Been Fishing
August 29, 2009, 9:41 am
Filed under: Angling

Been fly fishing alot this week, hope you have too. Bass, sun fish, red eyes…

Looking forward to this too, via Cold Splinters

Vintage Backpacker Ads
August 22, 2009, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Books, Gear | Tags: , , , ,

Been collecting some vintage issues of Backpacker magazine that I find at junk and thrift stores around town. The guys over at Cold Splinters unearthed an amazing collection of old Backpacker magazines that have been fully scanned and are available at google books. Pretty amazing collection and a great way to waste away a few hours. Its cool to see the old mountaineering and backpacking stories along with all the now vintage gear they used. The ads too in these old magazine are great, alot of them capture the early moments of some now very big companies. Here is a selection I scanned from my copy of the December-January issue of 1980.

Homespun Weather Forecasting

I recently picked up an old copy of the L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors. The book has some beautiful illustrations, along with lots of great know-how on the “great outdoors.” There is a section however on how to predict the weather when out in the backcountry which recalls many of the old sayings that seamen used to predict the future forecast…I think I am going to start using these instead of weather.com

Mackerel scales and mares’ tails

Make lofty ships carry low sails

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Red Sky at morning, sailors take warning;

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.

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“It stands to reason that men who live close to the weather understand it best – seamen, farmers, trappers and loggers, whose work is subject to its whims. Long before the advent of government forecasting services, it was they who observed the natural signs – and they who composed some of the early weather rhymes which, while not infallible , are remarkable accurate.”

– Bill Riviere, The LL Bean Guide to the Outdoors

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A warm front moving over a land mass

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An approaching cold front

The Etiquette of Freedom
August 14, 2009, 8:05 am
Filed under: Books, Wilderness Heroes

It has always been part of basic human experience to live in a culture of wilderness. There has been no wilderness without some kind of human presence for several thousand years. Nature is not a place to visit, it is home…

– Gary Snyder, “The Etiquette of Freedom”

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Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg in the Northern Cascades of Washington, Summer 1965.

Been re-reading Practice of the Wild lately, seems to make more sense since first reading it first when I was 15.

Still Searching
August 5, 2009, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Object(s) of Desire | Tags: , , ,

Still looking for a vanagon, not giving up hope for the search. Just happened upon this picture via Cold Splinters‘ article about the Antiquities Act which was passed by Congress in 1906 and signed into law by Teddy Roosevelt. This act basically gives the President the authority to protect any land without the consent of congress.


Some flickr finds of old van and bus ads