World Trout
September 30, 2009, 9:04 am
Filed under: Angling

Came across the film production crew of Felt Soul Media via 10 Engines last week. Responsible for the film Red Gold, about the possible destruction of the Bristol Bay sockeye  habitat, they also have made several other features. One film they made in conjunction with World Trout, a Patagonia conservation initiative, features the art and words of James Prosek. Artist, writer, and activist James Prosek is responsible for documenting as many species of trout as possible though his beautiful paintings. Check out his work.

Four Wheel Drive
September 28, 2009, 8:33 am
Filed under: Books | Tags: ,

Came across this old guide to four wheel driving this weekend at a junk store in Madison County.

Front Cover

* Also If you like the International Scout check out these old advertisements over at Secret Forts.

Bruce Chatwin
September 25, 2009, 10:25 am
Filed under: Books, Wilderness Heroes

Best known for his travel writings and essays Bruce Chatwin was a failed archeologist turned author. He is probably best known for his books / travelogues, The Songlines and In Patagonia. The accounts of his journeys and experiences explore the essential relationship between culture and ecology.

Known for religiously writing and keeping notes in his notebook, similar to that of  a Moleskine. When the manufacture of the notebook he favored went out of business he went to a store and bought all the company’s remaining stock. He once said about his notes, “To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe.”

My brother gifted me a copy of The Songlines a few years ago, thanks brother.

Packs According to Leon L. Bean
September 23, 2009, 8:59 am
Filed under: Books, Gear

These drawings of various pack types come from the LL Bean Guide to the Outdoors, a book which I have written about before.

Designs for classic packs like the Duluth and also specific bags for taking on river trips in the canoe. Also Archival Clothing just wrote about vintage Duluth packs and has a link to some other great images.

Detailed drawing of and external frame backpack and the various types of frames available. You have to love the old aluminum external frame packs.

Divine Magnet
September 22, 2009, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Books, Uncategorized

Poet Natalie Lyalin, who recently published Pink and Hot Pink Habitat on Coconuts books, is now broadcasting poetry readings from the holy city of Jerusalem over a Divine Magnet. Also check out Natalie’s online magazine.

Autumnal Equinox
September 22, 2009, 1:45 pm
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The Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, happy Autumnal Equinox.


Live Autumnal

September 17, 2009, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Angling, Books | Tags: , ,

Images from The Treasury of Angling by Larry Koller. See the rest of the set here, I will be adding more later.

A Mystery In Common
September 15, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Headed toward the hills today to visit A Mystery In Common’s new studio space. The studio’s shack-like appearance is deceiving of the work taking place inside while the rural and sublime setting serve as a constant inspiration for the studio’s proprietor . Even though the studio is still a work in progress they were kind enough to let me have a look.

A Mystery In Common is dedicated to using earth friendly and sustainable materials throughout the printing process, something you don’t find from many screen printing shops. From printing on organic cotton to using water based inks they have tried to minimize their impact as much as possible. The end result is a hand crafted and high quality product.

I can’t tell you how many of their shirts I have, but I have many. Most of the designs are first hand drawn before they are scanned and turned into screens. Tristan then prints each shirt with the help of his lovely friend Grace.

For more on the designs and how to order check out A Mystery In Common. Also to view the rest of the pictures from the trip go here.

Vintage Whiskey Ads
September 10, 2009, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Found these in an old Sports Illustrated from 1939 that I recently picked up, more to come later, going to get a drink.

I take my deer hunting advice from Hunter whiskey…

Peter Matthiessen
September 8, 2009, 5:42 pm
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Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined – how is it that this safe return brings such regret?

– Peter Matthiessen

Eco warrior and zen peacemaker Peter Matthiessen has author a great many books worth reading. While he has written fiction novels it is Mathiessen’s non-fiction recollections of travels and journeys in the natural world which most resonate with me.  I was gifted his classic writing, The Snow Leopard about 10 years ago by a teacher of mine and embarrassingly have just recently got around to reading it. The story recounts his journey through the Himalayan Mountains with zoologist George Schaller in search of the illusive snow leopard.

There was a recent documentary about Peter’s life created by PBS called No Boundaries, here is a link to the trailer