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Katie Lee DamNation

I had the extreme pleasure of watching DamNation last night at the Patagonia offices in Ventura, CA. (The film was introduced by Yvon, an added bonus.) It officially premieres at SxSW next week, so if you’re down in Austin, rush on over to see it.

Above is a photo of Katie Lee, one of the best parts about the film.

March 5, 2014 | Politics, The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

How Chris McCandless Died

Chris McCandless

This New Yorker article is a few weeks old now, but if you haven’t read it, it’s well worth your time. Krakauer dives in and investigates how Chris McCandless, the subject of Into The Wild, really might have died. Another footnote in an already amazing story:

ATTENTION POSSIBLE VISITORS.
S.O.S.
I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE. I AM ALL ALONE, THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. THANK YOU,
CHRIS McCANDLESS
AUGUST ?

September 23, 2013 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Cicadas

Cicadas

As many of you already know, the cicadas are coming. In a major way. Not sure yet what that means for camping, but it’s gotta mean something, right? At very least, we’ll appreciate all the snoring thru-hikers that we’ve shared AT shelters with throughout the years. That sound will be nothing compared to these bugs. Time to invest in a real pair of earplugs…

MP3: Pearl Jam – Bugs

May 8, 2013 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

R.I.P. Jason Molina

Jason Molina

Such a sad way to start the week. According to Pitchfork:

Molina died on Saturday, March 16 from organ failure due to alcohol consumption, according to Chunklet. His last release was 2012′s Autumn Bird Songs.

Molina’s problems with alcohol were brought to public awareness in late 2011, when the Molina family posted a plea for contributions to Jason’s medical fund on the Magnolia Electric Co. website. They wrote that over the last two years, he had been in and out of rehab. He did not have medical insurance, and had been in convalescence working on a farm in West Virginia.

I can’t tell you much we loved Jason’s music around these parts. He has always been and will always be one of our favorites. There are few albums that mean as much to Cold Splinters as Magnolia Electric Co.

MP3: Songs: Ohia – Whip-Poor-Will (Demo)

March 18, 2013 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Stolen Maple Syrup

On October 5th, Canadian police seized 600 barrels of Canadian Maple Syrup in a Quebec factory. Last month, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers recorded a huge quantity of missing maple syrup after a routine inventory. It’s a bizarre story that you can read more about over at HuffPo.

MP3: Allen Toussaint – Sweet Touch Of Love

October 9, 2012 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

DamNation

by Bryce Cowell

Dams serve three primary purposes that are vital to us humans: water supply, agricultural irrigation, and electricity. However, not all dams are created equal. Some no longer serve their original purpose and their environmental impacts are well-documented. So do we really need all of these dams? And which ones are appropriate for Hayduke, Seldom, Doc and Abbzug to take out?

The Patagonia-sponsored documentary film DamNation attempts to answer these questions from both sides of the debate. Slated to be released in early 2013, this film is the cornerstone of a campaign to restore US waterways to their former untamed glory while taking into consideration the socioeconomic consequences.

Each dam in this country needs to be objectively analyzed on a case-by-case basis to determine if removal is beneficial to the majority. And of course, there are potent political and financial goliaths that are going to try to prevent that from happening, even if the costs outweigh the benefits.

One such controversial dam, the O’Shaughnessy Dam (pictured above) is located within Yosemite National Park. This fall, San Franciscans will vote on whether to keep the damn thing in place or restore Hetch Hetchy, which John Muir referred to as “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples,” and devise a modern water plan.

**So the question is, which dams do you think should be removed or improved?

August 14, 2012 | Politics, The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

16 East Coast Habitats

When John Davis was finished with his TrekEast journey – which took him 7600 miles from Florida to Canada – he put together a list of 16 key habitats on the East Coast that we need to protect (and the organizations working to protect them). They’re not in order of importance, but #1 on the list is South Florida’s Caloosahatchee Crossing:

The last remaining stronghold of the panther (puma, cougar, mountain lion …) in the East is in South Florida. Dredging of the Caloosahatchee River and development along its banks, together with high road density, is blocking panthers from recolonizing habitat north of the Everglades. A safe wildlife crossing of the Caloosahatchee is urgently needed, along with creation of a large Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and provision of wildlife crossings on major roads, including Interstate 4, which bisects the state from Tampa to Daytona and poses another major obstacle to south-north movement of wildlife.

Read the full list here.

July 12, 2012 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Fire Season

Many more great photos over at Wired.

MP3: Sebadoh – Soul And Fire (Acoustic Demo)

June 5, 2012 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Ghost Stories

Maybe you’re told old for a good scary story when the lights go out, but if you do need need some brushing up, “The Valley Of The Blue Mist” and “Human Hand” are two good places to start. Things that go bump in the night…

April 16, 2012 | Camping, The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

R.I.P. Micah True

If you’ve read Born To Run, then you probably remember the story of Micah True, the ultrarunner who lived in Copper Canyon with the Tarahumara tribe. Sadly, True’s body was found this weekend after he had gone missing during a solo 12 mile run in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest. The cause of death is still unknown.

To read more about the tragedy, click on over to ABC News.

April 2, 2012 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }