Booze-soaked soirées. Online shopping binges. Watching back-to-back-to-back football games from your couch.
The holidays’ll make a sloth of those who aren’t vigilant.
So grab someone — a family member, a friend, a dog — and make for the hills, now with more green thanks to some late-fall precipitation. Plus: a delicious new picnic-supplier and some natty trail duds to pick up before you go.
Liberty Canyon Trail is a moderate hike with tremendous views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Round-trip, the trail is 3.5 miles of hardpack with some ups and downs into canyons shaded by towering oaks and sycamores.
To get there, take the 101 up to the Liberty Canyon exit, then take a right and drive up the road until it dead-ends at the dirt lot. Walk north to the gate that says private property. Head left along the narrower trail that hugs the fence.
You go up. You go down. You hit a three-trail fork. The left trail weaves up along the ridge. The middle trail is a fireroad and kind of boring. The righthand trail is a single track trail.
Go with either left or right — they all merge eventually and lead to Morrison Ranch, which was in operation until 1964. Several of the sheds and the house are still there, fading away into the landscape.
You can head back from here forge ahead; the trail continues for a couple of miles.
There could be a nip in the air depending on the hour and day. The new insulated vest from DSPTCH and Coldsmoke is insulated but wicks sweat via the latter’s eVent technology. Also looks quite natty.
Just as peace and quiet makes for good one-on-one time, so does a nice meal. Picnic LA, a new fast casual concept by the Lemonade crew, does curbside pick-up and online ordering with prix fixe dishes like oil poached Tasmanian trout with farro and squash. They’ve also got handsome picnic supplies — blankets, denim totes, etc. — for rent.
Get out there.
Coldsmoke advocate Scotty Vine and friends from the Arbor Collective ride the Tetons.
Last week the Great North Collective loaded up their car with Coldsmoke, coffee, jerky, and camera gear, for a five day expedition through the Canadian Rockies. David Guenther, Mike Seehagel and Chris Amat joined up with fellow Albertans Callum Snape,Taylor Burk, and Jeff Bartlett. Here’s a selection of images they captured during their five days of driving, hiking, and flying through Canmore Kananaskis and Jasper, two of the most beautiful areas on earth.
“A rare approach in a rat race of conformity.” The always original Scotty Vine, putting our Tantalus Guide, and Panel Jackets to the test. Our riding gear is made by hand in Vancouver Canada or eVent waterproof breathable material. Scotty tells us it’s the most durable jacket he’s ever owned. Try it for yourself!
2 weeks, 2,200 Miles, 41 hours behind the wheel, five states, one province, three mountain ranges, gallons of beer, tons of new friends, and countless memories. Needless to say, the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out, got inspired by the latest winter films, shared the stoke, and picked up some Coldsmoke gear! Its all added up to the Coldsmoke Awards show, January 10th in Bozeman MT, at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture. There’s still time to vote for the people’s choice award and be entered to win a cat skiing trip for two at Powder Mountain, in Whistler, and $1000.
The Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour is in full swing and Coldsmoke Apparel has joined forces with our touring trunk show. Our first stop brought us deep into Big Sky country, and the small mountain village nestled at the foot of the magnificent 11,166 ft, Lone Peak. The local color was in full effect including shirtless displays of questionable tattoos, Montennessee moonshine boiled up by a local organic chemistry professor, and one kitchen belt made of cellophane thankfully holding up the pants of the inimitable “Spud”. Coldsmoke gear turned the heads and gained praises of even these self-proclaimed “dirt bags”, members of the “duct tape on gortex tribe”. The next day we journeyed on through the wildest regions of Yellowstone Park and arrived in cowboy Beverly Hills, AKA Jackson WY, for the second stop of the tour. Coldsmoke Collective head honcho Randy Breitenbach and members of the Coldsmoke family including Eddie Wall, PJ’d in for the party and were treated to some early season powder at the Hole. Stay tuned for more pics and updates from the journey. Next stop Bellingham Washington, 12/18. We hope to see you there.
When I was 4 years old my grandfather returned from Alaska, where he had been a hunting guide for 21 years on the Kenai Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. Of the many things he brought back with him, from bearskin rugs to native crafts, the most important treasures where his stories. I was too young to retain his words, but they lived on through my father’s telling. As a boy, listening to my grandfather’s stories, and stories of my father’s journeys, instilled in me a sense of adventure that has evolved into my way of life.
In August of 2014, I made an explicit goal that within the next year I would visit Alaska and see the land that my grandfather had loved and lived in. I had absolutely no prospects for realizing such a bold claim, but as with many things in life, taking the first step is the catalyst for achieving our dreams.
Create x Explore is a collective of musicians and photographers who collaborate through a conversation between their mediums. The musician composes and shares the music with the photographer who rides its inspiration into the world, lives the vibe, and captures it in images. The shots and beats are mixed together creating a rich tapestry of multi-sensory experience. Fursty was last winter’s #coldstoked photo contest winner, and in this audio-visual escapade into the rain forests of the Pacific North West, his talents are on full display. The Coldsmoke gear featured in the piece is our Tundra Panel jacket, available now from our webstore.
Scotty Vine travels to Japan and shreds what may very well be the finest, fluffiest, champagne bubbliest powder on earth. And he takes our Tantalus and Panel jackets along for the ride. This is product testing at its most entertaining.
Rather than lamenting how Japan is hogging all the snow, we sent a crew of Coldsmoke pow hunters including Pascal Shirley, August Thurmer, and Chandler Kane to get #coldstoked in the land of the rising sun. In Niseko our team connected with legendary Gentemstick shaper Taro Tomai, Their early Instagram returns make for good armchair traveling and a lot of envy. Try not to hate…