KELLEN MOHR | 2015 #COLDSTOKED CONTEST WINNER

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Congratulations to Kellen Mohr, this season’s #COLDSTOKED winner! From the Cascades to our local Sierras, Kellen takes his 35mm deep and brings back wonderfully composed shots that would take most digital photographers a dozen snaps to get right, and he’s only a college student, still developing his craft. Can’t wait to see where Kellen goes next, and we’re glad he’ll have some Coldsmoke on his back.

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THESE HILLS AIN’T GONNA HIKE THEMSELVES: INSIDE HOOK TAKES OUR VEST TO LIBERTY CANYON

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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.

The Hike

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.

Gear

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.

Picnic

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.

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HYPEBEAST REVIEWS THE NEW TECH BOMBER

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Via Hypebeast: Premium outerwear brand COLDSMOKE returns with a seasonal addition to its 2015 fall/winter collection. Dubbed the Tech Bomber, the jacket is constructed with a Japanese soft-shell waterproof fabric that allows for optimal breathability and protection against harsh winter conditions, available in either a Charcoal or Deep Green colorway. The technical textile is bonded to a deluxe fleece lining that provides both warmth and comfort. Detailing on the piece also includes American-made waterproof zippers, heavy-duty custom knit ribbing, nylon gold-colored binding, and an inner media pocket. Combining both functionality and a rugged design, the piece is a standout wardrobe must-have for the colder months ahead. You can shop the Tech Bomber now at the COLDSMOKE webstore.

KUNNAK SHIRT JACKET: REVIEWED BY OUTDOOR AESTHETICS

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Despite the Outdoor Clothing and Equipment market being overfilled with countless brands, very few actually manage to stand out from the pack. Lots of products are interchangeable; they’re basically the same, all you have to do is swap the logos. That’s why it’s such a challenge to find brands that offer quality products, are innovative, distinctive, and at the end of the day, look good.

Venice, California may not be the first place you think of when you think Outdoor Clothing. Still, Coldsmoke is one of these exceptional brands that have succeeded in creating an outdoor clothing collection that seamlessly unites function and design.

Introducing: the Kunnak Shirt Jacket.

The Kunnak Shirt Jacket from Coldsmoke is the perfect top for that in-between time of year when it’s too cold to be warm and not yet cold enough to be cold. The Kunnak is a hybrid between a shirt and a jacket, with the versatility of both. You can wear it open when it’s warmer or zip up and button up tight when it gets colder.

The Shirt Jacket uses water-resistant and windproof fabric from Schoeller and eVent. The collar is cut high and can be flipped up to provide extra protection from adverse weather conditions or worn down for more airflow. The fabric is soft and elastic and is very comfortable on the skin. It is also used for the sleeve cuffs, a nice design touch. Two breast pockets allow handy access to your wallet, notepad or phone, and two side pockets can be zipped up with waterproof zippers from YKK. Then there are two large inside pockets, which I especially like. With the minimalist design, you hardly notice how much you can carry.

On the upper left sleeve is a Velcro panel with a removable twill patch, which gives the shirt jacket a slight military touch. It has a nice modern look and brings with it more than a modicum of cool.

Overall, the Kunnak Shirt Jacket is not only highly functional and of the highest quality, it also looks great and is incredibly comfortable. With the Kunnak Shirt Jacket, Coldsmoke succeeds in combining functionality and design, maintaining all the while an elegant restraint and confidence, and staying true to their ethos of simplicity and complexity. There’s no denying that this LA brand is now definitely one of my favourites and I can hardly wait to see where they will take me next!

 

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100 YEAR OLD LOST ANTARCTIC IMAGES

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CENTURY OLD ANTARCTIC IMAGES DISCOVERED IN CAPTAIN SCOTT’S HUT

Photographic negatives left a century ago in Captain Scott’s last expedition base at Cape Evans have been discovered and conserved by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The photographs are from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, which spent time living in Scott’s hut after being stranded on Ross Island when their ship blew out to sea.

One of the most striking images is of Ross Sea Party member Alexander Stevens, Shackleton’s Chief Scientist, standing on-board the Aurora.

 

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MODERN NATIVE HUNTING CABINS

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With images that feel thoughtful and observant rather than prying or exploitative, photographer Eirik Johnson, explores the seasonal hunting cabins of the native Iñupiat in Barrow, Alaska.  The cabins are constructed using found materials along the Chukchi Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean.  By photographing these structures in both summer and winter Johnson’s series becomes “a meditation on the passage of time and seasonal shift along the extreme horizon of the Arctic.”

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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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COLDSMOKE CHRONICLE: ICELAND

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COLDSMOKE FILM AWARD FOR BEST POWDER: TGR’s ALMOST ABLAZE

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Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of thrill-seeking athletes. The crew sets up camp deep in the Teton Range hitting 5,000-foot dream lines all on foot. Check out urban riding in the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo. Explore the massive untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy during a record winter where they struggle to keep lifts and chalets from completely disappearing into the snow. Finally, feel the madness as TGR’s full cast of athletes meets in Revelstoke for a mind-blowing session producing some of the most diverse riding in the world. Experience a rarely seen state of being and level of excitement where one missed step will result in total chaos.

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AFTERGLOW: 14/15 COLDSMOKE AWARDS WINNER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Night. It’s the hour of infinite possibility. Follow the likes of Pep Fujas and Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Benchetler and Daron Rahlves as they take to Alaskan spines and BC pillows, shredding the biggest and boldest lines ever ridden at night. Shot with a crew of 14 people over the course of 6 weeks, Afterglow involved a deep collaboration on ideas, passions, and product between partners from Stockholm to Salt Lake City, merging Sweetgrass’ cinematic style with the branding of one of the world’s premiere television manufacturers, Philips TV.

As the most logistically daunting project in Sweetgrass’ history, over 9,000 lbs of equipment were shuttled across international borders and chest deep snow via a wide array of planes, trains, automobiles, helicopters, pulley systems, and gallons of blood, sweat, and tears, reaching locations as far as 70 miles from the nearest town.

From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-­‐been-­‐done before scale
of the shoot, Afterglow is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies
ever made.

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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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