SPRING #COLDSTOKED WINNER: THADDEUS COOK

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For this season’s #coldstoked photo competition, we tasked last season’s champ Kellen Mohr, with picking the new winner. Here’s what he had to say:

It was a pleasure digging through the thousands of beautiful photographs in search of this season’s winner.  I landed on lens assassin Thaddeus Cooke as this year’s #COLDSTOKED winner!  I based my choice on several criteria, the first of which is location.  Thaddeus gets after it in the wilds of Vermont; a place we don’t see on our feed quite as often as the PNW or Alberta or British Columbia, and his trips to remote plane-access-only Alaskan glaciers are icing on the cake.  Second, and this should go without saying; his photos are a jaw-droppingly good mix of clean, well-composed landscapes, perfectly timed action shots, portraits of good friends, and snapshots of great times in dreamy locales.  Third, his photos are powerfully evocative – the soft colors, thanks in part to his preference for 35mm film, harken back to simpler times when the experience was valued more than the shot, and they have the feeling of a memory.  All of this combines to create a vision of a cool cat staying true to his roots; one that we are more than happy to cloak in some Coldsmoke gear for whatever adventures his future holds.  At home in cold environments and always stoked – Thaddeus Cooke is this seasons #COLDSTOKED winner!

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SPRING 2015 #COLDSTOKED WINNERS (and Honorable Mentions)

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Congratulations to the six winners of our Spring #Coldstoked Instagram contest!!! The winners were @youngbex @allietheleon@foundlyfe @posiedonsbeard @ryderpete and @hun_jah! Each of you will receive a brand new Coldsmoke jacket for inspiring us with your photography. Thanks to everyone who posted pictures of their awesome adventures, and don’t forget to submit more this Fall for another chance to win.

See the winning photos and honorable mentions below…

 

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@youngbex (WINNER)

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@foundlyfe (WINNER)

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@alliethelion (WINNER)

@hun_jah

@hun_jah (WINNER)

EXPLORING THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WITH THE GREAT NORTH COLLECTIVE

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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 GuentherMike 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.

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ON THE ROAD WITH COLDSMOKE WINTER FILM TOUR

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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.

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COLDSMOKE CHRONICLES: FORREST’S ALASKAN ADVENTURE

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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.

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#COLDSTOKED IN #JAPOW

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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…

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COLDSMOKE MAKES IT TO MADAGASCAR

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