boston Baked Bean dining companion, Tom Bonamici of Archival Clothing. We’re all happy you’re sticking around the East Coast. To many adventures in the months and years to come…

Youtube: Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 

May 1, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }



Hop In the car. Get Outta Town. Duded Up For Saturday Night. Spring Has Sprung.


April 1, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

In The High Country

Anton Krupica

Friend of Cold Splinters, Anton Krupicka, has a new film coming out this summer. He explains In The High Country over at his blog, Riding The Wind:

Lots of people can wield a camera, a few more can work some magic in the editing room.  Not very many possess those skills while also being able to keep up on pre-dawn 14er missions and 5th Class scrambles with a 1000′+ of exposure, clinging ropeless to the rock with one hand and pointing the camera with the other. And then keep it up for a month, also dealing with my at-times obsessive and uncompromising personality. Without getting paid.

March 28, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Wilder Quarterly

Winter Wilder 2013

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If you’re not yet hip to Wilder Quarterly, then you need to race out and get their latest and greatest, Wilder Winter 2013. It’s a little late hitting the shelves because of Hurricane Sandy, but that is neither here nor there. It’d still be worth buying if you found it two years from now in the dead of summer:

Wilder Winter 2013 explores the deep freeze with a trip to Iceland to see what survives the polar clime and coastal Maine to see the cold, hard realities of oyster farming. Chef Magnus Nilsson shows us the hiemal pleasures of the Swedish landscape and Alaskan native and songstress Kate Earl teaches us how properly to filet a salmon. We have plenty of deep reading for those long winter nights with a brief  history of tree-hugging and an interview with NY Times columnist Mark Bittman. We experience a mid-winter thaw with a visit to Vietnam to learn about international farm to table cuisine. Along the way, we delve into the mythology of the persimmon and figure out why everyone should love the praying mantis. We’ll help beginners get into vermiculture, share growing tips for every region and much, much more.

Thank you to WQ’s mastermind, Celestine Maddy, for taking the time and energy to put out this gem. We’re big fans around these parts.

March 5, 2013 | Long Hairs | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }